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Why 1995 Was Probably the Best Year Ever for Movies

When Taylor Swift sings about stars aligning as she meets one of the many men of her dreams, I grimace. "Stars do not align! They never align! What does that even mean?!" I shout at her while listening to "Love Story" for the third time that morning on the train. Explaining the desirable outcome of an unprecedented combination of complementary events with the alignment of stars is a simplistic and ignorant approach to understanding anything. A complex and lengthy series of circumstances and decisions is what leads each of us to any given moment, not stellar synchronicity.

Having said that, "the stars aligned" may be the only explanation for 1995 being the greatest year in the history of movies. How else do we make sense out of the bounty that included no less than three Christina Ricci vehicles, career-bests for Ron Howard, Michael Mann, Mel Gibson, Richard Linklater, Amy Heckerling, Todd Haynes, and Clint Eastwood, the speedy ascension of Sandra Bullock's star, a talking pig, AND Showgirls? Individually, these movies aren't that great. In fact, few are better than merely charming, but as a collection of memories and personal influences, 1995 is unparalleled.

I can't possibly chalk this up to mere nostalgia, adolescent attachment, or cable TV's dedication to showing these movies exclusively and all the time. The stars aligned. That's it. That's what happened.

Comedies From 1995

In 1995 Todd Solondz introduced both himself and Heather Matarazzo to the world with the dark and hysterical independent classic Welcome to the Dollhouse; SNL alums Adam Sandler, David Spade, and Chris Farley put a flaming bag of poop on the doorsteps of critics everywhere as Billy Madison and Tommy Boy dominated the box office; Patrick Swayze dressed in drag and found himself nominated for a Golden Globe for the oddly touching and kind-hearted To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar; the world was given the first (and best) installment of the Friday franchise; and Empire Records taught us that the most important holiday is Rex Manning Day.

But the most important comedy of 1995, and one of the most important comedies, period, was Clueless. Honestly, where would we be without it? Tony Curtis once said, "Movies are part of my life, part of everybody’s life. That’s where we learn about life. Watching Cary Grant taught me how to behave with a woman, how to get dressed at night, how to go to a restaurant and order dinner.” First, take a moment to laugh at me for quoting Tony Curtis. Second, take a moment to realize just how much you learned from Cher Horowitz.

What do you do after a car accident? Leave a note.

What do you do if you have too many tardies? Blame the Crimson Wave.

What’s the most important word in the English language? Sporadically.

When you have no one else to date, who do you date? Your step-sibling.

Dramas From 1995

Much of it may have been funny, but 1995 also got very, very real. Kids was the dark and explicit tale about the realness of American youth giving one another AIDS, The Basketball Diaries had pre-Titanic Leo realness regarding school violence, Leaving Las Vegas was about the realness of addiction and Nicolas Cage’s talent, Dangerous Minds gave us Coolio-accompanied Michelle-Pfieffer-in-a-leather-jacket-with-a-shoulder-length-haircut realness, Powder was all about electromagnetic outcast realness, Safe marked one of the first times America said, “Damn, Julianne Moore is great at giving us realness,” Showgirls was the opposite of realness — which made it absolutely (and excruciatingly) real, and Waiting to Exhale translated “realness” to, simply, “shoop.”

But what drama threw us the most realness in 1995?

Apollo 13 was the most important drama of 1995 for three reasons:

1. That vest.

2. That Hanks.

3. That re-entry scene. Even independent of the complete film, it’s difficult to watch that moment without getting goosebumps — and it’s completely James Horner’s fault.

Action Films/Thrillers From 1995

Mel Gibson’s Braveheart won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1995, but it wasn’t the only critically acclaimed action film released that year. Though some praise was far from immediate, Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, David Fincher’s Seven, Michael Mann’s Heat, Bryan Singer’s The Usual Suspects, and Tony Scott’s Crimson Tide all won over critics and audiences eventually. But the most important action/thrillers from 1995 didn’t care about critics, they cared about one thing and one thing only: making us all simultaneously fascinated by and terrified of something called “The Internet.”

According to The Net and Hackers, the Internet is a great place where you can order pizza, chat with friends, listen to Annie Lennox, and control your local TV station’s programming. Also according to The Net and Hackers, the Internet is a terrifying place where FISHER STEVENS AND JEREMY NORTHAM WANT TO RUIN YOUR LIFE.

The Net and Hackers are what made me love the internet, and this was a 12 years before Tumblr even launched. Someone once told me that Mark Zuckerburg would have gone into horticulture had he not seen The Net and Hackers in 1995. I made that up, but it’s probably true.

Family Films From 1995

If you threw a rock in 1995, you’d hit a great family movie. They were all over the place, and most of them starred Christina Ricci and The Acronym Known As JTT.

1995 marked Christina Ricci's final year as a high-profile child star. Her leading roles in Casper, Now and Then, and the underseen Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain proved not only that she had the strength to headline a movie, but that an adult career was all but inevitable. It was essentially her final year as a high-profile child star, as she would transition to adult actress with 1997's The Ice Storm as a character who is really just a more socially conscious and sexually experimental version of Now and Then's Roberta.

Ricci's longevity notwithstanding, an arguably more popular star at the time was Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who broke the hearts of tweens across the country with his "I don't give a flip" attitude and middle-child antics in Man of the House and Tom and Huck. Both films were objectively terrible, but charming and harmless enough to warrant their clamshells' addition in every mid-'90s family's VHS library. Or, if you were the type of person who didn't want to tell your parents to buy you two Jonathan Taylor Thomas movies on VHS, you'd just record their eventual TV broadcast on Extended Play because picture quality didn't really become important to you until high school.

Also notable in 1995 were the movie-about-a-game-turned-actual-game-turned-phenomenon-that-I'm-not-certain-was-ever-actually-a-phenomenon, Jumanji, and one of the best and most critically-acclaimed family films ever released, Babe. Jumanji stands out in my memory as having been a "big deal," and Babe stands out in my memory as having been "that thing I'd rather be watching than left field of this stupid little-league game ugh I hate this why am I playing this no one ever hits to left field."

When given the choice between watching Babe, Jumanji, Now and Then, or Casper in 1995, children across the country would black out, become comatose, and wake up days later in the hospital after being diagnosed with stress-related exhaustion. As the rats on Hoggett's farm sang, "If I had words to make a day for you, I'd sing you a day filled with repeat viewings of Babe, Jumanji, Now and Then, and Casper. Then I'd order us a Bigfoot from Pizza Hut."

Romances From 1995

Oh yeah. I haven’t covered romances yet. That one’s easy:

Sure, there are plenty of better movies than the ones discussed above, but if told I could only watch releases from a single year for the rest of my life, I’d choose 1995. There’s no question. 1995 was the best year ever for movies because its perfect assortment of comedy, action, drama, and romance made me who I am today. And even though who I am today is the type of person who will put the rest of the world on hold if Now and Then is on television, I’m absolutely okay with that.

Previously: Pop-Cultural Recaps in Screenplay Form.

Bobby Finger is also a fan of 1996.



218 Comments / Post A Comment

llehj

When I saw the title, I immediately thought about the over under on Hackers getting a shout-out.

And It Was There. And It Was Good.

SarahP

@llehj I was totally going to disagree with everything in this article until I came to the workd Hackers, and then all was right with the world.

SarahP

@SarahP Okay, also, Babe.

aintquite

@llehj I hoped the same about [SAFE], which I just watched again and holy hell is it awesome! Todd Haynes! A total genius.

needsmoresalt

@llehj Safe is the best!

antarcticastartshere

To Wong Foo is pretty good (all movies about drag queens are at minimum "pretty good", plus Wesley Snipes in a dress! Patrick Swayze shaving his legs!), but I think we all know that The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is what brings executive drag queen cinematic realness.

LeafySeaDragon

@antarcticastartshere i rewatched priscilla recently, and iw as let down after all my rpdr. i was all, LOOK AT THESE SLOPPY BITCHES! that said i still love and and i like to wong foo better (hides)

antarcticastartshere

@LeafySeaDragon You have a point! But more importantly: ahhhh RPDR! Willam what did you doooooo?

LeafySeaDragon

@antarcticastartshere i think it was a gag contract violation personally, and as for the throwing up - i've worn corsets... did you see how tight willam's was? i think the puking was unrelated. if anything the puking was corset + nerves.

boysplz

@antarcticastartshere Oh yeah Pricilla does bring the realness. Also, I was really bummed when Patrick Swayze died because my fantasy sequel to To Wong Foo will never be realized. that being said I think that a movie opening with Noxeema Jones and Chi-Chi meeting up at Vida's funeral and then taking some sad lost drag king under their wings would be awesome.

no way

@antarcticastartshere WHAT DID HE DOOO??? Yeah, I agree with LeafySeaDragon, he probably talked about the show. But then what did Chad Michaels mean when he said they were all going to be in trouble for it soon? And yes to the corset throw-up.

antarcticastartshere

@no way @LeafySeaDragon I think it was going out unsupervised/communicating with the outside world, possibly doing shows/booking gigs. Corset + too many absolute cocktails in the interior illusions lounge explains the barfing (although, for real girl, NOT CUTE). I'm sad she's gone! She was a fun villain, unlike SOME PEOPLE.

Dr. Iris Puffybush

@antarcticastartshere AHHHH! I know right? What did she do? I can't stop thinking about it. My vote is that is was something really dumb and that this was a calculated move by Willam to generate publicity. I totally had a dream Monday night that I was somehow a contestant on the show (?!?) and I had done something wrong and Ru was talking to me in that I'M Very Disappointed In You voice he was using when he dismissed Willam and I was so upset about it and I just wanted Ru to think I was awesome. This show seriously messes with my brain! I have no one to discuss it with, because I can't convince anyone to watch it, even though it's the best show in the history of TV ever. OK, whew, I just needed to get that off my chest. Thanks.

QuiteAmiable

Man, everything about Clueless is fantastic.

Emma J

@QuiteAimable yes! i watched it again recently and now I'm trying to work some cher wisdom into my life some more ...such as, school is 'as useless as trying to look for meaning in a pauly shore movie'

redheaded&crazy

@QuiteAimable I'm probably going to go home tonight and watch Clueless.

"You argued your way from a B- to an A? Honey I couldn't be more proud of you than if you had actually earned the marks in the first place!"

anachronistique

@QuiteAimable Greatest movie, greatest script, greatest costumes, greatest adaptation of an Austen novel.

Bebe

@redheaded&crazie My dad actually loves that movie, for one line, and one line only: "If anything happens to my daughter, I have a .45 and a shovel. I doubt anyone would miss you."

supergirlieque

@Bebe I LOVE YOUR DAD. that movie is STILL so quotable though. at least once a week, when someone within earshot of me says "sporadically," i chime in with a loud "be seein' ya... i hope not sporadically" and then i WEEP because ahhh RIP Brittany Murphy!

redheaded&crazy

@QuiteAimable I also love the part where her argument in debate is about people showing up to her party without an RSVP - "But may I remind you, it does NOT say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty"

FUCCCCCK I WANT TO BE HER.

emilylou

@QuiteAimable Clueless is such an amazing zeitgeist.
It's still my very favorite movie of all time. I own the DVD (actually I think I might own two copies for some reason?) yet I will still stop everything to watch when I see it on TV. It honestly makes me so, so happy.

Trunchbull

@supergirlieque Whenever I am doing my makeup and something (inevitably, liquid eyeliner) goes horribly wrong, I get really stressed out about everyone thinking I am a Total Monet

anachronistique

@Bebe My dad ALSO loves Clueless, but because it is a flawless movie. (Okay, also for that line.)

josefinastrummer

@redheaded&crazie You know how she mispronounces Haitians in that speech? Alicia Silverstone really mispronounced it and they just kept it in the film. I love that! A real 16 year old being 16 and clueless. What a good movie. Do you like Billie Holiday? I love him!

amitygardens@twitter

@Trunchbull Ah! My mom quoted that the other day, and I felt so ashamed that I had no idea what she was talking about. Clueless...so freaking amazing. I still wear knee highs with heels because of that movie.

Petrichoria

NOW AND THEN. Forever. "You say that very casually, that's very scary for mommy. It's like, 'BOO! AAH!' That's what sex is."

But I was totally Teeny.

antarcticastartshere

@Petrichoria I remember being really into the soundtrack to that movie.

Heygirlhey

@antarcticastartshere That soundtrack was AWESOME. "Band of Gold," "I Want You Back," "Knock Three Times," AND "Sugar Sugar" on ONE COMPACT DISC? Yes please.

Wednesday

@Heygirlhey I have that CD! Been jammin to that soundtrack playlist on my ipod this week.

teaandcakeordeath

@antarcticastartshere
SUGAR! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh honey honey!

You'll be sorry Jo March

@Petrichoria I love this movie. SO. MUCH. True story: when I was about 9 or 10, I had a Now and Then-themed sleepover with two of my friends from YMCA day camp. We drank Coke from glass bottles and made a late-night attempt at filling balloons with pudding so that we could stuff our bras à la Teenie. It's impossible, by the way! We ended up just filling them with water.

Ester Bloom@facebook

Hey, 1994 called. It said, "I will never forgive your ass for this shit. This is some fucked-up repugnant shit." (1994 had a potty mouth.)

elsbels

@Ester Bloom@facebook As if

ennaenirehtac

@Ester Bloom@facebook Yeah, I was like, oh, he must mean 1994. 1994 kicked 1995's ass.

ennaenirehtac

@ennaenirehtac ETA: Upon further reflection, I may just be thinking about Pulp Fiction.

Judith Slutler

@ennaenirehtac But Pulp Fiction is like, 3 films in one

amelia!

@Ester Bloom@facebook I wrote a paper when I was in undergrad about how 1994 was the best year for music, ever. I got a pretty good grade just based on, like, passion.

whateverlolawants

@amelia! That is a constant theme echoed by my sister and I, half-seriously, half-in-mockery-of-all-the-people-who-argue-it-with-great-passion. Actually more like 1/4-seriously, 3/4-other.

OhMarie

I just watched Hackers this year (thanks Netflix Instant!) and it is great and hilarious. I cannot recommend it enough.

JoanTition

@OhMarie I watched it last week and maybe squealed and clapped my hands the whole time. Maybe.

TheBourneApproximation

I was ready to be contrarian and grumpy about the notion of "1995 being the best year for movies evarr", but damn. 1995 had Apollo 13, Clueless, Sense and Sensibility, and Babe? I...might be forced to agree. Or at least my middle school self might be.

Have movies gotten a lot...worse on average over the course of the past 17 years? Or is that just nostalgia talking?

noodge

@TheBourneApproximation BABE! I love that movie so much, and every time I tell people about how much I love it, I get side eyed.

Bebe

@TheBourneApproximation With a few notable exceptions, I think they have. Particularly movies aimed at teens/tweens. But that could just be my old ladyness talking.

frigwiggin

@teenie @teenie Babe is one of my favorite movies--maybe my favorite?--and I will punch anybody who laughs. It is a perfect little movie for what it is, and if that means it's up there on my list with Fargo and Rear Window, so be it.

TheBourneApproximation

@Bebe All I know is that I really haven't felt excited about going to see a movie in quite a while now... Maybe that's because I've gotten tired/lazy or have developed the attention span of a gnat (damn you, the internet, daaamn yooou!). Or maybe it's because TV has gotten so much better, and I've got a large stack of books and games to finish. But there just don't seem to be that many *interesting* things happening in Hollywood right now... And indie films aren't much better. Damn it, how many remakes, board game adaptations, and Tim Burton/Johhny Depp films can one nation produce? More touching family films about pigs, plz!

Dr. Iris Puffybush

@teenie Babe is a genuinely fantastic movie. I love it, and I don't care who knows it.

Diana

@teenie

My boyfriend and I rewatched Babe like, a month ago. It holds up perfectly. I want to hug that little tiny pig to my heart forever.

buttercup empire

@TheBourneApproximation My dog is named Babe after that movie. Also I grew up on a hog farm and after watching that movie, I named every pig Babe and kept hoping that one of them could secretly communicate with sheep. MAGIC!

HeyThatsMyBike

@buttercup empire I choke up when somebody even just says, "That'll do pig. That'll do." And I haven't seen the whole movie in at least 15 years.

Emma J

i love gifs, even if they make my eyes and brain hurt a little bit.

Kimchi-chan

Now and Then was the best thing ever! My sisters and I definitely used to ride our bikes all over the neighborhood singing the songs at the top of our lungs. I even had one of those knitted poncho things, so I totally pretended I was Sam ( I guess because I had brown hair and liked to read?). Also, I maybe, kind of, always wanted to try the pudding balloon thing.....

Bebe

I love "While You Were Sleeping!" Such a cute movie! Why isn't Bill Pullman more famous?

Mike Dang

@Bebe This is also secretly one of my favorite movies of all time.

This is super embarrassing, but I feel comfortable writing it here because The Hairpin is a SAFE SPACE: The one time I have ever written a "fan fic" was when I was 12 years old, and I wrote a script called "While You Were Awake" entirely by hand in a spiral notebook. It was a sequel to "While You Were Sleeping," and it continued the adventures of Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman as they settled into married life with that wacky family. I showed it to, maybe, four people? Hollywood, please call me.

cuminafterall

@Bebe As Callahans, my family has a peculiar devotion to While You Were Sleeping. As Americans, they are also devoted to Independence Day.

Perhaps my family is really subconsciously devoted to Bill Pullman.

Ester Bloom@facebook

@Bebe Bill Pullman is, in fact, amazing. Did you ever see "the Favor," with him AND Brad Pitt? Pure, 24K gold.

Wednesday

@Bebe Don't people know he can LEAN? I must have watched that sexy leaning scene a dozen times, lol.

Stowaway

@Bebe It is the best rom com! But I think he is not more famous because this is the only movie he is actually attractive in. He looks weirdly like his jaw won't align in other movies.

Bebe

@Mike Dang I would watch that movie!! As long as Saul and Grandma are still alive, of course. Did Joe Jr. make an appearance? Maybe as the nanny?

@Wednesday The lean! The lean was the best!

@Ester Bloom@facebook The Favor! Was that the one with Harley Somebody when she left her nice, Bill Pullman husband and looked up her hot old HS boyfriend? I need to rewatch that.

Steph

@Bebe Bill Pullman was totally my age-inapprpriate celebrity crush when I was 11 (1995). While You Were Sleeping, Casper, NEWSIES. Sigh....

Gracefully and Grandly

Not to mention that he's also the best president ever. That Independence Day speech? So good.

fondue with cheddar

@Bebe I always wondered the same thing, and he was my celebrity crush, too! He will always be Lone Star to me.

Judith Slutler

@Steph FYI my parents had Bill Pullman as a theatre prof at MSU way back in the day. My mom went on a class trip to London with him, even. While in England, he told all the students some amazing story about getting drunk out of his mind on cider and talking to a white horse in a perfectly round pasture. The horse claimed to be Richard III and refused to let Bill Pullman ride him.

He also apparently had a dream in which it was the end of the world, and my Mom calmly organized everyone to make sandwiches.

Swear to God, I am not making this up, and this story confused and amazed me SO MUCH as a child.

Stowaway

@Emmanuelle Cunt That is the best story ever. Did you then eat every sandwich your mother made you with the reverence accorded to someone who makes sandwiches in Bill Pullman dreams?

fondue with cheddar

@Emmanuelle Cunt That IS a great story. I love him so much more now!

Judith Slutler

@Stowaway Yeah, it made her about 20 times cooler in my eyes, and also left me with a lot of childish confusion about why she ended up married to my dad and not Bill Pullman?

Not that I had any actual reason to think he wanted to marry her. In fact I am pretty sure he's still married to the same woman he was already with back in Bozeman, Montana!

Steph

@Emmanuelle Cunt Bill Pullman dreams about your mom! That's amaaaazing.

Wikipedia tells me that Bill Pullman has been married to the same lady since at least 1988. Also:
"He lost his sense of smell in college after an injury left him in a coma for two days."

What a fascinating man.

Mad as a Hatter!

@Bebe This whole thread made me think, dude, Bill Pullman can't be that old and sexy, CAN HE?!

And then I realized I, was thinking about Bill Paxton, who I would do any day of any week. <3 you Twister!

fondue with cheddar

I wasn't looking for this specifically, just a cute picture of him from Spaceballs, but I found NAKED BILL PULLMAN (PG rated).

Atheist Watermelon

@Emmanuelle Cunt BILL PULLMAN <3 <3 and While You Were Sleeping... best chick flick EVAAARRRRR. so wonderful. It's totally one of those movies I wind up watching (along with Groundhog Day) once a year and somehow it never gets old... and i always cry at the end... aaaaaahhhhh what a sap am i.

Skanky Baggington

@Bebe: I love Joe Jr. SO much. My mom and I make a point to watch "While You Were Sleeping" every Christmas, and I eagerly anticipate Joe Jr.'s first scene where he says "Hullo Luce, nice uh...sweata", and then I kick my legs. That and him trying on Sandy B.'s shoes.

suiterkin

@Bebe Coming late to this thread, but I remember seeing WYWS in the theater and bawling my eyes out (I was thirteen, but I still well up a little, who am I kidding) at the part where Lucy has to confess during the ceremony in the hospital. Aaah! So many emotions!

Porn Peddler

You didn't dedicate any discussion to Showgirls. Oh my god, YOU!!!!!! PTHOOEY!

Hellcat

@Third Wave Housewife Showgirls on regular TV (preferably on one of those hangover Sundays). Drawn-on, squiggle-vision bikinis!

Prostitute Robot From The Future

@Third Wave Housewife "It's a Versays." I STILL say that whenever people complement me on my dress. No one ever gets it though :(

Dr. Iris Puffybush

@Third Wave Housewife The first time I went to Vegas a couple of years ago, one of my MUST DO things was to go the the Forum shops at Cesars and actually see the Versace store with my own two eyes (and take a picture). God, I love that movie so much! It makes me want to violently shake ketchup onto my fries. Oh Nomi, you're such an emotional roller coaster!

The Lady of Shalott

I don't care me if it makes me the uncoolest nerdiest nerd to walk the face of the earth: I love Apollo 13 and I will watch it every single time it is on cable. EVERY TIME.

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.

SuperMargie

@The Lady of Shalott I know! I cannot pass it up, and worse still, I tense up every.single.time. Like, this might be the version where they DON"T MAKE IT BACK ALIVE!!

Mira

@SuperMargie Same, Apollo 13 is the best and even though I must have seen it more than a dozen times, it is somehow still suspenseful!

"If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it!" I DIE EVERY TIME.

Inconceivable!

@The Lady of Shalott Ditto, I LOVE that movie. I wish they'd put it on Netflix Instant so I could watch it right now.

Reginal T. Squirge

@The Lady of Shalott I recently re-watched it after I bought the blu-ray (ladies, you know where to find me) and it was shocking to me how much nerdy science was in a mainstream Hollywood movie. Never before, never again.

Diana

@The Lady of Shalott

The best part is when the nerds have to figure out how to construct an air filter using only the scraps of stuff on the ship! And they're attaching like, pantyhose and duct tape and rubber cement and saving lives. Macguyver: SPACE EDITION.

joeks

Hmm. My vote would be for the year There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men came out. Was that the same year? I hope so.

Hellcat

@joeks I always mix up those two in my head, so maybe. I haven't seen either though...

rocknrollunicorn

@joeks Definitely the same year; they were up against one another for best picture.

editrickster

You know what else came out in 1995, blowing our minds with its revolutionary computer animation? Fucking TOY STORY that's what. I can't believe it doesn't garner a mention here.

But Babe was great. And I just watched Clueless over the weekend! And I not-so-secretly love Empire Records.

QuiteAmiable

@editrickster YES to Toy Story! I still adore that movie.

Lucienne

@editrickster Plus, all the non-English films from 1994! Chungking Express, amirite?

elsbels

Was it in Hackers where one character made a mixtape with artists who choked on their vomit? So funny. What happened to the guy who played that character? He was everywhere.

LeafySeaDragon

@elsbels matthew lillard, i love him.

emilylou

@elsbels Haha, I had such a big crush on Matthew Lillard in junior high.
Anyway, he's done pretty well for himself! He just directed a movie that premiered at SXSW.

whimseywisp

yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

SuperMargie

*sigh* That was the year I got married and all my hubs and I did was go to movies and it was THE BEST! I am all nostalgic and sad now, especially since the last movie I saw in the theater was The Lorax. (psst..kids ruin your life!)

Stingray Bikini

Every dude I date is just another reminder of how deeply Paul Rudd's role as Josh in Clueless shaped my taste in men.

KellyStitzel

In college, I took a class called "British Literature on Film," which was exactly as it sounds: we'd read a British novel, then watch a film adaptation of it. We read Jane Austen's EMMA and rather than having us watch the Gwyneth Paltrow film or the BBC adaption starring Kate Beckinsale, the professor had us watch CLUELESS. That was probably one of my favorite classes, second only to the Shakespeare class I took in which we spent, like, a month discussing Richard III using Al Pacino's documentary LOOKING FOR RICHARD.

redheaded&crazy

@KellyStitzel That professor knows how to get good end-of-year reviews. DAMN!

anachronistique

@KellyStitzel I took a Jane Austen seminar when I was doing study abroad and I remember the tiny adorable British woman who taught the class going "I think Clueless is BRILLIANT!"

KellyStitzel

If I'm not mistaken, we also watched a couple of episodes of the CLUELESS TV show that the professor had taped from TV. She was a huge fan, clearly.

Two of the other book/film pairings I remember in that class: The Borrowers and Cold Comfort Farm, the latter of which also came out in '95.

Faintly Macabre

Proof I am a 90s child: I started singing that song from Babe as soon as I saw the movie on here.

Though nowadays I love Sense and Sensibility--beautiful young Kate Winslet, EMMA THOMPSON <3, a bit of Hugh Laurie, Alan Rickman...

phlox

@Faintly Macabre I love that Sense and Sensibility. My best friend in high school and I used to watch it all the time and any time she had a crush on a boy, it was always "I greatly esteem him - I like him."

And they all were so perfect in that movie! Did you know Emma Thompson did the screenplay, too?

madge

@Faintly Macabre YES! and she won the golden globe, and gave the most awesome acceptance speech as though jane austen had written it! <3 her so hard

phlox

@madge Oh that is delightful!

Faintly Macabre

@phlox Yeah, and she did a script treatment for the newer Pride and Prejudice, too! (Though that one is not as perfect as the 1995 one.) It also makes me really happy that she married Willoughby.

@madge I'd never seen that! That's so cute!

laurel

@madge So great--they should only let people who are funny accept awards. And I love her dress.

Shayna

@phlox Fairly young- well... er, younger, at least, Alan Rickman. With a hint of ginger in his hair. *swoon*

redheaded&crazy

Solid article.

JUMANJIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

JoanTition

I watched Hackers last week.
and Clueless last night.

THIS IS SO TIMELY.

laurel

Everything is James Horner's fault.

Gracefully and Grandly

Oh Empire Records, how I love thee! What's with today today?

anachronistique

@Gracefully and Grandly Who glued these quarters to the floor?

Lucienne

@anachronistique I don't feel that I need to explain my art to you, Warren.

anachronistique

@Lucienne Sinead O'Rebellion! Shock me shock me shock me with that deviant behavior!

Gracefully and Grandly

@anachronistique I'M BRINGING REX HIS LUNCH!

melis

MY NAME ISN'T FUCKING WARREN

amelia!

@melis I thought his name was Warren?

amelia!

@Gracefully and Grandly Ethan Embry spent some time in Providence while he was filming some television show and every time I saw him I died.

Meredith L.

@amelia! Who knows where thoughts come from? They just appear! #rorycochrane4eva

melis

Hey, Mark! You love Gwar! Why don't you join the band? Mark, man, you play a mean guitar! It's really a shame that you must die!

oh, disaster

Empire Records, open 'til midnight, this is Mark... Midnight.

melis

What are you doing, man? Exercising my veto, man. It's only 9 o'clock. You sure you want to do that? Listening to that crap will make you sterile. Maybe I want to be sterile, man!

bureaucrette

If Axl Rose was driving down the highway, and saw Rex Manning stranded on the side of the road, do you think Axl Rose would stop and help him?
... Does Axl have a jack?
No way, man! Axl would pound on the gas, turn the wheel, take aim, and take that sucker out!

oh, disaster

If Axl Rose was driving down the highway, and saw Rex Manning stranded on the side of the road, do you think Axl Rose would stop and help him?
.... does Axl have a jack?

melis

What's the money doing in Atlantic City, Lucas?

...Recirculating.

Gracefully and Grandly

Say no more mon amore...

bureaucrette

The fat man walks alone.

mascarasnake

Rap. Metal. Rap. Metal. Whitney Houston?

NeverOddOrEven

@Gracefully and Grandly

"Say it again, Lucas!"

"...Superb"

*Ass Beat*

meetapossum

@mascarasnake It's for my girlfriend.

JessAndNo21

@Gracefully and Grandly Well, that's good, because I have to tell Corey I love her by 1:37.

That's an EXCELLENT time.

josefinastrummer

@anachronistique Oh now, Debra, don't be bitter, surely with your ever growing collection of flesh mutilating silver appendages and your brand new neo-nazi boot camp makeover the boys will come a-runnin'.

Dr. Iris Puffybush

I talked to God, and she said, "Yo, what's up?"

Wednesday

YES to all of this.
Clueless is easily one of my all time favs.

Funny how I didn't get the appeal of Alan Rickman back in the day ("ugh, he's so old and speaks weird) but now... Get it young Kate Winslet.

Wednesday

And don't forget - 'Now and Then' gave us the sight of Devon Sawa's butt!

Oh how my young sheltered heart fluttered.

sarahf

@Wednesday Actually, if you pause it just as he squats to pick up his clothes, you can see his testicles. ...A friend told me.

You'll be sorry Jo March

@Wednesday This was me re: the close-up of Christina Ricci's boobs.

beezus.

@Wednesday Alllllso, remember the big reveal at the end of "Casper," in which we discover that human form of Casper IS DEVON SAWA?!

Veronica Lemmons

@dahlface that was probably the closest i've come to a group porn-watching experience with other girls. so many rewinds... (that and the bedroom scene in Romeo + Juliet. (1996!))

NellieBly

@Wednesday Oh my god, you just made me remember how much I LOVED him. I owned Idle Hands on DVD. I shit you not, there was 1 copy of that DVD ever sold and it was to me. Also, I had a genetics project in 9th grade biology, and we had to pick someone to "marry" to make a family tree. I picked Devon Sawa and everyone looked at me like I was a complete dweeb. THE END.

tea tray in the sky.

@Snork Juice Did you guys see him in Wild America?!! (Also with JTT!). Oh em gee, right when I was starting to go through puberty too.

Bitca?

@dahlface Please tell me you all are watching the La Femme Nikita reboot on the CW. Devon Sawa keeps showing up and kicking ass. It's everything 1995 me could possibly want.

Artful Dater@twitter

"That Hanks" Says it all.

FlufferNutter

"...repeat viewings of Babe, Jumanji, Now and Then, and Casper. Then I'd order us a Bigfoot from Pizza Hut."

You just planned my weekend for me. Thanks, dude!

Lucienne

PLUS Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. AMAZING.

koume

@Lucienne Oh my goodness, my introduction to SRK, and gateway drug to Khabie Khushie Khabie Gham

Lucienne

@koume And Kal Ho Na Ho and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and and and and.

Stowaway

The Vest Realness gif is amazing.

Bebe

@Stowaway And it features Ed Harris, the sexy older man love of my life.

Stowaway

@Bebe Yep, my 12-year-old self was confused about how attractive I found someone who sported that haircut, but Ed Harris and his vest cannot be denied.

fleurdelivre

@Bebe He's number one on my "Men Over 50" list!

Bebe

@Stowaway @fleurdelivre If you haven't seen him in Pollock yet, watch it IMMEDIATELY. Not only is it a really good movie, but he is extra hot in it. (I may have a thing for the baldies).

LurkiLoo

Also: the BBC's Pride & Prejudice came out in 1995. Wet Colin Firth!

Faintly Macabre

@LurkiLoo Not enough likes! Angry fencing, angry bathrobe-donning, and angry puddle-diving!

teaandcakeordeath

@LurkiLoo
You must let me tell you how I ardently admire and love you.

Prostitute Robot From The Future

@LurkiLoo AH! That version is just perfection!

han
han

@LurkiLoo THAT BATH SCENE.

Shayna

@LurkiLoo ... anyone here for 2005 version?
Colin Firth in 1995... weird sideburns, weird shirt, I don't know. Just doesn't do it. Matthew Macfadyen, on the other hand...
... I watch it for the biting class commentary. I do. Really.

Meredith L.

Ohhh, Hackers! Leaving to another seminal 1995 conversation,
11 Year Old Me: "Mom, if I think Angelina Jolie is so so so pretty, I think I might be a lesbian?"
Mom ::glancing around Elijah Wood, JTT poster studded bedroom:: : "Well, um, anything is possible but probably not."

josefinastrummer

@Meredith L The first three times I watched Fried Green Tomatoes, I cried and cried because I was so in love with Mary Stuart Masterson, I thought I had to be a lesbian. I think I was 12. Now I have a huge crush on Mary Louise Parker and it has nothing to do with my sexual orientation. She's just perfect.

Meredith L.

@josefinastrummer OMG, love love love that movie. I totally didn't understand that a lesbian relationship thing was happening, at all in that movie the first 30 or so times i watched it (my grandmother had a VHS copy). It was subtle! "What? They're just really good friends! And MLP's husband was a dick."

Skanky Baggington

@Meredith L.: Haha, aw, I had a lesbian girl crush on Angelina Jolie as well (from the ages of 13-17), every time she did a magazine pictorial I tried to sketch them to see if I could get the lips right.

josefinastrummer

@Meredith L. The book is pretty open about Ruth and Idgie but the movie is very subtle. But this 12 year old picked it right up!

fleurdelivre

GOLD DIGGERS!!!!! So many sleep-overs at my best friend's house were punctuated with that movie. And Anna Chlumsky was the tomboy!!!!

adrienne

I love SO MANY (maybe too many) of these movies. I'm also of the opinion that the music released in 1995 is amazing. It was one hell of a year!

goodtimesnoodlesalad

See also: "The Baby-Sitters Club"!!

amelia!

@Steph Barnard@twitter I just found out that my new sister-in-law played Stacey. HELLO MIND BLOWN

oh, disaster

@amelia! Whhhhaaaaat, super cool!

josefinastrummer

@amelia! Are you going to yell "13!!!!" at her all the time??

goodtimesnoodlesalad

@amelia! WHUT. That is amazing.

Verity

@amelia! That is so cool! (Or should I say, so dibble? Oh. Babysitters' Club, so ridiculous.)

CalvinBall

@amelia! is she a child of divorce from NYC? that would be too much of a coincidence!

amelia!

@josefinastrummer Mostly I just ask her if she's checked her blood sugar recently.

amelia!

@CalvinBall Yes New York! But no to the divorce thing, which, I mean, is good, right?

Veronica Lemmons

This post makes so much sense it's scaring me. Clueless truly is the touchstone film OF MY LIFE.

oh, disaster

BOOM. TRUE LOVE.
BOOM. TRUE LOVE.
BOOM. TRUE LOVE.

This is the best.

cloudburst

I love To Wong Foo. LITTLE LATIN BOY IN DRAG WHY ARE YOU CRYING?

NeverOddOrEven

@cloudburst That was the first time I had ever seen John Leguizamo, and the whole movie I was SO confuzed. "But I thought they were all drag queens? Why is that one played by a girl?"

He was eerily comvincing.

tea tray in the sky.

@cloudburst Ugh, To Wong Foo is my all-time favourite movie of all time (well, tied with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). And the SOUNDTRACK.

Mr. B

Wow, a lot of terrible movies came out in 1995.

THANKS FOR MAKING ME REMEMBER JUMANJI GAH ROBIN WILLIAMS ALMOST AS BAD AS PATCH ADAMS

City_Dater

I had to come all the way down here to say: OMG STRANGE DAYS!

Angela Bassett as the Action Heroine! Ralph Finnes as the Boy in Distress Whose Ass She Keeps Saving!

FlufferNutter

@City_Dater Not to mention Juliette Lewis in all her glory. And gratuitous sex scenes for teenage pervs like me to enjoy. What a flick!

OxfordComma

Romance films in 1995 were the BEST THING EVER.

Especially "Sense and Sensibility" because Emma Thompson, amIright?

Matt Cherette@twitter

Check it. Friday.

mabellegueule

@Matt Cherette@twitter She's too much machine for you.

Hellcat

I am feeling a crazy, crazy urge to jump up from this desk right now, speed home, and watch Welcome to the Dollhouse.

slutberry

I'm kind of ashamed. The only movies I have seen on this entire post are Sense & Sensibility, Babe, and Apollo 13, but I fell asleep like halfway through (I was... 5 or 6?).

Does having watched Sense & Sensibility probably more than ten times make up for it?

Verity

@teffodee I've seen hardly any as well. High-five for both being too young to have fond memories of 1995 films!

mabellegueule

My best friend and I watched Hackers 3 times in one night. The first time we were like "oh, Jonny Lee Miller is interesting-looking" but by the third we were IN. LOVE.

I found this whole article strangely compelling.

Yarnybarny

I just came to say that I also like to yell at Taylor Swift songs as I listen to them over and over again. "When we're on the phone and you talk real slow. Cause it's late and your mama don't know" What? why would you talk slow to keep your mother from knowing you were on the phone? Maybe you would talk LOW, as in quietly. Why Taylor? WHY?

Verity

I was five in 1995, so the right demographic for the family films, and I can't say I have any particular affection for Babe, Jumanji or Casper. I've never heard of Now And Then. Is there something wrong with me?

Verity

@Verity (I do remember watching Apollo 13 on a ferry to France and being incredibly disturbed by it, however.)

alamuzmo

Of the 37 movies mentioned in this (if you count Ice Storm), I have seen 30. Apparently there wasn't a lot to do in my tiny town in the midwest in the '90's? The one movie most quoted by my family that isn't anywhere in the article is The American President.
(Also, long time listener, first time caller. Even though that movie is from 1997.)

amelia!

@alamuzmo I love The American President. HE SENDS HER A HAM

alamuzmo

@amelia! The Dogwood is both a tree and a flower. :)

D.@twitter

I'm torn..."The Craft" is from 1996.

tee
tee

I am having trouble finding a streaming version of Now and Then on the internet. Please advise.

Dr. Iris Puffybush

Class of '95 in the house! A few other enjoyable films from 1995:
Mallrats! Heavy Weights! The Brady Bunch Movie! The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love!!!!!!

alamuzmo

@Dr. Iris Puffybush "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned for Sega." I probably shouldn't admit to the number of times I've seen Mallrats.

josefinastrummer

@Dr. Iris Puffybush And I call myself a Mallrats fan! Tell em Steve Dave!

bisou

@Dr. Iris Puffybush AHHH HEAVY WEIGHTS!!!!
LUNCH HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF HUSTLE. DEAL WITH IT.

ghawain

Best Picture nominees for 1939: Dark Victory, Gone With the Wind (The winner), Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Love Affair, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Of Mice and Men, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz and Wuthering Heights.

Setec Astrology

Kids is not a point in favor of anything.

Kitekatze

Bobby, Kind of glad you didn't get the Gawker gig because this gem may not have made it here! lots of love Mr Finger!

tea tray in the sky.

Can we please get some love for The Baby-Sitters Club movie? Also 1995! Gosh Logan was dreamy.

tea tray in the sky.

Ah! Already mentioned upthread.

the_megmeister

Just this morning (in the shower..it's where I do my best thinking) I was just contemplating the "dating the ex-step brother" scenario, as found in Clueless, and whether or not it was gross or okay! Conclusion: undecided.

DDay

@the_megmeister The answer is gross unless the ex-step brother is Paul Rudd

cindyistickledpink

I will always have a crush on Paul Rudd!

musings-of-dali

Jumanji- as an accident prone child(who became an accident prone adult), this movie was my only way to have an adventure without giving my mom a heart attack.
While You Were Sleeping-Gallagher's eyebrows. Nuff said.
Empire Records- looooved Ethan Embry, hated Lucas with a fiery passion.

Winkingmaverick

You missed out that 1995 was also amazing for female centric films by female filmmakers! Clueless (Amy Heckerling writer/director), Sense and Sensibility (Emma Thompson-writer), and Now and Then (I. Marlene King-writer, lesli Linka Glatter-director), also Winona Ryder's Little Women came out in 1994 but around christmas I think, so basically 1995 and that also had a female director (Gillian Armstrong) and female writer (Robin Swicord). Not to mention, 3 of those films I just mentioned (i'm counting little women) are based on novels by female authors and were all adapted to bring out the feminist sensibilities to a 90s audience.

Pretty bad ass year.

5bells

How can you say Clueless was more important than Empire Records?! I'm stunned. Look at those quotes! Such variety, such style & wit. It's a beautiful film about teens and oddballs coming together to save ER, realizing that they're a big awesome lovey family, and having a kickass dance party. "Damn the man! Save the empire!"

C.SanDiego

@5bells A TON of movies and TV shows have been made in my hometown, but Empire Records will always be my favorite/the best/the one I'm most oddly proud of.

carolita

OMG, all those gifs just gave me a seizure!

steelyaja

What are those romances?? Can anyone name them for me, pleeeease?

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SantaCLAUS

Braveheart itself is enough to make it the best movie year ever :)
If just Sin City had been made in 1995 then it would have been sick :)

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