Memorable Years in Cinema: 1994



Memorable Years in Cinema 1994

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Top 10 Feel-Good Films | أفضل 10 أفلام مبهجة




1. Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

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Top 10 Adventure Films | أفضل 10 أفلام المغامرة



1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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Top 10 Adventure Films | أفضل 10 أفلام المغامرة



1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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Top 10 ’80s Films | أفضل 10 أفلام من الثمانينات



1. Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (1982)

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2. Back to the Future (1985)

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3. ScarFace (1983)

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4. Aliens (1986)

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5. Ghostbusters (1984)

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6. Platoon (1986)

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7. Die Hard (1988)

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8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

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9. Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back, The (1980)

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10. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Forrest Gump (1994): A Great Films mini-review



Forrest Gump Movie Poster

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Trailer:


Synopsis:

Forrest Gump, while not intelligent, has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny, eludes him.

My mini-review:

Rightfully claimed as one of the hallmarks of cinema, Forrest Gump is not just a film, it’s an experience. It is one of those great films that takes you into a journey of self-discovery. A film that has the great potential to make every single viewer a better person after viewing it. That is how much watching Forrest Gump affects me. To those who still have not watched it, do it now. You will feel great satisfaction and joy once you have.

You can also read my full review here.

Outstanding performances:

  • Tom Hanks (as Forrest Gump)
  • Sally Field (as Mrs. Gump)
  • Robin Wright (as Jenny Curran)
  • Gary Sinise (as Lieutenant Dan Taylor)

Runtime:

2 hours and 22 minutes

Rating:

PG-13

Genres:

Drama / Romance


Back to the Future (1985): A Great Films review



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“I did it!” declares Dr. Emmett Brown enthusiastically to his friend Marty McFly as he urges Marty to meet him at the parking lot to witness history. Marty, hurriedly grabbing a couple of equipment that the doctor asked for, rushes to the location on his trusty skateboard. Upon reaching there, he sees Dr. Brown’s trailer. Right next to it is a DeLorean that has been modified with hardware invented by the mad doctor himself. Dr. Brown then guides his dog, Einstein, to the car and sets a specific time in the future. Controlling the car via remote, he tells Marty to “watch this” as the car speeds up then amazingly disappears, resulting in one of cinema’s most magical moments.


Christopher Lloyd Dr. as Emmett Brown (Left) & Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly (Right)

Christopher Lloyd Dr. as Emmett Brown (Left) & Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly (Right)


Released in 1985, Back to the Future takes place in Hills Valley and follows the life of Marty McFly, excellently played by Michael J. Fox, during his high school years. His friendship with the eccentric and deranged scientist Doctor Emmett Brown, who is played by Christopher Lloyd in an unforgettable role, causes a dramatic shift in his life and alters it forever. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the film is an adventure science-fiction picture that also includes comedic moments throughout.


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One of the main achievements of Back to the Future is Robert Zemeckis’ superb directing. He gives the film his signature touch and creates a sense of wonder and awe throughout the picture. What I enjoy about his direction is the fact that he knows when to use everything at his disposal to maximum effect. A scene where this is clearly shown is when Marty McFly first sees his dad at the diner in 1955. Here, the camera is focused on Michael J. Fox’s face as it slowly pans to reveal his shock at witnessing a truly weird moment. Such moments are what make Zemeckis unique. He knows how to deliver scenes that are special with complete ease.


Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly

Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly


A second aspect of the film that provides it with an additional layer of success is the acting. Playing the regular high school teenager, Michael J. Fox delivers his best role ever as Marty McFly. From his earnestness to help Dr. Brown to being transported back in time, he maintains a level of realism and frankness instead of being cheesy and over-the-top. A favorite scene is when he crashes into the barn of Old Peabody and is mistaken for an alien arriving from outer space, a funny and memorable scene.

However, it is Christopher Lloyd who is the star of the film in my eyes. His take on Doctor Emmett Brown is remarkable and he does it with such natural ability that one questions whether Lloyd himself is sane. One scene that sticks out is when he is visited by McFly in the past and is requested to help Marty with a very important task. Lloyd’s quirkiness and craziness combine to give this scene, and the film overall, a quite distinguished element.


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The special effects in this film also deserve to be noted. The scenes of the DeLorean zooming and disappearing are almost breathtaking to say the least. They are done with complete realism and hold up very well nearly twenty years later. I especially like the fact that Zemeckis is restrained in his use of the effects and only does so in scenes that need this added factor. The end result is a multitude of scenes that are amazing whilst also moving the plot forward. Such a combination is rare and seldom done as expertly as they are in Back to the Future.


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Back to the Future is considered one of cinema’s best science-fiction pictures ever made. The film provides a sense of fun and enjoyment throughout its runtime that is quite rare. It flows easily and moves smoothly. With the superb acting on display, assured and confident directing, excellent special effects and strong storyline, it is not hard to believe how well this film has aged. I always get a delight from watching this picture as it has a very high entertainment factor. A sign of an enduring classic.


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Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Outstanding performances:

Michael J. Fox (as Marty McFly)
Christopher Lloyd (as Dr. Emmett Brown)

Runtime:

1 hour and 56 minutes

Rating:

PG

Genres:

Adventure / Comedy / Sci-Fi


Forrest Gump (1994): A Great Films review



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A feather is followed as it glides in the air. It seems to be searching for something or someone, looking for a place to settle. It finally falls next to the shoes belonging to Forrest Gump. Gump, played by the superb Tom Hanks, is sitting on a wooden park bench. He seems happy and content with life. A nurse gets off a bus and takes a seat next to him. It is then that Forrest Gump looks at her and utters one of the most famous lines in cinema history: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”


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Indeed, life is filled with unexpected surprises and provides Gump with many of them. Aided by the excellent visual effects, he takes part in some of the most memorable moments in recent American history. In what is essentially a drama picture, Forrest Gump is also filled with a lot of funny and light occasions. Looking at Gump’s life across approximately 30 years of life, the film always gives us the feeling that we are growing up with Forrest. We experience his disappointments, joys, triumphs and sadness right there along with him. While most of the scenes are narrated, by Gump himself, it always felt natural, non-excessive and an important aid to the film’s steady progression. Not to forget the film’s score which is truly majestic and epic. In other words, a perfect fit.


Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump


The main heart of the story is Forrest’s relationship with the two most important women in his life, his mother (played by the amazing Sally Field) and Jenny (played by Robin Wright). Field, in a role she was born to play, offers Hanks’ Forrest the warmth, confidence and self-assurance that allowed him to overcome the obstacles he faced in his childhood. However, it is Jenny who steals Gump’s heart. The first time they meet, on the school bus, Forrest declares that hers is “the sweetest voice in the whole wide world!” Wright is simply excellent and believable in her role. She offers the character much heart and depth when there was always a risk Jenny would turn into a forgetful part of the story. Gary Sinise, in the best role I have ever seen him in, provides such a powerful and engaging performance that he steals every scene he is in, including those with Tom Hanks. That is an incredible feat and one that he should be commended for. Playing war vet Lieutenant Dan, whose soul is ravaged by the Vietnam war, Sinise never once overacts but instead delivers a mesmerizing performance that one does not forget easily well after the movie ends.


Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Dan Taylor (Left) & Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump (Right)

Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Dan Taylor (Left) & Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump (Right)


However, none compare to the truly outstanding performance that Tom Hanks provides in this picture. His ability to combine warmth, sensitivity, appropriate posture, manner of speaking and natural delivery results in a character who simply tries to live life as it is without any concerns or regrets. There are moments in which he delivers truly funny lines while acting totally serious. That takes some talent! Scenes highlighting this include those set at an anti-war rally in Washington D.C. as well as when Gump gets the chance to meet former U.S. presidents. There are also many heartfelt and touching moments that Hanks simply excels at with ease.


Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump


The aforementioned visual effects in this film deserve special mention. The filmmakers, lead by director and visionary Robert Zemeckis, were successfully able to recreate historical moments that are totally believable and fit perfectly with Forrest’s story. These moments include a meeting with former president Kennedy, an appearance on a TV Show with a Beatles legend as well as being a part of the American Ping Pong team that made the historical trip to China! The best part is that these scenes do not intrude or distract the viewer in the least. They are so well made that they hold up very well upon repeat viewings.


Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump


Rightfully claimed as one of the hallmarks of cinema, Forrest Gump is not just a film, it’s an experience. It is one of those great films that takes you into a journey of self-discovery. A film that has the great potential to make every single viewer a better person after viewing it. That is how much watching Forrest Gump affects me. To those who still have not watched it, do it now. You will feel great satisfaction and joy once you have.


Trailer:


Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Outstanding performances:

  • Tom Hanks (as Forrest Gump)
  • Sally Field (as Mrs. Gump)
  • Robin Wright (as Jenny Curran)
  • Gary Sinise (as Lieutenant Dan Taylor)

Runtime:

2 hours and 22 minutes

Rating:

PG-13

Genres:

Drama / Romance

Top 10 ’90s Films | أفضل 10 أفلام من التسعينات



1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Top 10 Science-Fiction Films | أفضل 10 أفلام خيال علمي



1. Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (1982)

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2. Alien (1979)

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3. Aliens (1986)

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4. Matrix, The (1999)

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5. Back to the Future (1984)

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6. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

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7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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8. Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back, The (1980)

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9. Metropolis (1927)

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10. Akira (1984)

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