5 Faves: Films of 1999

1. Insider, The 2. Being John Malkovich 3. Galaxy Quest 4. October Sky 5. Three Kings Just Missed The Cut: American Beauty, The Iron Giant, Limbo, The Matrix, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Need To See: Beyond The Mat, Boys Don’t Cry, Eyes Wide Shut, Sweet And Lowdown, Topsy-Turvy Comedy Hi-Lites: 10 Things I Hate …

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Office Space – Quickie Review

This is easily one of the most notable comedies of all time. No matter how many times I watch this movie, I always smile with anticipation of a joke and then laugh when it arrives. Everyone’s comedic timing is perfect and the script is flawless.

Go – Quickie Review

This a story about the happenings of various people following a Christmas Eve drug deal. Each story is told separately with the stories briefly intersecting along way. Fast-paced and funny, drug induced romp. Great ensemble, but William Fichtner is a standout.

Blair Witch Project, The – Quickie Review

Not the first found footage movie, but it certainly helped launch the phenomenon. I first saw this at an advanced screening, and the crowd was really into it. Tense, scary, low-key. The theatre helped continue to fuel the fear fire by placing rock piles and branch clusters in the lobby and along the sidewalk outside …

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Ravenous – Quickie Review: 31 Nights Of Horror – Day 27 / Film #4

An american military outpost take in the lone survivor of a failed cross-country expedition and he relays a story of cannibalism. Pitch black comedy and ferocious violence carry this film from start to finish. Robert Carlyle steals the show with a performance that ranges from gleefully maniacal to refined evil. I saw this at a …

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Sleepy Hollow (1999) – Quickie Review

This movie is so gleefully over the top violent. Crazy gory, almost cartoonish. This Tim Burton movie is sooooooooooooooo Tim Butron. The art direction is stunning. Depp is effortlessly humourous as the cowardly Crane and Walken is positively frightening as the Horseman in flashbacks. Clever script, great ensemble, gorgeous Gothic horror.

Notting Hill – Quickie Review

One of my wife’s all-time favourite movies and one of my favourites from the romantic comedy genre. Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts are effortless charming throughout. However the supporting cast steals most scenes they are in, Rhys Ifans in particular. Textbook ending, but the wit and intelligence of Richard Curtis’ script is a notch well …

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Galaxy Quest – Quickie Review

One of my all-time favourite comedies. It’s still fresh. I still laugh as much and as hard as I did the first time I saw it. Tremendous ensemble with Alan Rickman and Sam Rockwell being the standouts.