1. Beverly Hills Ninja

Beverly Hills Ninjaa

Director: Dennis Dugan

Screenplay: Mark Feldberg, Mitch Klebanoff

Starring: Chris Farley, Nicollette Sheridan

In an alternate reality, Chris Farley is still around and making great American comedy films. Unfortunately, this was one of the final three films the comedic titan made and it’s kind of a dud, but still worth watching for Farley’s manic performance.

  1. The Blob

The Blob

Director: Chuck Russell

Screenplay: Chuck Russell, Frank Darabont

Starring: Kevin Dillon, Shawnee Smith

The 1998 remake of this classic fifties film didn’t get much appreciation when it came out but it had its campy thrills. It’s since become a cult classic in part for its damn decent special effects and in part because of the incomparable Matt Dillon.

  1. Melancholia

Melancholia

Director: Lars von Trier

Screenplay: Lars von Trier

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Lars von Trier has gotten recognition for taking women and putting them into dangerous situations oftentimes to great detraction by the critics. In this beautiful film, he tackles depression with an incredible—honestly, shocking—performance by Kirsten Dunst.

  1. The Devil’s Advocate

The Devils Advocate

Director: Taylor Hackford

Screenplay: Tony Gilroy, Jonathan Lemkin

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino

Al Pacino is the devil. Keanu Reeves somehow got a law degree.

  1. Encino Man

Encino Man

Director: Les Mayfield

Screenplay: George Zaloom, Shawn Schepps

Starring: Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, Pauly Shore

Before Sean Astin was adventuring with Frodo, he was making nineties classic like Encino Man and The Goonies. In addition to the star-turn performance of Brendan Fraser, this movie represents the apex of the Golden Age of Pauly Shore.

  1. The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October copy

Director: John McTiernan

Screenplay: Larry Ferguson, Donald E. Stewart

Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin

Those pesky Russians are at it again, and only CIA agent Jack Ryan can save us all in this thriller, which you can see on repeat every Father’s Day on either TBS, TNT or USA Network.

  1. La Bamba

La Bamba

Director: Luis Valdez

Screenplay: Luis Valdez

Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Danielle von Zerneck

The tragic story of teen pop icon Richie Valens comes to life with Lou Diamond Phillips. Can anyone tell us where the hell LDP is now?

  1. The Mask

The Mask

Director: Chuck Russell

Screenplay: Mike Werb

Starring: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz

This film and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective came out in the same year. Can you imagine how exhausted Jim Carrey must have been in 1994?

  1. Misery

Misery

Director: Rob Reiner

Screenplay: William Goldman

Starring: Kathy Bates, James Caan

Misery comes across as a weird form of fantasy fulfillment for author Stephen King as well as a word of warning for potential authors: don’t cross your fans and don’t kill off beloved characters. You might just end up tied to a bed with your feet broken.

  1. Road House

Road House

Director: Rowdy Herrington

Screenplay: David Lee Henry, Hilary Henkin

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch

Let this be a warning to any person who thinks they should get their PhD in the soft sciences or humanities: you’ll probably just end up working as a cooler in a Texas roadhouse. If that’s your aim, then let this film be your guide.

  1. School Daze

School Daze

Director: Spike Lee

Screenplay: Spike Lee

Starring: Larry Fishburne, Tisha Campbell

An interesting exploration of colorism at a historically black college.

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TMNT I

Director: Steve Barron

Screenplay: Todd W. Langen, Bobby Herbeck

Starring: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas

The original 1990 film followed much more closely to the decidedly dark and gritty TMNT comic books while still keeping some of the levity of the children’s TV show. Unfortunately, all of that was lost in the subsequent sequel.

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

TMNT 2 Secrets of the Ooze

Director: Michael Pressman

Screenplay: Todd W. Langen

Starring: Paige Turco, Ernie Reyes Jr.

The highlight of this film is the animatronic creatures created by Jim Henson who died before he could see the debut of the film. The movie is the last in his legacy and is worth watching for that reason alone.

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time

TMNT 3

Director: Stuart Gillard

Screenplay: Stuart Gillard

Starring: Elias Koteas, Paige Turco

Imagine the Last Samurai meets the Ninja Turtles and you have this gem of a film finding the four amphibian brothers in feudal Japan.

  1. The Eric Andre Show: Season 4

The Eric Andre SHow

Created by: Eric Andre

Starring: Eric Andre, Hannibal Buress

Eric Andre might actually be insane, which makes watching his show all the more interesting. Not recommended if you have a soft stomach.

  1. Prince Avalanche

Prince Avalanchee

Director: David Gordon Green

Screenplay: David Gordon Green

Starring: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch

Bear with us because this movie is about two guys in the middle of nowhere in Texas walking around and painting lines on the highway and talking and not talking. Y’know, guy stuff. But it’s pretty good and the soundtrack rules.

  1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek The Motion Picture

Director: Robert Wise

Screenplay: Harold Livingston

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

Hulu is unleashing the entire collection of original Star Trek films so cinephiles can see exactly how much better they are than the new, shiny CGI train wrecks. You know the story here—they’re boldly going places no man has gone before for about an hour and a half to two hours.

  1. John Dies at the End

John Dies at the End

Director: Don Coscarelli

Screenplay: Don Coscarelli

Starring: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes

The film is all over the place and kind of a mixed bag of good and bad but it’s fun and worth the view. Earth is being invaded via a new street drug and the title is true.

  1. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Talladega Nights

Director: Adam McKay

Screenplay: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly

The film is the second best cinematic representation of auto racing just behind Days of Thunder and certainly one of the best Ferrell/Reilly/McKay comedies.

  1. Dark City

Dark City

Director: Alex Proyas

Screenplay: Alex Proyas, David S. Goyer, Lem Dobbs

Starring: Rufus Sewell, Jennifer Connelly

This is one of the great forgotten science fiction films of, not just the late nineties, but perhaps all time and ranks up there with Metropolis or Frankenstein. The film is a neo-noir set in a fictional nowhere city, John Murdoch wakes up with no knowledge of his past and blood on his hands. WATCH THIS FILM.

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