There are many years I could christen “the year when everything changed”, and in significant ways that would be true, that said, 1992 was the year where everything changed — in big ways — for me.

In 1992, I became a parent, giving birth to my amazing daughter Julia in the middle of January. I was young, very young, maybe not “teenage pregnancy” young, but to me, at 23, I felt so very young. I had only just moved out into the world the year prior, and was still sorting through who I was and what I wanted to do with my life.

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It was an overwhelming year, fraught with heavy emotions and the push and pull of a relationship that was unraveling. All that said though, the presence of my daughter in my life shifted my priorities, my focus and my inner strengths. Music and my daughter really held me together and helped the mold begin to form in who I would become. The world looked so different through my eyes then, with her eyes looking up at mine.

I did not watch a lot of television that year, though I did manage to see a few live music shows, and saw a lot of movies. I rented a ton of movies, too, wearing out my Hollywood Video card as I filled in the sleepless nights that new life brings. I would do a little road tripping, too, mostly back and forth to San Francisco.

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Following are my Top 10 movies of 1992. The list is made-up of movies I saw at the theater, or the drive-in, and that released in 1992.

A few I saw more than once in the theater, and are favorites of mine still today.

What are some of your favorite movies from 1992?

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My Top 10 Movies of 1992

10. The Cutting Edge (1992)
Written by Tony Gilroy
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser

Toe pick!” ~ Kate

I’m a sucker for these kind of movies — dance movies, skate movies, even gymnast movies. This one was honestly one of the few real “romantic comedy” type films of the decade in the more “traditional” sense. It is still one of those movies that I always leave on if I come across it, and really should add to my collection someday.

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9. Gas Food Lodging (1992)
Written by Richard Peck (novel), Allison Anders (screenplay)
Directed by Allison Anders

It was the same for both of us. It was like we’d finally met our twin. Can you grasp that? Here we were from two different worlds, and yet when we were alone, together we made the same person. In his arms I knew who I was, Shade. Just Shade. That was more than enough.”

I’ve always loved movies like this, indie films set with smaller stories that feel intimate and unpredictable (also, I love the director, Allison Anders). I loved Ione Skye (still do) and this is around when I first started noticing Fairuza Balk (where has she gone? I miss her). The book I’m writing is set somewhere that feels like this movie, not quite the same, but something in its mood and motion.

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8. Where the Day Takes You (1992)
Written by Michael Hitchcock, Marc Rocco & Kurt Voss
Directed by Marc Rocco

“It’s 98.6 over here baby.” ~ King

I love movies about Los Angeles. Also, what a cast this movie has — Laura San Giacomo (where did she go?), Dermot Mulroney, Will Smith, Ricki Lake, Lara Flynn Boyle, Kyle McLachlan — I could keep going! I went and saw this by myself, twice.

2237. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Written by Joss Whedon
Directed by  Fran Rubel Kuzui

Buffy, you’re the guy. You are the chosen guy.” ~ Pike

Right. I’m the chosen one. And I choose to be shopping.” ~ Buffy

Before there was the beloved series there was this movie that was a favorite of mine in 1992. I have always — ALWAYS — been a sucker for a vampire story, and I loved this new take on the “Van Helsing” type character. The writing is witty and hilarious; a keen look at early Joss Whedon’s work.

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6. Army of Darkness (1992)
Written by Sam & Ivan Raimi
Directed by Sam Raimi

“Gimme some sugar, baby.” ~ Ash

A drive-in movie for certain, twice I think, and once in the regular theater. I’ve been a Bruce/Raimi/Evil Dead franchise fan for as long as I can remember, and this one is my favorite. My friends and boyfriend and I quoted this movie constantly back then (I still do).

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5. A League of Their Own (1992)
Written by Kim Wilson & Kelly Candaele (story), Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (screenplay)
Directed by Penny Marshall

“Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There’s no crying! THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!” ~ Jimmy Dugan

So many great performances in this. This is still one of my comfort movies that will always cheer me up when I watch it. I love the camaraderie, the female led cast, the friendships, and the cast — so much.

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4. Batman Returns (1992)
Written by Bob Kane (Batman characters), Daniel Waters (story & screenplay) & Sam Hamm (story)
Directed by Tim Burton

Mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.” ~ Batman

But a kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it.” ~ Selina/Catwoman

On word — CATWOMAN. I love Michelle Pfeiffer’s take on Catwoman/Selina Kyle, it is my absolute favorite. I fell hard for her character in this, and even dressed up as her for Halloween this same year.

1433. Singles (1992)
Written & Directed by Cameron Crowe

“I’ve always been able to do this, break up with someone and never look back. Being alone: there’s a certain dignity to it.” ~ Janet Livermore

The first time I saw this movie it was hard to watch in parts, especially the story line with Janet and Steve’s unexpected pregnancy, and because I went their with the man I’d just had an unexpected baby with. Then I went and saw it again, with some friends, and though there were still parts that hit me and my life in that year, I was able to take it all in differently. I ended up really loving and connecting to Bridget Fonda’s (another actor that I have to ask – where is she?) character, Janet.

singles72. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)
Written by David Lynch & Robert Engels (written by) & Mark Frost & David Lynch (television series)
Directed by David Lynch

“When this kind of fire starts, it is very hard to put out. The tender boughs of innocence burn first, and the wind rises, and then all goodness is in jeopardy.” ~ The Log Lady

This movie meant so much to me when I saw it. The television series, and the book of Laura’s diaries, were favorites of mine and I just felt so lost in all of it (in the best way). This film was very emotional to me (side note: I remember the first theater we saw this in, my boyfriend at the time and I, we were able to smoke in the theater — back when I smoked — hard to imagine now).

11. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

I have crossed oceans of time to find you.” ~ Dracula

Since I was a very small girl I have been enamored by vampires and vampire lore. Bram Stoker’s rendition, and Frances Ford Coppola’s version of his rendition, is one of my favorites (especially for Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Tom Waits). This is the first movie I saw in the theater after having my daughter.

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2 thoughts on “Top 10 Movies of 1992 :: #TBT

  1. Such a great list accompanied by a timeline of your personal 1992–love.
    I saw a few of these in theatres and funny enough I posted a little about Buffy & the soundtrack earlier today! Great minds, great taste.
    A lot of people forget The Cutting Edge! It’s been on some premium cable channel a lot lately, maybe Showtime? Anyway that was a totally good, corny but also decently serious and old school style romance movie.
    I never saw The Twin Peaks movie until a million years later. My oldest brother watched Twin Peaks and I’d seen parts of it when it was on the air but to be honest it was WAY too confusing to me so it wasn’t until years later I saw the series and was old enough to get it. I use to spend too much time paging through school yearbooks (and besides Relativity when that show was on) I remember seeing Twin Peaks listed as the favorite show in the senior poll. Just remembered that.

    I think of 1992 as an important year for me too, actually 1992-1993 which seems silly because I was young but it was that time when I was still a kid but becoming a pre-teen. My oldest brother was soon to graduate and move out of the house to go away for college. My friends were changing, music was taking over, crushes on rockstars were, well, crushing and I wanted to grow up much faster. It always comes to mind as one of those life changing years.
    I liked reading about your 1992!
    Maybe someday I’ll find some of these stories in your memoir.

  2. You’ve got a lot of my favorites in your list, but here are some of my others:

    Wayne’s World
    The Lawnmower Man
    Encino Man (SQUEEZE THE JUICE!!!!!)
    Boomerang
    School Ties
    The Mighty Ducks (remembering, of course, that I was 11 years old and Joshua Jackson was already adorable)
    A River Runs Through It
    The Bodyguard (probably my most watched movie from this year)
    Forever Young
    Leap Of Faith (this recently got added to Netflix and I rewached it for the first time in years – it still holds up!)

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