13 November 2011

Best Films of the Year: 1995

More of my intermittent, retrospective top ten best-of lists from the 1990s. I drew up these lists several years ago (although any standout films I've seen since then have of course been included; films originally on the list have duly, and perhaps sadly, been moved down the list). These will sporadically continue up to 1990 until the end of the year, just before the 2011 end-of-year top tens. The '80s, '70s, '60s and so on will most likely be posted up throught 2012 and beyond, perhaps. But for now, brief, in list format only and without fuss, here are My Ten Selections for Best Films and Acting of 1995:

01. Suture (Scott McGehee, David Siegel)

02. Ed Wood (Tim Burton) 

03. Spanking the Monkey (David O. Russell) 

04. Hoop Dreams (Steve James)

05. To Die For (Gus Van Sant)

06. La haine (Mathieu Kassovitz)
07. Post Cards from America (Steve McLean)
08. Exotica (Atom Egoyan)
09. I Love a Man in Uniform (David Wellington)
10. Dolores Claiborne (Taylor Hackford)

Five more in no order:

Second Best
Death and the Maiden
Six Degrees of Separation
Once Were Warriors

Male & Female Acting of the Year:

* Albert Finney A Man of No Importance
Dennis Haysbert Suture
Jeremy Davies Spanking the Monkey
Martin Landau Ed Wood
Will Smith Six Degrees of Separation

* Jennifer Jason Leigh Georgia / Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle / Dolores Claiborne
Nicole Kidman To Die For
Sigourney Weaver Death and the Maiden
Judy Parfitt Dolores Claiborne
Alberta Watson Spanking the Monkey


  1. Aaaaah, TO DIE FOR me and my sister still dissolve in laughter every time "All By Myself" comes on and we're with each other.

    Elsewhere: why is it that DEATH AND THE MAIDEN never seemed to have caught on? Sometimes I feel as if no one remembers that film, and it's not that I think it's a brilliant film, but it's surely not a forgettable one.

  2. Andrew - DatM isn't all great, but there's some great stuff in it. Weaver was fantastic. I was surprised she wasn't awarded anything for the role.