Taking a long hard look at it, 1994 isn’t as impressive a year for film as I remember- at least not at the level it is placed by the majority. Many of classics that enamored me as a child have lost their lustre and I have been left with only a select few films which continue to resonate. This is far, far from the same ranking a lot of other publications would handle but hey- an endearing trait about The Cinemaholic is its encouragement of individuality and that makes me glad to be a part of the team. Without further ado, let’s list down the top movies of 1994.
A documentary that fascinates in the honesty of its subject, Crumb doesn’t so much pick and probe as it does dive into a man who is willing to bear all. Director Terry Zwigoff’s warm but concise observation of his friend Robert Crumb makes for engaging viewing throughout: Detailing the twisted internal production line of an artist with grace, insight and the kind of access that we really can’t expect again anytime soon.
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9. The Shawshank Redemption
Thin characterisation and the subtle stench of Oscar Bait let down Frank Darabont’s sleeper hit turned critical sensation; however the film finds its saving grace in the cinematography of Rodger Deakins. There is a steady, quiet and absorbing sense of progression aided humongously by the photographer’s sleek movements- as well as Morgan Freeman’s dulcet tones that make the ride cinematic- if not in the least bit appealing to audiences in need of depth. I can sit and watch The Shawshank Redemption glide by any day.