Toy Story 2 (1999) – Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon, and John Lasseter

The Movie Book from DK Canada continues to entertain, and it’s next big recommendation was Toy Story, which I’ve previously covered off, but I was delighted to see that on the What Else To Watch list there were other Pixar films that were primed for a re-watch. So I threw in the blu-ray and settled…

The Green Mile (1999) – Frank Darabont

Unless you watch it on a fairly regular basis, you tend to forget how beautiful The Green Mile is as a film. It’s been a long time since I sat down to watch this one, so I was glad that it showed up on the What Else to Watch list in DK Canada’s The Movie…

Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx (1999) – Max McCoy

1934. The final Indiana Jones adventure set before the first trio of films is on the book shelf this week. It is also the shortest adventure in the series, not even breaking 200 pages, and the macguffin this time around is one created by the author, the Omega Book, though bases on things hinted at…

The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004) – Stephen King

The penultimate volume of Stephen King’s magnificent fantasy western opus is on the book shelf this week, and leads us along many roads, some hauntingly familiar, all troubling. With the abduction of the pregnant Susannah by Mia, the daughter of none, mother of one, at the climax of the previous book, everything is set up…

The Mummy (1999) – Stephen Sommers

While the updated version of The Mummy blasts into theatres this summer, the 1999 reboot was on the list of recommendations from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for follow-up titles to Raiders of the Lost Ark. This version, directed by Stephen Sommers, stars Brendan Fraser, Oded Fehr, Rachel Weisz and Arnold…

Virus (1999) – John Bruno

Gale Anne Hurd serves as the producer on my next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles, 1999’s Virus. Once again, the film is packed with a fairly solid cast, Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Joanna Pacula, and Marshall Bell, and once again, most of it is poorly executed. Based on the Dark Horse Comic…

Strange Days (1995) – Kathryn Bigelow

My time with the films of James Cameron for the Sci-Fi Chronicles book comes to an end with this film that he penned the script for, and gave to the incredibly talented Kathryn Bigelow to direct. Ralph Fiennes stars as Lenny Nero, a former cop turned street hustler, with a charming side that can sell…

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) – George Lucas

  Remember, right back before the Phantom Menace came out, when anticipation was reaching a fever pitch? I miss that. Sure we had the wonderful build up to The Force Awakens, but the gap between films was no where near as long as it had been for those of us who had been invested in…

American Beauty (1999) – Sam Mendes

  The next title up in the Drama genre for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book is the Academy Award Winning American Beauty directed by Sam Mendes. The film went home with a Best Actor for Kevin Spacey, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay. Spacey plays Lester…

The Iron Giant (1999) – Brad Bird

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles now brings me Brad Bird’s now classic animated tale of a young boy, Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marienthal) who meets a robot (Vin Diesel) from outer space, and the government agent, Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald) who is trying to capture them. Set in the late 50s, the film gives adult viewers an…

Wild Wild West (1999) – Barry Sonnenfeld

  Ahh, the late 20th century, when Will Smith the comedic actor was at the top of his game having come off of the incredibly successful Men In Black, which was directed by Sonnenfeld, who was having a string of good luck himself, with MiB, Get Shorty, and the Addams Family movies. So, they paired…