Time for another The Year In Movies and this time, we finally get out of the 21st century and enter the tail end of the 90s with, arguably, the greatest movie year of all time, 1999.
1999 gave us a lot of incredible movies including The Sixth Sense, Toy Story 2, The Matrix, Tarzan, Big Daddy, The Blair Witch Project, Stuart Little, The Green Mile, American Beauty, Notting Hill, Analyze This, American Pie, Entrapment, Galaxy Quest, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Any Given Sunday, Blue Streak, Bowfinger, Life, Three Kings, Bicentennial Man, Eyes Wide Shut, Varsity Blues, Girl, Interrupted, South Park – Bigger, Longer, & Uncut, 10 Things I Hate About You, Fight Club, Man On The Moon, The Best Man, Dogma, The Iron Giant, Arlington Road, Being John Malkovich, Magnolia, EDtv, Stir Of Echoes, Bringing Out The Dead, Election, The Muse, Boy’s Don’t Cry, Office Space, Mystery, Alaska, Play It To The Bone, Pushing Tin, Run Lola Run, 200 Cigarettes, The Straight Story, Detroit Rock City, Crazy In Alabama, and Titus.
Um, in the words of Ice Cube & Chris Tucker from Friday…DAMMMMNNNNNN!!!!!!
I mean, my god, that’s a strong lineup of the best or even, just good, movies that came out in 1999. That’s the year to beat, easily.
And to this date, no year has ever come close to beating what 1999 offered. Yeah, we’ve had years that came close like 2014 but 1999 is still a hard year to beat with a roster like that.
1999, that was a really good year for movies and we’ve not had a year come close to such a caliber of really strong well made movies since then.
And with that, let’s delve into the hardest part of this list, picking out the 10 best films released in 1999:
10. Office Space
I mean, what can really be said about Office Space that hasn’t already been addressed, it’s hilarious as hell, it’s one of the most perfect comedies ever made showcasing that Mike Judge’s comedic style can work in live-action and providing a great cast, memorable hilarious moments, a story that’s so relatable to its’ audience, and just everything about the movie works so well. There are no flaws to it whatsoever, it’s a classic.
9. South Park – Bigger, Longer & Uncut
This movie is friggin awesome, this movie is everything we’ve come to expect from South Park at that point and it delivers the best laughs and the best moments of any animated film ever.
Also, the songs in here are incredibly done too. The songs are done by Marc Shaiman, who’s done a lot of the scores for Rob Reiner’s movies and also wrote the really good songs on NBC’s Smash, which at this point is the only thing that’s keeping me with the series.
Trey Parker & Matt Stone managed to make not just a good South park movie but an incredible animated movie that adult audiences can really enjoy and also a great musical that people who don’t like musicals would like.
It’s an incredible movie that fits the style of South park and is definitely one of the best animated movies ever made.
8. Three Kings
Not only the film that saved George Clooney’s career but also showcased great performances from Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube and showed off the great directing ability of David O’Russell.
7. Being John Malkovich
A slick smart well acted and hilarious comedy directed by Spike Jonze and starring Catherine Keener, John Cusack, and Cameron Diaz centering around the actor John Malkovich.
6. Galaxy Quest
A hilariously funny satirical Star Trek spoof film with Tim Allen at his finest working off of Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman very nicely.
5. Toy Story 2
A hard thing to top something as great as the first Toy Story and when you take into consideration that Pixar had half of the original version of this movie that was already finished canned and had to restart all over within a year of the film’s release, the fact that they were still able to make one of the best sequels ever is an impressive feat for a studio that was only making computer animated films for four years to that point.
4. Fight Club
Just another reason why David Fincher is one of the greatest directors working today and Brad Pitt & Edward Norton work off each other incredibly well in this movie.
3. The Iron Giant
It’s one of the greatest animated movies ever because they perfectly handle everything to a tee from the story to the characters to the voice actors to the animation, all of it is perfectly handled to make The Iron Giant a classic animated movie that has grown to have a great cult following after all these years and will continue to have it grow.
The Iron Giant, a great movie that needs to be considered one of the greats.
2. Eyes Wide Shut
One of my all-time favorite movies and one of the rare times when a married couple actually worked on screen, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are both excellent in this movie and Cruise gives a really solid and effective performance in this, it’s one of the many reasons why this is such a great movie.
and the #1 best movie of 1999 is…
A dark and twisted comedy with great performances from Kevin Spacey, Annette Benning, and many more. Definitely deserved the best picture win the year of its’ release.
Those are the best ones, now let’s take a look at the worst movies of 1999:
10. In Dreams
In Dreams is the perfect example of a downright awful horror movie, a bad cliché riddled script, lazy direction, horrendous acting, cheap thrills and lousy jumpscares, it’s a mess of a movie, there is nothing engaging or exciting about this movie whatsoever. Maybe this movie should’ve stayed a dream in the mind of Neil Jordan.
9. The Haunting
A really terrible toned down remake of a Robert Wise horror classic ruined by terrible acting by actors who should know better and Jan De Bont’s thinking he can make a better horror movie with CG overkill and lame ass jumpscares.
8. End Of Days
You’d think a movie in which Arnold Schwarzenegger goes up against the devil would be awesome…End Of Days is not awesome, it’s pretty boring and lackluster to be perfectly honest.
7. The King & I
Rankin Bass teaming up with Warner Bros. Animation to make a lousily made animated feature based off of the story of Anna & The King that tries to be diet Disney animation…because heaven forbid, Quest For Camelot wasn’t bad enough but we’ll save that for 1998.
6. My Favorite Martian
One of the biggest misfires, you had Jeff Daniels and Christopher Lloyd, two actors who could make something like this work, a feature length version of My Favorite Martain, but the film falls apart to cheap kiddie film clichés and things that have absolutely nothing to do with the series itself.
5. Inspector Gadget
The final call for Disney to stop making bad live-action adaptations of classic TV shows, Inspector Gadget was too insane, too wacky, and too over the top and not in a good way, it’s like the writers and director had no intentions to make this an actually good movie or had even seen the source material whatsoever.
4. Muppets From Space
Muppets From Space really is a mess of a movie and you can honestly tell that there were a ton of production problems and you can tell it was rushed because nothing about this movie clicks at all. Everything about it fails miserably and it’s a shame because we know that these guys can do better than this.
3. Wild Wild West
A movie so bad that Will Smith had to apologize to the people behind the original TV series, that’s how bad it was. And you can’t really blame Will Smith or even Barry Sonnenfeld on this one, the blame is clearly on Jon Peters who had no intention to make an adaptation of this and only wanted to make this movie so the heroes can face off a giant mechanical spider…in the old west…in the goddamn 1870s….this movie fucking sucks.
2. Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace
Need I Say More…
and the #1 worst movie of 1999 is…
What a horrendously made movie, how the hell did the director of Black Christmas, Porky’s, & A Christmas Story end up doing this pile of shit? The babies don’t even talk right, their mouths don’t even move the right way, it’s lazy, it’s poorly made, and it’s not funny at all.
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