NOW TWENTY: On Sunday I listed my favorite films of 2005
Today we'll jump another decade into the past.
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences looked
back at 1995, it gave its Best Picture award to Braveheart. That has some good bits, but these are better:
Written and directed by Todd Haynes
A parable about an egoless person who consumes her life
rather than living it, even—or especially—when she turns her back on
Directed by Wayne Wang
Written by Paul Auster
An ode to connections and coincidence.
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Written by David and Janet Peoples, from a story by Chris
The shot of a giraffe galloping through a city is one of my
favorite moments in any movie.
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Written by Yoshihisa Ogita, from a novel by Teru Miyamoto
Tricks of the light.
5. Toy Story
Directed by John Lasseter
Written by Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, and Alec
Sokolow, from a story by Lasseter, Stanton, Pete Docter, and Joe Ranft
"This isn't flying. This is falling with style."
6. The City of Lost
Directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Written by Caro, Jeunet, Gilles Adrien, and Guillaume
If Twelve Monkeys
was 1995's best semi-surrealist science-fiction saga, this is the movie for
viewers who prefer their surrealism without a "semi" prefixed.
7. Shanghai Triad
Directed by Zhang Yimou
Written by Bi Feiyu, from a novel by Li Xiao
A gangster movie in an opium haze.
8. Funny Bones
Directed by Peter Chelsom
Written by Chelsom and Peter Flannery
This is Jerry Lewis' best performance—and no, I'm not the
sort of person who thinks the phrase "Jerry Lewis' best performance"
is a punchline.
9. Get Shorty
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Written by Scott Frank, from a novel by Elmore Leonard
It's easy to mock so many of the movies that tried to copy Pulp Fiction. But this one's good.
10. Welcome to the
Written and directed by Todd Solondz
"All of junior high school sucks. High school's better....They'll
call you names, but not as much to your face."
11. La Cérémonie (Claude
12. Tierra (Julio
Superhighway (Nam June Paik)
14. The Drivetime
15. Clueless (Amy
16. Whisper of the
Heart (Yoshifumi Kondō)
17. A Close Shave
19. The Wife (Tom
A bonus Best Documentary prize goes to Nick Broomfield for Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam. And a
bonus Best Mockumentary prize goes to Peter Jackson and Costa Botes for Forgotten Silver.
Of the films of 1995 that I haven't seen, I'm most interested in The Flower of My Secret.