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Netflix Highlights 1994 as a Landmark Year for Film; What's Missing?

Netflix Highlights 1994 as a Landmark Year for Film; What’s Missing?

Netflix has embarked on a journey to emphasize the cinematic excellence of 1994 by curating a collection of 17 films from that year. The platform aims to drive home the point that 1994 was indeed a year of remarkable achievements in cinema. While Netflix’s lineup is notable, it still omits some of the year’s most iconic films such as “Forrest Gump,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Lion King,” and many others that shaped that memorable year.

Netflix’s selection does include some noteworthy titles like “Dumb & Dumber,” directed by the Farrelly Brothers and starring the dynamic duo of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Another standout is Luc Besson’s “Leon: The Professional,” which not only featured a stellar performance by Jean Reno and Gary Oldman but also introduced the world to a young Natalie Portman. Also noteworthy is Ron Howard’s “The Paper,” adding depth and variety to the curated list.

However, 1994 pales in comparison to other years like 1974, which delivered an unparalleled array of classic films. From Coppola’s masterpieces such as “The Godfather Part II” and “The Conversation,” to Mel Brooks’ comedy gold with “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein.” The same year also witnessed the release of Tobe Hooper’s iconic horror “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” and landmark films like “Chinatown,” “The Man With The Golden Gun,” and Scorsese’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.”

Returning to Netflix’s 1994 selections, a diverse lineup awaits viewers:

– “BLANKMAN” – Directed by Mike Binder, stars Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier. This film tells the story of a socially awkward genius who becomes a crime-fighting superhero.

– “CLERKS” – Directed by Kevin Smith and starring Brian O’Halloran and Jason Mewes. This comedy revolves around two retail clerks trying to get through their mundane workday.

– “DUMB & DUMBER” – Directed by Peter Farrelly, featuring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. A tale of two friends caught up in a criminal plot while trying to return a lost briefcase.

– “FRESH” – Directed by Boaz Yakin, starring Giancarlo Esposito and Samuel L. Jackson. A gripping story of a 12-year-old who outsmarts criminals to protect his sister.

– “THE HUDSUCKER PROXY” – A Coen brothers film starring Tim Robbins and Paul Newman. It narrates the rise of a simple mail clerk to the CEO of a successful company.

– “JUNIOR” – Directed by Ivan Reitman, featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. A fertility doctor tests a new drug by implanting himself with an embryo.

– “THE LITTLE RASCALS” – Directed by Penelope Spheeris, this comedy follows a group of children as they create mischief in their town.

– “LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL” – Luc Besson’s classic with Jean Reno and Natalie Portman. A hitman becomes a guardian to a young girl after her family is killed.

– “MAJOR LEAGUE II” – Directed by David S. Ward, stars Charlie Sheen. A baseball team struggles with their newfound success.

– “MURIEL’S WEDDING” – Directed by P. J. Hogan, featuring Toni Collette. A misfit woman’s dream of marriage comes true after escaping her mundane life.

– “MY GIRL 2” – Directed by Howard Zieff, stars Anna Chlumsky. A young girl’s quest to learn about her deceased mother.

– “NATURAL BORN KILLERS” – Directed by Oliver Stone, featuring Woody Harrelson. A couple’s crime spree captures media attention.

– “THE PAPER” – Directed by Ron Howard, with Michael Keaton. A newspaper editor faces professional and personal dilemmas.

– “REALITY BITES” – Directed by Ben Stiller, stars Winona Ryder. Post-college friends deal with the harsh realities of life.

– “THE RIVER WILD” – Directed by Curtis Hanson, featuring Meryl Streep. A family’s vacation turns into a fight for survival when kidnapped by criminals.

– “SERIAL MOM” – Directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner. A seemingly perfect housewife who indulges in murder.

– “STREET FIGHTER” – Directed by Steven E. de Souza, stars Jean-Claude Van Damme. A colonel fights against an evil warlord who kidnaps relief workers.

As Netflix reignites interest in these 1994 classics, it serves as a reminder of the year’s extraordinary contributions to the world of cinema. Source: Netflix