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…
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
I know next to nothing about Fried Green Tomatoes other than the fact that the film stars Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates. I also know that the movie is based on the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by *cough* Fannie Flagg.
Stop sniggering at the back.
Let’s not beat around the bush…
*Clicks the play button*
4mins – Kathy Bates is on screen. The last time I saw Kathy Bates in a film was when I watched the mess that was North (1994). In that movie, Kathy was playing a character of a different race (and skin tone). It was not her finest hour.
6mins – Flashback!
7mins – Is that a young(ish) Chris O’Donnell I see?
7mins 30secs – It is!
11mins 45secs – Chris O’Donnell has just got his foot stuck on a train track and a train is coming. This doesn’t look like it’s going to end well.
13mins – Yeah, he’s dead.
13mins 15secs – Well, this film is off to an uplifting start.
14mins – End of flashback!
14mins 15secs – So far, Jessica Tandy has just told Kathy Bates an emotional story of death. Yeah, thanks for that, Tandy!
17mins – If Tandy’s story wasn’t enough to push her over the edge, then Kathy Bates’ husband certainly will. He’s a right dick. He’s not very nice to her.
18mins – Oh jeez, here comes Tandy again – no doubt with another horror story.
18mins 50secs – Another Flashback! Let’s see what gems Tandy can come up with this time? Maybe a tale about how the dog got run over? Maybe a story about an inferno that destroyed the local town?
30mins – This movie feels very much like a Sunday afternoon picture. A lazy morning, a nice lunch and then a film… about death.
31mins – This current flashback is more cheerful. No one has died.
33mins – The flashback is over and… blimey, Kathy Bates is about to look at her lady bits in a mirror! I wasn’t expecting that.
36mins – Time for another flashback.
36mins 30secs – I’m sensing some lesbian subtext in these flashbacks.
47mins – So, the premise of this movie is as follows: Kathy Bates is finding herself stuck in a rut. Her home life is less than thrilling and to top it off she has awful dress sense. To escape the mundane moments of her existence she spends time with Jessica Tandy, who tells her stories from the past. These stories are making Kathy Bates take stock of her own existence. Great stuff – I just wish she’d take stock of her wardrobe.
53mins – Another flashback and this time there’s a cafe, some fried green tomatoes and a food fight. This looks fun.
54mins – Oh crap – the friggin’ KKK have turned up. Well, there goes the fun.
1hr 8mins – Back in the present, Kathy Bates is still having a crappy time, but now she’s starting to stick up for herself after being inspired by Tandy’s stories.
1hr 10mins – This is a good movie by the way. Not the sort of film I’d usually watch, but Kathy Bates is great. The present day scenes are a great contrast to the flashbacks.
1hr 25mins 30secs – Jessica Tandy and Kathy Bates are eating fried green tomatoes. I’m going to have to try these things for myself, they look deli… ah, who am I trying to kid? I’ll just eat three Snickers bars instead.
1hr 32mins – I think there’s another death in these flashbacks.
1hr 32mins 30secs – Yep!
1hr 38mins – Kathy Bates wants Jessica Tandy to move in to her house. Kathy Bates’s husband wants none of it. Oh well, at least things can’t get any worse.
1hr 39mins – Shit. Jessica Tandy is dead.
1hr 40mins – False alarm – she’s not dead! I repeat: She’s not dead!
1hr 40mins 30secs – Someone else died. No biggie.
1hr 47mins – The final flashback has taken a dark turn. But I like dark turns.
I really liked that.
Not what I expected. I imagined a gentle tale about people eating tomatoes… at a cafe. OK, so there was an element of that, but there was a much deeper story going on.
Tandy and Bates were great and the mix of modern day sequences with flashbacks worked really well. Yeah, a good one.
58 down; 32 to go.
- Read: Part 59
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Showgirls (1995), American History X (1998), North (1994), Jack Frost (1998), Psycho (1998), A League of Their Own (1992), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Patch Adams (1998), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Graveyard Shift (1990), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Striptease (1996), Indecent Proposal (1993), My Girl 2 (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992),Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997),Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), 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).