Monday, December 27, 2010

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1999

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1999:

Alexander Payne's hilarious black comedy with bite about high school politics is superbly written and sharply acted by it's leads. I get something new from it on every viewing.

Paul Thomas Anderson's third film is another winner. A masterpiece of mood and emotion, Magnolia is the kind of movie you don't just see...You experience it.

Steven Soderbergh's revenge thriller is anything but typical. One of the best edited films I've seen in quite some time; and the last great Soderbergh film to date.

Stanley Kubrick's last film may have put some off, but for those who are fans know the masterful work on display here. Think of this movie as a journey into a warped dreamworld and you'll get a lot of this trip of a movie.

Pedro Almodovar's All About My Mother was one that united most critics and made me a real fan of his work. Wonderfully acted and written.

Dick is not your average Teen Comedy. There's an endless bounty of sharp humor here, and it's a joy of a movie to watch. Makes me smile every time.

Lawrence Kasdan's woefully overlooked comedy is an engaging tale of a guy who pretends to be a small town psychologist.

John Sayles directs this moving story about the burgeoning relationship between a man and a woman (who's also dealing with her troubled daughter) Things get really complicated as they find themselves stranded on an island after escaping the drug dealers who killed the man's brother.

Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, RIPLEY is a very well made tale of a man who assumes identities and becomes obsessed with another man... as well as his extravagant lifestyle.

Mike Judge's hilarious workplace comedy. If you don't like it, Milton is going to burn your building down.

Top 8 Horror:

Roman Polanski's tale of the occult is also one of the most exciting movies ever about the hunt for a book. Well done as usual from the master of suspense.

David Cronenberg's refreshingly bizarre look at modern technology expertly melds his usual theme of body horror. The result is a horror-fantasy not quite like any other.

 Katt Shea's The Rage really surprised me. Most didn't care for it, but there's an ample amount of depth to be found here. This film's central character is strong willed and the picture paints a realistic portrait of a teen in crisis. I'm also in awe of what Shea brought to the table here considering she replaced the original director a few weeks into filming.

This truly gruesome tale of cannibalism among soldiers after the Mexican-American war is also surprisingly funny. No one does crazy quite like Robert Carlyle.

Tim Burton's last satisfying movie. Beautifully shot and put together, Burton's picture brings the old Washington Irving story to a real cinematic level.

Forget about the Sixth Sense... Even though Stir Of Echoes also features a creepy boy who can see the dead, it's a more interesting tale of a blue collar guy slowly going bonkers trying to unravel a Stephen King-like mystery.

America's favorite Betty White feeds a gargantuan crocodile in this fun horror flick by way of a screwball comedy.

Owen Wilson once almost had a career of range... The Minus Man is an unusual but very interesting tale of a creepy killer who finds himself making a connection with a woman... But will she find out his secret?

More 1999 goodness:

American Movie
Being John Malkovich
Boys Don't Cry
Cruel Intentions
The Dreamlife Of Angels
Felicia's Journey
Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai
Girl On The Bridge
Holy Smoke
An Ideal Husband
The Insider
Jesus' Son
Judy Berlin
Mansfield Park
Never Been Kissed
Run Lola Run
South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut
The Straight Story
Sweet And Lowdown
10 Things I Hate About You
Three Kings
The War Zone

Best Worst Movie: Deep Blue Sea


and a "creepy indie" double feature:
10. SAFE


Monica Perry said...

I love The Talented Mr. Ripley. It's the first time I actually thought of Matt Damon as talented.

Andrew Green said...

Another fine list....
I'm glad to see Dick on there. It's a tragically underrated movie.

Ty said...

Great List! Nice to see Ravenous, Existenz, Dick, and Election. Also The Insider, Ghost Dog, and Stir Of Echos! 1999 was an amazing year for movies!

Rob said...

Jeez, 1999 really WAS a good year! Talented Mr. Ripley, Cruel Intentions (love that movie with a fiery passion)and I'm happy that I'm not the only person on Earth who thought Carrie 2 had some merit. Very good choices.

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

I think the 90s are right behind the 70s and 30s for best decades ever for movies, and your series of lists for each year has illustrated that really well. I have to echo everyone's remarks about Dick in your top ten. Also, I liked Ghost Dog and 10 Things I hate About You.

As an aside, comparing my top ten of the decade to yours, we only have Pulp Fiction in common.

Cinema Du Meep said...

1999 really was a good year... Much better than it is now 10+ years later.

Bleaux Leaux said...

A big thumbs up for "The Minus Man", one of the most original and overlooked movies of the last 15 years. Proves Owen Wilson, with the right direction, is (or was) capable of far more than the amiable slackers he's come to specialize in.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Excellent point. It's funny how some movies get swept under the rug... And that one definitely did.

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