What's the best year in movie history, and why?
This is so interesting. Everything is so male/filmbro skewing though, which of course, so is the history of cinema. Wonder what the best way for correcting for that is in terms of trying to somewhat objectively determine broad creative success - the kind of people who like ranking movies and generally holding forth are also the kind of people who love Fincher, Nolan & Tarantino above all else. The critics' section balances this a bit, but not really enough. Letterboxd can help some, but one suspects not for long. Cinema Score or Metacritic?
1984, I was pulling for you. Though I have to say, 2001 is a tough one to beat.
I went in expecting 1994. Not surprised to see it at #2.
The LOTR & Harry potter duo represents the beginning of 14 block buster movies that came after. Then you add the most stacked animated animated tri of Spirited away, Monsters and Shrek......That's too hard to beat.
Still think Shawshank, Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction and Lion King all have an argument for being GOAT movies. So I'll stick by 1994. But, 2001 really raked in the $$$$
What year did social media first become truly powerful in determining the critical and commercial fate of movies? In terms of the appraisal of art, I'd guess that social media would very much foster recency bias but perhaps it also solidifies the opinions of old school film buffs. I'm a "1976 is the best year for film" guy who thinks No Country for Old Men is the last great film to win the Best Picture Oscar.
Were the box office gross’s adjusted for inflation?