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Twenty-five years ago this month — amid the general cultural vacuum of the early '90s — moviegoers, at least, had something going for them.
Glengarry Glen Ross — perhaps the greatest acting clinic (men-only category) ever committed to film — kicked off the month on the same weekend as The Mighty Ducks — perhaps, uh, well, certainly the only film ever to have a professional sports team named after it.
Then came Under Siege, which was a record-breaking hit for Warner Bros. and cemented Steven Seagal's place on the action star A-list alongside Arnold, Sly, Bruce and JCVD (while also featuring the brilliant villain tandem of Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones), and Robert Redford's A River Runs Through It, a Montana-set coming-of-age drama that won the cinematography Oscar and featured Brad Pitt in his first (notable) lead role in a major studio film.
Candyman managed to rise above typical requisite October horror fare thanks to a haunting performance from Tony Todd as the titular lovelorn phantom and an equally haunting score from Philip Glass (remember this?). And Reservoir Dogs (which already had a 25th anniversary blowout at this year's Tribeca Film Festival in April), the feature directorial debut of one Quentin Tarantino, was also given a limited release after premiering at Sundance in January.
Not too shabby, right?
Last time we bestowed this honor on a month, there were seven films singled out. Just missing the cut here was Gary Sinise's adaptation of the Steinbeck novella Of Mice and Men, starring Sinise and John Malkovich. It actually has a higher Rotten Tomatoes score that any film on this list (96 to Glengarry's 94 and Reservoir Dogs' 90). However, I'd argue this is due to the, uh, most rotten thing about the Tomatometer system, whereby a film with across-the-board "I mean, yeah it was pretty good. No major complaints!" reviews can outrank a film with mostly raves and a few contrarian "Actually, this is bad"s. None of the THR critics consulted for this piece thought it worth inclusion — if they remembered it at all. In conclusion … more like Of Mice and Meh.
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