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1989 was a seminal year for me and for my love of cinema. It is therefor not surprising that all six of the films I awarded five stars in this year also appear on my list of 100 favorite films. 1989 was my last year of high school and my first year of formally studying film; the last summer I lived at home in rural Massachusetts and the first Fall I lived in New York City. It was a year of indelible visits with old friends in Boston and a year of living in extreme isolation at the Vanderbilt YMCA on 47th St.--solitarily walking the streets of Manhattan to discover the many revival houses dotted around Manhattan at the time. Due to this combination of overly familiar and brand new surroundings, my memories of seeing movies in 1989 seem to span far more than a single year. It is hard to reconcile that the same year I saw Batman, Parenthood, Dead Poets Society, Field of Dreams, The Abyss, and License to Kill in the suburban multiplexes of my youth, was also the year that I saw New York Stories, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Sex Lies and Videotape, The Big Picture, Glory, Driving Miss Daisy, Sea of Love, Harlem Nights, and The War of the Roses in theaters that were totally fresh to me in New York. At the same time I have vivid memories of watching Say Anything, Great Balls of Fire, Skin Deep, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade over and over on video for what seems like my entire time in high school (though it couldn’t have been), and I’ll never forget seeing When Harry Met Sally, Drugstore Cowboy, Henry V, Mystery Train, The Little Mermaid, and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover durng weekend stints in Boston.  Then there’s Do The Right Thing, which I saw eight times during its initial release--in my hometown, in Boston, and in several New York theaters. While I don’t consider 1989 the greatest year for movies, it was certainly a terrific and inspirational year to see a lot of films. It remains a milestone year for me, marked and distinguished by the films I saw.


This year is still under construction.

This year's list to of films is up to date, but no reviews have been posted yet.