In This Year 1999 : 10 Greatest Films Of 1999

  • 1. Boys Don't Cry
  • 2. Magnolia
  • 3. Being John Malkovich
  • 4. Eyes Wide Shut
  • 5. American Beauty
  • 6. Three Kings
  • 7. The Green Mile
  • 8. The Insider
  • 9. The Blair Witch Project
  • 10. Bringing Out The Dead

Can't believe I saw all these except Bringing Out The Dead. Which is strange since I love Nic Cage and Martin Scorsese.

I agree with all except Eyes Wide Shut. It put me too sleep both times I tried to watch it. And Blair Witch. It was just ok.

Well...Eyes Wide Shut is brilliant. I can see your point on Blair Witch Project, I just don't agree. Nothing has been done like that before. The format and style it was filmed and presented, gave it an authentic feeling some movies could have only wished to capture.

I'm with you on this one, jblack. The fear and panic portrayed in Blair Witch Project made pretty much every other horror movie performace seem stylized (a point I've made several times here on Listology - I should probably stop beating that horse). It didn't have many jump-out-of-your-seat moments, but I certainly found it unnerving.

Well Divine ate doo-doo on the screen. That was new and authentic too, doesn't make it good.

Blair Witch was just a big yawn for me. Sure it was different for a horror film, still didn't hold my attention. Maybe I'll give Eyes Wide Shut another try. 3 times better be the charm otherwise it's out. My sister saw the entire movie, she shares my opinion, that it's boring. She also said Nicole Kidman doesn't know how to smoke weed. Which brings up another problem for me. Nicole Kidman is one of the most overrated actresses working today. Coma-inducing in almost every film.

Apples and oranges, IMO.

Well, I dont share your opinions at all saka. I respect them, but I highly disagree. Nicole Kidman is wonderful. To Die For is oscar caliber work, and Eyes Wide Shut is suppose to be slow moving. It's a psychological drama with myseries we are supposed to draw our own concusions on for the solutions. One of Kubrick's trademarks. Blair Witch is more of an imagine how instead of a see how film. In the woods when they hear those baby screams..come on saka, thats intensley creepy.

I respect all of your opinions and respectfully disagree. Nicole Kidman remains a bore. To Die For was a bore. I can enjoy a slow moving psychological drama (ask my man, whose given up 1/2 way through most of my favorite movies). I will give Eyes Wide Shut another chance (when I can catch it for free :-)


To be honest, I agree with you. Nicole Kidman was, to these eyes, quite weak in Eyes Wide Shut (I didn't buy her stoned either), and I didn't really feel the film pulled off all it wanted to very well.

Few films have a fatal flaw, but I am a bit tempted to label Eyes Wide Shut as such. I feel the film would have been much better if they had simply chopped the "explanation" scene between Tom Cruise and Sydney Pollack over billiards. Out went all confusion and mystery, and the idea of illusion versus reality seemed somewhat compromised by the move.

Additionally, Kubrick films can be dirt boring without something somewhat engaging holding our interest. I didn't feel Eyes Wide Shut had anything that really captivated the way the mystery and the interplay of visuals and music in 2001, the humor in Dr. Strangelove, or even the slow-motion melodrama of Barry Lyndon did. Additionally, the film offered little pay back for invested interest beside souless technical excellence and typical, better-done-previously Kubrick themes.

To some degree, it felt more like a gimmick than a fully developed work of art (and I'm not thinking about the promotional campaign here, merely the film's structure and plot).

It wasn't a terrible film, but I'm afraid I can not praise it nearly has highly as J. Black or Johnny Waco seem to.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Forgive me, J. Black and Johnny! I held my tongue as long as I could...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

There is nothing to forgive Lester. You'r wrong though. I know, I'm partial to Kubrick. Well you're right about that. I liked the way this film was paced. Kubrick deliberatly paces film for real life timing. Thats what I think anyway. Whether or not Kidman passed as a pot smoker is debatable. The story was intriguing for me and enigmatic enough to be considered great to me.

I will say that the great cinematography was almost enough to justify the film's existence.

I realize you like the film, but I am curious as to whether you felt that the "explanation scene" strengthened or weakened the film overall. Did you feel it crudely told too much, reducing much of the mystery of the film to the banal actions of a few dirty old men, or do you think it added to the film's greatness in some way I've missed?

I'm curious...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Well, the "explanation scene" was quite effective to me. The acting was great. How Cruise reacted as Pollock unfolded the information was strong. It didn't seem to effect me. Maybe the films only weakness to me was, the ending. That was an unsatisfactory last line spoken by Kidman. Otherwise, kudos to Kubrick.

I agree about the acting and the ending. Perhaps how Nicole Kidman's acting and the explanation scene affects a viewer goes a long way to determing how much a viewer admires the film...

Perhaps not.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Actually not that anyone asked me, I feel the urge to put my 2 cents in. I liked Eyes. Not Kubrick's best by any means but still a very worthy film. I understand Lester's comment concerning the scene with Cruise and Pollock, it did seemed like the crib notes of the movie. (Oh so thats what its all about...)Kidman reminded me of many casual pot smokers I have known. That sort of self conscious , Im being bad look. Cruise was very good and so was the Paino player, Todd Fields (I think that is his name).

I do agree that Cruise's acting was extremely powerful - perhaps his best - in Eyes Wide Shut.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yes, it rivals Magnolia and Born On The Fourth Of July.

Soon, O very soon, I will finish Magnolia. I'm waiting for Netflix to deliver this divisive little film to my door any day now...

(Did he really say 'little'?)

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I forget that Kubrick did Dr. Strangelove. One of my favorite movies.

Lester!! You haven't seen all of Magnolia? Please finish it and let me know what you think. It's truly great.

You know I'd like to see Fight Club on this list. I'd bump Magnolia for it. :-) But I know you disagree. I just can't resist opening my big mouth.

Alot of people really liked Fight Club. I must say, I wasn't one of them.