First, a couple of disclaimers: 1. Any setting of a time frame as the "golden age" is arbitrary. I know it. Let's move on. 2. My knowledge of movie release dates is not exhaustive or infallible. I realize there will be some who disagree and will be able to cite titles and release dates to bolster their argument. I look forward to reading those posts and expanding my knowledge of filmic history. ~~~ This is an idea that's been lurking in my mind for a while. Are we living in the "best" time for genre films? Are we experiencing an incredible surge of great and good films that feature fantastic elements, F/X, and aren't always aiming to be high drama or culture? When I think about the movies released between January 1998 and December of 2005 (jumping the gun, I understand): [*]Dark City[*]Matrix Trilogy[*]Lord of the Rings trilogy[*]Star Wars Prequel Trilogy[*]Peter Jackson's King Kong[*]Batman Begins[*]The Mummy[*]Moulin Rouge[*]Brotherhood of the Wolf[*]Kill Bill, Vols. 1 &2[*]The Fifth Element[*]Spider-man (1 and 2)[*]X-Men (both films)[*]The Sixth Sense[*]Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow This is obviously a partial list at best, and subject to taste. Also note that I'm aware that at least 3 films on this list are yet to be released. What can I say - I'm hopeful! At the very least, I could argue that the current "golden age" closes or ends with the release of Episode III, regardless of its quality. Its popularity and impact on the culture are, in some ways, more important than how good the film actually is. During the same span of time ('98 - '05), DVD became the de facto home video format, opening the floodgates for a ton of digitally remastered films, special editions, and more. I tend to think we'll look back at this 7-8 year period and view it as a high-water mark for genre films, much as the late 70s and early 80s were (and much of that was due to the success and impact of Spielberg and Lucas).