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1999: A Look Back

11.23.2009

Every once in a while, we hit upon a milestone year in cinema with 1939 remaining the gold standard, as that year saw the release of such timeless classics as GONE WITH THE WIND, THE WIZARD OF OZ, GUNGA DIN, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, and GOODBYE MR. CHIPS. Another notable year would be 1967, with BONNIE & CLYDE, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, THE GRADUATE & GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER.

More recently, I’d say that 1999 was a phenomenal year in cinema. It saw the release of FIGHT CLUB, THREE KINGS, AMERICAN BEAUTY, THE MATRIX, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, and several other great and unconventional films. As it was only ten years ago, it’s way too early to tell if 99 will be remembered as a seminal year for film. I thought it would be fun to spend a week looking back at some of the big films that came out that year,, and I hope that everyone reading this will share some of their favorite films/memories from that year in the talkbacks below.

To start things off, I figured the best way was to look at two of the biggest blockbusters of that year. One was a sci-fi flick that came out of nowhere, and totally (for better or worse) has changed the way action films are made. The other: arguably the most anticipated film of the nineties, and one that, perhaps unavoidably, disappointed a generation of moviegoers.

THE MATRIX

Initial reaction: Nobody really expected much from THE MATRIX when it opened in March of 1999. By that point, star Keanu Reeves was practically washed up, after years of underwhelming follow-ups to SPEED (although he wisely avoided the train wreck of a sequel that was SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL). When I first heard about THE MATRIX, it sounded like JOHNNY MNEMONIC by way of DARK CITY. However, a few weeks before the film opened, I saw the theatrical trailer for the film that was scored with Enigma’s ‘The Eyes of Truth’. My jaw dropped, ad I started to reconsider my stance on the film.

The afternoon the film came out in Montreal was a Good Friday, and like a good Catholic, I decided to spend the afternoon at the movies with my friend Murray. We both decided that THE MATRIX was the only way to go. I remember the theater being packed to the gills, and once the film started off with that great Trinity bullet-time kick, there was a collective gasp in the auditorium. For the next 130 minutes I was transfixed. At the time, I was big into Hong Kong action films, after having caught THE KILLER & HARD-BOILED on TV one night- and this was the first American action film (other than Woo’s own FACE/OFF) that managed to hold a candle to those films. I loved every second of it, and I was not alone.

THE MATRIX ended up being a smash- grossing $171 million in North America, and another $200 Million overseas. People dug THE MATRIX in a big way, and it became THE blockbuster sensation of the year (although an unfortunate shadow was cast over the film after the Columbine shooting a few months later- with the shooters supposedly being fans of the film).It also helped kill the VHS format, as the film could only be purchased on DVD- which, at the time, was a struggling new format.

Effect: By the next year, we were already getting MATRIX clones. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2, directed by John Woo, seemed more than a little inspired by it, and every major action film that opened over the next few years had gravity defying action scenes choreographed by Hong Kong action specialists- whether appropriate (Jet Li’s American flicks), or not (THE MUSKETEER).

Then the sequels opened…

Suddenly, THE MATRIX films weren’t cool anymore, and over the top fight choreography became passé. In time, it would be replaced by the current action movie trend- which is BOURNE SUPREMACY style shaky cam, and close cutting.

Legacy: No matter how much the sequels suck, THE MATRIX should be remembered as a great film. It’s a shame that its legacy has been tainted by THE MATRIX RELOADED & REVOLUTIONS. However, the collective suckage of those two films doesn’t make the original a lesser film, and I hope in the years to come, it regains a bit of the esteem that it’s lost.

JoBlo's original review

 

STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENACE

Initial Reaction: Who wasn’t dying to see THE PHANTOM MENACE in ’99? On the day the tickets went on sale, I , and most of my friends, cut school to stand in line at our local theater so that we could see it opening night. In the weeks leading up to opening day, we were going insane with anticipation, listening to the ‘Duel of the Fates’ track from the recently released soundtrack on a loop.

When we finally got to see the film, we were unable to be objective. We all claimed to love it, but I think each of us knew that there was something wrong, and that we were under whelmed. I actually haven’t seen the film since ’99- and I don’t plan on watching it any time soon. Looking back, I think I actually enjoyed Stephen Sommers' THE MUMMY more, and have revisited that film more often (but NOT the sequels).

Now, I know it’s the hip thing to pick on the prequels- but you know what? They’re actually not bad films. Granted, Jar Jar, and the kid are both pretty annoying, and the less said about Hayden Christensen in the sequels, the better. Still, Liam Neeson kicks ass, and Ewan McGregor did solid work in all three films as Obi-Wan. The CGI was cutting edge, and the John Williams musical scores are all great (if not quite as memorable as the work he did on the original trilogy).

I think they’re exactly the films Lucas wanted to make, and that it’s us, the audience- that has changed. Basically, the prequels are for kids, and by the time TPM came out in ’99, none of the original fans were kids anymore. Heck, I was already seventeen, and I wasn’t even alive when the first two films came out! By ’99, we had grown up, and it was practically impossible for the film to have the effect on us that we thought it would. No matter- the film still proved to be a massive blockbuster, grossing a mighty $431 million domestically, although it didn’t come close to beating TITANIC, which many were predicting.

Legacy: The other prequels, ATTACK OF THE CLONES, and REVENGE OF THE SITH came out in 2002, and 2005- and while I went to see them; they didn’t do much for me (although SITH had it’s moments). STAR WARS simply didn’t mean as much to me as it had meant before seeing THE PHANTOM MENACE, and I think many people feel the same. That said, the films do have their supporters, and they both grossed hundreds of millions of dollars, and it would be wrong to completely dismiss them, as they still have many passionate supporters (as shown by the massive amount of hate mail I received after giving JoBlo.com’s first 0/10 to THE CLONE WARS).

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9:38PM on 03/17/2010
I don't know why I'm commenting on this now, maybe because I remember reading this and now I remember I wanted to comment on it. Here's what I wanted to say: I own The Matrix on VHS, it's in my garage.
I don't know why I'm commenting on this now, maybe because I remember reading this and now I remember I wanted to comment on it. Here's what I wanted to say: I own The Matrix on VHS, it's in my garage.
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2:03PM on 11/26/2009
99 was a good year. i remember watching matrix at my friend's house when i was in fifth grade and i was blown away.

as for episode 1, i don't think it was as bad as attack of the clones. the romance plot was so horrendous to watch.
99 was a good year. i remember watching matrix at my friend's house when i was in fifth grade and i was blown away.

as for episode 1, i don't think it was as bad as attack of the clones. the romance plot was so horrendous to watch.
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1:41PM on 11/24/2009
1999 was a pretty good year, Although I have to say that Magnolia was easily the best film of the golden year.
1999 was a pretty good year, Although I have to say that Magnolia was easily the best film of the golden year.
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11:13AM on 11/24/2009
The Matrix could have become a classic if they didn't create two sequels that destroyed the mythology the first film established. The Star Wars prequels, though disappointing, weren't that bad. I still think A New Hope was overrated, and Return of the Jedi is underrated.
The Matrix could have become a classic if they didn't create two sequels that destroyed the mythology the first film established. The Star Wars prequels, though disappointing, weren't that bad. I still think A New Hope was overrated, and Return of the Jedi is underrated.
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9:46AM on 11/24/2009
Actually The Matrix DID come out on vhs, that was the only copy I had of it for a few years.
Actually The Matrix DID come out on vhs, that was the only copy I had of it for a few years.
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9:19AM on 11/24/2009

Well....

Anyone who rates 'The Mummy' over 'TPM' deserves hate-mail...
Anyone who rates 'The Mummy' over 'TPM' deserves hate-mail...
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10:10PM on 11/23/2009
My friend dragged me to see the matrix because I was the only one who also had parents that would let us see a rated r movie in theaters (since we had to have parents by the tickets). I knew nothing about it, but man am I glad I went. I even enjoy the sequels.

And episode 1 is the weakest of the star wars films (i don't count clone wars), but i'll take a weak star wars film over a lot else that is out there.
My friend dragged me to see the matrix because I was the only one who also had parents that would let us see a rated r movie in theaters (since we had to have parents by the tickets). I knew nothing about it, but man am I glad I went. I even enjoy the sequels.

And episode 1 is the weakest of the star wars films (i don't count clone wars), but i'll take a weak star wars film over a lot else that is out there.
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9:37PM on 11/23/2009
The Matrix was nothing more than a Dark City clone with action. Lame movie that only WOWed people with special effects.
The Matrix was nothing more than a Dark City clone with action. Lame movie that only WOWed people with special effects.
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5:23PM on 11/29/2009
What's really sad isn't that your statement reveals how little attention you paid to the Matrix; it's that it shows how little attention you paid to Dark City. FAIL.
What's really sad isn't that your statement reveals how little attention you paid to the Matrix; it's that it shows how little attention you paid to Dark City. FAIL.
9:31PM on 11/23/2009

1999 - Fine vintage year indeed

I remember watching Matrix, Fight Club and American Beauty over 3 consecutive nights. My only regret was that I did not watch them in a theatre.
I remember watching Matrix, Fight Club and American Beauty over 3 consecutive nights. My only regret was that I did not watch them in a theatre.
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9:09PM on 11/23/2009

RE: Help

@evanalltogether - The top poster is a Being John Malkovich poster; the bottom one is Magnolia.
@evanalltogether - The top poster is a Being John Malkovich poster; the bottom one is Magnolia.
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9:57PM on 11/23/2009
Ahhh, I see now, thank you.
Ahhh, I see now, thank you.
9:00PM on 11/23/2009
i remember being 12 years old when the Matrix came out. I had heard nothing of it, saw no previews- Went into the theater blind. I knew there was guns, etc so I figured it would be great.

I would have to agree. As soon as Trinity did her Bullet-time kick and preceeded to evaporate into a telephone- I would be hooked for the next 130 minutes into an array of omgwtfpwnage. After the movie I was doing drop kicks in the partking lot.

I may not remember what it was like to experience the first
i remember being 12 years old when the Matrix came out. I had heard nothing of it, saw no previews- Went into the theater blind. I knew there was guns, etc so I figured it would be great.

I would have to agree. As soon as Trinity did her Bullet-time kick and preceeded to evaporate into a telephone- I would be hooked for the next 130 minutes into an array of omgwtfpwnage. After the movie I was doing drop kicks in the partking lot.

I may not remember what it was like to experience the first time discovering Darth Vader as Luke's father- But I do remember like the back of my hand the first time Trinity did that kick for the first time.

And it was great.
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8:51PM on 11/23/2009

Help

Can anyone tell me in the header picture what the two movie posters are that are to the right of the Star Wars and The Matrix posters?, I can't figure out what they are.

Thanks
Can anyone tell me in the header picture what the two movie posters are that are to the right of the Star Wars and The Matrix posters?, I can't figure out what they are.

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8:47PM on 11/23/2009

Reloaded & Revolutions

I too was blown away when the first Matrix came out. I remember when It finally came out on DVD, I watched the movie about four or five times in a row one day. It was also a seminal film for me cementing my decision to one day be a filmmaker.

I can see why many people hate the sequels, but I simply can't get there. The films are still pretty good, and the bros. Wachowski still put some philosophy into the second one that have sparked many an interesting discussion. I hope one day that the
I too was blown away when the first Matrix came out. I remember when It finally came out on DVD, I watched the movie about four or five times in a row one day. It was also a seminal film for me cementing my decision to one day be a filmmaker.

I can see why many people hate the sequels, but I simply can't get there. The films are still pretty good, and the bros. Wachowski still put some philosophy into the second one that have sparked many an interesting discussion. I hope one day that the sequels aren't hated on so much, but that could end up being a cold day in hell.
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8:31PM on 11/23/2009
lol. i remember watching the star wars prequels and waiting for that big "I am ur father" game changer.
zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
lol. i remember watching the star wars prequels and waiting for that big "I am ur father" game changer.
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8:01PM on 11/23/2009
I loved the prequels..........Not so much Attack of the Clones, but it holds a special place. Love the Matrix movies too
I loved the prequels..........Not so much Attack of the Clones, but it holds a special place. Love the Matrix movies too
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7:23PM on 11/23/2009

To tell you the truth...

I think Phantom Menace is the most palatable of the recent trilogy. Why? I think my answer relies solely on the overusage of CGI in 2 and 3.

Phantom Menace was cool because it seemed to bridge the gap between old and new; it showed the latest technology of the time by having some breathtaking CGI, but it also paid homage to the other films by having real sets and characters that were puppets, masks, and prostheses. It was a healthy balance and the film (to my eyes) still holds up visually
I think Phantom Menace is the most palatable of the recent trilogy. Why? I think my answer relies solely on the overusage of CGI in 2 and 3.

Phantom Menace was cool because it seemed to bridge the gap between old and new; it showed the latest technology of the time by having some breathtaking CGI, but it also paid homage to the other films by having real sets and characters that were puppets, masks, and prostheses. It was a healthy balance and the film (to my eyes) still holds up visually because of it.

Now with Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Lucas relied so heavily on CGI that, to me, it eliminated any sense of realism or weight in the films. It doesn't help that when you use an abundance of CGI in a film (unless everything is pitch perfect) it will look dated by the time it comes on video because of the frequent advances in CGI, motion capture, etc. I mean, as amazing as it was, even the CGI in Lord of the Rings is looking pretty dated now.

Not that I'm saying the Lord of the Rings movies are lesser movies because of that, the Star Wars prequels certainly are. The Lord of the Rings movies used CGI to enhance the message and story they were trying to get across whereas the Star Wars prequels really relied more on wow factor than story, so when the CGI looks dated, the rest of the movie falls apart accordingly.

I don't hate the Star Wars prequels, in fact, I really do enjoy them. I just wish they were more about telling an awesome story than making us go, "Woah!"

...OH, and I also like Phantom Menace a lot because I really like Jar-Jar.


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7:22PM on 11/23/2009
I miss The Matrix movies. Love them or hate them, you can't deny that they completely revolutionized action movies, and nothing since them have been able to duplicate that.
I miss The Matrix movies. Love them or hate them, you can't deny that they completely revolutionized action movies, and nothing since them have been able to duplicate that.
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6:43PM on 11/23/2009
Chris, I can't decide if your delusion about the Star Wars prequels being "not bad" films is more funny or sad.

They were terrible in every possible way a movie could be terrible. Get over it.

Blaming the audience for George Lucas's incompetence is just plain silly.
Chris, I can't decide if your delusion about the Star Wars prequels being "not bad" films is more funny or sad.

They were terrible in every possible way a movie could be terrible. Get over it.

Blaming the audience for George Lucas's incompetence is just plain silly.
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9:38PM on 11/23/2009
Hey- I'm not saying I enjoyed them. But- if you compare them to G.I JOE, or some other recent stinkers they look pretty good in comparison. But yeah- they're not great films. Not by a long shot.
Hey- I'm not saying I enjoyed them. But- if you compare them to G.I JOE, or some other recent stinkers they look pretty good in comparison. But yeah- they're not great films. Not by a long shot.
6:32PM on 11/23/2009

The Best Year since 1999...

for movies, I'd say, is 2006:

The Prestige, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Casino Royale, The Proposition, The Illusionist, The Departed, Babel, Apocalypto, United 93, Thank You For Smoking, The Descent, Slither, Little Miss Sunshine, Inside Man, V for Vendetta, Hard Candy, The Fountain, Letters to Iwo Jima, Green Street Hooligans...

A great year.
for movies, I'd say, is 2006:

The Prestige, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Casino Royale, The Proposition, The Illusionist, The Departed, Babel, Apocalypto, United 93, Thank You For Smoking, The Descent, Slither, Little Miss Sunshine, Inside Man, V for Vendetta, Hard Candy, The Fountain, Letters to Iwo Jima, Green Street Hooligans...

A great year.
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6:53PM on 11/23/2009
Good list but I'm gonna say 07 was better. There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men, Zodiac, 300, The Lives of Others, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Persepolis, Superbad, Knocked Up, Gone Baby Gone, Sweeney Todd, The King of Kong, 3:10 To Yuma, Atonement.
Good list but I'm gonna say 07 was better. There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men, Zodiac, 300, The Lives of Others, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Persepolis, Superbad, Knocked Up, Gone Baby Gone, Sweeney Todd, The King of Kong, 3:10 To Yuma, Atonement.
6:16PM on 11/23/2009

1999 is the best year for film of all time

MAGNOLIA is the 2 big ones left out above.

Also want to throw these 2 underrated gems into the list as well, Man on the Moon (9/10) and The Huricane (9/10)

Also as others have said, Bringing out the Dead, Sleepy Hollow, Eyes Wide Shut,Fight Club and Dogma
MAGNOLIA is the 2 big ones left out above.

Also want to throw these 2 underrated gems into the list as well, Man on the Moon (9/10) and The Huricane (9/10)

Also as others have said, Bringing out the Dead, Sleepy Hollow, Eyes Wide Shut,Fight Club and Dogma
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5:39PM on 11/23/2009

Prequels

Man you nailed it: "We all claimed to love it, but I think each of us knew that there was something wrong, and that we were under whelmed." EXACTLY.

That said, I think they most definitely could've been way better. Darth Maul was maybe the best Star Wars villain ever, but he had to be killed off so they could bring in...Dooku? Grevious? Those villains totally sucked. Could you imagine how much better the whole thing would've been if Maul had been in all three films? Yoda fighting Darth
Man you nailed it: "We all claimed to love it, but I think each of us knew that there was something wrong, and that we were under whelmed." EXACTLY.

That said, I think they most definitely could've been way better. Darth Maul was maybe the best Star Wars villain ever, but he had to be killed off so they could bring in...Dooku? Grevious? Those villains totally sucked. Could you imagine how much better the whole thing would've been if Maul had been in all three films? Yoda fighting Darth Maul? Yes please! Maul cuts off Anakin's arm? Stupendous. Anakin finally bests Maul at the beginning of ROTS, proving he is actually bad ass - not exactly how we felt after he defeated Dooku.

Anakin also should've been a teenager in the first one though...him being a little kid was terrible.

I would agree that Lucas made them for the kids...except the tone varied so wildly in each movie that doesn't really hold up. On one hand we have Jar Jar, who only small children could stomach, on the other hand we have Maul KILLING Qui Gon right before our eyes. Dismemberment on one hand...one-liners from battle droids on the other. The tone just went all over the place.

And one more thing - the battle droids could've been totally awesome, but instead they made them cheesy and stupid. "Roger Roger" and all the stupid shit they made the robots say...horrible.
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6:16PM on 11/23/2009
Agreed. Maul was the only truly great thing about the prequels. He totally should have survived and become the main baddie throughout.
Agreed. Maul was the only truly great thing about the prequels. He totally should have survived and become the main baddie throughout.
7:48PM on 11/23/2009
Definitely right. Most fans are pissed off by what could have been, mostly because we were all thinking what we would have done differently, or better. I saw Phantom Menace as a 10 year old, the exact target audience. And I loved it, it was my favorite film that year. By the time Attack of the Clones came around, I was 13, and I found it alright, pretty good but only because of my inbuilt love of Star Wars. Then Revenge came out, and I was 15. I'd outgrown the prequels by then and was set on
Definitely right. Most fans are pissed off by what could have been, mostly because we were all thinking what we would have done differently, or better. I saw Phantom Menace as a 10 year old, the exact target audience. And I loved it, it was my favorite film that year. By the time Attack of the Clones came around, I was 13, and I found it alright, pretty good but only because of my inbuilt love of Star Wars. Then Revenge came out, and I was 15. I'd outgrown the prequels by then and was set on hating Hayden "shitty actor" Christiansen and Natalie "over-emoting" Portman for being so terrible. That was before I knew how hard it was to act in front of green screen. But still. You can only react to what you see on screen.

As it is now, I appreciate the technical skills involved, but II and III are major discontinuity in my book.

And you're right about those idiotic Battle Droids, and fuckin General Greivous has no place just showing up and expected to be a credible threat in Revenge. He has no force powers, he's dead. End of story.
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5:34PM on 11/23/2009
As mediocre as TPM may be compared to the other Star Wars films (Empire Strikes Back is by far my favorite) I will forever love the Duel of the Fates lightsaber fight between Darth Maul against Obi Wan and Qui Gon especially the one at the end between Obi Wan and Maul. As for the rest of the year my favorite was of course Best Picture American Beauty but Fight Club was very close behind...
As mediocre as TPM may be compared to the other Star Wars films (Empire Strikes Back is by far my favorite) I will forever love the Duel of the Fates lightsaber fight between Darth Maul against Obi Wan and Qui Gon especially the one at the end between Obi Wan and Maul. As for the rest of the year my favorite was of course Best Picture American Beauty but Fight Club was very close behind...
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5:25PM on 11/23/2009

Regarding THE PHANTOM MENACE...

I've always been bothered when people say things like "it was never possible for the prequels to live up to the hype".

It was most definitely possible.

If films like THE LORD OF THE RINGS can satisfy both the fans of the novel and a younger generation who have never even heard of the story – then it's entirely possible for an epic science fiction fantasy to appease two groups at the same time.

The problem comes down to the lousy writing, the over-reliance on CGI, and the subsequent
I've always been bothered when people say things like "it was never possible for the prequels to live up to the hype".

It was most definitely possible.

If films like THE LORD OF THE RINGS can satisfy both the fans of the novel and a younger generation who have never even heard of the story – then it's entirely possible for an epic science fiction fantasy to appease two groups at the same time.

The problem comes down to the lousy writing, the over-reliance on CGI, and the subsequent stiff acting resulting from that.

Oh, what could have been…

Great article Chris! Look forward to the rest.
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5:08PM on 11/23/2009

I miss the Nineties.

Enough said.

Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.
Enough said.

Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.
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4:49PM on 11/23/2009

Exactly the films Lucas wanted to make....

Yeah, crap plots, terrible acting, terrible CGI in EVERY scene and loads of pointless vehicles, villains and gadgets there solely so they could make a toy of it.
Yeah, crap plots, terrible acting, terrible CGI in EVERY scene and loads of pointless vehicles, villains and gadgets there solely so they could make a toy of it.
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4:45PM on 11/23/2009

1999 is easily one of the greatest years for film

Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia, Blair Witch Project, The Talented Mr. Ripley, South Park the Movie, The Iron Giant, Summer of Sam, Bringing out the Dead, Office Space, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Princess Mononoke, Ravenous, Titus.

Most of these are still amongst my favorite films today. At this rate I doubt we'll ever get to see another year as good as 1999. Great article. I can't wait for more... though I suspect I'll have some difference of opinion.
Eyes Wide Shut, Magnolia, Blair Witch Project, The Talented Mr. Ripley, South Park the Movie, The Iron Giant, Summer of Sam, Bringing out the Dead, Office Space, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Princess Mononoke, Ravenous, Titus.

Most of these are still amongst my favorite films today. At this rate I doubt we'll ever get to see another year as good as 1999. Great article. I can't wait for more... though I suspect I'll have some difference of opinion.
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4:39PM on 11/23/2009

2007

2007 was my favorite year for film. Pretty recent, but so many amazing films: Atonement, Zodiac, No Country, There Will Be Blood, 3:10 To Yuma, Gone Baby Gone, Assassination of Jesse James, Superbad, Michael Clayton, Sunshine, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Into the Wild....I could go on and on and on.
2007 was my favorite year for film. Pretty recent, but so many amazing films: Atonement, Zodiac, No Country, There Will Be Blood, 3:10 To Yuma, Gone Baby Gone, Assassination of Jesse James, Superbad, Michael Clayton, Sunshine, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Into the Wild....I could go on and on and on.
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4:31PM on 11/23/2009

Excellent article!

I've said to my friends how great a year 99 was and they look at me like huh? but yea I'd second Dogma, Eyes Wide Shut & especially Magnolia! GO deserves mention & maybe Sleepy Hollow,Boys Don't Cry, Boondock Saints. Toy Story 2, The Green Mile, The Insider. Damn I could think of dozen other great flicks
I've said to my friends how great a year 99 was and they look at me like huh? but yea I'd second Dogma, Eyes Wide Shut & especially Magnolia! GO deserves mention & maybe Sleepy Hollow,Boys Don't Cry, Boondock Saints. Toy Story 2, The Green Mile, The Insider. Damn I could think of dozen other great flicks
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4:22PM on 11/23/2009
I remember my mother renting Matrix on VHS :P Was the bomb.
I remember my mother renting Matrix on VHS :P Was the bomb.
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3:55PM on 11/23/2009
The Matrix could indeed be purchased on VHS, it's just that no one wanted it on VHS. Partner that hype with the fact that DVD players were all of a sudden about $150 or less, and it was VHS-killing magic.
The Matrix could indeed be purchased on VHS, it's just that no one wanted it on VHS. Partner that hype with the fact that DVD players were all of a sudden about $150 or less, and it was VHS-killing magic.
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3:46PM on 11/23/2009

I'd like to see these Shout Outs

Dogma,Magnolia,and Eyes Wide Shut(not the greatest movie but the last movie directed by Stanley)
Dogma,Magnolia,and Eyes Wide Shut(not the greatest movie but the last movie directed by Stanley)
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3:35PM on 11/23/2009

Part 1

Lots more to come guys- I'll be posting a new article on the films of 99 all week. Lots coming up- which films do you guys think should be mentioned? SIXTH SENSE, AMERICAN BEAUTY, & FIGHT CLUB are a given, as are BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, BLAIR WITCH, THREE KINGS, etc. Which others deserve a shout out?
Lots more to come guys- I'll be posting a new article on the films of 99 all week. Lots coming up- which films do you guys think should be mentioned? SIXTH SENSE, AMERICAN BEAUTY, & FIGHT CLUB are a given, as are BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, BLAIR WITCH, THREE KINGS, etc. Which others deserve a shout out?
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4:43PM on 11/23/2009
Don't forget Entrapment...With Catherine Zeta Jones' awesome back side! The Green Mile...Tom Hanks on a Stephen King movie which should have won an award! Oh, and Man on the Moon...Jim Carey channeling Andy [link] Also, if you leave out Office Space, I don't think I will be able to go on. Ok, I am done.
Don't forget Entrapment...With Catherine Zeta Jones' awesome back side! The Green Mile...Tom Hanks on a Stephen King movie which should have won an award! Oh, and Man on the Moon...Jim Carey channeling Andy [link] Also, if you leave out Office Space, I don't think I will be able to go on. Ok, I am done.
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3:32PM on 11/23/2009

My How Time Flies

I was 13. Holy shit.
I was 13. Holy shit.
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3:25PM on 11/23/2009

I never understood...

the amount of hate towards the Matrix Sequels. I really enjoyed them. Especially that freeway chase sequence in Reloaded. I can't think of another chase sequence on a Freeway that comes even close to what the Wachowskis did in that film. Plus the fight scene with Neo vs 100 Smiths. How can any guy not dig that!? THE MATRIX SEQUELS DID NOT SUCK!!!
the amount of hate towards the Matrix Sequels. I really enjoyed them. Especially that freeway chase sequence in Reloaded. I can't think of another chase sequence on a Freeway that comes even close to what the Wachowskis did in that film. Plus the fight scene with Neo vs 100 Smiths. How can any guy not dig that!? THE MATRIX SEQUELS DID NOT SUCK!!!
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5:11PM on 11/23/2009
It's the sequels that made me truly appreciate the first one.
It's the sequels that made me truly appreciate the first one.
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3:16PM on 11/23/2009
Wow. I can't believe I was only 12 in 1999. I can't even believe it's been 10 solid years since The Matrix and Phantom Menace. Thanks a lot Chris for reminding us how truly fast time goes by!

Hehe. Anyway...I'd have to say 1999 belonged to The Phantom Menace. All the other greats aside, it was Star Wars frenzy that year. I remember buying Pepsis just so I could collect all 6 character posters (I live in Malaysia btw). Crazy year. Can't remember another flick that garnered that kinda'
Wow. I can't believe I was only 12 in 1999. I can't even believe it's been 10 solid years since The Matrix and Phantom Menace. Thanks a lot Chris for reminding us how truly fast time goes by!

Hehe. Anyway...I'd have to say 1999 belonged to The Phantom Menace. All the other greats aside, it was Star Wars frenzy that year. I remember buying Pepsis just so I could collect all 6 character posters (I live in Malaysia btw). Crazy year. Can't remember another flick that garnered that kinda' publicity.
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3:13PM on 11/23/2009

Yeah ...

... it was a great year. I remember I saw The Matrix and The Mummy and was overwhelmed by both of them, The Phantom Menace fulfilled my expectation, and Fight Club became one of my favourite movies. Hollywood was different those days, too bad they'll never come back ...
... it was a great year. I remember I saw The Matrix and The Mummy and was overwhelmed by both of them, The Phantom Menace fulfilled my expectation, and Fight Club became one of my favourite movies. Hollywood was different those days, too bad they'll never come back ...
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3:12PM on 11/23/2009

Sixth Sense?

The Sixth Sense was '99 too. By the way, I really think the Matrix sequels are under-appreciated. The entire Matrix saga (Movies,Animatrix, games etc) is amazing.
The Sixth Sense was '99 too. By the way, I really think the Matrix sequels are under-appreciated. The entire Matrix saga (Movies,Animatrix, games etc) is amazing.
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3:32PM on 11/23/2009
It's coming dude- this is only Part 1
It's coming dude- this is only Part 1
3:10PM on 11/23/2009
My favorite movie year is 1976 : Taxi Driver, Network, All the President's Men, Rocky, Marathon Man, among others.

But 1999 is a very solid year indeed. Its hard to pick a favorite though. I had Matrix on VHS, cause I didnt have a DVD player before late 2001.
My favorite movie year is 1976 : Taxi Driver, Network, All the President's Men, Rocky, Marathon Man, among others.

But 1999 is a very solid year indeed. Its hard to pick a favorite though. I had Matrix on VHS, cause I didnt have a DVD player before late 2001.
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2:56PM on 11/23/2009

American Bauty

This movie is one of few to blow me away and the last best picture winner for me to actually jump and cheer when it was announced. The movie was just excellent on every level.

This movie is one of few to blow me away and the last best picture winner for me to actually jump and cheer when it was announced. The movie was just excellent on every level.

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3:06PM on 11/23/2009
It's coming- I'll have a write up of AMERICAN BEAUTY later in the week...
It's coming- I'll have a write up of AMERICAN BEAUTY later in the week...
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2:51PM on 11/23/2009
the matrix was the best thing out of 1999. then matrix reloaded came out...we learned the wachowskis were indeed 1 hit wonders. the matrix = classic. the rest of their work = not so much
the matrix was the best thing out of 1999. then matrix reloaded came out...we learned the wachowskis were indeed 1 hit wonders. the matrix = classic. the rest of their work = not so much
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2:41PM on 11/23/2009
The Matrix made my dad purchase a DVD player and it was the first DVD we got. I remember every one of my friends coming over to check out the ridiculous clarity. Unreal.. The Matrix is one of the best movies of all-time.
The Matrix made my dad purchase a DVD player and it was the first DVD we got. I remember every one of my friends coming over to check out the ridiculous clarity. Unreal.. The Matrix is one of the best movies of all-time.
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2:39PM on 11/23/2009
I've got "The Matrix" on VHS?
I've got "The Matrix" on VHS?
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2:49PM on 11/23/2009
Yeah, I've got it too. Maybe it's a US thing, I guess. We in Europe saw Matrix being released in VHS as well.
Yeah, I've got it too. Maybe it's a US thing, I guess. We in Europe saw Matrix being released in VHS as well.
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