Fall is here, and with it comes the hope for some great fourth-quarter movies. This time of year I always think back to when I was a rookie reviewer in the amazing fall of 1999. In a few short months' time we were treated to the likes of American Beauty, Three Kings, The Limey, Fight Club, The Straight Story, Bringing Out the Dead, Being John Malkovich, The Insider, American Movie, All About My Mother, Dogma, Sleepy Hollow, Sweet and Lowdown, The Green Mile, The War Zone, Magnolia, Topsy-Turvy, Mr. Death, Flowers of Shanghai, and more. It felt like some kind of pre-millennial renaissance.
That was a combined experience, one that I realized over time, but singular experiences in this job are much more rare. We go to work in the screening room almost every day, hoping that this next thing will be the one, the movie that will quietly change our lives. The movie that makes us realize what it must have been like for our predecessors to review Citizen Kane, or 2001: A Space Odyssey when they were new.