Friday, 19 August 2016

10 Favourite Movies of the 1980s and 1990s: 1993 Edition

.....The turn of 1993

Philadelphia - captivating and moving performance by Tom Hanks in this drama, based on a true story about a HIV positive man, who is unlawfully dismissed from his job based on his sexual orientation and his condition, with great support by Denzel Washington. 

The Pelican Brief - Denzel was terrific in Philadelphia alongside Tom Hanks and here, he is great as a roving reporter alongside main star, Julia Roberts, who is also on top form here. Suspenseful, & it has you on the edge of your seat in this entertaining political thriller.

Wayne's World 2 - just as funnier as the first film and packed with laughs galore, Wayne's World 2 is one of those sequels that gets everything right.

What's Love Got to Do With It? - powerful and at times, violent biopic based on the turbulent life of singer, Tina Turner and her husband, Ike. Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishbourne deliver stellar performances.

Hard Target - not really into Jean Claude Van Damme's movies, but this one directed by John Woo was excellent; action-wise that is, great stunts, choreographed fight scenes galore, even though the plot and acting leaves a lot to be desired. 

Mrs. Doubtfire - not Robin Williams's best movie (IMO), nor an absolute favourite of mine, but it still has its moments & Robin goes OTT in the hilarity stakes, courtesy of the director of Home Alone, Chris Columbus.

The Fugitive - based on the cult TV show, this is undoubtedly one of the best thrillers of the 1990s. Terrific performances by Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in this cat & mouse chase, with Richard Kimble going all out to prove his innocence. 

Falling Down - Michael Douglas's character is not a very pretty one; he is a character that will divide a lot of people, as well as this film. But even though it can be a difficult watch, it's still intense in places and has some interesting scenes. 

Groundhog Day - how would you feel if you had to live the same day, over and over again, non-stop? You'd go spare, wouldn't you. Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell lead the way in this unconventional romantic comedy. On the surface, it is your average comedy film but lurking underneath it, is a message about being appreciative of what you have, the things you have already and making the most out of your life, with each passing day. 

The Joy Luck Club - based on the novel by Amy Tan, the film tells the tale of 4 Chinese mothers and their American-born daughters and the challenges and struggles of being native Chinese and being a Chinese person born and bred in America. Though I am British, I can definitely relate to some of the issues and themes that are addressed in this film; some of which I disagree strongly with and yet it definitely gave me some food for thought. This movie broke barriers, insofar as to it being a film featuring a predominately Asian- American cast that wasn't made in China and the performances really went out of its way to highlight that like people like myself, not all of us are from China or Hong Kong, and yet we still look like them. It's a contemporary story about identity, a sense of belonging & trying to break free from the social constraints and expectations Asians in particular have been thrusted upon them by their elders. Surprisingly, it is directed by Oliver Stone also. If you really want to see a great movie that deals with the Asian-American/Chinese American experience, then The Joy Luck Club is an ideal starting point for that.

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