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From the Last 25 Years

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I'm starting this thread to discuss films, TV, music, whatever, released in the past 25~ years. Really anything since 1990 is fair game. A lot of people dislike discussing newer films or whatnot, so I thought I would create a thread just for those items, therefore anyone with temporal sensibilities could avoid it if it upsets them. I'm about to start my stack of 1993 movies, and they just get newer after that, so I wanted to make a place to mention these films that wouldn't intrude on the classic film discussions elsewhere.

 

I also don't think these films (etc.) are out of bounds on a TCM board, since TCM has shown films from as recently as 2011 (The Artist). And as I mentioned above, I encourage people to talk about television, music, or any other cultural event from the past 25~ years.

 

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Starting my 1993 stack with an animated movie:

 

 

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - Feature-film version of the popular Batman afternoon cartoon series of the early 90's. Featuring the voicework of Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Stacy Keach, Abe Vigoda, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, John P. Ryan, and Dick Miller.

 

 

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Blood In, Blood Out: Bound By Honor - A look at Mexican street gangs in L.A. from director Taylor Hackford. I thought there was a typo, but this actually is over 3 hours long. Featuring Damian Chapa, Benjamin Bratt, Jesse Borrego, Delroy Lindo, Tom Towles, Raymond Cruz, Danny Trejo, Billy Bob Thornton, Thomas F. Wilson, Richard Masur, and Ving Rhames.

 

 

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I recommend for early 1990s animation:

 

Only Yesterday (1991)


My Neighbor Totoro (1993)

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Whisper of the Heart  (1995)

 

 

I recommend for other early 1990s movies:

La Femme Nikita (1990)


Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1990)

The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

 


 

 

 

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I recommend for other early 1990s movies:
La Femme Nikita (1990)

 

I'm glad to see someone else likes this one. I think it's very stylish, and helped kickstart the trend towards stronger women in action roles. A lot of it has become cliched by now, with remakes, multiple TV show versions, and other films and shows lifting and repeating elements that were unique at the time. I also think Anne Parillaud is very good in the lead. Jeanne Moreau, Tcheky Karyo, Jean-Hugues Anglade, and the dependable Jean Reno are all also good.

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Bloodstone: Subspecies II - Cinema's silliest scary vampire Radu returns for more low budget thrills in this sequel from Full Moon Pictures. Anders Hove stars again as an evil Romanian vampire with a drooling problem. This time he's obsessed with harnessing the power of the Bloodstone, a powerful artifact that will allow him to do...stuff. Also with Denice Duff, Kevin Spirtas, Melanie Shatner, and Ion Haiduc as Lt. Marin.

 

 

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Body Bags - Horror anthology from producer-director John Carpenter. He also appears onscreen as the host, a cadaverous morgue attendant that cracks bad jokes like TV's The Cryptkeeper. Carpenter directs 2 of the three stories, and Tobe Hooper directs the last. The cast includes Robert Carradine, Stacy Keach, Mark Hamill, David Naughton, David Warner, Sheena Easton, Debbie Harry, Kim Alexis, Twiggy, John Agar, Charles Napier, and several horror directors, including Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, and Roger Corman. Originally premiered on Showtime.

 

 

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Body Snatchers - Third film version of the Jack Finney novel about alien pod-people taking the place of humans in a quest for Earthly domination. Starring Gabrielle Anwar, Forest Whitaker, Terry Kinney, Meg Tilly, Billy Wirth, and R. Lee Ermey. There's 5 credited writers, including Larry (It's Alive) Cohen and Stuart (Re-Animator) Gordon, and Abel Ferrera, know primarily for gritty low-budget New York crime dramas at the time, seems an odd choice for director.  I've seen this once, but I don't recall anything about it.

 

 

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CB4: The Movie  - Chris Rock stars in this rap music satire. Also with Allen Hughes, Chris Elliott, Phil Hartman, Charlie Murphy, Khandi Alexander, Theresa Randle, Rachel True, and Isaac Hayes.

 

 

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Coneheads - Belated feature version of the 70's era Saturday Night Live sketches about aliens living in suburban America. Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin return to play husabdn and wife aliens Beldar and Primat, while Michelle Burke takes over the role of their teenage daughter. Also featuring Laraine Newman, Michael McKean, Chris Farley, David Spade, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Michael Richards, Eddie Griffin, Adam Sandler, Jason Alexander, Dave Thomas, Garrett Morris, Drew Carey, Kevin Nealon, Jan Hooks, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams, Julia Sweeney, Jon Lovitz, Tom Arnold, Tim Meadows, and Ellen DeGeneres.

 

 

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Contamination .7 - Awkwardly titled horror flick about a small town that's attacked by the roots of a mutated radioactive tree. Also released as The Crawlers. Italian-made, but in English with American actors.

 

 

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Update: This one was astonishingly bad. Highly recommended. 

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Cooperstown - Cable TV drama about a baseball talent scout (Alan Arkin) dealing with the ghosts of his past as a big league pitcher. Also starring Ed Begley Jr, Hope Lange, Graham Greene, Josh Charles, Gailard Sartain, Charles Haid, Maria Pitillo, Ann Wedgeworth, and Paul Dooley. I recorded this off of TCM during a spotlight on Arkin's work. This originally premiered on TNT.

 

 

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Since you mentioned 1993, one of my top ten films of all time was made that year: Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence. As close to perfect as a movie gets, IMHO.

 

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Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer - Stand-up comedy concert that helped make Leary one of the biggest comedians of the 1990's. Some people accused him of blatantly ripping off fellow comedian Bill Hicks' style and demeanor. Others think Leary was a genius. I stand somewhere in between.

 

 

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I took a break from my 1993 stack to watch a movie on HBO tonight:

 

In the Heart of the Sea - This 2015 movie purports to tell the true story that inspired Moby Dick. A early-19th century whaling vessel out of Nantucket runs into a giant, aggressive whale. The second half of the film is a long survival-at-sea endurance test that hits all of the usual notes. Ron Howard directed, and like most of his films, it seems to have all of the right ingredients, but some intangible something keeps it from rising above the level of competent mediocrity. There's also a lot of bad, overdone color grading, with the sky often a bright green, and the people an orange hue. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Tom Holland, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, and Ben Whishaw as Herman Melville.

 

 

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Fatal InstinctAirplane-esque parody of neo-noir and erotic thrillers such as Body Heat, Basic Instinct, Cape Fear, Sleeping with the Enemy and more. Starring Armand Assante, Sean Young, Sherilynn Fenn, Kate Nelligan, James Remar, John Witherspoon, Christopher McDonald, Rosie O'Donnell, Bob Uecker, Eartha Kitt, and Tony Randall. Directed by Carl Reiner.

 

 

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Firestorm: 72 Hours In Oakland - TV movie about California wildfires starring Jill Clayburgh, LeVar Burton, and Michael Gross.

 

 

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Frankenstein - Cable TV version of the Mary Shelley story, this time starring Patrick Bergin as the doctor, Randy Quaid as the monster, Lambert Wilson, Fiona Gillies, and John Mills.

 

 

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Freaked - My unintentional Randy Quaid double feature continues with this unjustly forgotten comedy. Alex Winter, from the Bill & Ted movies, stars, produced, and co-wrote this story about a spoiled former child star (Winter) who gets captured by mad scientist and sideshow circus proprietor Quaid, who mutates prisoners into bizarre monsters for his own amusement. Really bizarre humor, elaborate make-up effects, and oddball casting, make this one my favorite unsung comedies of the early 90's. Also featuring Megan Ward, Mr. T, William Sadler, John Hawkes, Brooke Shields, and Keanu Reeves as the dog boy.

 

 

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The Ghost Brigade - Union and Confederate soldiers unite during the Civil War to battle a supernatural menace. Starring Corbin Bernsen, Adrian Pasdar, Ray Wise, Martin Sheen, Alexis Arquette, David Arquette, A.J. Langer, Matt LeBlanc, Cynda Williams, and Billy Bob Thornton. This was also released theatrically as The Killing Box, and the DVD I have is titled Grey Knight.

 

 

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Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II - The big lizard's robot doppelganger returns for more destructive action.

 

 

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Groundhog Day - Harold Ramis directed this comedic fantasy about a TV weatherman who keeps repeating the same day over and over again. Starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Rick Ducommun, Rick Overton, Robin Duke, and Willie Garson.

 

 

 

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Money for Nothing - What would you do if you found a bag of money? That's the situation facing John Cusack in this movie. Also with Michael Madsen, Michael Rapaport, Benicio Del Toro, James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Fionnula Flanagan, Debi Mazar, and Maury Chaykin. Filmed in Philadelphia.

 

 

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Murder So Sweet - TV movie thriller starring Harry Hamlin, Helen Shaver, Faith Ford, William Lucking, Ed Lauter, Terence Knox, and Eileen Brennan. This was originally titled Poisoned by Love: The Kern County Murders. This was included on a 20-film Horror DVD set, but it seems like standard 90's Lifetime movie fare.

 

 

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National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 - Scattershot Airplane-style parody of 80's action films. Emilio Estevez and Samuel L. Jackson star, with a big supporting cast that includes William Shatner, Tim Curry, Frank McRae, Whoopi Goldberg, Charlie Sheen, Denis Leary, James Doohan, Bill Nunn, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Denise Richards, Jon Lovitz, Kathy Ireland, Lin Shaye, Ken Ober, Richard Moll, Phil Hartman, Corey Feldman, J.T. Walsh, Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Paul Gleason, Rick Ducommun, Charles Napier, Charles Cyphers, Christopher Lambert, F. Murray Abraham, and Bruce Willis.

 

 

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