1996 in Film

Check out the other year’s in film I have covered.

Best of the Best

If these are on, life stops

  1. That Thing You Do! – Possible in my all-time top 20. Really solid movie about a one-hit wonder band in the ‘60s. Never get sick of this one.
  2. Tin Cup – One of the most underrated sports movies of all-time. Best golf movie ever. Kevin Costner right at the end of his apex.
  3. The Ghost and the Darkness – Another underrated movie about man-eating lions terrorizing railroad builders in the 1800s. Suspenseful and intense. One of the few times I like Val Kilmer or Michael Douglas.
  4. The Rock – Sean Connery. Nicholas Cage. Alcatraz. One of then best action movies of the mid ‘90s.
  5. Happy Gilmore – Arguably Adam Sandler’s best comedy. I can’t even guess how many times I have seen this movie.


These are movies that I like and still watch if the opportunity arises.

  • Black Sheep – Not as good as Tommy Boy, but still has it’s moments. Chris Farley still had high expectations at this point.
  • Independence Day – The biggest movie of the year. Launched Will Smith’s career as a movie star. I don’t like alien movies, but this was still a big part of my youth.
  • Jerry Maguire – Arguably Cameron Crowe’s most successful movie ever. I prefer Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Almost Famous, but I still watch this one when it’s on.
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus – Richard Dreyfuss’ last great role. He is really solid in this movie that spans the career of a high school music teacher. The end always get to me too.
  • The Nutty Professor – Haven’t seen this one in a really long time, but remember loving it. Eddie Murphy was like an aging baseball star who had one great season late in his career.
  • Ransom – I am not a big Mel Gibson fan, but I always liked this movie. It was a big year for Rene Russo. I will watch this one if it’s on.
  • Sgt. Bilko – I like Steve Martin, and this might be his last good movie. Great cast, including Phil Hartman.
  • The Substitute – Haven’t seen this movie in a decade, but have seen it many times. It’s cheesy and stupid, but an action movie with decent action.
  • Twister – One of the most popular movies of this year I would imagine. Tornadoes scared the crap of me as a kid, but for some reason I really liked his movie.

Guilty Pleasures

  • Big Bully – One of two Tom Arnold movies in this section. I wouldn’t watch this movie now, but I have seen it too many times not to list it.
  • The Cable Guy – This could go in “Favorites” but it’s just not that good. So much expectations for this one back in the day, and it was just to dark for me. On repeated viewings I still like it. People forget Ben Stiller directed.
  • Carpool – The other Tom Arnold movie. Really bad one about a guy who takes a carpool full of kids hostage. Possibly notable for being an early Rachel Leigh cook film, before she flamed out.
  • Celtic Pride – Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern play Boston Celtic fans who kidnap their rivals best player. Really stupid, but I can’t look away.
  • Dear God – Greg Kinnear plays a con man who is forced to get a job at the Post Office. Not sure why I used to watch this movie so much when it was on HBO, but I did.
  • Down Periscope – This one is still on cable quite frequently. Kelsey Grammar plays a sub captain with a ragtag crew playing war games.
  • House Arrest – A bunch of kids lock their parents in their basement to work out their problems. Early Jennifer Love Hewitt. Seriously, why can’t I look away?
  • Multiplicity – Michael Keaton plays an overloaded husband/father who has clones created of himself to relieve the stress. I still refer to people as “Steve” because of the stupider clone.
  • One Fine Day – George Clooney is really good in this romantic comedy. Also, a young Mae Whitman from Parenthood

List of Shame

Movies that I have not seen

  • The Craft – Witchcraft is definitely not my thing, but this is a pretty well known movie from the time.
  • The English Patient – Winner of Academy Awards. I honestly don’t even know what it is a about. I should probably find out.
  • Ghosts of Mississippi – Rob Reiner directs. Alec Baldwin and James Woods. Not a big Whoopi fan, but I should check this one out.
  • Hard Eight – Paul Thomas Anderson’s first movie. Gambling. Philip Baker Hall. John C. Reilly. Gwyneth Paltrow. Samuel L. Jackson. I can’t believe I have never see this movie.
  • The Juror – Demi Moore near her peak. Alec Baldwin. A young Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Don’t know anything about this one either, but I am in.
  • She’s the One – Directed and starring Ed Burns, who I love. Plus Jennifer Aniston and Cameron Diaz. Seems like I should check this one out.

Other Films of Note

Films that jumped out at me or have significance that I haven’t seen or don’t have particularly strong feelings for

  • 101 Dalmations – A live action remake of animated movie from the ‘60s. John Hughes wrote it and Glenn Close starred.
  • Barb Wire – Pamela Anderson plays the comic book superhero in an attempt to capitalize on her Baywatch fame. It didn’t really work.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do America – The movie based on the popular MTV cartoon, which I never watched.
  • The Birdcage – Robin Williams and Nathan Lane play a couple. I have never been a fan of either.
  • Bottle Rocket – Wes Anderson’s directorial debut. He works with the Wilson brothers for the first time. Don’t like them, but worth mentioning.
  • Broken Arrow – John Woo directs John Travolta and Christian Slater. I remember this one being on a lot, but am not a fan of the cast.
  • Bulletproof – Adam Sandler and Damon Wayans in a buddy comedy about a cop and a prisoner being transported. Funny moments, but overall nothing compelling.
  • Courage Under Fire – Denzel. Meg Ryan. Matt Damon. Pretty interesting movie about a helicopter crash and what really happened. Good, not great.
  • The Crucible – Based on the famous play. Good cast. Generally good movie.
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks – The third, final and worst movie in the trilogy. Enough said.
  • Daylight – Sylvestor Stallone. Not one of my favorites. One of his many attempts to remain a star in the ‘90s.
  • Eddie – Whoopi Goldberg becomes the coach of the New York Knicks. Can you believe they made this movie?
  • Eraser – Like Stallone, Arnold kept going, but he wasn’t as far removed from being a star. This one made a lot of money and had some crazy weapons in it, but I never saw it.
  • Escape from L.A. – A sequel to Escape from New York. Never saw either.
  • Evita – Madonna trying to keep her acting career going, did this musical. It seemed to be well liked, but I only saw it once.
  • The Fan – Tony Scott directed De Niro and Wesley Snipes. All people I like, but this movie was not really that good.
  • Fargo – The Coen Brothers first major success. Good cast. I haven’t seen this one in a while.
  • First Wives Club – Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler. Big enough names to mention.
  • Fly Away Home – One of Anna Paquin’s early movies. I don’t think I ever saw it.
  • From Dusk Until Dawn – Robert Rodriguez directs. Clooney. Tarantino. Keitel. I am not exactly sure why I never watched this. I bet it’s good.
  • Jack – Robin Williams plays a guy who ages physically much faster than normal. Diane Lane plays his mom. J-Lo and Bill Cosby are in it too. Apparently Francis Fold Coppola directed. Didn’t know that.
  • Kingpin – The Farrelly Brothers directed this one. A really raunchy comedy starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid and Billy Murray. Pretty funny.
  • Larger Than Life – A very weak Bill Murray movie. The wheels were starting to come off.
  • Mars Attacks! – Tim Burton directs this very Burton-esque movie about an alien invasion. Full of comedic moments and with a monster all-star cast.
  • Marvin’s Room – Not really sure what this one is about, but I remember it and it has a pretty build cast: Streep, DiCaprio, De Niro and Diane Keaton.
  • Mission: Impossible – The first of many. Not a big Tom Cruise fan.
  • Mother – Albert Brooks directed and starred. Debbie Reynolds plays his mother who he is forced to move back in with. Funny moments.
  • Primal Fear – Richard Gere, Laura Linney and Ed Norton. I have seen this one before, didn’t love it. It’s not a movie you can watch multiple times.
  • Scream – Re-launched slasher movies to a new generation. Had, what was at the time, an A-List cast.
  • Sleepers – Barry Levinson directed. Good cast (Pitt, Bacon, Hoffman, De Niro). A weird movie about grown men who get revenge on their childhood abuser.
  • Sling Blade – Billy Bob Thornton directed and starred in what is likely his most well-known movie.
  • Space Jam – Michael Jordan joins the Looney Tunes in a basketball game. Seriously. Not bad though.
  • Stripetease – Joining Showgirls, as some kind of two movie trend. Demi Moore plays the lead. I don’t think I ever saw it.
  • Swingers – Favreau and Vaughn. Major cult following. I didn’t like it.
  • A Time to Kill – Great movie, but really hard to re-watch. Possibly Matthew McConaughey’s best performance. Definitely a good one if you haven’t seen it.
  • Trainspotting – Ewan McGregor stars in this one about drug addicts. I saw it a long time ago.
  • Tremors 2: Aftershocks – As good as the original. So ridiculous. Had to mention it.