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…
Mo’ Better Blues (1990)
So, let’s start off discussing why I’ve never seen Mo’ Better Blues.
Er… I have no real explanation. It’s simply a movie that has passed me by.
In terms of what I know about Mo’ Better Blues, well I believe it’s a Spike Lee movie (he wrote & directed it); the film stars Denzel Washington and Wesley Snipes; and it’s about a musician. Other than that, I really know very little.
*Clicks the play button*
4mins – We’re in 1969. I have no idea if this is a flashback or if this is when the movie is supposed to be set. I doubt this is a time travel story, so I’m guessing it’s one or the other.
8mins – I think we’ve jumped forward in time, by about 20 years. And here’s Denzel Washington.
10mins – And Wesley Snipes!
12mins – So, Denzel Washington is a jazz musician – and a pretty damn good one. Well, he would be. He’s Denzel Washington.
17mins 30secs – “With men it’s a dick thing.” I think Denzel is trying to talk romance.
25mins – Sex scene. And its a classy sex scene. Nothing like the Steve Buscemi sex scene(s) from Fargo – WHICH I CAN NEVER UNSEE!
30mins – The soundtrack to this movie is just so cool. It’s pretty much an endless jazz score. I know nothing about jazz, but I know cool music.
33min – A mention for Archie & Jughead. The Riverdale fan in me is quite happy right now.
42mins – Wesley Snipes is discussing infidelity.
46mins – Denzel is so taken by the music that he’s playing, he’s tuned out everything his girlfriend is saying to him. I just turn up the TV.
46mins 5secs – Oh, and I guess Denzel’s not that romantic.
1hr – Wesley Snipes is putting the moves on Denzel’s girlfriend. Denzel’s not bothered as he’s two-timing her anyway. Wesley Snipes knows this. Jeez, at least the Steve Buscemi sex scenes from Fargo were straight forward to follow.
1hr 5mins – I’m about halfway through this movie and you may have noticed I’ve not made that many comments. It’s largely because I’m just letting the story wash over me… which obviously makes for a fascinating read. Sorry!
1hr 14mins – Oh, Samuel L. Jackson is in this.
1hr 17mins – The music, the lighting, the actors… all are very good; but am I sold by this movie? Not really. Nothing seems to be happening – yet I’m still watching.
1hr 18mins – The late Robin Harris is very funny in this movie. He should have had more scenes.
1hr 21mins 30secs – Denzel is now playing the title track to the film. Yeah, it’s good. Someone pour me a shot of bourbon.
1hr 22mins – Leave the bottle.
1hr 33mins – There’s a fair bit of sex in this. It should have been called Mo’ Better Sex.
1hr 34mins – Denzel and Wesley have fallen out with each other. I can only presume it’s because one of them is getting a bit more sex than the other. That’s the sort of thing that people fall out about. Or so I’m told.
1hr 38mins – Ah, crap. Samuel L. Jackson has just beaten up Denzel. That’s gonna leave a mark.
1hr 44mins – We’ve just time jumped to one year later. I have a feeling that things aren’t going so well for Denzel.
1hr 50mins – Wesley Snipes is doing alright for himself though.
1hr 51mins – Denzel has lost his musical ability. Damn you Samuel L. Jackson! DAMN YOU!
1hr 52mins – There’s just under 20 minutes to go for Mo’ Better Blues and I realise that I’ve not really discussed the plot and this is largely because nothing much has happened. Denzel is a musician, he has a career and friends and everything is going well, then towards the end of the movie it all goes a bit pear-shaped. Then it rapidly picks up again.
1hr 58mins – Denzel is getting married. Jeez, you should see the size of the cake – that’s one big-ass cake! My wedding cake looked nothing like this. To be fair, I’d had so much to drink at my wedding that the size of the cake wasn’t the issue, it’s what happened to it that was the problem. After having too much vino I told the caterers to bin the cake at the end of the night as I didn’t feel the need to keep it. As you can imagine, I was not the most popular person in our house the next day. Whoops.
2hrs – Enough about me – Denzel’s now a father. I bet Denzel would never suggest binning his wedding cake in a drunken haze.
2hrs 1min – Hmm… so, nothing much has happened for two hours and now all of a sudden we’re getting a huge montage of Denzel: The Later Years. I can’t help but feel some of this stuff could have been used about an hour ago.
2hrs 2mins – And we’ve sort of looped back to a situation we saw at the beginning of the movie. Er… what?! I kind of feel like this has all been a bit pointless.
2hrs 4mins – ‘The End’. Literally – The End. It was written on the floor.
Not going to lie – I was bored beyond belief. Spike Lee is a good director, but the film just felt pointless. It looked good, sounded GREAT, but other than that it did nothing for me.
Of course, it got me to relive my wedding cake shame.
Nine down; 81 to go.
- Read: Part #10
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume(1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk(1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).