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Millennial Malaise

Movies made from the 90's and early 2000's that encapsulate a very specific mood and aesthetic. A time when digital technology became more fully integrated with daily life. Where the world believed it may be at the end of history before a new series of eternal wars began. A time that was incredibly introspective about one's place in a quickly globalizing world. When we were just starting to be deluged by information, but high-speed and HD were out of reach.

Films that question our sense of identity, puzzle out our relationship with technology, struggle with generational conflicts, and have an overall sense of ethereal mystery or yearning, all filtered through end of the century aesthetic ideas.

For other reference points consider the highs of musical acts like Bjork, Radiohead, and Massive Attack. As well as video games from the PSX/N64-PS2/XBOX period.

  • Blue Steel
  • Wild at Heart
  • Pump Up the Volume
  • Days of Being Wild
  • The Lawnmower Man
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Light Sleeper
  • Sneakers
  • Rebels of the Neon God
  • Arizona Dream
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Falling Down
  • Sonatine
  • Body Snatchers
  • Rising Sun
  • The Wedding Banquet
  • Naked
  • Three Colors: White
  • Reality Bites
  • Exotica
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Chungking Express
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • Amateur
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Hoop Dreams
  • Clerks
  • Shallow Grave
  • Cyclo
  • The Addiction
  • The Doom Generation
  • The Brady Bunch Movie
  • Tank Girl
  • The City of Lost Children
  • To Die For
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • La Haine
  • Smoke
  • Kids
  • Waterworld
  • Virtuosity
  • Fallen Angels
  • Hackers
  • Se7en
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Strange Days
  • Mallrats
  • Heat
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Trainspotting
  • The Craft
  • Irma Vep
  • Swingers
  • Lost Highway
  • In the Company of Men
  • Chasing Amy
  • Nowhere
  • Men in Black
  • Perfect Blue
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Spawn
  • Conspiracy Theory
  • Fireworks
  • The Game
  • Gattaca
  • Henry Fool
  • Fast, Cheap & Out of Control
  • Gummo
  • Cure
  • Buffalo '66
  • Dark City
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • The Hole
  • Last Night
  • The Truman Show
  • The X Files
  • New Rose Hotel
  • After Life
  • Following
  • American History X
  • 8MM
  • The Matrix
  • eXistenZ
  • The Thirteenth Floor
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Beau Travail
  • American Beauty
  • Fight Club
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  • Three Kings
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
  • The Beach
  • Yi Yi
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Code Unknown
  • Memento
  • Bamboozled
  • Battle Royale
  • Donnie Darko