Sunday, March 9, 2014

Nineteen Candles


By the time you read this, I will be recovering from my massive hangover by eating massive amounts of birthday cake. Okay, maybe I'll try and lessen the massive, but you don't turn your last year of -teen every year, do you?

Last year, I celebrated my 18th birthday with 18 lists. This year, I have neither the time nor the energy to do so - instead, I will give you one list that is good enough to make up for the lack of 18 more. Initially, I wanted to make a list of my 19 favorite films from 1995. It turns out, however, that I have seen only 18 (!) films from the year I was born! That's less than a third of the 2013 films I've seen. So my list is easy; it's all the films of 1995 that I've seen (from worst to best) and then 19 more that I want to see until the 9th of March 2015. Cheers!

WHAT I'VE SEEN

BATMAN FOREVER
A great cast, especially with Jim Carrey as The Joker. How sad that the plot just doesn't hold up. I watched this last year as preparation for Man of Steel (because my knowledge of the superhero movie genre was as big as Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar) and was very disappointed after the previous two Burton Batman films.

RAM JAANE
This is one of my 90s Shahrukh Khan Bollywood guilty pleasure films... but I don't have the guts to rank it higher. It's very colourful and bloody and unrealistic but I sort of enjoyed it.

KARAN ARJUN
Another 90s Bollywood Shahrukh Khan film - but this one also stars now-superstar Salman Khan. Well, it's a weird movie and a very bad example of the lost-and-found genre.



GUNDARAJ
90s Bollywood had it in it, right? This was the first on-screen pairing of now married Ajay Devgn and Kajol and they really don't have that much chemistry. However, the soundtrack is pretty nice in a trashy kind of way.

WATERWORLD
Having grown up on a ship myself, I was very fascinated with the concept of this film. Kevin Costner is always a safe choice for me too. Some of the effects were a bit heavy and the whole story was quite far-fetched but I generally liked this film.

BAD BOYS
Yeah, I remember close to nothing about this one.

POCAHONTAS
Never one of my favorites but I still liked it more than some others. I guess I just never thought Pocahontas was that beautiful... sorry. I'm not racist like that anymore.

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
In my big Austen phase (right in the middle of my teenage, actually), this movie was a very pleasant discovery. Need I say more than Alan Rickman?



THE USUAL SUSPECTS
I wasn't as blown away by this film than many others, although perhaps I just wasn't paying it enough attention. The twist is very surprising and cool though.

BRAVEHEART
Again; I remember next to nothing about this and what I do remember may come from clips I've seen at the Oscars. I really should give this one a re-watch.

BALTO
So I like animated films about sledge dogs. And I cry when I watch them. Well, actually I haven't seen this film since I was a child so maybe it's very bad.

BABE
One of my favourite films as a child, however I don't feel that compelled to re-watch it before I have my own kids.

WALLACE AND GROMIT: A CLOSE SHAVE
Who doesn't love Wallace and Gromit? The inventiveness and humour of the films are astonishing and they're the perfect mixture of things that will please adults and those that will please children.



CLUELESS
I'm overly happy I watched Clueless while I was still in high school. Not that Danish high schools are anything like American ones but there's a special feeling about this film for me now. And by the way, Paul Rudd - how does he do it? He still looks the same as in this film!

TOY STORY
Even though I practically grew up in the time of these films, I didn't watch them until last year or so. The fact that I love them shows how great they are indeed. All I want for my 19th birthday is a Buzz Lightyear!

BUMBAI
One of my teenage favourites that I have never rewatched - I do own the DVD though. It's not one I'm afraid to re-watch either, after all it stars my once favourite actress and is directed by one of my favourite directors. And it's not one of those cheesy, typical 90s Bollywood films (that I do love but... you know).

DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE
Yes, the cheesy, perfectly romantic and in part bizarre 90 Bollywood love story still rules. Almost. My nr. 2 of the year I was born in introduced a whole new style into the world of Hindi cinema and sky-rocketed the careers of most people involved. I wish Shahrukh would go back to making such fun movies with actresses his age.



BEFORE SUNRISE
The mixture of almost unrealistically magical love and bittersweet realism is what makes Before Sunrise my true favourite of 1995. It is heart-wrenching, -warming and anything in between and I wish it would go on for much longer than it does. Basically, I want to stay in that music room scene forever.


WHAT I WANT TO SEE


APOLLO 13
Only Best Picture nominee I haven't seen, space, Tom Hanks - what's not to like?

LEAVING LAS VEGAS
I just desperately need to get a different impression of Nicolas Cage.

DEAD MAN WALKING
Susan Sarandon rocks and I need to catch up on famous female performances anyway.



MIGHTY APHRODITE
One of the many Woody Allen films I've never heard of - perfect!

ANTONIA'S LINE
What a better place to start watching Dutch films than this acclaimed film with a weird poster?

ANNE FRANK REMEMBERED
Granted; I'm just going through the Oscars of 1995 right now. But this one does sounds interesting; Anne Frank is kind of a big deal in high school here.

THE FOUR CORNERS OF NOWHERE
Stephen Chbosky wrote a wonderful novel and directed a wonderful film with The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so let's see what else he put out.

RANGEELA
Absolute 90s Bollywood classic that I am yet to see. I do know the title song pretty well though. Happens a lot to me with Indian films, most often I never see the movies themselves.



LA HAINE
I have heard so much about this movie that I almost feel like I've seen it already.

SE7EN
I'm going to watch it for BlindSpots anyway, so that's neat.

HEAT
I quite like Michael Mann and this could be a nice double feature with The Heat.

CASINO
Martin Scorcese is the #1 of the directors whose filmography I need to crack anyway.

AKELE HUM AKELE TUM
This movie has been mentioned in so many other films that I feel my horizon is going to expand instantly while I watch it.

BAASHA
I can handle a Rajnikanth movie a year, right? I mean, this is the first year I'm trying it.

TWELVE MONKEYS
This just somehow looks and sounds absolutely intriguing.



THE BASKETBALL DIARIES
Whatever Leo says does.

DESERET
I need to watch more docs and WOW how does this have such bad ratings yet is in the 1001 bible?

ZERO KELVIN
Norwegian cinema rocks - and this particular specimen looks very fascinating.


I know; KEEP CALM is probably so-18-years-old by Sunday. By today, I mean. Happy birthday to present me from past me! And have a nice Sunday, everyone.


16 comments:

  1. Happy birthday! First of all I have to ask you from what film is the picture with Joaquin Phoenix from?

    1995 was an important year in film, a lot of great films many which I haven't seen.
    From the films from 1995 that you plan to see I was blown away by Se7en and 12 Monkeys,the first one a dark brilliant thriller and the second one an unusual science fiction with an interesting narrative structure.

    Leaving Las Vegas is a very sad and dark film. The state of the main characters gets worse as the film goes on. Anyway, both Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Shue are very good in it.

    Mighty Aphrodite isn't nearly as good as his classics, but it has a great comedic performance from Mira Sorvino who received an Academy Award for playing a prostitute with a very funny voice. It's a good film worth checking out.

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    1. Thank you! The picture is from Signs, the only Shyamalan film I kinda like.

      I cannot wait to see those, and yes, it seems like it was indeed a good year.
      I've heard that LLV is a very sad film but I really want to see it.

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  2. Happy Birthday Mette. For someone so young you have quite the diverse list of movies you have seen. I like your Bollywood recommendations and will need to start reviewing them soon. Casino, Mighty Aphrodite, and 12 Monkeys are all good choices to watch. can't wait to read or hear your thoughts on them.

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    1. That is so cool, I'm going to take your word for that (the Bollywood reviews). Thank you!!

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    3. Thank you!! I received that one another time already but I'm still flattered!

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  3. HAWWW KARAN ARJUN IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!
    Happy birthday again, darling :)

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    1. I already suspected it would be one of your 90s favorites :P
      Thank you again!!!

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  4. Happy Birthday! So much good stuff you'll see for the first time - especially Casino and Se7en!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah. I'm pretty psyched!

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  5. Happy happy Birthday! I kinda just freaked out there for a second, you were all like "yeah 1995 I just turned 19" and then all of a sudden it hit me that I'll be 19 this year. How time flies!

    Anyway, how lucky were we to be born in the year of Before Sunrise? It's kinda like we've been growing up with those films, in the most literal sense.

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    1. It is. Although I didn't see it before last year :)
      Well, I can tell you it doesn't feel very different from being 18. But my friends that are turning 20 are really freaking out, haha.

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  6. Happy birthday! Very cute idea for a list/challenge for next year.

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    1. Thank you!! I hope I'll have the discipline to complete it.

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  7. Happy Birthday. I also recommend Jim Jarmush’s Dead Man (one of the best Johnny Depp's roles) and my personal favorite 'Blue in the Face'. Taci

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    1. Thank you! And those do sound cool, I forgot that Dead Man is from 95.

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