Archive for the ‘ 90s Movies ’ Category

SHE’S ALL THAT

A disgustingly predictable teen-romcom with all the clichés and a dash of Freddie Prinze. 

She’s All That is a 1999 film directed by Robert Iscove and is a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. It was one of the most popular teen films of the 1990s and reached #1 at the box office in its first week of release.

The film has received mixed reviews by critics, with rate of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes and Top Critics rating the film with 25%.

Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as a high school hottie who makes a bet with a fellow classmate that he can turn geeky Rachel Leigh Cook into a Prom Queen. Problems arise when hot shot Prinze becomes involved and in love with the transformed Cook.

 

Most of the criticism is directed to the now infamous choreographed group dance scene at the prom near the end of the movie.

Many felt it was completely unrealistic that all of these student would be so perfectly in synced with their dancing.

However many fans disagreed and argued that the dance scene fits in perfectly with the film, and is often rated among a handful of other choreographed dance scenes in a comedy as one of the best.

We’ve all seen it before… artsy weird girl gets made over transcends in highschool popularity, kicks Queen B off her thrown and gets hot jock to fall in love with her… Happily Ever Whatevs!

The staircase scene (Rachael Leigh Cook walking down in the red dress) will continue to be parodied by 90s kids while playing Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me” in the background.

BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

This got me jumping on the couch and chating “San Dimas Highschool Football Rules!”

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a 1989 science fiction-comedy bromance film and the first installment in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two metalhead slackers travel through time to assemble a menagerie of historical figures for their high school history presentation.

It stars a young Keanu Reeves as “Ted” Theodore Logan, Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston, Esquire and George Carlin as Rufus.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure received reviews which were most positive upon release and was commercially successful. It is now considered a cult classic. 

The film opens in San Dimas, California in the year 2688 AD. Rufus (Carlin) prepares to use a time-traveling phone booth to travel back to 1988 to ensure the Two Great Ones–Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan – remain together to form the band “Wyld Stallyns” whose music will become the core of the future’s Utopian society.

Rufus finds that Bill and Ted are on the verge of failing their high school history class and should Ted fail his father will ship him off to an Alaskan military academy, effectively ending the pair’s dreams of forming a band.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventurewas a financial success, grossing $40.4 million domestically on a budget of about $10 million.

Most memorable quotes:

  • “This is a dude who, 700 years ago totally ravaged China and who we were told 2 hours ago, totally ravaged Oshman’s Sporting Goods.”
  • “Be excellent to each other. And… PARTY ON, DUDES!”
  • “Sounds good, Mr. The Kid!”
  • “So, Bill, what you’re telling me, essentially, is that Napoleon was a short dead dude.”
  • “Oh, you beautiful babes from England for whom we have traveled through time… will you go to the prom with us in San Dimas? We will have a most triumphant time!”

A theatrical sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” was released in 1991 and an untitled third film is planned to be released in 2013. Yipee!

Fingers crossed they don’t massacre a classic.

DANGEROUS MINDS

This movie makes me feel so bad ass everytime I watch it…

Dangerous Minds (1995) is an American drama film based on the autobiography My Posse Don’t Do Homework by former U.S. Marine, LouAnne Johnson who took up a teaching position at Carlmont Highschool in Belmont, California where most of her students were African-American and Hispanic teens from East Palo Alto, a then-unincorporated town at the opposite end of the school district.

The film, starring Michelle Pfeiffer was released to mixed critical reception, but became a surprise box office success in the summer of 1995.

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students.

 

The soundtrack and its lead single “Gangsta’s Paradise” enjoyed major success and received nominations for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Coolio won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for his vocals.

At the MTV Movie Awards 1996Dangerous Minds was nominated in four categories: Best Movie, Best Female Performance (Pfeiffer), Most Desirable Female (Pfeiffer) and Best Movie Song (Coolio).

This will forever be a legendary film. With the risk of sounding corny Dangerous Minds was inspiring and convinced me to try harder at school.

I even bought the 1996 Grammy CD just for Gangsta’s Paradise.

NOW AND THEN

Such a cute film x

Now and Then is a 1995 film starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffman, Demi Moore, Ahsleigh Aston Moore and Rita Wilson.

It has been referred to as a female version of the 1986 film, “Stand By Me.”

Four childhood friends gather together to prepare for the birth of Chrissey’s baby. While together, they reminisce about when they were kids in 1970.

The film was released on October 20, 1995 and was a commercial success.

Teen girls wanted to see this for one thing. To sneak a peak at Devon Sawa’s ass.

THE CRAFT

“Light as feather, stiff as a board. Light as a feather, stiff as a board.”

The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural teen horror film starring Robin Tunney, Rachel True, Fairuza Balk and Neve Campbell.

The film’s plot centers on a group of four teenage girls who pursue witchcraft and use it for their own gain. They all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

The production was geared toward earning a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. They followed all of the guidelines to earn that rating but in the final outcome the film was rated R because the film dealt with teenage girls using witchcraft.

Neve Campbell & Skeet Ulrich were both cast in this film and would later work together Scream (the first installment of the teen slasher quadrilogy). 

So it’s not Hogwarts but there’s something about those school girl skirts with thigh highs that just trumps Harry Potter.

THE WIZARD

A stellar eBay purchase, I jumped around when my DVD copy of The Wizard was finally delivered.

The Wizard is a 1989 adventure dramedy film starring a young Fred Savage, Luke Edwards and Jenny Lewis (scrapes into the 90s because it was released in Australia in 1990).

The film follows three children who run away from home and hitch cross country to compete in the ultimate video game championship. 

The Wizard is famous for its numerous references to video games and accessories for the NES and has been called a feature length commercial.

The film was also well known for being North America’s introduction to what would become one of the best-selling video games of all time, Super Mario Brosthers 3.

Remember the “Power Glove” LOL.

Imagine being a video games savant… gotta be every kids dream in the 90s and WTF Nintendo, a magic flute that let’s you warp worlds! Love it.

THE LION KING

Before we found Nemo, before we played with Woody & Buzz and before we chased snipes with Russell there was a time when it wasn’t all about 3D animation and classic Disney was all about the songs and characters.

The Lion King is a 1994 animated musical adventure film about Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) a lion cub tricked into thinking he killed his father, guilt ridden he flees his homeland into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

It is the 32nd feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classic series. The story takes place in a kingdom of anthropomorphic lions in Africa and was influenced by the Bible and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.   

Released in ’94 to a positive reaction from critics, who praised the film for its music and story it brought in over $951 million worldwide as of 2011, making it the highest-grossing hand drawn film in history.

The Lion King garnered two Academy Awards for its achievement in music and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.  

 

A Broadway adaptation of the film opened in 1997 and won six Tony Awards including Best Musical.

If you didn’t swell up when Mufasa died, have you no heart?

This is my second favourite animation classic during the Disney Renaissance (Mulan being the first).

I remember my parental units taking me to watch this one and I genuinely think they enjoyed it as much as I did.

It had the winning combination of James Earl Jones (voice of Mufasa), witty side kicks Timon & Pumba for comic relief and a killer soundtrack with Elton John belting out ballads like “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” & “Circle Of Life.”

I owned this on VHS at one point but rewinded/replayed “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” only about a million times before it gave way.