My Favourite Things: June 2015

My Favourite Things is a precursor to TC’s Treasures. Starting in November 2016, all My Favourite Things posts will be known as TC’s Treasures.

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Annnd it’s June, everyone! You know what that means! Here’s another round of “My Favourite Things“, an amazing blog link-up hosted by Raisa and Eirene. My favourites this month will focus on 90s films! Although I was born in the 1980s, I am a 90s kids through and through. In fact, after going through the list of films I’ve watched, my list of favourite 90s films came to be pretty . . . long. I trimmed the list by choosing my top ten in alphabetical order.

1990s Films

1. 10 Things I Hate About You ~ IMDB

This film is always fun to watch for me. I love Julia Stiles’ character and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character. The fact that it’s also a re-telling of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is also a win.

2. Beauty and the Beast ~ IMDB

This has to be my favourite Disney animated film. The music, the artwork, the characters — all combined make for an awesome film that will always hold a special place in my heart.

3. Clueless ~ IMDB

As if! How could I not include this on my list? To me, this is the epitome of 90s chick flick. Cher Horowitz and all the other supporting characters bring so much fun whenever I watch this.

4. Independence Day ~ IMDB

The summer blockbuster film that started it all (at least for me!). It has aliens, massive destruction, and Jeff Goldblum. How can I not enjoy this? I even remember when this came out and everyone in my sixth grade class was gushing about this film. I didn’t see it until later, and when I did, I was hooked.

5. October Sky ~ IMDB

I don’t care what anyone else says, but this is Jake Gyllenhaal’s best film ever. A bunch of boys building rockets to get college scholarship to leave the coal mining career that awaits them — this is one of those stories that showcases how determination and hardwork will get you anywhere.

6. Philadelphia ~ IMDB

I love Tom Hanks, and I believe this is his best role. He plays a gay lawyer with AIDS, fighting against his former employer for firing him on the basis of his illness, and he completely embraces his character and gives a powerful performance. Plus, he and Denzel Washington make a great duo.

7. Schindler’s List ~ IMDB

World War II? Check. Anti-Semitism? Check. Holocaust? Check. Realistic portrayal of all three? Check. There are plenty of films featuring the Holocaust, but I have to say this one is the best out there, and this is truly Steven Spielberg’s magnum opus.

8. The Secret Garden ~ IMDB

The cinematography in this film is simply breathtaking, especially when the garden is featured. This classic story has been portrayed multiple time, but this one will always be the best one for me.

9. The Shawshank Redemption ~ IMDB

It really boggles my mind that this wasn’t a blockbuster hit in theatres. I remember the first time watching it, and I was really pulled into the story, and that twist at the end — so unexpected that it left me flabbergasted! Honestly, if you haven’t seen this film yet, it is highly, highly recommended! It’s rated #1 on IMDB for a very good reason.

10. Titanic ~ IMDB

Okay. Yes, I don’t particularly care for the romance in this one, but everything else is just amazing. Seeing Titanic come to life onscreen, with all the Edwardian fashion and mannerism . . . the history nerd in me absolutely love this film. This film also brings back fond memories of watching this with my friends in seventh grade. That and the long line that was like three blocks long? Yeah, it’s not something I will forget.

Honourable mentions go to:

Armageddon, And the Band Played On, Braveheart, Can’t Hardly Wait, Edward Scissorhands, Forrest Gump, Goodfellas, The Green Mile, Hook, The Lion King, Never Been Kissed, Pleasantville, Pretty Woman, and Rudy.

What are your favourite 90s films? Have you seen the ones I’ve mentioned in this post? Do tell!

Comments

  1. I’ve watched a few of these recently! For some reason I sometimes have 90’s movie watching days and randomly choose something, recently it was 10 things I Hate About You and Clueless.
    Other 90’s movies I really like are Good Will Hunting, Romeo and Juliet, Empire Records, Now and Then

    I’ve watched most of them recently but apparently it’s near on impossible to get Empire Records these days.

    • I tried to like Good Will Hunting, but it never quite made it onto my “HOMG AWESOME FILMS” list XD;;;

      And I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Empire Records. Will look into that :D

  2. Wow, it’s June already??? And I already missed another opportunity to make a My Favorite Things post? XD.

    Out of the movies you had up there, I’ve only seen Beauty and the Beast, Titanic, and Schindler’s List ;~;. But if anything, my favorite 90’s movie would probably be Cinderella or one of those Disney movies. Beauty and the Beast would rank among the top 5. I think Little Ariel was a movie around that time too? :o. I honestly don’t remember all of the movies I’ve watched in the 90’s. Most of my movie watching was in the 00’s :p.

    I had to watch Schindeler’s List for class once. It was an interesting movie, where the factory owner tried being a good guy by trying to allow the victims escape during the Holocaust.

    • Technically Cinderella came out in 1950, but they may have re-released it in theatres in the 90s? Not sure about that, though. The Little Mermaid also came out in 1989, but it’s the Disney film that started the 90s Renaissance :)

  3. I have seen all of the above except Philadelphia, Schindler’s List, and The Secret Garden.

    Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, and Aladdin are my favorite Disney movies. 10 Things I Hate About You, Shawshank Redemption, and Titanic are definitely on top of my list of favorite movies from the 90s!

    • I like Aladdin, but not enough for it to on my favourite list, unfortunately. XD;;;

  4. Michelle on

    My favorite 90’s film is Clueless by far. I can watch it over and over without getting bored of it. Though 10 Things I Hate About You is very close to that spot. I haven’t seen all of the movies, but the 90’s were great. I too, was born in the 80’s but grew up in the ’90s.

  5. The 90s had a lot of iconic movies, and I like a great number of the films you mentioned! :D I can remember how exciting it was when Independence Day came out, it was epic. I need to re-watch it. xD

  6. I think I watched Clueless 10+ times when I was younger. I haven’t seen it in a while SO I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND.

  7. I don’t think I appreciated Titanic so much when I was younger, maybe because that thing is a million hours long! Lol, but I went to watch it with friend when they re-released it in theaters on XD and 3D. The aesthetics of the film are awesome, and I really loved seeing everything come to life again, too.

  8. I’ve only seen half of those movies. I agree that Shawshank Redemption and Schindler’s List are great movies :) I also love Independence Day. A few years ago, I saw it again in a theater with 3 comedians commenting on the movie. It was super funny and made it even more enjoyable XD

    Beauty and the Beast is also my favorite Disney film. I love the songs and really like how Belle loves books and doesn’t fall for the popular musclehead like everyone else.

    Fifth Element is one of my favorites though! I never get tired of that movie!

    • Yes to Belle being bookish and not falling for Gaston! I love Belle’s characterisation :D

      And The Fifth Element! Definitely another good one that I enjoy! In fact, I may go and re-watch it!

  9. Susanne on

    Schindler’s list is a masterpiece for sure. But if you’re interested in films about the Holocaust, you HAVE to check out the top of the tops.. in my opinion the best movie ever made. La vita è bella (Life is beautiful), an Italian movie from 1997 that won at least one Oscar.. from the beginning a humour story about a man who falls in love with a teacher. Later it becomes an incredible story about how he does all he can to protect his little son from the horrors of Auschwitz. I still cry every time I see it, I still cry even when talking about it. It’s a must-see.

    • I have seen it, and I agree it’s a beautiful film, but I still prefer Schindler’s List XD

  10. 90s Disney was awesome! So many good animated films. My absolute favorite is Anastasia (not Disney though!). Not much for historical accuracy, but I loved the music.

    Titanic makes me cry so hard now. :( I didn’t understand the story when I was a kid, but when it plays on TV, I always watch it and I’m a wreck.

  11. The ones at the top of my list are Reality Bites (Winona 4ever!), High Fidelity and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion! Haha! But unforgettable ones are pretty much on your list (plus Cruel Intentions and The Craft!!!)

  12. Yes high five! I love Beauty and the Beast too! I bough the remastered special edition that came out in BluRay a couple of years ago because I realized I didn’t own it!

    Also, great list of movies! I’ve only seen a couple, but a lot of these are titles I’ve heard raved about over the years!

  13. Wow, I haven’t seen two of those. I need to get on it since the other ones I like a lot. XD

    October Sky and Philadelphia

    I like your idea on favorite list every month. I might copy you someday… well if i stop being a terrible blogger. XD

  14. I must confess, I’ve never made it through the whole entire Titanic. I’ve always fallen asleep in the middle and wake up to the ship sinking. ^^:;

    The Matrix would be on my list of top ten (It was my first R-rated film as a kid.) Forrest Gump was pretty good. Good Will Hunting would be honorable mention. Saw Pulp Fiction, LA Confidential, and The Usual Suspect earlier this year and loved them all, but I was very late to the party. But ultimate, Toy Story 1 & 2 defined my childhood years in the 90s.

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