30 for 30: Schindler’s List (1993)





I turned 10. Big milestone. Okay, so I’m obviously reaching here but as I stated previously, I don’t have many memories in storage for these years. I do have a kernel of an idea for the 80s but that’s about three years away.

My choice of 1993 was an easy one: SCHINDLER’S LIST. I don’t have to say much about why I picked the film because it’s a film whose reputation precedes it. While E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws may come close, I think this is Spielberg’s magnum opus and the one people will remember him for. I recently had the chance to watch it in a theater on a newly remastered digital print and grabbed it. The movie remains as powerful as the first time I watched it. People like to crap on the ending and I see their point but those two minutes of sentimentality hardly make a dent on the near-flawless filmmaking that precedes it. This was also the year Spielberg released Jurassic Park. Can you believe this guy? Schindler’s List AND Jurassic Park in the same year! Not many can claim to having a Jurassic Park or a Schindler’s List on their resumes but to have both, and in the same year? Remarkable!

My honorable mentions of the year include the aforementioned and endlessly quotable Jurassic Park, Groundhog Day (Bill Murray’s best film), Jim Sheridan’s horrifying In the Name of the Father, Jane Campion’s The Piano and the unforgettable Farewell, My Concubine. I’m also a big fan of Philadelphia, Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, as well as Tombstone and Clint Eastwood’s underappreciated A Perfect World. I guess you could say these would be the films that’d round out my top 10 of the year.

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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