Saturday, November 7, 2009

1994 in Film

If cinematic years are like boxes of chocolate, then 1994 was a bit of a disappointment. Only a couple of this year’s films make it into my top 100 and there are few 4 and 5 star films at all. Forrest Gump was a rare mixture of visual delight and good storytelling, but a lot of the other critically acclaimed movies from this year lack this mix. Most are cinematically fun or interesting, but the stories do not bring you back again and again. Some good choices that did not make my list? Star Trek Generations, The Crow, Quiz Show, and Interview with a Vampire. For fans of bathroom humor in film, Dumb and Dumber has one scene that works, the rest is forgettable.

(Updated 2012)

Top 10 Personal Movies of 1994
1. Forrest Gump
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. Stargate (Dropped from 2)
4. The Lion King (Dropped from 3)
5. Little Women (Dropped from 4)
6. True Lies (Dropped from 5)
7. Leon (Dropped from 6)
8. Pulp Fiction (Dropped from 7)
9. Clear and Present Danger (Dropped from 8)
10. Maverick
11. Ed Wood (Dropped from 9)

Bottom 5 Personal Movies of 1994
1. Four Weddings and a Funeral
2. North
3. Clerks
4. Surviving the Game
5. Nadja

Top Movies I still Want to See or Revisit
The Shawshank Redemption (seen, see above)
Heavenly Creatures
The Hudsucker Proxy (seen)

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