Last year inspired a number of website and magazine features paying homage to 1999, which Esquire dubbed “the last great year in movies.” It was inarguably a golden year for film lovers, but amid all the praise for groundbreaking films like Being John Malkovich, Magnolia, Fight Club, The Blair Witch Project, and The Matrix, one of the finest movies of 1999 has been largely overlooked: The Talented Mr. Ripley, director Anthony Minghella’s psychological thriller based on the 1955 Patricia Highsmith novel. When Ripley was released in December 1999, its stars were all in their early prime: Matt Damon was the likable fellow from Good Will Hunting and Saving Private Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow was Hollywood’s hottest young actress, Jude Law was teetering on the brink of mega-stardom, Cate Blanchett was coming off Elizabeth, and Philip Seymour Hoffman was already an icon of the new indie film boom.
Angelina Jolie as Commander Franky Cook in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) Netflix, Amazon Instant The Basics: In an alternate past, the heroic pilot Sky Captain and intrepid journalist Polly Perkins take to the air to combat a giant robot attack. If You Like: The Rocketeer, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Things to Come A period piece that was also very much ahead of its time, the steampunk adventureSky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is the kind of imaginative gamble that you wish studios would take more often…even when they don’t completely pay off. Writer/director Kerry Conran sat hunched over his personal computer — a long-discontinuedMacintosh IIci — for four years, sculpting a killer black-and-white trailer for his passion project, which sought to bring the magic of ’30s-era pulp fiction and cliffhanger serial adventures seven decades forward into the digital age. With the aid ofproducer-director Jon Avnet , he eventually raised the money (to the tune of $70 million) and started the arduous process of splashing his home movie across the big screen.
We get to see a lot more of Johnny Depp as epicurean English art dealer Charlie Mortdecai in a new trailer, seen here exclusively on Yahoo Movies.
Emma (1996) Netflix, Amazon Instant, iTunes The Basics: An adaptation of the Jane Austen novel starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeremy Northam If You Liked: BBC’s Pride and Prejudice, Shakespeare in Love, and Clueless The Nugget: Paltrow stars as Austen’s meddling, but good-hearted heroine who causes all kinds of trouble with her matchmaking
With its impressive star power and buzzy subject matter, it should come as no surprise that Jon Favreau’s new movie “Chef" received a very warm welcome from the opening night crowd at the annual SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. The film features an all-star cast including: Sofia Vergara, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale and is a passion project for Favreau, who served as actor/writer/director on the film. It also has serious “foodie” cred in that celebrated chef Roy Choi, made famous by his Kogi food truck, helped train Favreau for the role and consulted on the film. There are a lot of star ingredients in the mix here, but at the top of that list is a surprise secret ingredient that you’d never expect: Gwyneth Paltrow.