Today our friends at ICS unveiled a list of their Top 100 Films of the 1990s. From obscure to wildly popular, mainstream to indie, European auteur to Hollywood icon, these films and filmmakers provide a fascinating perspective on the Twentieth Century‚Äôs final decade. Films that pitted realism against poetry (The Thin Red Line), took a walk on the wild side (from Mike Leigh‚Äôs Naked to David Cronenberg‚Äôs Naked Lunch), and spoke to us in glowing postmodern imagery (Trois couleurs: Bleu), all the while intertwining millennial angst with personal anxiety.
A few excerpts below:
Yet at the same time, it’s that melancholy tone which makes the movie the classic it is. Malkovich captured the spirit of a nation concerned with its identity at the end of a long millennium. Was it really the benevolent father figure it saw itself as? Or some sort of adolescent tyrant wanting only its own way? A host of movies grappled with this theme in 1999 (Fight Club and American Beauty among them), but Malkovich was the best of them, fascinated by a species and a nation that would go out of its way to be someone ‚Äî anyone ‚Äî else. –Todd Van Der Werff, USA