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The Year In Film: 1990



Introduction By @TrueGodImmortal
-As the film yearly series comes to the final chapter, I wanted to give it a proper sendoff. Looking back on the year that began one of the greatest decades ever is the best way to really end this fun and informative series on the years in film. Today, we take a look back at 1990, a pivotal year in film with a ton of interesting releases. Starting off with the month of January, where underrated films like the Forrest Whitaker and Anthony Edwards picture Downtown and the Kevin Bacon horror film Tremors prospered. February 1990 was a weaker month than usual, but still managed to have a release or two that brought viewers into the theaters. Stella, a film that starred Bette Midler, John Goodman, and others gained some appreciation from the viewing audience, alongside the Steven Seagal film Hard to Kill, which wasn't a favorite of mine, but was moderately successful. Needless to say, the first two months of 1990 weren't too noteworthy in terms of movies released, but the pace would eventually pick up for the rest of the year, starting with March.




March 1990 would bring one of my favorite movies of the year in House Party, and also it would bring a film that many people enjoyed in The Hunt For Red October. Personally, House Party is my personal favorite as the good natured vibe of the film along with the comedic timing of Martin Lawrence, Robin Harris, and the back and forth of Kid N Play made this an instant classic and a great watch for young True. Aside from those two, March would give us a huge film in Pretty Woman, the Richard Gere and Julia Roberts movie that catapulted the career of Julia to new levels. While this movie isn't really my personal favorite, it was enjoyable for the demographic it was intended for, and because of that, it definitely gets a lot of love. The final film of March that made some noise was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live action movie, which for some, is a classic. The film wasn't bad at all, and of all the TMNT films, this is still my favorite.




After a solid March, April and May were both a bit disappointing. Honestly, I couldn't pick one movie that I enjoyed from April, but May did give us Back To The Future Part III, which isn't my personal favorite, but is definitely a noteworthy release. Aside from that, June would see a couple of big releases to improve the quality of the year, and I would consider June to be the best month of the year in terms of movies that came out. Total Recall, Robocop 2, Another 48 Hrs, Dick Tracy, and if you found this funny, Ghost Dad, were all popular films during the month and they all came in succession. The first half of 1990 in film wasn't the greatest, but it could have been worse I guess. We'll take a look at the 2nd half of the year in the outro. For now, let's take a look at another opinion on 1990. 




@JADBeats
1990 was an interesting year for film. Edward Scissorhands came this year, and it is one of the most unique films about a teen with an odd appearance and scissors for hands who was  created by a scientist that dies and leaves the boy in a suburban environment to figure things out. Back to the Future Part lll was another solid movie this year and one that I have to include in my favorites list. Another good one was Misery. After a writer crashes his car, a woman who claims to be his biggest fan rescues him then ties him to the bed as things take a dark turn when she's unhappy with the direction he's going with his books that she loves. This is one of Kathy Bates' most standout roles.




Another good film in 1990 is of course, Ghost. A couple, Sam and Molly are madly in love. Sam gets murdered, leaving his spirit to roam until he finds a scamming psychic Oda Mae who really has a gift to talk to the dead who helps him find his killer and warn his love. Career defining film and roles for Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. The original IT came out this year and watching this long drawn out two part film about this manipulative demon clown as a kid was entertaining. Another highlight this year was Home Alone. When a mouthy, bratty 8 year old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is accidentally left behind while his family heads to vacation, he notices a pair of burglars who plan on robbing the richest house on the block which happens to be his and he must defend it at all costs.



Of course, 1990 was the year of House Party starring Kid N Play. The plot was fun and simple, as Play's parents are out of town so he throws a massive party, and even though his best friend Kid gets grounded, he's determined to go especially since the dopest girl in school will be there. Overall a quality film and a good watch. The last film I wanted to talk about is Flatliners, which was remade this year as well. Medical students toy with the afterlife performing practices of death and resuscitation but their curiosity brings them more than they expected. This was a very interesting film.

Other major contenders from 1990:
Kindergarten Cop
Tremors
Young Guns ll
Rocky V
Problem Child
Die Hard 2
Pretty Woman
The Godfather Part lll
Goodfellas




Outro By @TrueGodImmortal
-As July 1990 kicked off, many things in the world were at an interesting time. The Ultimate Warrior was WWF Champion, Rakim was the best rapper alive, and Bruce Willis was an action star. This would lead to Die Hard 2 being a hugely successful sequel and film, showcasing the drawing power in those films. July would also see success for the honestly overrated Ghost, and I haven't watched this movie in some time. It just doesn't resonate with me, but it was a noteworthy release. The other July release that made some noise was Problem Child, but overall, July was a simple month, full of standard releases and a few big movies. August was a little better, as Young Guns II, Ducktales The Movie, The Exorcist III, Men At Work, Darkman, Flatliners, and Delta Force 2 are all noteworthy films, but my personal favorite? Mo' Better Blues. Of all the films this year, this is the best movie IMO. Spike Lee crafts an amazing film that showcases Denzel Washington as the true top tier actor he is, while still spicing up the scene with jazz elements and a solid performance from Wesley Snipes.
September had two movies that were important and one of which remains a favorite for me. While King of New York is a cult classic for many, one of my favorite films this year was Goodfellas. Goodfellas is honestly the most well rounded and perfectly put together gangster film, which is why it is such a highlight on the year. 





October would see another Steven Seagal film in Marked For Death, the horror film Night Of The Living Dead, and the subpar Sibling Rivalry. November would be a decent month, with the Prince film Graffiti Bridge releasing, Child's Play 2, Home Alone, Misery, Predator 2, Dances With Wolves, and Rocky V all releasing in the same month. November is probably the best month of this year in film and it might not even be close, with only June having a possible claim to it. December ended the year with a few good ones, like Edward Scissorhands, Look Who's Talking Too, and The Godfather Part III. Overall, 1990 wasn't the greatest year, but it had enough solid films to get viewers to the theater.


-DAR

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