Amy: A Life in Movies

1991 – Beauty and the Beast

To many people, this began the new string of Disney films of the 90s.

Plus, I love Lumiere.

1992 – Rock-A-Doodle

Remember I said Nemo (not the fish kind) had the scariest scene on animation? Well, animation for kids, anyway~

Well, say what you will about Don Bluth Animation (I almost included All Dogs Go to Heaven in ’89), but the freaking owl Duke was a scary character, complete with that “hunt your dreams” factor.

1993 – Jurassic Park

No list of my life would be complete without Jurassic Park. After all, I wanted to be a paleontologist at one point in my life. And I wanted to do 3D because… well, I could study dinosaurs to make 3D models of them. LOL

I have to admit that most of the effects used on this movie still look pretty darn good for being as old as they are now. You know what will be the scariest thing? The day I catch a broadcast of Jurassic Park on TCM — That will be the  scary day when I finally realize I’m old.

1994 – Leon: The Professional

I have to admit here that according to my IMDb, I hadn’t seen too many 1994 movies. I gotta say that, besides Nina on Black Swan, this is probably Natalie Portman’s biggest acting gig ever… right next to Closer, and Garden State.

1995 – Love Letter

It is in Shunji Iwai’s understated visuals and mastery at evoking that make this romantic drama so heartbreaking.

Same here, it just seems that I didn’t watch much of anything these couple of years. My movie memory of them are almost blank, so I gotta choose this little romantic drama that I saw a couple years ago. I love it so much that I included it on my list of Five Unlikely Romances for 2011’s Valentine’s Day.

I love Shunji Iwai so much now, that I almost included two (’96, ’04) more of his films on this list. LOL


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

21 Responses

  1. Julili says:

    Oki, from 93 down, I was so there with u!

    • amy says:

      @Julili, does that mean you’re not doing one?

      • Julili says:

        @amy, mine would look like yours from 93 down. So no, I don’t think so. Plus that I might have some movies that I do not feel like sharing with the world *cough cough*

  2. Juan Barquin says:

    I may have been born in ’91 – which you chose the PERFECT movie for – but your ’89 was one of my favorite movies as a kid, even if it was terrifying.

    • amy says:

      @Juan Barquin, wasn’t it?

      It’s still terrifying as an adult! I hope someone releases this as a Blu edition (not a cheap edition, of course). It’d be so worth it.

  3. ahh this is so good. I’m working on mine now!

  4. Rodrigo says:

    Your 1987 pick pissed me off. I loved that film a lot and wanted to use it! But I tip my hat off to you. Great choice there.

    Surprised you didn’t went for Children Of Men or Pan’s Labyrinth for 2006, I know you loved those films to death.

    I would be very interested to see one day the films you chose for 2003 and 2005.

    • amy says:

      @Rodrigo, I have Belleville on DVD if you wanna check it out. I’ve been meaning to get Sophie Scholl forever, but I’m a cheap bitch – I don’t wanna spend $20 on it. LOL I spent $20 on a 3-disc special edition… I’ve been spoiled.

      I seriously thought that I was the only one knowing Toaster (and Nemo xD), so glad we’re not alone.

      And I do love Children of Men and Pan’s Labyrinth to death… but I also know a lot of people love them too. Plus, I do love LOVE Matsuko.

  5. Mirella Snape says:

    Those are great choices too… and was there a little boy or girl who didn’t want to become a paleontologist even for a little time after Jurassic Park?

    • amy says:

      @Mirella Snape, I think we all wanted to be… at a point in our lives, a dino-hunted paleontologist.

      Just like there’s a whole generation of teens that wanted to be a CSI. LOL

  6. Joel Burman says:

    Nice list Amy! I specially get curious about the little toaster movie, and boy you are younger than i thought! =) Its meant as a compliment…

    • amy says:

      @Joel Burman, I think a lot of people online fall on that “you are younger than I thought you were” – especially the film fans. LOL

      The Brave Little Toaster is a good one, you can definitely see those “sad” themes we often see and like from Pixar. I think you’ll probably like it, though it’s a bit weird to watch it when you’re a grown up.

  7. Elwood Jones says:

    1999 is always a difficult year to choose one movie for much like 1995, but as we both agree from previous comments on each others blogs, Cruel Intentions is a great film and somthing of a curiosity, seeing how it went from being a film everyone was talking about (certain scenes more than others) to a film which has now seemingly dropped off the radar. Still worth digging out even now.

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