MOVIE REVIEWS - 1990 to 1999
The 1990s had some great movies, but the "Tentpole" franchise mentality had well and truly gripped film production, especially the Hollywood studios. The majority of content being released by studios was connected in some way to an earlier film or, in some cases, successful television shows from either the past or the present.
DIE HARD 2, PREDATOR 2, THE GODFATHER PART III, TERMINATOR 2, STAR TREK VI, ALIEN 3...
Fortunatley, around the midpoint of the decade, a wave of original films were released.
Arguably, Quentin Tarantino did as much as anyone to prove that there was still an original way to make movies, even if the stories were pulled together from a pastiche of genres and cultural influences. RESERVOIR DOGS got him the attention, TRUE ROMANCE proved he could write, but PULP FICTION made him a household name.
After PULP FICTION was released, films like THE USUAL SUSPECTS, SEVEN, HEAT, THE GAME, RUN LOLA RUN and FIGHT CLUB found mainstream commercial success.
There was still a great selection of genre films, especially in Science Fiction and Horror, but by the second half of the decade, it felt like the breadth of options were broader and were made to cater to a maturing audience.
The children of STAR WARS were now adults and it was important to find a way to service their inner-child but keep them interested with new ideas.
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