Just something I noted, I was looking at the results of the first half of the 90's voting initially with nostalgia. This is the era where I really fell in love with cinema, and I consider the 90's to be my 2nd favourite decade after the 70's. However, seeing the results back to back it's actually knocked a little bit of the sheen off. Not a lot, I fucking love these films, but bear with me...
Despite being an 80's kid it was never my favourite decade because it was all to family friendly happy ending adventure, and I like a bit of grit to my cinema. I much prefer Apocalypse Now and Rosemarys Baby to Back to the Future and Indiana Jones. I always thought the 90's was a return of proper grown up film making. And it was, but only to an extent.
If you look at our top 3's you'll start to see an awful lot of the same type of film. There is an awful lot of crime and murder going on. In fact crime such as gangsters or serial killers make up a huge number of the films that are nearly exclusively white male led. There are so few female parts of consequence (I don't think a single film here passes the Bechdel test, maybe Silence of the Lambs) and very few POC in lead roles, and certainly almost zero LGBTQ representation. So much crime. Obviously this likely mirrors the demographic of Rllmuk and our age at that time, but when you look at em all lined up its quite stark.
The early 2000's was a real high point for existential and quirky cinema. Charlie Kaufman, Little Miss Sunshine, Wes Anderson, Sideways, Napoleon Dynamite etc. Characters started getting weirder and less stereotypical. And now when I look at my top 10 of 2019, there are a lot of films there directed by and starring women. It definitely feels like film is offering more variety of stories now. Which can only be a good thing.
I guess I just wanted to say, I always think of the 90's as this golden age, but actually looking at it through this new lens, it was a lot more limited than I gave credit.
Silence of the Lambs
Glengarry Glen Ross