As I write this article, it is of the utmost importance that you, the reader, realize my age at 20 years. I was born in April of 1992, and that matters, because it sets the tone for the rest of the compiled list. I often hear, from who I’ll refer to as “the elderlies,” that we’ve had a rough time in the cinematic world. They often tell us that we missed the glorious times from the 70s and 80s. They revel in their stories about seeing Star Wars in the theater for the first time, or how they felt coming home from Jaws, or how they were scared witless by The Shining.

And I’m happy for them. Because, truly, they lived through some of the finest crafted films ever made. The people who were teenagers during Ferris Bueller’s Day Off‘s theatrical run-time, or the folks who were rocking down the aisles to Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show; it’s wonderful they have those experiences. But did they really have it “better off?” Is there a reason for them to feel “sorry” for us, because we seem to have grown up in an era where originality falls behind to sequel splendors and CGI rampant films?

I stand (sit, hunched) before you today a student of film, who, while I couldn’t list every film I’ve ever seen, knows full-well I’ll never see every movie ever made. I’ve got a lot to learn. A lot to study. But you would do wrong to pity me and the movies I saw from childhood on.

It should be noted that this list will most affect those who were born between the years of 1990 and 1994. Four years really does make all the difference. Pity us no more, elderlies. This is what we were given.

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This article was first posted on November 14, 2012