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« Reply #270 on: April 17, 2012, 10:34:45 PM »
I love Truman, and it does anticipate the reality fever to come. I remember a few critics at the time thinking it was kind of silly in a way, the idea that people would sit through all the mundane stuff that happens in a life. But now you have shows like Big Brother where they have webcams, and viewers do check in online an watch all that the mundane stuff hoping to see... something, I don't know what.

Tremors didn't make my 25 but it was on my honorable mentions.


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« Reply #271 on: April 18, 2012, 05:17:23 AM »
Though not quite as popular as the main list, the supplemental LOC (which will now be referred to as SLOC) nevertheless received 22 lists consisting of 67 unique titles.  Rather than present them as I would the regular LOC, I thought I'd make you read/skip a whole bunch of writing that's specious in its argument at best, outright lies at it's worst.

Most 90s Movies of the 1990s.

We remember the 90s.  Most of us grew up in it.  I was 9 when it began, 19 when it ended, and at the time, it seemed like a decade that really looked toward the future.  It turned its back on the rampant commercialism of the 80s, with its terrible music and terribler hairstyles and embraced truly revolutionary thoughts and ideas, like the INTERNET. 

Of course, that's all bollocks.  The 90s were just as much a product of their time as any other self-absorbed little decade was, one in which its fashions and ideas are gradually thrown away like spring cleaning until we found something else to distract us, such as in the case of the NEW MILLENIUM.  So, let's all take a trip through the SLOC and see just exactly what the movies were pre-occupied with in the 1990s.  Or you can just skip all of this and see the Top Ten at the very bottom.

One of the easier trends to spot in our SLOC is television.  Series that were popular enough in the 90s to get their own movie adaptation and firmly set themselves as a part that particular decade.  Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (11) never enjoyed more success than upon its debut, as did the other entries Digimon: The Movie (25), A Goofy Movie (32), Beavis & Butthead Do America (46) and Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie (51).

Video Games were a new inspiration to draw upon in the 90s and though there were a couple of releases in the 80s, the 90s saw the first direct "adaptation" of storylines from video games that a) failed to live up to the fans' of that series idea of what that film should be, and b) failed to live up to expectations of audiences' idea of what actually  constitutes a good film.  The SLOC features 2 adaptations in the lower depths, namely Double Dragon (26) and Super Mario Bros (22).  Sadly, neither Mortal Kombat or Streetfighter: The Movie appear, but can both considered as very much a part of the decade (though Mortal Kombat isn't bad).

Not just video games, but computing and especially the INTERNET had become a focus for certain areas of the film industry and this is also reflected in the SLOC.  Lawnmower Man (50) and its melty CGI-sex scene features, as does The Matrix (43) while some other choices feature computers as the mysterious and hard-to-figure deus ex machina, with nothing as blatant as Independence Day (10).  When a laptop can not only wirelessly interface with a giant alien armada supercomputer but then give it a virus, you know those non-terrestrials aren't using a Mac.  In a remarkable oversight, Disclosure does not feature on the list, combining as it does the sexually charged atmosphere of the influential Basic Instinct (34) with a truly astounding virtual reality sequence that's as out of place as Kevin Costner's accent and sense of direction in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (52).  However, the highest entry in the computers/INTERNET category belongs to the glorious Hackers (6).  In a decade where faded neon clothing, rollerblading, plaid, and Angelina Jolie were popular, Hackers is quintessentially 90s.

Clerks (4) is not only the remarkable debut of Kevin Smith, whose other films perhaps should appear but only Mallrats (20) makes it, but also looks to the rise of the independent film in the 90s.  They may or may not be culturally tied to the decade, but entries such as Dazed and Confused (16) and Living in Oblivion (30) point to the relevance of the "Independent Spirit" within the 90s.

Perhaps the most predominant component of what comprises a 90s film belonged to those of us who grew up in it and were somehow dubbed "Generation X."  It may be important to separate those films with teenagers in and those which are actually Generation X films.  Entries such as Scream (15), Wayne's World (8), Cool as Ice (9) and Clueless (5)  feature teenagers - or movie approximations of them - but are not Generation X films as they are not tied to the particular concerns of the decade.  They may be culturally tied to the 90s through music and fashion, but do not approach the kind of self-analysis that Generation X films tend to do.  In our SLOC, there are no less than three entries in the top ten that fall under the banner of a Generation X film:  Empire Records (7), Singles (3) and - by some way - Reality Bites (1).  Reality Bites is perhaps the most egregious offender of the three, directly addressing the analysis of its generation through the actions of the characters who utterly rejects the rise of the yuppie in the 80s and attempt to directly redefine Generation X as teenagers that are well read, unconcerned with material things and who also happen to be incredibly handsome/pretty in that I-don't-care-way.

Finally, there's Pulp Fiction (2).  What's perhaps the most interesting thing about Pulp Fiction is that though it merits inclusion on the SLOC, it does have any particular cultural ties to the 90s.  The influences for Pulp Fiction are the crime movies from the 60s and 70s, as are its fashions and music, but because the film was so successful, it became a defining influence itself, spawning dozens of knock-offs and parodies.  This is why it's a 90s film, not because of its cultural relevance, but because the film itself became a touchstone for other films of the decade.

People skipping text can now look below for the top ten:

1. Reality Bites: 26 points.
2. Pulp Fiction: 18 points.
3. Singles: 17 points.
4. Clerks: 16 points.
5. Clueless: 14 points.
6. Hackers: 13 points.
7. Empire Records: 12 points.
8. Wayne's World: 11 points.
9. Cool as Ice: 9 points.
10.  Independence Day: 9 points.


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Re: List of Crap #58 - Top Movies of the 1990s - The Countdown!
« Reply #272 on: April 18, 2012, 05:32:30 AM »
 :clap: :clap: Great writeup on the "Most 90s" list.



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« Reply #273 on: April 18, 2012, 07:07:52 AM »
Let me just say that Reality Bites is an awful film.  One of the worst ever made.  Sindle-handedly responsible for my utter hatred of Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder and Janeane Garafalo.

I despise that movie.

The soundtrack album isn't too bad though.


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« Reply #274 on: April 18, 2012, 07:10:37 AM »
By the way, my top 5 Most '90s:

1 - Pulp Fiction
2 - Clerks
3 - The Matrix
4 - Natural Born Killers
5 - Run Lola Run


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« Reply #275 on: April 18, 2012, 07:17:41 AM »
Reality Bites was first in my list (I forgot the rest but I know House Party 2 and NBK featured) it's my generation's The Big Chill imo ...but less awful obviously because it's not about fucking 'Boomers
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Re: List of Crap #58 - Top Movies of the 1990s - The Countdown!
« Reply #276 on: April 18, 2012, 07:25:29 AM »
Man, where's We're Back: A Dinosaur Story? That movie had animated dancing dinosaurs, backwards caps, and cereal—cereal as a plot point.


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« Reply #277 on: April 18, 2012, 07:25:46 AM »
My most 90's movies:

1. Cool as Ice (specifically most 90-92)
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Independence Day
4. Scream
5. Twister (remember the brief disaster movie boom of the 90's?  If you don't, there's a good reason).


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« Reply #278 on: April 18, 2012, 07:26:54 AM »
I am of the same generation as the characters (and actors) in Reality Bites.  And that film drove me crazy with all their whiny ass bullshit.

Sorry, but that film is just...   :grr:  :grr:  :grr:


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Re: List of Crap #58 - Top Movies of the 1990s - The Countdown!
« Reply #279 on: April 18, 2012, 07:29:22 AM »
My list:

1   Goldeneye
2   Singles
3   T2
4   Clerks
5   Hackers

I picked Goldeneye as number 1 because one of the most important events in the 90s was the end of the USSR.  This was the first James Bond movie to follow this event, and one of the first in the spy genre to figure out how to make movies in the post-communist world.  Plus, the movie spawned one of the most influential video games of the 90s.  I can't begin to imagine how much time I spent playing this game with friends in the 90s.


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« Reply #280 on: April 18, 2012, 07:33:29 AM »
I dig the Reality Bites soundtrack, especially the World Party and The Indians tracks.

My most 90's:
1.   Singles
2.   Empire Records
3.   Clueless
4.   Can’t Hardly Wait
5.     Mallrats

I saw Singles the same day I saw The Last of the Mohicans in the theater. So I very closely associate those movies with each other -- a day full of scalping and Paul Westerberg!
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« Reply #281 on: April 18, 2012, 07:35:23 AM »
Man, where's We're Back: A Dinosaur Story? That movie had animated dancing dinosaurs, backwards caps, and cereal—cereal as a plot point.

Number 13.  I was going to pair it with Space Jam at number 12, but the writing was already getting too long.


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« Reply #282 on: April 18, 2012, 07:42:22 AM »
I narrowed my list down quite a bit, but just couldn't get less than this. These each represent something specific to 90s movies and their trends.

Movies that best represent the 90s:

Independance Day (the Roland Emmerick distaster film, also Will Smith's rise as blockbuster king)
Clerks (the rise of the independant little film)
Batman & Robin (the worst of the worst of the 90s superhero movies)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (the 90s gave rise to movie "riffing". You've probably never heard of it.)
Scream (Started the self referential phase of horror movies in the 90s)
Jingle All the Way (the pussification of Arnold Schwarzennegger in the 90s)
Home Alone (started the kids and gadgets and slapstick trend in the 90s)
Wild Wild West (the overblown nonsensical blockbuster, so bad not even Will Smith can save it)
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« Reply #283 on: April 18, 2012, 08:33:11 AM »
Hey, that's a nice write-up there. And I honestly can't say for sure if Cool as Ice's little numbering error was intentional or just another instance of this site not liking 8 between ().

Anywho, here's my list. Guess I wasn't alone with how I felt about Reality Bites:

1. Reality Bites (1994) - Base explained this one pretty well. I actually quite like this movie, vintage Stiller and all. Though I don't like who Ryder chose at the end (she's better than that)
2. CB4 (1993) - Can't forget the rap movement of the 90s now can we? Big shift from the parachute pants to the gangsters here, and this is a very comedy that spoofs it pretty well.
3. Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (1999) - It's like I said before: this movie is all the broken dreams and lost hopes the end of the decade, century, and millennium all had in common.
4. The Rock (1996) - Pretty much the standard style for a 90s action movie (I would've put Die Hard with a Vengeance here, but that made my regular list)
5. Point of No Return (1993) - Similar to the above, though this one was more in technical style, especially that strange, irritating soft lighting over a gritty texture that this decade couldn't get enough of. This is also a pretty bad movie that I don't like, but it still fit.


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« Reply #284 on: April 18, 2012, 09:12:47 AM »
Here's my supplemental. I'm kind of surprised by the things you guys consider 90's. Personally, I think you're way off base.

1. We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story
2. Digimon: The Movie
3. A Goofy Movie
4. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers
5. Space Jam