A book review from the desk of The Movie Snob.
Best. Movie. Year. Ever. How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen, by Brian Raftery (2019). Journalist Raftery proposes that 1999 was “the most unruly, influential, and unrepentantly enjoyable film year of all time.” His book takes a chronological approach, marching through the year’s biggest or most influential releases, telling us how they got made and what kind of impact they had, both at the time and in the long run. I guess he makes a pretty good case. 1999 was the year of The Blair Witch Project, The Matrix, Star Wars Episode I, Election, American Pie, The Sixth Sense, American Beauty, Fight Club, and Being John Malkovich, among the roughly 30 films I see identified in the table of contents. The book was interesting enough, and it did make me want to rewatch a couple of the films and see a couple more that I’ve never seen. But I think I would have preferred a book of straight-up movie reviews.