To Die For (1995)

Rated R for 3 bad words pretty early on.

For the Next 193 Project, we’ve got a smart satire about dumb people. The whole cast is awfully good (okay, Bev takes issue with one person’s performance), but this was Nicole Kidman’s breakout after playing second fiddle for most of the first decade of her illustrious career. The deliciously diabolical dummy she plays here is one of the most unsung performances of the ’90s. We hashed out how Gus Van Sant’s flick addresses celebrity worship, tabloid news and television production. We even spent a bunch of time talking about real-life TV journalists who might not be as smart as you think they are and how they get too much credit (and also blame) for the news they present. So avoid all the nonstop COVID talk by spending a little over 40 minutes with us jawing about one of Nicole Kidman’s best works. If you don’t choose to do that, careful. She may have you killed by a couple of impressionable lunkheads.

Well, Actually: The Joaquin Phoenix / Casey Affleck joint we sloughed off is called I’m Still Here.

You might not be willing to die for caffeine, but you should at least be happy to suffer some minor injuries to score some Sparkplug Coffee. Use our promo code (“top100project”) when you’re ready to sidle to the checkout and you’ll get a 20% discount.

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Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

1995 U.S. Box Office

1995 in film

1995 Academy Award winners & nominees (to see the 5 noms for Best Actress)

Links to: Network and When Harry Met Sally and Good Will Hunting and Milk

Previously on the Next 192 Project: The Purple Rose Of Cairo

May the 4th on the Next 194 Project: Spaceballs