65. The Cable Guy (1996)
Influential, how? Show me the money!
When Columbia handed Ace Ventura's Jim Carrey a cheque for $20m, they smashed the salary-barrier to bits.
Today’s biggest stars (Cruise, Smith) won’t get out of bed for any less. The Cable Guy was Movie Zero for today's megastar culture.
Money shot: Carrey’s unscripted Silence Of The Lambs improv.
66. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Influential, how? Movies go digital.
The Sundance-conquering micro-budget horror built up a new kind of hype with internet marketing: publishing a dedicated website to feed the “Is it real or fake?” rumour mill and seep the film and story into public consciousness without any major advertising spend.
Due to the surrounding hype, the indie frightner scared up a $140 million US gross from a $35,000 initial budget back in 1999 – a movie-biz record-shattering ratio of outlay to profits.
Money shot: Heather Donahue’s tight-angle apology to camera, a portrait of abject terror.
For an extended look at The Blair Witch Project, see this feature in the latest issue of Total Film Magazine.
67. The Matrix (1999)
Influential, how? Lock and load: bullet-time!
A string of computer-linked cameras arranged in a big curve so that another box of tricks can jigsaw their pictures together into a moving image?
Not excited yet? Us neither, but then a PVC-clad Trinity leapt into the air and everything changed in a thudding heartbeat. (Say thank-you, Zack Snyder).
Money shot: Trinity. PVC. Freezeframe. Spin. Kick. Weren’t you listening?
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