1996 was my first full year on the East Coast. I’m curious as to whether the number of movies I saw dipped dramatically as I was working long, long hours that year.
Movies that I did not see from that year: A Time to Kill; Scream; Beavis and Butt-Head Do America; Romeo + Juliet; Shine; The Truth About Cats & Dogs; he Long Kiss Goodnight; Black Sheep; The Island of Dr. Moreau; Kingpin; The Frighteners; Secrets & Lies; Big Night; Mulholland Falls; 2 Days in the Valley; Hamlet; and Hard Eight.
My top ten favorites are:
- Flirting With Disaster
- The Daytrippers
- Bottle Rocket
- The English Patient
- Independence Day
- That Thing You Do!
There were countless other good movies that year including: People Versus Larry Flint; Michael Collins; Sling Blade; Ghosts of Mississippi; Brassed Off; and I Shot Andy Warhol. Two comedies I loved right up on the bubble of my top ten list: Waiting for Guffman; and The Cable Guy.
This was also the year of perhaps the movie I was most disappointed ever with, especially with my expectations for it – Mars Attacks!. How Tim Burton bobbled this so badly I would have to re-watch it to figure out. I just remember a massive feeling of disappointment.
There were also two Tom Cruise movies this year – Mission: Impossible and Jerry Maguire. Both were fine but I don’t think either holds up particularly well.
I have seen Matilda and James and the Giant Peach with my kids. We liked both a lot.