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.
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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.
If the point of prison is to reform, then the experience hasn’t done Dom Hemingway much good. Judging by Jude Law’s opening monologue — a long, colorful ode to his macho character’s manhood, delivered under highly ironic circumstances — the hot-headed safe-cracker hasn’t exactly cooled down in the clink. Headed for a domestic release from Fox Searchlight next April, “Dom Hemingway” tags along for the rocky readjustment period the ex-con faces after paying his debt to society, a blustery whirlwind of activity that, once the dust settles, serves mostly as scenery for Law’s endearingly loquacious character to devour. “12 Years Is a Long Time” reads the first of several laugh-out-loud chapter cards at the story’s outset, and though it refers to the duration of Dom’s sentence, it also happens to be the amount of time since Law and then-wife Sadie Frost botched their attempt at making a Guy Ritchie knock-off with “Love, Honor and Obey.” Law has long wanted to leave his mark on the British gangster genre, and his patience pays off in this case, as “Dom Hemingway” — a far stronger piece of material from “The Matador” writer-director Richard Shepard — gives him a chance to sink his teeth into one of the meatiest personalities in a genre known for larger-than-life types.