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)
34 The Relic: Forgettable horror Flick taking place in a museum.
35 Fierce Creatures: Semi sequel to “A Fish Called Wanda”. Not as good as the first, but still better than most movies out there.
36 Meet Wally Sparks: I don’t know why I saw this twice in the theater. But I did.
37 Star Wars: Special Edition:
My first viewing of Star Wars on the big screen. It was a revelation. No more can be said.
38 Dante’s Peak: The first of the Volcano movies, and the better. Pierce Brosnan versus the volcano. Good stuff.
39 Vegas Vacation: A lesser entry into the National Lampoon’s Vacation series. Still good enough for a few chuckles.
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.
41 Private Parts: The Howard Stern story. I was definitely more into this guy when I was a teen.
42 Return of the Jedi: Special Edition: The circle is complete!
43 The Saint: Val Kilmer as Roger Moore? I don’t think so. 😉
44 Volcano: Tommy Lee Jones versus a volcano…IN LOS ANGELES!! A silly, but enjoyable movie.
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.
46 The Fifth Element: Underrated film. It was cool, had a good design aesthetic and an interesting backstory.
47 Lost World: Sub par sequel to Jurassic Park. Excellent effects, as always.
48 Trial and Error: Ok, I forgot this piece of shit existed.
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.
50 Men in Black: Surprise of the summer for me. I thought for sure it would be crap.
51 Contact: great movie based on a better book. RIP Carl Sagan.
52 Air Force One: Harrison Ford!
53 Spawn: A neutered version of the excellent comic.
54 Event Horizon: This movie will give you nightmares…for life.
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.
56 I know what you did last summer: The next big slasher movie to take off after Scream.
57 Starship Troopers: Better than you remember. Great propaganda satire.
58 Bean: Mister Bean is the man.
59 Boogie Nights: Greatest Porn movie ever made! lol. Really good though.
60 Scream 2: Good follow up to a classic.
61 Titanic: The big one! This sucker dominated the Earth for at least 6 months.
62 Tomorrow never Dies: A good Bond film, but a step down fromGoldeneye. The writing is on the wall.
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 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.
64 Spice World: I am not proud of this. lol.
65 Blues Brothers 2000: A great jam session at the end, but a piss poor movie.
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.
67 The Man in the Iron Mask: a great early DiCaprio film. This got a bit lost in the Titanic frenzy.
68 Wild Things: pure trash. good nudity though.
69 Lost in Space: Bizzare remake of the old show. Strange choices.
70 City of Angels: Silly movie, Nic Cage as an Angel. lol
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.
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.
73 Godzilla: Oh Jesus….move along….move along.
74 The Truman show: Jim Carrey’s 2nd best film. So good.
75 X-Files: Mulder and Scully on the Big Screen!! I remember enjoying this because it showed a lot more spaceship than ever before.
76 Armageddon: Such a big loud movie. Such a piece of crap. Good performances by the supporting cast though.
77 Lethal Weapon 4: Should have stopped with 3.
78 Mask of Zorro: Antonio Banderas was born to play this.
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.
80 Saving Private Ryan: Spielberg’s 2nd best film. I could watch this one forever. Amazing stuff.
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.
82 The Avengers: UGH! This movie saps my will to live!!!
83 Blade: The beginning of the Marvel Comics renaissance in cinema.
84 Urban legends: Another 90’s horror film- this one I actually thought was superior to all but Scream 1.
85 Ronin: One of my all time favorite movies. De Niro was perfect, all was great. A classy, smart, movie.
86 The Siege: A film about terrorism forcing martial law in NYC, and the US government gets tyrannical. How close they were.
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.
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.
89 Psycho: A shot for show remake of Psycho. Just go watch Psycho.
90 Star Trek: Insurrection: The crew of the Enterprise discovers the Fountain of Youth….and it does not star William Shatner.
91 The Faculty: Pod People replace teachers at school.
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…
Worst: Avengers: This movie is a travesty.
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.
The end of the 90’s! What did I go see? Did I match, or top 29?!
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!
94 Analyze This: A big hit, but ultimately forgettable. Part of the Mafia renaissance of the late 90’s.
95 Matrix: Surprise! While everyone was waiting for Episode I, this one came out of nowhere! Great movie.
96 The Mummy: The first, and best of the series. Perfect popcorn entertainment.
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.
98 Spy Who Shagged Me: Superior to the first in every way. A near perfect comedy.
99 South Park: Terrific representation of the 1990’s South Park. Its a different animal now.
100 American Pie: The last of the touchstone movies for me of the 90’s. My generation’s Porky’s.
101 Muppets from Space: Not very good.
102 The haunting: remake of The haunting of hell house, which has been filmed a few times. Not as good as 70’s version.
103 Blair Witch Project: SOOOOOO Bad. Barely a movie.
104 Summer of Sam: Forgettable movie about a NYC serial killer.
105 Sixth Sense: M. Night Shamalalalamamaman’s big hit. After Unbreakable, it was all downhill.
106 Double Jeopardy: Tommy Lee Jones chases Ashley Judd for committing murder!!! Blah.
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.
108 Sleepy Hollow: Christopher Walken as the Hessian. Amazing.
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.
110 Dogma: Kevin Smith’s critique of Catholicism. Not a bad movie, funny, and well acted. Very VERY sacrilegious though.
111 End of Days: Arnold versus SATAN!!!!!!!!! lol
112 Man in the Moon: Jim Carrey’s best movie. He plays comedian Andy Kaufman.
113 Galaxy Quest: A Star Trek send off, done amazingly well! All are perfect. so so funny.
Blair Witch: Its just terrible. All the hype over this…
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!!