Tag Archives: 1990s
King of the Hill (1993) Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Bradford, Jeroen Krabbé, Lisa Eichhorn, Drama, History
Lakki… The Boy Who Could Fly / Gutten som kunne fly (1992) Svend Wam, Anders Borchgrevink, Nina Gunke, Bjørn Skagestad, Drama
Abused by his gym teacher and his mother’s current boy friend Lakki can find no peace. He cannot turn to his father as the man is distant and uncaring. Instead the 14 year old finds friends and harbor on the streets. He gets himself in trouble at school, starts playing with drugs, and tries to become a bully. He has no direction and no one to guide him. Even the friends he has made turn against him. It is only when things turn to the worst, and his fantasies are at their height does the real world finally reach in and save him from a tumble into the abyss of drugs and prostitution.
A chronological look at the creative life of Luchino Visconti (1906-1976). It examines his theatricality, role in the neorealist movement, use of melodrama, and relation to decadence. It touches on the impact of a fabulously wealthy childhood, his writing for “Cinema,” his politics, his work with Renoir, his appreciation of Thomas Mann, and his deep knowledge of literature and the arts. Visconti moves constantly between film and the theater, staging plays provocatively, working with Maria Callas at La Scala, and shooting films in theaters. Clips from his films and interviews with actors, crew members, and critics provide details for this portrait of creativity.
BMX Bandits (1993) Brian Trenchard-Smith, David Argue, John Ley, Nicole Kidman, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Teens P.J. (Angelo D’Angelo) and Goose (James Lugton) get their thrills on BMX bikes, performing hair-raising tricks all across Sydney, Australia. Along with their new friend Judy (Nicole Kidman), they discover a box of walkie-talkies – and find out that a gang of criminals intends to use them to monitor police signals during a bank robbery. When the young trio snatches the devices, it propels them on a hair-raising adventure in which their pedaling skills might just save their necks.
Cape Fear is a 1991 thriller film, directed by Martin Scorsese. It is a remake of the 1962 film of the same name and tells the story of a family man, a former public defender, whose family is threatened by a convicted rapist who wants vengeance for having been imprisoned for 14 years because of the lawyer’s purposefully faulty defense tactics, prejudicing the accused. It received Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (Robert De Niro) and Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Lewis). The two were also nominated for Golden Globe Awards.
Pan Tadeusz / Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania (1999) Andrzej Wajda, Boguslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski, Grazyna Szapolowska, Drama, Romance
In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia’s client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one district, is undermined by two families, feuding since the head of one shot the head of the other twenty years before. There are hopes of a reconciliation through a marriage of Pan Tadeusz, a Soplica, whose father, the murderer, is in hiding somewhere, and Zosia, a teen-aged girl, a Horeszko who lives in the household of Pan’s uncle. Other cross-currents – of love, family, politics, village traditions, land reform, and what it means to be Polish – give the film texture. It’s an exile’s story.
Revenge of the Musketeers / La fille de d’Artagnan (1994) Bertrand Tavernier, Sophie Marceau, Philippe Noiret, Claude Rich, Action, Adventure, Comedy
The story begins on the autumn of 1654 in South France. Eloise lives in a cloister. Her famous father left her there. The young lady is enthusiastic about honour, faithfulness, affection to the poor people, and life of course. She seems powerless when the leader of the nuns is executed because she tried to save an unlucky servant who escaped from odious Crassac and his evil Muse, the Red Lady. Eloise is seized with a fit of temper.
Nikita is the sole survivor of a bloody shoot out between police and a band of drug-crazed social dropouts. Violently aggressive and mentally unstable, the young woman is taken into police custody, but soon find herself a prisoner in a secret government department. She is offered a choice: to die for the crime she has committed, or to train to become a government assassin. Not that she really has a choice…
Brian Kessler, a journalist researching serial killers, and his photographer girlfriend Carrie set out on a cross-country tour of the sites of the killings. Sharing the ride and their expenses are Early Grayce, a paroled white trash criminal, and his girlfriend Adele. As the trip progresses, Early begins to appear more and more unstable, and Brian and Carrie begin to fear that they may have a real-life killer in the back seat of their car.