Now that we are done bringing back 80s fashion and trends for the most part, we have crept into the 90s finally. Back then, semi established writers/directors were casting their nets wider in Hollywood such as Jane Campion, Kevin Smith, Amy Heckerling, Quentin Tarantino, Mira Nair, Gus Van Sant, and Joel and Ethan Coen, Sofia Coppola, and Todd Solondz. Here are my favorite movies for each writer/director listed above from that decade. Note that some of the movies were adaptations by previous works.
My Own Private Idaho (1991) is a movie about male hustlers. Mike finds guidance under the more experienced Scott, played by River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves. They go on a journey together, mainly for Mike to find his mother. It sends them across state lines and overseas. It’s a drama that has a tragic element from start to finish. It’s directed by Gus Van Sant. It has a R rating for strong sensuality, language, and drug use.
The Piano (1993) is the movie about a young girl and mother, both struggling for their independence. Anna Paquin played Flora, which won her an Oscar, and Holly Hunter played her mother, Ada, also won an Oscar. Sam Neill (underrated actor in my opinion) and Harvey Keitel lent their hand in making the tone creepy in their own distinct ways. There is great cinematography throughout it and the story is quite haunting. It’s a period piece drama directed by Jane Campion. It has a R rating for extreme graphic sexuality.
Mallrats (1995) is the movie where college students focus on the wrong things. Brodie and TS, played by Jason Lee and Jeremy London, don’t have much going for themselves except to try to win back their girlfriends. What’s the best place to put their winning plan into motion? It’s called a mall where losers usually stay losers, but cool losers. It’s a comedy directed by Kevin Smith. It has a R rating for strong language, sexuality, and drug content.
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) is the coming of age movie with a sarcastic tone. Dawn Wiener, played by Heather Matarazzo, is an outcast in school and has earned unfortunate nicknames by her classmates. She searches for acceptance in all the wrong places including a boy named Brandon and a much older student named Steve. I think every student who wasn’t part of the popular crowd can relate to this. It’s a comedy directed by Todd Solondz. It has a R rating for language.
Clueless (1995) is a movie about living and maintaining the status quo in Beverly Hills, California. Cher Horowitz and her best friend Dionne, played by Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash, set out to make their circle bigger. They befriend Tai, played by Brittany Murphy, who becomes too much for either one to handle. It’s a comedy directed by Amy Heckerling. It has a PG-13 rating for sex related dialogue and some teen use of alcohol and drugs.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love (1996) is a movie about two friends who end up in competition for a man. Tara and Maya, played by Indira Varma and Sarita Choudhury, are close but opposites. Tara is a part of royalty and Maya’s role will only be of a servant. They each have their own desires and agendas for Raj Singh, played by Naveen Andrews. It’s a period piece drama directed by Mira Nair. It has a R rating for strong erotic sequences, nudity, and some violence.
Fargo (1996) is a movie about a car dealer who digs himself into a further hole to get out of debt. Jerry, played by William H. Macy, is married to a woman who is about as smart as himself. As the plan goes from bad to worse and bodies pile up, it’s the sheriff from Brainerd, Minnesota to the rescue. It’s a crime drama directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. I has a R rating for strong violence, language, and sexuality.
Jackie Brown (1997) is a movie about a flight attendant who is also money smuggler for Ordell, played by Samuel L. Jackson. When Jackie, played by Pam Grier, finds herself in trouble, she has to use her charm and negotiating skills to outmaneuver the agents, bosses, and enemies never far away. It’s a crime drama directed by Quentin Tarantino. It has a R rating for strong language, some violence, drug use and sexuality.
The Virgin Suicides (1999) is a movie about five sisters who each deal with living with strict Catholic parents in their own way. This family keeps taboo matters hidden rugs and sensitive topics under lock and key. The Lisbon family, maladjusted as they were, leaves a lasting impression on the town. It’s a drama direct by Sofia Coppola. It has a R rating for strong thematic elements involving teens.
And there you have it, more 1990’s movies. I eventually have to venture out of this decade and move either to a time way before or into 2000 and beyond.