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Book offers spirited claim that 1999 was best year ever for movies

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By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL

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1999 was a great year. 1994 was a superb year! There have been many years of great movies. Since the dawn of filmmaking.

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It wasn't the best ever but it was a great year. Saw almost every one of these films in theaters.

Can't think of a year since that came close.

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I have to admit, some very great movies from 1999, but the best year ever? Hardly. Movies from 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976 are just as great.

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Nope, 80s movies rule. Original trilogy of Star Wars, Indiana Jones l and everything else basically. An era when optimistic thinking was high and no sensitive SJW folks then too.

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I’ll give him that it was in some sense significant that a new Star Wars trilogy started and that Blair Witch pioneered hand held movie making and online marketing, but Phantom Menace is widely regarded as so so and Blair Witch is actually a terrible movie. The Matrix was innovative and has had a huge impact on culture. American Beauty will I think hold up. But to compare that lot with some of the other classic years is nuts.

Take 1974: Godfather Part II, Chinatown, A Woman Under the Influence, Blazing Saddles, The Conversation, to name just a few.

Or 1967: The Graduate, Cool Hand Luke, In the Heat of the Night, Bonnie & Clyde, In Cold Blood, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Belle du Jour....

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That's a very us-centric perspective imo.

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Missed them all.

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It was certainly a great year for Bond Films. The World Is Not Enough - easily Top Three material.

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Fight Club, Green Mile, Magnolia, Girl, Interrupted (featuring A++ Angelina), Dogma, Galaxy Quest and Mystery Men...this chap might be onto something. Certainly a good year for films.

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That's a very us-centric perspective imo.

Absolutely. Where's the awareness and acknowledgement of the French, the Germans, the Brits, the Italians, the Japanese movies?

It's impossible to nominate one year as the best anyway. If I had to, though, it would probably be a year from the 1940s, 50s or 60s. Maybe the 70s. Classic years of filmmaking, when things were changing all the time. Not that 1999 was bad, looking at that list. Did people really not like Fight Club at the time? I thought it was a great movie. American Beauty too.

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Nope, 80s movies rule. Original trilogy of Star Wars, Indiana Jones l and everything else basically.

And let's not forget the Back to the Future trilogy.

But I have a hunch you are fondly remembering what are essentially children's movies from your own childhood.

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1999 best year for movies? Close, but no cigar. That would be 1998 being as how that year included The Big Lebowski, Rush Hour and Mercury Rising.

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Or 1967: The Graduate, Cool Hand Luke, In the Heat of the Night, Bonnie & Clyde, In Cold Blood, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Belle du Jour....

Plus, American audiences got A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly all in 1967.

I mean, wow.

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1999 best year for movies? Close, but no cigar. That would be 1998 being as how that year included The Big Lebowski, Rush Hour and Mercury Rising.

If you think that Rush Hour makes 1998 one of the greatest years in the history of cinema I don't think many will agree.

The 2 great years for cinema in the 1990s were 94 and 98.

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Nope, 80s movies rule. Original trilogy of Star Wars

The first Star Wars was 77, the second just made it into the 80’s with a May 1980 release.

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The 2 great years for cinema in the 1990s were 94 and 98.

I obviously meant 94 and 99.

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The fact that "American Beauty" got Best Picture shows how bad the choices were for that honor. In most years, "American Beauty" would not even have been nominated.

IMO, 1939 remains the best year ever for movies.

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Mystery Men was far and away the best movie of 1999, how could that not merit a mention?

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I'm not really sure what constitutes as the greatest year for movies, but I do know that it definitely wasn't in the last ten years: a decade of CGI superhero drivel and independent psuedo-moralistic nonsense.

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Try to put 'American' movies on each sentences.

For European and Asian Cinema, Every year is the best.

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Subjective. For me, I'd say the greatest decade (can't knock it down to a year) would be the 70s.

Taxi Driver, The Godfather, The Conversation, The French Connection, The Excorcist, Sorcerer, Star Wars, Jaws, Enter the Dragon, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Mean Streets, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Wickerman, Apocalypse Now... for starters.

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