The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Best. Movie. Year. Ever. How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen by Brian Raftery (Simon & Schuster)
This year has seen countless looks at the cinema 1999, and with good reason. It seems almost impossible to imagine a 12-month span that saw the release of such varied gems as The Matrix, Election, Being John Malkovich, Office Space, Fight Club, Magnolia, Boys Don’t Cry, The Limey, Rushmore, and The Virgin Suicides—not to mention Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. All of the aforementioned films are documented in Brian Raftery’s expertly crafted Best. Movie. Year. Ever. And, of course, he also includes Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace,
Here’s the best of the best for April 2019.
Amazon Prime has become the most reliable platform for exclusive streaming access to exciting indie and foreign movies. Netflix might get “Infinity War,” but Amazon Prime gets “Shoplifters.” Netflix might get “Solo,” but Amazon Prime gets “Cold War.
The millennium suddenly draws in. The century is in its final year. Cinema has a pre-occupation with apocalypse and disorder, chaos, among other things. It’s 1999. 20 years ago now. That’s pretty frightening, but regardless, hold my hand, lets go have a look back over the years cinematic output.
Ending a century should be done in style. There are two films in particular that had a long standing impact on pop-culture and cult fandom from the year, which still maintain a strong following. First, 1999 is the year of The Matrix. It kind of grew slowly, really capturing the sub-cultures of society, and garnering a legion of geeky fans who fell in love with anything from the sci-fi references, the clothing, the Hong Kong inspired martial arts action, the ground-breaking effects and the philosophical and literary references within the film.
In one corner we've got our four bikini kill co-eds and everywhere else we've got the drug-dealing pistol-fellating Alien (James Franco), owner of shit.
Previously I figured last week's Eternal Sunshine contest wouldn't be close but it really, really, wasn't close -- Kirsten Dunst walked away with 92% of the vote over Elijah Wood's mega-creep; said Fitz:
In addition to its extensive library, Criterion Channel will be adding new films daily. The first new addition to the service on April 8 will be a spotlight on Columbia Pictures’ history of film noir through 11 movies: “My Name Is Julia Ross”; “So Dark the Night” (Joseph H. Lewis, 1946); “The Big Heat” (Fritz Lang, 1953); “Human Desire” (Fritz Lang, 1954); “Drive a Crooked Road” (Richard Quine,
Below, you can check out our exclusive clip from Big Kill, which is coming to On Demand, Digital HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 19th from Cinedigm.
Synopsis: "After the death of his wife, Jim, the accountant, has come from the East to join his brother in business. Jake and Travis, two misfit rogues with one foot on each side of the law, have come from the south after being run out of Mexico under a hail of gunfire. What they find in the West is a wild ride, a fight for survival, and a moment of decision that will change them all forever."
Big Kill stars Christoph Sander, Jason Patric "(Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Yellow Birds) , Michael Paré, Clint Hummel,
“On the Rocks” will star Murray opposite Rashida Jones in the story of a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York. Coppola will direct the movie on location in New York City. Production begins this spring. Coppola is producing the film with Youree Henley. “On the Rocks” is Coppola’s second A24 movie following her 2013 satirical crime film “The Bling Ring.”
Ease into the new year by rewatching classics like “Beetlejuice,” “Heathers” and “Rain Man,” or snuggle up with a bowl of popcorn for family movies like “Shrek,” “Surf’s Up,” and “The Twilight Saga.” If reality TV is more your style, then you’re in luck, as a slew of favorites are set to make their Hulu debut this month including Season 7 of “Dance Moms,” Season 2 of “90 Day Fiancé,” and Season 10 of “American Pickers.” Starting out this year’s slate of Hulu originals, Season 2 of “Future Man” drops Jan. 11.
Find the complete list of this month’s new arrivals below and stream now on Hulu.com. Right now, the streaming service is knocking its monthly price
The second season of Hulu original “Future Man” will arrive on the service Jan. 11, while the Natalie Portman-Tessa Thompson science fiction film “Annihilation” will be available to stream on Jan. 4. The film is Alex Garland’s follow-up to “Ex Machina” and starred Portman, Thompson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as a group of scientists investigating a strange environmental phenomenon known as “the shimmer.”
Here’s the full list of what’s coming and going in January.
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Available Jan. 1
Atlanta: Complete Season 2 (FX)
The Detectorists: Complete Season 3 (Drg)
Dot.: Complete Season 2B (Universal Kids)
Saints & Sinners: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Bounce TV)
X Company: Complete Seasons 2&3 (Sony)
10 Years (2011)
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
9 to 5 (1980)
A Charlie Brown Valentine (2002)
A Simple Plan (1998)
“Lost In Translation” turns 15 years old this September, and Little White Lies celebrated the milestone anniversary by reliving the film’s making with Coppola herself. The writer-director remembered the idea for the movie percolating not long after she got married to Spike Jonze and started to feel isolated.
“I was in this stage where I wasn’t sure if I’d made the right choices or what I was doing in the
It’s a trap that’s endemic to its genre, and one that “Hot Summer Nights” tries to avoid in fascinating and disastrous fashion: Here’s a
“Breath” doesn’t spend that much time on the water, but it reckons with each wave — from ankle-busters to groundswells — and every single one of them dares these young protagonists to prove something to themselves. Without belaboring the point, or betraying the soft touch of the Tom Winton novel on which his film is based,
Westworld gained a new villain in the second episode of season two, titled "Reunion," when Dolores tracks down Major Craddock and uses her considerable powers of persuasion - by which we mean total fearlessness and badassery - to get Craddock and his men to follow her to "Glory."
If Craddock looks familiar to you, there's a reason for that. Jonathan Tucker is one of the actors who very quickly seems to have appeared all over the small-screen landscape (though he did have a noteworthy role in The Virgin Suicides when he was just 16 years old).
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About 10 years ago, Tucker starred on the short-lived NBC drama The Black Donnellys, about an Irish family in New York that gets caught up in organized crime. After that was canceled, Tucker appeared in small roles on a ton of shows
Time has been kind to Sofia Coppola The Virgin Suicides, as effective a critique on the male gaze as anything else in the past twenty years. In Coppola’s gauzy vision of its central Lisbon sisters (as told by neighborhood boys) is a reflection of male idolatry that ignores the voice and emotional reality of real women. While the film is typically remembered for how it visually creates this perspective, it also uses music in interesting ways to subvert male self-serving worship.
The film is haunted by Air’s “Playground Love”, it’s most evocative and film-defining musical passage. It’s an apt song choice, one that tempts you into its pull like the tumble into a teenage crush, all jazzy hormones mired in lyrical thinness. And yet despite its temptation and seemingly feminine sway,
“It didn’t have much of a release,” Coppola said. “Paramount Classics didn’t really know what to do with it. They were afraid that girls were going to commit suicide if they saw it! It had a really small release. We made it for very little, so they didn’t have to do much to make it.”
The film was hardly a box office hit at the time of release, grossing
[Spoiler Warning: If you haven’t seen any of Westworld Season 1, the following does contain some spoilers, so you may want to catch up with the series first before reading on.]
Fresh Blood: While we haven’t seen them in action yet, Westworld expands its cast with six newcomers for season 2, including the always great Betty Gabriel, Jonathan Tucker, Fares Fares, Gustaf Skarsgård, Katja Herbers (The Leftovers), and Neil Jackson.
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