Sunday, July 29, 2012
Top 100 Films of the 1990's: Part IV
62. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - Tim Burton has slipped recently, and it seems that his unique vision, and quest for mixing genres has hit a bit of a snag. But in the 1990's Burton created some genre-bending masterpieces, none more horrific, funny, and entertaining than his 1993, animated classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, which was actually directed by Henry Selick, although it has Burton written all over it. It is a great mix of horror, fantasy, music, and wicked humor, and while younger audiences may not get all of the references, adult will enjoy its dark sense of humor, and its twisty tale of holiday classics. The animation style, while rudimentary in some ways, also brilliant enhances the already quirky story and characters of Tim Burton's mind. A perfect 90's classic that should be watched every Halloween and Christmas for safe measure.
61. There's Something About Mary (1998) - Every once in a while, the nerds get the chance to live out their fantasies, at least the ones that are on this planet. For every guy out there who was a nerd growing up, There's Something About Mary is there film, the chance for the nerd to finally have a date with his highschool dream girl. Of course, when the Farrelly brothers get involved, it is never as sweet and simple as the nerds dreamed it would be. This film is not one that will make the AFI Top 100 list, or will please the snobby members of AMPAS, but it is brilliant in its own right for its balls to the wall approach, insulting everyone in its path, and playing up the slapstick humor of dating so perfectly you can't help but laugh your ass off. One of the funniest movies you will ever see, and one that will stick with you for a long time.