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8 hours ago, Nick R said:

It was a good film with flashy dialogue - but almost every character was too loathsome for it to ever be a film I could say I love, or ever particularly want to watch again. I can't say I actually enjoyed watching Alec Baldwin's coffee speech. Enraged by it, yes!

 

Is it a Wolf of Wall Street situation where it's often enjoyed vicariously by cunts?

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Is it a Wolf of Wall Street situation where it's often enjoyed vicariously by cunts?


It's a lot more downbeat than Wolf. These guys aren't at the top of their game, they are at the bottom. And they're all in survival mode, so willing to slit throats. Unlike Nick R I think there is one painfully sympathetic character, who cares too much to still have the killer instinct.

It's a very desperate film.

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1993 Results

 

Worldwide Box Office

1.Jurassic Park     $914,691,118[2]

2.Mrs. Doubtfire    $441,286,195

3.The Fugitive       $368,875,760

4.Schindler's List  $321,306,305

5.The Firm             $270,248,367

 

Oscar Best Picture: Schindler's List

BAFTA Best Picture: Schindler's List

 

Top 4 all get picks and its generally a very decent top ten in what was a great year overall. 5th is John Grisham adaptation The Firm as Sydney Pollack directs Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman. 6th is Adrian Lyne's drama Indecent Proposal with Robert Redford and Demi Moore. 8th is Nora Ephron's rom-com, Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. 9th sees Hanks wins his first Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia opposite Denzil Washington in Jonathon Demme's AIDS drama.10th is another law drama as Denzil  and Julia Roberts look at The Pelican Brief.

 

Anthony Hopkins wins Best Actor at the BAFTAS for Shadowlands; Holly Hunter sweeps the Best Actress awards in The Piano and Anna Paquin gets Best Supporting at the Oscars for her role in the film. Winona Rider and Miriam Margolyes share the Best Supporting Actress awards between them at the Globes and BAFTAs opposite Daniel Day Lewis in Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence.

 

Wolfgang Petersen directs the great president assassination thriller as Clint Eastwood in In the Line of Fire against John Malkovich. Eastwood also directs and stars in A Perfect World alongside Kevin Costner. Joe Dante directs John Goodman in nice movie making Cuban missile flick, Matinee. Frank Marshall directs Ethan Hawke in plane crash drama, Alive. Maddona starred in Body of Evidence. Jean-Claude Van Damme had Nowhere to Run. David Price directs Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice. Michael J. Fox did a voice for Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey. Emilio Estevez and Sam Jackson do the parody thing in Loaded Weapon 1.

 

Jon Amiel directs Richard Gere And Jodie Foster in Sommersby. Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock star in a remake of The Vanishing. Go watch the original. Maria Tomei and Christian Slater have an Untamed Heart. Barry Sonnenfeld directs a decent sequel in Adams Family Values as Anjelica Huston and Christina Ricci star.

 

Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo were Super Mario Bros. and thats enough about that.Burt Reynolds was a Cop and a Half. We got a TMNT 3. Walter Matthau had to deal with Dennis the Menace. Who could forget Eric Idle in Splitting Heirs. A big screen The Beverly Hillbillies was some executives daft idea; Hulk Hogan was Mr. Nanny.

 

Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson were Benny and Joon. Wesley Snipes and Dennis Hopper went to the Boiling Point. George A. Romero directs Stephen King adaptation, The Dark Half. Michael Caton-Jones directs Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio in This Boy's Life and De Niro directs himself and Chazz Palminteri (who wrote the script) in A Bronx Tale. De Niro's final film of 1993 was the little known, but rather great Mad Dog and Glory which also starred Bill Murray.

 

Ivan Reitman direct Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver in president comedy, Dave. Mario Van Pebles directs himself in Western, Posse. Phillip Noyce directs Sharon Stone and William Baldwin in Sliver. Whoppi Goldberg and Ted Danson were Made in America. Bridget Fonda and Gabriel Byrne faced the Point of No Return. Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne asked What's Love Got to Do with It.

 

Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker got up to some Hocus Pocus. Dan Aykroyd had a bomb in Coneheads. We got a Weekend at Bernie's II. Michael Madsen went from torturing cops to trying to Free Willy.

 

John Singleton directs Janet Jackson and Tupac Shaker in Poetic Justice. Philip Kaufman directs Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes in Rising Sun. Thomas Schlamme directs Mike Myers and Nancy Travis in enjoyable quirky comedy, So I Married an Axe Murderer and John Candy has his last hit with bob-sleigh comedy, Cool Runnings.

 

Ang Lee directs The Wedding Banquet. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday wasn't. John Woo directs his first American film as Jean-Claude Van Damme is a Hard Target. Mel Gibson directs and stars in The Man Without a Face. Christopher Lambert tried to escape a Fortress. Brad Pitt wasn't very nice in Kalifornia alongside Juliette Lewis. Max von Sydow and Ed Harris star in an adaptation of Needful Things. Bruce Willis was in Striking Distance. Macaulay Culkin was bad in the The Good Son.

 

Howard Becker directs Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman in Malice. David Cronenberg directs M. Butterfly starring Jeremy Irons. Ronald F. Maxwell directs Tom Berenger and Jeff Daniels in Gettysburg. Jeff Bridges was Fearless. Matt Dillon was Mr. Wonderful; Emilio Estevez faced Judgement Night and Another Stakeout with Richard Drefyus. Spoofs: Fatal Instinct; Robin Hood: Men in Tights; Hot Shots Part Deux.

 

John Travlota and talking dogs in Look Who's Talking Now. Surely Travlota would never make another decent film again ;-). Nancy Allen was back in RoboCop 3, but Peter Weller stayed away. Charlie Sheen and Keifer Sullivan were part of The Three Musketeers.

 

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey party once again in Wayne's World 2. Charle Grodin dealt with Beethoven's 2nd. Lasse Hallström directs Johnny Depp and Leonard DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? We got the last decent Dark Knight film for a long while with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were Grumpy Old Men.

 

1 Point

 

The Hughes Brothers make their directorial debut with Menace 2 Society as Tyrin Turner and Jada Pinkett star.

 

James Ivory directs Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson in period drama, The Remains of the Day.

 

Henry Selick directs The Nightmare Before Christmas with Tim Burton collaborating as Halloween meets Christmas is Disney's stop motion story.

 

2 Points

 

Renny Harlin gives us a chilly action flick as Sylvester Stallone faces off against John Lithgow in Cliffhanger in what would be Stallone's last year as an action star in decent movies.

 

But he went out on a high also starring in alongside Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock in the great fun sci-fi action film, Demolition Man. Bar Copland in 1997, it would be a long, long time before Stallone was in anything decent again.

 

Jim Sheridan directs Daniel Day Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite and Emma Thompson in the excellent and anger generating story of the Guildford 4 In the Name of the Father

 

Robert Altman directs a massive ensemble cast in Short Cuts with Matthew Modine, Fred Ward and Julienne Moore as 3 of the 22 principal characters.

 

Chris Columbus directs Robin Williams in drag in Mrs. Doubtfire which I'll happily admit is a great comedy as William's star power made this 2nd at the box office. It won a Golden Globe, as did Williams.

 

Andrew Davis directs Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in the third biggest film of the year in action thriller, The Fugitive which saw Jones winning best supporting actor awards at the BAFTAs and Globes.

 

3 Points

 

Yuen Woo-ping directs Donnie Yen in Hong Kong martial arts flick, Iron Monkey .

 

4 Points

 

Joel Schumacher  directs Michael Douglas in one of his most iconic roles as he is Falling Down opposite Robert Duvall in this thriller of a man having a very mad day.

 

5 Points

 

Arnie has a bomb with John McTiernan's Last Action Hero in this meta action comedy also starring Charles Dance. Production problems and being released the week after a film about dinosaurs didn't help.

 

Krzysztof Kieślowski directs Juliette Binoche in French drama, Three Colours Blue which was the first of his three colours trilogy.

 

George P. Cosmatos directs Wyatt Earp Western Tombstone with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer

 

7 Points

 

Brian De Palma directs a cracking gangster flick as Al Pacino and Sean Penn star in Carlito's Way. De Palma's last really great film (although Mission Impossible next year was decent) and an under-rated Pacino flick.

 

Tony Scott directing, a Quentin Tarantino script, a brilliant soundtrack and an amazing cast gives us True Romance as Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette fall in love and try to sell some drugs. Full of great cameos and memorable scenes.

 

I'm not sure this technically qualifies, but its genius, funny stop-motion so who can resist Nick Park's Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers with Peter Sallis as the cheese obsessed Wallace.

 

8 Points

 

Richard Linklater writes and directs Jason London and Matthew McConaughey in his High School classic Dazed and Confused. Not a hit on release, it went on to be seen as one of the great high school movies.

 

11 Points

 

No director has had a better single year than Steven Spielberg in 1993 as his masterpiece holocaust drama, Schindler's List misses out on third place on 1st place picks. It is not a film you can easily watch over and over as Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley give superb performances, but its Ralph Fienne's portrayal as Nazi, Amon Göth that won his a Best Supporting Actor Oscar in only his third big screen role. The film won best film and director across the board and his achievement is more astonishing as he was also editing another film while making this one, but we will get to that in a minute.

 

3rd Place

11 Points

Naked

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Mike Leigh's dark tale of David Thewlis taking a trip to London takes third place. Winning Best International film, director and actor at Cannes it kick started Thewlis' career as he starts alongside Lesley Sharp and Katrin Cartlidge.

 

2nd Place

24 Points

Groundhog Day

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Harold Ramis directs fellow Ghostbuster, Bill Murray in Groundhog Day in a near perfect comedy, which could be argued as the decades best. Its high concept is brilliantly executed and its one of Murray's best performances alongside Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott  and a series of groundhogs known as Scooter that played Punxsutawney Phil.

 

1st Place

32 Points

Jurassic Park

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Stephen Spielberg adapts Michael Crichton's book into a mega blockbuster as Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum must go faster to escape Jurassic Park. Heavily hyped, groundbreaking special effects, a brilliant John Williams score and a rollercoaster ride of thrills, scares and dinosaurs sees Spielberg smash box office records with this film in the same year he won all the awards for another as the director who effectively created the summer blockbuster does it again in the nineties.

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1994 Results

 

Worldwide Box Office

1.The Lion King               $763,455,561

2.Forrest Gump               $677,945,399

3.True Lies                       $378,882,411

4.The Mask                      $351,583,407

5.Speed                            $350,448,145
 

Oscar Best Picture: Forest Gump

BAFTA Best Picture: Four Weddings and a Funeral.

 

3rd at the box office is The Mask with Jim Carrey in one of three films starring Carrey in this year as the comedian shot to stardom. 6th at the box office was John Goodman in the Flintstones which is the only terrible film in this year's top ten. 8th was Mike Newell has a massive hit with Four Weddings and a Funeral which made a star of Hugh Grant, kept Wet, Wet, Wet at number one for a zillion weeks and was the first of many very successful Richard Curtis scripts. The film took most of the major BAFTAs. Grant also won a Golden Globe. 10th was Clear and Present Danger as Harrison Ford appears as Jack Ryan for the first time.

 

Robert Zemeckis directs Tom Hanks in Forest Gump which was 2nd highest film at the box office and won Best Film, Director and actor (making it two best actor Oscars in consecutive years for Hanks). No love at all for it in this poll though.

 

Jessica Lange get the Best Actress Oscar (and Golden Globe) for Blue Sky. Dianne West nabs all the Best Supporting actress awards for her performance in Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway. Mark Rydell directs Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in Intersection. Michael Apted directs Madeleine Stowe in Blink

 

James L. Brooks directs Nick Nolte in I'll Do Anything and he also starred next to Julia Roberts in I Love Trouble. Roger Donaldson directs Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in The Getaway. Baldwin was also The Shadow. Ben Stiller directs himself, Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke in slacker comedy, Reality Bites.

 

Nicholas Cage was Guarding Tess. The Cohen brothers direct Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Newman in The Hudsucker Proxy. Robbins also appeared in IQ with Meg Ryan and Ryan was in When a Man Loves a Women with Andy Garcia.

 

Paul Hogan was Lightning Jack. Peter Segal directs Leslie Nielsen in the final Naked Gun 33 1/3 and we got Police Academy 6:Mission to Moscow.

 

Ron Howard directs Michael Keaton and Glenn Close in decent little drama, The Paper. Emilio Estevez does a sports sequel in D2: The Mighty Ducks and so does his brother, Charlie Sheen in Major League 2. John Waters directs a murderous Kathleen Turner in Serial Mom.

 

Chevy Chase was in something called Cops & Robbersons as his film career fizzled out. Ice-T was Surviving the Game with Rutger Hauer while Tupac Shakur was Above the Rim. Madaleine Stowe and Andie MacDowell were Bad Girls while Uma Thurman found that Even Cowgirls get the Blues. Dennis Hopper directs Tom Berenger in Chasers. Ray Liotta had No Escape.

 

Spike Lee directs Alfre Woodard and Delroy Lindo in Crooklyn. Richard Donner directs Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in the good fun, Maverick. John Landis directs Eddie Murphy in the terrible Beverly Hills Cop 3. Penny Marshall directs Danny Devito in Renaissance Man. Devito also re-teamed with Arnie for Junior which wasn't a patch on Twins. Bernardo Bertolucci directs Keanu Reeves in Little Buddha. Billy Crystal wrote and stared in City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold.

 

Macaulay Culkin was Getting Even with Dad and The Pagemaster and Richie Rich, but he wasn't in My Girl 2 as an undead Bee covered zombie. Mike Nichols directs Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer in Wolf. Lawrence Kasdan directs Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid in Wyatt Earp.

 

Joel Schumacher directs Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones in Grisham adaptation, The Client. There were big screen outings for Black Beauty and Lassie. Rob Reiner directs Elijah Wood in North. Nicholas Cage was in lottery comedy, It Could Happen To You with Bridget Fonda. Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi, were Airheads. Tarantino's Pulp Fiction co-writer, Roger Avary directs Eric Stoltz in Killing Zoe. Meanwhile Oliver Stone directs Tarantino's script of Natural Born Killers which was hugely controversial and starred Woody Harrelson shedding his loveable idiot role from Cheers for good, Juliette Lewis and Robert Downey Jr.

 

 

John Candy sadly dies near the end of filming, Wagon's East. Steve Martin writes and stars in A Simple Twist of Fate and in Nora Ephron comedy, Mixed Nuts. Hilary Swank was the Next Karate Kid. Jean-Claude Van Damme was a Timecop and a Street Fighter (with bonus Kylie Minogue), but Steven Seagal was On Deadly Ground.

 

Charlie Sheen was also skydiving in Terminal Velocity as was Wesley Snipes in Drop Zone. Curtis Hanson directs Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon in the River Wild. Sylvester Stallone was The Specialist with Sharon Stone.

 

Wes Craven writes, directs and stars as himself in Wes Craven's New Nightmare as Freddy invades our reality in this meta horror with Robert Englund. Roland Emmerich directs Kurt Russell and James Spader in Stargate.Kenneth Branagh directs himself and Robert De Niro in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

 

John Pasquin directs Tim Allen in The Santa Clause. Les Mayfield directs a John Hughes script as Richard Attenborough is Santa in Miracle on 34th Street. Hughes also wrote Baby's Day Out. Tommy Lee Jones was Cobb. Steve James directs acclaimed documentary, Hoop Dreams. Iain Softley directs Stephen Dorff and Ian Hart in Backbeat and Ang Lee directs Eat Drink Man Woman.

 

Barry Levinson directs Michael Douglas and Demi Moore in office based/VR drama Disclosure. Bernard Rose directs Gary Oldman in Immortal Beloved. Oldman also starred in Romeo is Bleeding. Edward Zwick directs Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins in Legends of the Fall. Robert Altman directs Pret-a-Porter. Linus Roache stars in Priest. Lee Tamahori directs Once Were Warriors.

 

Gillian Armstrong directs Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon in Little Women. Jodie Foster is Nell and Paul Newman is Nobody's Fool alongside Bruce Willis and Jessica Tandy. Willis put in a much better performance than his other film, The Colour of Night. Stephen Sommers directs a live action The Jungle Book with Jason Scott Lee,

 

1 Point

 

Neil Jordan directs this adaptation of Anne Rice's book as Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt star in Interview with a Vampire which was the 9th biggest film of the year.

 

George Huang directs Kevin Space in dark Hollywood comedy, Swimming with Sharks

 

2 Points

 

The Farrelly brothers direct and write Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as total idiots in Dumb and Dumber in Carrey's 3rd film of the year and a big box office hit.

 

Tim Burton directs Johnny Depp as the worst director in Ed Wood which won Martin Landau the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Atom Egoyan directs Canadian strip club drama, Exotica with Bruce Greenwood and Elias Koteas.

 

Robert Redford directs John Turturro and Ralph Fiennes in the excellent, Quiz Show.

 

David Carson unites Kirk and Picard as the Next Gen cast move up to the big screen in Star Trek: Generations as Patrick Stewart and William Shatner battle Malcolm McDowell.

 

Linda Fiorentino puts in a memorable performace in John Dahl's dark thriller, The Last Seduction with Bill Pullman and Peter Burg.

 

Tsai Ming-liang directs Taiwanese drama, Vive L'Amour with Yang Kuei-mei and Lee Kang-sheng.

 

3 Points

 

Jan de Bont directs Speed as Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock as they ride The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down thanks to a derganged Dennis Hopper in this enjoyable action hit.

 

Alex Proyas directs Brandon Lee, who sadly died during filming in comic book adaptation, The Crow.

 

Lau Kar-leung directs Jackie Chan in one his classic Kung Fu films in The Legend of the Drunken Master.

 

James Cameron's True Lies sees Arnie and Jamie Lee Curtis do the spy thing in this remake of a French film,  La Totale! that finished 3rd at the global box office.

 

4 Points

 

Tom Shadyac directs Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in Carrey's first major starring role and the first of three hits this year alone.

 

Kevin Smith writes, directs, has a small role in and works during the day in the store the film was shot in his debut film Clerks with Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson.

 

Béla Tarr directs 7 hour Hungarian drama Satantango based on a novel of the same name by László Krasznahorkai.

 

Danny Boyle makes his directorial debut and Ewan McGregor makes his big screen debut in dark crime thriller, Shallow Grave which also starred Christopher Eccleston and Kerry Fox.

 

Biggest film of the year is Disney's Lion King as they have a mega hit with this animaltastic tale with Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones and Jeremy Irons providing voices and lots of memorable songs.

 

5 Points

 

Krzysztof Kieślowski directs the third film in his colours trilogy and his final film altogether as Irène Jacob stars in Three Colours Red.

 

8 Points

 

Wong Kar-wai directs Hong Kong comedy Chungking Express which gives us two tales of Hong Kong policeman look for love starring Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung.

 

3rd Place

14 Points

Leon

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Luc Beeson directs his excellent Hitman film as Jean Reno trains Natalie Portman (in her debut role) on how to kill EVERYONE as they try and survive the attention of Gary Oldman's deranged DEA agent. Beeson's best film.

 

2nd Place

25 Points

The Shawshank Redemption

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Frank Darabont adapts a Stephen King short story and nobody goes to see it at the cinema except it turns out to be an absolute classic, gets numerous award nominations and gains a massive lease of life as a rental. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are exceptionally good in this tale of prison life, despair and hope.

 

1st Place

44 Points

Pulp Fiction

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Quentin Tarantino writes, directs (and shouldn't have starred) in his second film and win his second poll with one of the most iconic films of the decade (perhaps the most iconic) with his branching storyline classic, Pulp Fiction. He resurrects John Travolta's career, makes stars out of Samuel L Jackson and Uma Thurman as well as great performances from other actors, delivers an excellent best selling soundtrack and the film itself made a fortune at the box office.

 

 

 

 

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1994 Results

 

Worldwide Box Office

1.The Lion King               $763,455,561

2.Forrest Gump               $677,945,399

3.True Lies                       $378,882,411

4.The Mask                      $351,583,407

5.Speed                            $350,448,145
 

Oscar Best Picture: Forest Gump

BAFTA Best Picture: Four Weddings and a Funeral.

 

3rd at the box office is The Mask with Jim Carrey in one of three films starring Carrey in this year as the comedian shot to stardom. 6th at the box office was John Goodman in the Flintstones which is the only terrible film in this year's top ten. 8th was Mike Newell has a massive hit with Four Weddings and a Funeral which made a star of Hugh Grant, kept Wet, Wet, Wet at number one for a zillion weeks and was the first of many very successful Richard Curtis scripts. The film took most of the major BAFTAs. Grant also won a Golden Globe. 10th was Clear and Present Danger as Harrison Ford appears as Jack Ryan for the first time.

 

Robert Zemeckis directs Tom Hanks in Forest Gump which was 2nd highest film at the box office and won Best Film, Director and actor (making it two best actor Oscars in consecutive years for Hanks). No love at all for it in this poll though.

 

Jessica Lange get the Best Actress Oscar (and Golden Globe) for Blue Sky. Dianne West nabs all the Best Supporting actress awards for her performance in Woody Allen's Bullets over Broadway. Mark Rydell directs Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in Intersection. Michael Apted directs Madeleine Stowe in Blink

 

James L. Brooks directs Nick Nolte in I'll Do Anything and he also starred next to Julia Roberts in I Love Trouble. Roger Donaldson directs Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger in The Getaway. Baldwin was also The Shadow. Ben Stiller directs himself, Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke in slacker comedy, Reality Bites.

 

Nicholas Cage was Guarding Tess. The Cohen brothers direct Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Newman in The Hudsucker Proxy. Robbins also appeared in IQ with Meg Ryan and Ryan was in When a Man Loves a Women with Andy Garcia.

 

Paul Hogan was Lightning Jack. Peter Segal directs Leslie Nielsen in the final Naked Gun 33 1/3 and we got Police Academy 6:Mission to Moscow.

 

Ron Howard directs Michael Keaton and Glenn Close in decent little drama, The Paper. Emilio Estevez does a sports sequel in D2: The Mighty Ducks and so does his brother, Charlie Sheen in Major League 2. John Waters directs a murderous Kathleen Turner in Serial Mom.

 

Chevy Chase was in something called Cops & Robbersons as his film career fizzled out. Ice-T was Surviving the Game with Rutger Hauer while Tupac Shakur was Above the Rim. Madaleine Stowe and Andie MacDowell were Bad Girls while Uma Thurman found that Even Cowgirls get the Blues. Dennis Hopper directs Tom Berenger in Chasers. Ray Liotta had No Escape.

 

Spike Lee directs Alfre Woodard and Delroy Lindo in Crooklyn. Richard Donner directs Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster in the good fun, Maverick. John Landis directs Eddie Murphy in the terrible Beverly Hills Cop 3. Penny Marshall directs Danny Devito in Renaissance Man. Devito also re-teamed with Arnie for Junior which wasn't a patch on Twins. Bernardo Bertolucci directs Keanu Reeves in Little Buddha. Billy Crystal wrote and stared in City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold.

 

Macaulay Culkin was Getting Even with Dad and The Pagemaster and Richie Rich, but he wasn't in My Girl 2 as an undead Bee covered zombie. Mike Nichols directs Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer in Wolf. Lawrence Kasdan directs Kevin Costner and Dennis Quaid in Wyatt Earp.

 

Joel Schumacher directs Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones in Grisham adaptation, The Client. There were big screen outings for Black Beauty and Lassie. Rob Reiner directs Elijah Wood in North. Nicholas Cage was in lottery comedy, It Could Happen To You with Bridget Fonda. Brendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi, were Airheads. Tarantino's Pulp Fiction co-writer, Roger Avary directs Eric Stoltz in Killing Zoe. Meanwhile Oliver Stone directs Tarantino's script of Natural Born Killers which was hugely controversial and starred Woody Harrelson shedding his loveable idiot role from Cheers for good, Juliette Lewis and Robert Downey Jr.

 

 

John Candy sadly dies near the end of filming, Wagon's East. Steve Martin writes and stars in A Simple Twist of Fate and in Nora Ephron comedy, Mixed Nuts. Hilary Swank was the Next Karate Kid. Jean-Claude Van Damme was a Timecop and a Street Fighter (with bonus Kylie Minogue), but Steven Seagal was On Deadly Ground.

 

Charlie Sheen was also skydiving in Terminal Velocity as was Wesley Snipes in Drop Zone. Curtis Hanson directs Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon in the River Wild. Sylvester Stallone was The Specialist with Sharon Stone.

 

Wes Craven writes, directs and stars as himself in Wes Craven's New Nightmare as Freddy invades our reality in this meta horror with Robert Englund. Roland Emmerich directs Kurt Russell and James Spader in Stargate.Kenneth Branagh directs himself and Robert De Niro in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

 

John Pasquin directs Tim Allen in The Santa Clause. Les Mayfield directs a John Hughes script as Richard Attenborough is Santa in Miracle on 34th Street. Hughes also wrote Baby's Day Out. Tommy Lee Jones was Cobb. Steve James directs acclaimed documentary, Hoop Dreams. Iain Softley directs Stephen Dorff and Ian Hart in Backbeat and Ang Lee directs Eat Drink Man Woman.

 

Barry Levinson directs Michael Douglas and Demi Moore in office based/VR drama Disclosure. Bernard Rose directs Gary Oldman in Immortal Beloved. Oldman also starred in Romeo is Bleeding. Edward Zwick directs Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins in Legends of the Fall. Robert Altman directs Pret-a-Porter. Linus Roache stars in Priest. Lee Tamahori directs Once Were Warriors.

 

Gillian Armstrong directs Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon in Little Women. Jodie Foster is Nell and Paul Newman is Nobody's Fool alongside Bruce Willis and Jessica Tandy. Willis put in a much better performance than his other film, The Colour of Night. Stephen Sommers directs a live action The Jungle Book with Jason Scott Lee,

 

1 Point

 

Neil Jordan directs this adaptation of Anne Rice's book as Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt star in Interview with a Vampire which was the 9th biggest film of the year.

 

George Huang directs Kevin Space in dark Hollywood comedy, Swimming with Sharks

 

2 Points

 

The Farrelly brothers direct and write Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as total idiots in Dumb and Dumber in Carrey's 3rd film of the year and a big box office hit.

 

Tim Burton directs Johnny Depp as the worst director in Ed Wood which won Martin Landau the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Atom Egoyan directs Canadian strip club drama, Exotica with Bruce Greenwood and Elias Koteas.

 

Robert Redford directs John Turturro and Ralph Fiennes in the excellent, Quiz Show.

 

David Carson unites Kirk and Picard as the Next Gen cast move up to the big screen in Star Trek: Generations as Patrick Stewart and William Shatner battle Malcolm McDowell.

 

Linda Fiorentino puts in a memorable performace in John Dahl's dark thriller, The Last Seduction with Bill Pullman and Peter Burg.

 

Tsai Ming-liang directs Taiwanese drama, Vive L'Amour with Yang Kuei-mei and Lee Kang-sheng.

 

3 Points

 

Jan de Bont directs Speed as Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock as they ride The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down thanks to a derganged Dennis Hopper in this enjoyable action hit.

 

Alex Proyas directs Brandon Lee, who sadly died during filming in comic book adaptation, The Crow.

 

Lau Kar-leung directs Jackie Chan in one his classic Kung Fu films in The Legend of the Drunken Master.

 

James Cameron's True Lies sees Arnie and Jamie Lee Curtis do the spy thing in this remake of a French film,  La Totale! that finished 3rd at the global box office.

 

4 Points

 

Tom Shadyac directs Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in Carrey's first major starring role and the first of three hits this year alone.

 

Kevin Smith writes, directs, has a small role in and works during the day in the store the film was shot in his debut film Clerks with Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson.

 

Béla Tarr directs 7 hour Hungarian drama Satantango based on a novel of the same name by László Krasznahorkai.

 

Danny Boyle makes his directorial debut and Ewan McGregor makes his big screen debut in dark crime thriller, Shallow Grave which also starred Christopher Eccleston and Kerry Fox.

 

Biggest film of the year is Disney's Lion King as they have a mega hit with this animaltastic tale with Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones and Jeremy Irons providing voices and lots of memorable songs.

 

5 Points

 

Krzysztof Kieślowski directs the third film in his colours trilogy and his final film altogether as Irène Jacob stars in Three Colours Red.

 

8 Points

 

Wong Kar-wai directs Hong Kong comedy Chungking Express which gives us two tales of Hong Kong policeman look for love starring Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung.

 

3rd Place

14 Points

Leon

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Luc Beeson directs his excellent Hitman film as Jean Reno trains Natalie Portman (in her debut role) on how to kill EVERYONE as they try and survive the attention of Gary Oldman's deranged DEA agent. Beeson's best film.

 

2nd Place

25 Points

The Shawshank Redemption

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Frank Darabont adapts a Stephen King short story and nobody goes to see it at the cinema except it turns out to be an absolute classic, gets numerous award nominations and gains a massive lease of life as a rental. Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman are exceptionally good in this tale of prison life, despair and hope.

 

1st Place

44 Points

Pulp Fiction

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Quentin Tarantino writes, directs (and shouldn't have starred) in his second film and win his second poll with one of the most iconic films of the decade (perhaps the most iconic) with his branching storyline classic, Pulp Fiction. He resurrects John Travolta's career, makes stars out of Samuel L Jackson and Uma Thurman as well as great performances from other actors, delivers an excellent best selling soundtrack and the film itself made a fortune at the box office.

 

 

Holy fuckballs that was the year to end them all 

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