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’90s-vember: A Primer

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The movie that spawned countless pale imitations

I am going to introduce our month of 90’s films, “90s-vember” by aping off a Jeff Foxworthy routine from that time.   Is everyone ready for You Might be Watching a 90’s Movie If…

  • The main villain in the film is either Japanese (early 90’s movies like Rising Sun, Black Rain) or a white business guy in a suit (thanks PC Police!)
  • The comedy starred Jim Carrey, was popular and most likely funny.
  • The comedy starred Adam Sandler, was popular but most likely not funny.
  • Was populated by hitmen or other unsavory criminal types talking a mile a minute and dropping pop cultural references left and right.
  • It helped Whoppi Goldberg win an Oscar or put her in a nun’s outfit.
  • Aliens destroyed our big cities.
  • Asteroids destroyed our big cities.
  • Volcanoes destroyed our big cities.
  • Dinosaurs destroyed our big cities (or at least San Diego)
  • Jeff Goldblum was in one of the biggest films of the year.
  • The turtles were ninjas and the ducks were mighty
  • Alicia Silverstone was the star.
  • Vince Vaughn was skinny
  • It was an action film that you could describe as Die Hard on a….
  • Robert De Niro and Al Pacino shared a scene together in a film and the film is good.
  • Jon Faverau was chunky.
  • Pierce Brosnan played James Bond.
  •  Val Kilmer was skinny.
  • CG was used in movies but so were practical special effects.
  • Tom Cruise could do no wrong artistically or commercially.
  • Alec Baldwin was skinny.

The essential 90's horror film.

It was an eclectic time for films and anything from Cliffhanger to The Crying Game, Terminator 2 to Thelma and Louise could be huge hits.  It was a decade that saw the rise of fresh new talents as Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Jonze, David Fincher and many more.  The 90’s were home to such quotable films as Glengary Glenross and visual tours de force like The Matrix.  The decade did not belong to one actor, one director or one type of film and ten people would probably name ten different films that were their favorites.

These are some of the reasons why us at Can’t Stop the movies decided to do a whole month celebrating these films.  Some of these movies are our favorites and some remind of us at a special time or place in our lives but all the movies have a special place in our heart.  So over the next few weeks, we will take a different film genre each week and discuss why they are great, why we love them and most importantly, why we think they sum up the 90’s better than any other.

Sadly, we will not be reviewing this film.

We will be tackling comedies followed by dramas, action films, independents and finally our pick for our favorite films of the 90’s.  We will be writing about them separately and well as discussing them together on the podcast and we invite you to join us.  So put on that slap bracelet, crank your Vanilla Ice, cut your hair into “The Rachel” and be sure to visit us at Can’ Stop the Movies each day in November to see what we will be tackling next.

"Why aren't they reviewing Navy Seals"?


11/1- Clueless
2 - Austin Powers
3 - There's Something About Mary
4- Wayne's World

11/8 - Husbands and Wives
9 - Scent of a Woman
10-The Truman Show
11 - Ed Wood

11/15- Rumble in the Bronx
16- The Rock
17-  Long Kiss Goodnight
18- Independence Day

11/22 - Kicking and Screaming
23-Chasing Amy
24- Swingers
25- Reservoir Dogs

Favorite Films of the 90's
30- Andrew - Bringing Out the Dead
12/1- Ryan - The Usual Suspects
2- Jacob -  Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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