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1001 Movies ... my own version (1990's)

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People who added this item 2172 Average listal rating (1355 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8


Notes: Well, even though I thought it was pretty neat when I was a kid, to be honest, I don't think it did grow old very well. I mean, it is a really solid epic Western with a really uplifting soundtrack but the damned thing is also so sweet and romantic, I almost feels like a classic Disney family feature. Indeed, even though it was a Revisionist Western and even though it did reverse the usual stereotypes in this genre, it was nonetheless still seriously stereotypical. Basically, this time around, the white people were all described as mean, ignorant and violent, while all the Indians were described as gentle, wise and peaceful. But the best of them would be eventually John Dunbar who was at first the best white man around and then, also the best Indian around. I mean, the guy was something, he was handsome, charming, good with the animals and kids,... Even during the buffalo hunting scene, he was again the very best around, beating the Indians at their own ancestral tradition. The weird thing was that the guy was in fact a soldier who left his post and duty to live with the Indians. He even gave them all the guns he had. Can you imagine if, nowadays, an American soldier in Irak would go AWOL to go living with the locals as a Muslim giving them also a whole stash of weapons in the process? I wonder if he would then be considered such a hero.
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People who added this item 307 Average listal rating (179 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I saw this movie and maybe I should re-watch it at some point. In France, it is a massive classic and it was a big critical and commercial success when it was released. Indeed, it was a prestigious production involving the adaptation of a French literary classic with Gérard Depardieu in the title role. The guy gave here eventually one of the most unforgettable performances of his career (he was even nominated for the Academy Awards, something really rare for a performance in a foreign language). And yet, even though I did enjoy it, I can’t say it really blew me away though. Indeed, to be honest, the whole thing was, in my opinion, in fact a rather silly story when you think about it. I mean, if you would strip the great costumes, the decors, the dialogues, the actors, you would get something closer to ‘Roxanne’ which was rather cringe-inducing to behold, at least, as far as I’m concerned. Anyway, even if I wasn’t really a big fan, it was still a really solid period drama though.
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People who added this item 352 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5


Notes: To be honest, as usual with Wong Kar Wai, I still ended up with some mixed feelings. I mean, there is no doubt that he always delivered his best work when focusing on such doomed love stories and, once again, the cinematography from Christopher Doyle (who was working with Wong Kar Wai for the first time around) was quite mesmerising. On top of that, Leslie Cheung delivered a really strong performance playing one of the most fascinating tortured womaniser I have ever seen. And yet, I was never swept away by the whole thing. I mean, even though Cheung was really good, his character was borderline despicable but even though some of the other characters seemed to be more righteous, I still didn't care much for them either. It was also pretty weird to see Tony Leung showing up completely randomly during the very last scene but his character was apparently supposed to be the lead in a second part which was never produced. Anyway, even if it didn't really blow me away, it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look.
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People who added this item 1273 Average listal rating (714 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should probably re-watch it at some point. In fact, I remember it quite well, back then, one of my best friends at the time told me he saw this amazing mindf*ck and advised me to watch it at soon as possible. Eventually, I think it still missed something to become really remarkable, maybe it was due to the fact that I’m not a huge fan of such twist endings. Still, it was quite a wild and entertaining thriller, no doubt about it. Back in those days, Tim Robbins was probably one of the most interesting actors at work at the time, he delivered one of his best performances here and he will keep showing up in some critically acclaimed features in the following years (‘The Player’, ‘Short Cuts’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’). Concerning Adrian Lyne, it was easily the best movie he has directed and it clearly stood out from the rest of his work.
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People who added this item 2062 Average listal rating (1387 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Misery (1990)


Notes: It has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. First of all, to be honest, I'm not a big fan of Stephen King, neither the books or the movies. But, fortunately, a few of these adaptations turned out to be really good and this movie was definitely one of them. In fact, for Rob Reiner, it would be his 2nd acclaimed Stephen King feature following the critical success of ‘Stand by Me’ (such a shame the guy has lost his touch as he hasn't done anything remotely amazing during the last 20 years). Coming back to our main feature, the story was just quite spellbinding and Kathy Bates gave a really chilling performance. Eventually, it will be her breakthrough and she would become the first woman to win an Oscar for the Best Actress in a horror/thriller feature. Eventually, the big difference between this story and the usual tales written by Stephen King is that most of it is actually grounded in reality which made it, at least for me, much easier to relate to and to believe in the characters and what they were going through.
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People who added this item 1121 Average listal rating (687 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8


Notes: If you are a Coen fan, you ought to see this movie. The attention to the details, the weird characters, the dark humor, the slow tempo, it has everything and it is a very typical Coen flick. For the Coen brothers, it is when they really started to get serious. Indeed, ‘Blood Simple’ and ‘Raising Arizona’ were both pretty good and they both became eventually cult-classics but they were rather modest when you consider the scale and, with this flick, you could see that the two siblings were getting quite ambitious. Basically, it is a gangster flick with a rather slow pace but it is a great mix combining the Coen brothers directing style with the gangster-prohibition genre. Personally, each time I watch this flick, I enjoy it even more but, with its rather slow pace, I still believe it is an acquired taste. The cast was also pretty terrific with an all-time best performance by Gabriel Byrne but the rest of the cast was really solid as well (Marcia Gay Harden, John Turturro, Albert Finney, Steve Buscemi). Anyway, even if this feature seems to be a little bit forgotten, I think it is actually one of their best movies.
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People who added this item 2372 Average listal rating (1631 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Total Recall (1990)


Notes: As a kid, I really loved this flick. Seriously, I must have been around 12 years old the first time I watched the damned thing. I remember it very well, back then, I thought it was a fascinating story and, in fact, I had to watch it a couple of times before understanding it properly (give me a break... I was a just a kid!). The best thing about this movie was that it worked on so many levels. Indeed, it was entertaining, it took place on Mars, there were tons of nice special effects, some sexual tension and a rather thoughtful and intriguing plot. By now, I have watched all the movies directed by Paul Verhoeven (even the old Dutch ones) and this one remains one of his best. I just love the story, the actions scenes and the competent special effects. I have seen also most of Schwarzenegger's work and it is my favorite movie he has done. Many years laters, I did watch the remake starring Colin Farrell and even though Farrell is actually a better actor, Schwarzenegger was actually more convincing. It worked better also because Paul Verhoeven didn't spend all his time with some action scenes but also gave us some time to get know Doug Quaid and root for the guy. Anyway, I really loved the original version from the Dutch master.
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People who added this item 968 Average listal rating (586 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Nikita (1990)


Notes: I have always been a fan of this movie. First of all, to be honest, I always had a hard time with Luc Besson's work as a director, without mentioning the even more underwhelming movies he has produced during the last 2 decades. I mean, visually speaking, he is actually a fine director, probably one of the most talented French directors of the last 30 years and indeed his directing was always top notch but I always find his stories rather pretentious and even underwhelming. This movie is however the big exception. As usual, it looked pretty awesome but, this time, the story was really entertaining and quite spellbinding to behold. We shouldn't forget Anne Parillaud who was great here and easily delivered the best performance you will ever see in a Besson production. Finally, the soundtrack by Eric Serra wat just really perfect and managed to immerse you even more in this fascinating world. Basically, it is easily my favorite movie directed by Luc Besson and I seriously don't understand why the vastly overrated 'Léon' gets so much more credit than this superior feature.
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People who added this item 8503 Average listal rating (6074 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.9


Notes: This movie was the start of a very prolific relationship between Johhnny Depp and Tim Burton and for many viewers, it is, so far, the best movie directed by Tim Burton. It was also the rebirth of Johnny Depp who was back then struggling with his teenage heartthrob image but with this flick, he made it clear he wanted something else in his career. From then on, he became one of the most excentric, original and fascinating actors (a box-office poison according to the major studio producers). But everything changed because of Captain Jack Sparrow... Since then, Depp has become the box-office king for a while but I'm afraid his new movies, even though they were maybe hugely popular, were not really interesting compared to what he did before in the 90's. Anyway, his first movie with Tim Burton was pretty awesome. I think I enjoyed 'Big Fish' a little more but it is definitely a close call. Basically, the story was some kind of twisted fairy tale, the whole thing looked gorgeous and Depp gave one of his best performances.
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People who added this item 112 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5


Notes: Recently, I watched ‘Top of the Lake’ with my wife and even though it wasn’t really flawless, there was something quite spellbinding about this TV-show and it was a great reminder of why Jane Campion is (or at least used to be) one of the most interesting directors in the world. First of all, even though it was a critical success, I actually had a hard time to care for ‘Sweetie’, Campion’ s directing debut. However, this 2nd directing effort was just mind-blowing. I have to admit that I never heard of Janet Frame before watching this movie but, apparently, it was the case for most of the viewers. Anyway, I thought it was a really fascinating and heartbreaking story. Indeed, I have always been interested in movies dealing with mental illness and this movie must be one of the best I have seen about this subject. By the way, what happened to Kerry Fox? After this movie, she would show up in ‘Shallow Grave’ and ‘Intimacy’ but the rest of her career would have been filled with some rather obscure features.
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People who added this item 4215 Average listal rating (2822 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.7
GoodFellas (1990)


Notes: For many people, it remains the best movie directed by Martin Scorsese and, for some, it is even the best movie ever made. Personally, I think it is probably the first flick directed by Scorsese that I saw. Back then, I must been have 15-16 years old and, indeed, I thought it was just awesome. Whereas I had to watch the Godfather at least twice before I was really able to enjoy it, I loved this movie right away. Indeed, the whole thing was just full of energy and adrenaline, filled with conflicted and fascinating characters. Basically, it is a great movie and of course one of the best movies directed by Martin Scorsese. Still, as I grow older I must admit that, in the same genre, I tend to enjoy more The Godfather flicks than this one because they are more subtle and more cerebral in my opinion but it remains a great movie. The whole thing is just plain entertaining and completely fascinating and unfortunately, once again, back then, Martin Scorsese was ignored by the academy and, instead, the decent but not really great 'Dances with the wolves' ended up with the big prize.
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People who added this item 323 Average listal rating (205 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Grifters (1991)


Notes: To be honest, even though I always had a weak spot for movies dealing with con artists, I still struggled to really get into this story. While watching this movie, I was thinking that the tricky thing with this genre is that you never can trust a con artist and, as a result, it is actually rather difficult to invest yourself in a such a tale. I mean, when do you know when they are on the level? As a result, during the whole thing, I was expecting one of the characters or maybe all of them to be running some kind of long con but, eventually, it wasn’t the case at all. In fact, towards the end of the movie, they simply tried to steal each other like some common thiefs. So, I wasn’t really sure what to think of these characters, especially the one played by Annette Bening, and I was constantly expecting them to be something else that they actually were. Still, there is no doubt that it was a good movie. Indeed, the main cast (John Cusack, Anjelina Huston, Annette Bening) gave some really solid performances and I really enjoyed the neo-noir mood delivered by Stephen Frears. Anyway, even though it didn’t really blow me away, it was still a decent watch.
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People who added this item 1027 Average listal rating (551 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1


Notes: To be honest, it has been ages since I have this seen this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Basically, it is one of those movies that I saw as a teenager which just had some huge impact on me. I mean, back in those days, I was already fascinated by movies but I hadn’t watch so many great movies yet so I was basically a blank page, ready to absorb pretty much anything. Anyway, I had never seen anything like this before and, at the time, I thought the whole thing was quite mesmerizing to behold. Through the years, I always enjoyed Gus van Sant's work and it must be one of his most typical movies. Concerning Keanu Reeves, even if you like him or not, he would keep a steady career ever since showing up in such massive classics like ‘The Matrix’ or some more dubious choices such as ‘Chain Reaction’. Above all, this movie would be always linked to River Phoenix, one of the most highly regarded young actors of his generation who would tragically die just a couple of years after working on this movie.
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People who added this item 843 Average listal rating (555 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.8


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I saw this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Anyway, there was a time, in the 90’s, when there was some kind of wave of movies dealing with the black ghettos in the US and, from all these movies, this must be the most famous one they made. In fact, in this genre, I always preferred ‘Menace II Society’ which was even bleaker but there is no doubt that this movie was really good as well. Indeed, it was a realistic and heartbreaking take on the harsh reality of living in one of these neighborhoods, something that didn’t much change during the following 30 years. Back then, John Singleton became, at 24 years old, the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Best Director Academy Award and, even though many thought he had a bright future ahead (including myself), his career turned out to be eventually only decent at best. Another disappointment was also the career of Cuba Gooding Jr. who would win an Academy Award 4 years later but, then, he would spend most of his time afterwards showing up in some really weak movies. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, after all these years, it is still a powerful drama though.
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People who added this item 5267 Average listal rating (3717 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.5


Notes: Is this sequel better than its predecessor ? Difficult to say but it is definitely a worthy sequel. I remember it so well, I actually saw this damned thing with my father when it came out. Seriously, I must have been 12 years old and, back then, it just blew me away. On top of that, the character of John Connor made it really easy to get into the story since I was about the same age. Many years later, I watched this movie again with my step-son and, once again, I was really impressed. In fact, the story was almost identical to the first movie but they have added so many new elements so it didn't bother me whatsoever. This time, James Cameron had a huge budget (in fact, it was the most expensive movie ever made at that time) and it clearly shows on the screen. Indeed, you had here some groundbreaking special effects and some really kick-ass action scenes. Once again, the story was a mix of despair, funny scenes with some great oneliners and even some interesting bonding between Sarah Connor, John Connor and the Terminator.
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Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Sometimes, I do wonder if Krzysztof Kieslowski is really famous among the Listal users and that's a shame because he is responsible of some of the most striking movies of the 90's and 80's. I can’t believe he passed away already 20 years ago and, in fact, I should myself watch many more of his movies. On top of that, I was probably too young to really appreciate his Three colors trilogy and I hope I will give it a second chance at some point in the future. Right now, I actually preferred this one which is my favorite of his movies so far. Indeed, I thought this tale was just mesmerizing. I have to confess that probably most of the symbolism went over my head but I just loved the mood and I felt a great connection with this story and the characters involved (something I was slightly missing with the Three colors trilogy). Concerning Irène Jacob, back then, it seemed that she would become the next great French actress but aside from the massive 2 classics she made with this great master, her career turned out to be rather underwhelming after all.
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People who added this item 255 Average listal rating (145 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
Dead Again (1991)


Notes: To be honest, it has been ages since I saw this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Basically, back in the 90's, Kenneth Branagh was one of the most interesting directors around and I was a huge fan of his work. Indeed, back in those days, Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson were definitely a golden couple and, out of the 4 movies they would make together, it was definitely one of the best (I still think I prefer ‘Peter's Friends’ which is terribly underrated in my opinion). I guess, one of the reasons why this movie worked so well for me was the fact that I hadn’t seen yet so many preposterous thrillers with some ridiculously far-fetched plot so it might have allowed me to appreciate this movie slightly more than it actually deserved. Following ‘Hamlet’ which was probably his most ambitious project, Branagh spent most of the 2000’s directing some really obscure features and he would make his come-back thanks to Marvel who would hire him to direct ‘Thor’ which was not bad.
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People who added this item 441 Average listal rating (227 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1


Notes: To be honest, even though it was definitely an interesting watch, I can’t say it really blew me away though. I mean, as usual with Zhang Yimou, it was very well directed and visually really neat. Furthermore, Gong Li was once again so charismatic and gave also another strong performance. Eventually, I guess I hard a hard time to really care about this story which was definitely intriguing but never really spellbinding. I don’t know, maybe it was just too subtle for me and since the characters never really clearly stated their feelings, I had a hard time to really care about what they were going through. For example, at first, the main character seemed to be really distraught that her life was turned upside down after she was given away for a marriage she didn’t choose. However, as soon as she got in this mansion, she started to fight for her position but I didn’t really understand why. Indeed, her life was pretty much over, she would spend her whole life stuck in this place to be some kind of sex slave so why should she care about all this? Anyway, even if I didn’t really connect with this movie, it was still pretty good.
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People who added this item 6500 Average listal rating (4563 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6


Notes: It has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should probably rewatch it at some point. In fact, my wife is actually a huge fan of those thrillers involving serial-killers and I'm pretty sure this movie is her favorite one in this genre. Personally, I actually always had some mixed feelings about the damned thing. I mean, of course, it is a classic, it is very well made and entertaining and Anthony Hopkins was just great in a star making performance. And yet, this movie exactly embodies what bothers me in this genre. Indeed, while my wife might argue that those things actually really happens in real life, I tend to roll my eyes in pure disbelief during the whole thing. The worst gimmick in this genre, in my opinion and aside of the obligatory twist ending, is the whole concept of the omnipotent serial killer who hears and sees pretty much everything, can apparently predict the future and has access to a limitless amount of cash. I mean, don't misunderstand me, I do like this movie, it is really entertaining but, in my opinion, even though it might be the best movie in this genre, it still uses some of his worst tricks and therefore it makes it difficult for me to be completely blown away by the whole thing.
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People who added this item 394 Average listal rating (175 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.6
Europa (1991)


Notes: Like the other movies directed by Lars von Trier, as usual, I had a rather hard time to connect with it as the narrative structure was really obscure which made for a quite mesmerizing but also rather frustrating viewing. Basically, what did he try to achieve with this tale? Difficult to say… Personally, I thought that Katharina Hartmann maybe represented Germany, a beautiful attractive woman haunted and wounded by her past who ‘s not able to move forward. Leopold Kessler would then represent the USA, a young cute but rather clueless and naïve young man, who tries to fix things up but has actually no clue about what’s actually going on. Of course, those are just theories and I had seriously no idea what von Trier tried to achieve and, sometimes, you just have the feeling he wants to mess up with the audience, something he always do with all his movies. At least, his movie had a very interesting visual style, mostly in black and white, but sometimes with some colors here and there and he also mixed some different camera shots and techniques, creating a rather impressive visual collage. Unfortunately, even though I admired this feature, I can’t say I was really blown away. It was a little too osbcure for my taste and I really hard a hard time to care for the main character who was basically a spineless clueless wimp.
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People who added this item 1306 Average listal rating (753 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Barton Fink (1991)


Notes: Even though this movie seems to be overlooked nowadays, it was actually another critical success for the Coen brothers. Indeed, they even managed to win the Golden Palm at the Cannes film festival. Well, to be honest, even though I thought it was not bad, I actually always had some mixed feelings about the damned thing. In fact, I even watched it a couple of times to make up my mind for good, to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time around but I still ended up with the same feeling. Basically, in my opinion, it must be the least accessible movie made by the Coen brothers so far, even more than 'A Serious Man' which was already terribly obscure. I mean, it is definitely a good movie with an interesting mood and some typical Coen characters but I can't say I was blown away by the whole thing. It is not very often that I came across a movie like this one which seemed to be about something deep and, yet, I wasn’t able at all to grasp what those guys were trying to achieve here. Anyway, even though it didn’t really work for me, it was still a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look.
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People who added this item 81 Average listal rating (48 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5


Notes: To be honest, I'm usually not very interested in costume dramas but I was really surprised by this one. Indeed, it was actually very good and it’s a shame that it seems rather forgotten nowadays. Indeed, the directing was very good, something I didn’t really expect from Alain Corneau, the acting was really strong (Gérard Depardieu really blew me away) but, above all, the story was just fascinating. Indeed, in my opinion, it was a very interesting reflection on Art and the whole thing was just rather mesmerizing to behold. The younger version of Depardieu’s character was actually played by his own son Guillaume Depardieu who displayed some great potential in his acting debut. Unfortunately, this talented actor never really managed to fulfill these great expectations and he eventually died in some real tragic circumstances back in 2008.
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Notes: It must be the ultimate making-of and it is not very often that a making-of is released as a stand-alone feature like this one (another example is ‘Lost in La Mancha’ ). Of course, ‘Apocalypse Now’ is a really impressive movie, one of the many masterpieces directed by Francis Ford Coppola in the 70’s (Man, the guy was really on fire back in those days!) and we all heard about the rumors surrounding the hellish shooting but it was just really awesome to have a full length feature telling us all the dirty and (very often) crazy details. An interesting thing about this flick is that even though the production is really messed up and, here, we are talking of a very different level of messed up, you still can get a very good movie or even a masterpiece, at least in this case. In my opinion, the best way to go is to first watch ‘Apocalypse Now’, then watch this documentary and then again ‘Apocalypse Now’ or maybe even the Redux version.
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People who added this item 1262 Average listal rating (710 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Delicatessen (1991)


Notes: I’m not sure if this movie has a big reputation abroad but, in France, it is definitely considered as a massive cult-classic. Back in those days, there was no ‘Jean-Pierre Jeunet’ but only ‘Caro & Jeunet’, at least, that’s how they were known in France at the time. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, it seriously exceeded my expectations, something that sadly doesn’t happen very often these days, and I was just quite blown away by the whole thing. Indeed, first of all, it is just a very original movie, above all, visually, but it went beyond that. Indeed, I really liked this story which was some kind of dark fairy tale with some rather messed-up characters. Eventually, Caro & Jeunet would work again together for ‘La cité des enfants perdus’, another very interesting French cult-classic, and they had a big budget this time but it would be the last movie they would make together which is too bad.
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People who added this item 1323 Average listal rating (819 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8
JFK (1991)


Notes: Honestly, it has been a while since I have seen this flick. I think it must have been 18-20 years ago. Frankly, I didn't really care a lot at the time about this historical murder but since I grew wiser, I thought I should re-watch it. Anyway, after 'Platoon', it is probably the most heralded picture directed by Oliver Stone and easily the most controversial one. Indeed, back in those days, Stone still had some balls, especially compared to the rather friendly 'W.' and above all compared to the terribly mushy 'World Trade Center'. Even if you put aside the controversial aspect of the subject, it still remain a fascinating and really entertaining flick. Plus, Oliver Stone had a great cast at this disposal (Kevin Costner, Jack Lemmon, Vincent D'Onofrio, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, Walter Matthau, Tommy Lee Jones, John Candy, Kevin Bacon, Donald Sutherland, Martin Sheen). The greatest achievement, in my opinion, is that they managed to take a major page of history, shading some lights on these very dark times and also entertain the viewer at the same time.
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People who added this item 616 Average listal rating (356 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Player (1992)


Notes: I have to admit that I still have to check most of Robert Altman’s older movies but from all the movies I have seen directed by this master so far, it remains by far my favourite one. It seems to be a little bit forgotten nowadays but I think it’s a shame because it is actually quite a spellbinding thriller. Eventually, since it was a big critical success at the time, it launched a new successful phase for this director, a phase which lasted until the end of his career. To be honest, after re-watching the damned thing, even if I still liked it, I have to admit that I was slightly less impressed than 20 years ago. I mean, the story was still terribly entertaining, I loved the directing but, eventually, I had a hard time to care about the characters this time around. I mean, the characters were entertaining enough but, eventually, not really interesting after all and actually barely defined. The best example would be June Gudmundsdottir, played by the lovely Greta Scacchi. Indeed, why would this intriguing woman would fall for such a weasel? Eventually, in my opinion, her behaviour seemed to be more plot-driven than actually really organic. Anyway, even if it was maybe not flawless, I still think it is underrated gem.
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People who added this item 2020 Average listal rating (1263 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 7


Notes: Well, this movie was unfortunately Paul Verhoeven’s last success in the US and everything he made afterwards in American didn’t really work. And, of course, this feature also turned Sharon Stone into a major star but it’s such a pity that almost everything she did afterwards was eventually really underwhelming, ‘Casino’ being one of the very few exceptions. Coming back to our main feature, well, even though this movie has a rather solid reputation, to be honest, I always had some rather mixed feelings about the damned thing. Sure, I have to admit it, the first half was actually quite awesome. Indeed, it was basically some kind of really steamy Hitchockian thriller and it was quite spellbinding to watch. Indeed, the story was really entertaining and Micheal Douglas and Sharon Stone had some great chemistry together. Unfortunately, the second half didn’t work really well in my opinion. Indeed, as far as I was concerned, it was just a succession of non-sensical and more or less shocking scenes.
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People who added this item 351 Average listal rating (188 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Howards End (1992)


Notes: There was a time when the James Ivory/Ismail Merchant team was the unbeatable champion in the British costume drama genre and this movie was definitely one of their biggest critical successes. Well, I was rather surprised by how little I actually remembered it and, to be honest, I wasn't exactly blown away while rewatching this flick. Indeed, in my opinion, it is such a rather convoluted story and I was wondering how all these characters were supposed to be connected with this plot. Basically, it was some kind of jigsaw puzzle and it took such a long time to reach its conclusion. On top of that, I always find it rather difficult to care about the so difficult life of the British upper-class. Still, when they are so well made like this one, it work just fine, even for me. Above all, there was a very strong cast (Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins). Back in those days, Anthony Hopkins just gave his breakthrough performance in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ and Emma Thompson was definitely one of the most successful actresses so they were both at the top of their game (Thompson would eventually win the Academy Award for the Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in this movie). A year later, the very same team would work again with both Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins resulting in ‘The Remains of the Day’ which would be also critically acclaimed.
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People who added this item 286 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Orlando (1992)


Notes: I have to admit that I always had a hard time to connect with Sally Potter's work (and, by now, I have already seen half of the movies she has directed) and I'm afraid even her most heralded movie turned out to be quite challenging. At least, there is no doubt that Orlando was quite a fascinating character. Still, even if Tilda Swinton certainly delivered a strong performance here, I wonder if she was really the right choice to play this character. Indeed, in my opinion, an even more androgenous actor/actress might have worked better. Concerning the rest of the movie, well, beside the fact that the main character was apparently immortal and changed gender half-way through, the damned thing was pretty weird which wasn't a problem but it was also terribly random. Seriously, one of the segments involving some (random) Russian characters took place almost completely on ice but why?!? Another issue was that, even you spent the whole duration only focusing on this character, you actually never get to learn Orlando at all. Basically, he/she was treated as some kind of dreamlike being which was intriguing but he/she always remained at arm's length which turned out to be rather frustrating. For example, Orlando was first a man and then a woman but, while the character argued that it didn't make any difference, it actually did and, from the moment Orlando became a woman, she started t experience the same discrimination that most women have to face during their life. Unfortunately, that's something that wasn't developed at all, in fact, they kept moving from one random scene to another random scene instead of going deeper into any theme or idea displayed in this movie. Anyway, even if the whole thing didn't completely work for me, it was still a really intriguing tale.
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People who added this item 894 Average listal rating (503 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
Malcolm X (1992)


Notes: At the beginning of the 90’s, Spikee Lee was one of the most promising directors at work and this movie was definitely his most ambitious one. When I first saw this movie, I must have been 14-15 years old and, even though of course I had heard about the man, I must admit that I didn’t know much about Malcolm X and his ideas. Only therefore I thought it was already a fascinating picture. I mean, I have always been interested by politics so to have such an epic tale about one of the most notorious black American political figures was just really neat. Obviously, for Denzel Washington who just had his breakthrough a few years before with ‘Glory’, it was pretty much the role of his lifetime and many (including myself) think that, instead of rewarding him for ‘Training Day’, he should have won instead the Academy Award for this great performance. The tricky thing about this flick is that Spike Lee greatly admired the man and, therefore, the subject was maybe too close to him and he didn’t dare being more critical towards this historical figure. Anyway, even though the whole thing was slightly too straightforward, it was still a really solid biopic,
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People who added this item 1109 Average listal rating (713 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
Dead Alive (1992)


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie but I remember it very well. Indeed, it was the first movie directed by Peter Jackson that I had the pleasure to see and I really loved the damned thing. The first time I watched it, I must have been 13-14 years old and I had definitely never seen something similar before. I mean, such a combination of horror and comedy was quite unknown to me at that point. Above all, the nastiness, the over-the-topness of the whole thing was just really impressive. I remember watching this thinking 'How could they get away with this?!?' but, then, a scene even worse would show up and it kept going on and on... Back then, I watched it many times and it became a huge cult-classic for me and my buddies. It was the last time Peter Jackson made something in this genre and I wonder if he'll ever do again something similar in the future but I highly doubt it which is too bad. Anyway, even if it seems to be rather forgotten nowadays, I really loved the damned thing
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People who added this item 93 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.6


Notes: If I recall correctly, this is the first movie I saw with Gong Li in it. Personally, I have always been fascinated by this actress and it’s too bad that only quite late in her career, she eventually decided to play in some Western movies. Indeed, she waited for a long time before taking this decision and it was even more saddening that none of those movies ever reached the level of her Asian productions such as this flick. Here, she gave an impressive perfomance and the directing was very good too. Above, I thought that the story seemed quite realistic and it was just really captivating at the same time. One really interesting aspect in this movie is the way it displayed the massive contrasts in China. Indeed, even though it is a really modern country, even a world power with its huge population, yet, in the countryside, it is as if the time has stopped as they are still living as if it was 200 years ago.
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People who added this item 704 Average listal rating (443 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. First of all, I have to point out that, even though I have seen many movies written by David Mamet or based on his work, I can’t say I have really been blown. This movie is however the exception. Indeed, it was based on his Pulitzer prize winning drama and the whole thing was simply just spellbinding to behold. Indeed, the concept was in fact pretty simple and the whole idea was to have a bunch of great actors (Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce) put together delivering some of the best dialogues ever written. To make things even more intriguing, it all took in a really realistic and rather mundane spot, a real estate office, and the fact that I have absolutely no feeling whatsoever for this kind of profession made the whole thing even more spellbinding to me. In this messed up little world, you’re either a winner or a massive loser and you would just need a couple of failures to become another black sheep.
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People who added this item 5174 Average listal rating (3527 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Aladdin (1992)


Notes: By now, I have seen pretty much all the Disney animated classics and, after all these years, this movie still remain my favorite one. I remember it very well, it was released during the big renaissance of Disney, it was a huge critical and commercial success at the time, even their biggest box-office hit ever. Unfortunately, just a few years later, they would release 'The Lion King' which managed to became even bigger. Indeed, it was so huge, it became their biggest success for the next 20 years, until 'Frozen' finally broke this record. Therefore, 'Aladdin' always remained in the shadow of 'The Lion King' when it is, in fact, much superior in my opinion. Indeed, it was just another timeless fairy tale but, this time, they managed to add so many great elements to this old formula that the end-result was just amazing. Of course, it will be always remembered for the Genie thanks to one of the most memorable performances by Robin Williams. Nowadays, it is something common to have some big names giving their voices for the most insignificant animated characters but, back then, it was someting new and Robin Williams managed to create one of the most fun and memorable characters in Disney's rich history. In fact, what makes also this movie really work is also his lengthy introduction. Indeed, it takes its time to introduce this fascinating time and place but also to let us know Aladdin and Jasmine and to understand their motivations. Hell, I even liked a lot most of the songs when it is usually the most annoying trademark in those movies!
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People who added this item 671 Average listal rating (398 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick but I remember it so well. Indeed, I was so blown away by the whole thing and it became right away one of my all-time favorite movies. Back then, Harvey Keitel and Abel Ferrara were probably at the best of their career. I remember when I watched it (I was like 16 years old), I think I never saw anything similar before. Indeed, the tone was so dark, immoral, it displayed absolutely no mercy towards its main character and, yet, it was just so fascinating to behold. After being completely blown away by this movie, I became a huge fan of Abel Ferrara’s work and I tried to watch all his movies but, unfortunately, everything he made after ‘The Funeral’ became increasingly obscure and usually rather underwhelming. Anyway, eventually, 17 years later, Werner Herzorg came up with the bizarre idea of remaking this movie and, even though it was maybe not as awesome as Ferrara’s version, it was still a really good movie and easily the best thing starring Nicolas Cage during the last 10 years.
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People who added this item 442 Average listal rating (263 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
Bitter Moon (1992)


Notes: Even though it is not really one of the most highly regarded movies directed by Roman Polanski, it is actually my favorite one, as a matter of fact, it is one of my all time favorite movies. I mean, I have seen it when I was between 14 or 16 years old and it just blew me away. At the time, I had no idea you could make a love story which could be so twisted with such tormented characters. Eventually, it was one of those few movies that really changed my point of view about films in the sense that, after watching this movie, I understood that characters don't necessarily need to be good or evil, human characters are flawed and usually pretty messed up (though not always as messed up as in this movie, at least, I hope so...). Basically, the whole thing was just really fascinating to me. It is also rather interesting to point out that Polanski used his very own wife in the very 'demanding' female part. I really wonder what was going on in his mind but, considering his work and his rather chaotic past, it shouldn't be really pretty. Anyway, it is basically a love story full of destruction and sick obsessions. What is not to like ?
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People who added this item 5195 Average listal rating (3567 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8.3


Notes: It might seem hard to believe but, for many many years, Quentin Tarantino was actually struggling to make his first movie. Eventually, after many failures, he came out with this feature and the rest is now history. I remember it very well when this movie came out, there was a huge buzz around this flick and, if I recall it correctly, it was released for a whole year in Paris in the movie theaters. Anyway, it had a huge impact and it is rightfully consider one of the best directing debuts ever made. In my opinion, it is actually still one of Tarantino's best movies and, as a matter of fact, I do think that he just went downhill from there. Indeed, in my opinion, this movie was such a success because Tarantino couldn't do everything he wanted at the time and he couldn't go on and on in his egotrip that has become most of his recent features. Basically, limited in space, time and money, he produced some of his best work and there was here some amazing writing, directing and acting. Harvey Keitel made with this movie a really impressive come-back here but the rest of the cast were just as amazing and they all provided some really strong performances.
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People who added this item 711 Average listal rating (427 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3


Notes: It has been a while since I have seen this movie and I should really re-watch it at some point. On the other hand, I’m not sure if the whole thing would have the same impact if I knew what was going to happen. Anyway, I remember very well the first time I saw the damned thing. Indeed, somehow, I really didn’t know at all what it was about, I certainly didn’t know anything about the infamous twist occurring halfway through and I really didn’t see it coming at all. I remember it as if it was yesterday, I was with my one of my best buddies (who actually sadly passed away in 2016) and when the whole thing took place, we looked at each other completely flabbergasted (WTF?!?!) about what we just saw. It’s rather funny because I actually never really liked the usual twists in most of the thrillers but this one was, for me, completely unexpected. Basically, it is really weird movie which cannot be classified and it is is Neil Jordan's best movie so far. Indeed, the story was just really fascinating and so unexpected. The less you know about it, the more you will enjoy it.
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People who added this item 2047 Average listal rating (1336 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.2
Unforgiven (1992)


Notes: Even though some actors-turned-directors like Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson or even Ben Affleck got some immediate critical recognition, it surprisingly took Clint Eastwood 20 years to get there, to finally be acknowledged as a major film maker. What happened then? This movie happened and completely changed the outlook on this icon whose work as a director wasn't really taken seriously until that point. I mean, Eastwood had already made 3 Westerns so far ('High Plains Drifter', 'The Outlaw Josey Wales', 'Pale Rider') and even though they were all pretty good, this flick was easily the best Western directed by Eastwood. What was so great about this flick was not really the directing (which was really good), the acting (which was really good as well) or the story (which was really entertaining), in my opinion, it was the tone. Indeed, I loved how rather grim and gloomy the whole thing was and the way Eastwood blurred the frontier between good or bad was just brilliant. This movie was also the proof that the Academy can pick up sometimes a worthy winner for the best picture award.
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People who added this item 666 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Short Cuts (1993)


Notes: I remember it pretty well, when it was released, there was a huge buzz and eventually it received some great reviews. So, following this and the fact I loved Robert Altman's previous movie ('The Player'), I was really eager to watch this movie. Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed. Still, since I was 14-15 years old when I watched it the first time around, I thought it needed a rewatch. Eventually, I enjoyed it a little bit more but, to be honest, I still didn't think it was anything really mind-blowing though. Basically, it is one of those hyperlink features with various characters and storylines which are more or less intertwined together. Back then, I thought it was a boring mess which was going nowhere. Nowadays, I'm more familiar with the whole hyperlink thing and I could appreciate more what Robert Altman was trying to pull here. Unfortunately, pretty much like 'Nashville', I didn't care much about the characters or what they were going through and, as a result, it was sometimes rather tedious to watch. Still, it was very well directed, there was a massive cast (Andie MacDowell, Jack Lemmon, Julianne Moore, Matthew Modine, Anne Archer, Fred Ward, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Penn, Lili Taylor, Robert Downey Jr., Madeleine Stowe, Tim Robbins, Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Frances McDormand, Peter Gallagher, Lori Singer, Lyle Lovett) and they all gave some strong performances.
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People who added this item 1242 Average listal rating (698 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.9


Notes: It has been a while since I have watched this flick and, to be honest, I think I might have been too young when I first watched it. Indeed, at around 14 years old, I started to watch the major classics and I watched them ferociously at a very quick pace. The problem is that, even if a movie is great, sometimes, the timing is not right and it goes way over your head and I think that’s what happened to me with this flick. That’s the tricky thing about Krzysztof Kieslowski’s work, it is really interesting and intriguing, but not always really easy to digest, I’m afraid. I mean, it is full of symbolic and sub-text and, like I said before, I didn’t get much of it and it might need a re-watch at some point. Still, there is no doubt that Juliette Binoche (at the time, probably the greatest French actress at work) was very good, she gave one of her best performances and Kieslowski had a sober but effective directing style.
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People who added this item 7962 Average listal rating (5797 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Jurassic Park (1993)


Notes: I must have been 13 or 14 years old when I saw this flick and I had the pleasure to see it in the movie theater when it was released. I must admit it, at the time, I was quite blown away by its visual aspect. I mean, back then, there wasn't such an overdose of CGI like today, back then it was something new and it was just downright impressive. Actually, there were just 6 minutes of CGI and the rest was animatronics, just to give you an idea about the fact that wall-to-wall CGI is absolutely not needed. Anyway, this movie definitely belongs to the biggest classics directed by Spielberg and it was the highest grossing movie ever made until 'Titanic' came out. Still, even though I was completely blown away by the special effects, I still can't say the same thing about the plot and the characters though. I mean, even though the whole thing was very entertaining and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat through most of the duration, it was still nothing extraordinary and all the characters were all really stereotypical and none of them was remotely interesting. But, damned, it was still awe inspiring to see for the very first time ever such realistic dinosaurs on the silver screen.
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People who added this item 1711 Average listal rating (1100 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
True Romance (1993)


Notes: It is probably the most popular movie directed by Tony Scott and it has generated a huge cult following ever since it has been released (like everything else involving Quentin Tarantino as a matter of fact). To be honest, it is actually rather sad that Tony Scott’s most heralded work would be mostly remembered as a Tarantino feature. Anyway, personally, I always had some rather mixed feelings about the whole thing. I mean, sure, I did like it, it is and remains a fun flick, very well made with an impressive cast (Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini, Chris Penn) but, honestly, I never thought that there was anything really mind-blowing about the story, at least, that's my opinion. At the time, Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette were both really in demand and, 30 years ago, nobody would have expected that Slater’s career would turn out to be such a let-down after all. Anyway, even if I don’t think it is really amazing, it is still a classic from the 90’s and it is easily one of the best movies directed by Tony Scott.
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People who added this item 3573 Average listal rating (2450 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
Groundhog Day (1993)


Notes: I have to admit it, I always had a weak spot for romantic-comedies but it is a real shame that most of the movies in this genre are in fact terribly generic and underwhelming. Fortunately, there are a few exceptions out there and this movie was definitely one of them. First of all, even though I have always thought that Bill Murray was an interesting actor, to be honest, I never really cared for his movies. However, with this movie, they really found the perfect material for him. Obviously, like any other romantic-comedy, it was in fact all rather sweet, cheesy and predictable but what made this movie quite stand out from the rest was the main character perfectly played by Murray. Indeed, the guy was basically a major douche-bag and he made the whole thing so much more entertaining than the usual boring perfect man that they provide in this kind of movies. Furthermore, the whole concept was obviously rather preposterous but they handled it so well, it was just so much fun to behold and it was also a masterstroke to never explain how the main character endlessly kept reliving the same day. Finally, Andie MacDowell had never been more charming and she had some great chemistry with Murray.
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People who added this item 586 Average listal rating (274 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Naked (1993)


Notes: To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely check it out again at some point. Anyway, even though Mike Leigh has a really stellar reputation and he is arguably one of the best British directors alive, I have to admit that I’m not always blown away by his movies. There are some exceptions though and this movie is definitely one of those. Indeed, it was with this movie that Leigh finally burst into the international scene and, even though his work would always be rather bleak, here, it was something really pitch black. The most memorable thing about this feature will always be the impressive performance by David Thewlis and it is rather unfortunate that he would be instead always remembered as one of those many British actors that showed up in the Harry Potter franchise as he gave here by far his best performance. Eventually, to really appreciate this movie, it all depends if you can handle Johnny, the main character. Indeed, he must be one of the most despicable and sinister main characters I have ever seen but I thought he was quite fascinating to behold.
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People who added this item 1323 Average listal rating (755 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Piano (1993)


Notes: It has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. I remember it quite well when this movie was released, it was critically acclaimed and even managed to win the prestigious Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. Anyway, I thought it was a rather unique movie with a mesmerizing mood. Indeed, the story was just fascinating, something I had never seen before, the directing by Jane Campion was very good and Holly Hunter easily gave the best performance of her career (she eventually won the Academy Award for the Best Actress, a prize completely deserved). Furthermore, back in those days, the great Harvey Keitel was making an impressive come-back thanks to his performance in ‘Reservoir Dogs’. He was one of my favorite actors at the time and he was really good in this movie as well, continuing his winning streak, it is a shame this renaissance didn’t last long and he is involved nowadays either in some weak blockbusters or some underwhelming obscure features. Concerning Jane Campion, even though she had an interesting career afterwards, she never reached such artistic heights again.
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People who added this item 145 Average listal rating (83 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.4


Notes: It has been a while since I have seen this flick and I should definitely rewatch it at some point. First of all, what ever happened to Anh Hung Tran?!? Back in the 1993, he burst into the film world with this movie which was a massive critical success, at least in France, following its release at the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, during the last 25 years, he has made only a few movies but, expect for Xích Lô', none of them really impress anyone. Anyway, coming back to our main feature. it is nowadays pretty much forgotten but it's too bad because I think it is actually quite a fascinating feature. Indeed, right from the title, from the subtle performances to the delicate directing, there was a deep poetic quality to this movie. It is interesting to also note that, even though it might seem that it was shot on location, in fact, it was actually filmed completely on a sound stage in France.
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People who added this item 312 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5


Notes: There are so many Hood movies, especially released back then in the 90's, and most of them are actually rather forgettable. However, there are a few exceptions and this movie is definitely one of them. Indeed, it turned out to be a great and heartbreaking movie and, in my opinion, it was even slightly better than 'Boyz n the hood' which is probably the most famous movie in this genre. I mean, both movies are really good and eventually 'Boyz n the hood' got a lot of attention whereas this movie went by pretty much unnoticed. I preferred this one because 'Boyz n the hood' ended up with a rather hopeful message while this movie was bleak and relentless from the beginning until the end and it made more sense to me. Indeed, for most of the people living in those ghettos, there is no happy ending at the end, just a lot of misery along the way. It is such a shame that the Hughes brothers, the guys who directed this movie, never managed to really break through afterwards. I mean, they still managed to direct a movie once in a while but none of them reached the level of their amazing debut.
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People who added this item 397 Average listal rating (194 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1


Notes: I remember very well when this movie was released. Back then, I was about 13-14 years, it was a big critical success and it even won the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. And yet, even though I have always been eager to check this movie, it eventually took me more than 20 years to finally watch the damned thing. Well, to be honest, I have to admit that it turned out to be a tough watch though. Indeed, even though I have myself always been interested in Asian movies, it still struggled to connect with this tale which lasted almost 3 hours. Furthermore, it didn't help that the beginning was rather confusing and messy. Still, when it was finished, I had to admit that the whole thing was still a fascinating epic tale. I did remind me of 'Stage Beauty' which was made 10 years later but even though they both shared some elements, this movie was definitely from another level. Indeed, the scope was so much bigger, with so many layers, it was just fascinating to behold. It was also pretty neat to see a younger Gong Li at the height of her career (seriously, after all these years, she pretty much still look exactly the same).
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People who added this item 5111 Average listal rating (3504 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8


Notes: I have seen this movie so many times, I even saw the damned thing in the movie theater when it was released and it has never lost its appeal. Basically, it is a gorgeous picture at the same time dark and bleak but also joyful and charming. However, it is slightly annoying that Tim Burton got most of the credit concerning this picture when in fact, Henry Selick is the one who actually directed the whole thing. Eventually, in my opinion, Henry Selick is the one responsible for his greatness whereas Tim Burton was too busy working on other projects to actually directing it ... Selick should be the one credited for this jewel, not Burton. Of course, I have to admit it, you can see Tim Burton's influence as he provided many sketches in order to create the characters. Anyway, it is one of the darkest fairy tales I have ever seen, it is very bold and you should probably don't show it to young children. Anyway, it is visually mind-blowing, the characters are fascinating and I even liked the songs . In this genre, it is the best movie of its kind.
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