Oh, those wonderful ‘90s. When shoulder pads were just leaving women’s clothing and craft beer was still a hobby practiced the way Dungeons & Dragons® was played in the 1980s. The 1990s was a decade of awesome action movies! Of course, action is in the eye of the movie-goer, so one person’s action is another person’s kids’ film. Here’s a sampler of some of the best movies in different genres. They’re not just the highest rated, but they highlight the 90s as the innocent decade in the American psyche it was, in retrospect. |
For kids, there’s the iconic, complete with “adorably” outdated graphics, “Toy Story.” It has all the hooks: a quest, a bad guy, thrills and chills… and what action film wouldn’t be complete without Little Bo Peep? (Check out the Toy Story IV trailer!) Cool parents will get out all the matching toys from their children’s toy boxes (and from under their beds) to play along with the movie with their kids who are rolling their eyes. Just don’t put together any of Sid’s creations for the littles unless you’re a mental health professional.
Into classic sci-fi? Look no farther than the nearest velociraptor in “Jurassic Park.” Mad scientists run amok and greed overrules common sense. (And where’ve we seen that lately?) Of course, let’s not forget the dinosaurs. So many much dinosaurs. Where were all the nice glyptodonts when you needed one? Why did carnivores pop up behind all the dangerous corners? Just remember dinosaurs taste like chicken wings. The ultimate mammal’s revenge and a great food partner for the movie. Keep the wing sauce red. Keep it real.
Are you the average fit person? Do you scoff at folks only doing half marathons every day? “Run, Lola, Run” will leave even you breathless. No, really breathless. Americans usually steer clear of “foreign” films, but this one’s a flick that’s easy on the eyes. Get the English version or stream the German one and bring a dictionary.
Cigar aficionados (cough, cough) might want to check out “Independence Day.” Macho dudes meet bad computer skills meet aliens meet waving that flag harder. Watching Washington explode is more gratifying now than it was when the movie debuted in 1996. The action keeps rolling and the aliens all die at the end. Hurray!
If bad history’s your game, the action movie Braveheart’s your game. Men in kilts. Blue paint. People running with sharp objects. Gore galore. True love meets the inevitable death of the loved one. It’s a pity haggis isn’t sold in stores; it’s the perfect complement to this movie. Something with ketchup should do nicely, though. Use lots of ketchup.
For every movie I’ve listed there are a dozen more clamoring for a place on the list. The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. The Crow, Men in Black… what’s with all these movies with men in black, anyway? There’s always Fargo (“Boy, you a smooth smooth, you know”), or the Fifth Element if you’ve got a hankering for some Bruce Willis or LeeLoo (not to be confused with Lilo!).
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