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Old 07-19-04, 09:59 PM
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The Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s

Lists are a dime a dozen but this one might be of some interest. The Online Film Critics Society has put together "The Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s" but what's cool is that different critics wrote mini-essays on each film. (I'm a member and I have a few in there)

Anyway, here's the link: http://ofcs.rottentomatoes.com/pages/pr/1990overlooked
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Some quality flicks there, thanks for the post.
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Pretty good list there. Some of those definitely were criminally overlooked.
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Based on much of the other fare, I'm surprised that The Frighteners isn't listed.

Other than that, I'm not sure if I should feel indicated for owning and enjoying a majority of these titles or be embarassed.
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You should definitely feel indicated.
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Very Bad Things = sux0rz, but good list.
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Glad to see Richard III and The Ice Storm on there, but why no love for Cold-Blooded?
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thanks for the list. My 1.99/movie rental from BlockBuster expired a couple of days ago..Maybe I could of rented a few of these movies!
I will check the titles out, though
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Waiting for Guffman? All I hear about that is praise. I missed that boat I guess. Probaly 2 of the worst hours of my life, ever.
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Very Bad Things shouldn't be on the list...But I agree with it for the most part.
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Hoo-ray for Babe: Pig in the City. Siskel (R.i.P.) was right about this movie being best of '98.
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I'd put Alexander Payne's Citizen Ruth and/or Election somewhere on that list if I was making it. But other than that, there's some of my favorites (let's hear it for Safe!) and some that I've always meant to see, but never got around to- plus some that I may have to look into now. Not bad.
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Originally posted by BigPete
Based on much of the other fare, I'm surprised that The Frighteners isn't listed.

Same here. I thought it was a great movie , wasn't talked about too much.

Also I agree with "A Perfect World", I remember seeing that movie a while back, and really liking it.
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Nice to see Babe: A Pig in the City on the top ten.

Ghost Dog doesn't belong on that list. It wouldn't get half the praise it gets if Jarmusch didn't direct.
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Some of those don't belong there... either because they weren't really overlooked or because they just weren't that good. An interesting list nonetheless.
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Mystery Men is listed and The Thin Red Line isn't.

Riiiiiiight.
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Originally posted by Rivero
Mystery Men is listed and The Thin Red Line isn't.

Riiiiiiight.
The Thin Red Line sucked. It was overhyped anyhow.
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Originally posted by Brain Stew
The Thin Red Line sucked. It was overhyped anyhow.
No, no. The Thin Red Line is a beautiful, misunderstood and haunting movie. I almost agree with Martin Scorsese when he named it the best film of the 90's.
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BEAUTIFUL GIRLS deserved to be higher up on that list.

MILLER'S CROSSING @ number one.
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Originally posted by RyoHazuki
Ghost Dog doesn't belong on that list. It wouldn't get half the praise it gets if Jarmusch didn't direct.
This is a true statement, though for a different reason than you intended. If Jarmusch hadn't directed, it would be an entirely different picture.
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Great list, except for
Mystery Men and Joe vs. The Volcano


I would have added War of the Buttons and Night on Earth instead.
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The Online Film Critics Society's Top 100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s


100. Mystery Men
99. Titus
98. The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl
97. Proof
96. Cradle Will Rock
95. Jude
94. Dead Alive (Braindead)
93. Chaplin
92. Glengarry Glen Ross
91. Jesus' Son

90. Living In Oblivion
89. Topsy-Turvy
88. Big Night
87. Beloved
86. The Secret Of Roan Inis
85. Quick Change
84. The People Vs. Larry Flynt
83. Twin Falls Idaho
82. Ravenous
81. Deep Cover

80. A Midnight Clear
79. Kundun
78. Great Expectations
77. Fallen Angels 76. Ashes Of Time
75. Bottle Rocket
74. Flirting With Disaster
73. Eye Of God
72. Fresh
71. The Last Days Of Disco

70. Smoke
69. Fast, Cheap, & Out Of Control
68. Cannibal! - The Musical
67. Darkman
66. Bullet In The Head
65. Girl On The Bridge
64. The Winslow Boy
63. Croupier
62. The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
61. The Ice Storm

60. Matinee
59. Joe Versus The Volcano
58. Sonatine
57. Exotica
56. The Ref
55. One False Move
54. Raise The Red Lantern
53. Dick
52. Bob Roberts
51. Before Sunrise

50. A Perfect World
49. The Limey
48. A Bronx Tale
47. Twin Peaks - Fire Walk With Me
46. LA Story
45. My Neighbor Totoro
44. Strange Days
43. October Sky
42. Richard III
41. Very Bad Things

40. The Double Life Of Veronique
39. Beautiful Girls
38. Pump Up The Volume
The Spanish Prisoner
36. Jacob's Ladder
35. Hana-Bi (Fireworks)
34. Bringing Out The Dead
33. A Little Princess
32, Defending Your Life 31. Hard Eight

30. Eve's Bayou
29. The Apostle
28. Welcome To The Dollhouse
27. Breakdown
26. Hamlet
25. Dellamorter Dellamore (Cemetery Man)
24. The Red Violin
23. Devil In A Blue Dress
22. In The Company Of Men
21. Truly, Madly, Deeply

20. The Butcher Boy
19. Zero Effect
18. Sneakers
17. Dead Again
16. That Thing You Do!
15. Ghost Dog - The Way Of The Samurai
14. Searching For Bobby Fischer
13. The Straight Story
12. Chungking Express
11. Bound

10. Fearless
9. Dead Calm
8. Babe - Pig In The City
7. The Hudsucker Proxy
6. Waiting For Guffman
5. Heavenly Creatures
4. Lone Star
3. The Sweet Hereafter
2. Safe
1. Miller's Crossing
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Finally - a list that includes some of my absolute favorites, including:

Ravenous
Matinee
One False Move
A Perfect World
Lone Star
Dead Calm
Dellamorter Dellamore (Cemetary Man)
Pump Up The Volume
Living In Oblivion.......
etc.


Actually, if that list of 100 were the only titles released during the 90's, it would have been a great decade for movies!
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Well, I'm very disappointed with the list. Most of these films are quite well-known and well-regarded. A few of them were pretty big hits. Apparently, there were only about eight or nine foreign movies overlooked in the 90's. If this was the best list that a ton of film experts could concoct, well - that saddens me. Give anyone here at DVDTalk two days and an IMDb connection, and I'm sure they could come up with a list just as good and/or better. that's not an insult to the critics who compiled this list, I'm sure they're alright people - but a lot of the choices, and more importantly, the ignored, much more suited candidates, seem just plain odd.

Originally posted by Rivero
No, no. The Thin Red Line is a beautiful, misunderstood and haunting movie. I almost agree with Martin Scorsese when he named it the best film of the 90's.
Riv, sometimes you crack me up.
Old 07-20-04, 09:37 AM
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The reason the list skews towards films that are pretty well known (by real film fans) is because of the voting process. There are over 100 members in the OFCS and many, many less-well known films were nominated. But if not enough people have seen them they won't get the votes to make the list. It always happens that way. There was some discussion of how to handle that aspect of it but I think a straight vote ended up being the most democratic way.

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