Many of us can recall the year 1990. George Bush Sr. engaged in the first Gulf War while former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbatchev is awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace for bringing an end to the Cold War. It’s also the year when the first season of The Simpsons aired on television and the beginning of a major economic recession in the US.
But you aren’t here for an history lesson so let’s get back on topic with the best films of the year 1990:
10. Total Recall
This Arnold Schwarzenegger film is by far his best, if you ask me. It is bold, it is science fiction at its best and it comes from under-appreciated director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Showgirls, The Black Book). Who can forget the woman with three boobs?! Now you tell me what’s not to like about Total Recall. Hollywood thought it was wise enough to produce a remake this year starring Colin Farrell.
9. Pretty Woman
Okay you may not be a fan of Richard Gere, me neither. But the film is about Julia Roberts living a fairy tale and for me, that’s a great reason enough. Plus, my wife will be happy that I haven’t only put foreign or underground obscure movies that no one has ever heard of. We could admit it, it is a fun film and we got to watch Roberts’ bare chest. Well what was it in 1990, they discovered breasts in American Cinema?
This probably was Sam Raimi’s sandbox for his take on the Spider-man franchise. It is a superhero film that appeared before the whole concept took over Hollywood about a decade ago. It is indeed dark, grim, and violent just the way we like Raimi’s films. If you liked Spider-man 3 I wouldn’t recommend you to watch this.
In the 1980′s Woody Allen was on a row of superb films like Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Radio Days, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters. All these films were made with Mia Farrow as the main star. This is the case here with Alice, where she portrays the typical Allen lead female. Another nice performance from Mia Farrow and a very good script.
Iranian Cinema might not be your usual cup of tea but many movie goers actually enjoyed last year’s A Separation, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. This film directed by Abbas Kiarostami, Iran’s most reknowned filmmaker, immerses us into the reality of the people making films in Tehran. Mixed with real documentary images and fictions ones recalling the events pictured in the film.
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