Sunday, August 24, 2014

Movies by year: 1999

(Never give up, never surrender... to the spoilers below!)

1999 was a mixed bag with some really stand-out films. The 'found footage' style of filmmaking had a smash with The Blair Witch Project, The Matrix changed the way we thought about sci fi and effects, Guy Pierce and Robert Carlyle were at each other's throats in Ravenous, M. Night Shyamalan became a massive love-him-or-hate-him director with The Sixth Sense, Rene Russo showed off her curves in that transparent dress in The Thomas Crown Affair, Mystery Men proved not all heroes are the expected ones, and The Boondock Saints gave us the antiheroes we didn't know we were missing. But this is the one I can watch over and over again:

Galaxy Quest

There is so much about this film to love. It's such a perfect reflection of the consequences of starring in a genre show.

Jason Nesmith, a.k.a. Peter Quincy Taggart, was the star of Galaxy Quest, and he never really moved on. He absolutely loves the convention scene, where he is still adored by his fans, but circumstances make him realize he's not the hero he has always thought he was. Or is he? When REAL aliens show up to ask him and his crew for help, he finally has the chance to prove himself and reconnect with his costars.

It's a perfectly-written comedy love letter to sci fi fans, with fantastic performances by the entire cast: Alan Rickman won't say that bloody line again, Sigourney Weaver has one stupid job to do, Tony Shaloub is stoned for the entire film, Sam Rockwell is smarmy and desperate - and Tim Allen is at once heroic and narcissistic. By Grabthar's hammer, what a movie.

What did you think of it? Ready to activate the Omega 13?

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