1996: Movies Seen

  • Top of the Pops

  • That Thing You Do! - dir: Tom Hanks; st: Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Steve Zahn, Jonathan Schaech, Tom Hanks
  • (maybe this is something of a guilty pleasure)
  • ****½

  • Big Night - dir: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci; st: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony, Minnie Driver
  • Breaking The Waves - dir: Lars von Trier; st: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr
  • Fargo - dir: Joel and Ethan Coen; st: Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
  • Irma Vep - dir: Olivier Assayas; st: Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Nathalie Richard, Nathalie Boutefeu
  • Shall We Dance? - dir: Masayuki Suo; st: Koji Yajusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eriko Watanabe, Yu Tokui
  • Sling Blade - dir: Billy Bob Thornton; st: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh, John Ritter, Lucas Black
  • A Summer's Tale - dir: Eric Rohmer; st: Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon, Aurelia Nolin
  • Waiting for Guffman - dir: Christopher Guest; st: The Christopher Guest Players
  • When We Were Kings - dir: Leon Gast; st: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King
  • ****

  • Bottle Rocket - dir: Wes Anderson; st: Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Ned Dowd, Shea Fowler
  • Brassed Off - dir: Mark Herman; st: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson
  • Michael Collins - dir: Neil Jordan; st: Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Alan Rickman, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea
  • Mother Night - dir: Keith Gordon; st: Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bernard Behrens; Arye Gross
  • Kids Return - dir: Takeshi Kitano; st: Ken Kaneko, Masunobo Ando, Hatsuo Yamaya, Yuuko Daike, Moro Morooka
  • Mother - dir: Albert Brooks; st: Albert Brooks, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Morrow, Lisa Kudrow
  • The People vs. Larry Flynt - dir: Milos Forman; st: Woody Harrelson, Courtney Love, Edward Norton, Brett Harrelson
  • Ridicule - dir: Patrice Leconte; st: Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant, Judith Godrèche, Bernard Giraudeau
  • Scream - dir: Wes Craven; st: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Skeet Ulrich, Rose McGowan
  • Shine - dir: Scott Hicks; st: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Lynn Redgrave
  • Trainspotting - dir: Danny Boyle; st: Ewan McGregor, Ewan Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Mcdonald
  • Trees Lounge - dir: Steve Buscemi; st: Steve Buscemi, Carol Kane, Elizabeth Bracco, Chloe Sevigny, Mark Boone Junior
  • ***½

  • Beavis And Butt-Head Do America - dir: Mike Judge, Yvette Kaplan; st: Mike Judge, Cloris Leachman, Robert Stack, David Letterman
  • Bound - dir: Andy & Larry Wachowski; st: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano
  • The Dress - dir: Alex van Warmerdam; st: Henri Garcin, Ariane Schluter, Alex van Warmerdam, Ricky Koole, Rijk de Gooyer
  • Everyone Says I Love You - dir:
  • Hard Eight - dir: Paul Thomas Anderson; st: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Mars Attacks! - dir: Tim Burton; st: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Jones
  • The Pillow Book - dir: Peter Greenaway; st: Vivian Wu, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata, Hideko Yoshida, Ewan McGregor
  • Star Trek: First Contanct - dir: Jonathan Frakes; st: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton
  • Temptress Moon - dir: Kaige Chen; st: Leslie Cheung, Gong Li, Kevin Lin, He Caifei
  • ***

  • Crash - dir: David Cronenberg; st: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Unger
  • The English Patient - dir: Anthony Minghella; st: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas
  • Grace of My Heart - dir: Allison Anders; st: Illeana Douglas, John Tuturro, Eric Stolz, Bruce Davison
  • My Fellow Americans - dir: Peter Segal; st: Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd, John Heard, Laren Bacall
  • The Truth About Cats And Dogs - dir: Michael Lehmann; st: Uma Thurman, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Chaplin
  • **½

  • Eraser - dir: Chuck Russell; st: Arnold Schwarzeneggar, James Caan, Vanessa L. Williams, James Coburn
  • From Dusk Till Dawn - dir: Robert Rodriguez; st: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis
  • Mission: Impossible - dir: Brian De Palma; st: Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Emmanuelle Béart, Henry Czerny
  • Multiplicity - dir: - dir: Harold Ramis; st: Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Eugene Levy
  • The Nutty Professor - dir: Tom Shadyac; st: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller
  • Twister - dir: Jan de Bont; st: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz
  • **

  • Broken Arrow - dir: John Woo; st: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo
  • The Fan - dir: Tony Scott; st: Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, John Leguizamo
  • Ghosts Of Mississippi - dir: Rob Reiner; James Woods, Whoopi Goldberg, Alec Baldwin, Virginia Madsen
  • Jerry Maguire - dir: Cameron Crowe; st: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston
  • Jingle All The Way - dir: Brian Levant; st: Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson
  • Swingers - dir: Doug Liman; st: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, Patrick Van Horn
  • A Very Brady Sequel - dir: Arlene Sanford; st: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson, Christine Taylor, Christopher Daniel Barnes
  • *

  • Independence Day - dir: Roland Emmerich; st: Bill Pullman, Mary McDonnell, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch

Just wanted to pop in to mention how much I'm enjoying this series of lists, and the ever-changing monikers for the cream of the crop. I suggest "The Bee's Knees" and "The Cat's Pajamas" for future editions. I can't really relate to your top choice for this particular year, but you already mention it's a bit of a guilty pleasure. Good stuff, looking forward to more! I'd vote for editorial comments for your favorite movie of each year, but no pressure, of course.

Thanks! I know TTYD isn't the best movie ever made, but given the story (I have a real love for 60s pop and one hit wonders), the energy (it's a lot of fun to watch), and the fantastic theme song....well, I'd rather watch it again than anything else on the list. And I couldn't resist the oh-so clever "Top Of The Pops" tie-in.

I think "The Bee's Knees" and "The Cat's Pajamas" would work well when I (eventually) get to the early 50s and the 40s. Thanks for the suggestions.

And believe me, if I could write about the top selections I would. But me and words, we don't always get along so good.

Glad someone else 'round here had the chance to see "Ridicule." I too thought it was a very good movie.

Your low rating of "Swingers" makes me sad though.

I had a feeling that the lack of stars for Swingers was going to disappoint someone. I just hope you're not scarred for life.

I guess it's because I didn't like the characters one bit, so watching a movie about them just didn't set well with me. That whole "you're money" thing grated on me pretty quickly, too.

FWIW, I thought the soundtrack rocked.

Suprising diss of "Independence Day" considering your apparent love of entertainment flicks. is there any reason (other than it's a silly story with 2 dimensional characters, plot holes, useless scientist banter, dorky aliens that look way to top-heavy and an extremely dim ending)? Not to say I don't love it but I'm blind to the many flaws.

Mmmmmmmmmm, Shall We Dance?, I had the pleasure of seeing it in the theatre along with Chungking Express. That was a good day.

That Thing You Do!...interesting. What ever happened to Tom Everett Scott? Oh yeah, he made a bunch of crap films and slinked off to TV.

Sweet pick in your profile BTW. Yours?



I think we all have friends who like to ask about plots of movies after watching them, but a buddy of mine actually needed much ID:4 explained to him. Eeek.

The pic is a self-portrait done at this place. Eventually I understood just enough of it to throw something together. Toys such as this is the reason the internet needs to exist.

Yikes indeed.

Cool link. I'll play a little later.



Ah, Tree's Lounge, it teeters right on the edge of being to sleazy to watch.