Somewhere in between John Grisham adaptations and extended runs of Titanic lies a trove of VHSes time forgot. Sometimes a movie is overshadowed by the director or actor's next, greater success, other times by a more successful film it seemed too derivative of at the time. Still other times a movie was released to critical acclaim, but may have simply fallen through the cracks for many in the long run.
The 90s were a unique era for cinema: sports and fitness he-men cashed in on xenophobia, with a dash of disaster anxiety mixed in. A video game backstory could constitute a script, and having characters talk about nothing was the hippest.
The 90s also saw a Hollywood sea change: revived acting careers, the emergence overnight of no-name directors, and the continued output of established auteurs, estranging themselves from, and under odd circumstances returning to Hollywood, as the possibilities of independent filmmaking were very real. Several films exposed or satirized the film industry itself.
Revisiting such catholic times, there is much to appreciate all over again.