If you were old enough to see Cruel Intentions and still believe The Matrix is the pinnacle of American action filmmaking, then the Internet has a whole lot of think pieces for you. As many of the best, or at least most memorable, films from 1999 celebrate their 20th birthdays, tributes are cropping up everywhere, even for movies that might not have seemed so seminal at the time. And while 90s nostalgia has been everywhere for a while, 1999 has long been regarded as a particularly major year for Hollywood—bringing us everything from the first viral hit in The Blair Witch Project to the suburban ennui of American Beauty, which felt incredibly dated even just two years later.
On this weeks episode of the Little Gold Men podcast, Richard Lawson, Katey Rich, Joanna Robinson, and special guest Hillary Busis discuss the good and bad of 90s nostalgia and how well all of these movies hold up. Sure, everything from when you were a teenager seems automatically better than what came next—but teen movies really were great then, right? And every year brings great work from up-and-coming filmmakers, but a year that featured breakthroughs from Alexander Payne, M. Night Shyamalan, and David O. Russell has to be something special.
The episode, which you can listen to above, also includes some discussion of the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer that debuted last week and whether Disney is finally making an effort to, in Joannas words, “make Star Wars rare again.” Take a listen, and find Little Gold Men on Apple Podcasts, Radio.com, or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
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