Remove ads, unlock a dark mode theme, and get other perks by upgrading your account. Experience the website the way it's meant to be.

1990 in film.

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Morrissey, Jul 18, 2021.

  1. Morrissey


    Top ten box-office films of 1990:

    1. Ghost
    2. Home Alone
    3. Pretty Woman
    4. Dances With Wolves
    5. Total Recall
    6. Back to the Future Part III
    7. Die Hard 2
    8. Presumed Innocent
    9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    10. Kindergarten Cop

    What are your top three films for 1990? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:

    1. Close-Up
    2. Slacker
    3. Total Recall

    What are some of the forgotten gems from the year? What is overrated? What did you discover at a young age and what did you discover later?

  2. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    1. Edward Scissorhands
    2. Awakenings
    3. Goodfellas

    Also love Total Recall, Wild at Heart, Paris Is Burning, Jacob's Ladder and Singapore Sling.
  3. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Paris is Burning
    3. Slacker

    Relatively easy year to pick for me.
  4. atlas


    1. Goodfellas
    2. Total Recall
    3. Dances With Wolves

    Few blind spots for me this year, Wild at Heart and Dreams most notably
  5. Victor Eremita

    Not here. Isn't happening. Supporter

    1. Total Recall
    2. Jacob’s Ladder
    3. Slacker

    really good year to start a great decade. I don’t know that there’s a year in the 80s where Goodfellas or Wild at Heart wouldn’t make it in my top 3. I went with Slacker because of what it meant to me when I saw it and I just love that Linklater has entered the fold.
    Nathan likes this.
  6. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Close-Up
    3. Wild at Heart

    Great year
  7. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Awakening
    3. Slacker
  8. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Close Up
    3. Life is Sweet

    There's not much more to say about Goodfellas that hasn't been said - everyone's seen it, and it's beloved for a reason. Who else was inspired by Paulie to cut their garlic wafer thin when making pasta?

    Close Up is Kiarostami's fascinating docu-fiction hybrid, about a man impersonating Iranian director, Makhmalbaf. The film invites and encourages you to question it's falsehoods and to find the truth in the lies, both in the story and the film itself, with the film-makers very present in the reality of the film. Even with all that, Kiarostami still manages to find moments of mundane and simple beauty, in a way that very few other people could.

    The first two were easy, but I had a bit of a hard time with the third, but I went for Leigh's story of a family of Londoners, Life is Sweet. There's no major tragedy here, or significant events, but that allows Leigh to mine bits of truth and wonderful performance in the smaller moments. The conversation between mother and daughter at the end of the film is absolutely as good as anything Leigh has ever done, with an incredibly empathetic and touching performance from Alison Steadman.

    Some other good stuff for me include Farewell China, about a man travelling to a nightmare version of New York to look for his missing wife, with a really fantastic and heartbreaking supporting performance from Maggie Cheung.

    Also nightmarishly New York is Abel Ferrara's King of New York, with a brilliant central performance from Christopher Walken as a drug king-pin. Ferrara merging his grimy, exploitation past, with bigger budget mainstream aspirations, a bit like Tarantino would do a few years later.

    For a very different type of nightmarish New York, there's Wilt Stillman's Metropolitan, a satire about a group of hyper privileged upper class students, deeply in love with each other and impressed with themselves. It's not quite biting enough for me, but it contains an all time great wince-inducing line, "I don't read novels, I prefer good literary criticism".

    We have two big HK film-makers this year, John Woo's Bullet in the Head, a Deer Hunter-esque tale about friendships and innocence gone awry in Vietnam, and Wong Kar Wai's Days of Being Wild, a loose, meandering and quite confusing (or it is to me anyway) story about youth, love and family in the 60s.

    There's also Aki Kaurismäki's sad and lonely little film, The Match Factory Girl, if you're in the mood for some serious melancholy.

    I assume Goodfellas is going to win this at a canter.
    SpyKi likes this.
  9. secretsociety92

    Music, Gaming, Movies and Guys = Life

    This is a great year that kicks off the decade in fine style, not only thanks to several original films but also plenty of underrated sequels. My top three are as follows -

    1. GoodFellas
    2. The Exorcist III
    3. Tremors

    The following in bold came extremely close to taking that third spot with the rest easily being at worst mild favorites; Total Recall, The Hunt for Red October, Awakenings, Arachnophobia, RoboCop 2, Quigley Down Under, Back to the Future Part III, Misery, Miller’s Crossing, Die Hard 2, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Witches, Darkman, La Femme Nikita, Nightbreed, Blue Steel, Boiling Point, Internal Affairs, The Russia House, Narrow Margin, Home Alone, King of New York, Dick Tracy, and Dark Angel.
  10. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    You’ve never seen Goodfellas?
    phaynes12 likes this.
  11. Morrissey


  12. Victor Eremita Jul 18, 2021
    (Last edited: Jul 19, 2021)
    Victor Eremita

    Not here. Isn't happening. Supporter

    I wonder if the ending of Jacob’s Ladder has turned some people off from it. The movie is an outstanding piece of psychological horror all the way through but with an M. Night Shayamalan style twist that arguably takes away from the story and atmosphere that the movie built up to that point. To me it doesn’t take much away, and on my first viewing I loved it and was blown away but as I’ve gotten older I do kind of wish it ended more consistent with the rest of the film. Still one of my favorite films ever though.
    Fronnyfron likes this.
  13. Jake Gyllenhaal

    I’m a surfer! Supporter

    Goodfellas and Tremors are Top 10 all time for me.


    Tremors is the perfect mix of genres: Western, comedy, horror, B-movie, buddy film, small town setting… plus all practical effects. The first sequel Aftershocks is still a favorite. Every low-budget sequel after that was just plain dumb and unwatchable.
  14. secretsociety92

    Music, Gaming, Movies and Guys = Life

    I agree with all that you said about the first film, not seen the rest so can't comment on those but what I enjoy so much about it is the film is a clear loving homage to classic 50s monster B-movies.
  15. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Some hard cuts to make this year. Other good stuff:
    Paris is Burning
    Home Alone
    Gremlins 2
    Total Recall
    The Suckling
    Hard to Kill AND Marked for Death
    Problem Child
    Meet the Applegates
    Pledge Night
  16. the rural juror

    carried in the arms of cheerleaders

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Close-Up
    3. Tremors

    Really good year overall. I love seeing the love for Tremors - a perfect "saturday afternoon" movie and rewatchable as hell.

    I've actually never seen Total Recall, which feels like a big miss for me, since I like Verhoeven. Just never gotten around to it.
    secretsociety92 likes this.
  17. CarpetElf

    point gawd Prestigious

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Tremors
    3. Miller's Crossing
    the rural juror likes this.
  18. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    Trying to watch some overlooked ones for 91. Doing Night on Earth now

    I kinda hate it!
  19. Morrissey


    Scorsese has so many great musical moments, but this one has always been the best. The way the music swells as the truck doors open is breathtaking.
  20. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    you are right but i’m not doing a bit when i say the color of money “werewolves of london” scene is right up there
  21. bradsonemanband

    Prestigious Supporter

    Home Alone and TMNT foreverrrrrr
  22. stars143

    Trusted Supporter

    1. Goodfellas
    2. Tremors
    3. Misery
    secretsociety92 likes this.
  23. Morrissey


    Goodfellas wins it with 28 votes. Close-Up was in second place with 9 votes. Goodfellas will move on to the bracket.
    secretsociety92 likes this.
  24. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    pretty close.
    George likes this.
  25. bradsonemanband

    Prestigious Supporter


    Anyone else remember this gem? Haha