Some films are the gathering storms and some are live-wire from start to end. There is also a third kind – films that operate on a non-linear plane. LeisureMartini, the lifestyle and movie blog for all ages, brings to you the list of best Hollywood films since 1990 that fall in at least one of the categories.
Over the last 30 years (right after the 1980s, remembered as the decade in which the fledgling Martin Scorsese of the 1970s grew on to become a fully-finessed filmmaker) a steady stream of talented directors have come onto the scene and have since become legends in their own right.
Before we start reading past their names and the joyful cinematic endeavors they have tossed our way, lets make one thing clear – this list about the best movies from the 90s up to the present day does miss out on some bona fide classics, some even better than the ones that make the cut. If you are triggered by that sort of a thing, read the title again and just live with it.
Rest assured, watching each movie from the list feels like it was made in the magic hour. So, just spend the next few minutes leisurely going through the names. Once you’re done, don’t forget to let Netflix (or any of the million services) take you off to a wondrous journey, movie-by-movie.
Ron Howard smartly keeps the politico in check and yet delivers a political drama with flair and finesse. Frost/Nixon keeps you on board from start to finish. It takes a political theme – around a TV interview – and loads it with dynamics of a boxing match.
Paying close attention to detail, the movie loads up on glimpses of politics, edge-of-the-seat moments, and full-bodied punches in the face of conceited guilt. The end result is a knock-out. Michael Sheen and Frank Langella do not pull any punches either, giving arguably their career-best performances.
The Man From Earth (2007)
This hypnotic one-room-one-night thriller triumphs on its own occult terms. This Richard Schenkman direction is a cliffhanger and willfully opaque to begin with. However, unlike a lesser film, The Man From Earth doesn’t hold its cards to reveal all in the pre-climax.
All cards are on the table just midway into the movie, and that’s when the game beings to unravel. With only half a dozen characters, the movie is – at its heart – a humane process of eager seekers. Of all the moments that gave me goosebumps, “I don’t smell rain” and “I knew it, he’s saying he is C…st stand out.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Just another movie about Tarantino rewriting history as we know it. I’ve stopped counting, really. Yet, it doesn’t make a difference. You are so caught up with the crazy-on-Tarantino-terms artistry on screen, you don’t see the pre-climax twist coming.
There is more to Once Upon A Time In Hollywood than that, of course. The first ever on-screen collaboration between Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt does not disappoint – even if your expectations were already through the roof. OUATIH has the Quentin Tarantino signature all over, and yet it’s his most uncharacteristic movie ever.
When I came home after witnessing probably my favorite Tarantino film, I was struggling with words to express how joyous I felt after being audience to those steady yet sure rhythms of what was also my favorite film of 2019 along with Joker. And then, I found my voice in Peter Bradshaw’s words, “Quite simply, I just defy anyone with red blood in their veins not to respond to the crazy bravura of Tarantino’s film-making, not to be bounced around the auditorium at the moment-by-moment enjoyment that this movie delivers.”
Probably the best film by Gavin O’Connor, Warriors is a rousing boxing drama with live-wire performances from its leads – Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. The story sometimes feels like a mess, lurching from once scene to the next with moments that are thrilling and bleak in equal measure.
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