The 1990s in Review: Introduction

by James Berardinelli


As the 1990s draw to a close, every film critic experiences a sudden, uncontrollable, and inexplicable compulsion to take a look back at the decade gone by. Some will write long and meaningful essays offering an historical perspective on the '90s. Others will attempt the daunting task of ranking every movie released between January 1, 1990 and December 31, 1999. My agenda is somewhat less ambitious. Over the course of the next eight weeks, I plan to highlight some of the highs and lows of the decade, culminating in a two-movie-per-week, reverse order unveiling of my Top 10 of the '90s list. (This is a shameless attempt to build suspense and encourage readers to return every week.)

I would be remiss if I didn't briefly discuss a few trends I have noticed. The film industry is a different beast today than it was 10 years ago. One wonders where it will be at the end of 2009. (This is not intended to be a comprehensive, or even semi-comprehensive list.)

© 1999 James Berardinelli

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