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As we enter a new year, a new century and a new millennium, The L.A. Weekly pays tribute to the cinematic “triumphs” of 1999. Thus shall not be forgotten:

Cruel Intentions


“It's a masterpiece.”


–Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News


The Matrix


“A mind-bending pop-art masterpiece.”


–Joseph Gelmis, Newsday magazine


“A virtual masterpiece.”


–Richard Corliss, Time magazine


The Dreamlife of Angels


A masterpiece.”


–Steven Rosen, The Denver Post


“Deceptively modest masterpiece.”


–Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's


“[Erick Zonca's] first-feature

masterpiece.”


–Henry Sheehan, The Orange County Register


The King of Masks


“Wu Tianming's masterpiece.”


–Joanna Connors, The Plain Dealer


After Life


“A bona fide masterpiece.”


–John Anderson, Newsday magazine


Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace


“[George Lucas'] masterpiece.”


–Bill Hoffmann, The New York Post


Besieged


“[An] intimate visual masterpiece.”


–John Griffin, The Gazette


Eternity and a Day


“A masterpiece out of time.”


–Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune


Buena Vista Social Club


“A 140-minute film masterpiece.”


–Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner


An Ideal Husband


“An absolute must-see Oscar Wilde

masterpiece.”


–Marty Meltz, Portland Press Herald


Tarzan


Disney's latest animated masterpiece.”


–Mike Boon, Calgary Herald


The Blair Witch Project


“The shoestring-budget masterpiece.”


–Gary Arnold, The Washington Times


“A visceral masterpiece.”


–Michael Atkinson, Film Comment


Eyes Wide Shut


“[Stanley Kubrick's] final masterpiece.”


–Richard Schickel, Time magazine


“The final masterpiece from the

man who made Spartacus.”


–Brian D. Johnson, Maclean's


The Sixth Sense


“In fact, a masterpiece.”


–John Podhoretz, The Weekly Standard


Black Cat, White Cat


“[A] mad comic masterpiece.”


–Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune


American Beauty


” [An] always hypnotic masterpiece.”


–G.T. Melhus, The Des Moines Register


“A flat-out masterpiece.”


–Rod Dreher, The New York Post


Three Kings


“Some kind of weird masterpiece.”


–Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


The Limey


“Steven Soderbergh's masterpiece about crime and punishment.”


–Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly


Fight Club


“It is a wild, orgiastic masterpiece.”


–Bret Easton Ellis, Gear magazine


The Straight Story


“A David Lynch masterpiece.”


–Jenniffer Weigel, CBS


Bringing Out the Dead


“A fiery masterpiece.”


–Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune


Being John Malkovich


“An odd masterpiece.”


–Scott Timberg, S.F. Weekly


“A one-of-a-kind masterpiece.”


–Tom Carson, Esquire magazine


Princess Mononoke


Hayao Miyazaki's anime masterpiece.”


–Melanie McFarland, The Seattle Times


“The Miyazaki masterpiece.”


–Robert Koehler, Variety magazine


The Insider


“Michael Mann and Eric Roth have

written a masterpiece.”


–Josh Spiegel, The Buffalo News


The Messenger:

The Story of Joan of Arc


“A masterpiece.”


–Bonnie Churchill, National News Syndicate


Ride With the Devil


“Another Ang Lee masterpiece.”


–Bill Zwecker, NBC


The End of the Affair


“A masterpiece.”


–Jim Svejda, CBS


The Green Mile


“A masterpiece of filmmaking.”


–Gary Cogill, ABC

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