Sometimes I watch the Academy Awards and think, “What?! Are you kidding me?! THAT is what you chose for Best Picture?”
But, I’m going to have to admit that the Academy made some pretty good choices in the 90’s. Continuing with the ever-exciting list of “What Michelle Movies Has Seen and What She Thinks About Them…”
- 1999 American Beauty – Okay, I’ll be honest here. Kevin Spacey could read the ingredients on the side of a cereal box, and I would watch it. This movie was good, albeit a tad disturbing. Which is what the Academy often chooses, so it’s not a surprise winner. However, that year, I would have chosen The Green Mile. Probably too “preachy” for Hollywood.
- 1998 Shakespeare in Love – This one goes in the “Are You Kidding Me?” category. It was decent movie, but was it really better than Life is Beautiful? Really?
- 1997 Titanic – I’ve never seen this movie. It’s become a thing of pride now. A game winner in “I Have Never…” Besides, I know how it ends. The ship sinks. Oops. Did I spoil it for you?
- 1996 The English Patient – Never seen it. Heard it’s a snooze-fest. One of “those” movies. The kind the Academy loves, but the public slept through it. Fargo, however, was Oscar-worthy in my opinion. At least I stayed awake during Jerry Maguire. (Remember Cuba Gooding Jr’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor? Priceless!)
- 1995 – Braveheart – Wow, this was the year to watch movies. Braveheart was well-done. I remember people poo-pooing Mel Gibson’s accent, though. He was up for Best Director, not Best Actor, so lay off. 🙂 Apollo 13 was an excellent film that year as well. Historical. Tom Hanks. Gary Sinese. What more do you want? Babe never had a chance, in my opinion. Still one of my favorite “feel good” movies. But, the biggest disappointment of all? Sense and Sensibility was robbed! This is absolutely one of my very favorite movies! Brilliant! I cry every single time I watch!
- 1994 – Forrest Gump – Okay, I’m still not over Sense and Sensibility. Give me a moment. Okay. Now I’m ready to move on. Forrest Gump is absolutely going to remain a classic for all time. The acting, the special effects, and the storyline were all superb. I feel sorry for anyone else who made a picture that year. You never had a chance. (Especially Shawshank Redemption. It was all about timing. Should have waited until 1996.)
- 1993 – Shindler’s List – This was a no-brainer on the Academy’s part. Holocaust, Steven Spielberg, and vintage black and white. A trifecta film.
- 1992 – Unforgiven – Please don’t call it THE Unforgiven. Drove me crazy anytime anyone would call it that. The first movie I ever saw on DVD. Not a big fan of westerns, per se. (Unless Jimmy Stewart is in them.) But, they had me at Gene Hackman. Other than that Superman III debacle, Gene is almost always in excellent movies. I absolutely loved this one. And, the Academy’s nod to Clint Eastwood. (Whose name I can’t type or say without thinking of Back to the Future III . “Eastwood. Clint Eastwood.”)
- 1991 – Silence of the Lambs – I have to admit that I’m surprised by this one. Thrillers don’t normally win the big award. But, this wasn’t just any thriller. Anthony Hopkins and Jody Foster (the darling of the Academy) made this movie worth more than just a glance.
- 1990 – Dances With Wolves – Epic movie. Beautiful landscape. Shows how mean we were to the American Indian. No question. Godfather Part III is arguably the worst of the trilogy. It got a pity nomination, in my opinion. Ghost was too “froo-froo” for Best Picture and too much of a comedy. Comedies never win Best Picture. Never. Awakenings and Goodfellas might have won had they been released a different year. Similar to 1994. No one else had a chance.
Now it’s your turn. What movies did you love/hate? Never see? I’m at 90% for the 90’s! 🙂