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The Cinema Lounge

The Cinema Lounge, a film discussion group, takes place at 8:00pm online via ZOOM. You do not need to be a member of the Washington DC Film Society to attend.

On Monday, July 22, 2024 at 8:00pm please join the Cinema Lounge, the DC Film Society's monthly film discussion group.

TOPIC: The 90s: CGI and the Rise of the Indies

Following the blockbuster heavy 80s, Hollywood studios doubled down in the 1990s, burgeoned by the development of computer-generated imagery (CGI). Films such as Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, Titanic and The Matrix innovatively used CGI to revolutionize what could be put on screen.

While the big movies got bigger, the growing independent film movement built on the success of Do the Right Thing and Sex, Lies and Videotape in 1989. Edgier, more daring films such as Reservoir Dogs, El Mariachi, Slacker, Clerks, Swingers, Hoop Dreams, and Boogie Nights engaged younger audiences and became a growing part of popular culture. Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction brought the indie sensibility into the mainstream. He headlined a group of rising directors such Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson Alexander Payne and Richard Linklater.

Following in Spike Lee's footsteps, a new wave of African American filmmakers emerged, including John Singleton (Boyz 'N' the Hood), Mario Van Peebles (New Jack City), Carl Franklin (One False Move), the Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society), and Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou).

Amongst all of the new blood, old hands Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List), Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven) and Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) were doing some of their best work.

What do we make of the diverse array of film movements and filmmakers that exemplified the 90s? Which 90s films do we still go back to 25-30 years later and what's the legacy of that era?

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The Cinema Lounge, a film discussion group, meets the third Monday of every month (unless otherwise noted) at 8:00pm online via Zoom. The Cinema Lounge is moderated by Adam Spector, author of the DC Film Society's Adam's Rib column.

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