Amy: A Life in Movies

1996 – Scream

What’s your favorite scary movie, Sidney?

The quote that changed a whole generation of teens’ horror viewing habits?

1997 – Gattaca

I really think it’s my love of Gattaca that makes me like sci-fi dramas a lot more.

Here we have Ethan Hawke in between Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, Jude Law pre Talented Mr. Ripley, and Uma Thurman pre Kill Bill.

1998 – Pleasantville

Did I tell you about the time when I was a little 3-year-old and I thought that we were all once people in black and white? My brain just saw those old pictures, and as the pictures became more contemporary, they would add a little coloring. I thought that happened in real life. We once gained a bit of color every once in a while, until the whole world was color.

I was happy to see I, somehow, wasn’t the only one. LOL

1999 – Cruel Intentions

Okay, here — I just don’t want you to know how many teen rom coms I saw during my teenage years, so I’m going to pick the ones that I don’t feel so guilty about. I actually really REALLY like Cruel Intentions to this date. I even like it a bit more than the Glenn Close and John Malkovich version! Shocking huh?

I think that was the highest point in Sarah Michelle Gellar’s career, and made Selma Blair hugely popular.

Plus, I really like that ending with The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony — after all the overplaying, it still is a good song.

2000 – Dancer in the Dark

No list of mine is complete without this film. If you’ve known me for a while, you’ve read me everywhere on the net talking about this film. It really did change my way of watching films… as you may notice from some of my future picks~


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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