Wednesday, October 19, 2005

15 in 15

IMDb, as part of its 15-year anniversary, had its staff members pick the top (as in, their favorite) 15 films of the last 15 years. Perusing the lists naturally tempted me to come up with my own list. So here, in no particular order(well, actually, in alphabetical order), are my top 15 Hollywood films from 1990 – 2005:

Fargo: Makes me laugh at things I shouldn’t be laughing at

Forrest Gump: A real epic that always makes me get a lump in my throat

Jurassic Park: Awe-inspiring and scarily believable

Liar Liar: Physical comedy at its hilarious best

The Lion King: A delight for the young and the old

The Matrix: Cerebral science fiction and explosive, trend-setting action

Pulp Fiction: High-energy romp with memorable dialogs

Run Lola Run: Quite possibly the most exhilarating film I’ve ever seen

Schindler’s List: Brutal but moving and life-affirming

Seven: The best film in the serial killer genre and an unforgettable climax

The Shawshank Redemption: The mother of all feel-good movies

The Silence of the Lambs: A superior thriller with a chilling villain

The Sixth Sense: Creepy and atmospheric with a great twist

Terminator 2: Judgment Day: Awesome special effects and thrilling action

Titanic: Moving love story with an epic backdrop


At 10:59 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

bhuvan, top 15 Hollywood films :) Excludes Tamil(and other Indian) films. Would've made it too difficult :)

At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

balaji, please come up with a list for tamil movies as well.

At 11:50 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Nice list here...

Did you watch TERMINAL? I loved it.!

I can't stop without writing about LIAR LIAR..!! I watched that movie atleast 5 times in the theatres.!! Jim Carrey is amazing.!!

At 5:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI, Run Lola Run is not a Hollywood film.
Some of my favorites:

Edward Scissorhands
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
The Fugitive
The Insider
Requiem for a dream
Schindler's list
Saving Private Ryan
Toy Story 2
The Usual Suspects

At 6:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great List.. I have seen 10 out of the 15 movies you have listed. I agree with you, they are awesome.. My favorites would include

Lord of the Rings (1 and 3),
Erin Brockovich
A Beautiful Mind
M.I. 2
The Mask

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not a single Scorsese film on your list??

At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

October Sky - inspirational determination at it's best.

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

narayanan, yes i did. was ok but probably wouldn't even make top 10 of the year :)

babs, yep love 'usual suspects'. but loved these just a li'l bit more i guess :) and 'goodfellas' and 'reservoir dogs' r favs for me too :)

vijays, true. my intention was actually to say non-indian. but 'run lola run', which is the dubbing of the original german film, could be considered hollywood couldnt it?

'fugitive' and 'toy story' kinda stand out in your list as the only light-hearted flicks. haven't seen 'requiem for a dream'. heard it was difficult to sit through. same reason i havent seen 'irreversible' or 'the war zone'.

raju, just curious. which 5 havent u seen? just make sure u rent them ASAP :) i've seen the ones u list. 'the mask' is my 2nd fav jim carrey movie :)

ram, i've never gotten into scorcese. i saw 'taxi driver' and 'raging bull' a long time ago and didnt complete either of them. so i think i've developed a mental anti-scorcese block! recently saw 'aviator' and didnt complete that either. i think 'goodfellas' is the only one i've seen fully. loved it...

anon, true. OS was a very inspirational movie...

At 12:40 PM, Blogger IBH said...

nice picks,here's mine:

1.No Man's Land
1.The Shawshank Redemption
3.Finding Nemo
4.Hotel Rwanda
5.Schindler’s List
7.Reservoir Dogs
8.Lion King
9.A Few Good men
10 Ghost - Hollywood's ultimate mushy movie :) and my fav

some points: did u see one guys's pick was Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham?

hey abt JO, I thot she was first seen in Poovellam Kettu paar opposite i wrong?

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ibh, long time no see :) u should also ask your hubby to the list (btw its 15 not 10 :)

never heard of 'no man's land'. but knew 'hotel rwanda' would be on the list considering your recent praise. 'crash' is that good? just got it thro netflix yesterday. more incentive to c it now :)

yeah, i think mav even commented on it in the previous post. same guy also picked 'devdas'. and another guy had 'lagaan' and 'fiza'.

yep, jo's 1st was definitely the guest role she did in 'vaali'.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

Enjoyed each one of the movies in the list Balaji - I believe Usual suspect/No man's land could have been in the list ;) And how come GodFather isn't - Can one guy exclude that movie ;)

At 1:09 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

aatma, wow another 'no man's land' fan! guess i should check it out now...
and i mentioned it in a comment to another post too... i've never seen 'godfather'! but only 'godfather 3' would've been in contention here since its only 1990-2005. and i've heard its the weakest of the three...

At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji, 'No Man's Land' won the Foreign movie Oscar over the favorite Amelie and Lagaan. Very good movie. You won't know whether to laugh or cry.

Seen and loved all the movies in your list except ... didn't like Matrix, liked (not loved) Titanic and haven't seen Schindler's List yet!

At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balaji, Requiem is a must-see film...Yes, it is disturbing to watch, but what stands out is the amazing acting by the ensemble cast (Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly), a truly memorable music score, and a movie that will stay in your mind for a long time!Give it a try, I am sure you won't be let down.

I am still not sure if
'Lola' can be classified as a Hollywood film..remember that it was dubbed only for the dvd market and not for the cinemas..Kind of similar to Arnold and Van Damme speaking Tamizh dialogues in SunTV and Vijay TV matinee movies :-)

I was thinking that only Hollywood films were your criterion, so didnt care to list foreign language films(have quite a few favorites)..maybe you should amend your post and say 'top 15 films' or something like that.

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a list of best background scores (songs excluded) in Tamil movies? Anyone?

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

prakash, thanx! that made me remember it a li'l bit. havent seem SL? guess its SL for u and Godfather for me :)

vijays, will definitely give it a shot.
LOL @ the comparison. actually, i saw it in original german with subtitles after the 1st viewing. seemed to be much better that way.
just go ahead and list a few of your foreign picks anyway. i'm curious...

gopi, i'm not a big noticer of background scores unless it really catches my attention. i know my top spot would go to 'idhayathai thirudaathe' but can't recall any others where the bgm impressed me even close to the extent the bgm in IT impressed me...

At 8:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did go to Satyam to see 'S L' several years back. But I had returned from US the day before, and slept through most of the movie. I am blaming it on the jet lag ;)

Know you asked vijays, but I'll pipe in. A few of my favorite movies, that just happen to be foreign language:
7 Samurai (maybe my favorite movie), Ran, Rashomon, Eat Drink Man Woman, Crouching T H D

Foreign movies that won't make my Top 15:
Red, White, High and Low, Ikiru, Tampopo, Pather Panchali (does this count?), Double Life of Veronique (esp the haunting music)

At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's my list of favorite background scores (in no particular order):


At 9:56 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Nice list you've got there Balaji... I doubt I'll come up with top five even but I'm gonna try... In no particular order...

Finding nemo

Monsters Inc.

The Ring =P

Lord of the rings 1, 2, 3

Independence day

Bad boys

Pirates of the Caribbean (I just loooooove this movie!)

Mulan (shhh)

Spiderman 1&2

... I need one more... *scratches chin*

At 10:11 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

prakash, thot u were gonna list only films from 90-05 :)

ram, no IT? the title music itself is so haunting :)

merino, nice list. i've seen and liked all of them. would've been my list if i was about 15 yrs i think :) guess i am really growing up *sigh*

At 4:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ram, how about Mounam Pesiyadhae? The humming is addictive, don't you think? I had it as background music on my website for a while.

At 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I surely will rent the remaining 5 soon.. :-)
They are Shawshank, Schindler, Lola, Pulp and Fargo.

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, i strongly recommend "No Man's land" to you.. You will realize why there are lotsa fans for that movie among ur readers.

At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops, konjam unarchi vasapatten ...

At 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb, more than the title music I like the tune of "vidiya vidiya nadanam" that played in the background for several "cute", dont remember the title music...kaettu paakaren...

gopi, yeah, Mounam Pesiyathey super tune adhu...marandhutten...
but in general, I find YSR's bgms all sound the same...he blatantly ripped off the "en vaanile" (johnny) instrumentals for the theme music in 7G rainbow...

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

raju, hurry up and rent 'shawshank redemption' and 'run lola run' right away this weekend. the others r serious and violent and may not be everybody's cup of tea. but these 2 r not to be missed. u can thank me on monday :)

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

"No man's land" is a very good movie... I enjoyed it.. =P. Shawshank REdemption is nice too but it wasnt my kinda movie..


At 6:39 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Ah crap.. I must add "Being John Malkovich" into my list.. that was an awesome movie.. it was quite trippy, my friend and i were like what the fuff =P

At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm amazed, Balaji!.. No E.T.?.. I thought everybody loved E.T... is there a human who has seen it, who doesn't revere it?..

Also, I'm amazed that A Few Good Men, The American President, Contact, are all not part of your list.. In any genre, they are simply the best that Hollywood has had to offer.

At 6:13 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

sandya, E.T was released in '82 and this list was for 90-05 only :)

the other 3 u mention r all great films that i love too. i just like the ones i listed a li'l better :) i'm sure everyone has some titles he/she thinks should be on the list. thats why the lists r so subjective and so much fun too :) btw, u should've come up with a full 15 too :)


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