1/10/2005
 
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this list of the Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990’s. Imagine all the money, labour and contracts with the Devil you must have to sign to get your film made, only for it to become a movie that time forgets. It breaks my heart.

Films I’ve recently watched only because they were underrated in the 1990’s:
Babe: Pig in the City
It has the mice! I’d forgotten about the mice!
That Thing You Do!
Should have seen this years ago if only for Johnathon Schaech. And the song. And Johnathon Schaech’s mouth. But mostly for Johnathon Schaech’s mouth.
Before Sunrise
Christopher made me watch this before I left London. I did enjoy it even though its so wanna be art house.

Films I’ve always meant to see but never get out even when I have the opportunity at the video store:
The Sweet Hereafter
For Sarah Polly. But a film that centers around all the children in a small village being killed doesn’t exactly leap off the shelf at you.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Because I’m always going on and on about Lost Highway.

Films I lie and say “Oh yeah, sure, I’ve seen it, it’s great, don’t you think?”:
Heavenly Creatures
Hamlet
Jacob’s Ladder
Truly, Madly, Deeply

Films I’ve actually seen and recommend you do too, or at least lie and say you have:
Dead Again
Few people do creepy like Kenneth Branagh. To be honest, he doesn't really have to try hard. Made when he and Emma were still an item.
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Makes (the also brilliant) Ghost World seem “normal”
Richard 3
“My kingdom for a horse” but he means a tank. Get it?
The Icestorm
Ang Lee. Sigourney Weaver with a bull whip. Christina Ricci before her head got freakishly big.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
I went on a date with a girl to this film. That’s how long ago it was.
The Butcher Boy

I also note that Mystery Men is 100th on the list. It was on telly the other night but I couldn’t bring myself to watch it. I guess some movies are overlooked for a reason.

 

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