April 28, 1999

Pushing Tin

pushingI recently read that director Mike Newell (who directed this film, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Donnie Brasco) was offered the directing job for Harry Potter & The Sorcerers Stone. Newell wanted to accept, but he was making this movie and couldn't bear to do another movie laden with special effects right away. To think, if had not made Pushing Tin, a rambling mess of a movie, he might have made a better Sorcerers Stone than that stiff film Chris Columbus made. He did an expert job with Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire.

April 20, 1999

Twin Dragons

twinAnother Jackie Chan Hong Kong movie imported to America via Dimension Films. I barely remember seeing it-- after looking at the stub pasted in my book, I had to Google it to see what it was.

April 16, 1999

Never Been Kissed

neverAn adorable comedy from Drew Barrymore. Drew Barrymore is usually the best thing in all her romantic comedies (50 First Dates, Never Been Kissed, Home Fries, The Wedding Singer, Fever Pitch), and America's love for her makes up for the safe, easy movies she makes.

April 9, 1999

The Matrix

The pop universe became so over-saturated by The Matrix and its disappointing sequels, that it's hard to remember exactly how fresh and exciting the first movie was in 1999. matrixWow. When I first saw it, I was completely blown away. A thinking man's action movie, a quantum leap forward for CGI effects, and (this is rare) a perfect vehicle for Keanu Reeves. I complain a lot about bad endings to movies, this one was perfect- Neo's phone call, Rage Against The Machine, and Neo flies? Woo! (Hoyt's Cinemas Falmouth)