Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1998

My Ten Favorite Films Of 1998:

Wes Anderson's best film to date. And with his streak of late, that will probably stick for a long, long time. I love Rushmore!

Hilarious and imaginative. This Coen Brothers film was destined to become a cult hit over time. And deservedly so.

A criminally overlooked film about a woman who finds herself suddenly divorced and on the verge for change. Wonderful writing here and another great performance by the indispensable Holly Hunter.

Another overlooked gem. John Hurt is wonderful as a man who has misplaced feelings for a young actor. This fascinating look at loneliness and obsession is also unexpectedly tart and funny.

The Farrelly Brothers bring on the funny once again in this outrageous and warm-heated film.

Whit Stillman's look at yuppies at the end of the disco era is also one of his most entertaining and sharply observed films. 

A brother and sister find themselves sucked into their favorite 50's television show in this funny and smart look at values and social dysfunction from the writer of Big.

Brian De Palma's mastery of the medium is on full display in this technical knock-out of a movie. Great suspense and a lot of fun for fans of film.

Todd Solondz's ode to misery is actually rather hilarious. Well played by all.

(tie) Speaking of misery, Paul Schrader paints this heartbreaking portrait of a policeman who is also struggling with the anguish directed towards him from his abusive father while unraveling a murder mystery. Nick Nolte is really great here.

(tie) Terrence Malick returns to filmmaking after a 20 year absence and ends up making the best film about war in quite some time. Sorry, Saving Private Ryan. The Thin Red Line blows you away.

 (tie) Set against the backdrop of 1970's California, SLUMS is one of the best coming of age tales in quite awhile.

Top 8 Horror:

Bride Of Chucky is hysterical. This 4th entry of the series is definitely the most inventive.

John Carpenter's vampire movie by way of a modern day western is good, hard edged fun.

Silly, but super fun creature feature set aboard a luxury liner. 

Glossy but entertaining slasher film about a murders on a college campus.

Wesley Snipes is fun to watch as the half-human, half-vampire in this rousing action-horror hybrid. We'll wait for you, Wesley!

Teens find themselves becoming all Stepford in this silly but fun tale of a town trying to control their children.

Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Williamson's lively sci-fi/horror about teens battling the evil trying to take them over.

A group from a small town find themselves up against an ancient evil trying to wipe out everybody in this pleasantly diverting Dean Koontz adaptation.

More 1998 goodness:

B. Monkey
Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss
Buffalo '66
The Butcher Boy
The Celebration
Claire Dolan
Dark City
Divine Trash: John Waters
Down In The Delta
Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-Wai)
Edge Of Seventeen
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
Get Real
Gods And Monsters
High Art
Hilary And Jackie
The Impostors
Last Night
Little Boy Blue
Little Voice
Luminous Motion
Men With Guns
Mr. Jealousy
Next Stop Wonderland
No Looking Back
The Object Of My Affection
The Opposite Of Sex
Out Of Sight
A Price Above Rubies
Reach The Rock
Safe Men
The School Of Flesh
Show Me Love
A Simple Plan
Small Soldiers
A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries
The Spanish Prisoner
Velvet Goldmine
The Wedding Singer
Wild Things
Your Friends & Neighbors
Zero Effect

Best Worst Movie: BASEketball


Mike Lippert said...

Damn, was there a bad year in the 90s at all? Living Out Loud is one of the best films Woddy Allen never made.

FilmFather said...

Bride of Chucky was the most entertaining movie I had seen in a long time; saw it in a freezing, empty theater with my wife because we had two free AMC passes about to expire.

"Tiff, look at me: I'm all rubber." LOL

Happy holidays, Meep!

Cinema Du Meep said...

Mike-- '98 especially had a lot of good films. I hard a hard time narrowing it to ten. So I cheated and included 12. I could have easily picked 17 titles for the top 10!

FilmFather-- BOC was the perfect antidote to the lame sequel before it. It's a bit over-directed, but it works. And the post-modern humor was just right for this film.

Happy Holidays to you too!

Andrew Green said...

What, no Titanic???

Jinx said...

I'm thoroughly ashamed to admit it, but I only just saw Rushmore last week. Terrible behaviour on my part. It was awesome though. I have, however, seen Bride of Chucky many times and I completely and unreservedly love it, although that probably doesn't make up for the Rushmore thing.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Andrew-- Didn't like it in 1997. HATED it even more in 1998!

Jinx-- Little known fact... I was the first person to buy a ticket to see Rushmore during it's initial release. It opened on only one screen throughout the country for one week. I went to the first show and was first in line. I didn't set any box office records and it's definitely the kind of film that people eventually discover. I'm glad you liked it!

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

The Thin Red Line was one that seemed to be overlooked by many because it came out the same year as Saving Private Ryan, but Martin Scorsese actually has that one in his top ten for the decade. I liked both films a lot, so it's good to see someone giving The Thin Red Line it's due.

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