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Netflix Has a Serious Case of the 90’s

Oh Netflix you naughty seductress. Of course we’ll watch a marathon of nineties films, bring it and we will watch. The nineties was a time of radical fashion, radically orchestral movie themes and hip hop culture that blew our minds.

Melanie Griffith's 90s Hair in Working Girl
Melanie Griffith’s 90s Hair in Working Girl

That’s when films were made with actual people and film. Pop culture seemed somehow better then. Maybe we’re just seeing that heady time through a fog of youthful nostalgia, but at long last, the longing is over, the 90’s are waiting for your queue.
Put another way, remember when Richard Gere was super sexy and Julia Roberts made a prostitute America’s Sweetheart and kept running away from her own weddings? The nineties.
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman
Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman

When Forrest Gump melted our hearts and dominated the Oscars the same year Pulp Fiction opened our minds to French burgers? Will Smith was just half of a hip hop duo who landed his own hit TV series? How about those Power Rangers?
Dawson's Creek
Dawson’s Creek

Movies had tremendous music! Lush, poppy scores all seemed somehow the same, and then Forrest Gump and Boogie Nights changed everything with their incredible immersive playlists. Rap music dominated and fascinated and the hip hop lifestyle was soon reflected in film and TV. Television had bigger budgets in the nineties.
Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Great shows with huge stars like Friends, Full House, The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Beverly Hills 90120, Dawson’s Creek for heaven’s sake, weren’t afraid to spend money on winning formulae. Magic costs. And the stars! Laura Prepon held on from That 70’s Show to Orange is the New Black, and Robin Wright charmed us in The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump and now wows us in TV’s House of Cards.
Linda Cardellini Now in Bloodline
Linda Cardellini Now in Bloodline

Linda Cardellini, star of the much loved Freaks and Greeks now makes dark mischief on Bloodline. The nineties launched great stars.
Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct
Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct

Great movies! Try on Braveheart, Working Girl, Basic Instinct, American Beauty, Titanic, The Usual Suspects – too many to list, but you get the drift – the 90’s were rad, culturally speaking. Time to relive it all.

Award-winning writer and reporter Anne Brodie has covered film and filmmakers on television, print and online for more than 30 years. 20 year member of... read more


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