Why 1999 Was The Best Year For Movies (or How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?)


The best year in my history of films would have to be 1999.

Look at the list:


The Matrix

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut,

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,

Three Kings

American Beauty

but the best of this list of bests was Fight Club.

No movie spoke to me on so many levels as that movie.

You either get it or you don't.

Now a lot of people hate it. And it got the Entertainment Chief of Fox, Bill Mechanic fired.

But for me and others it was the defining movie of our generation.

And as time has passed some peoples opinion about the film has changed as well. Entertainment Weekly, which had originally given the film a negative grade of D, later ranked the DVD #1 on its list of "The Top 50 DVDs You Need To Own." 

The movie, which was a flop at the box office, actually has made a profit because of DVD sales.

But none of that matters.

What matters it that it told a generation that it was "not it's fucking khakis…"

Here's a rare trailer…

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17 Comments on “Why 1999 Was The Best Year For Movies (or How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?)”

  1. Loren Says:

    I get that movie. I don’t get a lot of things, but I get that movie. Men have become such pussies. It’s true. Blogging is not helping either. “Blog Wars” coming to a nerdplex near you. Also showing “Comment Flamers”.

  2. VampireFeet Says:

    The greatest movie ever.

    I loved it.

    What hurt it was the fact that it came out right after Columbine. But the movie had everything. 2 great stars. A great director. And wonderful dialog.

    “I haven’t had sex like that since grade school.” is my favorite line.

  3. chartreuse Says:

    I saw the movie again this afternoon so it is fresh in my mind. I really like it. In fact I like it even more now.

    My brother hated it.

    But not everyone got it. I think you have to look at the world a certain way…

  4. kid mercury Says:

    chartreuse you speak the truth. 1999 was the best year for movies and i’ve argued with many a film geek that it was a year that really changed cinema going forward. as for fight club, it is my personal favorite movie (seen it over 100 times) although i think it is a movie that younger males in a western, primarily caucasian society relate to far more than other demographics may, simply due to many of the movie’s underlying themes about masculinity.

    oh, and david fincher is a genius. best director out there.

  5. Matt Says:

    Matrix was one of the best movies ever. The sequels were good too – though most didn’t get them.

    I still haven’t seen fight club, but the book is damn good 🙂

  6. chartreuse Says:

    I liked the Matrix and it’s sequals as well. But you have to see Fight Club.

    Kid, you are right. 1999 changed cinema but Fincher is the second best director (after Micheal Mann!)

  7. Liz Strauss Says:

    I liked fight club. I found that I could pretty much pick out the folks who would be the ones who didn’t get it. You’re right, Char. It takes a certain world view, a sense of self to understand what’s going on there. I’d like to see it again.

  8. Brian Says:

    I can’t believe you banish me from commenting, and then post about Fight Club.

    One of the few movies that does justice to an excellent book.

    Also, until you learn how to ban an IP address, you’re stuck with me. 🙂

  9. numlok Says:


    I remember watching the Academy Awards that year and thinking “Damn, this year ROCKED!”.

    As for other movies adding fuel to the argument, I’d like to add:

    Being John Malkovich
    American Movie
    The Blair Witch Project (over-hyped, but nonetheless conceptually ground-breaking)
    The Sixth Sense (okay, M.Knight is played out now, but admit it… you were sucker-punched at the time).
    Office Space
    Buena Vista Social Club
    Boys Don’t Cry
    The Iron Giant

    And on the flip-side:
    Star Wars Episode I

  10. Loren Says:

    How about pi and Requiem for a Dream. Same fight club vibes.

  11. great, now I have to start watching movies I forgot about. My wife is already pissed about the blogging. This is really going well.

    I think bloggers should take one day a week off as a statement that we can control our freakish behavior.

    My wife is looking over my shoulder these days and I am embarrased she is NOT catching me on porn sites.

  12. by the way – scarface

  13. chartreuse Says:

    Star War episode 1 was the worse movie. Jeez it was boring. It was everything it wasn’t supposed to be,

  14. Studley Says:

    1999 was actually a great year for music too, but that’s a whole other article I guess…

  15. although e norton has a big pompous future, his work in FC was exemplary – the film also explained, at least to me, why and how the guy that directed e scissorhands could marry that slutty actin british girl, and vice – versa…and why meatloaf has no future in cinema…

  16. I live in a small town, or one that wants to BE a small town, and remember when watching Fight Club in the theater, I couldn’t decide whether the audience’s strange looks were directed towards the screen or at my friend and I laughing our ass off. I’m sure they were wondering if we were watching the same movie since all 12 of them were mostly stone silent throughout. Pretty much the same reaction in ‘94 when the same friend and I lost it when Marvin’s face was shot off in Pulp Fiction. Guess I need to move.

  17. Megan Says:

    10 Things I Hate About You

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