“Buffy stars were soon on the cover of ev­ery other is­sue ( or so it seemed)”

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - The sfx years | 1998 - 2000 -

We had su­perb ac­cess to – and de­voted un­told pages to – Roland Em­merich’s Godzilla. Some­thing of a bad de­ci­sion that. Hell, at least we had the sense not to put John Tra­volta’s Bat­tle­field Earth on the cover. The Blair Witch Project launched a trend for cheap and dingy – sorry, found- footage – films that per­sists to this day, while The Ma­trix changed spe­cial FX for­ever, in­tro­duc­ing “bul­let time” to the zeit­geist.

Most im­por­tantly, the seeds of what would be­come the mighty Marvel Cin­e­matic Uni­verse were be­ing sown. Popular opin­ion sug­gests it was Bryan Singer’s bril­liant X- Men ( 2000) that re­drew the blue­print for su­per­hero movies for the new mil­len­nium, but the orig­i­nal Blade in ’ 98 was the quiet big bang of this phe­nom­e­non… Dave Golder

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