By Joules Dellinger
I’m totally enjoying the little trip through the decades over here at DVD Netflix (they’re highlighting a different decade of film each month this year). For our review of the 1990s, I thought it would be fun to make a list of the movies that reflected my nineties life. I graduated high school in 1995, then college in 1999… so I feel like I REALLY lived the 1990s!
The Ones I Watched Because I Totally Had a Crush on the Movie Stars:
Oh my goodness did I have a super crush on Edward Furlong when I was a teenager. He had that swoopy haircut that all the cute boys somehow pulled off and I remember watching this movie specifically for him. I’ve seen it many times since the early 90’s and I still consider this one of the best – or maybe even THE BEST – Terminator movie.
I think we can all admit that this movie was sassy as hell. I mean, Buffy goes brunette AND bad. But my crush in the movie was the beautiful Ryan Phillippe. Sure, he played kind of an ass in the movie, but knowing that he was actually in love with Reese Witherspoon in real life made him extra swoony!
Movies Where I Remember Crying in the Theater:
Yes, it’s a kids’ movie and I was totally a senior in high school when it came out, but HOLY HELL did that stampede scene get me. I remember sitting there with friends and trying to wipe away the tears that just would not stop coming. Luckily, we had plenty of song and dance scenes to help us recover! That’s right, even in high school, nobody was too cool to learn all the words to the Lion King soundtrack… I mean, CAN YOOOOU FEEEL THE LOOOOOOOOOVE TONIGHT?!
While I tried to hide my sad little tears in the Lion King, there was NO HIDING the full-on sobbing that happened in the movie theater for Titanic. And not just me, I remember vividly that the entire dang theater was just heaving with sobs. They honestly should have handed out tissues to everyone after the mid-movie intermission. Yeah, you heard me… it was so long that the movie theater I went to gave everyone a bathroom break!
The Cool Kids Movies That Everyone Saw and Talked About:
I am not a fan of scary movies. They scare me. And I don’t like them… especially those jump scares. However, EVERYONE cool went and saw Scream and I totally was peer pressured into seeing it too. And you know what, I thought it was hilarious. I mean, it was scary and gross too, but it was worth it if you know what I mean.
This is another ‘all the cool kids are doing it’ movies from the ‘90s. The Matrix hit in 1999 and everyone lost their damn minds about it. I mean, I can’t even imagine how many times someone would randomly say “I know kung fu…” it was quite the thing. It was also the first time we’d seen anything like this on screen:
The Ones That Actually Really Reflected High School in the 1990s:
This is actually probably my favorite movie out of ALL the high school movies that came out in the nineties. Empire Records is absolute perfection. I mean, look at the cast: Renee Zellweger, Liv Tyler, Robin Tunney, Rory Cochrane, Johnny Whitworth, Ethan Embry, and so on and so on and so on. So much goodness packed into one movie. I mean Robin Tunney SHAVED HER HEAD live.
Johnny Whitworth was just adorable. Liv Tyler had a super speed freak-out. It. Was. Perfect.
Damn the Man, Save the Empire!
Another fantastic high school movie with a dream cast! Ethan Embry (again), Jennifer Love Hewitt, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green, and more. This is one of those movies that basically represents every kind of person and clique in high school, so upon watching you always have someone to root for. My favorites are any time Ethan Embry is on screen and the Seth Green storyline.
I mean, COME ON:
The One I’m Sharing Just So I can Show Off My Cool Picture:
I mean, yeah the movie is good. But have you seen Freddie Prinze Jr. lately? Just saying.
Joules Dellinger has been blogging since 2011 at Pocketful of Joules on everything from fashion, travel, parenting, thrifting and lots of lots of silliness.
She likes movies where the women kick butt and the men are goofy (and shirtless). She doesn’t care which Kardashian is pregnant and thinks Beyoncé is overrated. Follow her on Twitter at @JoulesDellinger or on Instagram at @PocketfulofJoules.