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1994 in film.

Discussion in 'Entertainment Forum' started by Morrissey, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. Morrissey


    Top ten box-office films of 1994:

    1. The Lion King
    2. Forrest Gump
    3. True Lies
    4. The Mask
    5. Speed
    6. The Flintstones
    7. Dumb and Dumber
    8. Four Weddings and a Funeral
    9. Interview with a Vampire
    10. Clear and Present Danger

    What are your top three films for 1994? We will keep a running tally and eventually have some sort of bracket. For me it would be:

    1. Satantango
    2. Chungking Express
    3. Ed Wood

    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. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    I am watching “What Happened Was…” now.
  3. jkauf

    Trusted Supporter

    Pulp Fiction
    Leon/The Professional

    honorable mention: Dumb and Dumber
  4. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Crooklyn
    3. Reality Bites
  5. Jake Gyllenhaal

    I’m a surfer! Supporter

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Shawshank Redemption
    3. Quiz Show
  6. SpyKi

    I've been in love with her for ages Supporter

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. The Lion King
    3. To Live

    4. Leon
    5. The Mask
    6. Natural Born Killers
    7. Crumb
    8. Three Colors: Red
    9. Chungking Express
    10. Dumb and Dumber

    Feel like this year's going to have a clear winner.
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  7. Nathan

    Always do the right thing. Supporter

    1. Three Colors: Red
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Hoop Dreams

    Marlon Riggs’ Black Is… Black Ain’t is another strong doc from the year. My list was almost two thirds Kieslowski, as I love Three Colors: White a ton as well. Clerks is probably the closest Kevin Smith will get to any of my top 3s but as much affection as I have for his early work, it’s not particularly close.
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  8. George

    Trusted Prestigious

    1. Chungking Express
    2. Three Colours: Red
    3. Eat Man, Drink Woman

    I'd seen Chungking Express a few times over the years and thought it was great, but a few years ago, I watched it on a flight while slightly pissed, and it felt like the best film I've ever seen. I then watched it again and it was "only" great, but I'm giving it top spot because of how transcendent it felt on that flight. Faye Wong's cover of "Dreams" is an absolute banger too.

    Three Colours Red is the second masterpiece in the Three Colours trilogy (White isn't as good), with the wonderful Irene Jacob, and looking at trying to find connections in modern life. Beautiful cinematography, and a phenomenal ending.

    Third was a little trickier, but I went for Ang Lee's family drama, Eat Man, Drink Woman. Sensitive and thoughtful, and full of wonderful cookery scenes. Probably my favourite Ang Lee film.

    For some honourable mentions, this was a big year for films that were really important to me at like 14-15 when I started watching films "seriously", including Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, The Hudsucker Proxy, Natural Born Killers, & Leon: The Professional. I haven't seen most of those in 10 + years probably, but nothing but great memories associated with them.

    There's two silly and funny Stephen Chow comedies this year, Love on Delivery and From Beijing With Love, both showing his trademark approach to comedy, full of farce and non-sequiturs.

    There's The Legend of Drunken Master, which is (maybe) the last truly great Jackie Chan film, a perfect blend of stunt work and comedy, all done with a massive sense of scale and production.

    71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance is a good Haneke film, a bit like The Seventh Continent, I find the build up a little too slow and mundane, but the payoff and climax is worth it.

    I need to re-watch Ashes of Time, it's the only Wong Kar Wai I haven't re-watched. First time I watched it, I thought it looked beautiful, but I basically had no idea what was happening. Perhaps a second watch would improve it.

    John Waters' Serial Mom is also a very funny and very silly film, with a great comic performance from Kathleen Turner.
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  9. Morrissey


    Chungking Express really finds a very narrow spot between earnestness and the sort of manufactured "eccentricity" that would become popular when so many filmmakers tried to be like Wes Anderson.
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  10. George

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    It takes good direction and performance to keep Faye Wong’s character from descending into self-conscious “kookiness”. In his less skilled hands, she could have been portrayed very differently.
  11. username

    hey you lil piss baby

    1. Vive l’amour (Tsai)
    2. Chungking Express (Wong)
    3. To Live (Zhang)
    4. Portrait of a Young Girl at the End of the ‘60s in Brussels (Akerman)
    5. Three Colours: Red (Kieslowski)
    6. A Caixa (Oliveira)
    7. Little Odessa (Gray)
    8. Casa de lava (Costa)
    9. Cold Water (Assayas)
    10. Through the Olive Trees (Kiarostami)

    Additional shout out to Atom Egoyan’s Exotica, one of the great Toronto films.
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  12. username

    hey you lil piss baby

    One day I will make the time for Satantango. I was waiting for the restoration to screen at our cinematheque until everything shut down.
  13. the rural juror

    carried in the arms of cheerleaders

    1. Pulp Fiction
    2. Ed Wood
    3. Hoop Dreams

    Honorable mentions:

    Chungking Express
    Dumb and Dumber
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Lion King
    Quiz Show
  14. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious

    surprised at the lack of crooklyn. not gonna pull a me and say it’s spike’s best but it is very good. delroy is great in it too
  15. OhTheWater

    Let it run Supporter

    1. Hoop Dreams
    2. Pulp Fiction
    3. Clerks

    basic boi this year
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  16. Garrett

    I'd like to be my old self again Moderator

    1. The Shawshank Redemption
    2. The Lion King
    3. Pulp Fiction
  17. Victor Eremita

    Not here. Isn't happening. Supporter

    1. Three Colors: Red
    2. Chungking Express
    3. Pulp Fiction

    Another tough year with some great movies left off. Hoop Dreams is an all timer documentary, Dumb and Dumber an all timer comedy, and The Little Giants a personal favorite from childhood. Leon the Professional, The Lion King, Quiz Show, and Clerks are also contenders. I really need to rewatch Ed Wood.
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  18. secretsociety92

    Music, Gaming, Movies and Guys = Life

    An easy choice for my top three for this year

    1. Speed
    2. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
    3. Pulp Fiction

    Outside of those favourites there really wasn't much else that I also love or even like; Léon: The Professional, The Crow, True Lies, Clear and Present Danger, The Ref, In the Mouth of Madness, New Nightmare, Shallow Grave, and The Client.
  19. Contender

    Goodness is Nowhere Supporter

    1. Serial Mom
    2. The Mask
    3. The Crow
  20. Morrissey


    One of my childhood memories is how ubiquitous the Pulp Fiction poster was. It seemed so adult and so different than anything I understood. I would see it in restaurants, video stores, and other places. I can't think of a smaller movie that has that kind of reach nowadays.
  21. Morrissey


    Pulp Fiction wins it with 22 votes. Three Colors: Red and Chungking Express were in second place with 8 votes each. Pulp Fiction will move on to the bracket.
  22. phaynes12

    playing in the band Prestigious