Showing posts from May, 2019

Summer box office of 1999 and the underappreciated film, Go

This week, in looking back at the summer box office films of 1999, we take a look at the movie 'Go', plus the round of 32 in the tournament deciding your favorite film from that summer.[Author's note: The film was released in April of 1999, but is considered for this tournament due to the fact May was a light month that year for film releases.]

The landscape of the box office in 1999 was dominated by teen-centered movies, big-name comedians, and a couple of smaller budget films that reaped tons of rewards (see: money!)

And then there was Go.
Written by John August (who recently penned the Aladdin live-action remake) and directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Edge of Tomorrow), Go was an ensemble piece, a story told from three points of view that was a comedy dark in nature. Written and edited in the vein of Pulp Fiction, Go sees the three different stories intersect and is set around the ecstasy and rave scene that was popular in the late 1990's.
The combination o…

The summer box office of 1999: A film tournament

We've had a tournament for the best summer films of 1998 as well as a great showdown of favorite holiday films. Now, it's time to journey back and decide the best film from the summer of 1999. In the summer of 1999 -- technically late spring -- back before movies from the Star Wars universe were being released once a year, fans were prepping themselves for the first new film in the Skywalker saga since The Return of the Jedi was released in 1983. We'd all been teased in the few years prior with the re-release in theaters of the original trilogy, giving fans a chance to relive, or see for the first time, Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Chewy, and Lando save the galaxy.
These movies were fun to experience in surround sound, on the big screen, but ultimately these new editions altered the Star Wars universe with changed scenes, alternate endings, and bigger explosions.
On May 19, 1999, Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace opened. Fans lined up to see this long-awaited event, setting…

A trip down memory lane: part 68 (or so we'll say)

Normally this blog is reserved for sports and pop culture relevant topics. On occasion, I've been known to take trips down memory lane. Today is one of those days.
The following is story of theatre and friendship, with themes touching upon mental illness, self worth, and suicide. Fair warning.

*Names have been shortened to first-name initials only.

Staring at a notepad, of the canary yellow variety, my mind was blank. It had been a good week since my last blog post and, with a goal of posting weekly, I needed something.
I thought of a variety of sports and entertainment topics to write about, ranging from the NBA playoffs to Game of Thrones, but nothing was really popping. No solid structure, nothing I had too strong of feelings about. Just a solid 45 minutes of emptiness and a sole black ink spot from where my pen remained frozen in place.
Knowing was I was soon going to embark on a "favorite summer films of 1999" blog series, my mind wandered back to that summer. I began…

Game of Thrones: Not so quietly into the long night

Warning: To loosely paraphrase Melisandre, the following post is in-depth and full of spoilers. If you aren't caught up in season 8 of Game of Thrones, beware. The week has passed, allowing me to fully ruminate on the events of "The Long Night", episode three in the 8th season of Game of Thrones.  For 82 minutes, there was (mostly) gripping action, battles between dragons, a Dothraki light brigade (visually stunning), an outstanding and beautiful score and plenty of heroes to go around.

We witnessed soulful exchanges between characters in the crypt and a giant slayer in Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey), showing right until the end she was one of the most powerful women in Westeros.
There were deaths, there was fire AND ice, and there were many fans vocalizing their thoughts on the lighting quality of the episode.
Let's start with that.
Watching from my laptop -- by no means top of the line -- there were very few moments in which I thought, "I can't see a thing?…