TATM: Talkin’ About The Movies #260: 1992: The Year In Movies

Welcome to 1992, a year where we elected a new president who “didn’t inhale” in Bill Clinton, the country fell in love with Ross Perot so much that they didn’t even bother to vote for him as president in the election, Bill Cosby ended his acclaimed long running comedy series after eight seasons, Johnny Carson left his post as king of late night when he stepped down from The Tonight Show after 30 years, Hurricane Andrew decimated Florida, and the then vice president Dan Quayle criticized TV character Murphy Brown for being a single mother.

So, what about the movies of 1992? Well, considering that I’ve said that this year had one of the worst summer movie seasons of all time, that’s not a promising sign. 1992 was not a particularly good year for movies as you will see by how hard my list for the 10 best movies of 1992 were:

10. My Cousin Vinny

The funny thing about this movie is that Marisa Tomei is just one of the many reasons why this movie works so well as it does, her chemistry with Joe Pesci works so well. The oddest thing is that she won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for this movie and when you look at who she was up against that year, her performance was surprisingly the strongest one of the whole bunch and the only American nominated in the category too.

9. The Player

An excellent black comedy starring Tim Robbins leading an all-star cast in this Robert Altman directed feature.

8. A League Of Their Own

A very funny period piece baseball comedy from Garry Marshall starring Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Geena Davis.

7. Bob Roberts

Bob Roberts is a very funny, very clever, very satirical, very well acted, and very smart political comedy that’s benefited from a great script and direction by Tim Robbins who knew exactly what kind of story he wanted to tell with this and managed to do the best damn job he could possibly do with it and accomplished everything he wanted to say with it. It’s one of the great political satire films.

6. Glengarry Glen Ross

A classic David Mamet movie featuring a great cast in Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, & Jonathan Pryce.

5. Malcolm X

At the peak of Spike Lee’s directorial career, he reunited with Denzel Washington for the third time in a great performance by Washington as Malcolm X. It’s a movie that’s nearly three hours long but nevertheless the movie keeps you so invested in what’s going on that you really don’t mind the long running time.

4. Mr. Saturday Night

A great underrated Billy Crystal movie he both directed and starred in featuring a great performance from him and David Paymer.

3. Unforgiven

A beautifully told western from Clint Eastwood, which puts an end to his career in the world of westerns.

2. Aladdin

Once again, there really is not that much more to talk about that hasn’t been said about Aladdin already, it’s a classic Disney movie, one of the best and one of the highmarks of the second golden age of Disney animation.

and the #1 best movie of 1992 is…

Wayne’s World

Mike Myers & Dana Carvey are incredible in this working off each other so well and it works because of its’ self referential humor and its’ awareness that what’s happening is absolutely ridiculous.

It’s just a funny, solid comedy that just works on so many levels in terms of its’ comedy, its’ stars, its’ atmosphere, its’ mentality, its’ self awareness, it’s a great, great comedy. One of the funniest movies ever made, period.

See, when Wayne’s World is the best movie you see in 1992, it was not a good year for movies. These are the 10 absolute worst movies 1992 had to offer:

10. Shining Through

Watching Melanie Griffith telling Michael Douglas to try her strudel and go on this long diatribe about her backstory is more than enough to put this movie on the worst of the year list.

9. Rock A Doodle

Don Bluth’s first major failure as a director, still has nice animation to it but my god, the story and the characters are what kill this thing.

8. The Babe

I guess the moral of Babe Ruth’s lifestory is don’t try to make a movie about Babe Ruth because this one and The Babe Ruth Story from the 1940s are really terrible portrayals of one of the greatest players in the history of baseball.

7. Alien 3

A sequel that goes against everything that made the first two Alien movies such classics. Good thing David Fincher recovered to become one of our great directors after this movie.

6. Cool World

One of the most uniquely bad movies ever made, you can look at this movie and see director Ralph Bakshi having no idea how the hell to make this movie with the reworked script he was handed.

5. Little Nemo: Adventures In Slumberland

Spectacular animation but like with Rock-A-Doodle, the story and the characters are pretty bad.

4. Toys

A highly ambitious project from Barry Levinson and Robin Williams but the script and the attempts at comedy and drama fall apart pretty quickly.

3. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty from The Golden Girls in an action comedy…..can you see why this failed miserably?

2. Stay Tuned

Another ambitious project where you have two people trapped inside of the television and you get various parodies of TV shows but sweet mother of god, this movie is bad.

and the #1 worst movie of 1992 is…

Frozen Assets

Zach Shepard, an executive at a Los Angeles bank, gets a new job at a bank in Oregon, which is revealed to be a sperm bank.

Yeah, you probably remember when Siskel & Ebert reviewed this movie, my god, what an unfunny movie this is. This is a movie that was so bad they didn’t even release this to many theaters. When I went on to Box Office Mojo to do research for 1992 movies, I couldn’t even find this movie, that how bad this is when even Box Office Mojo doesn’t even want to give you the details on this garbage.

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