A Lifetime of Film covers one specific year of a Cinefessions’ writers existence, from birth to now, and goes over their top ten films from that year. It stems from a meme on Letterboxd, and is simply being expanded upon here. This week, Ashe covers 1989.
1989 was one of those years. Blockbusters were my thing, and have been ever since, honestly. I’m kind of a sucker for the big explosions and a rolling storyline with snappy characters. While I would have been twelve years old for the release of the bulk of these, many were snuck later, or one of my parental units just didn’t care if I saw it or not. My honorable mentions from the year include Pet Semetary, Tango & Cash, Lethal Weapon 2, Road House, Say Anything…, Ghostbusters II, Dead Calm, Leviathan, Lean On Me, The Phantom of the Opera, UHF, and Venus Wars. Ghostbusters II, while funny, is sequel fodder that never really lived up to the first film. I did really like the Phantom of the Opera with Robert Englund in the lead role. And no, that’s not the musical. Dead Calm was, and still is, a fantastic thriller. Billy Zane is incredibly underrated. And Venus Wars has some stunning visuals to go along with a powerful story about a war torn space colony. So what are my top ten?
10. Field of Dreams (Phil Alden Robinson)
Let me get this out of the way: I hate baseball. It’s slow; it’s boring. I don’t care about the statistics, and could never be bothered, even when I was forced to play in little league, to learn to play. But, having said that, I love this movie. Field of Dreams and The Natural are two of my favorite baseball films, probably because they’re less about baseball and more about peoples lives in and around the game, and their passion for it. Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones are great in the film, and I even like Ray Liotta who’s always hit and miss for me. I used to have this on VHS of all things. Good times.
9. Steel Magnolias (Herbert Ross)
My initial reasons for watching this movie were Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts. I loved them when I was growing up. Aside from that, it’s a great drama piece centered around an interesting cast of characters who are just trying to live their lives in a little southern town. Tom Skerrit always cracks me up in this and Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, and Sally Field all deliver stellar performances. I honestly think this was the film that got me to spread out away from just action, fantasy and sci-fi and see what else was out there. Continue reading