CREDIT (Clockwise from top left): Artisan, Warner Bros., Lucasfilm, Buena Vista

Can we go back to 1999? It’s not just Charli XCX who’s feeling that way. Pretty much every movie studio would like to turn back the clocks 20 years. That annum deserves its iconic status, and that’s partly thanks to a quartet of box office successes that reached the level of phenomenon. Any film executive would kill to have one hit that fully enraptures the culture the way that The Matrix, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, The Blair Witch Project, and The Sixth Sense did, and somehow we got all four of those in one year (within five months of each other, no less). Their success stories are unique within the industry, and unique from each other. Is there any way that they could possibly be repeated now in a very different theatrical landscape? Let’s investigate!

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