The Case for the 90s Cinematic Superiority

There’s about 5 ideas in the history of story telling. Boy meets girl et al., revenge, redemption, betrayal, and something political. However, one decade bucks this and reinvented storytelling via cinema. If you did a random survey of people’s favorite movies you would find the majority fall between 1900–19999 without a demographic sway. I’d like to briefly review

You have he start of the Tarantino-universe in Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, with the non-linear story. You have the IMDb dominant favorite Shawshank. You have the cult classic Big Lebowski.

Looking back, perhaps most significantly you have Fight Club.

Dry humor and low budget found a voice in Kevin Smith. A black and white feature length film at a convenience store — are you kidding me? “Hey any balls down there? Biggest pair you’ve ever seen.” (by the eay, it seems as though the 90s may have started the movie quoting revolution for what it’s worth, as women everywhere shake their heads in disgust, thinking about how 82% of the male vocabulary consists of referencing movies and shows). Not to mention finding a way to take on larger themes in Dogma and Chasing Amy.

The heavy hitters didn’t miss either. Scorcese kicks off the decade with Goodfellas, follows up with Cape Fear, the Age of Innocence, and Casino. As if they’re Sosa/McGwire, Spielberg counters with Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and, a personal favorite, in Forrest Gump.

If you want to see how to make an in your face, European indie film, look no further than Trainspotting and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

How about the Andersons? Paul Thomas gave us Boogie Nights and Magnolia. Wes got his start with Bottle Rocket and Rushmore.

The 70s have a strong showing, namely The Godfather and Star Wars franchises.

The 2000s and beyond are fairing well, however the superhero franchises are sucking up some great actors times and overwhelming the box offices. Edward Norton is cited for bowing out of the Hulk role due to that single commitment becoming ones career (you can argue this is not the case for Mark Ruffalo and the great actor he’s become). Furthermore, everyone knows that film took a backseat to TV since HBO and AMC decided to create original shows.

This isn’t comprehensive and I’d love to hear other’s thoughts. This is my random ramblings.

All in all, the 1990s might not have the best movies of all time, however it’s one man’s opinion that they have the highest concentration of influenctial and people’s favorite movies. Didn’t see this on the CNN 90s!

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