Andy at Fandango Groovers has, once and again, started a very thought-provoking and interesting blogathon, My Movie Year. His rules are simple: pick you favourite movie year and back it up with five movies that support your claim.
I’ve just stuck to the films that I’ve seen so, after much thought, I’ve decided to go for the year that Fight Club, The Matrix, Notting Hill, The Mummy and The Green Mile were released:
When I took part in Andy’s A Life in Movies blogathon last year, my top film of 1999 was Fight Club. As you’ve probably noticed, each of the five films are from a range of genres. From romcom (Notting Hill) to sci-fi (The Matrix), 1999 had a lot of varied and memorable films…
Brad Pitt gives one of the finest performances of his career as Tyler Durden in David Fincher’s Fight Club, where he is ably supported by Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter.
As well as being critically successful – it currently holds 81% on Rotten Tomatoes – Fight Club has developed quite a substantial cult following. It is not only the three leads who impress too; Jared Leto and Meat Loaf also give exceptional performances.
For a generation of cinema goers Keanu Reeves will be best-remembered for his performance as Neo, a computer hacker who discovers that his reality is far from real. The same could be said for Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity).
The Matrix would go on to have two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, but it is widely acknowledged that the first film is undoubtedly the best. Who can forget that famous ‘bullet time’ sequence in The Matrix?
A classic love story featuring an English bookshop owner, an American movie star and an odd Welshman in his pants, Notting Hill stole the hearts of thousand cinema goers across the world when it was released. In my opinion, it is up there with Pretty Woman and Sleepless in Seattle as cinema’s greatest romcoms.
One of Richard Curtis’ most famous works – he wrote the screenplay – he would go on to direct Love Actually and The Boat That Rocked and write the screenplay for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
While it may not be remembered as one of the most critically succesful films, The Mummy is still a great adventure film, and one that I will always watch if it comes on the TV.
Starring Brendan Fraser as ‘Rick’ O’Connell, Rachel Weisz as Evy Carnahan and John Hannah as her brother, Jon Carnahan, The Mummy takes its audience to the ancient city of Hamunaptra after a mummy is accidentally awoken. What follows is a crazy ride where two civilizations collide that really shouldn’t have.
The Green Mile
Nominated for Best Picture at the 2000 Academy Awards ceremony, Tom Hanks takes centre stage alongside Michael Clarke Duncan in this gritty, emotional drama where more lives are changed than just the prisoner’s on death row.
It’s a long film – just over three hours – but it defintely sucks you in. When it reaches its final, dramatic conclusion you know that these characters, particularly Duncan’s John Coffey, will stay with you for a long time.