Seriously, has a better movie been made in the last twenty years?

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Just watched this again, and it floored me...again. I always considered Clint to be a competent filmmaker, but this movie is so far beyond what he should be capable of making. And he hasn't come close to it since (although I still haven't seen Letters from Iwo Jima). The acting, direction, cinematography, and score are just on another level entirely. Not to mention that David Webb Peoples' screenplay is just about the most perfect ever written.

I remember when I was in high school and this movie first came out. I just didn't get it. I watched it twice and didn't see what was so incredible about it. At face value, the storyline is really simple and obvious. The pacing is plodding. It takes forever to say something that seemed at the time to be pretty rote.

But now it really means something. And it's one of those movies that, like say Vertigo, gets better as both you and it age.


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I didn't care for it, really. Wasn't up to par with fistful of dollars.

But obviously it's better than stuff we get these days.
Unforgiven is great. If I were to take a stab at "Best film of the last 20 years" I'd probably start with Pulp Fiction and try to demonstrate if anything could top it. So far nothing comes to mind.


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BrandNew said:
I'm quite a fan of Eternal Sunshine. Yeah I know, not comparable, blah blah. But it is my favorite of the past 20 years, I'd say.
This is probably true. This or Shawshank. Or that stupid french one I like that would be pointless to post.
Pulp Fiction>Unforgiven
Shawshank Redemption>Unforgiven
The Usual Suspects>Unforgiven
Silence of the Lambs>Unforgiven
Beauty and the Beast>Unforgiven
A Beautiful Mind>Unforgiven

That's just a few movies. Seems like Goodfellas or Pulp Fiction should be noted as the best films of the 90s, or at least higher on the list than Unforgiven
RumpledForeskin said:
What a overrated movie. The most exciting part was seeing the shit part.
I disagree. I find the part where Renton finds the motivation and the means to clean himself up and leave the life of addiction behind quite inspiring. That guy could be anyone, even the quiet dude in the cubicle next to you. you never know...
To be honest, I'm not sure if Unforgiven is my favorite movie of the last twenty years, but it's up there. I should have just called it an appreciation thread. Now I'm gonna have to read about a hundred "Goodfellas says hello!" posts.

In the Mood for Love is awesome, but I guess I'm thinking along the lines of more mainstream fare.

Oh, and Unforgiven kicks the shit out of entertaining yet soulless exercises in style like Trainspotting and Pulp Fiction.
Unforgiven is overrated. Maybe it's just because I watch Leone's films so often but Unforgiven doesn't even hang with them. Anyway, I'm partial to Goodfellas, T2, Hoop Dreams, Pulp Fiction, Big Lebowski, Iron Giant, Eternal Sunshine, Spirited Away, Lost in Translation, Before Sunset, and Batman Begins.
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