Re: It's still something of a punching bag among critics
Posted by B. D. on January 23, 2018, 7:15 pm, in reply to "It's still something of a punching bag among critics"
A lot of 1999 favorites have declined in popularity in recent years. The Matrix which seemed like such a breath of fresh air when I was a kid gets scoffed at quite a bit more today than it used to. The Sixth Sense doesn't look as good in retrospect because of Shyamalan falling on his face repeatedly starting around 2004. I guess Paul Thomas Anderson's new movies play differently than his old ones but Magnolia is mostly well regarded. Eyes Wide Shut, my pick for 1999's best, has always kind been holding on to the roots in terms of its popularity--newcomers to Kubrick tend to latch onto The Shining or Full Metal Jacket more. You don't hear about The Insider much anymore. The Blair Witch Project is now mostly remembered less as a good horror film than as something that started a mostly terrible genre and a lot of quickly-dated parodies. Fight Club holds up though. And hey, when you think about it, FC and AB are the same movie!!
As for critics, the one NYT dude bashes AB every time he gets the chance, it's pretty funny.