I started this blog in 2008 and I've been doing my yearly top ten films each year since then. Also at the end of 2010 I decided to do a retrospective where I did my top ten from 2000 to 2010. So you can see all of those via this link
This week, with little inspiration, I thought why not take a moment to look back at what many believe was one of the best years of cinema in this latest era of movies (a stretch maybe, but let's see how the internet takes that statement). So let's go:
10. Bringing out the Dead (dir. Martin Scorsese)
This is one of those out on the fringes Scorsese
films. This movie discussed a part of the New York culture that he hasn't talked about that much. With a lot of colourful characters all running around him it pulls off being a great watch that I'll never stop seeing over and over.
9. The Matrix (dir. Andy & Larry Wachowski)
I saw this movie for the first time when it came on bootleg DirectTV that my best friend taped for me and I saw this movie on repeat for approximately four days. I don't think I can say that about many films. This is a film that remains in the category of groundbreaking and I'll always keep a special place in my heart for it.
8. Election (dir. Alexander Payne)
When high school is pretty much lowered to the standard of a teacher trying his best to keep a know it all student who wants nothing more than to succeed by hatching schemes to make sure she doesn't win the vote for school president. It's one of the best dark comedies I've seen in years and I'm happy for the weird tone it takes with that pitch.
7. The Virgin Suicides (dir. Sofia Coppola)
is a filmmaker who I believe is the next coming in character studies. She's able to say more in painting mood canvases about these characters she chooses to focus on and while this isn't her best film it is still a fantastic piece of cinema.
6. American Beauty (dir. Sam Mendes)
I love this movie. I love Kevin Spacey. I love Chris Cooper. I love this movie and the narrated wonderful story. I think my love can honestly be summed with the scene towards the end of the film where Cooper and Spacey have a slight dialogue (which I won't spoil). It's apt and without every range of emotion I've ever wanted to see in a film like this.
5. Man on the Moon (dir. Milos Forman)
Pretty much one of the weirdest characters ever to exist in the real world happens to end up being portrayed by one of the weirdest actors to ever be allowed to be let into mainstream Hollywood because he doesn't mind being silly. Here's Jim Carrey
's performance of his career that will live on longer than any Ace Ventura
type of character he's been made to do each year.
4. Eyes Wide Shut (dir. Stanley Kubrick)
I'm not the biggest Kubrick
fan but something about the mystery of this story just hit me like a ton of bricks. I love a great mystery in movies, I love it when at every point in a film I keep asking why and every answer continually ends with me still asking why. This is a film that does that in spades along with a lot great mystery all wrapped around the marraige of the main characters.
3. The Limey (dir. Steven Soderbergh)
I love Soderbergh. This movie is Soderbergh's attempt at noir detective revenge story-telling where his main character has the great trump card of being fantastically intriguing. Along with his British cockney slinging quirk he's the man who's not taking anything other than his full share of what he's deserved.
2. Being John Malkovich (dir. Spike Jonze)
I'm not that guy who loves movies just for being weird, but something about heading to a 1/2 floor for a puppeteer's job who finds a gateway into the mind of John Malkovich just got me. I loved the idea of a puppeteer taking control and the way that Spike Jonze
grabbed me with a medium of entertainment and his visual style keeps me engaged in a way that not many movies do.
1. Magnolia (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
This is one of my favourite movies of all time. It entrances me, it envelops me, it trusts me. The film finds ways to interweave characters with the guise of chance without seeming too heavy handed and never looking cheesy. One other part about this movie is that I find something new each time I watch it and I never seem to feel like I have a perfect grip on it as it is slightly elusive at times as to it's true meaning. Thank you PTA and I will perpetually look forward to anything you do.
What's your favourite films of 1999?