Two decades ago, Hollywood had a golden run of films which has subsequently seen some critics laud it as cinema’s greatest year – and others declare it to be the last great year. Indeed, such is the discussion 1999 inspires, it will be the topic of a special panel event next week as part of the Film4 outdoor Summer Screen season at London’s Somerset House. In the meantime, we asked two writers to battle it out over whether it truly deserves its peerless reputation:
Yes, writes Nicholas Barber...
Jonah Hill became so famous, so young, that he had to figure himself out in public. Having spent the last few years making his directorial debut – a coming-of-age portrait of reckless teen skaters in 1990s LA – the 35-year-old has realised just how much negativity got inside his head along the way.
Terrence Malick, Jim Jarmusch, and more use the art of decapitation to face off with fractured politics and the ills of capitalism
The Cannes Film Festival might as well be synonymous with opulence. Since its inception in 1946, the annual celebration of cinema has attracted the biggest names and stars in the movie business to the French Riviera every year without fail. Yacht parties hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio, glittering diamonds worth more than most peoples’ annual salaries, a strict heels-...
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