MOVIE REVIEWS - 1996
1996 was the year that "event" movies started to emerge and the concentration of Hollywood studio effort was focussed on the Northern Hemisphere Summer vacation period; especially in North America.
Star vehicles such as MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE with Tom Cruise, THE ROCK with Sean Connery & Nicholas Cage and ERASER with Arnold Schwarzenegger were all released within four weeks of one another between late Maty and late June.
Effects-drive movies such as TWISTER and INDEPENDENCE DAY were also during the Summer holiday window. INDEPENDENCE, starring Will Smith & Jeff Goldblum, was a massive hit with American audiences, tapping into the patriot nerve as everyone from the President down does battle with an invading alien force!
The STAR TREK franchise delivered its most exciting and most accessbile film since STAR TREK ii: THE WRATH OF KHAN, as Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard did battle with the Borg; the most fearsome enemy faced by THE NEXT GENERATION crew during their seven year run on television.
It could be argued that SCREAM was not the best genre film of 1996, but it was definitely a change-up for Horror.
Wes Craven's film brought together a group of self-aware characters and allowed, allowing them to delve into just about every trope and give them one almight meta spin...
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