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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

when did movies start sucking?

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Obviously, not all movies suck these days — I’ve given green lights to plenty of films in recent years, and I’ve even raved about a few — but I can’t shake the sense that, in the aggregate, movies suck. (Of course, I still love Teh Movies and still want to see every movie ever made, so that makes me some sort of masochist, I suppose. Perhaps I should write 50 Shades of Celluloid…) It seems to me that the last great year for movies was 1999, when the incredibly great movies weren’t only incredibly great but seemed to herald a new era for movies. There was a freshness in the air that year… and it didn’t get followed up on, not in any collective sense. If it had been, these movies wouldn’t still feel more modern than lots of the crap (and even lots of the good stuff) we’re getting today, a decade and a half later (in alphabetical order):

American Beauty
Being John Malkovich
Boys Don’t Cry
Fight Club
Galaxy Quest
The Insider
The Iron Giant
The Matrix
Mystery Men
October Sky
The Sixth Sense
Sleepy Hollow
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Toy Story 2
Three Kings

I’d love another movie year like 1999. I don’t see it on the horizon. So: the year 2000 is when movies started sucking, as far as I can see.

What do you think? When did movies start sucking?

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