Annal: 1999 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film

Results of the Saturn Award in the year 1999.

Film:The Truman Show

The Truman Show

Peter Weir

The whole world is watching—literally—every time Truman Burbank makes the slightest move. Unbeknownst to him, in this hauntingly funny film by Peter Weir, his entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows—including his mother, his wife, and his best friend—is really an actor, paid to be part of his life. In this intriguing and surprisingly touching 1998 film, writer Andrew Niccol imagines an ultimate kind of celebrity, then sees it brought to life with comic intensity and emotional honesty by Jim…

Film:Babe: Pig in the City

Babe: Pig in the City

George Miller

Deservedly acclaimed as one of 1998’s best films, this sequel to the beloved 1995 live-action fantasy proved a commercial catastrophe and a source of dismay to parents expecting another bucolic, sweet-natured fable. Every bit as sly and visually stunning as its predecessor, Babe: Pig in the City is otherwise a jolting ride beyond the Hoggetts’ farm into a no less vivid but far darker world—the allegorical city of the title, which for the diminutive “sheep pig” proves truly nightmarish. Australian filmmaker George Miller…

Film:A Bug's Life

A Bug's Life

John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton

There was a rare magic on the big screen in 1995, when the people at Pixar came up with the first fully computer-animated film, Toy Story, and their second feature film, A Bug’s Life, may miss the bull’s-eye but Pixar’s target is so lofty that it’s hard to find the film anything less than irresistible. Brighter and more colourful than the other animated insect movie of 1998 (Antz), A Bug’s Life is the sweetly told story of Flik (voiced by David Foley), an ant searching for better ways to be a bug. His colony unfortunately revolves…

Film:City of Angels

City of Angels

Brad Silberling

Some critics complained that City of Angels could never compare to Wim Wenders’s exquisite German film Wings of Desire, which served as the later film’s primary inspiration. The better argument to make is that any such comparisons are beside the point, because Wings of Desire was a much more deeply poetic, artfully contemplative film, whereas City of Angels is an enchanting product of mainstream Hollywood. Meg Ryan stars as Dr Maggie Rice, a heart surgeon who is grieving over a lost patient when an angel named Seth (Nicolas Cage)…

Film:Godzilla

Godzilla

Roland Emmerich

As “gigantic monster reptile attacks New York” movies go, you’ve got to admit that Godzilla delivers the goods, although its critical drubbing and box-office disappointment were arguably deserved. It’s a shameless, uninspired crowd-pleaser that’s content to serve up familiar action with the advantage of really fantastic special effects, and if you expect nothing more you’ll be one among millions of satisfied customers. There’s really no other way to approach it—you just have to accept the fact that Independence Day creators Roland Emmerich and Dean…

Film:Pleasantville

Pleasantville

Gary Ross

Fantastical writer Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an auspicious directorial debut with this inspired and oddly touching comedy about two ‘90s kids (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) thrust into the black-and-white TV world of Pleasantville, a Leave It to Beaver-style sitcom complete with picket fences, corner malt shop, and warm chocolate chip cookies. When a somewhat unusual remote control (provided by repairman Don Knotts) transports them from the jaded real world to G-rated TV land, Maguire and Witherspoon are forced to play along…

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