MOVIE REVIEWS - 1995
1995 started out as a pretty patchy year...
With execption of Michael Bay's BAD BOYS, the first half of the year was underwhelming.
John Carpenter did a solid job with IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS and both Bruce Willis and John McTiernan returned to the DIE HARD franchise.
From August onwards, the quality improved significantly.
Three of the best Crime Thrillers ever made were released: David Fincher's SEVEN, Bryan Singer's THE USUAL SUSPECTS and Michael Mann's HEAT; the film which brought Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino face-to-face for the first time ever in a feature film.
James Bond returned to cinema screens after a six year absence with GOLDENEYE, with Pierece Brosnan fiannly cast as Britain's Number One undercover operative 007.
There were two great Science Fiction films released very late in the year: STRANGE DAYS and 12 MONKEYS.
One film stands out above all others in 1995 not just for the year, but for all time...
Pixar's first feature-length, 100% computer animated film is a landmark for both animation and visual effects. For the first time, an entire film was rendered via a computer. TOY STORY has allowed animators to think in a more expansive way about the stories they tell, but it also provded the opportunity for live-action filmmakers to start thinking about how animation could also help expand the scope of live-action productions.
The reliance upon green screen work for visual effects heavy films is a result of what John Lasseter and his Pixar team established back in the early 1990s and eventually transformed into TOY STORY.
The fact that TOY STORY is one hell of a fun movie doesn't hurt either.
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