30 for 30: Unforgiven (1992)




On the personal front, this year is notable for one reason – my cousin Branca was born – on February 29 at that. Since the age gap between the two of us is a lengthy nine years, I’ve always looked at her as this little kid – and probably always will even though she’s already a college grad.

Movie-wise, 1992 just wasn’t a very memorable year (at least as far as my tastes are concerned). Everyone loves Reservoir Dogs and although I can see why, I’ve never warmed up to it. I mean, it’s a really good film and I respect it but the level of praise heaped upon it is a bit flabbergasting at times. I guess wild praise comes with the territory when Tarantino is involved. The same goes for Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans which has a wonderful Trevor Jones score and a typically excellent performance from DDL but other than that… not much else. One film I definitely dig is Spike Lee’s sprawling Malcolm X. It’s easily one of his best works, and probably Denzel’s most fully-realized performance. The fact that Al Pacino “hoo-ahed” his way to the Oscar over Washington is frankly insulting. Disney’s Aladdin is another favorite and my choice for the best film out of Disney’s late 80s-early 90s golden era. The Aaron Sorkin-penned, Rob Reiner-helmed A Few Good Men is a fine film, and so are My Cousin Vinny, Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game and Robert Altman’s biting The Player but no movie from 1992 sticks with me the way Unforgiven, Clint Eastwood’s gritty deconstruction of the western mythos, does. Like Fargo, this was one of those movies I didn’t care much for the first time. This was likely because I grew up on traditional westerns and expected this to be a loud Cowboys and Indians shoot-em-up. It was only when I revisited it again four years ago that I began to appreciate its beauty and what Eastwood was going for. The film’s stature has only grown in my mind since then. I’ll end by linking to this scene from the movie – it might be the best scene Eastwood’s ever directed.

About 30-for-30

Movies are a huge part of my life – I mean, why else would I be running a blog/site devoted to movies? To commemorate the occasion of my 30th birthday (later this month), I’ll be counting down to the big day by posting a photo of my favorite movie for each year of the last 30 years I’ve survived on this planet. These aren’t my favorite 30 movies EVER but merely the movie I consider my favorite (or the best) of each year. This is my 30 for 30. Click here to see the other 30 for 30 posts.


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