Random Thought Of the Day…

As we waltz our fat asses into another decade, I’m struck by the thought of how memorable or unmemorable not only this decade, but the previous decade has been. It’s a sad commentary when the first things that come to my mind are all classic mass hysteria: Columbine, 9/11, the Swine Flu Epidemic, etc. When we look back on the 90s and 00s I hope we are not simply remembering tragedies, facebook, and Kanye’s interruption at the Mtv awards. Fortunately, the underground (and to an extent the overground in the 90s) have given us some of the best Rock and Roll ever. But, still our generation seems to lack the cultural significance that previous generations championed. Just the other day, I was watching the Wedding Singer, which was released in 1997, but was set in 1985. I thought to myself, why hasn’t there been a movie released in this decade that takes place in the 90s? It’s really peculiar when you look at how quickly other decades got their due: American Graffiti was released in 1973 and set in 1962 (only 11 year difference) and Dazed and Confused was released in 1993 and takes place in 1976 (17 years). So, what does that say about our culture in the past 20 years or so? Is it so monotonous that it is not worthy of an era capturing film? Oh well, perhaps the next decade will be radical and/or there will be a feature film set in the 90s/00s as worthy as its nostalgic predecessors.


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