Roger Ebert and Martin Scorsese Select `The Best Films of the '90s'

Thu. February 17, 2000 12:00 AM by Business Wire

Burbank, CA - Famed director Martin Scorsese joins film critic Roger Ebert in choosing the 10 best films of the 1990s, on a special edition of "Roger Ebert & The Movies" airing the weekend of February 26-27 in national syndication. Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" was voted best film of the 1970s and his "Raging Bull" the best film of the 1980s; Ebert gave him his first print review in 1967, when his first film, "Who's That Knocking at My Door," played in the Chicago Film Festival.

On "The Best Films of the '90s," Ebert and Scorsese each choose their top 10 films. With only two movies in common, their choices are varied, running the gamut from shocking and controversial to moving and inspiring.

Ebert's "Best of" selections include some of the edgiest, most daring American films from any decade, from the Coen Brothers' "Fargo" ("... a film with a little of everything -- crime, comedy, suspense, violence and gentle social satire -- all held together with a rich appreciation of human nature") and Scorsese's own "Goodfellas" ("combines wisdom about human nature with a spellbinding story") to Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" ("possibly the most influential film of the decade ... a complete original").

Scorsese's list is an eclectic blend that ranges from Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" ("a profound film about love, sex and trust in a marriage ..."), to the Taiwanese film "A Borrowed Life" ("This is a movie that forces you to re-think how you view movies").

They'll reveal their full lists, including their individual choices for the top film of the '90s, on "Roger Ebert & The Movies" the weekend of February 26-27.

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