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BEST OF 1993 (RANKED)

by Sandy Connell
Naked (UK, dir, Mike Leigh) Cinema of extremity stood-out greatly in the releases of 1993. Be it extreme misanthropy in Naked, epic atrocity in Schindler’s List, exquisite, peaceful beauty in Ocean Waves, the ultra-violence of Ninja Scroll and Braindead, or the conceptual brilliance-cum-excess of Groundhog Day, 1993’s strongest releases were largely straight-forward and plentiful helpings of pure cinema which diverted little from their central purpose. Looking down my remaining watchlist of 1993 releases, it’s obvious that I have a great deal of catching-up to do, especially given that 1993 also saw the release of the final films from two… Read more


Naked (UK, dir, Mike Leigh)

Cinema of extremity stood-out greatly in the releases of 1993. Be it extreme misanthropy in Naked, epic atrocity in Schindler’s List, exquisite, peaceful beauty in Ocean Waves, the ultra-violence of Ninja Scroll and Braindead, or the conceptual brilliance-cum-excess of Groundhog Day, 1993’s strongest releases were largely straight-forward and plentiful helpings of pure cinema which diverted little from their central purpose.

Looking down my remaining watchlist of 1993 releases, it’s obvious that I have a great deal of catching-up to do, especially given that 1993 also saw the release of the final films from two cinematic masters: Akira Kurosawa’s Madadayo and Derek Jarman’s Blue.


Ocean Waves (Japan, dir. Tomomi Mochizuki)

1993 Watchlist: ACCIÓN MUTANTETHE AGE OF INNOCENCEARIZONA DREAMTHE BABY OF MÂCON – BLUETHE CEMENT GARDENDARWINFAREWELL MY CONCUBINEGOLDEN BALLS – IN THE NAME OF THE FATHERKIKAMADADAYOPHILADELPHIARAINING STONESREMAINS OF THE DAYSHORT CUTSSOPYONJETHE STRATEGY OF THE SNAILTHREE COLOURS: BLUE


Ninja Scroll (Japan, dir. Yoshiaki Kawajiri)

Honorable Mention: FALLING DOWNGROUNDHOG DAYTANGOWALLACE & GROMIT IN THE WRONG TROUSERS (short)


Braindead [a.k.a. Dead Alive] (New Zealand, dir. Peter Jackson)

Read my blog, Films Of Every Colour

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