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 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

This year we have Terrence Malick's magnificent return after a 2-decade hiatus; we have Wes Anderson's breakout; we have one of the very few great movies to come out of the Dogme 95 movement; we have the second excellent Elmore Leonard adaptation in 2 years; and we have what may be the incredibly prolific and incredibly uneven Takashi Miike's best film. My most frequently watched movie of the year is probably Dark City (second-most watched: probably the straightforward and overlong but nevertheless extremely entertaining The Mask of Zorro). This year we got Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, which has an excellent movie intertwined with a much less excellent movie. Is this the year everyone fell in love with Gwyneth Paltrow? Darren Aronofsky debuted this year, as did Guy Ritchie.

The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick)

Rushmore (Wes Anderson)

After Life (Hirokazu Koreeda)

The Celebration (Thomas Vinterberg)

The Big Lebowski (The Coen Brothers)

Central Station (Walter Salles)

Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh)

Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)

The Bird People in China (Takashi Miike)

Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson)

Runners-up: Dark City, The Truman Show, Gods and Monsters, Zero Effect, A Simple Plan

Some others: The Dreamlife of Angels, Kirikou and the Sorceress, Last Night, The Lovers of the Arctic Circle, Waking Ned Devine, Saving Private Ryan, Shakespeare in Love, Eternity and a Day, Besieged,
Bufallo '66, Bulworth, Christmas in August, Croupier, The General, Pleasantville, Smoke Signals, Elizabeth, American History X, Earth, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Pi, Slam, Without Limits, Little Voice, Life is Beautiful, Next Stop Wonderland, Personals, Ronin, The Inheritors, The Last Days of Disco, The Mighty, A Bug's Life, Mask of Zorro

So what are your favorites of the year? What have I missed? What should I check out?

Previous years:
1983 & 1984: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98398
1985: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98451
1986: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98490
1987: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98554
1988: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98660
1989: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98706
1990: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98793
1991: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98888
1992: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98950
1993: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98978
1994: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99133
1995: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99262
1996: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99278
1997: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99302

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

The Truman Show is probably the best film Jim Carrey has made, although I think that The Majestic is under-appreciated, and Mr Poppers Penguins is surprisingly entertaining.

Bugs Life is great.

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I think I've seen A Bug's Life twice, and liked it more the second time than the first, but I really just don't love it. It's certainly not as obnoxious as WALL·E but it is one of my least favorite Pixar movies.

As for Carrey, just wait until Dumb and Dumber To comes out next year!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

I think I've seen A Bug's Life twice, and liked it more the second time than the first, but I really just don't love it. It's certainly not as obnoxious as WALL·E but it is one of my least favorite Pixar movies.

As for Carrey, just wait until Dumb and Dumber To comes out next year!


I agree that Wall E was enormously over rated, I did not understand the praise for it. It has long stretches of total boredom. The critics were just nuts for it and I did not get it. Top Pixar for me are Incredibles, Cars and Cars 2 (yes really I like that one) Finding Nemo.

Ya know the dumber sequel could be good. I had just about given up on Carrey pictures. Poppers was a surprise, and he was actually quite likable for a change. Sometimes Carrey is just plain annoying.

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 8:47 AM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)



1998 the year when Laser Disc died and DVD was born "at least for me". big grin

1# - THE BIG LEBOWSKI - 10/10

2# - DEADMAN ON CAMPUS 9/10

3# - DEEP RISING - 9/10
Extremely fun but dumb pedal to the metal action sci/fi.

4# - DARK CITY - 8/10

5# - AMERICAN HISTORY X - 8/10

6# - THE MASK OF ZORRO - 8/10

7# - THE WEDDING SINGER - 8/10
Not a big Adam Sandler fan but this one is pretty good.

8# - SMALL SOLDIERS - 7/10

9# - THE FALLEN - 7/10

10# - ARMAGEDDON - 6/10

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

My 5 favourite films of 1998 are :

DARK CITY
LA CLASSE DE NEIGE
THE MASK OF ZORRO
THE TRUMAN SHOW
ZERO EFFECT

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

1. The Red Violin (Girard)

2. Rushmore (W. Anderson)

3. The Big Lebowski (the Coens)

4. The Truman Show (Weir)

5. Autumn Tale (Rohmer)

6. The Last Days of Disco (Stillman)

7. After Life (Kore-eda)

8. The Thin Red Line (Malick)

9. Saving Private Ryan (Spileberg)

10. Shakespeare in Love (Madden)

also good: Dark City.

still need to see: The Naked Man, Sliding Doors, Hilary and Jackie, A Simple Plan, Tango, City of Angels, The Celebration, Next Stop Wonderland.

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Oi. I have Red Violin on the 1999 page of my spreadsheet, which is odd, since I usually go for original release instead of wide (domestic) release. I do wish there was a standard one way or the other!

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 4:05 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

I do wish there was a standard one way or the other!

Yes - I went years and years thinking, for instance, that "The Pink Panther" was a 1964 film. But, no, it premiered in Dec. 1963 in Europe. IMDb has become tremendously helpful, but not perfect. They had the 1971 film "Mary, Queen of Scots" listed as a 1972 movie for a long time until recently.

And what about films that don't formally premiere until years after they are finished? I can't think of any at the moment, but let's say a film has completed its post-production in 1959, but doesn't get its first public showing until 1973? It's a 1973 film in that that's the date of its premiere, yet it's from a completely different era.

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

1) Mulan
2) Dark City
3) Blade

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 5:04 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Hm. Blade was my favorite of its trilogy. And I've been meaning to re-watch Mulan. But I don't really feel strongly about either of them.

Mark, have you seen The Celebration? It strikes me that it may be up your alley.

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 5:28 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Mark, have you seen The Celebration? It strikes me that it may be up your alley.

Good idea - I'll place a reserve for it from the library system. I've been meaning to tackle Dogme cinema soon anyway! smile

 
 Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 9:19 PM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

  • Black Cat, White Cat
  • Croupier
  • Following
  • Gods and Monsters
  • Ronin
  • The Thin Red Line

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     Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 9:23 PM   
     By:   mastadge   (Member)

  • Black Cat, White Cat

    I want to see this: I really love Kusturica's Underground. But just before I got around to watching it I read a dissertation about popular representations of the Romani that was a bit critical of Kusturica's work, and I decided I wanted to learn more before seeing the film, and I never got around to learning more, and I don't know why I'm sharing this story. But maybe I'll finally see the movie now.

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     Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 9:28 PM   
     By:   Essankay   (Member)

    And what about films that don't formally premiere until years after they are finished? I can't think of any at the moment, but let's say a film has completed its post-production in 1959, but doesn't get its first public showing until 1973? It's a 1973 film in that that's the date of its premiere, yet it's from a completely different era.


    THE PLOT AGAINST HARRY - completed 1969, released 1989.

     
     Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 9:34 PM   
     By:   Essankay   (Member)

  • Black Cat, White Cat

    I want to see this: I really love Kusturica's Underground. But just before I got around to watching it I read a dissertation about popular representations of the Romani that was a bit critical of Kusturica's work, and I decided I wanted to learn more before seeing the film, and I never got around to learning more, and I don't know why I'm sharing this story. But maybe I'll finally see the movie now.



    Has he run afoul of the PC police? Oh well, I thought it was funny, PC or not.

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     Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 9:53 PM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    And what about films that don't formally premiere until years after they are finished? I can't think of any at the moment, but let's say a film has completed its post-production in 1959, but doesn't get its first public showing until 1973? It's a 1973 film in that that's the date of its premiere, yet it's from a completely different era.


    THE PLOT AGAINST HARRY - completed 1969, released 1989.


    Great example. I would have to consider which year list to place it in if I see it and end up finding it worthy. Or make a cross-reference in both lists.

     
     Posted:   Oct 8, 2013 - 10:00 PM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

  • Black Cat, White Cat

    I want to see this: I really love Kusturica's Underground. But just before I got around to watching it I read a dissertation about popular representations of the Romani that was a bit critical of Kusturica's work, and I decided I wanted to learn more before seeing the film, and I never got around to learning more, and I don't know why I'm sharing this story. But maybe I'll finally see the movie now.



    Has he run afoul of the PC police? Oh well, I thought it was funny, PC or not.


    Kusturica also received criticism for seeming to favor Serbs over Croats and Bosnians in "Underground." (Although his main critic softened his comments recently.)

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     Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 8:14 AM   
     By:   mastadge   (Member)

    The Truman Show is probably the best film Jim Carrey has made

    Going back to this, I'd also rate Eternal Sunshine over Truman, I think.

     
     Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 3:48 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

    Secret défense by Jacques Rivette




    Besieged by Bernardo Bertolucci

     
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