Going back in time - the 90s

Today I'm joining the YAM Magazine Time Machine Blogathon: Back to the 90s.

Ahh, the 90s. It was the decade I began my love affair with movies. Around 1990 I watched The Sound of Music for the first time and I remember being in awe of films from that moment on. The 90s was also when I developed my obsession with Dirty Dancing. I was actually too young to understand the finer details of the plot - for example I didn't realise 'knocked up' meant pregnant; I assumed Penny had been knocked around/beaten up by some guy! :-) For me, Dirty Dancing was all about the romance. It's the one movie I can blame for what has become a lifelong addiction to love stories.

My favourite love stories of the 90s? Titanic tops any list of course. But I also adored The Object of my Affection, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Jerry Maguire, Shakespeare in Love, Romeo + Juliet, You've Got Mail, My Best Friend's Wedding, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Horse Whisperer.

But in addition to romances, in the 90s I began to be drawn to movies that blew my mind - those films that offered something new and unique to the cinematic world and to my burgeoning love of all things movie-related. Such epics as Dances with Wolves, Forrest Gump, The Shawshank Redemption, Being John Malkovich, Good Will Hunting, Philadelphia, Magnolia, The Usual Suspects, The Matrix, American Beauty, Saving Private Ryan, The Sixth Sense and Pulp Fiction showed me what was possible on film. I was hooked. Movies had become my passion!

When I think back on specific actors I loved in the 90s, Brad Pitt immediately springs to mind. Back then my bedroom walls were covered in Brad posters. I absolutely adored him. My favourite Brad movie of the 90s is definitely Legends of the Fall. In that one he had long hair that blew in the wind as he galloped along on his horse. Come on, could he be any sexier?! :-) Well...he was pretty hot in Thelma and Louise and Meet Joe Black and The Devil's Own. And he was definitely ripped as in Fight Club. Hmmm. I loved Brad in everything he did in the 90s! But I didn't watch Brad just for the sex appeal. I've always thought of him as a good actor, especially when he's given a real challenge. Here special mention must go to 12 Monkeys because I believe it was this film that proved he was more than just a pretty face.

The 90s were my teenage years so of course I watched quite a number of teen movies. Some were crap, while others stayed with me and have featured on my all-time favourite lists. Remember Encino Man? I loved that movie! :-) I also adored Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Girl, and American Pie.

There are a whole heap of other 90s films I could mention, but this blog post would never end if I did that. It's safe to say the 90s was the decade that introduced me to film. I watched a lot of movies in those ten years. They were the years I devoured films from the past and spent my weekends renting dozens of movie videos. I became a film geek.

If I had to pick one single film that defined those years for me it would have to be 80s hit Dirty Dancing. I probably watched that film over 100 times in the 90s! But I also must mention the Back to the Future Trilogy. Yes only the third installment was released in the 90s, but I was too young to watch the original two when they first came out so the entire trilogy were 90s movies for me! :-) I can't get enough of Marty McFly and Doc Brown's adventures. It doesn't matter how many times I've seen them (which is A LOT), I can happily sit down and watch the trilogy as if seeing it for the first time. They never fail to excite me.

So there you have it - my walk down memory lane to the 90s. It's been fun!

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting how our brains worked when we were younger " I didn't realise 'knocked up' meant pregnant; I assumed Penny had been knocked around/beaten up by some guy!" xD

    When I was little (between 1989-1990) I used to think the world was black and white because of my grandpa's photos that started getting colorized. So like in The Giver or Pleasantville, I thought the world gained color!