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Best. Movie. Year. Ever.

How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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From a veteran culture writer and modern movie expert, a celebration and analysis of the movies of 1999 - arguably the most groundbreaking year in American cinematic history.

In 1999, Hollywood as we know it exploded: Fight Club. The Matrix. Office Space. Election. The Blair Witch Project. The Sixth Sense. Being John Malkovich. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. American Beauty. The Virgin Suicides. Boys Don’t Cry. The Best Man. Three Kings. Magnolia. Those are just some of the landmark titles released in a dizzying movie year, one in which a group of daring filmmakers and performers pushed cinema to new limits - and took audiences along for the ride. Freed from the restraints of budget, technology (or even taste), they produced a slew of classics that took on every topic imaginable, from sex to violence to the end of the world. The result was a highly unruly, deeply influential set of films that would not only change filmmaking, but also give us our first glimpse of the coming 21st century. It was a watershed moment that also produced The Sopranos; Apple’s Airport; Wi-Fi; and Netflix’s unlimited DVD rentals.

Best. Movie. Year. Ever. is the story of not just how these movies were made, but how they remade our own vision of the world. It features more than 130 new and exclusive interviews with such directors and actors as Reese Witherspoon, Steven Soderbergh, Sofia Coppola, David Fincher, Nia Long, Matthew Broderick, Taye Diggs, M. Night Shyamalan, David O. Russell, James Van Der Beek, Kirsten Dunst, the Blair Witch kids, the Office Space dudes, the guy who played Jar-Jar Binks, and dozens more. It’s the definitive account of a culture-conquering movie year none of us saw coming...and that we may never see again. 

©2019 Brian Raftery (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Like talking about movies with a friend

Was 1999 the best movie year ever? Who cares! The title is just a springboard to talk in-depth about a great year in American cinema.

I went through a divorce in 1999, and consoled myself by going to whatever the new movie was each Friday. Maybe that's why this story resonated for me so much.

But, if you're just a movie fan, this book will still be a great listen.

George Newbern is one of my favorite narrators, and he does a great job in bringing the listener into the book.

Wish I could find more books like this to read.

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  • Chris
  • Penticton, BC, Canada
  • 06-20-19

Great audiobook about a great year, 1999

This was a great book! George Newbern does a great job narrating it, with a few mistakes (he mispronounces Existenz which I suppose is forgivable) and it was great remembering all these classic films from 1999. I love hearing behind the scenes stories, how movies got financed, so if those kinds of stories are for you, then get this book. One quibble is that, while pointing out how Hollywood made these films yet didn't embraces them, they could have talked about the 72nd Academy Awards, pointed out who won what that year (not much from the movies they focused on), even talk about the Best Picture nominees from that year, only three of which they talked about in depth (American Beauty, The Insider, Sixth Sense) although I did like the dig at Cider House Rules. Really the only talk about the Oscars that year was how far Kevin Spacey, Harry Knowles and Harvey Weinstein have fallen since then. But that's probably just me. I love old classic films and finding out more about them, but it is nice to hear stuff about movies that I remember coming out! For movie fans, this is highly recommended!

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A great history of some of my favorite movies

Wow. Just a great historical telling of some of my favorite movies. Smart and insightful.

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1999 was a great year for a lot of reasons!

I worked at numerous video stores throughout the 90s and this book really took me back. It also reminds me of one of my favorite books, Pictures at a Revolution. What that book did covering the amazing films of the late 60s this book does for the late 90s. Great read!

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Great exploration of 1999 movies and year as a whole

Very informative and juicy. I liked how Raferty tied the current events of the time in with the movie itself.

The narrator was obviously a company hire. Guy clearly never saw most of these movies and many quotes felt very flat. Had a more enthusiastic film buff read it, it would have had much more energy.

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  • Kyle
  • Tampa, Florida
  • 04-27-19

Been there, seen that

Literally I could have written this. Fun to revisit, but again, I’ve seen these. Guess you wrote the book first.

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  • 06-16-19

Fantastic 1990s analysis and nostalgia

This is a brilliant overview and analysis of late 1990s cinema, and social/pop culture. Raftery gets great access to film makers and expertly provides detailed context to the movies’ productions. I devoured it.