INTRODUCING: 90s Movie Madness!


Clueless StillIn honor of March Madness, BWE is holding a two-week event to answer a question which society has yet to properly determine:

Which is the 90s-est movie of all time?

The winner will be selected via a single-elimination bracket format in which the winners are determined by YOUR VOTES. Remember, the question isn’t “What is the best movie from the 90s?”, it’s “Which movie best represents 90s-ness.”

The films have been selected and seeded based on the following highly scientific criteria:

1) Representation of 90s cultural themes, people, styles, music, and language.

2) Features actors/actresses synonymous with the 90s.

3) Overall popularity in the 90s / cultural impact.

Voting on the first bracket will open at 2:00 – After the jump, check out The Brackets:

The movies have been selected after a one-week period of Gmail conversations/arguments with a dozen of my friends (including Michelle), and I’ve taken upon myself the unenviable task of narrowing down the list from about 250 to 64 and creating the brackets. I’ve tried to do my best to distinguish between “really 90s” movies and just famous movies from the 90s, and I’ve attempted to scale the list down by reducing redundancies (e.g. leaving Clerks and cutting Mallrats and Chasing Amy) and by cutting movies that didn’t take place in the 90s, as 90s as they may be (pains me to lose Demolition Man, but without this distinction there’s at least another 40 movies that belong).

Here are the Brackets for 90s Movie Madness:

Bracket A:

Bracket A

Bracket B:

Bracket B

Bracket C:

Bracket C

Bracket D:

Bracket D

The toughest group to cut were the really awesome 90s movies that weren’t really that funny in their 90s-ness; Pulp Fiction, Big Lebowski, Terminator 2, The Matrix and a handful of others are just really awesome movies that could probably be released today with almost zero changes and fit perfectly. A film like Silence of the Lambs, however, while it’s also a great film, is just so synonymous with the 90s with its characters, quotes, the billion of crappy knock-offs it inspired, and so on (again, very scientific).

The other tough group to cut were ones that made us laugh just by mentioning them but that just weren’t popular enough to make the list — Cool As Ice, Cool World, Toys, Wolf, Little Giants, and a bunch more also fell into this category. There were too many funny but at least semi-memorable films that just pushed ones like Andre off the list.

Anyway…hopefully this gives you some idea of the tough decisions I wrestled with when cutting literally 190 movies (Sophie never faced anything close to this). Feel free argue on behalf of any that I left out in the comments (or even, maybe, compliment the bracket? Anyone?) My conclusion from this process: A lot of movies were really frickin’ 90s.

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