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


–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


“[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


–Marty Meltz, Portland Press Herald


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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