90 of my favorite movies from the 90s. In some sort of order.
Grosse Pointe Blank
Even a hit man deserves a second shot.
Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to muff a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he attends his 10th year High School reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
John Cusack's heyday was definitely back in the eighties and nineties. He had wit, caustic and sarcastic that always made for excellent viewing, but lately the killer roles that endeared him to millions have dried up. Gone are the days of Lloyd Dobler, Walter Gib Gibson, and The Grifters' Roy Dillon. Those were all characters we loved and rooted for, but Martin Blank for me is the one unmissable role in Cusack's sometimes patchy filmography.
As a contract killer working through his issues with a psychiatrist who doesn't want to treat him, Cusack's Martin Blank is a complex character. After a botched assignment leaves him forced into a job near his former home town, he decides to face up to…
Unlike his classmates, who became respected professionals, Martin Blank (Cusack) found a lucrative career as a professional killer, but things are not what they were and Martin faces an uncertain future. Now he is back to his homeland, Grosse Pointe, to the party of former high school classmates, and to complete one last "job" and try to win back the love of the girl who he took to the prom (Minnie Driver). Grosse Pointe Blank is a deadly black comedy filled with action and laughter.
Grosse Pointe Blank has repeatedly been compared to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and even though they are both crime comedies, I don't feel the comparison has been justified. Obviously, the film's style is similar to…
At some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m probably going to get an invite to my high school reunion. I’m already dreading it. The only things that will have changed about me will be the colour of my hair and my eyesight. I’ll still be the bitter misanthrope I was in 2009. I’ll still be socially inept, I’ll still have a burning hatred for the majority of my classmates and I’ll still be able to drink every last one of them under the table. That or I’ll be dead, in which case I won’t have to attend the sodding thing in the first place. Either way, I won’t be able to tell them that I’ve spent the last ten…
I've had some movie star crushes over the years, but Minnie Driver in Grosse Point Blank is right up among the biggest of them. That hair, that smile, those lips as she speaks into that microphone, God she was sexy in this. Cusack does his usual, black suit, sunglasses, and coolness personified. With whip-smart dialogue, this is darkly comic, violent, and romantic, all in one brilliantly sound-tracked slice of greatness. Dan Aykroyd, Jeremy Piven, Alan Arkin, and Hank Azaria also buy into George Armitage's quest for laughs amid contract-killers and High School Reunions.
John Cusack improbably pulls off the affable moral bankruptcy/dilemma of his character in this quintessentially 1990s Pulp Fiction-"cool"-derivative romcom, and that improbably makes me like this much more than I think it deserves. It sets up a string of fun ideas that it never quite follows through on, including its central premise--yes, the hitman attends the high school reunion, but the enormous amount of hijinx available to that premise are only barely addressed. And the ending feels wholly unearned.
And yet, Cusack's central performance is so delightful, even when he's just talking to himself, that it's vey watchable. Driver manages a few fine moments with the few solid moments she's given (taking Marty to task on air being the highlight).…
Officially the 4th best movie ever made.
Well, sadly not officially.
If ever a film has blossomed from the Internet revolution it' Grosse Point Blank. Released in 1997 to almost zero fanfare, it went largely unnoticed for nearly a decade. Rightly though, I now believe it to have a pretty large following of diehard fans.
Simple because it is brilliant.
Everything, about Grosse Point Blank is brilliant.
It is one of the true delights of 90's American cinema. Essentially a romantic comedy, and essentially a one joke comedy at that, it is unrivalled in its slickness, frequently clever, and very funny.
With a soundtrack by Joe Strummer also, there is so much going for this movie.
I cannot recommend it enough.
It's only flaw is its awkward title..
Still stupidly epic after all these years.
Martin Blank (John Cusack) is an assassin by trade who suddenly begins to question his morals. When he's invited back home for his high school reunion, he searches to reunite with the 'one that got away', Debi (Minnie Driver). It's dark, witty, comical, sarcastic, and smart. Cusack delivers on every level and the supporting cast is fantastic. Probably my favourite John Cusack film, and one of my favourites of all time.
For a movie so great, I hate how spectacuarly shitty that poster is. Even for almost 20 years ago, it sucks.
Love this movie, though it's not perfect. I don't need things to be perfect for me to love them. There's some jargon-heavy dialogue in the beginning quarter of the movie that almost threatens to take a viewer that hasn't seen it before out of the picture, but for me, it's a great movie all around. I wish more people would see it.
annoying movie wish it was less annoying
probably good for stupid people ha ha ha
80s gives away to the 90s. Profit to murder. John Hughes to Tarantino. Maybe to glib in spots, but Armitage has a manner of connecting casualness to violence that is very effective and there’s remain something very disarming about Cusack performance and the supporting cast is spot on.
debi newberry is goals
It was about due for a rewatch of this great John Cusack film. Directed by George Armitage, Grosse Pointe Blank follows Cusack as a hitman in this dark comedy exploring his midlife crisis with his career as he returns home for a class reunion while also on a hit. Also starring Minnie Driver, this dark comedy was every bit as funny as I remembered and was a great showcase for Cusack.
John Cusack is really great in this deadpanish role as a hitman. Given a great script, Cusack's delivery matches his more cynical personality that he has in some films. This film has some surprisingly poignant commentaries on life in general with its humor. Plus there is a great supporting…
Wonderfully loose with some real emotional beats
Lot of fun
Apart from the abrupt ending and one questionable character choice, this is cinema!