#521 : Best Films of the 1990s

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In this listener-suggested episode, Jared, Joe, and Michael share their ten favorite films of the 1990s while trying to predict what each other will pick. Joe proposes a film called Magua Unchained. Jared’s list is dominated by 1995 cinema. Michael completely forgets his #1 of the decade.

 

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  • Bat-Dave

    Better late than never. Finally sat down to assemble my 90s list!

    Thanks again for a great podcast and that you went ahead with my suggestion! 🙂 I think it was Joe that said this was one of the easiest lists for him to put together. For me, I think it was the opposite. The 90s, is like you also discussed, a formative decade for me and nostalgia obviously plays a big part of this list – maybe too big, I don’t know. I mean, If I saw Scream for the first time now, my guess would be that it wouldn’t be on the list… But again, that movie catapulted my love for horror movies and my teenage years wouldn’t be the same without it. So here is my list:

    1. The Truman Show
    2. Idiotene (The Idiots)
    3. Gattaca
    4. Night on Earth
    5. Groundhog Day
    6. American Beauty
    7. Paradise Lost
    8. Fucking Åmål (Show me Love)
    9. Happiness
    10. Scream

    11. Silence of the Lambs
    12. American Movie
    13. Basic Instinct
    14. Fight Club
    15. Thelma and Louise
    16. Seven
    17. The Matrix
    18. Dumb and Dumber
    19. Mr.Death
    20. The Sweet Hereafter
    21. Edward Scissorhands
    22. Election
    23. Pleasantville
    24. Braindead
    25. Cliffhanger

    • Thanks for sharing your list! I am ashamed to say I have yet to see The Idiots (that and The Kingdom are the two Lars von Trier projects on my watchlist). The other hosts and I ran through your picks in our Darkest Hour episode. Check it out!

      • Bat-Dave

        Thanks for the tip, I just listened to the episode. It was entertaining to hear you go through my list! I was sure Basic Instinct was gonna get a standing ovation, but that’s ok 😉 And yes, The Idiots is very much recomended! Von Triers best work in my opinion. An experimental, raw, almost animalistic movie with underlying existential themes.

        Joe mentioned his love for bizarre movies. It would be fun to hear that episode, although I’m not sure how you would set the rules/perimeters. One of my picks (and this is also a recomendation) in that category would be “Zardos”. Sean Connery running around in a red spandex suite, hunting for food and women. You can’t go wrong with that 🙂

        • Ha, I saw Zardoz for the first time last year. Definitely an oddity. Not really my thing, but I could see Joe appreciating it.