Welcome to the FINAL edition of 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 have so far worked my way through 89 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided and I’ve recorded my thoughts along the way.
I’ve watched good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and *sigh* Body of Evidence. That one was a chore I don’t mind telling you.
Today I’m wrapping up this series with what I hope is a good film.
My final unseen ‘90s movie is…
Ed Wood (1994)
Yep, I’ve never watched Ed Wood. And I don’t know why.
I like Tim Burton movies. Ed Wood is a Tim Burton movie. By all accounts, Ed Wood is one of the best Tim Burton movies. I really should have watched this by now!
And I genuinely don’t know why I’ve never watched this movie.
Time to finish off my journey.
*Clicks the play button*
2mins – The music, the lighting, the headstones – this is a great way to open a movie!
5mins – Bill Murray!
6mins 50secs – Sarah Jessica Parker – “Do I really have a face like a horse?”
I’m saying nothing.
12mins 30secs – Johnny Depp is pretty damn good in this movie. As of late he’s become a bit of a caricature, but I like what he’s doing here. I know he won some awards for this role, but he didn’t pick up an Academy Award did he?
20mins – Martin Landau is killing it as Bela Lugosi. He DID win an Academy Award, and rightly so!
33mins – “Karloff? Sidekick? FUCK YOU!”
35mins – I’m 35 minutes into this movie and it is fabulous. Why did I leave it so long to watch Ed Wood? I’ve sat through some shite Tim Burton movies in recent years *cough* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory *cough*, yet never made time for this one?! Madness!
42mins – Bill Murray, talking about having his penis removed while eating a hot dog. Classic.
46mins – OK, so for those who are following this (but who have never watched Ed Wood before), this is a biopic about director, Edward D. Wood Jr. It details his attempts to make movies on the cheap, as well as his friendship with horror legend, Bela Lugosi.
1hr – I’m barely making any comments about this movie, because I’m enjoying it so much.
1hr 30secs – Lisa Marie cameo alert! Lisa Marie cameo alert! You can tell this is a Tim Burton film as it features Johnny Depp AND a cameo from Burton’s (then) wife.
1hr 16mins – Sarah Jessica Parker – “You people are INSANE! You’re wasting your lives making this crap! Nobody cares! These movies… are TERRIBLE!”
Erm is she talking about the Ed Wood directed movies or the Transformers films?
1hr 35mins – Martin Landau has been fantastic in this movie. Bravo, sir. Bravo. What an actor he was.
1hr 45mins – You know, after watching this movie, I’m tempted to sit through Plan 9 From Outer Space. I know it will be shit, but just for curiosity value alone I feel like I need to see it.
1hr 50mins – Erm, that’s Vincent D’Onofrio playing Orsen Wells, but that’s not his voice. It sounds like Brain from Pinky and the Brain! Is that Maurice LaMarche?!
It is! It is LaMarche!
1hr 54mins – Right, I’m into the last ten minutes of Ed Wood and I can honestly say I’ve loved this movie. I am so pleased I am finishing 90 from the ’90s on a high!
*Presses the stop button*
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant and one of Burton’s best films.
It may have taken me 25 years, but it was worth the wait.
*Hands start to hurt from clapping*
And that’s a wrap on 90 from the ’90s. What a journey!
When I started this series of posts my original plan was to try and watch one movie a day for 90 days. Of course, that never happened (life got in the way), and it’s taken me about 15 months to complete this series.
If you’ve followed along from the start, THANK YOU for sticking with me. I got there in the end!
So, how did this mammoth task shape up?
Well, first and foremost I got to watch a bunch of decent movies. From Quigley Down Under, When a Stranger Calls Back and Saving Private Ryan, to American History X, Friday, Ferngully and Pump Up the Volume, I’ve found some movies that I’ve really enjoyed.
In the case of Saving Private Ryan, I doubt I would have ever watched this movie if it hadn’t been for 90 from the 90s. That movie alone justified this entire series of posts.
It also justified watching some of the shocking films that I sat through. Speaking of which, I have to admit, I watched some absolute trash. Clockmaker, Mandroid, Hudson Hawk, Wagons East – all awful movies.
Some of the films were so bad, I’m amazed I even watched them through to the end – especially Wagons East. What a truly appalling film.
So yeah, some good films and some bad. But what has 90 from the ’90s taught me?
In all honesty, regardless of the gems, watching these movies has shown me that there was probably a reason why I didn’t watch the majority of the films the first time around. With a few exceptions, many were only ‘so-so’ and not something I’ve been missing out on.
This hasn’t put me off exploring more unseen movies from the past. Moving forward, I have a follow-up series in mind, which will push beyond the boundaries of just one decade.
But I’ll come back to that in time.
For now, 90 from the ’90s is at an end.
And should you want to check out the previous 89 entries in this series, here you go: The Object of My Affection (1998), Mad City (1997), Blast (1997), Drop Zone (1994), Hackers (1995), When a Stranger Calls Back (1993), My Giant (1998), Mandroid (1993), Clockmaker (1998), Arlington Road (1999), Coneheads (1993), Disclosure (1994), The Secret Agent Club(1996), Fear (1996), Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (1996), Sudden Death (1995), Balto (1995), Another 48 Hours (1990), What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Reservoir Dogs (1992), Flubber (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Free Willy (1993), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Air Bud (1997), Robin Hood (1991), Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999), Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), 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).