Tuesday, June 04, 2019

5 Off My Head: Siri Says 1994

Okay it's been awhile since we've done one of our "Siri Says" series -- I take longer breaks in between each so I can make this last, since we're running out of possible years now, and also I get lazy -- so let me re-explain the idea: I pick up my iPhone and I ask Siri to choose me a number between 1 and 100. The number she gives me I then correspond to a year, and I pick my five favorite movies from that year. Today Siri told me the number "94" and so today we shall take a look at The Movies of 1994.

I'm actually pretty surprised that we haven't covered 1994 in this series yet -- sure Siri's fickle, but 1994 is one of those formative years in my movie-obsessing, and I'm glad to get the chance to look at it now. I was working in the home video department of the local Wegmans grocery store and devouring every video-tape I could get my hands on -- to the kiddies out there, this was what we did in the 90s, especially in the year Quentin Tarantino made Pulp Fiction, you see. 

Scanning through the movies for that year my first thought was wow, a lot of these have not aged well -- yes I'm looking at you, Forrest Gump -- but once I dove down into the cracks of it a whole lotta awesome bubbled up to the surface. And even the bad movies from this time period left a pretty indelible mark on me about what the movies mean, good and ill. So let's do it. I hereby give you...

My 5 Favorite Movies of 1994

(dir. PJ Hogan)
-- released on September 29th 1994 --

(dir. Peter Jackson)
-- released on October 14th 1994 --

(dir. Steve James)
-- released on October 14th 1994 --

(dir. Tim Burton)
-- released on October 7th 1994 --
(dir. John Waters)
-- released on April 13th 1994 --


Runners-up: The Lion King (dir. Minhoff), Speed (dir. Jan de Bont), Dumb and Dumber (dir. Farrellys), Interview With the Vampire (dir. Neil Jordan), Pulp Fiction (dir. Tarantino), Bullets Over Broadway (dir. Woody Allen), Reality Bites (dir. Ben Stiller)...

... Natural Born Killers (dir. Oliver Stone), Quiz Show (dir. Robert Redford), Jason's Lyric (dir. Doug McHenry), Wes Craven's New Nightmare (dir. Craven), Little Women (dir. Gillian Armstrong), 71 Fragments of a Chronology of a Chance (dir. Michael Haneke)...

... The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (dir. Stephan Elliott), Chungking Express (dir. Wong Kar-wai), Crumb (dir. Terry Zwigoff), The Last Seduction (dir. John Dahl), Nightwatch (dir. Ole Bornedal), Leon: The Professional (dir. Besson), Priest (dir. Antonia Bird)...

... Shallow Grave (dir. Danny Boyle), Three Colors: White (dir. Kieslowski), Three Colors: Red (dir. Kieslowski), To Live (dir. Zhang Yimou), The Shawshank Redemption (dir. Frank Darabont), The Hudsucker Proxy (dir. Coens)


Never seen: Crooklyn (dir. Spike Lee), Tom & Viv (dir. Gilbert), Wolf (dir. Mike Nichols), The Madness of King George (dir. Hytner), Ashes of Time (dir. Wong Kar-wai), Backbeat (dir. Iain Softley)...

...... Amateur (dir. Hal Hartley)Eat Drink Man Woman (dir. Ang Lee), Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (dir. Alan Rudolph), Once Were Warriors (dir. Lee Tamahori), Queen Margot (dir. Patrice Chereau), Vanya on 42nd Street (dir. Louis Malle) 


What are your favorite movies of 1994?


joel65913 said...

Though mine are completely different those are very good films in your top five.

My top 10:

The Sum of Us
Legends of the Fall
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Three Colors:Red
Iron Will
Adventures of Priscilla
Leon: The Professional
Bullets Over Broadway
The Client


8 Seconds, Stargate, The Madness of King George, Three Colors: White, Wild Reeds, Muriel's Wedding, Heavenly Creatures, The Last Seduction, The Shawshank Redemption, Quiz Show, The Paper, Little Women, Widow's Peak and It Could Happen to You.

Anonymous said...

I realize neither he nor erotic prison dentistry is everyone's thing, but I SO had the hots for Tim Roth in "Captives" (Julia Ormond quite good also)

verbocity said...

Muriel's Wedding
Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Bullets Over Broadway

you can keep the rest