The nominees are in for 1993! Okay, they were in awhile ago, but the official 1993 blogging has begun.
You know the drill.
The nominees are Jurassic Park, Cool Runnings, Demolition Man, Last Action Hero, and The Good Son.
Jurassic Park: This was a movie I clung to as the best movie ever made until I was 16 years old. That’s 6 years of being the best movie ever made. Chris described the three things that Spielberg is good at as “pulling heartstrings, creating there’s-a-monster! tension, and communicating childlike wonder.” That was pretty much all I looked for in a movie when I was 10 and, if I’m being honest, it’s almost all I look for in a movie at 26 (but now I also want high fashion (I’m thinking Project Runway the Movie! With Santino as the monster!). But for real, I thought Jurassic Park was the greatest thing that ever happened and if our goal is to uncover the single greatest film of our generation, it wouldn’t make sense for this not to be in the running.
Cool Runnings: I never saw it! It’s been on my queue since I was 12, when I realized all the cool people had seen it. I’ll get to it.
Demolition Man & Last Action Hero: I never saw these either, but unlike Cool Runnings, I didn’t realize I needed to until now. Taco Bell is the last remaining restaurant in the future? Excellent!
The Good Son: In some ways, I liked this movie more than Jurassic Park. I didn’t think it was “awesome” like Jurassic Park, but it’s premise lasted far longer in small Christine’s developing psyche. I think this was the first movie of its genre that I really sunk my teeth into, and as an adult I’m still drawn to similar psychological thrillers (whether they’re good or not, I always want to watch them). I was genuinely frightened and in awe of little Culkin (is he going to get away with all this??) and the Sophie’s choice-esque moment at the end.
In Chris’ most recent post (you have to click that link to vote!! Which you should do!), he said to think about these questions as we vote: “how much awesome is in my noggin thanks to this film?” and “how much do I wish I could be watching, laughing, and loving this movie right now?” As much as I loved The Good Son and that movie would be my answer to both aforementioned questions, I still can’t bring myself to vote for it. I just can’t consider it a generation-defining movie. 1993 was owned by Jurassic Park, and that is where my vote has to go.
Vote: Jurassic Park