Guest Review – A Quiet Place

Playing our nerves and frequently our imaginations, horror movies, when done right, can set the tone. And if films like Jaws made us afraid to go in the water, A Quiet Place John Krasinski’s latest film, will make you afraid to utter a sound. The film, produced with a budget of $7M, had an impressive Box Office […]

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Masterpiece: Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Milos Forman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest opens and closes with a tranquil setting, open land at near-dark, mountains, that stirring Jack Nitzsche score – emotively both experiences are very different. The brave, sensitive subject matter on show here is still tricky to handle, even today (over forty years on), but the director Milos Forman just […]

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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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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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The Insider – Blowin’ Smoke at Big Tobacco

Millions more people have died of ailments caused by cigarette smoke than by all terrorist attacks in every country since time began, so when Michael Mann opens his film about tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffery Wigand (Russell Crowe) with CBS producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) preparing a 60 Minutes interview with Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, cleric and cheerleader for suicide bombers, Mann had me at “hello.”

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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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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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Short Film Review: Not(e) for a Dreamer

Whilst watching Not(e) for a Dreamer I was reminded of a certain quote, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “ Youth comes but once in a lifetime.” Indeed being young is something we only experience once, an in the grand scale of things it is only a fleeting passing moment that is over all too quick, just like summer. This […]

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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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Documentary Review – SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

With a name like Mick Rock, you would have been more surprised if he hadn’t pursued a life of Rock N’ Roll. SHOT! Is an odyssey into the history of rock ‘n’ roll via the photographs and recounts of rock’s greatest living photographer: Mick Rock who navigates his story from the glam rock shimmer of London to the […]

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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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“Tell Him I’m Coming.” Revisiting the Explosive Revenge Neo-Noir The Limey

“Bide your time. That’s what prison teaches you, if nothing else. Bide your time, and everything becomes clear, and you can act accordingly.” When Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey exploded onto the big screen in 1999, it wasn’t quite what audiences were expecting. This isn’t a big budget action flick, with explosions or prolonged material arts […]

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