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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Was 1999 the Best Movie Year Ever?

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Brian Raftery on his new book 'Best. Movie. Year. Ever. : How 1999 Blew Up The Big Screen'

Author Brian Raftery talks with us about his new book, which makes the case that 1999 was one of the best years in movie history. Office Space. Three Kings. Rushmore. Being John Malkovich. Eyes Wide Shut. Magnolia. The Matrix. The Blair Witch Project. Yep, '99 wasn't just pagers, portable CD players, and Y2K – there was a lot of groundbreaking, influential movies.

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The book is meticulously researched - featuring interviews from pretty much every person who was making movies back then. Brian joins us to talk about a few of these movies, the careers those movies launched, the way studios marketed them, and the impact they've had on film, 20 years later.

You might not be able to rent these movies at your nearest Blockbuster, but you can buy Brian's new book "Best. Movie. Year. Ever. : How 1999 Blew Up The Big Screen" now.

Check out this interview on YouTube!

Who Shot Ya? Episode 84: Golly! The Gang Discusses 'Shazam!' and The Movies of 1999 with Author Brian Raftery

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Brian Raftery


Shaaazaaam! The gang discusses the brand new entry into the DCEU with special guest, author Brian Raftery. They dissect the portrayal of superheroes on screen, and discuss how there is little deviation from the stereotypical superhero body archetype. Plus, the crew talks about the movies of 1999 and Brian's new book, Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen. And, as always, we've got staff picks.

In news, the producer for the Aretha Franklin documentary, Amazing Grace, did not get paid a dime for years of work, Sam Mendes is shooting his new WWI film all in one shot, and Francis Ford Coppola gets ready to make his new movie, Megalopolis.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - 3 Faces
Drea - Victoria
April - The Tin Drum
Brian - Diane

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, April Wolfe, and Brian Raftery.

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