Well, this could be the most difficult “super six” that I’ve attempted so far… because really, how can I choose a finite number of films that stand above the rest? The 90’s was an epic decade for film, churning out a selection of some of the most fantastic blockbusters. Deciding which films to feature in this week’s Saturday’s Super Six will be a tough one, but I’ll give it a good go!
I’m sure this is a given, but I’m going to point out the obvious anyway – I’m only going to feature movies that I’ve actually watched. There’s still a fair few popular films that I haven’t watched yet. I’ll get there eventually…
The Green Mile:
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Leave me alone whilst I cry myself to sleep… have you seen that beautifully sad face? That’s the magical John Coffey. I really hoped The Green Mile would have a happy ending, but instead it left me with tears in my eyes and a horrible realisation that happily ever after isn’t always realistic.
The character development in this film is intense. The guards open hatred towards Coffey melts into sadness that there’s is absolutely nothing they can do to save him… The Green Mile is a brilliant film, and it’s quite easily one of my all-time favourites.
After a simple jewellery heist goes terribly wrong, the surviving criminals begin to suspect that one of them is a police informant.
I was absolutely adamant that I would hate this film. Matt bugged me for years to watch it, and when I finally gave in I realised I’d been missing out on a lot for a long time. If anything, I’d missed out of one of the best scenes of all time. You know the one.
🎶 Well I don’t know why I came here tonight… I got the feeling that something ain’t right… 🎶
Saving Private Ryan:
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
Wow, I really need to watch this film again soon. It’s been too long. I’m a Tom Hanks fan-girl, yes, but Saving Private Ryan is much more than it’s fantastic cast. It balances the inhumanity of war with the humanity of the characters and their efforts to find and send home a solider.
When I was in school, I wrote a final piece of coursework based on the Normandy beach scene of this film, and it’s still one of my favourite pieces of writing. I guess this film will always have a special, well-deserved place in my heart.
The Truman Show:
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show.
It was hard work trying to find a recognisable shot from The Truman Show without giving away huge spoilers and ruining the film’s ending. The first time I watched this film I hadn’t even read the film’s synopsis, so the whole plot was a shock to me – a brilliant shock, though, and it’s still to this day one of my favourites.
A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind, but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.
Titanic is a visually beautiful and all-round brilliant film. To the Titanic haters, I seriously don’t understand the problem you have with it. It has action, it has sadness, it has special effects, it has a brilliant soundtrack, it has romance, it has the ultimate cast and it has history. What else do you want?
I actually have a very strong memory of my first Titanic viewing, and it’s stuck with me since I was a child. It was during the scene where Jack is hand-cuffed to a pipe in the quickly flooding room, and Rose is desperately trying to search for help. The acting, in this scene in particular, broke my heart. I felt her pain, completely. Eventually, I had to pause the video (yes, the video) as a ‘time out’, because I realised I was pacing the room in floods of tears.
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster’s wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
It’s a Tarantino great, and I couldn’t really list my favourite 90’s movies without featuring Pulp Fiction… The unique chronology of the film is brilliant, yes, but even the coolness of the film is noteworthy. Is it still cool to use the word cool?
What about you? What are your favourite 90’s films?