I have seen people on YouTube do video’s like this, and I thought I may take a shot but do it as two articles. With my 30th birthday coming up, I figured it would be a good time to list one film each year of my life.
The films I have chosen are ones that have had some kind of impact on my life. They may not be favourites overall but they have left a lasting impact.
Here are years 1993 to 2003
1993 – Jurassic Park
Obvious choice, but seriously this film had a huge impact on me. This film is still an amazing one, and when I first saw it, I was amazed and just in awe, it was an unreal experience and something I’ll never forget. If I could re-live that first time viewing, I would! And at my young age, dinosaurs were the best thing ever!
1994 – Stargate
I can already hear groans by my choice, why not Pulp Fiction? Well to be honest, when I saw Stargate at the cinema, much like Jurassic Park it was an incredible experience. To this day Stargate remains one of my all time favourite films, it really captured my imagination, and it was actually a celebration day when it was released for sale on VHS. My father and I love this film, this is another one of those films special to us.
1995 – Batman Forever
Yeah yeah I can hear the groans again, but seriously when this film came out it was a huge event! I was so excited to see this film, and when I did see it, I loved it. I had posters all over my wall, I collected the Happy Meal toys and I had figurines and everything from this film. I was completely crushing on Val Kilmer and Chris O’Donnell, this was a film I was obsessed with. Not to mention the soundtrack, I would listen to the songs on repeat.
1996 – Scream
Yup I gotta go with Scream, the horror film that changed it all. I can’t even tell you how many times I have seen this film, in those first few years of its release I watched it constantly. This film was an obsession, I remember having all the wav sound bytes downloaded, I would do the Ghostface voice. This film was all anyone ever talked about, it was the coolest thing ever at the time. It still holds a special place with me, and it probably always will.
1997 – Con Air
So many great films from 1997, but I have to go with Con Air. I watched this film along with Face/Off constantly. The mid 90’s were very kind to Nic Cage, but there’s something special about Cameron Poe. That long hair, the accent, ahhhh I just love it. Seriously who doesn’t love and adore Con Air? It still gets quoted on a weekly basis 😉
1998 – American History X
This film, even being what 13 or 14 when it came out, it really hit me hard. It still hits me hard, and it isn’t an easy film to watch. Edward Norton gives such an intense performance, he is both frightening and sympathetic and Edward Furlong actually broke out of a mould and really proved himself. While I don’t watch it as much as I did back then, it still has stuck with me.
1999 – American Beauty
I almost went with The Matrix and Fight Club (but I didn’t see Fight Club right away as I wasn’t old enough), but I probably ended up bonding so much more with this film. As cool and as awesome as The Matrix is, American Beauty just seemed to hit me hard. I still have a lot of emotions going through me when watching this film, I absolutely love everything about it, the story, the characters, the acting ect ect. Hell I even love Wes Bentley’s emo crazy character.
2000 – Almost Famous
So many great films from 2000, and this decision wasn’t easy. But I had to go with the film that I saw at the cinema, that actually had me waving back at the screen towards the end. I was so into this film upon that first viewing, it completely wrapped me up into it. I haven’t forgotten that feeling and I do get that same feeling whenever I do watch it. It is a magical sort of film, there really isn’t anything else like it.
2001 – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Yup, I need to pick the very first Harry Potter film. I was so against seeing this film, or having anything to do with Harry Potter, my father had to drag me to see it. He saw the trailers and thought it looked fun, so fun in fact we had to go opening weekend. I was in such a foul mood, thinking “God this will suck”, 20 minutes later I was so captured by the film, I forgot all those negative feelings. By the end, I wanted to go see it again, and I wanted to grab the books, I was now a Harry Potter nerd.
2002 – Far From Heaven
Perhaps an odd choice but this film, man this film is amazing. Julianne Moore became one of the loves of my life with this film, and what a brave film it is. It might be subtle but it tackles a lot of issues that sadly seem to be still relevant today, even though they so shouldn’t be. It is so well done, it is so beautiful, and Julianne Moore really is a goddess.
2003 – X2: X-Men United
I don’t need to explain my choice, this film KICKS ASS and it really still does. It is still to this day the best X-Men film and one of the best comic book films. Everything about it completely rules, especailly Nightcrawler. I was blown away by this film when it first came out, and it does still continue to impress me. This film really got me back into comics, and I was actually interested in Marvel, being a DC girl.
Check back tomorrow for years 2004 to 2014