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It Was 20 Years Ago Today... (1999 Nostalgia)

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It Was 20 Years Ago Today... (1999 Nostalgia)

A topic that seems to come up often is how amazing the year of 1999 was for movies. I figured let's start a discussion thread that will touch on each movie as they were released...20 years ago.

We've already missed out on the unusually strong January-March movies, so let's just straight to the first couple weeks of April.

April 2, 1999
Cookie's Fortune - Late era Altman, only saw this once, don't remember much.
The Out-of-Towners - The only redeeming aspect is the cast.
A Walk on the Moon - Great movie, loved the Woodstock section. Need to revisit this one.

April 9, 1999
Go - Had a blast seeing this one in theaters. Great soundtrack, solid cast, perfectly late 90's.
Never Been Kissed - Drew Barrymore was in her groove, lots of romantic hits, this was one of them.


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Go is still awesome. Too bad a couple of folks in that film never went on to stardom.
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It was a good year but not really one of my favorites like it is for a lot of people. There’s a lot of good comedies. Big Daddy, Galaxy Quest, Office Space, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut. Also stuff like American Beauty, The Mummy (guilty pleasure), and Toy Story 2.

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March 31st this year was the opening of The Matrix. Only film to have blown my mind the first time I saw it.
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1999 also had great stuff like Three Kings, Bringing Out the Dead, Toy Story 2, American Beauty, and Fight Club.
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I remember this time that year being blown away by The Matrix and then having an obsession with the release of The Phantom Menace , which being the first Star Wars movie in over 16 years meant it had to be awesome....
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If you want to get nostalgic I have a good Go memory.

Remember Movie Phone? It was a number you would call and a recording would tell you movie showtimes in your area. You could search by zip code, or you could search by title. You would search by the first three letters of the title. Because of its very short title Go had a special recording made for it. First Mr. Movie Phone would say the usual, “Please enter the first three digits, etc.” Then he said, “If you’re search for the movie Go, just press 1.”
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Ghost Dog came out in 1999. We need an English friendly BD of that ASAP!
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Such fun, innocent times. The summers of '97-'99.

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It was a good year but not really one of my favorites like it is for a lot of people.
Same. For me, '94 is the year to beat.

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I saw 45 of the top 100 grosses of 1999 in theaters. I don’t get close to that number anymore.
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I never really got into films like Fight Club or The Matrix I think is a reason the year doesn’t stand out a lot to me. I know there were more films than those two, but I feel like those two get pointed to a lot. Both are fine movies but that’s about as far as they go for me.
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I remember going to the theater to see Go, I didn't have much expectations, I just wanted to see a film, I liked Swingers well enough and this was by the same director so I thought "What the hell? Nothing else is playing that I want to see". But Go blew me away, I loved the hell out of it (still do) and it's so cool when that happens with a film that you end up liking a lot more than you thought you would.
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March 31st this year was the opening of The Matrix. Only film to have blown my mind the first time I saw it.
I do not expect that I will EVER have another theatrical experience like I had with The Matrix. I worked in movie theaters and video stores around this time. In 1999 I worked for Suncoast. Yet somehow, I knew literally NOTHING about this film. I never saw a trailer. Never saw a commercial. Hadn’t read anything. Didn’t know what genre it was. Didn’t know who was in it. Hell, I had never even heard of it. I could not have been any colder or fresher.

A co-worker came in to work and said, “You have to go see this. I am not going to say another word about it until you go see it.” I went one afternoon during the week (I even remember my wife was at her grandma’s with our three small children, including our daughter who was just a few weeks old). My wife asked what I was going to see and I said, “I don’t have a clue. But I was told I had to see it as soon as possible.”

I was riveted to the screen the whole time. I didn’t want to leave when it was done. My mind was blown, my reality was shaken. My eyes hurt. I wanted more.

I went back to work and couldn’t shut up about it. My co-worker finally said, “You need to go here” and gave me a website to visit ... DVDTalk. After lurking for some time, I joined and stared chiming in. I used a coupon code from here to buy The Matrix on DVD. I didn’t even have a DVD player.



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Didn't see Go until late in the summer at the $2 theatre. I enjoyed it, though I might have been put off a little on how the story structure felt like it was copied from Pulp Fiction.

I remember soon after it came out, Sara Polly was saying in interviews how much she disliked the experience of doing a big-budget Hollywood movie (I'm guessing Go didn't have a huge budget, but compared to those 10 cent Atom Egoyan movies she was making until then it must have seemed overwhelming). She said she had no plans to do a big American film. I guess she didn't, other than the Dawn of the Dead re-make which I'm sure she only took because they were shooting it where she lived.
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Are you guys going to make a Sub-Thread for May 19, 1999?

1999 was probably one of the last years I really followed movies (I would go around 10-15 times a year) as that was the heyday of DVD. I don't know if setting up my surround sound at home killed the theater experience for me? But 1999 had some great movies like American Beauty, The Matrix, Fight Club, Austin Powers 2, The Green Mile, The Sixth Sense, Analyze This to name a few. I rarely goto the movies like I did 20 years ago as either they are too preachy or those dopey comic book movies that seem to never go away.
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Such fun, innocent times. The summers of '97-'99.



Same. For me, '94 is the year to beat.
1994 was a great year for movies, no doubt. I’m kind of leaning toward ‘95 as the year to beat though.
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Never really thought 1999 was a year to beat despite the successful movies it had. I went to the movies quite a bit in the mid to late-90s. 1994 is still the year to beat in my book - and I was just thinking about this last night since Pulp Fiction and Clerks aired b2b on cable.
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I remember soon after it came out, Sara Polly was saying in interviews how much she disliked the experience of doing a big-budget Hollywood movie (I'm guessing Go didn't have a huge budget, but compared to those 10 cent Atom Egoyan movies she was making until then it must have seemed overwhelming). She said she had no plans to do a big American film. I guess she didn't, other than the Dawn of the Dead re-make which I'm sure she only took because they were shooting it where she lived.
She's done well for herself since avoiding bigger budget Hollywood stuff.

Her great film "Away from Her" received 2 Oscar nods - a lead actress nod for Julie Christie, and one for Polley for Adapted screenplay.

Her documentary "Stories We Tell" was very good and got a lot of critical acclaim.
"Take this Waltz" wasn't bad either.

Looking forward to seeing more of her work behind the lens.
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I went back to work and couldn’t shut up about it. My co-worker finally said, “You need to go here” and gave me a website to visit ... DVDTalk. After lurking for some time, I joined and stared chiming in. I used a coupon code from here to buy The Matrix on DVD. I didn’t even have a DVD player.
Is the co-worker still around here?
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Unfortunately, I believe he is long gone from here. I don’t think he was active, more a deal lurker.

Then again, I could be wrong. I don’t recall ever knowing who he was on here.
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Ah, okay
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It just seems wrong to me that The Matrix is 20 years old. Two decades should feel longer to me. Guess that's part of getting older. I wonder why film makers don't take risks anymore and do something fresh and risky like they did in 1999. Being John Malkovich is a prime example. It is the wackiest concept for a film. Living inside the head of the actual John Malkovich.

I also cracked opened my Election criterion a month ago and watched it for the first time. Such a bold funny movie. Holds up great today. I just love Alexander Payne's films with their layers of middle America authenticity.
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There were other years that had better movies but like a few other here there isn't a year where I saw more movies than I saw in 1999. I was a college senior and had a lot of time to see movies, didn't graduate until December 1999 either so was able to extend it a little further. Then a full time job come January and it was never the same again.
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Well, if we're talking about films outside of April in 1999...

The year that Iron Giant got no love.

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