The most anticipated blockbuster movies… of 1995

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Here’s a nice nostalgia trip back to the mid-1990s, a 1995 article from (now defunct?) Premiere film magazine predicting what the top 20 summer blockbusters would be:
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I haven’t checked an exact list of how the actual box office figures turned out for these films. iirc they overestimated how well Pocahontas, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (a real 1990s relic) and Fair Game would do, while underestimating severely how Braveheart would do.

As well, they had a segment on outside chances of cracking the top 20 list, and they included big hits like The Net and Clueless.

A question for those who are following the upcoming release list for this (North American) summer period: does the 2008 summer releases look more appealing then 1995 did?

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  1. I remember I bought this magazine! Cost me a fortune, comparatively speaking, but it was worth it. Couldn’t believe they placed Bridges of Madison County higher than Waterworld. In hindsight it’s impressive how they got many of those pretty much right. Looks like Pocahontas, Babe and First Knight were the ones they were most off on.

    Does the 2008 summer releases look more appealing then 1995 did?

    You never know how all these will be until they’re released, but to me right now, yes. I mean, compare The Dark Knight to Batman Forever. Wall-E to Pocahontas. Indiana Jones to Congo.

    At the same time, no real Best Picture contenders, unlike 1995. Maybe Blindness and Wall-E. It’s a bit different these days, since quality films aiming for Oscar recognition are practically always released in the fall and winter seasons.

    There are some films that look horrible, like most of the June comedies, but those are compensated by films like Pineapple Express and Tropical Thunder. For every Crimson Tide of 95 there’s a Mighty Morphin’ Power Ranger.

    Maybe not an ideal summer, but all around more appealing, yeah.

  2. Yep, I remember reading that issue cover to cover myself. summer 1995 was a fairly painful year in cinema, particularly after the many, many highs of 1994.

    You still had Clueless, Tommy Boy, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Crimson Tide and Braveheart. For my embarrassing admission of the evening: I’ve always enjoyed Judge Dredd and Under Siege 2 as guilty pleasures.

    Side note: my girlfriend (now wife) and I once found ourselves alongside Eric Bogosian on a highway, snarkily shouting that we loved him as “the villain in that Steven Seagal film!”

    I do not think he was amused.

  3. You still had Clueless, Tommy Boy, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Crimson Tide and Braveheart.

    *nodding* “Crimson Tide, Braveheart. yeah, absolutely. Clueless, Die Hard 3, sure… Tommy Boy, uh-huh… wait, what?”

    Tommy Boy?

  4. Tommy Boy is hilarious and eternally quotable. Without this movie we may not have revered Chris Farley as much. Of course, we may have given David Spade less of a pass without this movie as well…..

    I’ll take Tommy Boy over Clueless & DH3 any day of the week.

  5. I only saw parts of Tommy Boy a long, long time ago, so I might have missed something. Chris Farley is revered?

  6. Chris Farley is revered?

    Certainly by college guys back in the day. And only for this movie and a few SNL sketches….following it up with Black Sheep, Beverly Hills Ninja, etc, did not help his cause.

  7. Black Sheep, Beverly Hills Ninja, etc, did not help his cause.

    I’ll admit I’ve laughed at some of his SNL sketches, but in the end he seems to have had a schtick; being fat, obnoxious, an IQ close to retarded and screaming loudly at bad moments. Fun for a while, but runs dry pretty fast.

    I’ll check out Tommy Boy, though. I’m always willing to give a guy a second chance.

  8. I’m not trying to convince you…..
    Comedy is about as subjective as it gets and doesn’t always cross international lines.

  9. AWESOME article. Please post more retro film articles.
    Premiere is now only online, and I miss so much getting it each month. I know, I know, online…just not quite the same.
    Good work, keep ’em coming.

  10. I’m not trying to convince you…..

    No, no, now you’ve pressured me and I feel I’ve got to. Don’t try and stop me. Can’t stop me. I’ll suffer through your low American humor, though it means the risk of losing time and brain cells.

    *sniff*

    You guys are so mean.

  11. I thought Tommy Boy was funny at the time, but I caught some of it on TV awhile back and thought that it held up extremely poorly. Now I can’t even remember what scenes I thought were funny in the first place.

  12. Wow…I can’t believe Batman Returns was the top summer movie of ’92…just never would have guessed that…I mean, look at the kinds of movies that were blockbusters in 92…Unforgiven? In the summer? Crazy…wasn’t even that long ago…

  13. 16 years is not long ago? That’s half my life! High school! It was long ago…memmmmories

    You can get a good look at your butcher by stickin’ your head up there, but wouldn’t you rather take his word for it? No, wait, it has to be your bull…

  14. Is that a new Brian? If so, welcome New Brian!

    Joe has handled the Tommy Boy defense perfectly, nothing more to add. It beats Moulin Rouge…

    “Hmmm, he seems like a nice guy!”

    Wow…I can’t believe Batman Returns was the top summer movie of ‘92…just never would have guessed that…I mean, look at the kinds of movies that were blockbusters in 92…Unforgiven? In the summer? Crazy…wasn’t even that long ago…

    1992 was the year I graduated high school. I am so old.

    AWESOME article. Please post more retro film articles.
    Premiere is now only online, and I miss so much getting it each month. I know, I know, online…just not quite the same.
    Good work, keep ‘em coming.

    I did a whole thing about 90’s production listings a few months ago HERE. I’m also going to be reviewing a couple of rare, unproduced scripts from that period (both FOX, from the same A-lister) that have NEVER appeared online. The one is kind of cool because I do not believe most even realize it exists.

  15. You can get a good look at your butcher by stickin’ your head up there, but wouldn’t you rather take his word for it? No, wait, it has to be your bull…

    Basically, I now have to see Tommy Boy just to get what Joe is talking about here.

    “Hmmm, he seems like a nice guy!”

    And James.

  16. I never got Chris Farley. Some of his SNL stuff was amusing, but it never made me want to see his films. I did like his cameo in Wayne’s World, though.

  17. OK, you’d have to watch for context. The key to “Hmm, he seems like a nice guy” is to say it through your nose (while wrinkling it) with a slight lisp… “Hmmph, he theems like a nice guy”

    James, I’m still laughing at just that line. Must watch Holy Schnike edition when I get home! Maybe a portion for lunch here in an hour or so…

    Oh, and I somehow missed the new Brian vs. Old brian. Interesting.

  18. The Brian we know and love capitalizes, the new brian does not.

    Plus I always log in when commenting, so the gator will always be there if it’s me. And if you’re like me, you mostly identify a commenter by the avatar anyway.

  19. Excellent link.
    Just found A Crowded Room, going to devour it as soon as possible. Great idea looking up the old projects that never got made. Most times, in Hollywood, the things that don’t get made are infinitely more interesting than the things that do.
    Your comment on Speed Racer? Classic.
    The McTiernan film? Interesting…I miss McTiernan…
    And when I said not long ago, I meant in the fact that would Unforgiven ever be released any other time then September now? Strikes me as a No Company…There Will be Blood-type movie…
    Anyhow…thanks a lot for sharing the link, look forward to seeing what you post about the two projects you’re going to talk about.
    Thanks for welcoming me…you just moved above Cinematical on my bookmarks list.
    Sweet-

  20. Hey, James…
    Glad to be here. Have read for a while…in the old masthead days…
    Love everything except horror.
    Sci-fi/drama/comedy/romantic comedy is my weakness.
    How about you guys?

  21. Saw ‘Tommy Boy’ a few years back. Thought it was pretty ordinary, the only scene that really sticks in my memory was when Spade was trying to convince Farley that he should be his normal self instead of a ‘sensible personality’ to be a successful salesman. Strange as it was one of the few non-comic scenes in the movie, I guess it stood out because it was a lot more intelligent then the rest of the film.

    As well, the film demonstrated that Bo Derek’s acting skills hadn’t gotten any better by the mid-1990s.

    As an aside, didn’t think that much of ‘Clueless’ or DH3 that much either. All I saw when I watched ‘Clueless’ was an assembly line, ho-hum teen film, yet it was not only popular, but a critical hit as well.

    As for DH3, started off pretty well and was quite clever but it became incredibly bloated and tiresome in the second half and I barely made it through to the end.

  22. Hey, James…
    Glad to be here. Have read for a while…in the old masthead days…
    Love everything except horror.
    Sci-fi/drama/comedy/romantic comedy is my weakness.
    How about you guys?

    My tastes cross most genres, although I’m not a fan of lavish musicals (Joe, Nick and others are obsessed with Moulin Rouge, which they find best enjoyed while beating a kitten to death).

    Masthead days?

  23. Did you forget the great Gone Elsewhere banner war of ’08?? (you know…started out as theme change with everyone saying how much they hated everyone else’s choices…)
    It laid the egg that hatched jaydro’s self-dismissal.

  24. I won the banner war of 08.

    How about you guys?

    We really should get started on the About page. I’ll do mine tomorrow. It’s late in Sweden.

    You know, when I read “masthead days” I thought it was one of the guys from the Titanic debate.

  25. Ahhh, ok – the header image! I was confused for a moment.

    Question for new brian: to spare us from some confusion, is there any way you could slightly alter your posting name (example: brian + first initial of last name)? Anyway, glad to have you aboard.

    We really should get started on the About page. I’ll do mine tomorrow. It’s late in Sweden.

    Agreed, I’ll get on the About thing as well.

  26. Sure. Done. Name changed.
    bccarstens? What is that?
    And yeah, I can’t say I could sit through Moulin Rouge…couldn’t even get a third of the way through The Producers.

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