It's very easy to look back and put on those rose tinted spectacles and say, "Ah it was all better in my day," with regards to elements of pop culture such as films, music, television, and video games. But upon re-examining Hollywood and the film industry of the 1990s, this hugely controversial statement could potentially prove be the case.
In the distant land before social media and TikTok, the quality and types of movies that were released is unmatched and unparalleled for many different reasons. Due to different things such as the reign of directors, filmmaking techniques of the time, and the general cultural landscape of the day, the 1990s produced some of the greatest and most memorable films of all time.
In the pre-streaming age this meant that practically everyone often flocked to the cinema to catch the next big original blockbuster helmed by one of the big directors of the day. Here are some of the reasons why movies released in the decade of crop tops and animal print clothing were simply just better than what is released today.
10. The Apex Of Film Soundtracks
A staple of the motion picture industry of the 1990s was the release of a tie-in film soundtrack with any new blockbuster. Oftentimes studios in the '90s would go to great lengths to create these soundtracks. This went as far as even inviting hugely popular bands and artists of the day to collaborate on and work on these pieces, which is something that is sadly missing from today's flicks.
A perfect example of this are the soundtracks to Disney classics The Lion King and Tarzan, released in 1994 and 1999 respectively. For these soundtracks, Disney approached two hugely popular mainstream artists, recruiting Elton John for The Lion King and Phil Collins for Tarzan. The two then both produced incredible albums featuring songs just as iconic as the movies themselves.
Soundtrack albums featuring other popular songs used in movies were also massive throughout the decade, with compilations from the likes of Titanic and The Bodyguard going on to birth some of the most popular songs of all time. The tie-in soundtrack in the age of streaming has sadly become redundant, and it seems the trend of huge artists creating new music specifically for Hollywood is long gone today.