Some Films’ 25th Anniversary

The website 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?























About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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