There’s no better time to re-watch all of the movies from the ‘90s than when you’re at your parents’ houses over the holidays. All you have to occupy your time is baking cookies, wrapping gifts and writing cards, so you might as well put a movie on to entertain yourself. Thank god there are so many movies on television to help you while away the empty hours. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite movies from the ‘90s that are still good today:
Edward Scissorhands (1990). Edward Scissorhands tells the story of the heart-of-gold, Frankenstein’s monster-esque robot, Edward Scissorhands, and his rise to local celebrity and quick and isolating fall out of favor. The movie was already out-of-time when it was released—perhaps reminiscent of the ‘60s—using pastel-colored houses and archetypal images to tell the story of the outsider turned flash-in-the-pan curiosity to freak again. Johnny Depp as Edward will pull on your heartstrings every time, and you can watch the iconic actor Vincent Price in one of his last roles as the pseudo-Dr. Frankenstein.
You’ve Got Mail (1998). This is a cute and harmless tale about the big corporation versus the little guy that seems particularly ironic after the fall of mega-bookseller Borders. The movie tells the story of Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) a small-time children’s book owner who has a less-than-loving relationship with her boyfriend and is carrying on a online pseudo-affair with Joe Fox (Tom Hanks). Turns out that her online boyfriend, Joe Fox works for Fox Books, the big box book retailer that eventually puts Kathleen’s shop out of business. Corporate greed and shopping intimacy is one of the primary themes of the first part of the movie, but commentary on this theme—and a workable career for Kathleen—is forgotten completely as Kathleen and Joe fall in love in the digital age.
Toy Story. Yes, I watched the original Toy Story yesterday when it was on TV. It was still amazingly entertaining, and it must have been a real smash in 1995 before our eye for digital animation was glutted. I hadn’t seen this movie since I was a kid—in 1995—and it slid in cute little jokes and gags that I didn’t understand when I saw it the first time around. The story of the burgeoning friendship between Woody and Buzz was cleverly done, and you’ll be amazed how much feeling you can find for a digitally animated toy. Worth a re-watch.