I Am Jack’s Broken Heart: Fight Club Review

Fight Club is an absolute insane movie to try to explain and it’s impact on popular culture at this point is complete. Based off the 1996 book by writer Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club follows a singular narrator played by Edward Norton through corporate life and the drone of existence in modern America. Unable to sleep, […]

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Tim Roth Directs The War Zone With Brutal Truth

*** SOME SPOILERS *** In the opening scenes of the 1999 bare-bones British drama The War Zone, some effort is made to establish what might well be a realistic, relatively well-rounded family. There’s a whiff of familiarity that Dad is walking around the house without a shirt on. That  heavily pregnant Mum’s waters break on […]

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The Force is Strong with This One (Really!) – In Defense of The Phantom Menace

Star Wars

1999 is remembered for many things in film: the passing of one of cinema’s legendary storytellers in Stanley Kubrick. The ascension of Paul Thomas Anderson via his multi-layered drama Magnolia. Two sibling writer-directors flipping the script on what science fiction (and to a larger extent, film in general) could be with The Matrix. It was also the […]

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Pokemon: The Cash Grab (Or How to Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too!)

Pokemon

Ah, the late Nineties: A hell of a time to be around and young. Bill Clinton was in the midst of impeachment hearing about lying under oath about an extramarital affair with a secretary. The anxiety of an entire generation leading up to a new millennium. The New York Yankees and Michael Jordan dominating the […]

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East is East, A Room for Romeo Brass Make For Perfect 1999 Movie Double Bill

“But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth.” – Rudyard Kipling Perusing through the vast rang of movies from 1999 is in itself an enduring, compelling journey. Getting to revisit some fine films from the end of the century. A time for the movie world to change in many ways, as […]

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We All Hate Our Job – Office Space Review

Positioned between the technological boom of the 90’s and the panic of the upcoming Y2K scare, Office Space is a satirical comedy about the banality of corporate life and the soul crushing existence of a cubicle career. Peter, Michael, and Samir all work at Initech, a technology company that updates bank software for the year […]

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Trapped in the Rat Race: Revisiting Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher

With the recent release of You Were Never Really Here, and the Rewind year at Filmotomy, it seems only fitting to revisit Lynne Ramsay’s debut film which came out in the glorious year of film, 1999. Ratcatcher was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and won its director […]

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Life Interrupted: The Journey to get The Virgin Suicides from Page to Screen

“I never thought I would be a film-maker. It wasn’t something I ever planned. I had so many interests but I just couldn’t find one medium that really clicked for me. Then I made a short film, Lick the Star in 1998, and it brought together all the things I loved.” Sofia Coppola, The Guardian It seems […]

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Finding Neo: How Your Children Can Understand The Matrix

Writing a piece on The Matrix for our Rewind: 1999 in Film series was trickier than I first imagined. And not because I had nothing to say. Far from it. In the end after watching the movie twice, and digging deep into the behind the scenes footage, I was still kind of blown away by […]

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An Essenial Soundtrack for the Cinema of 1999

As part of the “Rewind: 1999 in Film” series at Filmotomy I pulled together a 10 minute video of some of the finest film scores (though there are some lyrical moments) from the last year of the century. I considered for far too long on whether to include an abundance of songs, and it was […]

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Look Closer: The Decay of the American Dream in American Beauty

“My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year I will be dead. Of course I don’t know that yet, and in a way, I am dead already.” What a movie! American Beauty truly was the best […]

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Heath Ledger: The Double Breakthrough Actor of 1999

Some time before the turbulent, passionate romance story Dan shared with Candy, filmed in his native Australia, Heath Ledger had already made the big time in mainstream cinema. The 2006 story of love and other drugs with Abbie Cornish, was a return to roots for Ledger – and an impressive one at that. Infact, both […]

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Bummer of “Sam”: Spike Lee Does Too Much and Not Enough

In Summer of Sam, Two sets of young Italian-American couples, Vinny (John Leguizamo) and Dionna (Mira Sorvino), and Richie (Adrien Brody) and Ruby (Jennifer Esposito) deal with their relationship strife and conflict, while simultaneously growing fearful and obsessed with a serial killer terrorizing New York City. Summer of Sam was a Spike Lee movie nobody […]

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Flick v. Metzler 1999: Election Review

A presidential race between a popular yet unqualified male against a more driven and overqualified female? Hmmm..sounds a lot like the 2016 Presidential race. However, it also sounds like the plot of the 1999 satire Election starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. Election involves a race for student body president at a Nebraska high school […]

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True Crime is for People Who Care About Clint Eastwood, Oakland, or the Death Penalty – No One Else

By Andy Kamenetzky and Daniel Smith-Rowsey In True Crime, Clint Eastwood plays Steve Everett, a recently recovering alcoholic, a cuckolder and womanizer, and a nearly washed-up reporter working for the Oakland Tribune. Amy, one of Steve’s fellow reporters, after a night drinking with Steve, dies in a car crash, and the next morning Steve is […]

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Mount Rose American Teen Princess – Drop Dead Gorgeous Review

One of the more under the radar films of the notable year that was 1999 is the mockumentary Drop Dead Gorgeous. Starring a varied and talented cast, we find ourselves in a small town in Minnesota called Mount Rose. A camera crew has arrived to cover 1995’s American Teen Princess beauty pageant and interview it’s contestants […]

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The Woman of your Nightmares: Is Audition about Misogyny or is about Misandry?

“A truly shocking horror film about obsession gone evil, “Audition” is made even more disturbing by its haunting beauty.” Ken Eisner, Variety Miike Takashi is a director who doesn’t shy away from showing us the ugly aspect to life, and he certainly knows what audiences are traumatized by, but his 1999 film Audition is perhaps his most shocking […]

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A Game Of Inches – Any Given Sunday Review

“Remember Kev, on Any Given Sunday, anything can happen.” Oliver Stone has made a career out of controversial films that either criticize or outright damn the very institutions society holds up to the highest standard. He went after the military in Platoon, the President in Nixon, The United States government in JFK. The 90’s saw […]

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Questioning Reality: Revisiting The Thirteenth Floor

Ignorance is bliss. For the first time in my life, I agree. Hannon Fuller (Armin Mueller-Stahl) 1999 saw the science fiction genre be redefined by the likes of The Matrix. But there was another (frankly far more superior) science fiction film which was released during that year which also dealt with the similar concept of […]

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