My Movie Year

Ok, so this is a first. In many respects. Aided and abetted by my fellow Swedish movie bloggers I decided to try and take a few very small and wobbly baby steps into the international world of movie blogging.

Not only is this almost the first time I ever partake in a live phenomenon like this, it is also the first post ever written in English on my otherwise Swedish blog. The initiative for this event comes from the movie blogger Fandango, at Fandango Groovers Movie Blog.

His proposal was simply this: pick a favourite year for movies and back your decision with five movies from that year. Problem is, there are so many really good movies spread out over the years, that for me, it is impossible to pick a favourite year. I’m simply too much of an indecisive character for that. Still, I do believe that I have finally homed in on a very good one.

I really don’t know why, but the 90’s managed to elbow its way to the front of the line. There were so many strong years during this decade and for some reason they tended to be pretty genre specific. Nonetheless, a choice had to be made, regardless of how many darlings that had to be guillotined in the process.

So here it is, a top notch movie year and the five movies (in no particular order) that proves it: 1993.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
One of my all-time highs, this movie was the reason I started to look into which other movies that had premiered during this year. A perfect combination of fancy, excitement and sweetness. And that hard-to-beat christmasy feeling.

In the Name of the Father
Interesting and moving story coupled with fantastic performances from both Daniel Day-Lewis and Pete Postlethwaite, this movie contains one of the few scenes that are guaranteed to make me cry.

Jurassic Park
Perhaps still one of the most exciting movie experiences of my life (no, I did not catch Avatar in 3D) and an excellent soundtrack by the trusted John Williams. The dinosaurs came alive on that screen and with Ivanhoe being the most fun thing happening on a lot of childhood New Year’s Days, I’ve always had a soft spot for Sam Neill.

Tombstone
I’m not overly fond of Westerns but this one swept me off my feet. And the reason for that spells Val Kilmer and Michael Biehn. The mental combat between the consumptively pale and sweaty Doc Holliday and the bad-to-the-bone Johnny Ringo is magnificent. And on top of that Sam Elliot. In a handle bar moustache. Say no more…

Groundhog Day
A geniously simple idea that the movie manages to make very much of and Phil’s mental journey is both hilarious and touching. Bill Murray is at his most cynical and Andie McDowell is incredibly sweet.

Runners up which prove 1993 to be an even more excellent movie year:
Age of Innocence
Benny and Joon
Demolition man
Falling Down
The Fugitive
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Much Ado About Nothing
Philadelphia
The Piano
Schindler’s List
Shadowlands
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

11 reaktioner till “My Movie Year”

  1. Crazy, Sofia. I chose 1993 first but changed to 1985 in the end. My films from 1993 would have been: Manhattan murder mystery, Jurassic Park, Groundhog day, Short cuts and number one: True romance.

  2. Good choice of year, and an excellent selection of movies! I especially admire Tombstone…I love westerns and it’s so rare to see a proper, well-made one in the last 25-30 years. This is one of the best of recent vintage.

  3. @Henke: That’s really weird 😀 Well, I think I’ll have to revisit True Romance because to me it was not a very strong movie. But all you people who seem to adore it has made me doubt my first impression.

    @Fandango: And I ‘ll have to thank you in turn for the fun initiative. Haven’t seen Dazed and Confused but I am a bit curious since I quite liked A Scanner Darkly. And I love Kieslowski but unfortunately, the Tricolor did not fare well by a recent re-viewing.

  4. You sure picked a great year! There are a lot of excellent movies to choose from but I think that Remains of the day would have been my number one with Jurassic Park, Philadelphia, Manhattan Murder Mystery and Demolition man right behind.

    A really well-writtened text, a marvellous English-blog-debut. I´m proud of you! 🙂

  5. Kind of unexpected with Tombstone, but yes, a good year. Kind of hated my new school at the time (7th grade), and remember ’93 being the first year I went to the cinema for real escapism. Jurassic Park did a good job, and so did The Fugitive. And Wayne’s World 2, though that came out later in Sweden…

    Still love Gilbert Grape. 🙂

  6. @Fiffi: I’m so glad you liked it! I still haven’t come around to rewatch Remains…, otherwise that might at least have made the runner up-list. And Demolition Man would be the natural choice for you 😉

    @Gustav: There’s nothing like movies for great escapism 😀 But you should talk about unexpected — Waynes World 2?! As I said, I really had to choose hard, but Gilbert Grape is one of those movies that almost as well might have made the list.

    @Monica: Thanks a lot. It was so nice of you to stop by.

  7. Great list! I enjoyed this year as well (and eventually chose ’94 for my post). Happy to see love for In The Name of the Father! I liked your other picks, but I probably would have included Dave, The Fugitive, Indian Summer, True Romance, and A Perfect World. Ah, memories! Nice work.

  8. @Dave: Thanks! ’94 was a strong contender for me as well, my comedy year. Dave? That’s interesting, to me it’s nothing more than your standard comedy but you obviously see something else in it.

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