||14 January 1999
|A well-chosen cast and fairly substantial plot, along
with a bit of imagination and a moral thrown in to boot make this an
interesting and enjoyable film.
||22 January 1999
|This film gives a hillariously cynical view of politics,
while at the same time showing hope that things can be better. In an
intriguing dichotomy, it is both cynical and optimistic. Throw in a
very different, unconventional plot, and inspired casting, and you get
one of the funniest films that I've seen in quite a long time.
||A Bug's Life
||5 February 1999
|WOW! The computer graphics in this film are utterly
unbelievable. It's a quantum leap past anything that has come before
it. What is most amazing is that they have created such amazing effects
without using any particularly new computer graphics methods. There
are much newer, better methods available, so in a few years with more
powerful computers and optimisations in the rendering algorithms, we
should be seeing even more amazing results. For the time being, A
Bug's Life exceeded expectations! Excellent CGI, amusing plot, funny
characters and one-liners. A must see, especially if you're interested
in computer graphics.
||Very Bad Things
||13 February 1999
|Definitely the product of a warped, twisted mind, Very Bad
Things is nonetheless absolutely hillarious in a rather nerve-wracking
way. Not one for the overly squeamish, but if you can take it, it's very
original, and well worth a trip to the cinema. Bought the DVD.
||Meet Joe Black
||18 February 1999
|This is not a film about Death, but a film about life.
The cast could not be better, and the story is a charming one. The
most important thing about Meet Joe Black is the character interactions.
They are utterly believable. Anthony Hopkins was excellent as ever. Brad
Pitt has gone up a lot in my estimation due to this film. Claire Forlani
was stunning. Expect to see her in many more movies. Excellent!
||Shakespeare in Love
||5 March 1999
|This movie was an excellent pseudo-biographical tale of
the life of Shakespeare. Since so little is known of his life, they
were free to take many liberties with the story, but they did so in
such a way as to end up with a tale very much in the style of a
Shakespearean comedy. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes are both
convincing and entertaining in the starring rôles, and it has
a lively plot. Well worth seeing!
||The Thin Red Line
||20 March 1999
|A war movie with a difference, if you go expecting
action, you will be mostly disappointed. If you don't like films
that last more than 120 minutes, you will also dislike this film.
It is not fast-moving, and it is not what it was advertised to be,
but that's the distribution company's fault (they couldn't resist
marketting it as an action war film to rival Saving Private
Ryan), not the director's. It contains some excellent
performances, from a list of stars the length of your arm (if you
have short arms, admittedly, but you get the idea), and from the
surprisingly unknown actor in the lead rôle. It is set in
an amazingly beautiful part of the world, and there is some
excellent cinematography. I'm not convinced as to whether the
film really succeeds in what it sets out to do, but I think it is
a movie that is interestingly different from any other I have
seen. Possibly the worst thing for this movie was being released
in the same year as Ryan which was obviously the big
annual Tom Hanks Oscar puller and a Spielberg effort to boot.
It was destined to be measured against Ryan on
Ryan's home field, and not judged on its own merits.
||26 March 1999
|Another brilliant film starring Mel Gibson. Payback
is typical Gibson fare, with a story that draws you in and as usual
is well cast. Great fun!
||1 April 1999
|...but is it really paranoia?!? A brilliant thriller
involving the FBI, terrorism, and paranoia. It is brilliantly cast,
with Jeff Bridges gaining much respect in my eyes. I had underestimated
him as an actor. Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack are also in atypical
rôles which they both carry of with the greatest of ease and
skill. They are both completely believable in their characters. The
plot, however, is the best bit! This is not typical Hollywood
fare! It has quite a stunning twist at the end that you'll probably
walk out of the cinema still not quite believing they dared use.
Surprising and exciting to the last minute! Excellent film. Bought the
||A Civil Action
||9 April 1999
|That is, it fizzles out at the end. It starts off
very promisingly with John Travolta as a supremely arrogant and
uncaring lawyer with a nice and promising plot line building up.
Then, two thirds or three quarters of the way through, it suddenly
looses the plot and singularly fails to have an ending. Most
disappointing, especially because it started out promisingly. The
fact that they flashed up text telling us what happened afterwards,
telling us slightly indirectly that it was based on a true story,
didn't really excuse this. Either they should have reinvented the
ending like most films supposedly based on true stories do, or they
shouldn't have based it on that story in the first place (picked
a more interesting true story, perhaps!). Possibly worth seeing
for the performances of Robert Duvall and John Travolta and a
couple of others... but don't bother going for the plot.
||8 May 1999
|The dialogue's corny as hell, the acting's mediocre
at best, the games consoles are ludicrous (although amazingly
original)... but it gets 10/10 for astounding weirdness. eXistenZ
(prounounced with a slight stress on "eX", no stress on "is" and
a soft "Z" at the end) is the name of the film and the name of a
VR game run on organic computers. While seemingly having little
in the way of merrits, I must have enjoyed it. The just-under-2-hours
went by without my realising it. The ending was very good. That,
I can say without hesitation. It's the epitomy of B-movieness.
I can almost see it becoming a cult movie. I find it very hard to
rate or review. The best way I can sum it up is this: This is a
really good bad film!
||12 May 1999
|You might expect, based on the subject matter, that
8mm would be tasteless and vile. It was not. Most of the more
unpleasant scenes were kept off-camera, perhaps to a greater degree
than in films people wouldn't think twice about seeing. It's not
the best film I've seen this year, but it was good, and it was
somewhat thought-provoking. It is a chilling thought that the type
of things either depicted (to a small degree) or hinted at in this
movie may exist.
||Forces of Nature
||21 May 1999
|A charming oft-dream-like tale of people, life choices,
and love. The cast is lead by Sandra Bullock and Ben Affleck, who both
suit their parts (two very different people who get thrown together
in their journey to Savanah) down to the ground. Their is great screen
chemistry between them, and the clever special special effects used in
various places create an amazingly magical, dream-like atmosphere
(notably, driving through a shower of rain, running through a hail
storm, and a swirling wind full of leaves at the end). On top of all
that, it includes some side-splittingly funny moments. Well worth
||She's All That
||28 May 1999
|This was much better than I expected. It was at times
funny or uplifting and at others poignant. Rachel Leigh Cook's
character underwent an amazing transformation from introverted and
not particularly noticeable to quite stunning. It wasn't a terribly
new story by any means (boy makes bet, boy enchants girl, boy falls
in love with girl, girl finds out about bet, girl gets upset, boy
persuades girl he really loves her - says he was an idiot before but
has changed now, then something happens -- the 'something happens'
being the variable bit) but sometimes the old stories are the best
stories, and told in a different way they make a very enjoyable
film. It has a good soundtrack too. (Saw it again on 22/7/1999).
||4 June 1999
|Notting Hill is not a remake or Four Weddings or anything
like it. It is at least as funny as Four Weddings, with Hugh Grant again
playing a rather ineffectual twit, but doing it so well! Julia Roberts
surprised me by actually seeming capable of some degree of acting talent.
Rhys Ifans was hillariously dreadful as the horrifically sub-human,
abominably forgetful yet kind-hearted and well-meaning Welsh room-mate.
Not only does the film have a great script, but a perfectly chosen
||7 June 1999
|An amusing if brainless
"something alien runs amok and kills everybody, then unlikely bunch of
humans improbably win in the end", Virus steals almost everything from
some other film... but it's an enjoyable film if you leave your brain
at the door!
||12 June 1999
|WOW! If anything this year is more worth seeing than
Star Wars (Note: now I know, having seen Star Wars Episode I, that
there's actually a lot of things better than it), it'll be this
film! I've seen it seven times now (also 20/6/1999, 30/6/1999, 4/7/1999,
9/7/1999, 23/7/1999, 2/9/1999). Who knows, I may even go again before
it's finished (Note: it's finished in the cinemas now, but I've now
got the DVD). The story's great, the effects are astounding and it'll
keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through. The costuming
is inspired, the casting too (yes, even Keanu Reeves was very good in
The Matrix -- he can act if he's given a chance to, unlike in so many
of the films he's appeared in). Lawrence Fishburn is excellent as
always. Carrie-Anne Moss is similarly excellent as the beautiful and
formidable Trinity. As for the gun-fights... John Woo eat your heart
out! ... and the martial arts sequences are quite something else! If
you haven't yet seen it... what on earth are you waiting for?!? This
is a must-see if I've ever seen one!
||15 June 1999
|A chilling film about a young boy's unhealthy obsession
with the second world war and the nazis, and an old man,
living a quiet life alone in America, who the boy discovers was a
German officer during the war and commited attrocities. The boy
(Brad Renfro) forces the old man (the formidable Ian McKellen) to tell
him stories about what happened, and what it was like, threatening to
go to the police with evidence he has collected about the old man if
he refuses. The two end up changing each other, bringing out the
sinister side in each, and having a hold on each other so that
everything escalates, leading to a potentially disastrous situation
towards the end of the film.
||21 June 1999
|What can I say? It is sick and twisted, but in a
delightfully obtuse way. A most surprisingly excellent film. Ryan
Phillippe is the amoral disgustingly rich young Sebastian for whom
seducing women is a way of passing time but who tires quickly of
his conquests. Sarah Michelle Gellar is his dangerously seductive
yet deceptively duplicitous half-sister who has everyone deceived
and all the men in her life, including Sebastian, under her spell...
and ruthlessly uses her power over everyone to get what she wants.
I'd say more, but by leaving the rest for you to find out you will
probably enjoy it all the more. (Saw it again on 11/7/1999 with
friends who hadn't seen it -- good the second time too).
||25 June 1999
|The Mummy steals openly from more films than I can
count and it's a "leave your brain at the door" film, but it is
great fun! The effects are very good, and it keeps up the excitement
all the way through. John Hannah plays the inept, drunken brother (and
does so brilliantly as always) of Rachel Weisz, the female lead, and
Brendan Fraser plays the gung-ho American who leads them to
Hamunaptra (if that is how it is spelled), the city of the dead.
A most enjoyable couple of hours at the flicks.
||2 July 1999
|Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones lead a great
cast in this unusually plot-filled movie. Connery is a "gentleman
thief", the best there is, with an eye for art and Zeta-Jones is
an employee at an insurance/security company who goes in under
cover to catch him in the act... or is she?
||Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace
||16 July 1999
|Star Wars should not try to be funny. Jar Jar Binks
and Darth Vader saying "Yipee!!!" turn a film which should have been
an epic story (or part thereof) into a bit of comic rubbish. It was
alright, and if it wasn't for the fact that it was a Star Wars film
I would probably have enjoyed it more, but it just did not fit at all
with the rest of what we have all come to know as Star Wars. You have
to see it for yourself, naturally -- not seeing a Star Wars film would
be very strange indeed -- but it's not worth seeing more than once as
I had expected it would be.
||10 Things I Hate About You
||20 July 1999
|An amusing light comedy revolving around the lives of
a rather air-headed girl who wants to go to the prom and her sister
who is rebellious and totally uninterested in fitting in.
||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
||1 August 1999
|Hillariously funny at times, but repeats far too many of
the jokes from the first movie. At times corny as hell to the point of
being groan-worthy rather than funny. Don't get me wrong, mind you; it
was a very funny film, but I can't give it a reservationless thumbs up.
||Wild Wild West
||13 August 1999
|Wild Wild West is one hell of a weird film. It's like
what you might expect if you asked Terry Gilliam to write/direct/produce
a Western. Most odd indeed. Quite funny in places. Overall enjoyable if
not overwhelmingly so.
||22 August 1999
|A most unusual film with a story revolving around some
pretty eccentric characters. Very funny in a refreshingly original
||The Thomas Crown Affair
||23 August 1999
|The plot of this movie is truly inspired. There are plenty
of subtleties and it keeps you guessing without confusing. It is well cast
with leads René Russo and Pierce Brosnan both giving one of their
best performances. So good I saw it a second time (28/8/99).
||South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
||29 August 1999
|South Park is probably the most vulgar, vile, obscene movie
I have ever seen... and yet it was hillariously funny! Funny in an "Oh my
$deity, how can I be finding this funny?" sort of way. Funny in the lowest
possible way, but nonetheless hillariously so. The musical bits are
especially brilliant. Who can forget such songs as "Shut your f***ing
face, Uncle F***a", and "It's Easy, Mmmkay"?
||Mickey Blue Eyes
||31 August 1999
|Mickey Blue Eyes is a romantic comedy about an Englishman
(Hugh Grant), auctioneer by trade, in New York who finds out, when he
proposes to her, that his girlfriend (Jeanne Tripplehorn) is the daughter
of a Mobster (James Caan). Things proceed to get complicated. It is a
charming and amusing comedy with a good ending.
||8 September 1999
|I saw the trailers and thought, "That looks pretty
mediocre." How wrong I was! Go is a brilliantly crafted story, or rather
a set of intertwined stories (like Pulp Fiction ... or something by
Shakespeare ;-). It is absolutely side-splittingly funny at times,
intense at others. This is not a movie to miss. See it! Saw it again on
15/10/1999. Excellent the second time too. Bought it on DVD.
||The 13th Warrior
||10 September 1999
|Antonio Banderas is surprisingly believable as an Arab who
gets dragged into a party of 13 men as the 13th warrior in a Viking war/rescue party who return
to Norway to fight off somebody attacking some old doddering Viking king's
little village only to find themselves facing a mythical army of evil who
have a tendency to pull people's heads off -- and he's only a diplomat,
not a warrior! He has an uncanny knack for picking up a language, curses
and all, just by listening, and suddenly becomes a master-warrior when he
fashions himself a sword more to his liking. Despite the somewhat silly
story and the pseudo-mythology, the acting isn't half bad, with Banderas
excellent as always, and it's an enjoyable hour or so at the flicks.
||Never Been Kissed
||11 September 1999
|Never Been Kissed is a touching and very funny comedy
starring Drew Barrymore and David Arquette. Worth seeing.
||Eyes Wide Shut
||12 September 1999
|A very odd film indeed, I have no idea really what to say
about it or how to rate it. It leaves me with the impression that there
must be fundamental depths which are not immediately obvious, but I can't
figure out what they are or, with any certainty, if they exist. Even after
seeing Eyes Wide Shut, I cannot decide whether it is a deeply intellectual
Stanley Kubrik masterpiece or a film with little subtlety and little to
say. In fact, I can't think of a satisfactory way to review this film at
all. Perhaps the only thing is to see it and judge it for yourself, but I
can't particularly recommend it. The 50% rating is almost a default given
a lack of any inspiration as to how to grade it.
||13 September 1999
|A bizarre and darkly humourous tale of murder and cannibalism.
"Humourous?!?", you say? Yes, humourous in a horrific way. Robert Carlyle's
performance turns a good movie into an excellent movie.
||Drop Dead Gorgeous
||17 September 1999
|Drop Dead Gorgeous is a film made as a mock documentary
about the contestants in a pageant. The pageant takes on a bizarre level
of importance in the minds of those involved, resulting in several deaths.
It's a cleverly scripted black comedy, and it really works very well
indeed. There were places which left the entire audience in stitches
laughing. A hillarious satire. (I got dragged along to see it again with
a different group of friends the very next day [18/9/1999]. I didn't
resist the idea much and it was hillarious the second time too).
||18 September 1999
|Instinct stars Anthony Hopkins and Cuba Gooding Jr. in a
cleverly worked psychological drama/thriller about a man who has
rejected society in favour of a more basic existence (Hopkins), put in
a psych wing of a jail after being returned to (extradited, deported or
merely released to, we are not told) America from a Rwandan prison, and
a psychologist (Gooding) who is sent to evaluate him. In the scenes
with Hopkins and Gooding, there is a very believable and tangible
connection between their two characters, building and changing over the
course of the movie. Well worth a visit to the cinema or video library!
||The General's Daughter
||20 September 1999
|A young woman has been murdered on an army base in very
strange circumstances, and an investigator (Travolta) with the Criminal
Investigation Division is called in to try to solve the case before the
FBI become involved. The woman is the daughter of the general in charge
of the base, and the plot thickens. It seems everyone is a suspect. A
clever thriller, slightly unlikely premise aside, The General's Daughter
is well worth seeing.
||24 September 1999
|Robert De Niro is a mafia boss who thinks he's losing his
mind and Billy Crystal is a family therapist who finds himself involved
with the wrong sort of family. Crystal and De Niro work brilliantly
together, and this, when combined with a clever script and excellent
acting from others like Lisa Kudrow, results in a wonderfully funny
comedy with plenty of one-liners. Never a dull moment.
||25 September 1999
|Adam Sandler is one of those comic actors who people tend
to either love or hate. I tend towards the former, with occasional
reservations (he's done some pretty mediocre films), but there are not
two films of his which I think are brilliant. The first was The Wedding
Singer. Big Daddy has joined it. Sandler plays a 30-something guy with a
law degree who works one day a week in a toll booth, acts like a kid all
the time, and doesn't see any reason why he should do anything
differently. His girlfriend disagrees, and threatens to dump him. He
thinks he's found the solution when a kid turns up on the doorstep. It's
hard to say who acts more like a little kid, Sandler or the actual kid.
This just makes it even funnier. It has the obligatory happy ending,
but that's fine because it's a good one. All in all, a very enjoyable
flick. Bought the DVD.
||A Midsummer Night's Dream
||27 September 1999
|This version of Shakespear's fantastical play has the
obvious initial advantage of the bard's great scripting and
storytelling, but it adds to this a perfectly chosen cast, good
directing and an attention to detail in location choice, set decoration,
lighting, camera work, and special effects. A most worthy tribute.
||29 September 1999
|The Haunting really didn't deserve the terrible reviews it
got here. I actually thought it was most enjoyable. Admittedly, it
wasn't truly scary most of the time, but it provided the occasional
bit to make you jump. The special effects were outstanding, however.
They were both flawless and hugely impressive. They would, of course,
have been far less impressive without clever use of sound, which this
film uses often. That said, the acting was good but not brilliant, and
the premise and plot were a bit silly. Enjoyable enough, nonetheless.
||2 October 1999
|American Pie is absolutely side-splittingly
rolling-in-the-aisles funny in an "I don't believe they just
showed/said/did that!" sort of way. It's both original and
censor-taunting in a way similar to in There's Something About Mary.
A hillarious comedy. One of the funniest I've seen this year, and this
is a good year! Saw it again in the cinema on 24/10/1999 and have since
bought the DVD.
||9 October 1999
|Runaway Bride is quite funny in places, and Julia Roberts
and Richard Gere actually work quite well together, but this is nothing
special. It's got a few good one-liners (the best is also a blatant
advertisement for FedEx -- well done to them; should be good for sales!)
and an alright if sketchy and predictable plot, so not a mis-spent evening
at the cinema. Fun but not overly memorable.
||Deep Blue Sea
||16 October 1999
|A fun no-brainer thriller starring, as well as a few
unknowns, Samuel L. Jackson and LL Cool J, and the wonderful test
sharks! Quite a ludicrous pseudo-science premise, but it really
doesn't matter. It's good fun, and it's actually not predictable!
If you've seen it, you'll know what I mean when I say: "Samuel L. Jackson,
eh? Who'd've seen that coming?". LL Cool J is actually very amusing as
the religious cook. Don't take it seriously, but enjoy!
||23 October 1999
|Funnier than expected comedy flick starring Steve Martin
and Eddie Murphy. Steve Martin is Bobby Bowfinger of Bowfinger Films,
a broke, low-budget movie director/producer and Eddie Murphy is Kit
Ramsey, the biggest star in Hollywood. Bowfinger persuades some big-time
Hollywood backers to back a movie he wants to make from a new script he's
got...but on condition that he gets Kit Ramsey to star in it! Here begins
the frantic madcap attempt to make a film where the star doesn't know he's
in the movie.
||The Blair Witch Project
||30 October 1999
|It's not terribly uncommon for a film to be fairly original,
but a film which is utterly unique and totally unlike anything that has
ever gone before is an extreme rarity -- almost everything has been done
before to some extent. The Matrix and The Blair Witch Project are
both utterly unique, quite amazing in one year.
Some people were of the opinion that Blair Witch was nothing special,
and that it wasn't really scary. I couldn't disagree more. I think it
was truly amazing. A most unique film, and likely to stay that way.
The acting is way beyond mere brilliance (perhaps because a significant
amount of the emotions shown by the characters were real -- the method
of filming was most unorthodox, throwing actors into the woods without
a complete knowledge of what was going to happen), and the way in which
the tension, fear, and desperation build throughout the movie, from
start to finish is... well, it's something I've never seen a movie do
before. The usual idea in a movie is build up suspense for somewhere
between a few seconds and a few minutes, then give a sudden shock, then
build it up again. It's all based on short attention spans. Blair Witch,
doesn't pander to this standard idea -- the tension is maintained
throughout without respite. It's great to see movie makers do what they
want and not what they think the audience want.
I also think that the fact that you saw what the characters saw
(i.e. if they saw utter pitch blackness you actually _did_ see utter
pitch blackness, not a low-blue/red/green-lit scene); the fact
that you didn't know any more than the characters meant that you
felt much more like you were actually there, and thus feeling, to
some extent, the same emotions as the characters. I think that, if
you let yourself become immersed in the film, it is indeed scarier
than any other movie I can recall. Far scarier than any slasher
flick. Scary enough that even the occasional very funny line didn't
result in anything more than a nervous laugh -- and that is a good
thing, in my opinion! It means that the film really did make the
audience uncomfortable and nervous. The end of the film gave me quite
a chill, and it was obvious that most of the audience experienced the
same thing. Most of them were silent or quiet leaving the cinema,
except for a few, the bravado showing in their voices, saying how
useless they thought it was.
I think a lot of people went along with expectations which were far
too rigid, and didn't like it when it didn't conform. In my opinion,
the total lack of conformation to traditional film standards made it
all the more impressive and effective.
||2 November 1999
|A clever and often very funny comedy about a group of air
traffic controllers in New York, starring John Cusack and Billy-Bob
Thornton, it surprises by pointing out what a tough job air traffic
controllers have and how they cannot afford to make a single mistake.
The relationship between the at-peace, non-reactive Thornton and the
outwardly cool and together but hyperactive Cusack, who both push
themselves to the limit and beyond, is excellently depicted. Quite a
thoughtful and psychological comedy.
||John Carpenter's Vampires
||5 November 1999
|Not in the slightest bit scary, but quite grotesque. I
found much of it hugely funny, especially the attempts to be scary and
the ludicrously graphic dismemberment which goes massively over the top.
Amusing anyhow, in a laugh-at-it-rather-than-with-it sort of way.
||12 November 1999
|An unusual and anarchic thriller on the surface, Fight
Club has a lot more to say than is initially apparent. Certainly one of
the best movies of the year, I would have said the best film of the year
in any normal year, but this year is far from normal. The number of truly
brilliant movies this year has been quite out of proportion to the usual.
You will get much more from Fight Club on the second viewing (I saw
it a second time on 16/11/1999), and I would imagine based on a second
viewing that there's probably even more hiding in there to be discovered
on subsequent viewings. The first viewing, nonetheless, is unique in that
you do only really find out what the film was about at the end, so the
earlier parts of the movie have a different impact once you've seen it
before. Pitt and Norton both give tour de force performances.
||The Sixth Sense
||13 November 1999
|A very clever and often chilling thriller starring Bruce
Willis as a child psychologist and Haley Joel Osment as a child who sees
real ghosts. Osment's acting is particularly outstanding. The film also
has a very clever twist at the end.
||East is East
||14 November 1999
|A very funny comedy set in 70's England about a mixed-race
family -- Pakistani father and English mother. While very funny it is also
depicts a hellish family situation where the Pakistani father terrorizes
the rest of his family, desperately trying to force them into a totally
Pakistani mould as a way of compensating for his own transgression in
marrying an Englishwoman, embittering his children and pushing them to
rebellion against him in doing so. Ironically, the father is as much a
victim, in some ways, of his own inability to accept reality as the rest
of his family are. Despite the bitterness and the terribly unfortunate
situation, the film manages to be light-hearted for the most part while
still presenting its message. Very good.
||Ride with the Devil
||15 November 1999
|Ride with the Devil is a US civil war drama, not a
type of film I usually watch, but it had good acting (especially notable
are Tobey Maguire as Jake Roedel and Jewel -- obviously not just a pretty
face and a good voice -- as love interest Sue Lee Shelley) and quite an
interesting plot. Worth watching if you haven't else anything terribly
pressing to do.
||20 November 1999
|Why did EDtv only just come out here? Never have I seen
a release date so ludicrously far behind the US release. My theory is
that they realised, after the US release, that is had been a very bad
move releasing it so soon after The Truman show and so suddenly at the
last minute decided to push the non-US release dates back to avoid the
same happening elsewhere. Absolutely unprecedented was the fact that
the cinemas here (Ireland) were showing trailers for EDtv almost a
year ago which suddenly, mysteriously, and unexplainedly stopped.
Nothing more was mentioned about it until a few weeks ago when they
started showing trailers for it again. Absolutely bizarre. I think they
made a bad decision, since EDtv has been given the smallest screens in
the multiplexes when I believe it would have got a bigger and more
publicised release had it not been put off. Anyway, what about the actual
movie? I thought it was very good -- not as good as Truman, but really
quite a different movie anyway. The cast was well chosen, with excellent
acting from Mathew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson and Jenna Elfman, the
three main characters, notable cameos from Jay Leno, Bill Maher and
RuPaul, and a rather one-dimensional (but intentionally so, perhaps)
small part for Liz Hurley. Worth seeing.
||The World is Not Enough
||26 November 1999
|Brosnan excellent as ever as 007, but this time in a
better Bond film. The last two seemed somehow mediocre, but this is
real Bond as it's meant to be: plans for world domination, explosions,
death-defying skiing and boating, super-human baddies, nuclear weapons,
innuendo, corny puns and all!
||30 November 1999
|It has two great stars. It has what sounded like it might
be a somewhat promising plot (from the trailers). Perhaps it's believable,
as some reviews I've read say (and seem to consider terribly important;
more important than whether it enthralls viewers or has them looking at
their watches). The problem is, it moves at the speed of congealing
molasses! It's a shame to have to say it, but it's just plain
||End of Days
||11 December 1999
|Arnold Schwarzeneger's good-guy-on-the-edge battles Gabriel
Byrne's Satan. A clever plot, clever casting, and a better than usual plot
with hidden subtleties. All round good fun too!
||30 December 1999
|A very funny, hugely quirky film from Kevin Smith. It will
appeal to the irreverant with a bizarre sense of humour. The evilness
of some characters inspires a sense of glee; especially the characters
played by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, two angels who would be at home in
Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. A great cast headed up by the current
favourites Matt, Ben, Chris Rock and Salma Hayek as well as less new on
the scene Linda Fiorentino and a truly excellent stalwart, Alan Rickman
(who deserves more fame than he has). Saying much more would spoil it
for you. This movie definitely isn't for everyone, but if it's for you
you'll love it.