Movie List Part Two (Nostalgia Edition)

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Well, part one of this series is up, and now we move further forward as I examine every movie I ever saw in the movie theater!

Using lists and old ticket stubs I saved from days of yore, I am revisiting each year in film that I have experienced. These are films in Cinemas only! No home video or tv views counted (That would be impossible to do).

We have previously covered a decade of films from 1987-1996. This post shall finish up the 90’s and take us to the MILLENNIUM !! (That was far cooler, and scarier if you were around in 1999)

1997

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34 The Relic: Forgettable horror Flick taking place in a museum.

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35 Fierce Creatures: Semi sequel to “A Fish Called Wanda”. Not as good as the first, but still better than most movies out there.

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36 Meet Wally Sparks: I don’t know why I saw this twice in the theater. But I did.

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37 Star Wars: Special Edition:

My first viewing of Star Wars on the big screen. It was a revelation. No more can be said.

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38 Dante’s Peak: The first of the Volcano movies, and the better. Pierce Brosnan versus the volcano. Good stuff.

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39 Vegas Vacation: A lesser entry into the National Lampoon’s Vacation series. Still good enough for a few chuckles.

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40 The Empire Strikes Back : Special Edition: A continuation of the experience of the first film. A great moment for movie goers of the 90’s.

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41 Private Parts: The Howard Stern story. I was definitely more into this guy when I was a teen.

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42 Return of the Jedi: Special Edition: The circle is complete!

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43 The Saint: Val Kilmer as Roger Moore? I don’t think so.  😉

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44 Volcano: Tommy Lee Jones versus a volcano…IN LOS ANGELES!! A silly, but enjoyable movie.

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45 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: I am proud to have been one of the 23 people that saw this before it hit home video and became a THING.

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46 The Fifth Element: Underrated film. It was cool, had a good design aesthetic  and an interesting backstory.

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47 Lost World: Sub par sequel to Jurassic Park. Excellent effects, as always.

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48 Trial and Error: Ok, I forgot this piece of shit existed.

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49 Batman and Robin: So much has been said of this legendarily bad movie. I could not add to it. It killed Batman for nearly a decade. Clooney was not a bad choice though. I just wish he had a better movie.

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50 Men in Black: Surprise of the summer for me. I thought for sure it would be crap.

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51 Contact: great movie based on a better book. RIP Carl Sagan.

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52 Air Force One: Harrison Ford!

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53 Spawn: A neutered version of the excellent comic.

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54 Event Horizon: This movie will give you nightmares…for life.

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55 In & Out: Kevin Kline plays an English teacher who does not realize he is gay, until outed by a former student during an Oscar speech. Good movie.

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56 I know what you did last summer: The next big slasher movie to take off after Scream.

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57 Starship Troopers: Better than you remember. Great propaganda satire.

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58 Bean: Mister Bean is the man.

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59 Boogie Nights: Greatest Porn movie ever made! lol. Really good though.

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60 Scream 2: Good follow up to a classic.

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61 Titanic: The big one! This sucker dominated the Earth for at least 6 months.

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62 Tomorrow never Dies: A good Bond film, but a step down fromGoldeneye. The writing is on the wall.

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63 As good as it gets: Jack Nicholson’s last great film. I hope he gets off his butt and gives us another great performance again.

Worst: Trial and Error

Best: Star Wars Trilogy. A cheat, I know, but its the best thing in 97 cinema. statistically, I have seen 63 films in the cinema at this point, 29 in 97. Thats 48% of all in one year. This is probably the highest percentage we will see going forward.

1998

1998 was all about one thing: The count down to Episode I. As early as January, as Titanic was racking up records left and right, there was a lot of talk concerning whether Star Wars could top it.

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64 Spice World: I am not proud of this. lol.

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65 Blues Brothers 2000: A great jam session at the end, but a piss poor movie.

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66 Sphere: My favorite Michael Chrichton novel starring Dustin Hoffman. The movie was ok, but I think there is a remake that could do it justice.

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67 The Man in the Iron Mask: a great early DiCaprio film. This got a bit lost in the Titanic frenzy.

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68 Wild Things: pure trash. good nudity though.

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69 Lost in Space: Bizzare remake of the old show. Strange choices.

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70 City of Angels: Silly movie, Nic Cage as an Angel. lol

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71 Odd Couple II: Poor decisions here. Should not have been made, but it was, and we are stuck with this being the last Matthau/Lemmon collaboration.

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72 Deep Impact: The first of the Asteroid hitting Earth movies. Also the better. The Latter might be more famous, and better cast, but this one was a better film.

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73 Godzilla: Oh Jesus….move along….move along.

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74 The Truman show: Jim Carrey’s 2nd best film. So good.

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75 X-Files: Mulder and Scully on the Big Screen!! I remember enjoying this because it showed a lot more spaceship than ever before.

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76 Armageddon: Such a big loud movie. Such a piece of crap. Good performances by the supporting cast though.

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77 Lethal Weapon 4: Should have stopped with 3.

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78 Mask of Zorro: Antonio Banderas was born to play this.

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79 There’s Something about Mary: A movie that is not as funny today as it was. It was the big comedy of 98 though.

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80 Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s 2nd best film. I could watch this one forever. Amazing stuff.

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81 Halloween H20: Jamie lee Curtis returns to the Halloween series! Working off the Scream vibe, this was one of the best in decades for the series.

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82 The Avengers: UGH! This movie saps my will to live!!!

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83 Blade: The beginning of the Marvel Comics renaissance in cinema.

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84 Urban legends: Another 90’s horror film- this one I actually thought was superior to all but Scream 1.

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85 Ronin: One of my all time favorite movies. De Niro was perfect, all was great. A classy, smart, movie.

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86 The Siege: A film about terrorism forcing martial law in NYC, and the US government gets tyrannical. How close they were.

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87 The Waterboy: It was this, or Meet Joe Black, and this was shorter. People only went to see this in November to see the STAR WARS trailer before, and after, the movie.

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88 Enemy of the State: One of the last great Gene Hackman roles, with Will Smith starring. A great film. It could be a sequel to The Conversation.

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89 Psycho: A shot for show remake of Psycho. Just go watch Psycho.

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90 Star Trek: Insurrection: The crew of the Enterprise discovers the Fountain of Youth….and it does not star William Shatner.

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91 The Faculty: Pod People replace teachers at school.

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92 The Thin Red Line: I hated it. Compared to Private Ryan, it was total garbage.

Yikes, such a bad year for film. So many choices for worst…

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Worst: Avengers: This movie is a travesty.

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Best: Saving Private Ryan: you can’t beat it, not with this bunch.

1998 ended up tying 1997 with 29 movies! sheesh! A show of what I meant before concerning percentages.

1997: 29/60 movies=48%

1998: 29/92 movies= 33%

This number will keep necessarily dropping, so we will focus on tally only from here out.

1999

The end of the 90’s! What did I go see? Did I match, or top 29?!

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93 Payback: One of my favorite Mel Gibson films: He plays Parker/Porter whatever in this adaptation of the novel. James Coburn is great in a minor role. My suits man!

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94 Analyze This: A big hit, but ultimately forgettable. Part of the Mafia renaissance of the late 90’s.

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95 Matrix: Surprise! While everyone was waiting for Episode I, this one came out of nowhere! Great movie.

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96 The Mummy: The first, and best of the series. Perfect popcorn entertainment.

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97 The Phantom Menace: I share no hate for this. I say it is a good film, not as good as the originals, but still worthy of the name Star Wars. screw the haters.

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98 Spy Who Shagged Me: Superior to the first in every way. A near perfect comedy.

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99 South Park: Terrific representation of the 1990’s South Park. Its a different animal now.

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100 American Pie: The last of the touchstone movies for me of the 90’s. My generation’s Porky’s.

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101 Muppets from Space: Not very good.

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102 The haunting: remake of The haunting of hell house, which has been filmed a few times. Not as good as 70’s version.

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103 Blair Witch Project: SOOOOOO Bad. Barely a movie.

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104 Summer of Sam: Forgettable movie about a NYC serial killer.

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105 Sixth Sense: M. Night Shamalalalamamaman’s big hit. After Unbreakable, it was all downhill.

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106 Double Jeopardy: Tommy Lee Jones chases Ashley Judd for committing murder!!! Blah.

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107 American Beauty: The finest film about a 45 year old banging a teenager ever made…nope, that’s Lolita. Well, it had that cool trash bag in the wind scene.

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108 Sleepy Hollow: Christopher Walken as the Hessian. Amazing.

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109 World is not enough: I enjoyed this movie, but the cracks are now apparent. Brosnan’s Bond films are heading for a hard fall.

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110 Dogma: Kevin Smith’s critique of Catholicism. Not a bad movie, funny, and well acted. Very VERY sacrilegious though.

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111 End of Days: Arnold versus SATAN!!!!!!!!! lol

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112 Man in the Moon: Jim Carrey’s best movie. He plays comedian Andy Kaufman.

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113 Galaxy Quest: A Star Trek send off, done amazingly well! All are perfect. so so funny.

Worst:

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Blair Witch: Its just terrible. All the hype over this…

Best:

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Phantom Menace: I have to go with my gut. Of all these films, Episode I is the only one I would go out of my way to watch again.

I saw 21 films in 1999, less than the previous years….or did I? As a Star Wars fan, everyone, and I mean everyone I know, wanted to see it with me. Therefore I saw it many times with different people. All told- I saw it 15 times in 1999. Yeah, I know. That makes 36 total screenings in the theater. However, we are looking at individual movies, not screenings.

Tally 113 movies 1987-1999!

Now, the 90’s are over! This section is over too! We now move into more recent history! The Millennium!!

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