15 REASONS WHY 1993 WAS THE BEST YEAR IN MOVIES.
I had this epiphany that 1993 was the best 12 months in terms of cultural contributions for my generation. This was my favorite year in skateboarding, AOL opened Internet access to Windows, and Clinton took office. 1993 was also the best year in music, as I Listed here: 15 REASONS WHY 1993 WAS THE BEST YEAR IN MUSIC. Further evidence, 15 movies from 1993:
- 1.Jurassic ParkThe grandaddy of special effects summer blockbusters.
- 2.The FugitiveA near-perfect movie. One of my fave films of my youth, I just watched it again on my flight home, and it holds up just fine. Great performances by Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Joey Pants, and outta nowhere, Jane Lynch. Smart story, right pacing, this one is a cross-generational classic.
- 3.Menace II SocietyMenace made Boyz N the Hood look like a Pixar film. IMO, this is the greatest LA gangbanger film of all. I can quote the entire film.
- 4.Groundhog's DayBill Murray in his Bill Murrayest.
- 5.Mrs. DoubtfireI miss Robin Williams so much. It's bizarre that my kids will grow up in a world without any new Robin Williams movies. As kids, my brothers and I would burn through VHS copies of this cross-dressing comedy. In 2015, it's just as delightful.
- 6.PhiladelphiaOne of the first mainstream movies to tackle AIDS, homosexuality and homophobia, "Philadelphia" kicks off Hollywood's Tom Hanks era.
- 7.Sleepless in Seattle...Case in point. THE rom com.
- 8.TombstoneThe last great western? Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday. Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp. This movie was gangster af.
- 9.True RomanceOne of the brightest cult classics, this dark comedy crime film was directed by Tony Scott and written by Tarantino. The cast alone: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, and Christopher Walken. Kablooey.
- 10.Dazed and ConfusedTalk about casts. This Richard Linklater film starred Matthew McConaughey, Jason London, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Parker Posey, Adam Goldberg, Joey Lauren Adams, and Nicky Katt, most in their first roles.
- 11.The SandlotFor-Ev-Er.
- 12.RudyIf you disagree that this is the greatest sports film of all time, I'd like to hear you argue that it's not the best American football movie.
- 13.Blood In Blood OutAside from American Me, no film rivals the East LA Chicano/Latino ganglife experience like Blood In, Blood Out.
- 14.The Nightmare Before ChristmasTim Burton's stop motion masterpiece was inspired by a poem he'd written over a decade before. I don't need to tell you any more about this because you should watch it at least three times in the next month.
- 15.Schindler's ListI mean, some critics' circles only call this THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME. 1993. 'Nuff said.