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Hey, Head Geek...

"Moriarty" here.

It's going to be a quick one today, and you'll see why at the end. No time for random evil... let's get started.


You know, I was really looking forward to today's column and being all contentious and being the sole critic to stand up to the charms of Dreamworks' new GALAXY QUEST. After all, my dirty little fanboy secret is that I just unreservedly detest STAR TREK and all things related to it. I have had a few moments where I've liked individual TREK moments, but for the most part, I can't stomach the show and especially Trekkies. I'm not saying someone isn't welcome to be a fan of the show; just don't try the Vulcan Nerve Pinch on me, 'cause I'll go AMOK TIME on your ass.

But darn if the film isn't growing on me. I saw it last week, and when I walked out, I was impressed technically, but I was still resisting the film itself. Now that it's been a number of days, I have to admit it... it's sticking with me. I can't help myself. I laughed out loud any number of times in the theater, and I still tried to resist. Well, to borrow another TREK phrase, "resistance is futile."

Credit director Dean Parisot for that. Betcha didn't know he was an Oscar winner. I'm a big fan of his early success, too, a short film called "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings." It was co-written by and starred comedian Steven Wright, and it's a genuinely witty little slice of absurdism. I'm surprised it took Parisot all the way to last year's HOME FRIES to direct a feature, but I suppose he's doing a nice job so far. HOME FRIES was entirely enjoyable on its own terms, even if it wasn't really an ambitious film. It just sort of wanted to coast along on this amiable goofball quality that Parisot really nailed, and for the most part, it did.

GALAXY QUEST is much the same way. It doesn't seem to want to work to hard to impress. Either you're going to buy into the film's premise or you're not. It's a little THREE AMIGOS, a little BUG'S LIFE, and it's handled with such a light, confident touch by David Howard and Robert Gordon that you won't even notice the set-up as it races by. The trailers really are the whole premise: aliens think the show is real, abduct the crew to help them fight bad guy, much hilarity ensues. It doesn't hurt the film a bit, though, since there's a lot of sly character writing packed into pretty much every major sequence.

Tony Shaloub is the guy who's going to walk away from this one looking like a genius. He is even more ideally cast than Alan Rickman, who is, I must admit, a pretty spectacular stand-in for Spock. Sigourney Weaver strikes a witty blow for every hottie who's ever been squeezed into a spacesuit and given nothing to do, and it's nice to see her funny bone hasn't gotten any less precise over the years.

Tim Allen's a bit of a surprise in the film. He never once seemed anything less than 100% dedicated to the film, and his energy actually makes a good deal of it work. Harold Ramis walked from this film when Dreamworks insisted on using Allen, and at the time it made perfect sense to me. Now, though, I'm starting to think Ramis should have ridden it out. I think this film's way more entertaining than Ramis' overrated ANALYZE THIS from last spring, and it's because the film has enough faith in the story it's telling to let some moments be serious, while fully embracing the silliness inherent in some other key moments. Allen manages to get the pomposity of a William Shatner just right, and he also lets us see what's behind it. It's even better than the work Shatner did making fun of himself in FREE ENTERPRISE this year.

I also can't overstate the impact that ILM and Stan Winston made on me in this film. They both contribute great, great work that really sells the reality. In particular, there's a money shot that comes about 20 minutes into the movie, a moment when Parisot tries something really risky in the actual format of the film, that pays off beautifully. It's not a joke, but it sure sells one. Winston's design of the aliens is nice, better than his big monsters, and it could serve as a lesson to George Lucas: Niemoudians didn't have to suck.

Overall, I think this film is going to play beautifully to anyone who's already in touch with their inner fanboy, and I'm living proof that it can even entertain beyond that. With so much pain and somberness at the theater this season, it's nice there's at least one comedy that delivers the goods with equal aplomb.


As a friend of mine and I were leaving TOY STORY 2, I said, "It's a shame they didn't do bloopers with this film. That's one of the greatest things about BUG'S LIFE." Well, starting this weekend, they're going to be sending a new final reel to theaters across the country, and we'll see exactly what I asked for. There's a reason John Lasseter keeps getting called a genius... he is one.


I'm starting my '90s retrospective article in a matter of days, and I've decided to include a list of all eligible titles here for you guys to check out:

1990 -- 4101 TITLES TOTAL

The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
After Dark, My Sweet
After the Rain
Angel at My Table

Back to the Future Part III
Bad Influence
Bonfire Of The Vanities

Cadillac Man
Creature Comforts

Dances with Wolves
Dick Tracy
Die Hard 2

Edward Scissorhands
Everybody Wins
Exorcist III, The

The Freshman

The Godfather Part III
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Grifters, The
Guardian, The

The Hairdresser's Husband
Henry & June
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
House Party
Hunt for Red October, The

I Love You to Death
Internal Affairs

Jacob's Ladder
Joe Versus the Volcano
Ju Dou

King of New York

Life Is Sweet
Longtime Companion

Memphis Belle
Men at Work
Men Don't Leave
Miami Blues
Miller's Crossing
Mo' Better Blues
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
Mr. Destiny
Music Box
My Blue Heaven

Nikita (La Femme Nikita)

Presumed Innocent
Pretty Woman
Pump Up The Volume

Quick Change

Rescuers Down Under, The
Reversal of Fortune
Rocky V
Roller Coaster Rabbit
The Rookie
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Russia House, The

The Sheltering Sky
Solar Crisis
Spaced Invaders
State Of Grace

Tales From The Darkside - The Movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
To Sleep with Anger
Total Recall
Two Evil Eyes
The Two Jakes

The Unbelievable Truth

Vincent & Theo

White Hunter, Black Heart
White Palace
Wild at Heart
Witches, The
Without You I'm Nothing

Young Guns II

1991 -- 4064 TITLES TOTAL

The Addams Family
The Adjuster
Another You

Barton Fink
Beauty and the Beast
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
Billy Bathgate
Blood in the Face
Boyz N the Hood

Cape Fear
City of Hope
City Slickers
The Commitments
Cool as Ice
Curly Sue

Dark Backward, The
Dead Again
Defending Your Life
Dice Rules
Doc Hollywood
The Doors
Dying Young

The Fisher King
Frankie and Johnny

Grand Canyon
Guilty by Suspicion

Hard Way, The
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
Hear My Song
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
Heavy Petting
Hudson Hawk

The Indian Runner

Jumpin' at the Boneyard
Jungle Fever

The Last Boy Scout
Life Stinks
Light Sleeper
Little Man Tate
London Kills Me

Madonna: Truth Or Dare
The Man In The Moon
A Midnight Clear
The Miracle
Monster In A Box
Mortal Thoughts
My Own Private Idaho

Naked Lunch
New Jack City
Night on Earth
Nothing But Trouble

Only The Lonely

Point Break
The Prince Of Tides
Prospero's Books

Rambling Rose
The Rapture
Regarding Henry
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
The Rocketeer
Roujin Z
Rubin and Ed

Scenes From A Mall
Shakes The Clown
Silence Of The Lambs
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret Of The Ooze
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Thelma and Louise

V.I. Warshawski

What About Bob?

35 Up

1992 -- 4891 TITLES TOTAL

Aileen Wuronos: The Selling Of A Serial Killer
American Heart
American Me

Bad Lieutenant
Basic Instinct
Batman Returns
Belle époque
Bob Roberts
Bodyguard, The
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Brother's Keeper
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Christopher Columbus: The Discovery
Consenting Adults
Cool World
Cousin Bobby
The Crying Game

Death Becomes Her
Dust Devil

El Mariachi
Encino Man

Far and Away
A Few Good Men

Gas Food Lodging
Glengarry Glen Ross
A Grand Day Out

Home Alone 2: Alone In New York
Honeymoon In Vegas
Howard's End
Husbands and Wives

In The Soup
Incident At Ogala
Into The West

Jamon Jamon


The Last Of The Mohicans
A League Of Their Own
Leap Of Faith
Lethal Weapon 3
Like Water For Chocolate
Lorenzo's Oil

Malcolm X
Man Bites Dog
Map Of The Human Heart
Medicine Man
Memoirs Of An Invisible Man
Mr. Saturday Night
My Cousin Vinny

Noises Off!

Of Mice and Men

Passion Fish
The People Under The Stairs
The Player
Prelude To A Kiss

Radio Flyer
Raising Cain
Reservoir Dogs
A River Runs Through It
Romper Stomper

Scent Of A Woman
Simple Men
Single White Female
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
Strictly Ballroom

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Under Siege

Visions Of Light: The Art Of Cinematography

The Waterdance
Wax, Or The Discovery Of Television Among The Bees
Wayne's World
White Men Can't Jump

1492: Conquest Of Paradise
1991: The Year Punk Broke

1993 -- 5209 TITLES TOTAL

Addams Family Values
The Age Of Innocence
Army Of Darkness

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm
Being Human
Benny & Joon
Blue (dir. Derek Jarman)
Bodies, Rest & Motion
Body Snatchers
Boiling Point
Boxing Helena
The Boys Of St. Vincent
A Bronx Tale

Carlito's Way
Cop And A Half

A Dangerous Woman
The Dark Half
Dazed & Confused
Dennis The Menace
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

Falling Down
Fire In The Sky
The Firm
Flesh and Bone
The Fugitive

Groundhog Day
Grumpy Old Men

Hard Target

In The Line Of Fire
In The Name Of The Father
Indecent Proposal

The Joy Luck Club
Jurassic Park

King Of The Hill

The Last Action Hero

M. Butterfly
Mad Dog And Glory
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Menace II Society
Mrs. Doubtfire
Much Ado About Nothing

Needful Things
The Nightmare Before Christmas
A Perfect World
The Piano
The Pickle
Point Of No Return
The Positively True Adventures Of The Alleged Texas- Cheerleader Murdering Mom (HBO)

Remains Of The Day
Romeo Is Bleeding
Ruby In Paradise

Schindler's List
Searching For Bobby Fischer
The Secret Garden
Short Cuts
Six Degrees Of Separation
Sleepless In Seattle
So I Married An Axe Murderer
Son Of The Pink Panther
Super Mario Brothers

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
Three Colors: Blue
Totally F**ked Up
True Romance
Two Small Bodies

The Vanishing
Les Visiteurs

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
What's Love Got To Do With It
The Wrong Trousers

1994 -- 5700 TITLES TOTAL

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert
Ashes Of Time

Bandit Queen
Before The Rain
Beverly Hills Cop III
Blown Away
Blue Sky
Bullets Over Broadway

Cabin Boy
Chungking Express
City Slickers II: The Search For Curly's Gold
Clean Slate
Clear and Present Danger
The Client
Cold Fever
Cold Water
Cops And Robbersons
The Crow

Dellamorte Dellamore
Drunken Master II
Dumb & Dumber

Ed Wood
Exit To Eden

The Flintstones
Forrest Gump
Four Weddings And A Funeral

Go Fish
A Great Day In Harlem
Grosse Fatigue

Heavenly Creatures
Hoop Dreams
The Hudsucker Proxy

I'll Do Anything
Interview With The Vampire
It's Pat

Jason's Lyric
Jimmy Hollywood

Killing Zoe

Ladybird Ladybird
The Last Seduction
Legends Of The Fall
The Lion King

The Madness Of King George
The Mask
Maya Lin: A Clear Strong Vision
Il Mostro
Mrs. Parker & The Vicious Circle
Mute Witness

Natural Born Killers
The New Age
Nobody's Fool

Once Were Warriors

The Professional
Pulp Fiction

Quiz Show

Radioland Murders
Reality Bites
The Ref
The Road To Wellville

The Secret Of Roan Inish
The Shadow
Shallow Grave
The Shawshank Redemption
Sleep With Me
Spanking The Monkey
Star Trek: Generations
Swimming With Sharks

Three Colors: Rouge
Three Colors: White
Through The Olive Trees
To Live
True Lies

Vanya On 42nd Street

Wes Craven's New Nightmare
What Happened Was...

1995 -- 5822 TITLES TOTAL

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
The Addiction
American Job
The American President
Apollo 13
Arabian Knight (a.k.a. The Thief And The Cobbler)
An Awfully Big Adventure

Bad Boys
The Basketball Diaries
Batman Forever
Before Sunrise
Billy Madison
Boys On The Side
The Brady Bunch Movie
The Bridges Of Madison County
The Brothers McMullen

Canadian Bacon
Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh
The Celluloid Closet
City Of Lost Children
Clean, Shaven
A Close Shave
Crimson Tide
The Crossing Guard
Cutthroat Island

Dead Man
Dead Man Walking
Dead Presidents
Demon Knight
Devil In A Blue Dress
Die Hard With A Vengeance
Delores Claiborne
Don Juan DeMarco
The Doom Generation

Empire Records
The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down A Mountain

Fallen Angels
Four Rooms
Frank and Ollie
Funny Bones

Get Shorty

Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam
Higher Learning
Home For The Holidays

Il Postino
In The Mouth Of Madness
The Incredibly True Adventure Of Two Girls In Love
The Indian In The Cupboard

The Jerky Boys
Johnny Mnemonic
Judge Dredd
Just Cause

Kicking And Screaming

Land And Freedom
The Last Supper
Leaving Las Vegas
A Little Princess
Living In Oblivion
Lord Of Illusions
Lumiere & Company

Mad Love
Mighty Aphrodite
Money Train
Mortal Kombat
Mr. Holland's Opus
Murder In The First

The Net
Nick Of Time
Nine Months

Party Girl

The Quick And The Dead

Richard III
Rob Roy

The Scarlet Letter
Sense And Sensibility
Something To Talk About
Steal Big, Steal Little
Strange Days
Stuart Saves His Family
Sudden Death

Tall Tale
Tank Girl
Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead
Tokyo Fist
Tommy Boy
Total Eclipse
Toy Story
Twelve Monkeys

Unstrung Heroes
The Usual Suspects

Vampire In Brooklyn
Village Of The Damned

Waiting To Exhale
A Walk In The Clouds
Welcome To The Dollhouse
While You Were Sleeping
White Man's Burden

The Young Poisoner's Handbook

1996 -- 5655 TITLES TOTAL

Albino Alligator
American Buffalo
Angels & Insects
The Arrival
Ashes Of Time

Barb Wire
Bastard Out Of Carolina
The Battle Over Citizen Kane
Beautiful Girls
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Big Night
The Birdcage
Bottle Rocket
Box Of Moonlight
Breaking The Waves
Broken Arrow

The Cable Guy
Chain Reaction
The Chamber
Citizen Ruth
City Hall
Courage Under Fire
The Crucible

The Daytrippers

The English Patient
Escape From LA
Everyone Says I Love You
Extreme Measures

The Fan
Feeling Minnesota
Flirting With Disaster
Fly Away Home
Forgotten Silver
The Frighteners
From Dusk Till Dawn

Get On The Bus
The Ghost and The Darkness
Ghosts Of Mississippi
Girl 6
Grace Of My Heart
Gray's Anatomy

Happy Gilmore
Hard Eight (a.k.a. Sydney)
Harriet The Spy
Head Above Water
Heaven's Prisoners
The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I Shot Andy Warhol
Independence Day
Irma Vep
The Island Of Dr. Moreau

James and The Giant Peach
Jerry Maguire
Jingle All The Way
The Juror

Kansas City
Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy

Larger Than Life
Last Man Standing
Lone Star
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Looking For Richard
Love And Other Catastrophes

Mad Dog Time
Manny & Lo
Mars Attacks!
Marvin's Room
Mary Reilly
Michael Collins
The Mirror Has Two Faces
Mission: Impossible
Moll Flanders
Mother Night
Mulholland Falls
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

Normal Life
The Nutty Professor

Once Upon A Time...When We Were Colored

The Pallbearer
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders At Robin Hood Hills
The People Versus Larry Flynt
The Phantom
The Pillow Book
The Portrait Of A Lady
Primal Fear

The Rock
Romeo + Juliet

The Secret Agent
Secrets and Lies
Set It Off
Shall We Dance?
She's The One
Sling Blade
Space Jam
Star Trek: First Contact
The Stupids
The Sunchaser
Surviving Picasso

That Thing You Do!
This Is Cuba
Tin Cup
Trees Lounge
Trigger Effect
The Truth About Cats And Dogs
The Typewriter, The Rifle & The Movie Camera

Unhook The Stars

The Van
A Very Brady Sequel

Waiting For Guffman
Walking and Talking
When We Were Kings
White Squall
The Whole Wide World
The Wife

1997 - 6184 TITLES TOTAL

Absolute Power
Addicted To Love
Air Force One
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn
Alien: Resurrection
An American Werewolf In Paris
The Apostle
As Good As It Gets
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

Batman & Robin
The Big One
Boogie Nights
The Borrowers
The Boxer
The Brave

Chasing Amy
Con Air
Conspiracy Theory
Cop Land

Dante's Peak
Deconstructing Harry
The Devil's Advocate
Donnie Brasco
Double Team

The Edge
The End Of Violence
Eve's Bayou
Event Horizon
Eye Of God

Fairy Tale: A True Story
Fast, Cheap & Out Of Control
Fathers' Day
Fierce Creatures
The Fifth Element
The Full Monty
Funny Games

G.I. Jane
The Game
George Of The Jungle
Good Will Hunting
Grosse Pointe Blank

Hands On A Hardbody - The Documentary
Henry Fool
The House Of Yes
Hugo Pool

I Know What You Did Last Summer
The Ice Storm
In & Out
In The Company Of Men

The Jackal
Jackie Brown


LA Confidential
A Life Less Ordinary
Lost Highway
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Love and Death On Long Island

Ma Vie En Rose
Meet Wally Sparks
Men In Black
Men With Guns
Mononoke Hime
Mouse Hunt
Mr. Jealousy
Mrs. Brown
My Best Friend's Wedding
The Myth Of Fingerprints

Niagara, Niagara
Nils By Mouth

One Eight Seven
Oscar & Lucinda

Perfect Blue
The Postman

The Rainmaker
The Real Blonde
The Relic
Romy & Michele's High School Reunion

Seven Years In Tibet
Shooting Fish
Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, upermasochist
Soul Food
Space Truckers
The Spanish Prisoner
Speed 2: Cruise Control
Star Maps
Starship Troopers
Suicide Kings
The Sweet Hereafter

Telling Lies In America
This World, Then The Fireworks
Tomorrow Never Dies
Truth Or Consequences, N.M.

Ulee's Gold


Waco: The Rules Of Engagement
Wag The Dog
Welcome To Sarajevo
Welcome To Woop Woop
The Wings Of The Dove

4 Little Girls

1998 -- 6402 TITLES TOTAL

The Acid House
The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole
American History X
Among Giants
Another Day In Paradise
Apt Pupil
The Avengers

Babe: Pig In The City
The Big Hit
The Big Lebowski
Blues Brothers 2000
The Brandon Teena Story
Bride Of Chucky
Broken Vessels
Buffalo '66
A Bug's Life

Central Station
City Of Angels
A Civil Action
Claire Dolan
Clay Pigeons
Cousin Bette

Dancer, Texas, Pop. 81
Dangerous Beauty
Dark City
Deep Impact
Deep Rising
Dog Park

Enemy Of The State

The Faculty
The Farm: Angola, USA
Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas

The Gingerbread Man
God Said, "Ha!"
Gods and Monsters
Great Expectations

Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later
He Got Game
The Hi-Lo Country
Hideous Kinky
High Art
Hilary and Jackie
Holy Man
Home Fries
The Horse Whisperer
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Hurricane Streets

The Imposters

Jack Frost
Jerry & Tom

Kurt & Courtney

The Last Broadcast
The Last Days Of Disco
Last Night
Life Is Beautiful
Little Voice
Living Out Loud
Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels
Lost In Space

The Mask Of Zorro
Meet Joe Black
Mighty Joe Young
The Mighty
My Name Is Joe
My Son The Fanatic

The Negotiator
New Rose Hotel
The Newton Boys
Next Stop Wonderland

The Object Of My Affection
The Odd Couple II
One True Thing
The Opposite Of Sex
Out Of Sight

Patch Adams
A Perfect Murder
Permanent Midnight
Playing By Heart
Practical Magic
A Price Above Rubies
Primary Colors
The Prince Of Egypt

Razor Blade Smile
The Replacement Killers
Rush Hour

Safe Men
Saving Private Ryan
Scotch and Milk
Shakespeare In Love
The Siege
Simon Birch
A Simple Plan
Six Days, Seven Nights
Six-String Samurai
Sliding Doors
Slums Of Beverly Hills
Small Soldiers
Smoke Signals
Snake Eyes
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
Sour Grapes
Species II
Star Trek: Insurrection
Still Crazy
Susan's Plan

The Theory Of Flight
There's Something About Mary
The Thin Red Line
The Truman Show

Velvet Goldmine
Very Bad Things

WADD: The Life & Times Of John C. Holmes
Waking Ned Devine
The Waterboy
The Wedding Singer
What Dreams May Come
Wide Awake
Wild Man Blues
Wild Things
Without Limits
The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit
The Wrong Guy

The X Files

You've Got Mail
Your Friends & Neighbors

Zero Effect


1999 -- 6116 TITLES TOTAL

After Life
American Beauty
American Movie
American Pie
Analyze This
Angela's Ashes
Anna and the King
Any Given Sunday
Anywhere But Here
Arlington Road
The Astronaut's Wife
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
Autumn Tale

Baby Geniuses
Being John Malkovich
The Best Man
Beyond The Mat
Bicentennial Man
The Big Brass Ring
Big Daddy
The Blair Witch Project
Blast From The Past
The Bone Collector
Boys Don't Cry
Breakfast Of Champions
Bringing Out The Dead
Buena Vista Social Club

The Castle
The Cider House Rules
Cookie's Fortune
The Corruptor
Cradle Will Rock
Crazy In Alabama
The Cruise

Deep Blue Sea
Detroit Rock City
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
The Dinner Game
Double Jeopardy
Drive Me Crazy
Drop Dead Gorgeous
Dudley Do-Right

East Is East
End Of Days
The End Of The Affair
Eyes Wide Shut

Felicia's Journey
Fight Club
For Love Of The Game

Galaxy Quest
Genghis Blues
Girl, Interrupted
The Green Mile

Happy, Texas
The Haunting
Holy Smoke
House On Haunted Hill
The Hurricane

An Ideal Husband
Idle Hands
In Dreams
The Insider
Inspector Gadget
The Iron Giant

Jakob The Liar
Joe The King
Julien Donkey-Boy

Lake Placid
Liberty Heights
The Limey
The Loss Of Sexual Innocence
Love's Labour's Lost

Man On The Moon
Mansfield Park
A Map Of The World
The Matrix
Meeting People Is Easy
Message In A Bottle
The Messenger: The Story Of Joan Of Arc
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Minus Man
Miss Julie
The Mod Squad
Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter Jr.
The Mummy
The Muse
My Life So Far
Mystery Men
Mystery, Alaska

Never Been Kissed
Notting Hill

October Sky
Office Space
Outside Providence

Plunkett & Macleane
Pola X
Pushing Tin

The Rage: Carrie 2
Random Hearts
Ride With The Devil
Run Lola Run

The Sixth Sense
Sleepy Hollow
Snow Falling On Cedars
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
A Stir Of Echoes
The Story Of Us
The Straight Story
Stuart Little
Sugar Town
Summer of Sam
Sweet and Lowdown

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Tea With Mussolini
Teaching Mrs. Tingle
The Thirteenth Floor
The Thomas Crown Affair
Three Kings
Three Seasons
Toy Story 2
Twin Falls Idaho
Two Hands


A Walk On The Moon
The War Zone
Wild Wild West
Wing Commander
The Winslow Boy
The Wood
The World Is Not Enough

Xiu Xiu The Sent-Down Girl

10 Things I Hate About You
The 13th Warrior
200 Cigarettes
42 Up

Keep in mind, this is a list for consideration as best and worst in all categories. If you see something I've missed, please let me know. I used the IMDb to try and compile this list, sifting through thousands of titles for each year, and I'm sure there are numerous foreign titles I didn't recognize in their original language. Check it out, and I'll catch you with part one of the series in a matter of days. Until then...

"Moriarty" out.

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  • Dec. 22, 1999, 7:15 a.m. CST

    what the?

    by Rhames111


  • Dec. 22, 1999, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Did'nt You skip something ?

    by Fairlane

    dear Moriarty. It could be my english but what the hell is this?

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 8:01 a.m. CST

    But what are the categories?

    by r_dimitri22

    What are the categories for best and worst? Also, I believe the IMDB lists Run Lola Run as being released in 1998, though it didn't get to the states until this year.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 8:02 a.m. CST

    I assume best and worst of each year, but I'm not sure...

    by r_dimitri22

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 8:10 a.m. CST

    something's missing

    by kev

    i was looking forward to a nice wee moriarty-style retrospective rambling about des 'Q' llewelyn but its nowhere to be seen. how come?

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by Gag Halfrunt

    and the point of all that exactly?

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Moriarity you evil bastard I read your book...

    by Iwrite

    Clerks and The Crow better make it onto your list you old fool...grrr...

  • Thanks for doing this, Moriarty. I've been thinking of doing the same thing, but you just saved me a whole lot o' time that I don't have. Being something of a completist, I can tell already that I'll be adding to this.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Robert Bresson Died.....

    by mrbeaks

    I guess he wasn't necessarily a "cool" filmmaker, but he sure was a great one. I just figured someone should say *something.* And, I guess, I just did.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Best Swayze Movie Line?

    by BadAshe

    Now this doesn't have to be one that he said, but it has to be in a Swayze movie. My top 2: "Nobody puts Baby in the corner!" and "You're gonna be my regular Saturday night thing!" from Roadhouse. It's line like those that make me thank God that we live in country where Swayze can make great cinema. Long live Swayze.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Ford Farline Kicks ass

    by SCOTT1458

    Nuff said. Damn dude, you gotta lot of time on your hands don't you?

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 11:08 a.m. CST

    hey, you forgot...

    by Hotspur

    no way, I really don't know

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 11:19 a.m. CST

    The List

    by SegueZagnut

    I believe he posted the list to establish the contenders. In other words... if the movie had any kind of hit on the radar screen, it should be looked at for BEST and WORST of the decade. Theoretically, if a movie is missing then... it made no blip. So if you have a movie he forgot... tell him here. Otherwise make your own list from this one (trust me he is saving you a lot of time at the IMDB) and compare when he puts up his. I'm not speaking for the evil M here, this is just my interpretation. I just can't believe he didn't include 'Fuck My Dirty Shithole' from 1992... What a great movie!

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Top Under-rated movies of the 90s

    by Alfred Hitchcock

    Here are some that were just under-rated: Groundhog Day-A funny, touching story about how not being a bastard can be tough. Bill Murray gives a wonderful performance here. Jackie Brown-Quentin Tarantino's first movie after Pulp Fiction was shunned by most. I quess they didn't notice how well-directed it was and how Samuel L. Jackson and Pam Grier give two of the best performances seen in a long time. The Big Lebowski- The story of The Dude confused and confounded critics who laugh only at Albert Brooks' schlock, but this Coens Bros.' film is a hilarious story of a man trying to do the right thing in a world of nihilists, pedophiles, and enraged Vietnam vets. The Dude is a hero for the times.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Swayze Movie Line

    by mechanimal

    No, no, the best, not by him, but in his movie, being of course, the almighty "Roadhouse": "I Used to Fuck guys Like you in Prison." Writing Immortal!!!

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Oh Haaaarrry....

    by Zelig

    ...feeling slow and old? It's okay, just DONT PULL MY POSTS BECAUSE OF IT!

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 1:08 p.m. CST

    "Groundhog Day" Best Movie of the Decade

    by smilin'jackruby

    Whoever mentioned this is right. If I had to line up every movie that I have seen multiple times, have enjoyed more each time, seen something new in, and slowly turned into worship, I would lay it at the feet of "Groundhog Day," one of the greatest movies about being a cynical bastard in the 90s. The look on Bill Murray's face when he walks in front of the oncoming truck makes it my pic of the decade.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 2:37 p.m. CST

    What's the point of the list, please?

    by All Thumbs

    I don't understand....are you doing a best and worst of teh 90's as a whole or best and worst of each year. (Either way, good luck getting it done over the Holidays. But, then again, evil geniuses don't celebrate the holidays...wait! I take that back...look at Scrooge and the Grinch.) I love this new system of putting subject headers on the Rumblings. I swear I'm reading more of them instead of scanning and reading the bits I like.***BTW...Cry Baby better be on a good list because it's one of the best Waters films.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Bizarro World

    by eegah

    What in GOD'S NAME was up with that list? After three titles I felt as if I was merely reading the demented ramblings of a man who is desperate to prove to the world how hip to movies he is. Or something. I'd try and puzzle it out if my eyes weren't so glazed over.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Best Swayze Line

    by endo

    "Roadhouse" is, of course, the best source. The best line, though, is..."Be nice. Until it's not be nice."

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by eegah

    My picks: 1)Police Academy 4: A darker entry in the series that explored the tangential relationships between the citizens and the thin blue line. 2) The Exterminator 2: Robert Ginty's performance really took hold here, and the scenes with the black garbage man still get me. 3) Newsies: Who can resist the nutty, yet charming antics of Christian Bale and Max Casella as they sing and dance their way through this Depression Era romp? 4)Over the Top: By turns touching, tragic and triumphant, Sly Stallone and his multi-talented son, Max prove that even arm-wrestlers can have a heart. 5)Vice Versa: The cute-as-a-button performances of Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage are simply delightful. (runner up: "18 Again" with the brilliant and talented Charlie Schattler) Honorable mentions: "Shakes the Clown", "Radioland Murders", "Hardbodies" and "Light of Day"

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Another Great ROADHOUSE Quote

    by mrbeaks

    Later in the now-classic "be nice" scene, where Swayze lays down the Bouncer's creed..... Bouncer: What if he calls my mother a whore? Swayze: I don't know? Is she?

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 4:38 p.m. CST


    by mrbeaks

    Remember when everyone was rhapsodizing over Besson's THE MESSENGER? When I finally saw that pretty but completely boneheaded telling of the story, it spurred me to rent Bresson's JOAN OF ARC, which was far more illuminating. Of course, THE DEVIL PROBABLY was my introduction to the man's work, but I'd have to rank PICKPOCKET as my favorite. Perhaps, if he'd attended a few Star Trek conventions, he'd have been better represented here.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 5:05 p.m. CST

    The War Zone

    by Tyrion_Lannister

    I urge everyone to check The War Zone out. One of the best, if not the best, movies I've seen during 1999, and 1999 was an awesome year for movies. Glad to see it on the list, even one so big as this one, since no one's remembering The War Zone at any awards ceremonies.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 6:57 p.m. CST


    by mmm_free_wig

    I have to comment on this again. I saw the outakes on Toy Story 2 in Melbourne, Australia 3 weeks ago, and they were the funniest part of the movie, they most definately got the most laughs in the cinema. I found them to be halarious and far more exciting than the Bug's Life outakes. It is worth admission again just to see them. Also, they run for about 3-4 minutes, that's if they don't cut it in half and half two lots like they did with a bug's life. The Aust. cut could be different. No one else I know has seen the outakes since the first night it was released here, I guess I was just lucky.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 8:14 p.m. CST

    it's long, it's pointless, it's utterly subjective - five-tone p

    by tommy five-tone

    this may take a while, but here goes (in no particular order): UNHERALDED GEMS: the bonfire of the vanities (yes, really), joe vs the volcano (hanks has rarely been better), meet joe black (i just crumble when brad pitt says 'thank you for loving me' to claire forlani), prelude to a kiss. WATCH WHEN DRUNK: ford fairlane (booty time, booty time!), tremors (be advised there are two more - i repeat, two more - mother humpers). WATCH WHEN BAKED: the doors, demon knight (billy zane will crack you up), velvet goldmine, body snatchers (abel ferrara version). BEST MUSICAL SCORE (please note, the music is NOT the only thing these films have going for them - they're all excellent in their own right): the ice storm, crash, nobody's fool (brings a tear to the eye), the truman show, american beauty, out of sight (fun-keh). MAIN REASON DIRECTORS' CUTS SHOULD BE MANDATORY: john woo's cut of hard target is kickass! ALL RIGHT FOR THE FIGHTIN' (among other reasons): blade (capoeira, baby!), the matrix ('i know kung fu' - priceless, keanu). ICONIC IMAGES (mainly body parts; one item of clothing): brad pitt's torso in fight club, samantha mathis's breasts in pump up the volume, michael rooker's reflection in the mirror on the henry: portrait of a serial killer poster, the hat in the forest in miller's crossing. MINI-MOVIES IN THEIR OWN RIGHT: jim carrey's karaoke version of 'somebody to love' in the cable guy, ray liotta's coke paranoia in goodfellas, any scene with jay and silent bob in clerks, liam neeson going buck-wild at the carnival and demanding frances mcdormand 'take the fucking elephant!' in darkman. PERFECT MOVIES (not the BEST, mind you, but flawless in terms in acting, direction, etc - no false moves from anyone involved...these movies are really good, but maybe lacking that certain something that makes them the kind of classic you worship, know what i mean?): ransom (i get chills when mel screams 'gimme back my son, you motherfucker!), jerry maguire (because 'you complete me' is such a great line). gotta go now, but i'll be back with more later.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Get Me To The Five Tone, Tommy

    by mrbeaks

    Tommy, what about your namesake? Of course, I speak of HUDSON HAWK. This Bruce Willis classic just may make my top ten (oh, and you think I'm joking!)

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 10:49 p.m. CST

    tommy talks some shite, part 2

    by tommy five-tone

    back from eating a big sandwich, so here we go again. and by the way, mr beaks, it was foolish of me not to include 'the hawk' in the list of movies to enjoy when you've got a few ales in ya. thank you for setting me straight! TEXTBOOK PERFORMANCES (male, intense division): david thewlis in naked ('you don't wanna fuck me, luv, you'll catch something cruel'), alec baldwin in glengarry glen ross ('you see this watch? this watch cost more than your car') and the hands-down champeen - harvey keitel in bad lieutenant ('I DID SO MANY BAD THINGS!!!'). MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (male): jeff bridges (supercool in 'the fabulous baker boys' - is that a '90s movie?, legendary in 'the fisher king', downright fucking awe-inspiring in 'fearless'), with bill murray running a very close second for quick change, groundhog day ('i love poetry - i just thought that was WILLARD scott'), ed wood and rushmore. CLOSE TO MAJESTY, BUT NOT QUITE: tin cup (starts off just as good as bull durham, but loses its way in the final third - good sentiment, just poorly executed), fearless (peter weir is god, and this is almost his finest creation, but even god makes the odd mistake...and this mistake is named rosie fucking perez...sorry, maestro weir, but her grating presence is a fly in the ointment, a monkey in the wrench, a pain in the ass). SECOND GREATEST MOVIE OF THE '90s: true romance (you know it's true, because it's got gary oldman's best line ever: 'now i know i'm pretty...but i ain't as pretty as a couple of titties' - bonus points for coming up with the phrase 'white boy day'). and here it is...THE GREATEST MOVIE OF THE 1990s: KING OF NEW YORK. that's right - every line of dialogue a quotable classic, every performance a winner, abel ferrara's direction is brilliant, the soundtrack kicks ass. walken has never been better, and caruso, snipes, fishburne et al are sooooo coooool. OK, let the flames begin.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 10:59 p.m. CST

    shit, almost forgot...

    by tommy five-tone

    sorry about this, but what would the holiday season be without this category - BEST VIOLENCE (physical): the last boy scout (when bruce 'if you touch me again i'll kill ya' willis slams a henchman's nose into his brain). BEST VIOLENCE (verbal): unforgiven ('yeah, i killed women and children...i've killed just about everything that walks or crawls at one time or another...and now i'm gonna kill you, little bill...for what you did to ned.' damn that's cool). and if i don't talk to you beforehand - merry christmas, everyone!!!

  • Dec. 23, 1999, 1:48 a.m. CST


    by Twisted Mentat

    So many good movies i've not seen many bad ones i HAVE... and werid stuff that my friends have made me watch because "they were funny when i'm drunk"...

  • Dec. 23, 1999, 9:15 a.m. CST

    what about STEAM?

    by fonebone

  • Dec. 23, 1999, 9:42 a.m. CST

    STEAM! Will Be The First Great Film Of The Next Decade

    by mrbeaks

  • I admit, their lame immitation of you was pathetic and unflattering because you would have figured out what Picard and crew were doing long before they could ever win. But really, thanks for not slamming Trek all the time. I didn't even know you didn't like it until now. But then, you are evil, and Star Trek hasn't done good villains for a loooooooong time. Oh yes, THANK YOU for saying what needs to be said. Anaylyze This WAS overrated!

  • Dec. 23, 1999, 10:14 a.m. CST

    how darest thou putest down Swayze king of the trailer park acto

    by sir slob

    No one on the planet can convey the deep heart felt sentiments of the average Joe than Patrick. He fought for the truck drivers of america in Black Dog which is a near shakesperian depiction of modern life. Who can forget Captain Ron this wonderful comedy probably had many a man shooting Budweiser beer through their nostrals. Also many women in their modular prefabricated homes are probably sitting on the couch in their Wal Mart spandex pants and ugly floral pattern shirts crying their eyes out to Dirty Dancing.(ok I admit that's quite a bulky sentance. Other wise it's right on the money.) Everyone tonight in your back yard do the following in respect of Swayze. 1.tie out your dog to a tree. 2.grab a cold one 3.throw dixie on the 8 track. 4.burn a pile of tires. 5. finally put a new part on that pinto that sits on blocks in your yard. God Bless Patrick Swayze!

  • Dec. 23, 1999, 12:39 p.m. CST

    Chasing Amy , MallRats and Clerks

    by Yellow

    Include these please (eating cheese, on your knees, with Cleese)!!

  • Dec. 23, 1999, 12:42 p.m. CST


    by Yellow

    I meant in the best only catagories.... not the worst catagories... cos you obviously have them in your lsit and everything.

  • Dec. 23, 1999, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Best film of the century...

    by not_a_jedi_yet

    Wes Craven's "Deadly Friend" (1986), without a doubt. Matthew Laborteaux displayed the same genius he so finely honed on "Little House." A must-see for anyone who's into computer-brain-transplant-horror-romance flicks.

  • Dec. 23, 1999, 8:36 p.m. CST

    You forgot Cannibal!:The Musical

    by 0007

    Put Cannibal!: The Musical down for either 1993 (its original release at festivals), or 1996 (the year it became available for public-consumption, no pun intended). Besides being the funniest musical of all time, it gave a career start to Trey Parker and Matt Stone. You have to admit they have impacted comedy big time the past few years. Other than that, I would say "Surviving Desire", the best of Hal Hartley's films. Otherwise, very good list you compiled; you even remembered Bram Stoker's Dracula, Orgazmo, Blues Brothers 2000, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Interview with the Vampire, and Eyes Wide Shut...

  • Dec. 24, 1999, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Before Sunrise

    by Gag Halfrunt

    "Before Sunrise" - Damn i love that film...the only romantic film that guys can actually watch without feeling ill. Anybody else remember this one? What's the verdict?

  • Dec. 24, 1999, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Captain Ron?

    by tv`snick

    Patrick Swayze was NOT in Captain Ron, giggleguts. That was Kurt Russell! Get it stright, poopyplant! Patrick Swayze is, according to Jean at The Onion, the HUNK OF THE MILLENIUM! Know your place, lillyliver!

  • Dec. 24, 1999, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Top 10 for article

    by Samthelion

    I know you probably don't care, but here's my tentative top 10 list that I'll be putting in a local paper. In Alphabetical Order: Dazed and Confused, Ed Wood, Fargo, Fearless, Goodfellas, Malcolm X, The Player, Pulp Fiction, Schindler's List, The Shawshank Redeption. Worst Movie: Meet Joe Black. I haven't got my jury prizes yet but just thought I'd throw it out. I've got my reasons and (as of now) I haven't put any recent releases on, though American Beauty and Green Mile are close to pushing in. Scrutinize them however you wish.

  • Dec. 25, 1999, 1:33 a.m. CST

    2 more for you

    by Duty

    forgot: "Princess Mononoke" and "Poke'mon first movie" but who cars about poke'mon??? My #1 movie for the decade is "The Shawshank Redemtion"

  • Dec. 27, 1999, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by Yossarian

    1994. What a year for cinemaphiles...-Yoss

  • Dec. 28, 1999, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Good to see Radiohead are there...

    by I'mAlanPartridge

    well...Grant Gee anyway...with Meeting People