1999's Best Movies: 25 Years Later

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Bonus repoll, because last time I didn't include from the top 2,000, just the top 1,000.

Poll Results

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BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (Spike Jonze; USA) [#1461] 12
BEAU TRAVAIL (Claire Denis; France) [#51] 9
EYES WIDE SHUT (Stanley Kubrick; USA) [#271] 6
THE MATRIX (Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski; USA) [#237] 5
ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (Pedro Almodóvar; Spain) [#293] 4
TOY STORY 2 (John Lasseter; USA) [#1481] 4
TOPSY-TURVY (Mike Leigh; UK) [#1145] 4
THE WIND WILL CARRY US (Abbas Kiarostami; France) [#550] 4
AMERICAN MOVIE (Chris Smith; USA) [#1310] 4
ELECTION (Alexander Payne; USA) [#1832] 4
AUDITION (Takashi Miike; Japan) [#1191] 4
MAGNOLIA (Paul Thomas Anderson; USA) [#223] 3
THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (Sofia Coppola; USA) [#1207] 3
OUTER SPACE (Peter Tscherkassky; Austria) [#1010] 3
THE STRAIGHT STORY (David Lynch; USA) [#1030] 2
SICILIA! (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet; Italy) [#846] 2
FIGHT CLUB (David Fincher; USA) [#537] 2
THE IRON GIANT (Brad Bird; USA) [#1770] 2
THE INSIDER (Michael Mann; USA) [#1549] 2
THE LITTLE GIRL WHO SOLD THE SUN (Djibril Diop Mambéty; Senegal) [#1725] 1
THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (Anthony Minghella; USA) [#1388] 1
AMERICAN BEAUTY (Sam Mendes; USA) [#947] 1
L’HUMANITÉ (Bruno Dumont; France) [#1266] 1
ROSETTA (Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne; Belgium) [#532] 1
RATCATCHER (Lynne Ramsay; UK) [#678] 0
THE SIXTH SENSE (M. Night Shyamalan; USA) [#1612] 0


Rich E. (Eric H.), Monday, 22 April 2024 22:41 (one month ago) link

The runners up:

2022	2023	Belfast, Maine	Wiseman, Frederick	1999	USA	245
2092 2075 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Jarmusch, Jim 1999 USA 115
2099 1999 Peppermint Candy Lee Chang-dong 1999 South Korea 129
2199 2246 Pola X Carax, Leos 1999 France 134
2257 2488 Notting Hill Michell, Roger 1999 USA 123
2311 2445 South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Parker, Trey 1999 USA 81
2386 2365 But I'm a Cheerleader Babbit, Jamie 1999 USA 85
2434 2352 Wonderland Winterbottom, Michael 1999 UK 108
2443 2369 Compensation Davis, Zeinabu irene 1999 USA 95
2525 2510 Three Kings Russell, David O. 1999 USA 115
2590 2600 Boys Don't Cry Peirce, Kimberly 1999 USA 118
2687 2695 Mission, The To, Johnnie 1999 Hong Kong 84
2840 2750 When the Day Breaks Forbis, Amanda & Wendy Tilby 1999 Canada 10
3143 3162 eXistenZ Cronenberg, David 1999 Canada 96
3274 3214 Buena Vista Social Club Wenders, Wim 1999 Germany 104
3380 3318 Limey, The Soderbergh, Steven 1999 USA 88
3527 3414 Kikujiro Kitano, Takeshi 1999 Japan 122
3570 3529 Man on the Moon Forman, Milos 1999 USA 118
3590 3629 South Akerman, Chantal 1999 France 71
3677 3550 Time Regained Ruiz, Raúl 1999 France 162
3834 4267 Galaxy Quest Parisot, Dean 1999 USA 102
3837 4170 My Best Fiend Herzog, Werner 1999 Germany 95
3879 3754 Clouds of May Ceylan, Nuri Bilge 1999 Turkey 130
4004 4004 Lettre, La Oliveira, Manoel de 1999 France 107
4112 4419 Julien Donkey-Boy Korine, Harmony 1999 USA 99
4213 4100 Sleepy Hollow Burton, Tim 1999 USA 102
4215 4217 Taboo Oshima, Nagisa 1999 Japan 100
4439 4387 Mighty Spirit, The Coutinho, Eduardo 1999 Brazil 80
4532 4399 Life Doesn't Scare Me Lvovsky, Noémie 1999 France 111
4579 4435 One Day in September Macdonald, Kevin 1999 UK 94
4604 4459 Holy Smoke Campion, Jane 1999 USA 115
4628 5277 10 Things I Hate About You Junger, Gil 1999 USA 97
4796 4650 Farewell, Home Sweet Home Iosseliani, Otar 1999 France 118
4842 4710 M/Other Suwa, Nobuhiro 1999 Japan 147
4985 4863 Romance Breillat, Catherine 1999 France 98

Rich E. (Eric H.), Monday, 22 April 2024 22:41 (one month ago) link

To avoid a Beau Travail blow-out -- a movie I first about in the January 2001 issue of Film Comment -- I'm going to vote for All About My Mother.

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 22 April 2024 22:45 (one month ago) link

not much worth a vote here tbh

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Monday, 22 April 2024 22:47 (one month ago) link

sleepy hollow saves the wider list i spose

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Monday, 22 April 2024 22:49 (one month ago) link

AMERICAN BEAUTY (Sam Mendes; USA) [#947]

This remains the worst movie I've ever seen. I was so angry that I didn't walk out like I should have 20 mins in.

What kind of glutton for punishment sits through that entire shitty film? Me... gah.

Anyhoo, voted for The Little Girl Who Sold The Sun with a caveat write-in for Rang-e Khoda/Color Of Paradise (dir. Majid Majidi, Iran, 90mins)

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Monday, 22 April 2024 22:52 (one month ago) link

Being John Malkovich is the one I find myself coming back to on here.

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:24 (one month ago) link

American Movie. (Toy Story 2 as a runner up.)

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:26 (one month ago) link

I want to vote for American Beauty, but I can't. It'll be The Virgin Suicides or The Straight Story. Nothing on the runners-up list means anything to me. Not sure why this is considered such a landmark year. (Found a used copy of Joshua Clover's Matrix book last week, maybe I'll find out why there.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:37 (one month ago) link

My favorite film of 1999 was and remains The Dreamlife of Angels.

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:38 (one month ago) link

My top ten and runners-up:

1. The Dreamlife of Angels (Erick Zonka)
2. Election (Alexander Payne)
3. Rosetta (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
4. All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar)
5. Topsy-Turvy (Mike Leigh)
6. The Insider (Michael Mann)
7. The Straight Story (David Lynch)
8. The Wind Will Carry Us (Abbas Kiarostami)
9. The Limey (Steven Soderbergh)
10. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut (Matt Parker and Trey Stone)

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Three Kings (David O. Russell), Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:39 (one month ago) link

eyes wide shut. runner up: the matrix. a great year for american mainstream cinema.

adam t. (abanana), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:43 (one month ago) link

clem, none of these other films meant anything to you?

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 01:14 (one month ago) link

Toy Story 2 is the best sequel ever made.

fajita seas, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 02:29 (one month ago) link

well thats just not correct

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 02:35 (one month ago) link

It was either Beau Travail or Eyes Wide Shut. I went with Beau Travail - her best film IMHO and I still remember how it blew my mind, I hadn't seen filmmaking remotely like it before.

Kubrick's film didn't do anything for me when I first saw it, but I think I was too young to really get much from it. It may have been sold as artful erotica or something like that back then, but it's much more than that. A lot of it resonates much more now as a very complex story about social mobility, success as it's defined by status, how the perception of social mores is tied into that and how that's complicated by sexuality and various sexual desires among many other things.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 02:43 (one month ago) link

I like a good number of these but not a hard call — I love Topsy Turvy so much. I'm not even totally sure why, it's such an immersive film. A great period piece that is also a great backstage drama that is also a great contemplation of art and artists and how they work. It's one of those movies I could happily watch any time. Jim Broadbent is especially good, but the whole cast is terrific.

Topsy Turvy is close to my favorite Mike Leigh film. (There may not be one particular film that I prefer over it, but collectively I probably love his '80s work even more.)

birdistheword, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 03:55 (one month ago) link

sicilia then beau travail then the little girl who sold the sun.

really have no time for peter tscherkassky, a lot of other exp filmmakers of his generation more deserving of the notoriety

devvvine, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 07:23 (one month ago) link

i really like 5 or 6 of these. in the end came down to a straight choice between melora walters expression when john c reilly visits her at the end of magnolia and edward norton's line reading of 'this chick marla singer did not have testicular cancer'. going with fight club.

oscar bravo, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 08:17 (one month ago) link

Minority opinion: I've nothing against Beau Travail but she's matched or bettered it several times since.

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 09:11 (one month ago) link

I voted for the Wind Will Carry Us, should have gone with Sicilia!

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 09:37 (one month ago) link

Sicilia! for me.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 09:41 (one month ago) link

no eXistenZ?

This is Dance Anthems, have some respect (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 10:01 (one month ago) link

American Beauty is so bad it is offensive. One of the most smug movies ever made.

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 11:19 (one month ago) link

I don't often feel the need to praise David Lynch - I like him plenty but it feels like he's been a consensus fave in every community I've been in, never in need of extra boosters - but The Straight Story really is a powerful film imo.

Topsy-Turvy a lot of fun but I wonder how it would feel to someone who's indifferent to its subject matter.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 12:41 (one month ago) link

(Straight Story managed to win the last '99 poll fwiw)

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 12:47 (one month ago) link

Topsy-Turvy a lot of fun but I wonder how it would feel to someone who's indifferent to its subject matter.

― Daniel_Rf,

Those people would be less likely to top ten it.

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 12:52 (one month ago) link

can't not vote Audition. those final 20 minutes, just....yikes.

props to Miike for basically making a film in an entirely different genre for the first hour before really leaning into the horror.

ain't nothin but a brie thing, baby (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 13:10 (one month ago) link

Topsy-Turvy a lot of fun but I wonder how it would feel to someone who's indifferent to its subject matter.

That's me and I love it.

Chris L, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 13:13 (one month ago) link

Not sure why this is considered such a landmark year.

The number of films that had a big cultural impact is pretty wild.

This is American Movie for me. Runners-up: The Matrix, eXistenZ

jmm, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 13:29 (one month ago) link

There are some crazy forgotbusters in that top 20:

1	Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace	$431,088,295 	3,126	$64,820,970 	15%	Twentieth Century Fox
2 The Sixth Sense $293,506,292 2,821 $26,681,262 9.10% Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
3 Toy Story 2 $245,852,179 3,257 $300,163 0.10% Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
4 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me $206,040,086 3,314 $54,917,604 26.70% New Line Cinema
5 The Matrix $171,479,930 2,903 $27,788,331 16.20% Warner Bros.
6 Tarzan $171,091,819 3,131 $34,221,968 20% Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
7 Big Daddy $163,479,795 3,254 $41,536,370 25.40% Sony Pictures Releasing
8 The Mummy $155,516,138 3,411 $43,369,635 27.90% Universal Pictures
9 Runaway Bride $152,257,509 3,240 $35,055,556 23% Paramount Pictures
10 The Blair Witch Project $140,539,099 2,538 $1,512,054 1.10% Artisan Entertainment
11 Stuart Little $140,035,367 3,151 $15,018,223 10.70% Sony Pictures Releasing
12 The Green Mile $136,801,374 2,875 $18,017,152 13.20% Warner Bros.
13 American Beauty $130,096,601 1,990 $861,531 0.70% DreamWorks Distribution
14 The World Is Not Enough $126,943,684 3,163 $35,519,007 28% Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
15 Double Jeopardy $116,741,558 3,002 $23,162,542 19.80% Paramount Pictures
16 Notting Hill $116,089,678 2,786 $21,811,180 18.80% Universal Pictures
17 Wild Wild West $113,804,681 3,342 $27,687,484 24.30% Warner Bros.
18 Analyze This $106,885,658 2,537 $18,383,507 17.20% Warner Bros.
19 The General's Daughter $102,705,852 2,858 $22,332,053 21.70% Paramount Pictures
20 American Pie $102,561,004 2,544 $18,709,680 18.20% Universal Pictures

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 13:37 (one month ago) link

The General's Daughter is the last time I remember John Travolta as mass-cultural star before his uh tastes clouded his judgment permanently.

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 13:38 (one month ago) link

Runaway Bride, the Pretty Woman reunion that used "Every Breath You Take" in the trailer, signifying the filmmaker's complete misunderstanding of that song.

ain't nothin but a brie thing, baby (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 13:43 (one month ago) link

Also, that top 10 has fully five films not based on any kind of pre-existing IP

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 13:48 (one month ago) link

Double Jeopardy, based on a hilarious misunderstanding of what Double Jeopardy is

ain't nothin but a brie thing, baby (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 13:53 (one month ago) link

However, the film does confirm that the Double Jeopardy Clause is not put into effect at all. Libby is only under the impression that this is how the clause works because she is told so by a disbarred lawyer, and later her crimes are fully pardoned due to her prior unjust imprisonment, meaning that the Double Jeopardy Clause is not misrepresented, but merely misunderstood by central characters in the film.

I'm picturing the writers coming up with the concept for this film, struggling with how to make it make sense, and deciding to blame the confusion on the characters instead.

jmm, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 14:21 (one month ago) link

Burn After Reading's all-timer ending is built on the characters admitting that none of it makes any sense

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 14:29 (one month ago) link

I did find the movie Fracture w/ Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling humorous because the same thing essentially happens - he's arrested for the attempted murder of his wife, then takes her off life support after acquittal, and says "you can't try me again, that's double jeopardy", and Gosling is all like "lol u stupid fuck, no it isn't, you let her die so now it's a murder charge, new charges, new case".

actually that was kind of a big letdown cos a dude as smart as Hopkins would have known that. or should have.

ain't nothin but a brie thing, baby (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 14:36 (one month ago) link

I am def voting for Outer Space but American Movie also has been gaining in my estimation incredibly in recent years, and I was already a pretty huge fan of it back then

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 18:09 (one month ago) link

My love for The Iron Giant knows no bounds.

Audition was horrifying and has stayed with me for 25 years.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 18:19 (one month ago) link

Iron Giant >>> Toy Story 2

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 18:28 (one month ago) link

https://i.ibb.co/wrJDfDC/img-3817.gif

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 18:31 (one month ago) link

the wind will carry us

he/him hoo-hah (map), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 18:31 (one month ago) link

Beau Travail, probably. The Insider isn't far behind tbh, when you think about what kind of absolutely pedantic and mediocre film could have been made from the same material, for Mann to turn it into something like this is vv impressive. Really like Being John Malkovich, Ripley is solid, Eyes Wide Shut is great, Matrix is almost good enough to make you forget the rest of the series.

actually the runner-up list has films i like even more than most of my faves from the main list -- Ghost Dog, Three Kings, The Limey, and maybe especially The Mission (it's where Johnnie To really came into his own, just such a disciplined and unusual action film.)

I'm surprised to not see Bringing out the Dead on the runner-up list but i guess it really is considered an also-ran in Scorsese's filmography, even if it is arguably the best film he made between Casino and The Departed, though i'd probably rather rewatch it than anything else made between Casino and The Irishman, bc it's a very dynamic and off-kilter oddity that was the last time he made a film that seemed like a quick and fast, zero expectations project.

omar little, Tuesday, 23 April 2024 18:42 (one month ago) link

My favorite film of 1999 was and remains The Dreamlife of Angels.

This feels like a movie time forgot and I wonder why. (Never saw it, myself.)

Rich E. (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 April 2024 20:33 (one month ago) link

I ... don't get this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VNFuc5cfZ0

Rich E. (Eric H.), Thursday, 25 April 2024 14:48 (one month ago) link

Three Kings and The Limey are still my favorite films from those two directors. The Insider is easily my favorite Michael Mann film that has nothing to do with bank heists. While I'm at it, Magnolia is probably my favorite Paul Thomas Anderson movie before he broke new ground for himself with There Will Be Blood. And Being John Malkovich is definitely my favorite Spike Jonze movie. Amazing to think those were all major studio films - how times have changed.

Love Ghost Dog too, and The Wind Will Carry Us is a masterpiece by one of my favorite filmmakers. I can't remember if it was the first one I saw by him (I saw Taste of Cherry at virtually the same time), but the idea of a filmmaker with the moral sense to consider how filmmaking (or rather a film being made) impacted everyone around it was amazing. It really was a great year for a lot of reasons. My favorites were still outside of Hollywood, but it's just sad what used to be considered viable at a place like Warner Bros.

birdistheword, Thursday, 25 April 2024 21:16 (one month ago) link

I can’t with their movie drafts - I don’t get the point.

Marten Broadcloak, mild-mannered GOP congressman (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 25 April 2024 21:24 (one month ago) link

Right? The movies are old, they've had their box office day, their overall place in the cultural canon is pretty much set (at least in the short range) ... what the hell are the stakes here?

Rich E. (Eric H.), Thursday, 25 April 2024 21:40 (one month ago) link

For years after I saw L'humanité I thought that it was the last film I saw that was both highly original and also touching, in its very cold way (its only competition was probably In Vanda's Room). I felt completely attuned to the main character and the point of view of the film. In the years since, I found some of Dumont's other films pretty good but none reached me half as much.
I finally decided to watch the film again last year and it had nearly gone dead on me, which is rare (I usually appreciate most films more on a second viewing). I would still recommend it, but most of the transcendence behind the everyday setting had gone. So I’m voting for it, but mostly on behalf of my past impressions.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 30 April 2024 17:04 (one month ago) link

I remember being very impressed by l'humanité when I saw it at the time. It was a police procedural, but not much happened except internally with the main detective character Pharaon, who had experienced a great loss but only slowly revealed himself. It felt profound, and I would like to see it again

Rosetta by the Dardennes was a pretty great film, maybe their best. It starred Émilie Dequenne (most recently seen in Close), who was 17 when it was filmed and who portrayed a teenager desperate to lead a normal life and care for her alcoholic mother. It was very memorable

Dan S, Tuesday, 30 April 2024 23:33 (one month ago) link

I would vote Office Space if available, but I'll go with Being John Malkovich.

Jeff, Tuesday, 30 April 2024 23:42 (one month ago) link

I guess you like movies about offices

Josefa, Tuesday, 30 April 2024 23:56 (one month ago) link

xxp Rosetta is my favorite Dardennes film. Incredibly powerful, and also a great example of how well the Dardennes understand the effect socioeconomic forces can have on morality - not in broad, simplistic terms but what happens when it's inextricably tied to one's survival in an unforgiving and uncaring society. I think the first retrospective I attended here in NYC was for their films - what a run they had, from 1996's La Promesse through 2014's Two Days, One Night. The revelation was how they changed their entire approach to filmmaking with La Promesse - if you didn't know the credits, their earlier films are unrecognizable as their work. They haven't had the same reception in recent years, but even if their later films aren't on the same level, they can be still be fairly potent, particularly the last one Tori and Lokita.

birdistheword, Tuesday, 30 April 2024 23:57 (one month ago) link

pretty sure i voted for malkovich which completely blew my mind when i was 14 or so

the defenestration of prog (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 00:04 (four weeks ago) link

Going with Beau Travail but that was a film I encountered years later, and have still never seen on the big screen... but holy shit, Blair Witch Project sure made an impression in the theater, in those innocent days before found footage became the budget horror filmmakers' crutch

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 00:09 (four weeks ago) link

I thought Beau Travail was interesting but inconsequential when I first saw it, but it has really grown in my estimation, and it is interesting now to see it in the light of all of Denis' other films

Dan S, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 00:15 (four weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 13 May 2024 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

Voted Outer Space over Eyes Wide Shut. American Beauty is the worst one.

Rich E. (Eric H.), Monday, 13 May 2024 12:52 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

American Beauty voter, step forward!--I've got your back. (Thought about it, but think I went with The Virgin Suicides in the end.)

clemenza, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:04 (two weeks ago) link

Most of those films feel like 25 years ago for me, but I had to check Mr. Ripley... I honestly thought it was more recent that '99, like 2006 or something

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:13 (two weeks ago) link

and I'm sorry to see that Ratcatcher attracted no votes, including my own

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:16 (two weeks ago) link

The Sixth Sense was probably the highest grossing of the poll choices, yeah? I mean The Matrix ended up becoming a huge film in afterlife, but that movie was huge at the time

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:18 (two weeks ago) link

the worst is definitely american beauty

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 07:08 (two weeks ago) link

Three Kings, the last good David O Russell movie

papal hotwife (milo z), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 07:37 (two weeks ago) link

If I'd known Malkovich was going to win I would've voted for Election.

chap, Tuesday, 14 May 2024 23:17 (two weeks ago) link

jesus, awful result that

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 23:19 (two weeks ago) link

not sure whether the 12 votes for that or the 1 for american beauty is the worse

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 23:21 (two weeks ago) link

how is it worse

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 23:28 (two weeks ago) link

im not sure i said

make yr case!

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 May 2024 23:33 (two weeks ago) link

Interested to hear the case that Being John Malkovich is not a significantly better film than American Beauty, on any level.

chap, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 00:05 (two weeks ago) link

haven't seen them in 25 years, neither of them are films I would have picked out as great, but I'm interested in rewatching both of them

Dan S, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 00:14 (two weeks ago) link

No judgement but the fact that one person on this board voted for amer. beauty and no one voted for 6th sense is interesting to me

Ratcatcher's the real one that got robbed here.

not sure whether the 12 votes for that or the 1 for american beauty is the worse

― close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Tuesday, May 14, 2024 7:21 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

lol, see how those two in an isolated poll turn out

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 04:22 (two weeks ago) link

It’s not in the same league as the best films in the poll, but I still like it - very likely my favorite Spike Jonze feature-length film.

birdistheword, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 04:29 (two weeks ago) link

Interested to hear the case that Being John Malkovich is not a significantly better film than American Beauty, on any level.

― chap,

bizarre reading tbh

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Wednesday, 15 May 2024 06:09 (two weeks ago) link

I missed this poll, really wouldn't have expected Being John Malkovitch to win, but can't really think of any good argument against it, I remember being amazed by it when I saw first (and possibly the only time?) saw it in a packed theater. It has a kind of wackiness which is generally confined to TV these days, which is a shame because seeing something like it in a crowd is a lot of fun.

silverfish, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 13:20 (two weeks ago) link

I like that it is kind of melancholy and utterly ridiculous at the same time

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 May 2024 13:59 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, its balancing act has a higher degree of difficulty than I think it's generally given credit for these days

Rich E. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 May 2024 14:10 (two weeks ago) link

I picked up the BJM Criterion when it came out and showed it to a friend who hadn't seen it before (I myself hadn't seen it since the VHS days); we were both knocked sideways by how dark it was, particularly all the Cusack-Diaz marriage breakdown stuff (the cage, my god).

And the least optimistic (read: grossest) reincarnation scenario imaginable

Rich E. (Eric H.), Wednesday, 15 May 2024 14:27 (two weeks ago) link

Topsy-Turvy a lot of fun but I wonder how it would feel to someone who's indifferent to its subject matter.

That's me and I love it.

― Chris L, Tuesday, April 23

Same, largely for the reasons omar posted upthread - its very immersive in a way that makes you really feel like you're watching people & events in another time, which is a tough trick to pull off.

I dont really care about Gilbert & Sullivan one way or the other, but when it comes to movies about artists, particularly with music, I usually could care less about whether I like the actual art being created in the story - if the movie's good that should be totally beside the point imo. If thats all I was looking for, I would watch an actual concert film or something.

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 15 May 2024 14:30 (two weeks ago) link

I usually laugh at #eureka moments in movies but Gilbert's here works.

the talented mr pimply (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 May 2024 14:31 (two weeks ago) link


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