The website www.IMDB.com recently posted a list of films that were celebrating their Silver anniversary this year (ie, 1994 – 2019). Here are some comments regarding my favorite films on that list.
Forrest Gump:Received 13 Oscar nominations and won 6, including Best Film and Best Actor (Tom Hanks (see below) received his 2ndConsecutive Oscar). Only Spencer Tracy had won 2 in a row.
Pulp Fiction: Received 7 Oscar nominations; won one = Screenplay for Quentin Tarantiono.
The Shawshank Redemption: Received 7 nominations (including Best Picture, Best Actor –Morgan Freeman); won 0 Oscars. Thus was a great film, as viewers know. See it when you can.
Bullets over Broadway: Received 7 nominations (eg, Director and screenplay: Woody Allen); won one (Dianne Wiest, Best Supporting Actress).
The Lion King (1994): Received 4 nominations; 3 for an original Song. Won 2 Oscars (for Best Original Song –“Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”, and Best Original Score.) Are you ready for 2019’s remake? IMDB has a shot for shot comparison of the 2 films’ beginnings. It’s worth a look. Yes, James Earl Jones’ voice remains.
Legends of the Fall: Received 3 nominations; got one Oscar: Best Cinematography. The film and Brad Pitt were in great shape.
Four Weddings and a Funeral: Received 2 nominations; 0 Oscars. But audiences saw Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, and their acting careers continued. For example: Grant in “Love Actually” and MacDowell in “Groundhog Day.”
Speed: Received 2 nominations and 2 Oscars (for Best Sound, and Best Sound Effects Editing). Have the stars been seen again? (ie, Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, remember?)
Ed Wood: Starring Johnny Depp as film maker “Ed Wood” and Marin Landau. The film received 2 nominations, and got 2 Oscars. For Best Supporting Actor (Landau, as Bela Lugosi) and Best Makeup (on Mr. Landau I assume).
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Nominated for and won one Oscar, for Best Costume Design. A wonderful, quirky film. Plot: “Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the Australian desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.” The bus in which they travel is named “Priscilla.” In this film, Americans see, perhaps for the first time, Guy Pearce (“L. A. Comfidential”) and Hugo Weaving (“The Matrix”, as Agent Smith). Plus, Terence Stamp (as Bernadette) completes the traveling trio and gives a marvelous performance. If you see him in this role, compare it to his “Mr. Wilson” in “The Limey.” Fantastic!
Leon: The Professional. This 1994 film received no Oscar nominations, but I like it. Maybe you do, too. After all, it introduced us to Natalie Portman. She learns a hit man’s skills from a favorite actor of mine: Jean Reno. (see below) If you’ve seen Mr. Reno with Robert DeNiro in “Ronin”, you saw a fine story, acting, and the best car chases I’ve ever seen.
If you can see Imdb’s 25thanniversary films list, what would be your finest films choices?