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 1992.
Compared to 1991, 1992 was a much better year for me. I was 15 years old and had swapped schools. It was a much healthier culture for me both mentally and taste-wise, as my horizons and experiences exploded in a good way. My film obsession continued to grow, and there were some great releases that year. I cut my initial list of 83 films watched down to 32, and then had to narrow it down to ten from there. It was hard.
Honorable Mentions include Thunderheart, Wayne’s World, My Cousin Vinny, Jennifer 8, Army of Darkness, Death Becomes Her, Far and Away, The Bodyguard, Candyman, Ferngully, Cool World, Hellraiser III, Split Second, and Alien 3. Alien 3 was kind of a disappointment even though I like the film. The production cut restores a lot of where they were initially going with it and makes it more solid, but it still looks rushed into production. Army of Darkness, as much as I love that film and Bruce Campbell, just didn’t make the cut for a top ten. If I were making a horror or comedy list for the year, hell yes it’d be on it, but let’s face it folks, overall it’s not that great a film even though it’s fun to watch. Thunderheart almost made it into my top ten. Almost. I loved the hell out of that film. So what are my top ten?
10. Of Mice and Men (dir. Gary Sinise)
To be honest, I had no idea who directed this version until I looked it up for this list. Gary Sinise stars and directs in this adaptation of the book, along with an equally impressive performance by John Malkovich. I saw this film about the same time I had to read the book for a class, and I remember tearing up watching it just as I had reading the book. I haven’t seen it in years, but I remember being blown away by both leads in the film, and it stuck with me for a long time afterwards.
9. Unforgiven (dir. Clint Eastwood)
I vaguely remember being pissed that the song by Metallica was never used to promote the film or in either credit sequence. Aside from that, I loved this take on the western. The heroes were fallible, and the plot would end up getting recycled in a Firefly episode with a few changes, but I also remember that the cast of Eastwood, Hackman, and Freeman stuck with me. This was one of the first where Eastwood went back to his earlier films and gave it another go, this time in the director’s chair as well. It is a really well done film that I need to watch again at some point. Continue reading