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George Bush was voted out of office after a disastrous presidency.  A new breed of men symbolized by Bill Clinton and Albert Gore ushered a new sense of youth and energy to the country.

The country was going through a technological rebirth with the personal computers, DSL lines and the Internet.  During this period, anything and everything vaguely associated with the Web was a success.  People paid premium prices for buying shares of web related companies. The cult of youth worship was pushed to a new height. Kids barely out of high school were given responsibility for running companies.  Venture capitalists and individual investors poured their hard-earned cash into these companies that had no real hope of becoming successful. Many senior managers were lured away from established corporations to these new companies with the lure of making millions of dollars in a short amount of time. The dot nets were offering stock option in the thousands to everyone including the janitors.   It was reminiscent of the 1920's just before the stock market crash that brought about the great depression.

The movie industry, however, made a real recovery.  Two great Westerns were released in the nineties. 

The first one was Dances with Wolves (1990) and the second one was Unforgiven (1992) which finally established Clint Eastwood as an acclaimed director.

In other categories, the movies got more violent and vicious with the Silence of the Lambs (1991), Pulp Ficiton (1994) and the Goodfellas (1990.)


The top of my list for dramas is Schindler's List (1993), which surprisingly made good box office.  Near the bottom of my list is Fargo (1996.)  I have never appreciated the oddball talent of Coen brothers and I did not see any Oscar worthy performance by Frances McDormand who put on an over the top fake accent to play a pregnant homemaker who happens to be a policewoman.  Another comedy drama that helped to establish Tom Hanks as a super star was Forrest Gump (1994).  However, Philadelphia (1993) was his masterpiece.  It helped pave the way for the acceptance of gays into the mainstream.   I would put that film in the same class as the Gentlemen's Agreement and the Lost Boundaries produced in the forties dealing with the subject of racism.

Jurassic Park (1993) was a real blockbuster.  A good movie that stayed true to the original book.  This was followed by a sequel in 1997 titled The Lost World,  which did not have the freshness of the original.   But, then again, sequels are seldom better than the original.

Another suspense drama which attracted a lot of attention was the steamy Basic Instinct (1992) with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.

Clint Eastwood directed two more great movies The Bridges of Madison County (1995) with Meryl Streep and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997.)