The top 25 underappreciated films of 1995

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...

The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.

As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't. To this end, we've tried to draw from a varied selection of genres, from dramas to horror and animation to sci-fi. See what you make of the following, and do chime in with your suggestions in the comments...

25. Tank Girl

Fate -not to mention critics - failed to take kindly to this adaptation of Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett's comic book. Reviews were negative, the turnout low, and the comic book's creators described their brush with Hollywood as a "horrible experience". But with the film allowed to sit and percolate for a few years, it's now easier to appreciate Tank Girl for what it is - an sci-fi adventure comedy that tries its damndest to recreate the colourful anarchy of the source comic, even if it's not entirely faithful to some of its details.

There's a great 90s alt-rock soundtrack, with contributions from Bush, Portishead and L7, and an eclectic cast, including Lori Petty as Tank Girl, Naomi Watts, Malcolm McDowell, Ice-T and Iggy Pop. We won't even pretend that everything in Tank Girl works, but as a fun Friday night B-movie and 90s culture time capsule, it has lots to recommend it.

24. Congo

Oh lord, where do you start? Based on the Michael Crichton book of the same name, nobody vaguely sane could stand before a room of film students and profess that Frank Marshall's movie of Congo is, by conventional measures, a strong one. And yet it still works. And it's massively, massively enjoyable.

Amy the gorilla remains a steadfast highlight, and that the film was made at a point where computers were still doing bits around the edges, rather than the stuff in the middle, was an advantage. But amongst the many competitors to grab your attention, step forward the impeccable Tim Curry. He plays a rich Romanian man called Herkermer Homolka, and this gives Curry free reign to deploy the kind of accent that the man excels at. And when he declares that he's hunting for "the lost city of Zinj", you can do nothing but submit to the bizarre wonderfulness of what's going on.

Boasting an early role for the brilliant Laura Linney too, Congo remains a 90s piece of work that rests long in the memory. Expect a more extensive lookback on the site soon.

23. The Prophecy

Viggo Mortensen as the Devil? Christopher Walken as an insubordinate archangel Gabriel? These are but two reasons to see The Prophecy, the apocalyptic fantasy thriller from Highlander screenwriter Gregory Widen, making his debut as director here. Walken (with curious, jet-black hair) clearly has great fun as a deliciously evil angel who's come to Earth in search of a 'dark soul' - something he plans to use to finally win a war raging between angels in heaven - and his unique line-delivery and unblinking, physical performance adds a real touch of class to the trashy story.

Elias Koteas is really good, too, as a lapsed priest turned cop who crosses Gabriel's path - although the film's full of gore, action and special effects, one of the best scenes sees Koteas and Walken sitting in a church, trading threats. It's charismatic moments like this that make The Prophecy well worth tracking down.

"You know how you got that dent in your top lip? Way back, before you were born, I told you a secret. Then I put my finger there, and said, 'Shh...'"

22. Carrington

One of those films that gets lots of awards buzz, doesn't win that many awards, then disappears from public consciousness, Christopher Hampton's Carrington deserves a better fate. It tells the not always easy to watch story of painter Dora Carrington, here played by Emma Thompson. Her outstanding performance is matched by that of Jonathan Pryce as Lytton Strachey, and a score from Michael Nyman adds to the sheen of quality.

Dig deeper, and it's a mixed film. It's better as an examination of the characters themselves, but it doesn't have too much of huge interest for them to do. There's something quite academic about the film, but there's so much strong work in here, it does feel wrong that it's been forgotten about.

21. Forget Paris

Billy Crystal stars in and directed this charming romantic comedy, which got pretty grumpy reviews at the time of its release. Set against a backdrop of the world of basketball, Forget Paris has structural similarities to When Harry Met Sally, although here, it's Crystal and Debra Winger who are the couple who fate seems to keep pushing apart.

The assorted NBA cameos may be lost on many non-followers of US basketball, but Forget Paris has a warmth and quantity of chuckles that keeps it bubbling nicely. Plus, it feels still like a romantic comedy made for grown-ups, and in this instance, it's all the better for it. No classic, but a well cast, well made and fun to watch movie.

20. Haunted

Skepticism and science versus faith are common themes in supernatural movies and TV shows, as seen in things like The Awakening (2011) and Red Lights (2012). Haunted treads similar ground - and has certain elements in common with Nick Murphy's The Awakening - but does so in a brilliantly-crafted and memorable fashion. Adapted from a James Herbert novel and directed by Lewis Gilbert (best known, perhaps, for his Bond movies), Haunted stars Aidan Quinn as a skeptical paranormal investigator invited to look into the haunting of a rambling old country house. Naturally, Quinn's investigator soon encounters all kinds of ghostly things he can't explain away.

Quinn's excellent in the lead, but he's ably supported by Kate Beckinsale, John Gielgud and Anthony Andrews. A low-key shocker hailing from a time when such films weren't hugely fashionable, Haunted has aged extremely well, and compares favourably even the most successful of this century's  financially successful haunted house horrors.

19. Rob Roy

The big reason to watch Rob Roy? That'd be Tim Roth, in his Oscar-nominated performance as Archibald Cunningham, one of the best screen villains of the 1990s. But Michael Caton-Jones' film has lots of other qualities. It may be a tad too long, but his take on Rob Roy McGregor, the 18th century Scottish clan leader, is really properly done.

Take the cast, which on top of Roth brings together Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt and Brian Cox, amongst others. Then there's the excellent photography, and the fact that when it hits form, it's a terrific adventure. Neeson is an excellent central presence to hang the film around, and while its momentum stutters from time to time, Rob Roy is ripe for rediscovery.

18. Empire Records

Director Allan Moyle has two cult hit movies to his name that arrived in the 1990s. We've already talked about Pump Up The Volume, starring Christian Slater, before. But it's perhaps Empire Records that people have more taken to their hearts.

It's an ensemble piece set in an indie music shop, with a quality soundtrack to match. And it's one of those films that finds it feet more on a second viewing than a first. Look for some grand early performances from the likes of Renee Zellweger and Liv Tyler amongst the generous cast, too.

17. Don Juan DeMarco

Don Juan DeMarco didn't mark Marlon Brando's last screen role, but it's perhaps the best of his career's final ten years. He's cast here against Johnny Depp, in really charming form as John Arnold DeMarco. Only Depp's character doesn't believe he's John Arnold: he believes he's the legendary Don Juan, the greatest lover on the planet.

Brando gets to play the shrink here, and he and Depp spark well on screen. The sun-drenched backdrop is of real benefit too, and director Jeremy Leven keeps the tone warm. The late, great Michael Kamen contributes a great score as well. The film has a lovely ending too, which we won't spoil here. Well worth checking out, though.

16. The Brady Bunch Movie

It's not the first time we've mentioned one of the first two Brady Bunch movies on this site, and we daresay it won't be the last. The genius of Betty Thomas' film is to take the 1970s family from American television and put them into the rough, mean 1990s without changing them one jot. You thus get a fish out of water feel, aided by superb performances from the peerless Gary Cole, and the excellent Shelley Long.

The plot, for what it is, sees the Bradys having to raise the money to save their house, although the film never threatens to get bogged down in plot. Instead, it tries to give each of the Brady children something to do (Jennifer Elise Cox, as Jan, steals the show), throws in a fun role for the late David Graf, and is never more than minutes away from a good giggle. The sequel's better, but The Brady Bunch Movie is a great place to start.

15. Tokyo Fist

Japan's Shinya Tsukamoto is best known in the west for his extraordinary string of Tetsuo body horror pictures, but there's much to appreciate in all of his work, right up to 2011's intensely disturbing drama, Kotoko. Tokyo Fist is ostensibly a drama about an ordinary insurance salesman who decides to become a boxer, but Tsukamoto can't resist adding a brutal horror edge to the scenes behind the ring - anyone who winced at the blood spattered boxing on display in Martin Scorsese's classic Raging Bull are advised to look away here.

Tsukamoto's a true one-off in Japanese filmmaking, and while Tokyo Fist's uncompromising tone means it's not for everyone, there's no denying it's a fiercely individual piece of filmmaking. Fun fact: Tsukamoto provided the voice of Vamp in the original Japanese version of Metal Gear Solid 4.

14. Gonin

The relentlessly hardworking, multitalented Takeshi Kitano's made and acted in some magnificent films over his career, including Violent Cop, Boiling Point and Sonatine in the 80s and 90s, the classic Battle Royale in 2000, and the gangster drama Brother, released that same year. Directed by Takashi Ishii, Gonin (or The Five) is one of Kitano's less commonly-discussed movies - a pitch-black, surreally nasty heist movie that almost feels like Japan's answer to Reservoir Dogs.

Five cash-strapped, desperate men club together to stage a robbery, which goes hopelessly wrong and arouses the interest of the Yakuza, whose response is predictably unpleasant. Takeshi was still recovering from a motorcycle injury when he took on the role of a Yakuza hitman in Gonin, but his eyepatch is perfectly in keeping with the movie's raw, bizarre edge.

Gonin came out as Japan was suffering from the effects of recession, and its depiction of characters making ill-advised decisions due to the economic situation around them makes it a relevant film even 18 years later.

13. The Addiction

Vampires are sure to be a staple of fiction for as long as writers can think of new ways of making them interesting, and it has to be said that wayward director Abel Ferrara and his screenwriter partner-in-crime Nicholas St John find their own, brilliant twist on an age-old theme here. In their hands, vampirism becomes like a drug, with Christopher Walken appearing as a former bloodsucker who's learned to control his addiction. Shot in grainy black-and-white with stark, effective lighting, The Addiction is a brooding, low-key drama, but dotted with occasional queasy moments of gore.

Walken is typically brilliant (and possibly sporting the same haircut he had in The Prophecy), and makes light, charismatic work of some quite lengthy philosophical monologues - we particularly like the way he pronounces 'Nietzsche'. Lili Taylor is the star and the audience's entry point into Ferrara's bleak and gloomy world, and Annabella Sciora appears as one of several vampires.

The Addiction was often packaged with another Ferrara movie, The Funeral, which was shot back to back with this one. Both are well worth checking out. As Walken asks at one point, "Wanna go someplace dark?"

12. Screamers

It's a testament to the variety in Phillip K Dick's stories that, despite the similarity of their themes, they can be interpreted and adapted in so many different ways by filmmakers. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep became a widescreen, moody arthouse detective movie. We Can Remember It For You Wholesale was spun out into a wild, violent adventure starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. A Scanner Darkly became a thoughtful animated drama.

Screamers, on the other hand, takes Dick's Second Variety and turns it into a sci-fi action film that still manages to weave in the author's pet themes of technology in revolt and characters who may or may not be human. The great Peter Weller stars as a colonel on a remote planet, where robotic military devices - the Screamers of the title - have turned against their human masters. Worse still, they're gradually becoming better at impersonating the humans they're hunting.

Less glossy than Total Recall, and less artistic than Blade Runner, Screamers is nevertheless just as fun as both. There's some really effective robot designs - the Screamers are nasty critters, in all their guises - and the mid-section provides lots of tension and surprises. Admittedly, Screamers lightens up the grim ending found in Dick's original story, but it's still a fun, entertaining thrill ride.

11. Copycat

Whilst Copycat doesn't have the outright darkness that later 90s thrillers such as Seven would harness, this is still a savagely underappreciated, taut piece of work. Casting Holly Hunter and Signourney Weaver as the two leads works wonders here. They have to join forces to try and track down a killer who is recreating the work of murderers from the past.

The narrative as such flies a little too conventionally at times to make Copycat particularly distinct, but director Jon Amiel frames it in a darkness that lifts the material, and his cast is outright excellent. It's a film that firmly earns its 18 certificate as well. 

10. Devil In A Blue Dress

Carl Franklin's best film of the 1990s was the outstanding One False Move, but the Denzel Washington-headlined thriller Devil In A Blue Dress isn't too far behind.

Co-starring Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals and Don Cheadle, the movie is set in the late 1940s, and Washington stars as Easy Rawlins, who's given the job of tracking down a missing white woman, with the thinking being that she's hiding out in Los Angele's black community. It's actually quite a conventional detective piece that's then threaded into the midst of this, but the performances, the backdrop and Franklin's focused direction keeps thing interesting. Plus, Denzel Washington is magnetic here, in a more complex role than may first appear.

9. Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead

Like most people, we suspect, we first encountered director Gary Fleder's Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead on home video, and we've been quoting it occasionally ever since. Andy Garcia's never been better than his portrayal of smartly-dressed ex-criminal Jimmy The Saint, who assembles a team of similarly crooked friends to carry out a job for a quadriplegic mob boss played by Christopher Walken. The job goes wrong, and the men find themselves being systematically hunted down by a hitman called Mr Shhh (Steve Buscemi).

The thriller plot isn't massively original (and thinking about it now, it's coincidentally akin to that of Gonin), but it's the acting, script and quality of the cast that makes Things To Do a real 90s gem. William Forsyth, Bill Nunn, Christopher Lloyd and Treat Williams are great as Garcia's crewmembers (the latter's line "I am Godzilla, you are Japan!" is but one quotable line), and Walken, of course, is reliably creepy as the mob boss - he really was a busy man in the 1990s.

Largely dismissed as a Tarantino-wannabe picture at the time of its release,  but gradually building a bit of a cult following since, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead really didn't deserve the short-shrift it got on release. Boat drinks, indeed.

8. Memories

The international success of Akira was such that, even now, creator, artist and director Katsuhiro Otomo is synonymous with its name. But in both comics and movies, there's so much more to Otomo than that manga series and its 1988 film adaptation; he wrote the moving 1991 anime feature Roujin Z, directed the 2004 steampunk anime Steamboy, and even tried his hand at live-action filmmaking with 2006's Mushishi.

Then there's 1995's Memories, an anime anthology Otomo co-directed with Koji Morimoto and Tensai Okamura. Otomo's is the third and final segment, called Cannon Fodder, and its style is markedly different from Akira, with its illustrative style akin to a steampunk Sylvain Chomet. It's a beautiful-looking piece of work, though, set in a walled city beset by a constant war.

With imagery apparently inspired by Heavy Metal Magazine and artists like Moebius, Cannon Fodder is told from the perspective of a little boy who witnesses the churning gears of a mechanized war. The camera ebbs and flows through scene after scene without an edit, adding to the dreamlike air.

The other two segments are excellent, too - the first, written by the late genius Satoshi Kon, is a compelling piece of deep-space SF, while the second, Stink Bomb, is a disturbing body horror directed by Tensai Okamura.

For more Otomo short film goodness, also check out 1987's Neo Tokyo. The remarkably detailed segment Construction Cancellation Order is his.

7. The Crossing Guard

The best on screen union of Sean Penn the director and Jack Nicholson the star is arguably The Pledge, but The Crossing Guard is a strong drama too, with Nicholson putting in a very, very good performance. He plays a man who lost his daughter in a hit and run, whilst David Morse is the driver who's served his sentence for the crime, and is about to be set free.

What follows is an intense drama, with two complex characters in two very different places in their lives. Penn, who also wrote the script, sets them on a collision course, and inevitably, the ramifications are quite pronounced. It's superbly acted throughout this, and The Pledge is even better. Recommended.

6. Nixon

Off the back of the sizeable success of JFK, Oliver Stone soon decided he'd tackle the story of Richard Nixon, hiring Anthony Hopkins to mimic rather than mirror the infamous US president. But as moviegoers would deserve, this is a very different beast from JFK, a character study of a flawed and paranoid president.

It's a bumpy, complex, long screenplay that Nixon is based on, but Stone, as the film progresses, gets a firmer and firmer hand on the material, pulling some superb performances from the rich cast. As well as Hopkins, look out too for the wonderful James Woods, David Paymer (surely one of the decade's most underappreciated actors), the late, great J T Walsh, Bob Hoskins, Joan Allen... the list feels endless.

Stone, to his credit, finds enough for all of them to do on the whole, pushing them quite hard as he does so. In the extended version in particular, there's real texture and human drama fused right throughout. It's not an easy film, and it's far less accessible than JFK. But it's a very rewarding one if you give it your full attention. 

5. Living In Oblivion

Steve Buscemi. Right now, he's riding high thanks to Boardwalk Empire, but in the 90s, he regularly backed and excelled in smaller projects. Living In Oblivion, Tom DiCillio's story of a a man trying to make a low budget indie movie, is one of the very best. It's inspired by the director's attempt to get his project Johnny Suede off the ground (and his subsequent movie, Box Of Midnight), and it's a funny, raw piece of work, with Buscemi simply excellent. Catherine Keener and Dermot Mulroney are amongst his co-stars. You'll find Peter Dinklage in the cast, too.

DiCillo also published a book of the film's screenplay, accompanied by a diary that he kept during his efforts to get it made. It's a fascinating read, taking the film right through to its Sundance Film Festival debut, and the fuss that then ensued. A cracking film, and an excellent book.

4. Citizen X

Serial killers are the monsters of modern thriller cinema, yet few movies deal with the mundane reality of these depraved and usually quite pathetic murderers. Citizen X, on the other hand - based on the real investigation of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, tackles the subject without sensationalising its unpleasant subject matter.

Although it's a made-for-TV movie, don't let that put you off what is a first-rate piece of acting and filmmaking. Stephen Rea plays Burakov, a forensic expert charged with finding the clues on the victims left in Chikatilo's maniacal wake. Intelligently adapted and directed by Chris Gerolmo, who most famously wrote Mississippi Burning, Citizen X details the horrible psychological cost of the manhunt, and the part the Soviet government's incompetence played in allowing Chikatilo to murder a shocking 53 people over the course of more than a decade.

Donald Sutherland, Joss Ackland and Imelda Staunton brilliantly round out the cast, but Rea's performance shines most brightly as the psychological victim of Chikatilo's crimes. And then there's Max Von Sydow, the psychiatrist whose profiling finally brings the killer to justice. The final scenes, with Von Sydow and Chikatilo (Jeffrey DeMunn), are utterly electrifying.

3. Richard III

"Why, I can smile... And murder while I smile!" Plenty of directors have attempted to experiment with different epochs and settings for Shakespeare's plays, but few have married story and era as perfectly as Richard Loncraine's sublime adaptation of Richard III. The story of the ruthless and cold-blooded king is moved to a fictionalised fascist Britain of the 1930s, and Ian McKellen plays the scheming lead with hypnotic fury.

Low-budget yet lavishly shot and perfectly cast - look out for Robert Downey Jr, Maggie Smith, Jim Broadbent, Nigel Hawthorn and a young Dominic West among the starry roster of actors - Richard III was fully deserving of the praise heaped on it at the time, and should really have done better in cinemas than it did. Injecting action, passion and show-stopping imagery while preserving the purity of the Bard's original text, Richard III may be the finest Shakespeare adaptations of the 90s.

2. The Last Supper

A low budget drama, based around an interesting premise: what would you do if you met someone like Hitler when they were a student? Even though they would be innocent at that point in their lives, would the world be a better place if you killed them there and then? That's the kind of conundrum that five liberal studens wrestle with in the compelling movie The Last Supper, as they invite a series of people with extreme views over for dinner. During the dinner, they decide whether or not they'd be doing the world a favour by making sure their guest never left.

With an early ensemble role for Cameron Diaz, and memorable small roles for Bill Paxton and Ron Perlman, The Last Supper is a thought-provoking, unfairly overlooked independent movie, that bumps a little as it gets towards its ending, but has plenty to say on the way there. A genuine undiscovered gem.

1. Strange Days

This fast-moving sci-fi thriller seemed to have everything going for it - a great director at the helm (Kathryn Bigelow), a superb cast, a script co-written by James Cameron, and a budget large enough to do justice to its dark future vision. Yet somehow, this fantastic pedigree didn't translate into success, and the movie failed to make much of a dent at the box office.

Strange Days divided critical opinion, too, though we're rather inclined to go with the late Roger Ebert on this one, who gave it four-out-of-four and praised the power of its visuals and ideas. Set in a near future Los Angeles where a people can vicariously enjoy the memories of others via a virtual reality machine called a Squid, the film's about Lenny (Ralph Fiennes) a black market vendor of these experiences. When Lenny comes into possession of a snuff Squid memory, he's drawn into a conspiracy that involves corrupt cops and murder.

The VR theme may date Strange Days somewhat, but it's without doubt the most complex and interesting 90s film to deal with this technology - like Christopher Nolan's Inception, Bigelow's film depicts the Squid device as an addictive drug, and her collision of violence and voyeurism give Strange Days an uneasy added dimension. The most underrated mainstream film of 1995? For us, it really is.

See also:

The top 20 underappreciated films of 1990

The top 25 underappreciated films of 1991

The top 25 underappreciated films of 1992

The top 25 underappreciated films of 1993

The top 25 underappreciated films of 1994

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Tank Girl - seriously. Its a candidate for one of the worst films ever and I used to absolutely love the Hewlett's comic strips. I mean, Ice-T as Booga -NO!

The Last Supper is amazing - glad to see it get a mention!

Great to see STRANGE DAYS get centre stage credit. Its a truly superb under-rated movie and deserves to be seen. Awesome soundtrack, Juliette Lewis looking hot, Angela Bassett as well and with Fienes, Wincott and Sizemore on top form its one of the best cyberpunk movies ever made.

When Strange days came on TV recently I thought for a second it was a new film with Bradley Cooper in it LOL.

watch highlander 2 and come back to me

I think Richard III is one of the best Shakespeare adaptions full stop.

It's about time it was released on Blu-ray surely.

A few people that I've spoken to recently said that they felt the Last Supper dips heavily in the middle but I watched it again recently and it is an incredible film. It does have its flaws but the performances from Bill Paxton, Ron Pearlman and Courtney B. Vance (Possible the most underrated actor of the 90s) are incredible strong.

The Prophecy and Strange Days FTW! Viggo as Satan in Prophecy is one of the best screen devils ever - so underplayed, but sooooo dark. Strange Days is near the top of a surprisingly short list of cyberpunk movies that have been made.

I know. The resemblance is uncanny!

It just has...something, doesn't it? For one thing Lenny shouldn't be someone you root for at all, yet somehow Fiennes's performance manages it. Even the credits scene stuck in my memory, with that Gabriel/Deep Forest song to a tableau of the actors.

I think the most outstanding thing about Congo is Ernie Hudson, what a fantastic performance. He's having so much swaggering fun with the role of Munro.

LOVED Empire Records! The PCC in Leicester Square held a screening last year and it was worth every penny

Its a very hard film to fault IMO. Wonderful performances throughout (Fiennes and Lewis especially) and a very evocative movie with a 'techno-sleaze' undercurrent that runs through the themes, music, visuals, etc. Wouldn't look out of place as a TRANSMETROPOLITAN comic book story! I often watch it as a companion piece to BLADE RUNNER. I might add that the OST is one of the finest around as well. Lori Carson's 'Fall in the light' remains one of the most haunting and beautiful songs on my ipod.

Don Juan released in 1994 - so not part of this list and it is a delightful movie

I'm back. Tank Girl's still worse.

Things To Do In Denver... great film and still holds up today. It was on telly a few weeks ago. And I plan to rewatch my DVD now, thanks for the reminder!

No it wasn't. It was filmed in 1994 and shown at the Showeast Expo (where forthcoming Winter and Spring films are previewed to industry bods) in October of that year but didn't get its general release until 7th April 1995.

Personally think its a shame hackers didnt make the list, far better than the bloody brady bunch or empire records in my opinion although the gwar cameo is the highlight of that film in my book

i concur with all your points; it's one of my favs. i would also point out SQUIDS (it's an acronym) are real, and are used in MEG scanners, amongst other things ... strange days indeed ... :)

Love "Copycat". Hate "Tank Girl".

All in all, 95 was a great year for film.

Some personal choices: "Boys on the Side," "12 Monkeys," "Get Shorty," "Welcome to the Dollhouse," "The Doom Generation" (I have a boner for Araki), "S.F.W" (1995 UK release), "The Net," and more...

Hudson and Linney always deliver. Shame the film was crap.

I was just writing about this but thought i'd check the comments first, glad i am not alone!

The Loncraine/McKellen Richard III is all you say it is, Mr. Lambie, and furthermore it's wickedly funny. Brilliant Shakespeare adaptation despite the many cuts to the text.

Good to see Strange Days get the props it deserves!

I've seen quite a few of these, way more than the other years that have been covered so far, and I've no idea why that is! Some great films here.
Can I just make one point about the introduction? I know it seems like blasphemy to most people, but I don't see what all the fuss is about Heat. It's ok, but not brilliant.
Just saying.

Wow! Walken was a very busy boy in '95!

I always enjoyed Congo. I saw it at the cinema and the found the locations beautiful, and the adventure fun. The standout for me though, is Delroy Lindo commanding Tim Curry to Stop Eating the Sesame Cake! A very funny scene from two talented performers having a blast.
No Judge Dredd or Waterworld on this list? What a shocker. =)

I liked Screamers when I saw it on TV a while ago. Even though it has flaws, the world it creates is fascinating.

Yes, it's utterly appalling. It has no redeeming features whatsoever. Unfortunately I saw it at the cinema, and I suggested to my mates that we leave about 30 mins in, but they wanted to stay. Take it off this list, DoG. If there's ever been a candidate for a film that is objectively bad, then it's Tank Girl.

No easy way to say this but Tank Girl is awful. No redeeming qualities at all. The constant use of comic art reminds us how unlike it the film is, Lori Petty is dreadfully miscast, Booga and the other kangaroos look cheap and laughable, the Australian references of the comic are completely missing, and the soundtrack is hopelessly dated. I love the comic and was desperate to like this!

I agree. Rewatched this a couple of weeks ago and it stands up really well. If I could change one thing, it would be to remove the Millennial New Year setting, and leave it without a specific date. Max Headroom style 'twenty minutes in the future...'

Have to disagree about The Prophecy. Walken, Koteas and Mortensen in a movie about the devil sounds amazing, but blimey was it boring.

Moderated because I said movies today are shi tango in comparison to these ones. Ridiculous.

Love Things to Do In Denevr (one of the most quoteable movies around) and also Strange Days. I remember having to convince my friends to go and see it and after it blew us all away it then being a running gag that I couldn't pick movies worth a damn. As I've revwatched Strange Days over the years it is still brilliantly paced and keeps you interested. The issue is though that if you examine the storyline, at the end, there is no big conspiracy - it all comes down to a couple of bad cops and a fight over a girl which is a bit of a let down I think.

EMPIRE RECORDS and T.T.D.I.D.W.Y.D. were both try-way-too-hards. EMPIRE is even on my list of top 10 worst films ever; right below Powder but below Love Actually.

"above" L.A.

sooooo good to see Gonin mentioned... what a great film!! Even managed to catch it in the cinema... so good!

I really liked Rob Roy. It's a pity that Liam Neeson has more or less been typecast as a revenge-seeker these days, but it is understandable considering how good he was at playing such character already back then.

Forget Paris feels a bit like a thematic sequel to both When Harry Met Sally and many other romantic comedies of the calmer sort. I'm also very much reminded of the film Lover's Knot, which also dealt with relationships in a more realistic fashion by showing much of the awkwardness you might expect in real life, as well as what happens when the initial spark of romance cools down. Although that movie gets the upper hand by featuring Tim Curry as Cupid's caseworker. :P

I agree. I thought Congo was a rather excellent movie until the last half-hour, because the atmosphere changed so much from the creepiness of before. I think they should have kept the gray killer apes more to the shadows, because the design wasn't too scary and looked a bit like the sasquatch in Harry and the Hendersons. :P

That's the Disqus software, not us. Very, very rare that we moderate comments here.

interesting - imdb lists it as 1994
but i hear you

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAPowder. What a film.

Empire Records is a great film. Rob Roy lost out to Braveheart. I hate Braveheart for it's disgraceful historical inaccuracies. If anyone visits Scotland head up to Balquidder and you can see Rob Roy's grave.

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