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1999 - possibly one of the best years in movies?


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i've seen numerous retrospectives on this, and factors why this was: art house stuff being done by smaller studios propped by larger ones to fund them, etc

still, what a lineup...saw a handful of these in theaters at the time, but many of them on DVD/etc after.  what about y'all?

 

 

Fight Club

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The Matrix

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American Beauty

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Run Lola Run

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Go

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Boys Don't Cry

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The Sixth Sense

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Three Kings

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Election

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Being John Malkovich

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Magnolia

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The Blair Witch Project

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Office Space

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The Iron Giant

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Eyes Wide Shut

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South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

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From "The Matrix" and "The Blair Witch Project" to "American Beauty" and "The Sixth Sense", the last year of the millennium was transformative for Hollywood

 

 


 

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Fight Club. Being John Malkovich. The Matrix. Magnolia. The Blair Witch Project. They predicted a revolution in film that never happened.

 

We are in many ways worse off now than we were 15 years ago as a culture. We seem to have run out of original ideas. On the list of top-grossing 1999 films in the U.S., there isn't a single superhero film, and most of the films are from original scripts, not established source material. The Matrix, which created "bullet time" special effects, influenced films like Inception, and rebooted existential sci-fi films, was made from a completely original script, not a comic book. The Sixth Sense, the second-highest grossing film of 1999, was an authentic concept that gave a new life to twist endings.

Of all the filmmakers who made ripples in the Class of '99, only Malkovich's Spike Jonze still really makes avant-garde-ish films. Her won him a Best Screenplay Oscar this year for its spot-on depiction of how lonely our lives have become. That's not to say there's been a complete dearth of originality in the past decade, but most films, at least studio films, don't speak to our current state like the films of 1999 did.

 

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