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The greatest 5 years in movie history (1995-1999)

15 films from 1995-1999 that influenced my own film aesthetics.

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  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★★

    The script if I had read would have wanted to direct. Quite possibly my favorite film of all time.

  • He Got Game

    He Got Game

    ★★★★★

    When I realized Score and Cinematography could get into your subconscious.

  • American History X

    American History X

    ★★★★★

    Lucky enough to have seen this in the theater. It always confused me how much the director wanted his name off of the project. I read up a lot about the dynamic between Tony Kaye and Edward Norton / New Line and wish there was a director's cut to compare the two. Rumor is one doesn't exist, so we will never know!

  • The Basketball Diaries

    The Basketball Diaries

    ★★★★½

    My first really dark buddy film.

  • Kids

    Kids

    ★★★★★

    I watched this movie way too many times as a kid.  It reminded me of the guys I played tournament hockey with.

  • Boys Don't Cry

    Boys Don't Cry

    ★★★★★

    Saw this movie 5 times in the theater. I just loved it.  It was because of the performances across the board.

  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    ★★★★★

    People at school used to compare my best friend and I to Matt Damon and Ben Affleck after this came out.

  • The Usual Suspects

    The Usual Suspects

    ★★★★★

    Watched it repeatedly on illegal black box cable in the 90s. "Gimme the fucking keys you cocksucker."

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★½

    December 20, 1996 it came out and I was there opening night.  I can’t recall if I knew what I was getting into, but it fueled my passion to make movies.  Another thing I constantly tried to hack off of in school.

  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    ★★★★★

    I remember seeing the Peter Travers quote on the marquee at The Nuart Theater in West LA, above the title that read, "Scary as Hell." I hoped one day to screen a film I was involved with there. 11 years later we opened Bellflower there for our theatrical release.

  • Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    ★★★★★

    I was 17.  I have never wanted to stop something from happening on screen before.  There’s a moment in this film where I was so devastated that I could literally feel the mental scar from witnessing it developing in real time.  I came out of the theater a different person and developed a newfound respect for veterans.  Both of my grandfathers served in WW2.

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★★

    A 3-hour opus with ensemble energy. I wouldn’t cut out a frame.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★½

    The piano theme!  So my interest in cults derives from this one.

  • Dead Presidents

    Dead Presidents

    ★★★★

    This is an example of a solid film that probably impacted me more than it deserved to.  It’s one that I can watch anytime it is on.  The Hughes Brothers had a distinctive voice with Scorsese-inspired energy.

  • Election

    Election

    ★★★★★

    Laemmle Sunset 5.  So much laughing.  This was the type of humor I would want to tackle if I ever made a comedy.