Recently, IndieWire’s Matt Singer, in the site’s weekly critics’ poll, asked online journalists to name their picks for the best film of the last 25 years. It’s an entirely arbitrary question (25 years takes us back to 1988 – why not go back to 1980? Or just settle on 1990?), but it got me thinking about this (entirely arbitrary) period of cinema, and what films from the last quarter century would qualify for such a list.  I mean, of course “Greatest Movies” lists are stupid, and I gave up trying to take them seriously a long time ago, but that doesn’t mean the exercise itself can’t be intriguing. And when the goal is to celebrate quality movies, where’s the harm?

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