Welcome to Part 2 of our 1999 Movie Retrospective. The final year of the last century was one hell of a cinematic ride and it offered some outstanding films for lovers of cinema.
Now be aware that this is not a definitive list of the films released – it’s a brief rundown highlighting interesting films that should be seen (although not always for the right reasons).
You can check out the first part (A-E) here or continue reading to see the other gems that were released in 1999.
Fight Club was a box office disappointment ten years ago, but it has gained a HUGE cult following since – and it must have made an absolute mint on DVD. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton star in this David Fincher directed adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s now-famous novel. The film is another example of world perspective from a late 90s view point.
For The Love of the Game
There’s something about For the Love of the Game that got under my skin when I saw it ten years ago. Maybe it was the music? Or maybe it was Kevin Costner’s performance? I don’t know, but it is my favorite Sam Raimi film. If you think that’s odd – I know nothing about baseball and I don’t like any sport!
Few admit to liking Tim Allen on the big screen but many will say that they love Galaxy Quest. Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver also star in this comedic pastiche of Star Trek. It’s good fun, with some equally good creature f/x.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is probably director Jim Jarmusch’s most accessible film. It stars Forest Whitaker as a Mafia hitman who follows the Samurai code. It didn’t make much of a commercial splash on release back in ’99 but it was hailed by critics. Go on – check it out!
The film that won Angelina Jolie an Oscar was supposed to be an acting showcase for Winona Ryder. Ryder has all but fallen into obscurity and Jolie is the biggest female star on the planet. Maybe that’s the reason to check out this James Mangold directed film.
The Green Mile
Frank Darabont does a Stephen King prison adaptation. Been there, done that. This one stars Tom Hanks. The Shawshank Redemption grossed $28 million and this did $136 million. You figure out why (Hint: Hanks).
Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson and Catherine Zeta Jones star in a Jan De Bont directed PG-13 haunted house horror film chock full of CGI. Half of that sentence seems like a good idea. Others must have thought so too, as it grossed $90 million. I haven’t seen it since it came out. If I have a few drinks I might watch it again on television. Maybe.
The Iron Giant
Based on the Ted Hughes tale, the Iron Giant was pretty much thrown out onto screens by Warner Brothers a decade ago. The Brad Bird animated film features the vocal stylings of Vin Diesel and Jennifer Aniston. It flopped on release, but it now (like a lot of ’99 films) has a huge cult following.
In my opinion Magnolia is one of the best films of the last ten years. Paul Thomas Anderson’s epic L.A. tale features an excellent ensemble cast featuring a never better Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Jason Robards, John C. Reilly and William H. Macy. Aimee Mann’s music adds heart to this lyrical and poetic film.
A film that changed cinema for the decade. Keanu Reeves stars as the savior of mankind in the Wachowski’s cyber-punk action thriller. Black trench coats and sunglasses flew off the shelves as everyone wanted that Matrix look. “Bullet-time” and “wire-fu” became fixtures in nearly every action film that followed. It’s a pity that the sequels didn’t live up to this one.
Stephen Sommers’ action romp was an unexpected success when it opened. It’s a good old-fashioned adventure with a lot of CGI. It’s a shame that the only thing that Sommers seemed to take away from this film were the things that didn’t work!
An interesting little film starring Russell Crowe and Burt Reynolds. It’s directed by Jay Roach the man behind the Meet the Parents films but there’s heart to this comedy film that tanked on release.
A superhero comedy film released a while before superheroes became all the rage again. Ben Stiller leads the cast in what would be one of his last not-for-they-paycheck roles.