Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.

I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.

The rules are as follows:

  • The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
  • The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before

Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…

Fargo (1996)

I’ll be honest with you here; I’ve never had a desire to watch Fargo. Yes, I’ve been told it is very good. Yes, I’ve had ample opportunity to watch it. Yes, I probably should have watched Fargo by now. No, I really don’t have an excuse.

During the three years I worked at the local video rental store I picked the Fargo tape up numerous times, but for some reason it just never came home with me. And yet, Evolution, 40 Days and 40 Nights and From Dusk Til Dawn 3 did come home with me! Go figure.

Let’s do this.

*Clicks the play button*

1min – This film is based on a true story – according to the opening anyway. But is it? I have no idea who/what to trust anymore. #FakeNews

3mins – William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare all in the same scene. This is a GOOD cast.

6mins 30secs – Harve Presnell is in this! Harve Presnell played Sam Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He would have been playing Sam Lane around the same time as this film was made. I’m now pretending that Fargo is set in the same universe as Lois & Clark. What a time to be alive.

11mins 40secs – Steve Buscemi in a sex scene. I didn’t need to see/hear/think about this.

18mins – There’s some kind of burglary going on…

18mins 30secs – It’s at this point that I should note I have no idea what this movie is about. All I know is there’s lots of snow, Frances McDormand is in it and it’s directed by the Coen Brothers. Yes, as an ex-film student and a film lover, I really should know more about this movie. I am ashamed with myself.

23mins – William H. Macy getting very angry while trying to defrost his car in the snow. Yeah, I totally get this. This was me about three weeks ago when ‘The Beast from the East’ swept through the UK. OK, so I don’t have a car and I’m not William H. Macy, but I sure felt angry.

28mins – Of the three films I’ve watched this week (Timecop, So I Married An Axe Murderer and Hudson Hawk) there is a very clear difference in the way Fargo is shot and directed. First, unlike So I Married and Hudson, it’s not a big steaming pile of crap. Secondly, this movie just looks so damn good. All these scenes, set in the snow are making me feel cold. Now that’s some good cinematography. Either that or I need to put the heating on.

32mins – Peter Stormare is scary. He’s also a good shot.

33mins – Frances McDormand. I was wondering when she’d turn up. I’m already about a third of the way through the film.

44mins 30secs – I think I want to wear a warm fuzzy hat like Frances McDormand wears. I also want to be eating a burger and fries like she’s eating. Jeez, even the cola she’s drinking looks delicious. The freakin’ cola looks amazing. I need the Coen brothers to shoot my life. I want my cola to look this good.

52mins 30secs – Frances McDormand is now piling food onto her plate in an all-you-can-eat restaurant. I can totally get on board this kind of dining. And this kind of acting. Food acting for the win!

1hr – Frances McDormand is kind of like Columbo. Except… she doesn’t look like she slept in a garbage truck.

1hr 3mins – She’s sassy. Columbo wasn’t really sassy.

1hr 5mins 20secs – “It’s OK Mike…”

1hr 6mins 45secs – A Steve Buscemi sex scene. Again.

1hr 10mins – Steve Buscemi just shot Sam Lane. There goes that Lois & Clark crossover.

1hr 11mins 40secs – Ha! Steve Buscemi, clutching his face, blood running everywhere and the guy at the ticket booth asks to see his ticket. Genius.

1hr 17mins – Jeez, even the blood on Steve Buscemi’s hands looks beautiful when placed against the pure white of the snow. How can things look this good without Instagram filters? #FirstWorldProblems

1hr 19mins 30 secs – Frances McDormand is eating. Again. And it’s another burger. This has to be the best acting job ever. Heck, if a burger looks this good, then surely there’s no acting involved.

1hr 28mins – I’m just going to say, ‘wood chipper’. If you’ve watched Fargo then you’ll know what I mean.

1h 31mins – I know that Frances McDormand won an Academy Award for this movie. It’s well deserved – she’s excellent in this role. I wonder if she is more proud of the Oscar win or the fact she got to eat all that food?

**Clicks stop**

That was good. That was very good. I had a feeling it would be. I’ve got another couple of Coen Brothers movies on my list, so I’m looking forward to getting to those in due course.

Four down; 86 to go.