So, the other day, I was perusing the home video section of Amazon.com, as I'm typically prone to do, and I discovered that The Shadow would soon be released on Blu-Ray. Remember The Shadow? That 1994 crime fighter action film starring a skinny Alec Baldwin? The one based on a popular character from 1930s pulp novels and radio? No? You don't remember? I barely did either. That didn't stop me from buying it though because, deep in the recesses of my brain, I had a vague recollection of enjoying the movie when I saw it in the theater.
That got me thinking. What happens to movies like The Shadow? Their pop cultural influence is nil. Nobody talks about them. They made no impact whatsoever. It's almost as if they never even existed in the first place. Nobody owns them. They're not on cable. Some may not have even been released on DVD, let alone Blu-Ray. All that time and money spent making them, and nothing to show for it. I'm not talking about movies with a bad rap, like Leonard Part 6 or North - those are still used as punchlines. And, I'm not talking about failed blips on a popular actor's resume (think Brad Pitt in Cool World) - even those are still brought up from time to time. No, I'm talking about the kinds of movies that are wholly mediocre, perhaps competent, but totally indistinguishable and unmemorable. The movies I'm about to mention are truly the forgotten bunch.
This will be the first of several posts covering the Forgotten Films of our time. In honor of the inspiration for this post, The Shadow, we're going to start with the 90s. Future posts may cover other decades. So, sit back, click through, and enjoy the trip down memory lane.
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