…and the quest to see everything

In the 90′s Part 2

Coming out of the 90’s my lists would have sucked. I was twelve, I grew up on HBO Asia and Kristie Alley.  I’ll be harsher towards the pictures than the actresses, because honestly, every woman in this list did some great work, but ten years after the 90’s, I had the chance to see better performances and films.  Here’s what my list looks like now. Italics indicate Oscar winners for said categories.

Best Actress

  • Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, 1991)
  • Linda Hamilton (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991)
    I don’t understand how James Cameron’s campaign for her failed.
  • Irene Jacob (The Double Life of Veronique, 1991)
  • Emma Thompson (Howards End, 1992)
  • Patricia Arquette (True Romance, 1993)
  • Julianne Moore (Safe, 1995)
  • Brenda Blethyn (Secrets and Lies, 1996)
  • Demi Moore (G.I. Jane, 1996)
  • Pam Grier (Jackie Brown, 1997)
  • Kate Winslet (Holy Smoke, 1999)

Best Picture

  • Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • Last of the Mohicans (1992)
  • The Age of Innocence (1993)
  • Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    There’s a few people in my social circle who thinks this movie is ‘ugly.’ I will one day square off with them.
  • Casino (1995)
  • La Haine (1995)
    Changes yet still romanticizes my perception of Paris.
  • Twelve Monkeys (1995)
  • Fargo (1996)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    If anything, the advantage it would have had against Thin Red Line is how varied the colours are in this film.
  • The Thin Red Line (1998)

Then come the lists of what I thought then. This is probably a mix of what you guys think as overrated AND underrated.

Old Best Actress List

  • Nicole Kidman (Far and Away, 1992)
    The performance is less complex but more lively than her work a decade later.
  • Winona Ryder (Little Women, 1994)
  • Kate Winslet (Heavently Creatures, 1994)
    Still here.
  • Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, 1995)
  • Claire Danes (Romeo + Juliet, 1996)
    Still has the best rendition of the ‘what’s in a name’ soliloquy. Too bad she sucks now, Temple Gradin.
  • Madonna (Evita, 1996)
    I’m still glad this went to Madonna. It would have been just another notch on Meryl’s belt.
  • Demi Moore (G.I. Jane, 1997)
  • Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, 1998)
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar (Cruel Intentions, 1999)
    I don’t understand how she hasn’t made the ‘best evil teen’ list they make once a year.

Old Best Picture List

  • Hook (1991)
    What? It has Magge Smith, Dustin Hoffman and Julia Roberts in it.
  • Dracula (1992)
  • Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    Still love it.
  • The Lion King (1995)
  • Evita (1996)
    Still one of the best edited movies.
  • Hamlet (1996)
  • What Dreams May Come (1996)
    Pure beauty.
  • Titanic (1997)
    You did too. And again, James Cameron can sink a boat.
  • As Good as it Gets (1997)
    Con-science?
  • Elizabeth (1998)
    I kinda think it’s an obscene film now.

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3 responses

  1. Hehehe that “Hook” thing reminded me of that theory that went around about how movies where Julia’s hair was short sucked (also “Mary Reilly”).
    Nice best actresses although I prefer my Jacob in “Rouge”.

    September 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm

  2. Isn’t it when Julia Robers is blond, which she kinda is in Hook too. But I don’t love the movie now and find it ‘twee,’ but it was a part of my childhood.

    And I haven’t seen the Three Colours yet 😦

    September 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm

  3. Pingback: 90′s Showdown: The Contenders 1 « Okinawa Assault

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