Favorite Movies a decade ago

21 Jul

A writer/movie critic that I enjoy reading, Jeffery Overstreet, challenged his readers to consider favorite movies from ’99.  He posted a list of all the movies released that year, so it took me awhile to figure out what even came out then.  I posted this on his website in the comment section and thought it might make a good blog over here.

What would make your list?

He said top 10. This is Top 10 in no particular order.

Magnolia– still love it. Began my love of P.T. Anderson and wish that he’d get movies out more frequently.

The Matrix– First movie was beyond awesome.

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace– I’d been waiting 15 years for that movie and when the fanfare began and creeping intro began, I cried like a baby. It wasn’t till much later that I realized just how awful that kid playing Anakin was and how JarJar was really just annoying. I can’t escape the fact that the lightsaber dual between Darth Maul, Qui Gon Jin, and Obi Wan was the payoff for 15 years of waiting to see Jedi knights kick ass.

Fight Club– Edward Norton rocks and this movie was twisty and creepy and interesting even though it was stylized to death. The ideas in this movie stuck with me long after I got out of the theater. Oh yea, and Meatloaf? Fugettaboutit…

Cider House Rules– I love John Irving and this was his redemption for leaving his masterpiece to the idiots who came up with the crap can that was Simon Birch. This was a great adaptation of the novel with pitch perfect casting and stellar performances all around.

Office Space– Wasn’t really successful until it played on repeat on USA channel. I liked it and was quoting it after the first time I saw it in the theater.

Notting Hill– I’ve got to get one romcom on here and this is one of the best. This was sweet and funny and I loved the way it charmed American audiences with its very British sensabilities.

The Sixth Sense– M. Night hit it out of the park the first time out. Maybe he hasn’t reached this masterpiece since, but this was a fantastic movie. I will never forget the way I literally sucked in my breath when it dawned on me at the end. Perfect setup and execution.

The Green Mile- Love Stephen King.  Love Tom Hanks.  Great adaptation.

Toy Story II– Unbelievable that Pixar pulled off a sequel that is as amazing as the first. They get it: story, story, story. Why can’t the rest of Hollywood figure it? They keep trying to feed us swill the likes of Transformers II (and I)? We’ll see if Pixar can do it again.

Honorable Mentions:

Election– Didn’t see this in the theater and don’t think I saw it in ‘99. Especially insightful to me since I grew up in the Midwest.

American Beauty– Never saw it in the theater and saw it a couple of times before I decided I liked it. I seem to recall that Jeff and I disagree about this movie which surprises me. It’s not perfect, but there are a couple of things in it (voice over during the dancing bag) that make it fantastic and redemptive to me.

Dill Scallion– Never even heard of this movie until I caught the last half of it on a free Starz weekend.  I wish somebody would release it on DVD so that I don’t have to worry about my (used) VHS being destroyed.  I quote this movie all the time and nobody has even heard of it.   I also wish somebody would release the soundtrack (all songs by Sheryl Crow!)  Hilarious!

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Posted by on July 21, 2009 in pop culture


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