Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Best of 1992

And now the stunning conclusion...

10. Wayne's World

Usually films based on SNL sketches don't fare too well but this one is almost as good as The Blues Brothers.  Better in some ways, even.  Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprise their roles of Wayne and Garth and the result is a likable, cheerful character comedy with some big laughs, a nice Rob Lowe supporting performance and Tia Carrere as the love interest.  It's a real winner and Myers never did anything near this good again.

9. Batman Returns

Like I said in the longer review for this one, it's a wild and entertaining mash-up of Batman and Tim Burton without a filter.  Good work from the leads, a great Danny Elfman score and some nice penguin f/x make this one a winner in my book.

8. A Few Good Men

A Few Good Men is just an enjoyable, quotable as hell movie with a good script and a great cast ably directed by Rob Reiner.  Actually, this might be the last good thing the man directed. Not sure about it getting the Best Picture nomination that year but it's still one of the most entertaining films of the year.

7. Death Becomes Her

This is, for me at least, the last truly great film Robert Zemeckis did.  Sure, Forrest Gump won him an Oscar, but I don't really care for that movie so there is that.  This one though is a darkly funny comedy starring Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn as bitter rivals who both end up taking a magic potion to keep them from aging... provided they take extra care to avoid injuries.  Needless to say, that doesn't happen and the end result is a wild, fun ride.  Streep is especially good here in a rare comedy role.  Hawn and Bruce Willis are also great in their parts.  Great f/x too.

6. My Cousin Vinny

Delightfully enjoyable legal comedy that sees Joe Pesci as a New York would-be lawyer who defends his cousin and a friend from a murder charge down south.  The script is clever and intelligently written, not relying on stereotypes and Pesci, Marisa Tomei (as his girlfriend) and Fred Gwynne (as the judge) are really great.

5. Glengarry Glen Ross

Fantastic big screen version of the David Mamet play about low grade salesmen and a theft in their office.  The entire cast is fantastic with Jack Lemmon really standing out as one of his most pathetic loser characters.  And given that the man specialized in that type of guy when he wasn't working with Walter Matthau, that's saying a lot.  Al Pacino is also great in his role as is Kevin Spacey.  It's a real master class in good acting.

4. Unforgiven

Clint Eastwood finally got the credit he so richly deserved with this fantastically pout together western about remorse, revenge and redemption.  A great cast with a quartet of fine performances from Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris and Morgan Freeman and a nice balance between the point the film is going for and the stuff we expect from Clint make this one of his best.  I think I like some of his other westerns better but this one is still great.

3. Sneakers

This is a fun, underrated ensemble piece that has Robert Redford heading up a bunch of guys who test out security systems getting caught up in a government espionage plot.  It's light and breezy with a great cast as you can see from the poster) and it's just plain old fashioned fun.

2. Under Siege

Steven Seagal's second best movie (right behind Marked for Death) is also my pick for the second best movie of the year.  Tightly directed by Andrew Davis and sporting two great villainous turns from Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey, this is one of the better action movies of the decade.  Seagal is cool as usual here (his early films really did him a lot of favors) and the action is quite excellent as well.

1. Dead-Alive

Peter Jackson;s third movie is a gleefully over the top, balls to the wall splat-fest about a timid young man who falls in love with a pretty girl only to find life complicated not only by his domineering mother but also a steadily increasing army of psychotic zombies.  It's an outrageous, audacious, gloriously disgusting film that is still the best thing the man has ever done.

1992 was, as I said in the first part of this article, an eclectic year for film.  The first year of the decade that really made a name for itself (1990 was 80's lite and 1991 was just odd), it sported a blend of blockbuster filmmaking and independent cinema that offered a tantalizing taste of what was to come with the rest of the decade.


  1. Peter Jackson's third movie is ... still the best thing the man has ever done.
    Wow - didn't care for Lord of the Rings, eh?

    1. I like the trilogy quite a bit, just slightly less than this one.


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