1996: Movies Sorted By Tier

  • Great
  • Breaking The Waves
  • Chungking Express
  • Cold Comfort Farm
  • The English Patient
  • Fargo
  • Gabbeh
  • Hamlet
  • Lone Star
  • Microcosmos
  • Pride And Prejudice (TV Miniseries)
  • Ridicule
  • Vanya On 42nd Street
  • When The Cat’s Away
  • Very Good
  • Angels And Insects
  • Antonia’s Line
  • Cyclo
  • Dead Man
  • Freeway
  • The Hunchback Of Notre Dame
  • Flirting With Disaster
  • Fly Away Home
  • Independence Day
  • James & The Giant Peach
  • Jerry Maguire
  • The Leopard Son
  • Matilda
  • Mars Attacks!
  • Mother
  • Paradise Lost
  • Scream
  • Secrets And Lies
  • Sling Blade
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Trainspotting
  • Twelfth Night: Or What You Will
  • Welcome To The Dollhouse
  • When We Were Kings
  • The White Balloon
  • Good
  • 2 Days In The Valley
  • Anne Frank Remembered
  • The Arrival
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Bound
  • Butterfly Kiss
  • The Celluloid Closet
  • Citizen Ruth
  • Courage Under Fire
  • The Crucible
  • Emma
  • Everyone Says I Love You
  • The First Wives Club
  • Flirt
  • Ghost In The Shell
  • Girls Town
  • Harriet The Spy
  • Kingpin
  • The Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Looking For Richard
  • A Midwinter’s Tale
  • Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie
  • The Nutty Professor
  • The People Vs. Larry Flynt
  • The Phantom
  • Primal Fear
  • Restoration
  • Shine
  • Swingers
  • That Thing You Do!
  • Tree’s Lounge
  • The Truth About Cats And Dogs
  • Walking And Talking
  • White Squall
  • The Whole Wide World
  • William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet
  • The Young Prisoner’s Handbook
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Barb Wire
  • Bio-Dome
  • The Cable Guy
  • The Cemetary Man
  • The Ghost And The Darkness
  • If Lucy Fell
  • Last Man Standing
  • Pie In The Sky
  • Screamers
  • Average
  • Alaska
  • August
  • Basquiat
  • Beavis And Butt-Head Do America
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Big Night
  • Down Periscope
  • Executive Decision
  • The Frighteners
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • The Grass Harp
  • Heaven’s Prisoners
  • Heavy
  • Hype
  • I Shot Andy Warhol
  • Infinity
  • Jack And Sarah
  • Jane Eyre
  • A Leap Of Faith
  • Marvin’s Room
  • Michael Collins
  • The Mirror Has Two Faces
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • Normal Life
  • Once Upon A Time…When We Were Colored
  • Ransom
  • The Rock
  • Rumble In The Bronx
  • Set It Off
  • She’s The One
  • The Spitfire Grill
  • A Time To Kill
  • Tin Cup
  • Twister
  • Zero Kelvin
  • Disappointing
  • 101 Dalamations
  • Bed Of Roses
  • Broken Arrow
  • Carried Away
  • Chain Reaction
  • City Hall
  • Daylight
  • Dear God
  • Dragonheart
  • Escape From L.A.
  • The Evening Star
  • Extreme Measures
  • A Family Thing
  • Foxfire
  • The Funeral
  • Get On The Bus
  • To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday
  • Glory Daze
  • Heaven’s Prisoners
  • The Horseman On The Roof
  • It’s My Party
  • The Journey Of The August King
  • Jude
  • Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy
  • Larger Than Life
  • The Last Supper
  • Mary Reilly
  • Mr. Wrong
  • A Modern Affair
  • Moll Flanders
  • Mother Night
  • Mullholland Falls
  • Multiplicity
  • The Neon Bible
  • One Fine Day
  • Phenomenon
  • The Preacher’s Wife
  • Sleepers
  • Some Mother’s Son
  • Space Jam
  • Stealing Beauty
  • The Substitute
  • Surviving Picasso
  • The Trigger Effect
  • Unforgettable
  • A Very Brady Sequel
  • Cellar Dwellers
  • All Dogs Go To Heaven 2
  • The Associate
  • Bad Moon
  • Before And After
  • Black Sheep
  • Bogus
  • Boys
  • Bulletproof
  • Captives
  • Carpool
  • Celtic Pride
  • The Chamber
  • The Craft
  • Diabolique
  • Don’t Be A Menace To South Central…
  • Dunston Checks In
  • Ed
  • Eddie
  • Eraser
  • Feeling Minnesota
  • Getting Away With Murder
  • Ghosts Of Mississippi
  • Girl 6
  • Hellraiser IV: Bloodline
  • High School High
  • The Island Of Dr. Moreau
  • Jack
  • Jingle All The Way
  • Joe’s Apartment
  • Last Dance
  • Mad Dog Time
  • Maximum Risk
  • Michael
  • Mrs. Winterbourne
  • Original Gangstas
  • The Pallbearer
  • The Pompatus Of Love
  • Sgt. Bilko
  • Solo
  • Spy Hard
  • Stephen King’s Thinner
  • Supercop
  • Tales From The Crypt: Bordello Of Blood
  • Two If By Sea
  • Two Much
  • Up Close And Personal
  • The Big Stink
  • Bloodsport II
  • The Crow: City Of Angels
  • The Fan
  • Fear
  • Fled
  • The Glimmer Man
  • Lawnmower Man 2
  • The Quest
  • Unfortunately Haven’t Seen
  • Bitter Sugar
  • La Ceremonie
  • Cold Fever
  • Denise Calls Up (Give me a warning if it’s real bad)
  • Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story
  • Eye For An Eye
  • Flower Of My Secret
  • Forgotten Silver
  • Grace Of My Heart
  • Ma Saison Preferee
  • Manny And Lo
  • Maybe, Maybe Not
  • La Promesse
  • Thieves
  • The Visitors

hi Stooky, i love your list m8 but i have to disagree with one thing. you put 'The Pallbearer'
in the cellar dweller pile. now i have to fight for it, i loved it. it was edgy, quirky and very funny. its one of the best Dark comedies ive seen. deff.the best film to come out of the friends cast (maybe with eception of 'Whole 9 yards')

i would like to know what you didnt like about it


Thanks for the compliment.

The Pallbearer:

Well, basically it comes down to the fact that it's a psuedo-remake of The Graduate and it doesn't hold up well against the great original.

I do have other reasons though: 1. David Schwimmer is really stilted in this movie, his character is so neurotic that you can't believe he could even leave his house. 2. It was too darn dour for me to enjoy very much of the humour (some of which was funny). 3. The story strains to be funny while paying homage to The Graduate among others. When the movie forays into original material is when it's at its best, unfortunately that's not very often.



ah i see- good points

I've got opinions enough for two people A Movie Fan, I say like what ya like and don't let other people discourage you.



The English Patient did nothing for me, but no doubt I have debased taste.

Fargo is a great dark comedy, oh yar.

Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet. I have commented on this elsewhere. Say, '96 was a pretty damned good year for Bardical movies!

Ah yes! P and P for TV - delicious.

Two courageous inclusions in very good: Independence Day [what say you, Jim?] and Mars Attacks! I agree with the latter inclusion - Tim Burton rules - but I doubt we'll get much support.

The Long Kiss Goodnight - perfect for those of us with debased taste.

The Phantom - you have to admire the attempt at fidelity at the cost of failure to entertain.

I too am guilty of liking The Ghost and the Darkness - Jim isn't.

Screamers - chalk up another film option for the estate of the late PKDick.

I would kick Ransom up the list a tad. Gary Sinese steals the movie from Mel, but it's always been easier to play a villain.

The Rock too. I get the distinct impression you hate Sean Connery near as much as you hate Elvis.

Mother Night. A great Vonnegut novel, shame about the movie.

Mulholland Falls is underrated. David Lynch is on your hit list too, isn't he.

Multiplicity - Keaton fan me - you know the drill.

It's all about the tortured, angsty, maudlin, doomed, honery, sweaty love my friend. Every character's got a rather large martyr complex.

Great scene:
"You see something Margie"
"Nope...I think I'm gonna barf."

Her monologue at the end is quite interesting.

So what exactly would you call Fargo's style?

I am now a Colin Firth fanboy.

I wanna put Mars Attacks! in great (but I won't cus I'm not insane). It's such an underrated piece of oddball mayhem. It's just so funny. But Independence Day, although much maligned, is actually a very well made piece of action-sci-fi fluff. Strangely, the story has a good arc and although it's never believable it has good flow and good pacing. Suprised the heck out of me when I first saw it.

"debased taste" that's it in a nutshell. Geena Davis gets drug through a knot-hole backwards in TLKG. Good updated noir ideas as well.

Billy Zane's one good performance...ever. Good ending too, that was totally ripped off by tomb raider.

What is it about TGATD that I like? I'm not sure, it's something intangible and smothered in cheese. It reminds me of King Solomon's Mines for some reason. Any opinions that could shed light on this connundrum?

Screamers <---same as above

People love Ransom for the same reason I have problems with it. It plays like a millionaire's wet dream, and uses the child as a device for a man's rediscovery of his testicles. Not my kind of thing, well made though. Gary Sinese does indeed snatch the film from everyone.

It's not Sean Connery I hate, it's Michael Bay. This man is the crappiest director in film. He makes movies that are an insult to any human watching them. No flow, no continuuity, bad editing, TOO MANY F****N JUMPCUTS, and an egomaniacal misogony that should make anyone interested in open-minded views run for the hills. I don't enjoy movies with pointless, jumbled cuts of screeching cars and testosterony men. To be more specific, The Rock is loud, long, dumb, mean-spirited, misoginistic, misguided, rapid-fire, meaningless dreck. Soul-deadening shit this bad should be burried in the ground and forgotten. He's not a director, a storyteller, or an artist. Michael Bay is an visual editor who panders to the lowest common denominator and doesn't even have the convictions to let his character's drown in their own ineptitude and venilness. I could go on but that's the gist.

Tis Mullholland Drive you're thinking of Bert, And it's tops in a later year.

Mother Night, I liked Nolte's performance but the film was just plain uninteresting. I'll have to read the book.

I'm not so much the Keaton fan. but you've probably noticed. I like some of his films though. :?)



I'm getting used to mistaking movies for other movies now. It's almost not embarrassing anymore. Looking forward to my next display of incipient senility.

Sock! Pow! I stand corrected on any Michael Bay movies I may inadvertantly have failed to puke at in the past. I do see what you mean. And I agree, he does pander to...well...debased taste. But you can't have the glories of market capitalism without also having such panderers.

Fargo's style is, I guess, the Coen bros. style, which need not be any style but their own. Fargo's main genre, as I said, is black comedy (which I sometimes call dark comedy).

My theory is that Mars Attacks! was inspired by a much more serious work, The War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells (who was known to his friends as Bertie, btw). The basic plots are the same: Earth is invaded by Mars and gets its planetary arse kicked until something completely unexpected starts wiping out the Martians - in Wells it was the common cold virus, in Burton it's brain-exploding yodelling. I like every aspect of this movie: the goofily evil ruthlessness of the Martians, the pathetic gullibilty of the humans, the garish color scheme, the amazing cast, Danny Elfman's more-sf-than-sf music...etc.

TGATD and KS'sM? Well...they're both set in Africa. To be honest, I'm not familiar enough with KS'sM to be able to beat your conundrum (hyuck, hyuck, hyuck).

Screamers reminds you of KS'sM?

Probably the biggest difference between the 2 films would be: Nick Nolte looks nowhere as good as Naomi Watts in a tight dress. :?)

Given a capitalist economy, and an ever lessening cultural savvy of the general public you're probably right. Or as M.B. would direct that sentence. Loud bang/hand with a wad of money/lips/eyeballs with reflection/closeup of boobs for no apparent reason/computer screen with your post/ car wheels screeching/a thumbs up.

hmmmmm. Maybe noir comedy.

Your theory makes a lot of sense. I would have to agree. Behold the power of yodelling Would you place Mars Attacks!! in the great section? and is that where your Bertie moniker originates?

Ha! I love the hyucks.

Woops...no Screamers doesn't generally remind of KS'sM. Teehee.



Re. MA! placement: high very good or low great.

Re. moniker: yes.