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Obviously, not all movies suck these days — I’ve given green lights to plenty of films in recent years, and I’ve even raved about a few — but I can’t shake the sense that, in the aggregate, movies suck. (Of course, I still love Teh Movies and still want to see every movie ever made, so that makes me some sort of masochist, I suppose. Perhaps I should write 50 Shades of Celluloid…) It seems to me that the last great year for movies was 1999, when the incredibly great movies weren’t only incredibly great but seemed to herald a new era for movies. There was a freshness in the air that year… and it didn’t get followed up on, not in any collective sense. If it had been, these movies wouldn’t still feel more modern than lots of the crap (and even lots of the good stuff) we’re getting today, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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