Well, almost the fruition. Having gone through 8 years and a wild card round, there are 10 nominees for the quest to find the “single finest film of our generation.”
The nominees are…
are you ready for this?
Home Alone (1990), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 – wild card pick), Point Break (1991), The Mighty Ducks (1992), Jurassic Park (1993), Speed (1994), Batman Forever (1995 - wild card pick), Bad Boys (1995), Independence Day (1996), and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
Ben suggested that people should individually rank the list so as to come to a more complete decision – certainly if Speed is someone’s least favorite choice and two people’s favorite choice, it should not be chosen as the winner, right? Hence, I urge you to make your votes and make your votes likewise.
Here’s my rank from 10 to 1, for added drama:
10) Bad Boys - I’ve never seen it, and I don’t care to.
9) Point Break – I’ve never seen it and had no interest in doing so until everyone made such a big deal out of it.
8 ) Batman Forever – m’eh
7) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – As I made my final rank, I had to set aside my affection for kids’ classics. I thought the rank would be more rounded if I made my top a mix of different genres. I do like this movie and have fond memories of it, but it doesn’t even compare with the other kid classics on this list.
6) Independence Day – Around here is where it got tough. Like TMNT, I like this movie and I definitely think it is generation defining. But for its ilk, does it really match the fast paced action of Speed or the childlike wonder of Jurassic Park? Nah.
5) The Mighty Ducks – In my original list, this was number two. It pained me to then put it so low on the list. In the end, it just couldn’t compete with the other movie of its kind here. Plus, maybe there’s a difference between generation-defining and Christine’s Minnesota childhood defining.
4) I Know What You Did Last Summer – ahead of Mighty Ducks and ID4??? Who do I think I am?? Well, like I said in a previous entry – the stream of crappy horror movies that followed the smash hit Scream does nothing if not point to our specific generation’s ridiculous willingness to fork over cash over and over again for the basically the same movie. This movie started that trend and since it doesn’t have any competition on the list, it automatically took a high spot.
3) Speed – Keanu, Sandra Bullock, a fast bus. Need I say more? Go 1994!
2) Jurassic Park – I personally would rather pop in a movie like The Mighty Ducks or Speed, but this was a classic matched by almost no other film of its time. I haven’t met a single person that didn’t see it in its hay day (hey day?). It was a cinematic phenomenon. Plus, Todd, Ryan, Ted & Peter told us that the water ripple shot is really hard to pull off – so kudos to the Jurassic Park crew!
…………and my vote for the single finest film of our generation goes to…:
1) Home Alone – big surprise, right?
Agree with my choices? Disagree? It’s not too late to vote yourself. Go here to do just that!