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Yearly Roundup – 1995

Posted by martinteller on October 11, 2012

The Cream of the Crop

Two from my top 100 this year.  One of Emir Kusturica’s finest movies, the epic farce/satire/tragedy Underground is a film I need to write a decent review of at some point.  And Todd Haynes’s Safe is wonderfully enigmatic, with a fantastic, fragile performance by Julianne Moore.

*

Slightly Less Creamy, But Still Tasty

Here’s one I never expected to like: Babe, utterly charming and expertly realized.  Mohsen Makhmalbaf delivers in the eloquently meta Salaam Cinema.  And there are two terrific shorts worth mentioning.  Wallace and Gromit continue their delightful misadventures in A Close Shave, and Odilon Redon shows once again that Maddin may work better in the short format than the feature.

*

Varying Degrees of Like

12 Monkeys
301/302
Apollo 13
Before Sunrise
Bells from the Deep
Boys on the Side
Casino
Clockers
Clueless
Crimson Tide
Cyclo
Dead Man
Desperado
Devil in a Blue Dress
Die Hard: With a Vengeance
Fallen Angels
Flamenco
The Flower of My Secret
Forgotten Silver
Ghost in the Shell
GoldenEye
Good Men, Good Women
La Haine
Institute Benjamenta
The Last Gasp
Leaving Las Vegas
A Little Princess
Love Letter
Maborosi
Nostalgia for the Countryside
A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
Seven
Shanghai Triad
To Die For
Toy Story
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Whisper of the Heart
The White Balloon
The Young Poisoner’s Handbook

*

Varying Degrees of Hate

Batman Forever
Braveheart
The Bridges of Madison County
Empire Records
Ice Cream Man
Kids
The Langoliers
Mr. Holland’s Opus
The Net
Outbreak

 *

Some Notable Films In The Middle

The City of Lost Children
Copycat

Dead Presidents
Dolores Claiborne
French Kiss

Friday
Funny Bones
Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices
Get Shorty
Heat
Home for the Holidays
In the Mouth of Madness
Jeffrey
Mighty Aphrodite
The Quick and the Dead
Rumble in the Bronx
Smoke
Stuart Saves His Family
The Usual Suspects

*

Uncharted Territory

Bad Boys, Billy Madison, Butterfly Kiss, Le Cérémonie, Dead Man Walking, The Doom Generation, Four Rooms, Judge Dredd, Jumanji, Kicking and Screaming, Land and Freedom, Living in Oblivion, Mallrats, Mortal Kombat, The Neon Bible, Nixon, Pocahontas, Pride and Prejudice, Rendezvous in Paris, Richard III, Rob Roy, Sense and Sensibility, Showgirls, A Single Girl, Strange Days, Summer Snow, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, Tommy Boy, Tropical Fish, Ulysses’ Gaze, Waterworld, The Wife

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4 Responses to “Yearly Roundup – 1995”

  1. JamDenTel said

    Definitely agree on Underground and Babe (one of my longtime favorites).

    Personally, I liked Kids.

    Nixon is solid, Rob Roy is fun, Showgirls is memorably godawful, and I’m really intrigued by Strange Days.

    • martinteller said

      Strange Days is the only one of those I’m really inclined to check out.

      • JamDenTel said

        Yeah, I should dig a little more into Bigelow’s career…I need to rewatch The Hurt Locker, I’ll see Zero Dark Thirty when it comes out this December, and if I recall correctly you spoke very well of The Loveless.

      • martinteller said

        I don’t know a lot of Bigelow, but yeah, The Loveless was really intriguing. Near Dark has some fine elements as well.

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