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Crash! Landen’s Best 10 Films of 2015

Posted in A Few Old, Short Words, Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2016 by Crash! Landen

As always, these are the top 10 films that I’ve seen from 2015. They are not necessarily my favorites as much as those that I think were the best made and most successful at what they were trying to do. The release date thing… I only recognize the release date in my area. If it was made in 2014, but didn’t make it to theaters/streaming services/DVD releases until 2015, then I consider it a 2015 film. I have not seen everything, of course. Among films that I have not seen are Ridley Scott’s The Martian or Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (which should be rectified shortly). So the list may change when I get around to it. I don’t think this was a great year at the movies, but it wasn’t difficult to come up with 10 that I liked. Heeere they are.

ANtman

10. Antman The last couple of spots are always the hardest to fill since there are a number of movies that I think could go here. Number 10 was between this and Ex Machina. Both are fairly predictable and I think Ex Machina should have been less so. Antman was far more enjoyable, though, so I gave it the tenth spot, if only to prove that I don’t hate every Marvel movie.

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If you haven’t seen Ex Machina, though, it’s worth seeing (as is Alicia Vikander in the film… did that sound creepy?).

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9. It Follows This was a low budget (slightly subversive) horror flick with something going on right below the surface and is definitely best if you know nothing about it (I had not seen the trailer). Starts off a little shaky and somewhere towards the end it starts to unravel a little, but it collects itself with the final shot. It has a fairly original premise (which I won’t give away) and was a film that I didn’t really know where the story was going. I applaud the effort even if I may or may not have had to sleep with the light on  for DAYS after seeing it.

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8. Spectre Daniel Craig’s last outing as 007(?) maybe didn’t live up to Casino Royal or Skyfall, but it was still pretty good. Like Skyfall, though, you can’t really think about the details, you just have to go with it.

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7. Maps To The Stars David Cronenberg’s films can be either  be memorably brilliant or outrageously bad; ‘Maps’ falls on the better end of the quality spectrum being essentially a satire about some of the Hollywood populace. Mia Wasikowska is great in everything (as she was in Crimson Peak which didn’t make the cut). She’s as quietly warped as Julianne Moore’s character is outwardly off-balance in the story and the pay off between the two towards the end is fairly shocking. Maps made me laugh pretty consistently in a low key sort of way. It’s typical Icy Croneberg.

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6. The Walk Not in the same ballpark in quality and not nearly as inspirational as the 2008 documentary ‘Man On Wire’ about the same subject matter, but still a great film. It’s one of the few occasions where I would say that if you did not see the film in IMAX 3D, then it probably… no definitely will not have the same impact. I would hope this at least wins some FX awards.

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5. Mad Max: Fury Road No Mel, but George Miller’s still running the show, so I knew there wouldn’t be a letdown.  The funny thing is that Miller probably could have just dropped Max altogether, since the film was more about Furiosa than Max, but probably for me, the best action flick of the year. The first meeting between Furiosa and Max (chained to and carrying one of the ‘Warboys’) was as entertaining as any of the high octane car chases. I would like to see the storyboards on that one.

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4. The Gift This one came out of nowhere. I’ve always thought Jason Bateman was better than he gets credit for. I think I saw this right after I had seen ‘Bad Words’ (2013), where Bateman played a misanthropic 40 year old spelling bee contestant (which I highly recommend). That one was a comedy, where Bateman has made his career. The Gift is definitely not a comedy  and it’s another I can’t say too much (if anything) without spoiling it. It has kind of a M. Night Shamalamadingdong movie twist, but it’s not one where there is a game changing moment. You just think you’re watching one film and it ends up in a completely different place and point of view. And it’s kind of a nasty little tale when you get down to it with a creepy ending.

Shaun

3. Shaun The Sheep Yes, the first of two animated films on my list. Everything that I have ever seen by Aardman, a company  that makes very clever stop motion animated films and shorts, has been nothing short of brilliant. They are as good at what they do as Pixar is at what they do and they are no stranger to my Top 10 lists. ‘Shaun’ is a complete pantomime. There is no dialogue in the entire film, it’s the ultimate example of Hitchcock’s “Show the audience, don’t tell the audience” theory in action. There seems to be literally a sight gag/joke every 2 seconds of the film.

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2. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Billed (at least by British Film Critic Mark Kermode) as the first black and white Iranian Vampire Western (filmed in America), you would probably think ‘A Girl’ sounds like a horrible idea of a film. In that case you would be wrong. A film is lucky to create a single image or scene that is worth remembering; this movie has several of those. Arash Marandi is both cool and shleppy at the same time, just listlessly matriculating his way through life. Sheila Vand is absolutely mesmerizing. They both have individual scenes that are not only brilliant, but seem destined to be iconic, Together they have several ‘Meet Cutes’ /scenes of the kind that may stay with me until I die, like the montage in the museum from ‘Ferris Beuhller’s Day Off’ that ends with Cameron staring into the painting ‘Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’ by Georges Seurat with the Smiths’  (covered by The Dream Academy, I think) “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”  playing in the background… PAuse to admire that last sentence…. Aaannnd: Continue… Definitely worth seeing if you have the patience for subtitles.

And with the top film, I have to note that I found it odd that for the first time ever, my top film is the same as that of the aforementioned Mark Kermode. I’m a regular listener of ‘Wittertainment’ (Hello to Jason Isaacs), not only because it’s a show about films (and Kermode’s film reviews), but contributor Kermode and host Simon Mayo are genuinely enjoyable to listen to… But, I almost never agree with him on just about every movie that gets a run down on their show, so it was a little surprising to me that I not only agreed with him on the TOP Film of 2015, but the Top Two films. Not saying that legitimizes my opinion in any way (it might do the opposite actually, given that Kermode clings to the belief that the Greatest Film of All Time is The Excorcist). But, anyway, my #1 of 2015 is another animated flick:

 

InsideOut

#1 Inside Out I never, ever, EVER thought that I would like this film enough to make it #1, but with a dearth of ‘Great Films’ this year (or maybe I just haven’t seen ’em yet), Pixar has yet again delivered a story that I just cannot deny my top spot to. I don’t think it’s Pixar’s best effort by any stretch, but it’s still really good. Pixar seems to have a special talent for illustrating in a very simple (yet ingenious) way moments of emotional resonance or memories (as in what the title dish tastes like to the critic in Ratatouille or the depiction of Carl’s memories of his deceased wife in 2009’s Up. Hell, I need to stop typing about it, I might start blubbering right now. They have that effect on you if you actually involve yourself with their films.

I have to admit that coming into the film I did not want to like it largely because I had heard critics such as Mark Kermode going on and on about it (and right now, my words of going  into a film without being predisposed to a particular opinion before you actually see the film are AGAIN coming back on me as they did in that last post). When I did finally see it, I thought it was typical Pixar; clear story, a few chuckles, some great ideas, amazing visuals, etc… Yawn… I liked it, but I did not understand the ‘rave’ reviews… Until Bing Bong. Once Bing Bong made an appearance everything changed and strangely the film seemed to step up from an enjoyable film to a classic one. And of course, they provided at least one more moment where I was blubbering over a cartoon character… BASTARDS! And as clever as the film was, I think it reached another height with the credits (which I won’t spoil for anyone).

And there it is. I know….”NO STAR WARS?! Have you SEEN it yet?” Yep. Seen it. Girl empowerment film. Looked great.”But it had light sabres! And stormtroo–!” Yep. Got it. Not on my list. “But–!” Not on my Worst List either. That’s good, right? Anyway…

My annual lists may change in the near future if I see something better (or worse) and remember to update my lists. Won’t change to add The Force Awakens, though. “Wha—?! What’s WRONG with you?! It’s STAR Wa—!” Thanks for reading.

Crash! Landen’s Best 10 Movies of 2010 (Updated 7/31/11)

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2010 by Crash! Landen

Well, here we are at the end of 2010 and so here is my list of the 10 Best Films. As I said in my Worst 10, I only managed 45 or so ‘new’ films this year. There are a number that I wanted to see and didn’t (like ‘Monsters’) and several that I know would probably be good, but I passed on them for one reason or another (like The Social Network which I HAVE now seen). Of the 10 I did choose, there are some that were released in 2010. Because they are foreign films they debuted in the good ol’ USA in 2010. Hence, they’re on the List.

I wrestled with the order. My #1 started out at #4 and ended up on top. Tron went up and down also (Bumped now). The list reflects my appreciation for the technical aspects of film as well as the storytelling. All of them on the list are worth seeing, in any case.

Some films that I liked, but didn’t quite make my list: OndineThe American… The documentary  I Am Comic… Scott Pilgrim vs The WorldEdge Of Darkness…  Shutter Island… even Robin Hood. I may be the only one that liked one or two of these. Anyway, here’s my 10.


Tron (Bumped…. I think the visuals outweighed the weaknesses of the story, though. And I guess the name is Tron:Legacy. Sorry.)

The Social Network (Updated… Err… Didn’t quite make my Top 10 anyway… I did think it was better than Tron, though. Just missed my Top 10. Fincher did a heckuva’ job given the boring subject matter and personalities involved.)

 The Karate Kid (2010)(Bumped, but a great remake/reinvention. This actually surprised me a great deal and it may deserve to be higher. It’s entertaining and the shots of the Chinese landscape are beautiful.)

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Bumped! Has some gratuity, but  a good suspense flick. Just be prepared to watch some really tough subject matter to get through.)

10 The Ghost Writer (Not Polanski’s best, but he was editing the thing in prison. The movie is #7 on my list, though, not Polanski’s character.)

9 Black Swan (Yes, a ballet movie. It’s surreal as Aranofsky often is. Not his best, but still pretty good.)

8 127 Hours (I finally braved watching this. I had heard so much about how horrible that particular moment of the film… you know which one I speak of… that I’ve been avoiding it. After seeing the moment in question, I have to say it was not nearly as terrible as everyone had made it out to be. I’ve seen far worse. And the stomach turning moment in the film turned out to be earlier in the film, at least for me. But that’s all beside the point. It IS a great movie. It did keep me emotionally involved even though i knew what was coming. Danny Boyle wins again.

7 How To Train Your Dragon (Way better than I was expecting and devoid of pop culture references which should be applauded.)

6 The Town (Another great film by Affleck. He’s a better director than actor.)

5 Toy Story 3 (Mark Kermode calls this the best trilogy ever made. I don’t know if I agree, but this WAS a great third installment following the continuing adventures of Woody and crew.)

4 Inception (A movie of ideas and dreams. The only reason I placed this at #2, was because,  like Christopher Nolan’s other films, there were a few parts in this that seemed bloated and in need of some editing. Still, it was an amazing film and my one and two could easily be swapped.)

True Grit [The more I thought about this film, the more I see how carefully crafted it was. Right from the opening quotation; no even before the movie starts (if you read the poster). The film works toward a singular point. Jeff Bridges gives an even better performance than in last year’s Crazy Heart. The film’s protagonist played by Haillee Steinfeld also is deserving of possible acting awards as well as Barry Pepper in a brief supporting role. This movie has everything that you could want in an entertainment. Action, humor, intelligence, drama, subtext and a point to the story. The Coens win, again.]

2 The Way Back (An EPIC Peter Weir film. Politics played a large part in the number of lukewarm reviews that it received. Ed Harris is brilliant in this in a supporting role. I know. I know. He’s brilliant tin everything, but he really is here. The more I reassess how the film is structured and the nature of each character, the better it becomes in my eyes. Great, great film.)

1 The King’s Speech (My new #1. One of those rare films where there’s nothing to complain about. The best film of 2010 with what has to be the best performance of the year by Firth and the best supporting role by Rush. A GREAT movie.)

Looking forward to 2011. Hopefully it’ll be a good year.

Crash! Landen’s Worst 10 Movies of the 1980s

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2010 by Crash! Landen

A good decade for bad movies and no… No Battle beyond The Stars. I like that one, believe it or not… I would have liked to had more of the bigger films on the list, but I can’t overlook some of the worst atrocities to humankind just because they were done to the little guy. Dune WAS #11, BTW… Here are 10 of the very worst celluloid abominations. I’ve already vomited over them in other posts so I won’t waste any more words on them. But here they are.

10 The Chocolate War

9 Jaws 3-D

8 Cameron’s Closet

7 Yor Hunter From The Future

6 Rumble Fish

5 Trick Or Treat

4 Killer Klowns from Outer Space

3 Troll

2 Humanoids From The Deep

1 Basket Case

Crash! Landen’s Worst 10 Movies of 1982

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2010 by Crash! Landen

It’s definitely getting harder to make a list of ‘bad’ films the farther I go back. One tends to only watch the better, more highly acclaimed movies from the distant past. After #10 I can name some… Well… Films that weren’t exactly worthy of any Major Awards (TM), but I still wouldn’t call them ‘bad’.  Some examples are films like Six Pack, which isn’t a bad film if taken for face value, and a film that I REALLY love: Swamp Thing, one of Wes Craven’s early low budget shlocky successes. There are also comedies like Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid that might deserve to be here, but that one in particular was a Steve Martin film. Even in his worst films, he’s still funny. I recently saw an early Tim Roth film called Made In Britain that could be on the list if not for so many other atrocious films I had to choose from the year 1982. As I always say, I try to not pick on the ‘little guys’, but there are a few here that were SO malignant that it would be wrong NOT to put them on the list.

Here are my 10 along with a few that got bumped:

(Bumped) The Beastmaster ( I don’t hate this one. IMHO, it’s actually watchable. Sure it’s derivative of other films along the same genre lines as this one, but still watchable with the actors involved. Marc Singer was always a likable low budget action star and Tanya Roberts makes a decent love interest. Also featured Rip Torn and one of the stars of Good Times: John Amos. Don Coscarelli,  the film’s director and the man behind films like Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep, is a master at making low budgeters with ‘quality’ entertainment values. While this doesn’t succeed quite as much as some of his other cult hits, but it was better than most of the non-big studio stuff that was out there at the time… It’s still deserving to be on the list, though.)

(Bumped) Friday the 13th Part III (Believe it or not, I actually like this one, too, or maybe I just can’t say that I dislike it. This is the second in the series to feature the one note Jason as the killer. It’s also is the first where he dons the hockey mask to become a horror icon.  As much as 3D get a bad rap and deservedly so, this is the kind of film that 3D was made for. Sure the story is still pretty braindead and the whole production shlocky and amateurish, but as a low budget horror/slasher flick, it’s not so bad. Not the best in a crap series, but it’s far from the worst. There WERE about 175 sequels even before the remake/retooling. It went downhill from here.)

10 An Officer and a Gentleman (Whenever I think of this movie, I think of the late Chris Farley  crying ” Ah gaht no where els t’gooo” in Wayne’s World II. That’s how much I like this film. When I think of it, the first thing that comes to mind is a scene from another film spoofing it. So I guess I never think about the movie at all.).

9 Ladies and Gentlemen: The Fabulous Stains (This film did have some things going for it. Diane Lane was one of them, but  a poor use of her as an actress. maybe even a bit exploitative in the false premise of art’s sake. It also features a nearly unrecognizable Ray Winstone. Am I making it sound like a movie worth watching? Let me change that. It tries to be satire, but contradicts itself so often that whatever anti-music scene/cult of personality/exploitation point that they’re trying to make ends up just sounding confused. If you’re a White Stripes fan, this is where they got their name from. It may be interesting to you for that if you’re a fan of theirs. I’m not. There was a good bit of bad direction in the film. Some poor editing, too. )

8 Q: The Winged Serpent [First, trust me when I say that you’re not going to get anything like what’s on that poster above, painted by Boris Vallejo. This was a low budget film made by a director, that if I recall correctly, seemed to make films that cause a little ‘controversy’. This wasn’t one of them, unless your definition of controversy is: (pronounced ‘krap’) -noun, a. excrement b.an act of defecation. c. Craptacular.]

7 Amityville II: The Possession (Half as good as the original and that one was barely adequate as a low budget horror flick.)

6 Halloween III: Season of the Witch ( The entry that didn’t feature Michael Myers…)

5 White Dog (As heavy-handed in ‘message’ movies as they come. I think this caused quite a bit of controversy at the time. So much that  I think it was shelved for some years before being released. It should have stayed on the shelf…. And yes, I used a foreign version of the film poster.)

4 Nightbeast (I saw it recently… I’m not proud. So I’m picking on the little guy. SUE ME…. I did admire the attempt. There was a healthy dose of gore and some no-budget FX which was fun. Was under the Troma name so that should tell you all you should know, only here there wasn’t the typical humor.)

3 The Beast Within (Gratuitous. Illogical in places. Poorly acted in others. A low brow attempt at a high brow psychological story that fails miserably. For some reason there is an abundance of horror and sci-fi monster rapists that came out of the 1970s and early 80s. But decent schlock FX for a 1970s low budget horror movie (especially in the transformation scene towards the end, even if it does solidify the film as a geek show). This is probably a much better film than Night Beast, but that was excused a little since it was in reality an effort by amateurs. The Beast Within had a number of well known participants.

2 Grease 2 (I would rather experience waterboarding than to watch this, even if Michelle Pfieffer stars.)

1 Basket Case (Don’t like to pick on the little guy, but this is a low budgeter that I wish that i hadn’t had the misfortune to watch. And I pull for the little guy. Shlocky can be fun… see entry #6… but this was just dreary and dull. Terrible FX. Weirdly awful story. Maybe it was shooting for depravity, I don’t know. I just remembered being shocked that a movie that terrible had actually made it onto a television station, even if it was a no budget local station. Highly recommended for masochists, though.)

Crash! Landen’s Worst 10 Movies of 1991

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by Crash! Landen
The worst of 1991 is an all timer for me, and the rest of the top 5 (or bottom 5) are irritatingly bad, but the rest of my Top 10 (6-10) are actually somewhat watchable. I’ve watched far worse in any case. Some of these might even be a little unfair to put on a ‘worst’ list. Picking a Hulk Hogan movie in any year is shooting water in a barrel… Yes, easier than shooting the fish in the barrel. He has been in a decent movie or 2 (one of the Rocky films comes to mind), so he’s not excused. You kind of have to expect that a Vanilla Ice is going to be on the list, by default. That Julia Roberts would have not one, but two on my list doesn’t surprise me, either. Dying Young’s title alone is worthy of going on the list. That probably got the ‘green light’ over similar titles like ‘Shooting Puppies’. Freddy’s Dead was not entirely bad either. All of the ‘Nightmare’ films are watchable, despite only 2 (maybe 3) of them being any good.Freddy’s Dead also had some big name stars in it, along with the lovely and talented Lisa Zane (who I always liked). I watched them, though, otherwise they wouldn’t be on the list, so it’s my fault, ultimately, that they’re here.
Other movies that didn’t quite make the cut: the extremely watchable crap football movie ‘Necessary Roughness… The not entirely bad/almost decent Richard Grieco vehicle/timewaster ‘If Looks Could Kill’… the disgustingly weird for a mainstream movie ‘ Nothing But Trouble’… Sylvester Stallone’s attempt to ‘branch out’  with the gangster/comedy ‘Oscar’… The after school special that was The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend…. The terrible in a fun way football movie (even with a Wayans brother in it) ‘The Last Boy Scout’… One of the crappier Trek films ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’… and then there was one of those failed movies on a legendary scale ‘Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man’. That one could’ve been much worse than it was, though, and I believe has a bit of cult status to it.
Anyway, as always; here’s my bottom 10:
10 Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
9 Sleeping with the Enemy
8 Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
7 Problem Child 2
6 Delirious
5 Eve Of Destruction
4 Dying Young
3 Suburban Commando
2 Cool As Ice
1 Meet the Applegates

And I guess the list reminds… I guess I need to go see the Nightmare On Elm Street remake… From all the negative reviews, maybe it’ll make my 2010 Worst List….

Thoughts?

Crash! Landen’s Best 10 Movies of 1993

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2010 by Crash! Landen
1993 was a good year to be a fan of the big screen. Most of these films that make up my ‘Best Of’ list could go right on to my ‘Favorites’ list and even though I haven’t made my ‘Best Of The 90s’ list yet, I’m sure all of these will make my Top 100.
There were some interesting movies in 1993. One of the first ‘indie’ movies that I saw was a really small movie called ‘Clean, Shaven’, the story of a schizophrenic man trying to re-establish a relationship with his daughter that starred Peter Greene (who is mostly known as the ‘cop’ in Pulp Fiction). This was also the year of the third ‘Evil Dead’ film ‘Army of Darkness’ (still waiting for that fourth installment… Sam? Bruce? C’mon!!!)…. Other flicks that didn’t quite make my Top 10: The third installment of the ‘Colors’ trilogy ‘Blue’. Clint Eastwood’s ‘A Perfect World’ was a pretty good one, too.
UPDATE: Just saw a really good movie that I had never even heard of until recently. Starred Nic Cage, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dennis Hopper, Dwight Yoakam and the late great JT Walsh. I had no idea where the movie was going. Lots of twists and turns. Best to watch it without reading anything about it. I highly recommend it. It’s also going to bump Dragon from my list…. Sorry Bruce.
I also have to mention What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? I think it’s a great film, too which I have been debating whether or not it should go on the list. ‘Yes’ was my answer and I’m bumping The Secret Garden to add it at #10.
On to the Top 10:
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (Bumped….)
The Secret Garden (Bumped).
10 What’s Eating Gilbert Grape ( I think this film is very flawed, but its strengths outshine the weaknesses…)
9 The Firm
8 Rudy
7 The Remains of the Day
6 Dave
5 The Fugitive
4 Red Rock West
3 Groundhog Day
2 Jurassic Park
1 Schindler’s List

Crash! Landen’s Top 10 Films of 1995

Posted in Lists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2010 by Crash! Landen

I’m halfway through the good ones. 1995 was top heavy it seems. Once I got past my first 10 there seemed to be a dramatic drop in quality. Sure there were a few good ones, but overall, it was a lackluster year for Hollywood. Here’s a few good ones that I liked, but didn’t make the list: ‘Dolores Claiborne’, which was a pretty good Stephen King movie… I loved the first movie that I saw Kate Beckinsale act in: ‘Haunted’, which had a very similar story and twist-ending to the Sixth Sense. But this one was first. And no, I didn’t just give the movie away. It’s not what you think… The Hitchcock homage ‘Nick of Time’ with Johnny Depp  wasn’t well-received but I liked it. Walken was great in it… ‘Strange Days’ was a good try. ‘Bang ‘ was a very interesting little indie movie that had a bit part by a then somewhat unknown Lucy Liu…. Nope. No ‘The Usual Suspects’. I’ve always seen that one as HIGHLY over-rated. I was biased by the trailer before seeing this, though. The trailer that they were showing before this came out actually revealed a MAJOR plot point, so I have to wonder if I would have liked it more if I had not seen that trailer.

There were a few other pretty good movies like the kids’ movie ‘A Little Princess’ which was made by the same company that had made a few live-action kid s’ classics like ‘the Secret Garden’ (if I remember right). Sam Raimi’s ‘The Quick and The Dead’. The Lovecraftian ‘In The Mouth of Madness’ by John Carpenter… ‘Welcome to The Dollhouse’ was a pretty good try, but kind of mean-spirited… And I think this was the first time a Jackie Chan film got a wide release in America (Rumble In The Bronx). Terrible story as always, but the Jackie Chan action sequences more than make up for that…

Maybe 1995 wasn’t so bad once I got past the first 10… Anyway, here’s the list with little to no comment:

(Bumped)  Jumanji (A very entertaining movie… And I think the first Robin Williams movie not to make one of my ‘Worst’ lists. One of the better early CGI movies)
(Bunped) Lord of Illusions (I’m really happy to put a horror movie in my Top 10.. Well, it WAS.)
10 Before Sunrise (Only recently got around to this one… Not nearly as pretentious as I thought it would be… Not nearly as much as the sequels it spawned.)
9 Casino (Not one of my Top 5 Scorcese movies, but still really good…)
8 Circle of Friends
DieHard
7 Die Hard with a Vengeance
6 Apollo 13
Sense
5 Sense & Sensibility
4 Babe
3 Toy Story
2 Se7en (A movie that has spawned a host of imitators that didn’t get the fact that the worst parts of this movie happen in your mind and not onscreen. It’s interesting to watch this and then one of Fincher’s later movies on the same subject: Zodiac… This was Kevin Spacey’s year, also.)
1 Braveheart  (I had heard that this was a truly epic film. That Mel Gibson was an even better director than he was an actor. That the period war scenes put anything else to shame outside of Spartacus and Ran. That it was the best film of the year…. On and on… So I had raised expectations for this one and it STILL exceeded them. Just a great movie.)
Thoughts?