Tuesday, October 18, 2005

IMDb 15th Year Anniversary - October 17, 2005

One of my most favorite websites just hit their 15 year Anniversary, The Internet Movie Database. IMDb was one of the first websites, along with Netscape and Yahoo, that I memorized when I first got on the world wide web in 1995. (Even though I didn't know it at the time, I had first joined the internet by way of IRC and e-mail during college in the late 80s via Unix command line, text terminals.) Today, it's almost a threeway tie between IMDb, All Music Guide and Amazon as to my favorite websites, but IMDb wins hands down. I love how the website has grown and stretched with the internet.

In honor of the anniversary and with the help of another favorite movie site, The Numbers, I've compiled my own Top 15 list of the movies that have come out since 1990.
Wow, was it hard. I started with 50 and with a bit of hair pulling, I managed to get down to 15. It helped when I decided to leave off the ones that show up on everyones' lists (the Fight Clubs, the Shawshanks, the Usual Suspects, the Office Spaces). I suprised myself with the number of foreign films that remained after pruning. Another suprise is how many movies that came out in 1995 I like. I didn't think that was a special year.
1990-2005 Top 15

Buena Vista Social Club (1999)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Io non ho paura [I'm Not Scared] (2003)
Karakter (1997)
Men in Black (1997)
Minority Report (2002)
Se7en (1995)
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
The Remains of the Day (1993)
Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (1999)

Happy Belated B-Day!! My Love Letter, to you.

I think my favorite innovation, besides getting rid of the many icons that used to be at the tops of pages and took FOREVER to load, especially on a dial-up modem, is the breakdown of people pages. I remember when everything used to be jumbled together and some popular people would have to be scrolled so much to see everything. I just wish more people would upload a picture. I'm also glad we don't have to know what kind of crew member someone was to find them.

Thanks for the hours and hours and hours of entertainment over the years.


Some other Movies I really liked since 1990 but didn't make the Top 15 list

Apostle (1997)
Bone Collector (1999)
Cidade de Deus (2002)
Cool Runnings (1993)
Crash (2004)
Dancehall Queen (1997)
Dead Again (1991)
Devil's Advocate (1997)
Ed Wood (1994)
Enchanted April (1992)
Fargo (1996)
Fight Club (1999)
Gosford Park (2001)
Hair Show (2004)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
High Fidelity (2000)
House Party (1990)
Howards End (1992)
Independence Day (1996)
Like Water for Chocolate (1993)
Matrix (1999)
Office Space (1999)
Ônibus 174 (2002)
Rush Hour (1998)
Shall we dansu? (1996)
Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Shrek (2001)
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Sling Blade (1996)
Swimming with Sharks (1994)
Swingers (1996)
Usual Suspects (1995)
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Wayne's World (1992)
You Got Served (2004)

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