Before Sunrise (USA/Austria/Schweiz, dir. Richard Linklater)
There was a striking out-put across most genres in 1995, including two of the best offerings from the 90s’ glut of Shakespeareian films. It was also a fantastic year for animation and the CGI “wizardry” (aah, what archaic times those were) that would revolutionize the industry after the success of Ghost in the Shell, Toy Story and Memories, which began with a segment containing computer-rendered objects and effects only to finish its third segment with some innovative problem-solving applied to the hand-drawn method.
Undoubtedly, my pick for the forgotten gem of the year would be The Young Poisoner’s Handbook a fantastic coming-of-age story about a studious young man in search of greatness (or, at least, a girlfriend). This darkly comic, often hilarious and sharply paced film received no great fanfare in the UK and doesn’t seem to have made the trek overseas, yet it remains a must for any fans of the British comedic style.
But at the end of the year (or 16 years later, as it were) no film captured the inspirational excitement of being young, discovering the world and making a film about it like Before Sunrise, which is one of the few films to have ever set-up its own sequel and found itself deserving of one.
Richard III (UK, dir. Richard Loncraine)
1995 Watchlist: THE ADDICTION – CARL TH. DREYER: MY MÉTIER – CARRINGTON – CLOCKERS – CYCLO – DAY OF THE BEAST – DEAD MAN WALKING – DON’T DIE WITHOUT TELLING ME WHERE YOU’RE GOING – EGGS – FALLEN ANGELS – GOOD MEN, GOOD WOMEN – GUANTANAMERA – LA HAINE – HIROSHIMA – KAMIKAZE TAXI – NELLY & MONSIEUR ARNAUD – THE WHITE BALLOON
The Young Poisoner’s Handbook (UK, dir. Benjamin Ross)
Memories (Japan, dir. Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Ôtomo)
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