Monday, March 06, 2006

So Crash wins for Best Picture, and that's fine, but let's be real - this was a weak year for movies. Check out this list of films from 1994:

The Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump
Ed Wood
Heavenly Creatures
Hoop Dreams
The Lion King
Quiz Show
The Madness of King George
The Mask
The Crow

1994 might just have been the best year for movies in the last half-century. I saw Crash, and it would have been lucky to make the bottom of that list. I'd take just about any of those movies over Crash or Brokeback Mountain. Forrest Gump won Best Picture for 1994, but I think in hindsight you'd agree that it's really a fight between Pulp Fiction and Shawshank Redemption, and that's a tough call. Pulp had the greater influence on the industry and the art of filmmaking, but Shawshank had Morgan Freeman and the always awesome Clancy Brown. Damn, I can't pick. Call it a tie. Crash couldn't hold either movie's nutsack, though.

In fact, the 90's were probably the best decade for movies ever. Along with the list I quoted above, we got some amazing movies: Schindler's List, The Usual Suspects, Seven, Heat, Toy Story, L.A. Confidential, The Matrix, Fargo, Goodfellas, The Silence of the Lambs, Fight Club, Reservoir Dogs, Saving Private Ryan, Terminator 2, Unforgiven, Boogie Nights, Trainspotting, The Big Lebowski, JFK. In IMDB's top 250 movies list (voted on by registered IMDB users), 12 of the top 50 movies are from the nineties, the largest percentage from a single decade.

This decade started out strong with the Lord of the Rings movies, but it's got some catching up to do. God, I hope V For Vendetta doesn't suck...


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