TATM: Talkin’ About The Movies #259: 1993: The Year In Movies

Let’s travel on back to 1993, a time when Hollywood’s way of making movies was about to change forever as Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park would not only open the door for the amazing new world of computer technology in terms of making visual effects seem more realistic and practical. It was also a year when we had a new president in Bill Clinton, the world was introduced to Beavis & Butt-Head, the Dallas Cowboys won their first Super Bowl in 15 years, the long running Cheers came to a close after 11 seasons, and great shows such as Seinfeld and The Simpsons reached their peaks at season four.

1993 was such a great year and the movies were a prime example of what 93 was such a good year, let’s begin our look back at the year by looking at the 10 best movies of 1993:

10. Matinee

One of Joe Dante’s more underrated movies and one of the most underrated movies ever made, Goodman is excellent in this as Lawrence Woolsey in this satirical comedy about a William Castle-type independent filmmaker, with the home front in the Cuban Missile Crisis as a backdrop.

9. Falling Down

For anybody who’s ever had a bad day in their lives and wish they could just snap at the world, this movie perfectly fulfills that and Michael Douglas is excellent in this, one of director Joel Schumacher’s rare films.

8. Dave

That last great movie Ivan Reitman made as a director for about 18 years before he returned to form with No Strings Attached, Dave is such a great very funny political comedy with Kevin Kline playing a doppelganger of the president of the united states.

7. Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park has flaws but it’s still a landmark film that is overall fun, exciting, and epic on a grand scale.

6. The Fugitive

One of the best film adaptations of a TV series ever with Harrison Ford delivering a solid performance as Dr. Richard Kimble.

5. In The Line Of Fire

A great political thriller with Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich working off each other really well in this Wolfgang Petersen directed thriller.

4. Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List joins 12 Years A Slave and United 93 as movies that are so hard to watch because of the subject matter involved and how depressing it can get, but at the same time, there are some of the most beautifully made and well put together movies we’ve had. If you’re looking for one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest triumphs as a director, Schindler’s List is definitely one of those straight forward masterpieces of his.

3. Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a movie that exceeds in acting, direction, writing and realism, it’s a literal example of a perfect ‘triumph of the human spirit’ movie and should definitely be considered as one of not only the most definitive movies of its’ time but also should be considered one of the most important movies of all time.

2. Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm is not just a perfect animated movie, it’s not just a perfect animated movie adaptation, it’s just an overall perfect movie. Had Christopher Nolan never gotten his hand on Batman, this would definitely be the best Batman movie. This is one of my all-time favorite movies and it is easily the best animated movie adaptation ever made.

It’s such a great, perfect movie that deserves to be seen by a wide audience but judging how the film has had an impressive cult following over the years, it’s likely that the film has been seen by a wide audience already and rightfully so.

and the #1 best movie of 1993 is…

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day is in my top 10 favorite movies of all time. It’s a great comedy that works on nearly every level. This is my personal favorite movie Bill Murray has worked on and he provides both his usual comedy antics and a little preview into his dramatic abilities which would later be seen in Lost In Translation and Broken Flowers and the rest of the cast is really good here as well. Much like with Planes, Trains and Automobiles at Thanksgiving, Nightmare Before Christmas at Halloween, and A Christmas Story at Christmas, I pop in Groundhog Day every February 2nd and love it even more everytime I watch it.

But not everything in 1993 was great, in fact, these 10 were the absolute worst of the bunch for the year, this is the 10 worst movies of 1993:

10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III

The first two movies are so much fun to watch but this third film in the series in the worst of the worst, the effects are terrible, the story makes no sense, the jokes are flat as hell, and it just doesn’t come together at all.

9. Super Mario Bros.

More like ‘we have no idea what this Super Mario Bros. property is but we know it’s popular so let’s make a movie about it regardless of how bad it is.’ If you watch this movie, you can note that there is no effort to recapture the spirit of the game whatsoever. For god’s sake, Koopa is a fucking human in this played by Dennis Hopper, who wrote this garbage?

8. Son Of The Pink Panther

Huh, Roberto Bengini ruined two beloved stories that were the crust of that sandwich in which the middle was when he won the Oscars for Life Is Beautiful, wow, I can’t believe how bad this Pink Panther movie was. The only thing that’s worthy of this movie is the opening intro by Bobby McFerrin and that’s it.

7. Robocop 3

A franchise that went down the tubes fast, this movie doesn’t even feel like an actual Robocop movie, the replacement actor is a lack of acting talent, the visuals are terrible the bad guys are horrendous. It’s just a bad, bad movie.

6. Hocus Pocus

AND….here come the hate comments. I’m sorry, I hate Hocus Pocus, I never liked it when I was a kid, I never liked it as an adult and I think it’s one of the most overrated movies of all time.

5. Surf Ninjas

That title alone perfectly sums up everything wrong with this mess.

4. Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday

Jason is a worm…….Jason Voohres has now become a worm for no reason whatsoever….and it is never explained why….again, need I say more.

3. Cop & A Half

A movie that just is a cluttered mess, it’s a cop comedy with Burt Reynolds starring alongside a kid who has never done anything of noteworthy value since this movie and it’s directed by Henry Winkler….just because.

2. Look Who’s Talking Now

Ladies & Gentlemen, behold, the movie that almost killed John Travolta’s career. Oh hey, look, a chance for revival has come into Travolta’s hand, see you in Pulp Fiction in 1994.

and the #1 worst movie of 1993 is…

Tom & Jerry: The Movie

More like The Movie….with Tom & Jerry.

Tom & Jerry: The Movie took everything that made Tom & Jerry so special and ruined it, they relegated Tom & Jerry to supporting roles in their own damn movie, the story is just a terrible ripoff of The Rescuers, the music and animation is good but it’s all wasted on this, you needed William Hanna & Joseph Barbera, who were both still alive when this was made by the way, there to tell the animators how to do Tom & Jerry the right way, and no Creative Consultant Joseph Barbera doesn’t count, you needed the both of them to be involved with the production of the film and not just collecting a damn check or get somebody who knows how to do Tom & Jerry right.

In this PC world that we’re living in right now, it seems like that we’re never going to be able to get that classic Tom & Jerry that we’ve come to know and love and this movie was definitely not doing this beloved duo any favors at all, avoid it like the plague.


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