A few weeks back while deep into hours upon hours of research for a Pauly Shore blog post -- joking -- I came to realize that 1992 was a big year for movies. It's unsettling to think that all of these movies are two decades old, because in 1992 when these flicks were released, 1972 was only twenty years in the past.
Did you know that kids born in 1992 can now vote, buy cigarettes, be in porn films, and buy industrial paint and glue from a hardware store? Where is my cane? Do I even need a cane? Who am I kidding, I'm only 28.
Just a few weeks ago, I chronicled the influence of Wayne's World -- a '92 baby -- here on Art Attack. This past week Dana Carvey teased ideas for a Wayne's World 3, getting our hopes up way too much.
Even freakier is that Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs turns 20 this year, meaning that we have now had to deal with cheesy QT knockoffs for two decades and change. Be original and steal from Jackie Brown, young filmmakers.
1992 was a big year for children's movies, too, both animated and live-action. I remember the hard environmental messages of Ferngully angering adults back then, and Aladdin was Disney's muscle that year. I saw a bit of it a few months back, and I can't say it was my favorite Disney feature, though the music was catchy. All of those songs were imprinted into my brain the next year from a fifth grade play I was in.
SPOILER ALERT: You get to see Sharon Stone's lady business. Google it. Nothing else matters about Basic Instinct. This one gave rise to a new era of erotic thrillers like Jade and countless soft-core Cinemax deals (which I know all by heart).
Possibly the last great western to come to American cinema, unless you count Wild Wild West with Will Smith.
When people question the genius of Robert Downey Jr., show them this biopic.
Jafar was one of Disney's most evil villains ever, and Robin Williams was one of the most annoying genies ever. If finding a magic lamp means being harassed by a cavalcade of voices, count me out.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Who knew that just a few years later it would be turned into one of the WB's most successful shows and launch the career of Sarah Michelle Gellar?
WW is without question the second-best film to be made of a Saturday Night Live sketch, the first being the star-packed The Blues Brothers. The story of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar's misadventures with corporate America was also extremely influential on teen culture at the time, with the massive amount of catchphrases, cameos and hipness pummeling audiences in '92. Sphincter says what?
A Few Good Men
Let's be honest here, Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise were on autopilot for this one, but it was entertaining as hell.
Home Alone 2
What is more scarier than being lost in New York City away from your family on Christmas -- again -- and being chased by robbers you put in prison AND Tim Curry? Nothing, we concede.
The severed ear, the Madonna references, the copious blood and the music all made this required viewing for everyone in 1992. Steven Wright's turn as radio DJ made it gold.
Bram Stoker's Dracula
All I remember is Gary Oldman's butt cut hairstyle and Monica Bellucci being Monica Bellucci.
The Mighty Ducks
Did you know they made three Mighty Ducks movies in all?
My Cousin Vinny
Actor Fred Gwynne's last film role, and the movie responsible for millions of crushes on breakout actress Marisa Tomei. Oh, and Joe Pesci and Ralph Macchio were in it, too. After this movie, I couldn't say "youth" correctly
This is my favorite Batman film, the Christopher Nolan era excluded. Penguin bites a dude's nose off and you get to see Christopher Walken's charred corpse. It's kinda cool.
Grunge, Seattle, coffee, a pouting Matt Dillon, a killer soundtrack, and all directed by Cameron Crowe. Hopefully a remake about dubstep, L.A., Adderall and a pouting Justin Bieber is in the works. Singles turning 20 can only mean that grunge is the new classic-rock, though that will be disputed.
Glengarry Glen Ross
"A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing."
"Hey! (takes hit off bong) What if we ripped off Karate Kid and Home Alone and instead of one cute kid we have three instead, and they are child ninjas and they have to fight intruders." And the rest is history....
You probably hadn't thought about this movie in 20 years until Whitney Houston died earlier this year.
The Crying Game
You've probably never even seen this art house hit, but I'm willing to bet you know the entire plot.
A River Runs Through It
Pair this one with Legends of the Fall and you have a great early Brad Pitt cocktail. It's not all about fishing, I promise, though I haven't seen it since 1994.
A League of Their Own
This baseball flick is still a treasure, featuring some of the best comedic turns by everyone involved. See Madonna as a lovable skank, Rosie O'Donnell was likable and even Geena Davis was a joy. Though nothing beats Tom Hanks in one of his first scumbag sweetheart roles. Who knew he was about to embark on the biggest and most profitable era of his career?
Death Becomes Her
Imagine what director Robert Zemeckis could have done with technology now with a script like this. We wouldn't be mad if it was remade, but with who?
The '90s seemed to be a good decade for nunsploitation flicks, and Sister Act was honestly the only one that made money.
Watching the sour and dour Charles Grodin act around children was humorous on its own. And a nation fell in love with St. Bernards.
This and Swing Kids comprised a double feature of Christian Bale coming into adulthood, and both are now cult classics.
This was remade 17 years later by James Cameron and called Avatar.
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Yes, the kids soccer movie with Rodney Dangerfield and the late Jonathan Brandis in drag.