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I am convinced that 1999 was one of the best years in film. I didn’t notice this until one night when I was looking through my DVD collection and came upon The Matrix, a movie about a reality within a reality. Flipping the box, I came upon the date and remembered Fight Club came out that same year. This led me also to note American Beauty and Magnolia released that year, too.

Brad Pitt in Fight Club
Brad Pitt in Fight Club

I have a few minutes, grab a chair, and let’s talk movies for Freedom Friday.

Did you know The Mummy and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out in 1999? Both mega-blockbusters took in just under $1.5 Billion. That’s a lot of money, especially for back then.

What thrills me, though, is not the blockbusters, but the movies that have become annual events here at my home. Movies like Drop Dead Gorgeous, Analyze This, and Payback get a yearly viewing from me. Why? They’re fun movies! Whenever I’m bored, which happens more often than you think, I grab one of these movies, ease into my couch and let the story carry me away. I’m like a little kid wanting to watch the same movie again, even after having watched it twice already in a row. I never tire of these.

The Matrix
The Matrix

Anyway, about 1999—the world held its breath wondering if the lights would go out because of that supposed nasty Y2K bug that would have otherwise crippled North America’s very capable power grid. Of course, Y2K came and went with not even so much as a whimper. But the movies remained and the stories tempted their audience to be different. The majority of films imposed the message on us that we humans are unique, different, and filled with hope, and that we should go ahead and fulfill our dreams.

Here is a list of movies that hit theaters that year and why I feel they merit more than an once-in-a-lifetime viewing:

JanuaryThe Thin Red Line: A military movie gone crazy. So many cameos hit the film that I can hardly keep up including George Clooney, John Travolta and John Cusack.
FebruaryPayback: Mel Gibson as the bad guy out to settle a score. Notable mentions go to October Sky, Office Space and 8mm.
MarchAnalyze This: Robert De Niro spoofing his mob boss roles from the past. Hilarious. Notable mentions go to Cruel Intentions, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and The Matrix, of course.
AprilGo: One drug deal, three different points of view. Incredible.
MayThe Mummy: A mummy comes back to life and eats people’s body parts. Sounds like a modern zombie movie. Notable mentions go to Election, and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
JuneTarzan: Disney’s animated version. Great song by Phil Collins.
JulyDrop Dead Gorgeous: A mockumentary about teen beauty pageants. Notable mentions go to American Pie and The Blair Witch Project.
AugustThe Sixth Sense: The kid sees dead people. Scary as heckfire. Notable mentions go to Dick and The Iron Giant.
SeptemberAmerican Beauty: Kevin Spacey has a midlife meltdown. Awesome! Notable mention goes to Double Jeopardy.
OctoberFight Club: Don’t talk about Fight Club. Notable mentions go to Mystery, Alaska, Three Kings, and Bringing Out the Dead.
NovemberDogma: A loophole in Catholic dogma may undo creation. Hey, anything with George Carlin is funny. Notable mentions go to The Bone Collector, The Insider, Sleepy Hollow and Toy Story 2. You didn’t really think I was going to forget this one, did you?
DecemberMagnolia: Multiple plotlines that all intertwine somehow. Notable mentions go to The Green Mile and Man on the Moon.

Quite a list, isn’t it? Can you believe these great movies came out all in one year? I suppose the fear of the Y2K bug consuming civilization made for a situation where creative juices flowed freely.

Speaking of which, I have to head off. I think later tonight I’ll pop in Fight Club and have Jack’s complete lack of surprise engulf me.


What 1999 movie do you remember as the one you cannot forget?

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Imagine living in a world filled with hope, dreams and aspirations. A world where nothing really mattered other than doing your part to make things better. And you’re convinced, that no matter what anybody tells you, there’s nothing else beyond it. You feel it deep within your bones that it’s a true and faithful representation of your beliefs.

Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity
Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity

Now what if it weren’t real? What if everything you knew turned out to be wrong. You were lied to, threatened, cheated of what rightfully belongs to you. What would you then do?

Women Who Wow Wednesday explores Trinity of The Matrix.

I’m of the firm belief 1999 was a year of great movies. Films like American Beauty, Fight Club, The Sixth Sense, Magnolia, The Green Mile all came out with story lines that were unique, different and inspiring. Could it possibly have been the threat of Y2K prompting writers to create such thought provoking moral vehicles Hollywood had never seen before?

January that year started like any other January, fairly lackluster with the notable exception of She’s All That. When February rolled around, things began to pick up with the February 5 debut of Payback and the February 19 unveiling of October Sky. But once March reared its face, no one expected what was to happen next. In the midst of Analyze This and Cruel Intentions, The Matrix snuck in, and like a percussion bomb, left nothing in its wake. It pillaged the box office—something unheard of for a March movie.

No one’s ever seen the kind of effects The Matrix owned. Bullet Time became the talk of the town. And the best part? The movie had a massive story arc based on incredible issues such as government control over information, society’s inept ability to rebel, and cultism. The movie proved to be a bulwark against critics.

Carrie-Anne Moss is Trinity
Carrie-Anne Moss is Trinity

In all this comes the character Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), unknown in origin but a faithful of the computer program the Matrix. Like Neo (Keanu Reeves), at some point in her life, Trinity discovers the world she lives in is not real. She dares to find the truth. When she reaches out for salvation, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) rescues her from the clutches of the Matrix. Through Neo’s eyes, she relives her first days away from her origins. Neo sees everything as they really are, dank, dark, and dreary. Anything’s better than the fake world the Matrix created. Trinity helps Neo, who the audience later finds out is The Chosen One, to conquer the Matrix’s archenemy, Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving).

Rather than continue with a synopsis and bore those who have seen it or spoil it for those who haven’t, I’ll do one better.

What does Trinity mean to me?

Trinity is the epitome of the learned mind who questions their existence and finds the truth through study. She’s someone who, once she finds her real identity, goes to the extreme of helping those still caught in the evil claws of the Matrix. In the finest sense of the word, she’s an exit counselor. Even more so, she comes packing. Whatever obstacles should happen to get in her way, she mows down with her machine pistols and lightening fast reflexes.

In other words, she’s a woman who wows!

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What do you think of Trinity?