leon - I agree with you about the music of richness of with a movie, actually of movies.
unforgiven is remake of shane, abut I thought open range was a better version of the classic.
there was something about the red line, I didn't like at all about the movie. the was it was done that really turn me off completely.
heat in many ways was classic, in the style of took bring two great actors together with one the best robbery scene of all time. I thought just too long of movie to watch, that only complaint, I have.
most of your pick, leon, are great movies. 12 monkeys is just weird movie, but the style of the movie is better than science fiction movies, that really miss their marks.
big Lebowski - I like it, but I never really understood the appeal of it as a cult movie.
Well I was talking about music of the 90’s in general, not really movie music in particular. I honestly couldn’t stand constantly hearing “I will always love you” or “my heart will go on” everywhere I went.
Anyways, as far as the movies you mention, let’s see...
I never saw Shane or Open Range, as I never was really into the classic westerns, as I found them too corny. But that’s probably what I liked about Unforgiven, it seemed more realistic, gritty, introspective, and brutal. It captured me. And it certainly was definitive Clint Eastwood.
I think that movie captured a lot of people and probably revived the western genre, as it was pretty much absent throughout the eighties. Probably because Star Wars usurped the “bad guys vs good guys” melodrama in the late seventies and handed it over to science fiction for the next 15 years.
Yeah I get why there are many who wouldn’t like The Thin Red Line. Especially since it came out the same year that Saving Private Ryan did, undoubtedly forcing a comparison since they were both 3 hour WWII epics, particularly since both also received the Oscar Best Picture nomination (neither won). Here we had a straightforward, dramatic, effects-laden, heroically inspiring movie starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon and directed by Steven Spielberg, and then being compared to a much less straightforward, sprawling, brooding, often anti-war in tone, movie directed by a more obscure director (albeit highly regarded) coming out of semi-retirement. Many probably found the latter simply boring having to sit through for three hours, trying to sort through all the poetry, after having just sat through the more rousing former. However, despite that, there was a pretty powerful story in it as well, (namely the tension between Nick Norte and Elias Korea’s characters). It was just that you had to wade through all the visual imagery and introspective multi-character narrative to piece it together. I didn’t mind it, though, because I found some of the cinamatography and lyrical narraration to be stunning and moving at times, almost genius. Sure,Terrance Mallick’s films have become more and more fluff since then, but at least this one had still had a substantial amount substance in its plot to make the way it was presented worthwhile, in my opinion.
You liked Heat for the same reason I did - the robbery scene, one of the most memorable, and underrated scenes in the history of movies. A lot of work obviously went into that lengthy bit, and I agree that the movie was too lengthy around it, but boy I would see it again just for that. It really was incredible. The hotel fire alarm scene near the end was pretty good too.
12 Monkeys was definitely different (same director as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’) But I’ve always been into time travel type movies (loved Butterfly Effect, The Jacket, etc), so this was no exception. The plot really was quite an enjoyable puzzler at times too.
Yeah the Big Lebowski. Everyone has a different sense of humor. Not a typical comedy, sure. You’d probably have to appreciate Noir to get it best, as the plot style imitates it, but, really, the reason the movie has persisted for so long is due to the extremely memorable dialogue, which occurs throughout the movie and with every character and never really ends until the credits roll. So many great lines. I honestly don’t think the Coen brothers have ever matched it in this regard before or after, and that’s saying a lot with those guys.