Review

Harry's Top Ten and Bottom Ten Films for 1998, plus nominate your pick for the COOLEST Award!!!!

Published at: Jan. 23, 1999, 12:53 a.m. CST by headgeek

Well folks, I guess I should do a top ten and bottom ten of the year list. I hate doing this sort of thing because I find it absolutely stupid as hell to rank artistic endeavors over one another. For example... how can one compare THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY to SMOKE SIGNALS? I tend to have a natural prejudice against voting for slap your ass, funny as hell sorts of films in my ‘best’ list. The first will be my least favorite films that I have seen and experienced in a theater this year. Then what I feel were the best cinematic achievements in film this year. So... here we go... OH... One last thing, for the TALK BACK on this page, your subject line heading will be a nomination for COOLEST FILM of 1998. I will then take your nominations and assemble the MUTHER OF ALL POLLS that will then be voted on by all of you. The winner will get... The COOLEST Award!

The Bottom 10 Movies I Endured in 1998.

10. BLUES BROTHERS 2000

Oh dear god. You know, there are times when I genuinely want to take the entire filmmaking team behind a film, and sit them down with their movie and go FRAME by FRAME to show them each foul step. This was one of them. How could they get this so wrong? First off, you do not shoot a ‘bluesy Chicago’ movie in Toronto. It’s a lovely town, but it just doesn’t have the gritty texture and soul of Chicago. The opening sequence of the film where they let Elwood out of prison.... it’s classic, but.... from there it’s straight into the abyss.

The music felt artificially created, the kid was awful, John Goodman was bad, Akyroyd was straining to carry the film. THEN when the zombie Louisiana blues contest began... WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED JOHN LANDIS? My god, that could have been so cool, but having the makeup team from Universal’s Theme Park doing green cake makeup was a TERRIBLE idea. I’m still very angry about this movie. I love the original, and to see this excreted product... well... it killed me.

9. GODZILLA

Boy did I take some shit for this movie. My first experience with this film was... remarkable. 20,000 screaming New Yorkers in Madison Square Garden. Speakers the size of some of Austin’s Downtown buildings. Beach balls being bounced around by the audience. The TACO BELL dog in the audience. It was among the most surreal and fun film experiences I have ever had. That night I filed my glowing review, the next morning Glen and I flew back to Austin. Dad picked me up from the airport, and we went straight to the Highland 10 here in Austin so he and I could watch it again.

Oh god, that was a different movie. In an audience of three, I watched without all the distractions, no beach balls, no gigantic sound system, and without 20,000 screaming New Yorkers... and I was left staring at some of the most wooden performances I’ve ever seen. After it was over, I realized I had to tell the readers.... STOOOOOOP, I WAS ON CRACK.

The movie was torn asunder by Maria Pitillo, who alongside with BELOVED’s Thandie Newton, is deserving of the Raspberries’ lowest possible awards. Out of the acting crew for the film, only Jean Reno emerges as still being cool. Lucas’ and the Starwars.com’s “PLOT DOES MATTER” poster said it all...

8. LOST IN SPACE

The only reason it isn’t worse off on the list is, I’ve come to somehow enjoy parts of it on the DVD I was sent for my birthday. I saw this film with the most loathsome creature of a man I can imagine. But that did not affect my feelings towards the film. Stephen Hopkins has always been, what I consider, an ‘almost director’. His movies almost work, out of his entire lineup, the one I enjoy the most is PREDATOR II, which I’ve always felt got a bit of a bum rap. BUT, here Hopkins completely missed the point of Akiva Goldman’s script.

Akiva is the number one whipping boy of fans out there, but I’ll tell you this. His second draft for this film was pretty friggin cool. Just like his pre-Arnold Schwarzeneggar draft of BATMAN & ROBIN. Akiva’s original drafts focused more on the relationship between Will Robinson and his father, and how the evil Dr Smith exposed that to his benefit. For me, the acting was STIFF as could be. Penny Robinson looked like some sort of heroin addicted Junior High scamp. BUT the number one problem with the film is that I never once believed that the Robinson’s were a family. Oh, and that fucking cartoon monkey thing from Hanna Barbara was awful. The effects look great on my DVD, but I could have sworn hating them on the big screen. Hmmm...

7. SPECIES II

God, the memories.... nooooooooooooooo....... hahahahahha....hah..hahahhahaa... This movie is quite a stunning log of shit. In fact, it’s such an incredible log, that it should be preserved and displayed in the Smithsonian as one of the finest examples of CRAP films ever to see the light of day. MGM, they used to make great movies... now they make mud pies in a pig pen. When I told Robogeek this was going on my list of worst films of the year, he said, “Don’t forget to mention it had the best ‘Condom’ tie in.” Well, I can’t even do that, because BRIDE OF CHUCKY’s ‘Chucky gets Lucky’ condom is the best film/condom tie in of the year. Ac...Ack... the person named Justin Lazard should win Worst New Thing On Screen. Let’s face it, this was a movie that H.R. Giger fought to get his name taken off of.

6. HIGH ART

Here is a ‘work of cinema’ as some deluded critics may lead you to believe. A great ‘lesbian’ film. Yeah, right. This was a total and unmitigated piece of crap. FIRST, I hate films that want to make themselves seem artsy, by having one of the lead characters claim to be a great artistic person, in this case a photographer, but in fact there is not one single great photo in the film. It would have been better to have never seen a single photograph, and to instead focus on the actors’ reactions.... let the actors convince you they are seeing a great photograph. But that would not have worked in this film for a second, because you would need ACTORS to pull it off and this movie does not have those.

Ally Sheedy was a fave of mine in the Eighties, and I really wanted to like her here, but since none of the supporting players were there to back her up, she comes across like... just one of the crowd of mopers. The character of Greta comes across as some sort of heroin addicted Marlene Dietrich wannabe, and instead of garnering my pity, I just wanted her dead. Which the filmmakers indulge me in, only to bring her back to life using a pathetically filmed version of CPR which included some sort of leg spreading action that I’m still confused about. If you want to see a far better ‘lesbian’ film, by all means check out LATE BLOOMERS, it’s fantastic.

5. 54

Ya know what? I can’t imagine putting together a worse DISCO score than the tunes this movie used. I mean, you go and ya make a movie set in the most happinest disco club in all of history, and you have it play the bottom 20 disco songs of the era? What the hell? I don’t care what it costs, but this movie lives and breathes solely upon it’s use of music, and here... this movie fails like no tomorrow.

A lot of times people diss SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, but ya know. Go rent both of the movies, watch S.N.F. first, then see how much of 54 you can stand. That, ‘Oh ain’t I gorgeous’ Ryan fu...whatever his name is... looked like he was waiting for the light to turn green, cause the poor boy was in neutral from the start. Now, just so you know, this is the version of the film, pre-cut to shreds by Miramax. I thought it only fair to the original director to judge his vision, and not that of the Weinstein’s. However, I must bow to Harvey’s wisdom, for every second trimmed was a moment of the audience’s life he spared.

4. SOLDIER

This is SHANE, PALE RIDER, THE ROAD WARRIOR all set in the future and drained of all emotional resonance, drained of all adrenaline and drained of all brains. This is THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES without an ounce of the talent or thought that made that movie great.

This is exactly what WARNER BROTHERS has done, time after time after time. They buy material worth filming. A script that gets investors interested. Then, inexplicably, they drain all the goodness and the coolness out of it by hiring a director who doesn’t understand an inkling of the material. They hire artists that grew up having their parents help them paint those paint by numbers Sesame Street paint sets BADLY!!! The scariest part was to see the cinematographer of STAR WARS EPISODE ONE shoot a movie that looked so flat and devoid of interesting texture.

I wish Kurt Russell had made JOHN CARPENTER’S VAMPIRES instead. I really really do.

3. JANE AUSTEN’S MAFIA

Whew.... I saw this movie 24 hours after THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, and boy was it a night and day difference. I hope (HOPE) that the Farrelly’s film has put to death the purely ‘gag’ film. I hope that comedic directors can see that you need to have some semblance of a story to tie the pieces together.

I sat there staring at the screen, wishing I was anywhere else. I remember thinking that there were weeds that needed to be pulled in the backyard, that I should be sitting on a toilet in a john somewhere reading the walls, that I could douche with vodka to clear out all my holes... ANYTHING would have been better than enduring this film. Licking rusty razor blades.... Ugh...

2. TARZAN AND THE LOST CITY

This is not a movie. I don’t know what it is, but it is not a movie. I watched this while flying back from London, and the thought... “I’m safe, God would not kill me while I was watching something so awful.” crossed my mind. This was a movie where, I really really wanted to leave the theater... but couldn’t.

The thought that Casper the friendly thug is acting in SLEEPY HOLLOW frightens me a bit. He was perfect in STARSHIP TROOPERS as a walking cartoon of a person. Just seeing the bug pierce his thigh was a glory akin to watching Jennifer Love Hewitt’s talents in that other film.... But in this movie... there were no saving graces. Right now, just so you know, I’m judging shit based on the smell, texture and size of heap and this pile is near perfect.

The vacuous stare, the perfect hair.... DAMMIT!!! Ya know, somewhere in the universe George Cosmotos had a TARZAN script that kicked ass waiting to be filmed and these buffoons had to go and make TARZAN IN THE L.A. ZOO. The CGI stuff at the end is the modern equivalent to the aluminum pie pans tossed in PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE. It’s really that convincing.

NUMBER ONE....

Before I name the film, I just want to set this up. I walked into the theater thinking this movie would be among the best films of the year. It was directed by one of my absolute favorite directors in the world. Someone I had actually met at a party earlier in the year. The story intrigued me, and I was anxious to see it.

BELOVED

Why is it the worst film of 1998 for me? And I do want to stress that it is merely my opinion. Well, because it was a movie that failed me on every possible level. I felt pity for the actors enduring the film, I felt sorry for the director, the cinematographer, everyone.

At the same time, I found myself seeing critics lavish it with the highest worded praises around, while others would state that ‘while they don’t get it, they must applaud the effort’. WHAT? No, you can’t give a movie 3 and a half stars out of subject matter. It has to come down to the execution and this film failed miserably for me at that level.

I wish I had loved the movie, but I just can’t even stomach the comment. And it’s strange, because Demme did make my 4th favorite Documentary of the year, STOREFRONT HITCHCOCK.

I suppose that this will probably be a film that I take some crap over, but I’ll tell you this. It doesn’t hold a candle to THE COLOR PURPLE, GLORY, ROOTS, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, ROSEWOOD, MANDINGO or ABBY.

There was no movie I felt worse for seeing than this film this year. And that is my qualifications for WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR.

HOWEVER, I did not see the following films which their trailers scared me out of the theaters. Perhaps I was wrong, but I get the distinct feeling that I would have hated these films: MY GIANT, A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY, DEAD MAN ON CAMPUS, RINGMASTER, WRONGFULLY ACCUSED and QUEST FOR CAMELOT

BEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE FILMS (That I saw in 1998)

10. LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS

In my opinion out of the British ‘Cool’ Cinema of the last several years, this is their best film yet. Why does it get on my list of the BEST FILMS? Quite simply because it is a film that deftly weaves together a ton of storylines and characters to one of the tightest conclusions I have ever seen. It feels like a grungy, slimey, dirty, drunken and drugged version of the Max Sennett Comedies of old. You care about the characters, the cinematography is some of the best I’ve seen this year, the music is grand and most importantly in a world of cinema where films begin looking similar, it distinguishes itself with a visual texture that the viewer swims in. The film is rewarding at all levels for me and is unlike any other film delivered in 1998.

9. FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

Here is my big departure from most critics. Almost UNIVERSALLY Bombed, I stood up to say it was brilliant. And it was and is. This book was unfilmable in my eyes. I couldn’t imagine it being delivered on screen. Terry Gilliam once again shows why he is one of the few ARTISTS working in film today. Classic film performances by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro, both of which I considered award worthy, though I’ll goto my grave as the lone hailer methinks. A film that could of been lost in its own excess, but instead finishes up as a unique film experience. Decidedly un-Hollywoodish. It is a SHAME to see the crap this film has taken. Having talked to about a half dozen film critics that told me they loved the film, but that they had a responsibility to their public..... UGH!!! No, you have a responsibility to your own conscience to speak your own mind!

8. PRINCE OF EGYPT

It isn’t the greatest animated film ever, for me that is still PINNOCHIO and FANTASIA, but this film signaled a new beginning (in my opinion) for animation. A fantastic film that reaches for the moon and I feel delivers. Soaring score, stunning images, wonderful performances. With the next year bringing us THE IRON GIANT, TARZAN, TOY STORY II and THE SEARCH FOR EL DORADO... Animation is only headed higher from here on out. If it were in my power, the enter ‘MOSES’ team of animators and Val Kilmer would be nominated for Best Actor... but it ain’t likely to happen... unfortunately.

7. OUT OF SIGHT

A film I fear will be forgotten in the Oscar world. It is the best of the Elmore Leonard novels to screen (IMHO) with more great cameos than any other film of the year. Soderbergh should be recognized for his fantastic direction. Steven Zahn should grab a nomination for Supporting Actor. Jennifer Lopez for Actress. Clooney could very well move into the Burt Lancaster/Gregory Peck/Cary Grant-ish sort of mold if he chooses his scripts correctly. So much is going on in this film that it takes viewing after viewing after viewing to catch it all. It really is a stunning film.

6. THE MIGHTY

In the worst maneuvering for a film this year I watched in utter horror as this film was left unrewarded by audiences and critics. A beautiful and stunning story that I felt was a wonderful counter-film for THE FISHER KING. A story about a boy discovering his mind, his own creative self. A story of a beautiful friendship. I would nominate ELDEN RATLIFF for best actor and KIERAN CULKIN for best supporting actor in a blink of the eye. Peter Chelsom did a beautiful job directing this film, and if this and FUNNY BONES are any indication, he is going to continue making more great films.

5. (tie) THE THIN RED LINE and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

I kept trying to rank these films back and forth in my head, but it was hard. Ultimately these top five spots, on a given day could be inter-changed. But for me, these two films were simply fantastic. One was an expressionistic masterpiece and the other was a realist’s masterpiece. Two great films set in the same war, but so far apart in styles and executions that they feel like completely different genres to me. It is as if one were a landscape by Monet and the other were a landscape by Amsel Adams, both are great... but in totally different ways of execution. For me, there is no single performance in either film that I would recognize other than Nick Nolte. These are films conducted by great maestros. And it is to them, their cinematographers, actors and technicians that I must hail both equally.

4. A SIMPLE PLAN

Like the next three films, there is not one moment of the film that I don’t think is dead on perfect. Every single performance is rock solid. The story telling and restraint of Sam Raimi were humbling. It is a film that signal a career change in it’s director. With this film, Sam tells the world he can direct anything he chooses. Of recent film history, it most reminds me of HEAVENLY CREATURES as a film by a director known for being one thing, but choosing to exhibit his skills beyond what the ‘establishment’ was expecting. I would be pleased as punch if Paxton, Fonda and Thornton all picked up nominations. A future classic in my opinion.

3. PLEASANTVILLE

Of the top four films this movie was the toughest technical achievement. But if that was all it had going for it, then it would not have made the list. A film that went so much further beyond it’s ‘high concept’ that it was humbling to just watch the film. More so than any other cinema achievement this year, PLEASANTVILLE has the strongest images left for me. At any given moment, I can see the shots... perfectly... clearly in my mind. A mother afraid of her own sensuality. A public’s fear of change. The discovery of passion, be it erotic, creative or emotional. A breathtaking film. The film didn’t catch on, but then the same could be said with a lot of the films on this list, not to mention films like BABE: PIG IN THE CITY, DARK CITY among others. Across the board this film should be recognized. Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels were the stand outs. Gary Ross’ name should be heralded as a director to support and to watch.

2. GODS & MONSTERS

My sentimental favorite out of the top ten. ‘The little film that could and did.” I would be sooooooo pleased if this film were to win BEST PICTURE, if Bill Condon were nominated for Director, if Carter Burwell were to win score, when Ian McKellen wins Best Actor, when Lynn Redgrave wins Best Supporting Actress... and a nominated nod for Brendan Fraser. There is so much to this movie, from the flashes of thought from Ian, to the amazing way the film is told. The film I championed as the best film of the year... all year long. It and SMOKE SIGNALS are sooooooooo close in my mind it’s not even funny. Ultimately they are quite similar, both stories of friendship and story telling. But, there is one aspect that heightens the next film and that will come next....

1. SMOKE SIGNALS

I wish to God I had seen this film while I was at SUNDANCE last year. I saw it when it was playing here in Austin back during the summer, but I hadn’t slept in 42 hours, and I fell asleep before the move started, during the trailers, and I didn’t think highly of it because of that. Recently, I watched the film when I was preparing for this list and folks. This is a brilliant film that will walk by the academy without a single nomination, and it is a crime... A HIGH crime. Hands down, this film has the best transitions I have seen in film this year. The best film character of the year is THOMAS played by EVAN ADAMS in a performance that just completely stunned me. I am completely shocked at the total lack of attention by the nation’s critics towards this film. There is not one single non-perfect character in the film. This film will have you doubled over from laughter one moment, and your guts pouring out your tear ducts the next. This is far and away the best American film of the year. It is probably too late for the film to be recognized by the Academy, but don’t let that stop you from going to your local video store and picking this Hope Diamond of a film up to treasure. Sheer perfection.

Wrap Up

There are many other films from 1998 that I truly loved, but these ten were my picks for the best. I could list a solid 30 other films that ‘did’ it for me, but that would do these ten films a disservice. I’ve been grappling with this list for weeks now. Arguing with myself back and forth over placement and non-placement. At one point I so frustrated that I had 20 films for my top ten, all tied at one point or another on the list. There are some performances that I’d like to mention that I think deserve inclusion for awards.... First is Eammon Owens from THE BUTCHER BOY. Alongside McKellen and Evan Adams, his performance was beautifully perfect. What a debut! Secondly there is Anne Bancroft from GREAT EXPECTATIONS. She was magical in the role, and the only real competition in my mind with Lynn Redgrave for Supporting Actress. Ohhhh, as second best water boy of the year, I’d like to nominate myself. Had my character had the time to completely make an idiot out of himself, I’m sure I could have achieve true mediocrity.

Also, my picks for best documentary (that I saw) for 1998 are: #1. The Big One, #2 Frat House, #3 Hands On A Hard Body and #4 Storefront Hitchcock. Don’t expect the Academy to acknowledge any of these films.

Now.... Let’s see your nominations for the COOLEST FILM OF 1998, remember it will only count if the film is in the subject line of your post in TALK BACK!!!!

Readers Talkback

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  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by MattHat

    Out of Sight: the "coolest" movie of the year. And I am taking the term "cool" to mean "Hey man, that's cool."

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Lone Wolf McQuade

    by Gummo

    to be honest, this was a bad year for cool movies. they all sucked one way or another. fuck em. go rent this classic.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:24 a.m. CST

    OUT OF SIGHT

    by Sardonicus

    Oh, man. If you've seen it, you get it. If you haven't seen it, you go get it now. This for me was the best movie of 1998, although A Simple Plan runs a very close second. Cool, cool, cool.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas

    by Justin Sane

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Obviously, The Big Lebowski

    by Bryan

    I think The Big Lebowski towers above all other comers. The first time I saw it, I thought it was good, but no Raising Arizona. Second time, it was twice as funny. Third time, three times as funny. It was even funnier the fourth time I saw it, and again when I saw it on video. It's definitely a movie that grows until it devours all that is in its path. At this point, pretty much anything any character says in the movie is laugh out loud funny to me. And I do not smoke. However, you may think I do when you read some of my runners up: Out of Sight, Babe: Pig in the City, A Simple Plan, Dark City, Wild Things, Blade, There's Something About Mary, Rush Hour. (Haven't seen Gods and Monsters or Rushmore.)

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Coolest Film of 1998

    by Christopher Moore

    I think one of the coolest films of 1998 has to be Dark City. The movie was one of the most visually entertaining films of the year. The confrontation at the end with Rufus Sewell and the villain could easily rival any comic book battle. If Bryan Singer could tap into the potential that this movie tapped into, the X-men movie could be the greatest comic book adaptation ever made. Maybe, I'm being too affectionate about Dark City, but it was definitely a wonderfully surreal treat for the eyes.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:43 a.m. CST

    Armageddon

    by Jake Atkinson

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Shakespeare In Love

    by The Sweeper

    The problem with picking the coolest film is first deciding what is meant by cool in this world of geeks. I have a feeling that this film may not be picked by most people, but it is the one film this year that I chose to pay full-price for twice. It's smart, funny, wonderfully playful, honestly romantic, witty, etc. All hail Tom Stoppard! All hail Joseph Fiennes!! All hail Shakespeare!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Henry Fool

    by Eppy

    Whadda movie! I freely admit that I worship Hal Hartley, but this was a really good one for him. A bit long perhaps, but that's the mood of the year. Blindingly funny, charismatic characters, an actual plot, and a lot of interesting thoughts. I'd also like to officially "second" Fear&Loathing.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Pleasantville

    by cmore

    The best film of the year in my opinion. The concept alone is the most perfect for the medium of film. One of the few films where it would be almost impossible for a book to create the same impressions. I think in twenty years we will be able to look back at 1998 and remember two films more than any others. Saving Private Ryan and Pleasantville.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Truman Show

    by UnknownRealms

    I think this film was one of the most original and the best film of '98. Coming in a very close second I would say "Saving Private Ryan." The best comedy for '98 would be "Something About Mary", hands down. The hair gel scene was unforgettable..... Tim

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:33 a.m. CST

    RONIN

    by MrFunnyShoes

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:38 a.m. CST

    THE THIN RED LINE

    by Diello

    Snoogans.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Smoke Signals

    by POSparkplug

    I think Elaine Miles needs to get more work. I loved her in Northern Exposure and she was good in this

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Life is Beautiful

    by film-mkr

    I know it said "English Language," but all the other lists I've seen seem to pass this beautiful film up. There hasn't been a great film since '94 with Pulp Fiction and Shawshank. This film was perfect, but nobody seems to have seen it cause it's in Italian. I have never seen a film do as well on the festival circuit as this (prizes at Cannes, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, etc... - I'm Canadian, so sue me). And, it deserved every one. No other film of 98 could hold a candle to Life is Beautiful. And, I can't wait for the Oscar's to pass it over. Sure it might get a couple pity nominations, but I'm sure it won't win anything. The other WWII films will trounce it. What a shame! The Academy always shows just how short-sighted they are: Pulp Fiction, Apocalypse Now, Forrest Gump (best picture huh!), The Player, Leolo, Goodfellas, Crumb, Hoop Dreams, The Graduate, The African Queen, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, E.T., need I go on...

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:19 a.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by Ben Dobyns

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:24 a.m. CST

    The Truman Show / Out of Sight

    by ladyfaie

    I LOVED the Truman Show! I was so desperate to see it that I went the day it came out in New York, 5 hours before I flew to Bangkok, where it came out 4 months later, and I saw it another 3 times or so. Suffering through delayed release, I read reviews and listened to my friends rave about Out of Sight. Going in with a sinking heart, sure that it could not possibly live up to my expectations, I was pleasantly surprised when George Clooney turned in a performance worthy of or better than ER, as opposed to what I have seen in both Batman and Robin and the Peacemaker

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:35 a.m. CST

    There's Something About Mary

    by Wonderboy

    Comedy, especially this kind of comedy is highly underated to get awards. Let's just say, do you know how hard it is to make this kind of movie without leaving a bad taste in you mouth with all the grotesque humor and political incorrectness, and have it replaced with a sense of real satisfication and light heartedness. Real damn hard. That's why this is my coolest pick.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Prince Of Egypt, The

    by JJC

    Not sure if this is my favourite film of 1998 but it certainly deserves a nomination.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:11 a.m. CST

    FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

    by ReservoirGeek

    One of the greatest books of sll time, made into the weirdest, and one of the coolest, movies of all time. "This is bat country!"

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:12 a.m. CST

    FESTEN, for sure (ok, it's from danemark)

    by booxter

    Whoooo, Festen is one of the best flicks that could have come to your eyes over the last ten years. Ok, it's NOT in English. But you HAVE to see it, as you HAD to watch "Life is Beautiful" from director Roberto Begnini. Festen, directed by the young and talented Thomas Vinterberg, had the special jury price in the Cannes film festival, but it deserved the best. It is strangely shot, as wanted by the "Dogma" rules created by another genius: Lars Von Trier (and his...incredible "The Idiots") Nothing can prepare you to Festen, believe me. It's cruel, real and funny. It is a story of incest, family feasts, and revelations. In one word, it's HUGE.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Coolest Film of 98- Vampires

    by Frank5150

    For me the Coolest film of 98 would have to be John Carpenters Vampires. For me this movie clicked on all the coolest meters.It is not the best movie of the year but for me it worked. I have not gotten a chance to see Six String Samuri ( cause I live in Movie Theater Hell)but I do not know if it would replace Vampires for me.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:34 a.m. CST

    SIX STRING SAMURAI!!!!!!!

    by Tom Joad

    Were there really any cooler films this year? I didn't think so.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Coolest Film of 1998

    by LJ312UAVE

    It has to be Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Visually stunning & it made me feel like washing my brain after viewing it. Now if they would only come out with the Special Edition on DVD!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight is the coolest, but not my favorite

    by Nordling

    Out of Sight was a great movie, and definitely the coolest film. Great script, terrific acting, and cool direction by Steven Soderbergh. But my favorite, the one I enjoyed most, was Shakespeare in Love. Wondeful romance, and gut laughs too, and if you bring some knowledge of Shakespeare to the party you shall be rewarded. Why isn't this my coolest movie? Because Out of Sight was just clicking on all fronts - not a scene wasted, not a frame abused. Even SIL has a couple of flaws, though I still love it. Out of Sight was, or the most part, flawless filmmaking. As Geoffrey Rush's character, Richard Hensleigh, would say, "I don't know. It's a mystery."

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:48 a.m. CST

    and the winner is.....OUT OF SIGHT!

    by letseatcheese

    That;s my vote Harry. Hope it wins.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Truman Show. No, Prince of Egypt.

    by Andy

    No, Truman Show. Wait... let me see 'em again then I'll get back to you.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Coolest film : Blade

    by Mike N.

    I haven't seen all the films listed here but I know that of those I have seen for me Blade was the coolest, Not the best film of the year but it was the one I enjoyed watching the most.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Patch Adams

    by Bloodshot

    Personally, I found Patch Adams to have a quality that is missing from a lot of the movies out today. While I heard a lot of people bashing it because it is "too preachy", I know a lot more people who just enjoyed the film, enjoyed the humor, enjoyed the drama...

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Pi

    by Anton_Sirius

    Any movie that can make math look that kinky has got to be cool. And Darren Aranofsky is easily the most talented newcomer of the year. Now the rest of my top ten, 'cause I know nobody cares: 2) Butcher Boy (everyone raves about wee Eamonn, but what about Stephen Rea for best Supporting?); 3) What Dreams May Come (yes, really. Visuals just as good as Pleasantville, but with a tighter, narrower focus to the story. And I'm a sucker for a good romance.); 4) Prince of Egypt; 5) Thin Red Line; 6) Dark City; 7) Opposite of Sex (wow, Lisa Kudrow CAN act); 8) Fear & Loathing (to round out the Year of Ricci); 9) Velvet Goldmine (nobody gets this film! It's big and shiny and messy and shambolic and weird- just like glam); 10) Bulworth (I'm not sure I can explain this one. I hate Warren Beatty, but he worked here. I used to think Halle Berry was just a pretty face, but now I can see a glimmer of talent. This film deserves another chance.)

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Well, I'll say Bug's Life...

    by Sniper_X

    Simple and sweet. Technically stupendous. Worked on every level for me- should be in everyone's top ten.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:04 a.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by The Consul

    Big Lebowski- no fucking contest. While we are on the subject of cool movies though- here's one you havent even mentioned on your site- The Interview. Stars Hugo Weaving and Tony Martin from Wildside. Incidently if you have never seen Wildside it is a Dark Australian Cop series on the ABC- sometimes extremely violent, always disturbing. Every episode is a masterpiece. The Interview was influenced by this series. Might not be quite what you are looking for for the coolest movie award though.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Almost Forgot

    by Anton_Sirius

    My Favourite Worst Film of '98: Urban Legend (keep in mind this comes from someone who owns Anaconda, Congo and Fled and inflicts them on his so-called 'friends' at the drop of a hat.) Most Hated Worst Film of '98: (tie) Avengers/Ronin. These win hands down becuase of the humungeous gap between potential and execution, expectation and experience. All you people who liked Ronin are insane. The plot is stupid where it isn't incoherent, the ending sadly predictable, it completely wastes possibly the most talented cast of the year, the supposedly fantastic action scenes were lame (hum dee dum, I'm a shopkeeper and I'll just stand out in front of my store for a while during a raging gunfight until I get shot, la la *urk*), oh Goddess I could go on for hours tearing this to shreds (I've had lots of practice.) If you choose to defend this film you have to explain two things to me: what the hell was the point of Sean Bean's character, and what was the deal with the fish?

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Dark City

    by TheCrawlingChaos

    This movie had the music, the style, the visuals and the suspense. It unfolded flawlessly, showing you secret after secret in perfect order. And one of the best things about the movie: it didn't treat the audience as idiots (it didn't work hard to explain to you the significance of anything). For my second nomination it would be the Truman Show. Any movie that could make me feel like rooting for the hero as if he was real (without having to resort to pure adrenaline because Blade did the same thing) is something special. Carrie executes his finest performance ever. I'm wondering if he'll continue to appear in dramatic roles instead of comedies all the time (same for Robin Williams, who has plenty of comedy roles but more great performances in dramatic roles).

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Star Wars Episode one

    by The Consul

    I know this movie hasn't been released yet but it may as well have been with all of the fucking spoilers.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Best, coolest films of 98'

    by Faust

    "Happiness" was the best film of the year, an unmitigated triumph of the lost, lonely souls in New Jersey. Second would be "The Thin Red Line," and thirdly, "A Simple Plan." The Coolest film of the year is definitely "Out of Sight," the best adaptation of an Elmore Leonard book ever. Harry, I am working on my own 10 Best and Worst on my website, but these are pretty definite. P.S. Recount is in order for "High Art" and "Beloved," Harry.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing with The Big Lebowski

    by McGonz0

    Its a tie between these two films for me. The Big Lebowski is my favorite comedy and Gilliam's adaption of the novel was near perfect in my humble opinion. Runners up for the coolest award go to Out of Sight and Ronin.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Pi, best movie this year

    by Mad Matt

    I am suprised that only one other person mentioned this great movie, being that this is a "geek" website, and that movie was made for geeks in mind.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by tragos

    Absolutely, positively, the most seamlessly crafted, wonderfully written, and superbly acted film of last year. Out of Sight was the best to be released in 1998. (IMHO) A close second was The Big Lebowski - the Coens can do no wrong, but they haven't done one this remarkable in a while.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:44 a.m. CST

    The Celebration

    by HCEarwicker

    Don't forget this film. If you haven't seen it, go see it. If it never arrived in town, smash your art-house down and build one that will show it. It could very well change the way we look at film.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:51 a.m. CST

    A Bugs Life

    by Bud

    Hands down the "coolest" film of the year. It packed more wit and technical expertise in one frame than most films do in their entire running time. I also thought Blade was very cool, talk about opposite ends of the spectrum.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels

    by Garber

    I may be biased, being a Brit and all, but if any of you over there in the US don't go and see this film because it ain't American, your are fools. Yes, there may be one or two references that you don't understand...I believe 'soccer' as you call it, is mentioned once. Do not be afraid, after all we have to put up with references to 'home runs', 'touchdowns', 'high school' and 'friendly fire', which, quite frankly, mean sod all to us. I emplore you, this film is a fine evenings entertainment, with a wonderful script, great characters and good acting. Please see it. Please.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by lou ford

    By far the movie that shows once and for all that Universal has the worst marketing department, ever. This was a great movie but their commercials did not give a clear view of what it was about. It looked like just another crime film. IMO Clooney finally becomes the movie star that was only hinted at in his earlier movies, Lopez burns up the screen, and Soderbergh gets to show off. Also had by far the best love scene on film in years, if not ever. In My opinion it deserves nominations (at least), for Best Director, cinematography, Picture, and maybe best supporting actor (either Steve Zahn or Don Cheadle). I'd say this was the best acting by a whole cast for the year, as well, but that award belongs to the cast of Happiness, really. Also, a special mention should be made of the scene where Snoopy forces Glen to kill his rival drug dealers. I don't know how to describe it, but it was perfect.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:09 a.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by T. E. Conway

    How Ebert ranked the likes of "Primary Colors" above this masterpiece, I'll never figure out.. The Truman Show is one of the best films of all time. It has blown me away each time I've seen it. Carrey, Harris, Weir, and Niccol all deserve Oscars.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:09 a.m. CST

    The Butcher Boy

    by shoon

    The Butcher Boy was my fav of '98. Although Fear&Loathing, Dark City, A Simple Plan, and The Big One were right up there. (I'm also willing to admit that I liked Suicide Kings a lot too, despite it's terribly predictable ending.)

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by IWIWCN

    A '9+' until the last scene. Then it became a '10'. Made me piss my pants.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Your Friends And Neighbors

    by Boxing Nun

    I will agree that OUT OF SIGHT is a great film that I look forward to seeing again and studying, but this movie stayed with me for weeks after I saw it, just like HAPPINESS, which should also be recognized as films that take a look at the not-so-happy side of life. In fact the downright dysfunctional side and yet we watch and are entertained and, hopefully we think. Great performances and direction abound in Neil LaBute's film (and you gotta love that string quartet cover of Metallica).

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Pi and Rushmore

    by shoon

    Sorry, I must retract my previous vote, I don't know where my head was. The coolest of '98 is a tie between Pi and Rushmore. I just couldn't decide. They're both great. On a side note, I rented Out of Sight last night solely on the praise it recieved on this sight. Thanks for the tip. It is definitely in my top ten for coolest of '98

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Truman=Coolest

    by Germster

    The Truman Show is the Coolest and best film of the year, hands down.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Truman=Coolest

    by Germster

    The Truman Show is the Coolest and best film of the year, hands down.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Truman=Coolest

    by Germster

    The Truman Show is the Coolest and best film of the year, hands down.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Dark City

    by Geoduck

    1998 was a great year for cool movies. It was difficult choosing the coolest. BULWORTH was a very cool throwback to 70's-style political filmmaking. THE THIN RED LINE was cinematic poetry. PLEASANTVILLE was a brilliant allegory (very few critics noticed this). HE GOT GAME did for basketball what FIELD OF DREAMS did for baseball. But coolest of all was DARK CITY, which created an entire unique new world out of bits and pieces of film noir convention.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:34 a.m. CST

    RUSHMORE

    by mrbeaks

    And it just beats out HENRY FOOL on my "cool" list (okay, so I don't have a "cool" list, just a few films like FEAR AND LOATHING..... and OUT OF SIGHT on my mind.) Anyway, Wes Anderson put together the most original comedy in ages, and had the good sense to bring Bill Murray along for the ride. When it gets its real release in February, go see it, and tell me that it's not worthy of the title, "Coolest Film Of 1998."

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:41 a.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by MulderTPC

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Armageddon

    by Ken

    See above subject for the BEST film of 1998 Baby!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Top 10

    by MovieMeister

    Well, first of all, my most favorite film of all of last year was liked by critics, but never ended up on some of their lists: "The Spanish Prisoner". A suspense film that would make Hitchcock proud, fueled by Oscar-worthy roles and a brilliant script by David Mamet. Others on my ten favorites: "Pi", "The Prince of Egypt", "He Got Game", "Les Miserables" (hey, I liked it!), "Fear and Loathing", "Antz", "The Truman Show", "John Leguizamo's Freak" and "Dark City". There are many other honorable mentions ("Pleasantville", "Zero Effect", "The Big Lebowski", "Hav Plenty"). If you agree with me, simply e-mail me with your opinions on my choices (Note: My ten favorites as listed here are not in order of favoritism)

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by Rico

    Come on, this is Spielberg surpassing himself. Who can ever forget that opening sequence, the fear in Tom Hanks eyes, the sheer reality of it all. If the first half hour didn't make you respect the war heroes more than ever before then you don't deserve the ground you walk on. The performances were spotless, the characters human. Spielberg took a cast of virtual unknowns and gave them roles of a lifetime. Can you forget Jeremy Davies breaking down on the starcase, or the sound of the tank approaching, or the god-fearing Barry Pepper or the oh-too-real death of Giovanni Ribisi? I know many will rally against this film since it is an Oscar favourite, but let us not forget what message this film sends out. Who can watch this film and think war is a good thing?

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:18 a.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by Arcane

    My god, I've watched the thing atleast 15 times now, and I find something new and hilarious in it with every viewing... Close second for coolest movie is Dark City. But alas, I get only one vote :(

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:20 a.m. CST

    PI! PI! PI!

    by Baron Karza

    PI is just a brilliant and haunting movie and required viewing for anyone who likes math, god, or original movies.. the Episode I trailer was good too..

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:20 a.m. CST

    PI! PI! PI!

    by Baron Karza

    PI is just a brilliant and haunting movie and required viewing for anyone who likes math, god, or original movies.. the Episode I trailer was good too..

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by Jal Korhan

    Saving Private Ryan deserves to be the Coolest Film because it shows all the young slackers a picture of what the WWII generation had to face. When young people complain about how tough life is, they have no idea what a tough life really is. The men who went to war against the Nazis and the Japs had just lived through incredibley difficult economic times for more than ten years. The film shows an ethic of life that is lost today. For example, Tom Hanks' character, Captain Miller, orders an attack on a Nazis machine gun nest that was not in their path and which they could have easily avoided. A private suggests sneaking off because it is not their squad's objective. Captain Miller disagress: "Our objective is to win the war." I am a young man, and I my peers would have the same attitude as the cowardly private. This film shows what true hardship, sacrifice, and bravery is. And most of all, the film teaches the ignorant generation of today the significance of June 6, 1944.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Best of '98

    by KeyTheMetalIdol

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:24 a.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by Cornfed

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Pi and The Butcher Boy

    by Evil Dead

    Being a huge genre fan, I'm surprised that many horror and sci-fi fans neglected these fine films.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:25 a.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski.

    by Biomorph

    On the subject of "coolness", The Big Lebowski is unprecedented IMHO. The characters and the dialogue were hilarious, even the music was surprisingly cool. I still can't believe I was so awed by a Bowling Alley. This movie is in a class of it's own.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Best & Worst of '98

    by KeyTheMetalIdol

    Best film of 1998, IMHO: Mulan. Disney finally surpassed themselves in terms of a mature story with gorgeous animation. Maybe someday they'll actually catch up to the Japanese. Worst films of 1998: Since there are far more bad movies made each year than good ones, here's a short list of movies to throughly avoid: Small Soldiers, Armageddon ( Everyone who nominated this for best film of 98 needs to be shot in the face), Godzilla and 54, not to mention a whole host of other films I'm forgetting...

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Coolest Movie Of 98

    by Fafnir

    Well as for coolest movie of 98 my list goes something like this...1) What Dreams May Come ...alot fo people misunderstood this one I think.. I loved everything about it.. great visuals...and its unique from almost everything else this year ....2) Saving Private Ryan..excellent film.. a true film experience.. best in visceral filmaking 3) Prince Of Egypt... best animated film i have ever seen.. and that includes all the disney stuff too.. and no talking animals, thank god.......4)Antz and Babe: Pig in the City are tied here... both are excellent examples of great imaginative movies.. 5) Dark City... this was the most intriguing of all the films but near the end its tone changed slightly... still really cool ..well all this is just my humble opinion so take it as you uwill

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:33 a.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by disneyfan

    I am just waiting in dire expectations for this to come out on DVD. I loved it, oh..and my second vote in for Bugs Life.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by Doah

    Harry, that's weak to go with a tie. I personally see that as a cop-out. One of those SPR or TTRL must have been a bit better or worse in your eyes. You should have made the bit-worse one number six, but then you would have had one less film on the list--that's the tough part and that's why it's a cop-out. My number one film and the coolest film of the year: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN made by, of course, the coolest director in my lifetime.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:37 a.m. CST

    A Bug

    by Flounder

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:38 a.m. CST

    the opposite of sex

    by crying wolf

    come on, didn't anyone see this film? did anyone else find it as bizarre and truly original as i did? i absolutely loved it from minute one. my pick for fave of the year though goes to "out of sight." i thank god that i have a wife that let us see it on our honeymoon (which may alter my perception of it). runner-up: the big lebowski. it just gets better and better. MOST OVERRATED MOVIE: the truman show.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Agreements and disagreements.

    by Sei Shonagon

    Agree absolutely on "Fear and Loathing", as well as "Gods and Monsters." However, I've got to dispute the inclusion of "High Art" on the Worst list, and to add a vote in favour of "Henry Fool." Those two films also need to be watched in tandem; they're both some of the more provocative Films On Being An Artist that I've seen in a while; and they approach very similar notions of artistic responsibility and creative drive from very, VERY different directions. The one illuminates the other.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:50 a.m. CST

    THE CELEBRATION

    by Gen. Esperanza

    Nuff said!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:52 a.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by dpenny

    It wasn't the BEST movie of '98 (Saving Private Ryan earns that honour), but THE BIG LEBOWSKI was the COOLEST by a wide margin. How can you not love a movie with a POV shot from inside a bowling ball? Loved the soundtrack too, and I'm glad to see the Coens back in "Raising Arizona" territory. Can't wait for CUBA LIBRE. (Coens + Ellmore Leonard = potential classic) Jeff Bridges was great. "It really hung the room together, man." Other cool '98 movies - RONIN had the greatest car chase in film history, bar none. Frankenheimer is a God. THE PRINCE OF EGYPT revolutionized animation - I still get chills thinking of the passover scene. And you Americans should keep an eye out for LAST NIGHT, a Canadian movie getting released down your way by Lion's Gate this summer. Kind of an art-house version of DEEP IMPACT, it features the interlocking stories of some Torontonians spending their last six hours before the end of the world. The ending is a stunner. WORST movie of '98? PATCH ADAMS, by a wide margin. It's one thing to put on a clown nose for the kids in the cancer ward. It's another thing to wake up the elderly patients at 3 AM with noisemakers and balloons. I agreed with the Philip Seymour Hoffman character when he said that, if he was dying, he'd rather have a competent prick as his doctor than some clown!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love

    by rogue109

    Most films are just films are just films, they're great in their own ways(Saving Private Ryan, L.A. Confidential). On the other hand, some films are sheer magic (Star Wars, Good Will Hunting, Contact)and this one did it for me this year.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:56 a.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski!

    by bshaw

    How can you not love this movie? It's the best EVER in the past 2 or 3 years!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:01 a.m. CST

    There's Something About Mary

    by Shaftor

    The coolest movie of the year is the one that I'm going to watch the most in the future. There's Something About Mary is one of the funniest things to come out of hollywood in years and will be a part of my collection for years to come. Zero Effect was also a damn cool flick.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:03 a.m. CST

    TPM trailer teaser

    by Mandalore007

    You gotta admit, the Star Wars: Episode 1 trailer was more anticipated, better, and got more money then a lot of movies this year, worthy enough to get a nomination on the COOLEST list.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:06 a.m. CST

    *******AMERICAN HISTORY X*******

    by Dirk Diggler

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:15 a.m. CST

    MICHAEL MOORE'S THE BIG ONE

    by spike lee

    I would have to say Michael Moore's The Big One was the coolest of 1998. I hope people see this movie, because it was really forgotten when it was released. Maybe it will be remembered at Oscar time, but I doubt it. The best moment caught on film this year, was the beach scene in Saving Private Ryan. A toast to Speilberg.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:17 a.m. CST

    MICHAEL MOORE'S THE BIG ONE

    by spike lee

    I would have to say Michael Moore's The Big One was the coolest of 1998. I hope people see this movie, because it was really forgotten when it was released. Maybe it will be remembered at Oscar time, but I doubt it. The best moment caught on film this year, was the beach scene in Saving Private Ryan. A toast to Speilberg.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:20 a.m. CST

    The Thin Red Line

    by Hollyfeld

    Coolness is a film you have a great time watching, but also know is worthwhile. While watching kick-ass action sequences, some of the best performances of the year (even if they were edited out), and some of the most beautiful cinematography EVER, I also felt something. I felt that THIS is what war movies are all about, movies that study war as a primal instinct rather than war as a conflict between individuals, and I felt humbled by Terrence Malick's mastery of the form. The only film I thought was better than "The Truman Show" this year, and a sure-fire classic.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Episode One Trailer

    by sage

    Bottom line- I could take or leave every film I saw this year, but only the Episode One Trailer reminded me why I love cinema. Every dream, every hope, every thrill I've had in a theatre was present in that 2 minute appetizer. Screw the rest, forget the hype, lay aside the wannabees...Star Wars rules, end of argument.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Coolest of 1998

    by Guido

    tie for: Shakespeare in Love and American History X

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Shakespeare In Love

    by Navin Johnson

    Believe me, I am no fan of the Romantic Comedy genre. If there is any class of movies that grew old and has become mired in cliche', it is this one. I am shocked that there has been so little praise regarding 'Shakespeare'. The writing is superb, and I was delighted to see Tom Stoppard in the closing credits. Based solely on the ingenuity and intelligence of the script and dialogue, I believe this movie deserves some recognition. Harry, dittos on POE, A Simple Plan, and Pleasantville. Classics. Didn't anyone else hate 'Enemy of the State' as much as me? The Fresh Prince sucks and should disappear A.S.A.P

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:32 a.m. CST

    BLADE

    by KilgoreTrout

    Throughout the entire movie, all I could think about was...I am surrounded by COOL in its physically incarnated form. This movie reeked of cool, it oozed cool, it IS cool. Here's to my favorite new franchise...

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Happiness

    by 6113

    The best film of '98. A frightening but darkly comical look at modern life - and how the sickest people are just like you.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by Stavros

    Well, I just wanted to vote, so I guess that is that.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Pleasantville

    by Hose

    'nuff said.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Ebert's Best too much influence

    by MattHat

    I bet if Roger Ebert had not ranked Dark City as his best movie of 1998, you would not see as many votes for it in these talk backs. Think for yourselves people.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love

    by Redayze

    I loved this film, it was so wonderful. The screenplay was perfect and the performances were all amazing.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Pi or Six String Samurai

    by neuracnu

    There were better films of the year, but these two have to be the most 'cool.'

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:59 a.m. CST

    WILD THINGS!!!!!!!!!!!

    by mrghostface

    The best movie by far this year is wild things!Yes I know critics and audiences a like said it was sleazy trash, but it was good sleazy trash. A movie that can make innocent little Neve Campbell into a raging bi-sexual whore who has a an IQ rating that soars through the roof, or a movie that creates the part Bill Muarry was born to play, or a movie that Matt Dillion actually acts good in(although he did a great job in TSAM)!Or a movie that creates the funniest cameo of the year (Robert Wagner) . . . . ok what I'm getting at is that this movie was about sleaze, it was a freakn' portrait of sleaze! James McNaughton should be hailed for his direction of making the movie Palmetto was trying to do, George S. Clinton should be hailed for his swampy music score and Neve (bless her soul) shes proved herself with this movie that she along with Christinna Ricci is one of the best young actresses of our time, this part was hers and she acted it out with such flair that I was mummuring through the whole movie "thats my Neve, thats my Neve . . ." She should get a nomination at this years Oscars but most likely won't, in fact this whole movie will get looked over. The only thing I didn't like about this movie was the Kevin Bacon shower scene ARRGH!!!!!!!! Performances I thought that got looked over this year were, Christinna Ricci in Buffalo '66, in fact this whole movie got looked over, but Ricci was the heart of the movie she had comic timning acted innocent even though she knew her independence(there were 3 times she could of ran away from Vincent Gallo)and the scene were she waits in the bed wondering if Gallo killed himself or another is just heart-braking, sure she was great in that other movie (TOOS) but she shined here! Ben Stiller in "Zero Effect" his character was so complex but Stiller helped sort out the feelings just fine. Everybodies complaining about the next one Lisa Kudrow i wish, that the academy doesn't look her over. Rebecca Gayheart in "Urban Legend" even though this movie SUCKED SO DAMN MUCH!!!!! It makes me made mad the movie was just a cheap rip-off from Scream, anyways Gayheart was the saving grace even though her killers rant at the end of the film was written so awful she it played evil and great-but it didn't save the movie. Vince Vaughn in "PSYCHO" another -the movie kinda sucked but the acting didn't, Vaughn breathed new life into the infamous role. Anything Anne Heche has done this year, she outshined Harrison Ford, deliverd a dynamic performance in return to paradise and proved lesbians can act! Sinead o' Connor as the Virigin Mary in the Butcher Boy was fantastic she made me laugh she made me cry. . . .. Of course theres more little parts to watch for-Phil Hatrtman,"Small Soliders", Peter o'Toole."Phantoms", Salma Hayek,"The Faculty", Liv Tyler,"Armagedon", that black guy in "Primary Colors" theres a whole list here are some my other favorite movies of the year- Saving Private Ryan Babe:Pig in the City The Opposite of Sex Gods and Monsters Wide Awake The Butcher Boy The Faculty Armageddon Small Soliders Nightwatch Out of Sight Theres a whole lot more I also have guilty pleasures like 54 The Avengers-I found it like a movie that was a jig-saw puzzle, it was intruiging Snake Eyes-Brain De Palma saved this movie Disturbing Behavior Theres Something about Mary and then theres just plain bad movies- I Still Know. . . Halloween:H20 Urban Legend I love the horror genre but this movies were so awful, continue- Palmetto Wrongfully Accused BASEketball Lost in Space Can't Hardly Wait Deep Rising Sphere PSYCHO-it just doesn't work in the 90's the list could go on and on but i'll quit, VOTE WILD THINGS!!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Pleasantville

    by The White Hat

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 12:18 p.m. CST

    a simple plan/happiness

    by RTaylor

    These are spitting images of two other great movies, namely Fargo and Welcome to the Dollhouse. Why not rehash good material if it's really good. In conclusion, I would agree that the Episode 1 trailer was indeed the best peice of film I saw last year.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Dark City

    by aranae

    The best movie I saw this year was Cyclo at a local festival, but I don't think it was released nationwide at any point in time so I'm not sure it counts. I highly suggest it, though. Best film I've seen in a very long time.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight..

    by Lizzybeth

    The words 'Coolest Film' immediately bring OUT OF SIGHT to mind. That film was dripping with coolness. I didn't like George Cloony much before, but now.. That thing with the lighter, that AURA of perfect calm and confidence he had with him almost no matter what happened.. He may have a long and fruitful career ahead of him. And the best cast of characters all year, hands down. If you missed this movie, kick yourself right now.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 12:43 p.m. CST

    A Bug's Life

    by Randall Flagg

    .

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by TaleisenIII

    Thats the best movie i saw this year. The raw filmaking genius that went into this movie elevated it above the rest of the pack for me. (Mild Disclaimer: I live in a theatre hell, there are no theatres with-in a 45 min. drive that show any independants. I still have yet to see the following: Pi, The Thin Red Line, Happiness, Life is Beautiful, Opposite of Sex, Babe: Pig in the City and a few others i keep meaning to see) Following Saving Private Ryan (in no particular order) are X-FILES(not enough was revealed for my tastes but a damn good movie non-the-less), BLADE(awesome super-hyper kinetic action fun!), DISTURBING BEHAVIOR(like a really well-done X-Files Ep. w/out Mulder & Scully, plus i've got a soft spot for Katie Holmes....go figure) TRUMAN SHOW(excellent script, acting, sets, directing.. excellent everything.. get over it this movie rocked!) OUT OF SIGHT(saw this on video and really wished that i had seen this in theatres.. it was perfectly done , though i do wish that they had actually run away together at the end) ARMAGEDDON (someone said that this movie was edited like a music video, i agree, however.. i LIKE music videos! and this movie needed to be edited like a music video) THE FACULTY (super teenage angst fun! what a movie. i hope this comes out on DVD, though apparently Rodriguez supports DVD so i have nothing to worry about) A BUG'S LIFE (excellent comedy.. much smarter than you would think.. plus its Steve Jobs' baby.. APPLE RULES!!!) SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (what a script, writing in vernacular isn't easy, but these guys made it sound like they lived back then.. perfect script) BIG LEBOWSKI (Cohen Bros. return to their roots and make a funny movie.. I hated Fargo. it made me physically sick, especially the wood chipper scene. Big Lebowski is an excellent smart comedy.. the definition of smart comedy.. "Is this your homework? You're entering a world of pain here son!") and finally DARK CITY (this i like mostly because of the art. GOD DAMN this had some awesome art direction.. the script was excellently done too.. the story was revealed in layers.. just right.. that opening shot with the fish still gets to me) I have not even seen Siskel and Ebert's picks for the year.. so don't accuse me of being swayed by those hacks. Keep it reel!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Very Bad Things

    by Xanatos

    Hands down the best comedy of the year. Made me laugh out loud (which I rarely do) even more than There's Something About Mary and The Big Lebowski.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 12:57 p.m. CST

    best (coolest?) of '98

    by brain_bug

    I don't know, I'm not sure how to distinguish between best and coolest, I'll just assume they're close... 1. The Truman Show 2. Saving Private Ryan 3. A Bug's Life 4. Pi 5. Dark City 6. Shakespeare in Love 7. Happiness 8. Out of Sight 9. He Got Game 10. Pleasantville still haven't seen: Thin Red Line, Rushmore runners-up: Zero Effect; The Big Lebowski; City of Angels; Ronin; The Opposite of Sex; Buffalo '66 so i guess Truman Show is the coolest. the best "cooooool" geek type movie is probably Dark City or Pi.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:03 p.m. CST

    The Prince Of Egypt

    by MSJanke

    The Prince of Egypt gets my vote. Runners up: The Truman Show, Saving Private Ryan, and Antz

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:06 p.m. CST

    FEAR AND LOATHING BABY!

    by War God

    Harry, man, I'm with you on that one. Dr Thompson is a nut and Depp nailed him perfectly. When you watch that movie you aren't seeing Johnny Depp rat out lines, you're seeing Hunter Thompson[Roul Duke] say them. Fear and Loathing is a great movie, my favorite of '98. Course it's a near constant fight, over that position, with A Simple Plan

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:09 p.m. CST

    the COOLEST

    by War God

    my vote would have to go for Fear & Loathing. either that or Vampires[that one just seemed to get me the right way]

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by Gil-Galad

    Awesome, really awesome movie... see it if you haven't

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Six String Samurai

    by SixStringSammy

    Just wanted to vote for it.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:29 p.m. CST

    RONIN

    by BlurLvr

    I'm VERY surprised that Deep Rising didn;t make your 10 worst, it seems like it got on everyone else's

  • Living South of the border as I do, I haven't seen most of the films that opened in Fall of 98. But I can't imagine anything taking the place of those above.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by aeavery

    'nuff said.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:40 p.m. CST

    American History X

    by pimpbot

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:47 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by Mishaa

    All of my friends who are Cohen fans didn't like it, but it was the best film I saw all year. Dude just wants his rug back, and the shit hits the fan. Almost an anti-plot, but it works.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 1:55 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski, or Fear and Loathing in LA

    by rutnil

    I can't really decide, I wasd compleatly amazed by Fear... and laughed my ass off watching it, and I can

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Out Of Sight

    by vultureman

    Because it was smooth start to finish. There was no jarring or moments of disbelief, just one nice cool ride watching it all go down. Maybe Cuba Libre will be better but for now this is the best of his novel adaptations.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Antz

    by MBrown

    Of all the wonderful movies that I saw this year, this is the only one that I came out of saying "cool." As for the other movies on Harry's list: replace "Beloved" with "A Thin Red Line" and you have my exact reaction to that stinker. Thankfully, I stayed away from Beloved but I don't think I will ever get over the fact that I paid money to see TRL.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Antz + Zero Effect

    by phatcasey

    Actually, I thought the *best* movie of the year was A Simple Plan, but Antz and Zero Effect tied for coolest, in my mind. Zero Effect was probably the best pure detective movie since Chinatown, and I felt like it was just overlooked by critics because it was Jake Kasdan's first film. Being the son of a great filmmaker apparently means that you can't have any talent of your own in the views of critics. But Kasdan's film was incredibly imaginative and had great characters- I expect great things from him. Anyway, Antz I just thought was funny as hell, and was the first ever animated film with genuine intelligence. Dreamworks had the bravery to make an animated film WITHOUT songs, thank god, and Woody Allen was hilarious. The way the film played with scale was hilarious, from the twist ending to the scene with the jogger, which I actually though was the most exciting action sequence of the year.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:30 p.m. CST

    BLADE!!!

    by Ne1butme

    enought said...

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by rob zombie

    That's the best, but Happiness and Big Lebowski are also terrific.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Babe: Pig in the City

    by Bryan

    Okay, I'm cheating because I already nominated the superior Big Lebowski. But I'm disappointed that no one has nominated this incredible sequel. It lacks the perfect structure of the original but it makes up for it with its darker and weirder tone. You'd never think there'd be a movie starring a pig, some dogs and some clothes wearing monkeys that you can *tell* is from the director of Mad Max, but those chase scenes were incredible. I think scenes like Babe saving the pitbull, Babe pulling the animal control guy out the window, Flealick chasing the truck and having a near death experience and Thelonious stopping to put on his clothes (even though he's "an orangathingy") were some of the purest emotional moments in film in years. Anyway, I'm also happy to see Out of Sight getting so many nominations. I'm not sure I would blame Universal's marketing for the lackluster box office, though. I thought the trailer (cut to "Fight the Power Part 2") was great, and the poster (not the video poster, but vividly colored American theatrical one) was perfect. Too bad they for some insane reason decided to abandon it for the completely unremarkable international poster that graces the video cover so that it may be forever camoflaged and forgotten among hundreds of other videos that look exactly the same. At a glance, it might as well be Mercury Rising or something. I would also like to give a pat on the back to the two people above who nominated Wild Things. I especially like the over-the-top trashiness of Denise Richards' character. I love the shot of her angrily firing a rifle while wearing white plastic sunglasses, and her delivery of the lines "YOU SKANKY BITCH!!!" and "ARE YOU RETARDED!?!?"

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Blade...

    by Ne1butme

    The DVD version makes it so.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love

    by Disciple642

    Boy was this a tough choice. I can't remember ever picking a "cool" film of the year. But SIL was in my humble opinion the best surprise of a movie I saw. I loved how clever the writing was. And I did not care for Paltrow before, but she knocked my socks off here.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Blade (continued)

    by Ne1butme

    Just to prove how cool this was, on the dvd version, the old lady talking about vampires calls them MindFuckers. Who knew?

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Blade

    by Mr. Blonde

    Now I know your thinking what the hell are you talking about. Harry said coolest movie not best. I snuck into this movie with high expectations and the movie delivered. It happens millions of times that you have a great expectation of a movie and it's a giant turkey shit, but this didn't let me down, and you gotta respect that. When he does that shit with the shotgun and his "blade" at the begining how can you top that with all the other transluscent tripe and tripulations that spews from the screen. Join me my brothers and back Blade!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Bride of Chucky = Pure COOL

    by Mr. Pibb

    hey its not the greatest, but its cool

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:02 p.m. CST

    FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS

    by CWORLEY

    YEA FOR CHEESE BABY!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:13 p.m. CST

    ******BIG LEBOWSKI******

    by DiscoStu

    The story of the death of the Dude's car is by far the coolest film of the year. It is also the most underrated. I think Goodman deserves a nomination for his role, but c'est la vie. The best film of the year was Saving Private Ryan.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Truman Show

    by Lady of Light

    I just LOVED the scene when Truman's boat ran into the sky wall. It was just so surreal. I also liked seeing Carrey doing something sort of serious for once.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:14 p.m. CST

    A Simple Plan

    by mr_noodle

    Mature directing by Raimi, all-around solid acting and a great story make this one damn fine film. http://i.am/almostcool

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare In Love

    by selat

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:32 p.m. CST

    deep impact

    by Taliesin

    ok, its nowhere near as cool or good as most of the other films above, but it was better than armageddon....

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Pleasantville

    by FERRIS B

    Anything but Saving Private Ryan please.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:41 p.m. CST

    COOLEST FILM - Buffalo '66

    by Solt

    Go to a video store. Rent said film. Nothing else matters.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 3:52 p.m. CST

    The Prince of Egypt/Truman Show

    by The Duke

    Prince of Egypt- Greatest piece of animation ever done, and the best picture of the year by far. Truman Show- If Saving Private Ryan is nominated and Truman isn't, it will be a high crime. I saw these two films back to back, and I left the theater thinking, "Wasn't SPR supposed to be a groundbreaking film? It seems like Truman broke more new ground (not to mentioned it moved me more emotionally).

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:04 p.m. CST

    DARK CITY!! ("let the tuning commence")

    by HAL9000

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:06 p.m. CST

    CRUISERS TOPIO AND BOTTOM 10

    by cruiser

    TOP 10- 10. Vampires 9. What Dreams May Come 8. The Opposite of Sex 7. Slums of Beverly Hills 6. Wild Things 5. Very Bad Things 4 Waking Ned Devine. 3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 2. Out of Sight 1. Saving Private Ryan BOTTOM 10 10. MAFIA! 9. Meet Joe Black 8. RONIN 7. Last Days of Disco 6. Patch Adams 5. Simon Birch 4. The Faculty 3. Something About Mary 2. Deep Impact 1. Armageddon Okay, so yeah when you really think about it we did have a bad year for movies. Tose friggin meteor movies-yuck. However my biggest disappointment of the whole year was The Faculty- I was expecting an excellent script with Roberts signature directing style all over it. I cried on the way out of the theater. The only things I really liked about the whole movie were Jordana Brewster- i am in love, and seeing Harry on film. I haven't seen the Thin Red Line yet so I couldn't really put it on my list. From what I have read on this web site, 99 should be a good year- christ- all I gotta say is THE PHANTOM MENACE!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by MW

    Ok! Maybe not. But this is a masterpiece from the master himself. I was left breathless. I am from Denmark so it is really great to read all the positiv reactions to "Festen" (The Celebration) which I think comes in at number 3. No. 2 is the british "Under the Skin". A call to all Americans: GO SEE THIS FILM!! and to the academy: nominate Samantha Morton for best actress.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:22 p.m. CST

    out of sight or dark city...smoke signals?

    by free flying soul

    those are, in my estimation, the two coolest movies i've seen this year. prince of egypt was excellent, but not so "cool". i saw Smoke Signals last night and, sorry Harry, but i have to disagree. though there were truly clever transitions, there was nothing exciting or clever about the rest of the movie. a good performance by the nerdy Indian (sorry, can't remember the name), but a wooden performance by Victor and all others (though i liked the dad). all a movie like this can do to succeed is move you, and it just didn't move me. OK, but a letdown.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Blade

    by AnamorphicRulez!

    This was one bad-ass movie. It was too cool. Guess what the DVD is Anamorphic. Support open DVD. DIVX sucks. P.S. anybody who said the TPM was the coolest has to be lame.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Blade

    by sergeim

    The movie was cool from beginning to the end.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:36 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by VB

    Every time I watched it, this film just got better and better. Superb dialogue("This is not Nam. This is bowling. There are rules."), great acting(Jeff Bridges fit the role perfectly), and great directing. Definitely by far my COOLEST flick of 98.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Zero Effect was the coolest, but not my favorite.....

    by ladymadonna

    Tough call for me between Zero Effect and Out of Sight, but I'd have to say that Out of Sight was HOT, while Daryl Zero is just damn cool. Neither was my favorite film of the year, though. Here's the list: 10. Pleasantville 9. Love and Death on Long Island 8. The Opposite of Sex 7. Zero Effect 6. Elizabeth 5. Hands on a Hard Body 4. Out of Sight 3. Saving Private Ryan 2. A Simple Plan 1. Shakespeare in Love

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Coolest Film of 1998

    by JJ

    Best film of '98 was probably one that everyone has been overlooking-American History X. It had the best performances of the year even though I admit it got that after school special feeling towards the end.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    by Mr. Bagwell

    Fucking Amazing - The "Gone With the Wind" of drug movies. I'd love to see Terry Gilliam take on "The Watchmen".

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 5:12 p.m. CST

    The X-Files Movie

    by Dice41

    Can you honestly say that anybody pulled off a cooler movie this year? The expectations, appealing to fans of the show and newbies, adapting an existing TVshow to a movie. X-Files is the definition of cool to begin with . But the movie, WOW!! Truman Show is second, How could anyone leave it off their top ten. Breakthrough is the word.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 5:23 p.m. CST

    THE BIG LEBOWSKI

    by TheBandato

    That says it all, doesn't it?

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Dark City & Blade

    by Quest

    One was a single unique masterful vision that created a magnificent movie that had so much coolness in it. The other, kicked serious ass, Snipes was perfect for the role, the action was top notch and an above average script that I hope signals a ressurection in quality to comic book movies. New Line has had one hell of a year::) Q3

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Coolest Movie

    by Josey Wales

    The vastly underrated "The Big Lebowski" was the coolest movie of 1998, by a nose over "Dark City". Btw Harry - what happened to Lebowski in your top 10? "Gods and Monsters", "Smoke Signals", "Fear and Loathing"? Are you on crack? At least you put the hellish "Beloved" where it belonged.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 5:41 p.m. CST

    BEST AND WORST, IMHO

    by Dash Rendar

    In no particular order: BEST DARK CITY: A brilliant sci-fi film that is surpassed by Starship Troopers and Blade Runner as my favorite sci-fi film of all time. RONIN: A fun to watch action movie. Cool car chases and a sense of style make we want to watch it over and over again. RUSH HOUR: IMHO, a LOT funnier than There's Something About Mary. Cool action too. A CIVIL ACTION: Robert Duvall's performance clinched it. A typical lawyer story with great humor, characters, directing, and acting. THE SIEGE: Didn't deserve to bomb. A brilliant thriller from the genius who is Edward Zwick (my 2nd favorite director after Paul Verhoeven. WORST (notice the names aren't in caps) armageddon: It sucked. Shitty performances, directing, editing, and lack of plot made me want my 8 bucks back. psycho: This color photocopy just wasted my time, and was a tepid and badly acted film. godzilla: It BIT. Bad acting, FX, lack of plot-Only Jean Reno was it's saving grace. quest for camelot: DONT GET ME STARTED! THE WORST ANIMATED FILM IN YEARS! JC's vampires: Just didn;t click with me. Cheesy props, and a little on the corny side. James Woods was the good part.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight/Truman Show

    by outasight

    two incredible films, in vastly different ways. i'm upset out of sight is being left out of oscar talk, as soderbergh defintiely deserves some sort of recognition for his amazing job with this film. likewise peter weir for the truman show. a good year for film, and these two were at the head of the class.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:20 p.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by magus

    I can't believe that this masterpiece was not even mentioned in the top ten list. This is the best film of the decade in my opinion

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:39 p.m. CST

    American History X

    by Buck Thighmaster

    This should definitely make the list and not be overlooked. It was much more impactful than most films I saw this year. Buck

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Bulworth

    by Buck Thighmaster

    I seem to be in the minority here, and this film crapped at the box office, but I haven't talked to a single person who DIDN'T find it great after seeing it. This movie said a lot about more than just the black and white issues and was funny to top it off. Good film. Should make the list. Buck

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Pleasantville

    by Mel Cooley

    Shakespeare in Love, Gods and Monsters, Zero Effect, Out of Sight, and The Big Lebowski next in line.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:03 p.m. CST

    American History X

    by Clockwork Taxi

    Best film of 98'

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Pi

    by Tom Servo

    the film speaks for itself

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Happiness

    by knute123

    Harry, why was Happiness overlooked? I wish this had made it on your list somewhere (the good one that is)instead of even mentioning Saving Private Ryan. I must read your review on that movie. It is beyond me why anyone could be drawn into Ryan after the first twenty minutes. ANyway, I digress. Happiness. All the way. Definately Solonz's greatest so far.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:30 p.m. CST

    OUT OF SIGHT.......

    by Nightwing007

    Best of the Year

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by Not Todd

    The first half hour is the most spectacular thing I've ever witnessed on film.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    by Lincoln

    It is a crying shame that this film will miss out on winning due to it not being picked up for distribution in the US - judging on Australian figures with other releases it would make a tidy $40m+. It's already spawned a TV series in UK! This film is by FAR the *coolest* movie I've seen in 1998!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by Bitch Moan

    That's all.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:12 p.m. CST

    The Faculty

    by behave

    cool

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Deep Impact

    by lyrarose

    Yep, you read right. Not Pleasantville. Not Prince Of Egypt. Not Simon Birch-although that was a close one. But when I think of the movie that STAYED with me-the one I still think about,especially with what is happening in my life right now-it's Deep Impact I keep coming back to. Saw this the last week it played in my town, at the second show on a Wednesday night. And I wondered why I waited so long. This movie had everything for me that Armageddeon didn't-the big thing being characters with heart. Real people making real choices, and the consequences being played out in the course of the film. Who is worthy to live? How do you choose? Can you choose? How long do you hold onto resentment for the sins of your parents? When do you stop doing what your parents tell you to do-and start doing what they TAUGHT you was the right thing? Would you be able to do the right thing if you were put to the test-even if it were not the right thing for you? No, this movie is not the best film of the year. It won't win a single damn award,probably won't even make anyone's ten best list. Know what? I DON'T CARE. When I made my pick, I went for the one that grabbed my heart and soul for the time I sat in my seat and wouldn't let go. It won't get the action toys,the theme park rides, the glory of the box office records-I DON'T CARE. I still think about scenes from this movie-IN JANUARY. A film that sticks with you that long....well, that's pretty damned cool with me.So it gets my vote. Lyrarose P.S. Before all of the Armageddeon fans put out a contract one me, let me say this. I SAW ARMAGEDDEON. I HAD A GREAT TIME. But it did not stick with me like Deep Impact. It's that simple.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:28 p.m. CST

    The coolest movie: *****A Bug's Life****

    by Acon1

    -The most cool and funny film of the year :-) http://www.angelfire.com/ok/tuni

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:36 p.m. CST

    Dark City

    by nicolaas

    You asked for the coolest, not necessarily the best. Well this movie oozed cool from every frame.It rubbed your face in cool. It made you wish you had one ounce of its coolness, just so you could stand in its shadow and warm yourself with its coolness.It was so cool that it actually made you feel warm. Nay, HOT!! Yes HOT I say. My own puny and pathetic attempt at cool was embarassed after I saw this movie. This movie was in a word, COOL. At least, I think that's the word I'm looking for...

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by DarthMaul8

    PERFECTION_Long live Darth Maul__________________ ___!@#$%^%^&*(

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Rock 'N' Roll Frankenstein

    by rrfrankie

    In my humble opinion "Rock 'N' Roll Frankenstein" is the coolest film of 1998 and 1999. Can I get a witness?

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Buffalo '66

    by ShitFilter

    This my vote for best film of the year... How many people that visit this site even saw it ?

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:07 p.m. CST

    There's Something About Mary

    by YoungSage

    Damnit! Although There's Something About Mary is the COOLEST movie of 1998 (it combined romance and slapstick comedy flawlessly), the best movie of 1998 was Shakespeare in Love. Why? Because it was not only funny, witty, and exciting, but it was the kind of artististic work that demonstrates the power of language. The Best 10 Movies of 1998: 1-Shakespeare in Love 2-There's Something About Mary. 3-Happiness. 4-Out of Sight. 5-Central Station. 6-Saving Private Ryan. 7-Slam. 8-The Truman Show. 9-Can't Hardly Wait (Go ahead, laugh). 10-American History X. If you missed any of these movies, do yourself a favor and rent them when they come out in video. The 5 Worst movies of 1998: 1-Simon Birch. 2-Laughing Out Loud. 3-Baseketball. 4-Deep Impact. 5-Snake Eyes. Sometimes I feel like killing people. After watching these so-called movies, I felt like committing genocide. STAY AWAY FROM THEM!!!!!! YoungSage

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Pleasantville!!!

    by ColonelNorth

    Your right Harry, it felt like a priveledge just to sit and watch this movie. One of the only films last year to EXCEED my very high expectations!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:35 p.m. CST

    RUSHMORE: THE coolest movie of the year, bar none.

    by Screwface

    RUSHMORE. No ifs, ands, or buts. If you haven't seen it yet, your life is incomplete. Forget DARK SHITTY. Forget TRUMAN and LEBOWSKI...both very good movies. But RUSHMORE is a *great* movie that will stand the test of time.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight!

    by The Tree

    The seduction scene, where the action and voices are out of sync, is tha fuckin' bomb! If only for that, it's the coolest film of the year.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:47 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by pigman2000

    Definately

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:50 p.m. CST

    The Bottom Ten?

    by pigman2000

    I have lost so much respect for anything you say about movies after seeing your top ten. Especially with High Art. Sheedy gave one of the best performances of the year, and the other performances were not at all bad (in some cases, great). Also, Beloved was one of the years best. The director made it fantastic, unlike any movie of that genre I've ever seen.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 9:56 p.m. CST

    The Butcher Boy

    by b7e

    Damn near perfect movie. Honorable mention has to go to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for actually filming a sequence where you go "Yes! That's EXACTLY what LSD can do to you visually!"

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Coolest movie of the year: Truman Show

    by Dusty Sayers

    The Truman show was by far the best, or at least, by far the most enjoyable movie I saw all year. Strangely enough, I also enjoyed Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, although towards the end it sort of dragged. However, Harry, I hated Pleasantville, with very little resevervation. I went in expecting something cool especially after readint this site, and, I will tell you, it is about the only movie I have ever seen where I wanted to get up and walk out and spit on the poster on my way. Only the fact that I had spent in excess of four dollars, and the fact that it HAD to get better made me stay. Granted, it did get a little better, with the references to segregation and Kristalnacht being pretty cool, if very obvious, but I hated this movie, and felt my money was wasted, and lost a lot of respect for the opinions on this site.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:17 p.m. CST

    2 Big Movies

    by STFU Donny

    The Big Lebowski and The Big One were the 2 coolest movies of the year for me. I'm also very glad to see Zero Effect getting so many votes, this film was so very underrated. My nomination for worst movie of the year... Black Dog. Meatloaf and Randy Travis in the SAME movie! This was crap in its purest form.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Return to Paradise

    by tom416

    RTP was the best film of the year (IMHO), Anne Heche and Vince Vaughn were Oscarworthy. Saving Private Ryan affected me the most, and the Truman Show dissappointed me.

  • Now that I have your attention: The coolest film of the year: Blade. I have it on DvD, it makes me shudder with glee every tinme I see it. Best film: Saving provate Ryan.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight/Antz

    by dan-E

    A totally Awesome movie. Amazing how they kept it so close to the novel. It is just as good as the book. Couple of a great ant movies this year, but "Antz" was superior.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 10:55 p.m. CST

    The Last Days of Disco

    by Amidala

    98 was a great year. I saw THE TRAILER and Chris Eigman in 2 films, "Last Days of Disco" and "Mr. Jealousy"! If anyone has any info on his next film, let me know.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:18 p.m. CST

    shakespeare in love

    by scriptgrl

    not a false step anywhere... finally, a film that sets its intelligence level *above* that of the audience... romantic, funny, poignant, great in-jokes on several levels, and decent sword fighting on top of all that... what more could anyone want?

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by Dr Shadow

    Hands down.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love

    by pwardog

    While probably not the common fare of most people who visit a site like this, this was one incredible film. Besides being supurbly acted, it was whitty, charming, funny, tragic, and sexy all at the same time. It played upon our conceptions of the greatest english playwright, and the current theories of his life, and would be a good two hours spent for anyone, regarldless of whether not "can understand shakepseare". I mean, even Siskel an Ebbet placed this top five in their counts! Those of you who haven't seen it, I highly reccomened it.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:31 p.m. CST

    Simon Birch

    by Wong Kar Wai

    It takes big cajones to get performances like these out of children. Much respect due. This whole nominate the "COOLEST" movie thing is a sham. Why? Because most people do not get to judge their favourites with others that may not have seen. It's going to be biased simply because more people saw Saving Private Ryan, There's Something About Mary, and Armageddon than people who saw Simon Birch, Thin Red Line or Out Of Sight. Pleasantville is the most overated film of the year.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:34 p.m. CST

    MOST UNDERRATED OF FILMS OF 98

    by LOS GORDOS

    ILLTOWN : Urban realist Nick Gomez goes arty, with this haunting trance film about small time smack dealers in suburban Florida. Hunt this one down. Creepy supporting performance by Tony Danza. You heard me. BLACKOUT: Abel Ferrarra explores the dark side -- again -- in this semiautobiographical crack-head fever dream, about a flavour of the month actor who has a blackout and is tormented by the night he can't remember. If a French guy had made this, it would have been an acclaimed and celebrated foreign film. Alas neglected American auteur Ferrarra made it and no one noticed. Go figure. BUFFALO 66 : Vince Gallo is hands down the most interesting new writer director in years. DISTURBING BEHAVIOUR : A discount bin masterpiece. The best of the teen horror new wave. Creepy and genuinely subversive. If this came on cable at 3 in the morning, you'd watch it and love it. VELVET GOLDMINE : Todd Haynes first movie about, in his own words, "pleasure", is a celebration of flying the freak flag. He must have been chanelling Ken Russell. KNOCK-OFF : Before you laugh in my face, imagine the same movie but with Jackie Chan in the lead role. Terrific kung-fu flic right? You bet your ass! The usually intolerable VanDamme pokes fun at himself, and it works. Tsui Hark's no holds barred directing is nothing short of psychedelic, bringing an hallucinatory quality to by the numbers genre material. Hands-down the best, and most original fight scenes of the year! FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS The North American critical community showed what a bunch of slack jawed Grandma's they are when they maliciously tore apart this scathing black comedy. SONATINE : Gangster poet Beat Takeshi is at it again with this starkly violent, hilarious and strangely moving tale about criminals hiding out in small town Japan. BUFFALO 66: While some very underserving films are lavished with praise, this gem has gone mostly unseen, or unnapreciated. Vince Gallo is the most vibrant and inspiring writer director to come on the scene since P.T. Anderson. Sure to find it's cult audience on Video. To see my complete list of 98 faves, check out the talk back after Robogeek's TOP 20.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Blues Brothers 2000

    by 0007

    Blues Brothers 2000 is my favourite movie of 1998, despite some people hating it. I think it has to do with how much of a Blues Brothers fan you are that determines how much you can appreciate the sequel. I love the original so much, this follow-up ages like fine wine, and the more I see it, the more and more correlations and coolness I see layered within it. One of the smartest "tribute" films ever!

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Life Is Beautiful

    by CinemaJoel

    "Life Is Beautiful" is the kind of film that restores my faith in the industry. Benigni's masterpiece is soo worthy of an Oscar nomination, but I'm worried that there isn't going to be enough support for it. Miramax has to be putting all of it's marketing strength behind "Shakespeare In Love", which frankly already has enough momentum to coast into a nomination. The Holocaust is the single most indellible event in the twentieth century, and for me, "Life Is Beautiful" has left an indellible mark on that event. For the rest of my life, whenever the subject of the Holocaust is broached, I will think of this film. I will see Roberto Benigni, with a Nazi soldier's gun pointed at his back and the sure knowledge of his impending death, turning to look on his son for the last time... and smile, wink, and muster up the courage to face his death without scaring his little boy. The last lines of the movie: "This was my father's sacrifice. This was his gift to me." I wept at the conclusion of this movie. "Saving Private Ryan", for all its greatness, was still only about WWII itself. "Life Is Beautiful" is about what the fighting was for. It was beyond a shadow of a doubt, for me, the most memorable and touching film of the year. You just don't get any cooler than this.

  • Jan. 23, 1999, 11:55 p.m. CST

    ZERO LONG ISLAND DEATH EFFECT

    by LOS GORDOS

    To the people above who mentioned, ZERO EFFECT and LOVE & DEATH ON LONG ISLAND. You couldn't be more right. Those are two of the most original and entertaining films of 98. LOVE & DEATH is the movie GODS AND MONSTERS wanted to be. It deals with similar themes in a much more involving and less cliched manner. It bugs me to watch movies like G&M get showered with praise while their superior psychic twins are ignored. Plus LONG ISLAND had that babe in it. Ah well.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:01 a.m. CST

    "The Waterboy", DAMMIT...

    by SnapT

    "The Waterboy" was hilarious, touching, and definitely the best movie of 1998. Anyone who didn't enjoy "The Waterboy" is as much a moron as they claim the title character to be. Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler deserve Best Screenplay Oscar and Kathy Bates should take home the award for Best Actress. Other good films in 1998 include "Antz". WORST FILMS OF '98... "Saving Private Ryan": Anyone who didn't know that "war is bad" until seeing this simplistic, poorly done tripe actually deserves to be sent back in time to World War II and then shot in the head after taking off their helmet because they heard something bounce off of it. "What Dreams May Come": Totally blows the semi-interesting premise by constantly contradicting itself, featuring boring, stupid characters, and wasting time in unneccesary flashbacks. The gloomiest, scariest film of 1998. "The Truman Show": Good premise. Horribly boring execution. Just when it starts to get interesting, the movie stops. Like "Ryan", the whole 2 hours+ seems to be entirely devoted to giving some sort of simplistic message ("look, someday we might ALL be in a media fishbowl!")without any actual entertainment.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:14 a.m. CST

    OUT OF SIGHT

    by THEMBob

    I was touring Canada for two months this summer, and I only got to see three movies while I was there, and the last movie I saw before leaving was Godzilla, which sucked. So it could have been a lousy movie-summer. But Out of Sight is the best adaption EVER of an Elmore Leonard novel, with beautiful, loose directing from Steven Soderbergh and an amazing cast. By far the coolest two hours of the year.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:25 a.m. CST

    HENRY FOOL, Buffalo 66, Return To Paradise

    by toolmecca

    Henry Fool barely edged out Buffalo 66 to be the coolest movie of the year IMHO. I thought that Return To Paradise was the best film. It easily had the best acting between it's two leads, again IMHO.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight was the coolest, but A Simple Plan was the best!

    by MomentaryDogma

    I have two top ten lists this year, one for the collest films of the year, the other is for the best. My reasoning here is that certain movies deserve to be recognized, even though they are not of the film caliber. For example, Armageddon was a great movie, but it hardly deserves to be on the same list as Gods and Monsters and Lolita. So, Out of Sight tops my movie list, while A Simple Plan reigns superior in the film category. Incedentally, Out Of Sight also ranked at number three on the film list. As for Jennifer Lopez being nominated for best actress... hell no! she was certainly hot in Out of Sight, but didn't stand out otherwise. But I honestly don't know who should be niminated... I like Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespear in Love and Natasha Lyonne for Slums of Beverly Hills, but even those two aren't incredibly strong. Ian McKellan deserves best actor for G&M (with Clooney winning in the cool department), Billy Bob Thornton should win for supporting actor (followed closely by Steve Zahn, Don Cheadle, and Ving Rhames). Lynn Redgrave has absolutely no competition in the Supporting Actress category (Bridget Fonda is a very distant second), and Sam Raimi is definitely the best director (followed by Steven Soderburgh, Joel Coen, and Adrian Lynn... Malick gets left out because his film was about birds and not nearly as good as Days of Heaven).

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:47 a.m. CST

    The Replacement Killers

    by starwars

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Dark City

    by Geezenstacks

    Although, I'd have to give an extremely close second to The Chinese Box (I think that came out in 1998).

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Buffalo 66 or Out Of Sight

    by freakdaddy

    Bufflo 66 was a very differsnt movie with all the big budgets of movies now a days its great to see a smaller indie movie made where the whole movie catches you from the acting and directing and right down to the music. Out of Sight what can I say like the above but with a bigger budget and stars.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Spanish Prisoner

    by Vader

    Everyone, critics and film buffs together, have forgotten about this one. David Mamet's story of corporate espionage was really cool. Steve Martin was amazing. Other cool movies were A Simple Plan, Big Lebowski, Out of Sight, and The Truman Show.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by BarryAllen

    Who wasn't pinned to their seat when the ramp on the landing boat dropped and immediately every man in front of the camera died? The first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan explained the horror of WWII better that any history book or documentary. Speilberg made you a part of it. He made you jump when the shells went off, he made you retch with horror at the gore, he showed us WAR! Not Hollywood. Not John Wayne. Not Lee Marvin. Just average everyday people coping with the horrible reality of war. Sure, you knew how it would end, you probably could figure out the entire plot from the trailers, but I much preferred this movie to Thin Red Line which was just a little of center for me. I'm a meat a potatos kinda film goer, and all of the nature shots and all of the half-assed flash backs just ruined it for me. I loved Nick Nolte, but my wife and I both left the move saying "If he had trimmed about an hours worth of crap it woulda been a better film." Just one man's opinion.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 2:29 a.m. CST

    THE TRUMAN SHOW... anyone remember this???

    by Helper38

    Come on Harry... not even a mention??? To me, this was the most innovative film I have seen come out of Hollywood in over a decade. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was a great film (us Aussies haven't got your top four yet), but I expected to get the Spielberg brilliance... My expecteations of THE TRUMAN SHOW were very low... I despise Jim Carrey. And for a film to take me completely by surprise like that is worthy of the best honour I can lay upon it... my top pick for 1998!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Zero Effect

    by Spenbob

    let's see, my favorites for the year,...hmm... In no particular order... Zero Effect: Way cool. I think it came out this year, although noticably absent from anyone elses list. Bill Pullman as Daryl Zero, the greatest P.I. the world has ever known and Ben Stiller as his Dr. Watson. Shakespeare in Love: Didn't think I'd like it going in, but I was mistaken, easily the best comedy of the year. Spanish Prisoner: Some people didn't like it, I wasn't one of them, although I understand where they are coming from. To me, it was everything that "The Game" wanted to be, but wasn't. I love Steve Martin in dramatic roles, he plays evil a little too well. The Big Lebowski: Runner up for the best comedy of the year. The Johns (Goodman and Turturro) were priceless. The Mask of Zorro: Sure it was a little dumb in parts, but Hopkins and Banderas were the epitome of cool, and Zeta-Jones has eclipsed Winona Ryder as the hottest actress of the 90's. Best Batman movie ever made. Men With Guns: John (The Howling) Sayles does it again with this intense, metaphysical drama. Warning! It's in Spanish! But, Wow! What a moving movie. Thin Red Line: Just saw it tonight. Steven Spielberg must have shit when he saw this movie. This movie had characters instead of charicatures. Nick Nolte is God. The Faculty: Fun! Fun! Fun! Stunning performance by Harry Knowles as a total dipshit (Just kidding, Harry. You did a fine job) The Truman Show: I really dug the kafkaesque, prisoner-like, Twilight Zonish premise. Jim Carrey was great. Just a Movie Movie, but entertainment is what it's all about, right? Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Very interesting that the 10 people in the world who liked this movie all put it in their favorites list. I don't know what that means, but it means something I'm sure. Well, that's 10. Other Favorites would be Prince of Egypt, Something About Mary, Saving Private Ryan (different kind of war movie, just not nearly as good as the already classic "Thin Red Line"), Out of Sight, I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but now on to the worst list. This is a very short list. It consists of one movie, but that movie is bad enough to take ten spots. that movie is... ARMAGEDDON!!! Just one ridiculously stupid and implausibly lame movie. Now to finish up, I'll give my humble vote for the most over rated movie of the year. ELIZABETH: My dislike of this movie was summed up by one scene in the movie. For anyone who's seen it; There's a scene in the movie where the queen of France delivers a poisoned dress to Elizabeth, who is saved when one of her maidens tries the dress on first. This dress has some sort of acid or something on it that eats away her flesh. My question: If the acid was strong enough to dissolve the maiden's flesh, how come it didn't dissolve the dress? Answer me that, smart boy. Also the Spaniard was so rediculously swarthy, it made me want to puke. That's my list, for posterity and anyone who cares. Peace, Spenbob

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 3:38 a.m. CST

    Dark City

    by Psyberia

    Unbelievably awesome. And no, I'm not jumping on any Roger Ebert bandwagon. I saw this movie on opening day, saw it again on video's opening day, then had the pleasure of seeing it three months later when I finally bought the DVD. I thought it was a confusing, yet fascinating story, that almost weaves everything together at the end. The fact that they left some holes open made it ten times greater (think Brazil). During my second viewing, I saw nothing new, but I still thought it was a great film. But when I watched it a third time, and in the cool DVD format, I caught several things I hadn't seen before. It was so electrifying to find a movie that could hold itself and produce more during later viewings (not too many movies can do that). I love it, and I would have put this one easily above your #10. Now for the rest of mine, based only on the films I've seen: 2. Saving Private Ryan 3. Shakespeare In Love 4. There's Something About Mary 5. Out of Sight 6. The Spanish Prisoner 7. Pi 8. Wild Things 9. Blade (hey, it wasn't great but it was fun!) 10. Disturbing Behavior (underrated horror movie, caught in the onslaught of the teen-horror resurgance).

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 4:27 a.m. CST

    Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas

    by Deckard2019

    It's good to see that some people are finally giving this film the praise it deserves. It took damn guts for Universal to release it and I think Terry Gilliam deserves a medal for continuing to make films which are truly unique and different.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 7:15 a.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by spiderboy

    I was disheartened to find that The Truman Show did not even get a mention in your top ten, Harry. This is my top movie of the year with Saving Private Ryan coming close second. These films stick in my mind long after viewing. For the rest of my top ten I have had to sort of remember what I saw this year. 1. The Truemam Show 2. Saving Private Ryan 3. Antz 4. The Big Lobowski 5. Lethal Weapon 4 6. Out of Sight 7. Dark City 8. Enemy of the State 9. Zorro 10. Lost in Space The worst film for me was Boogie Nights - made me feel I forked out

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by Cinemama

    I reviewed all of the other responses to refresh my memory about what came out in '98 but I still have to go with my first response of Out of Sight. I haven't had the chance to see Shakespeare in Love, Pi, or Smoke Signals and I have eschewed Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line (I have known war was bad since I saw John Wayne die in The Fighting Seabees and The Sands of Iwo Jima on telly when I was about 9). The Newton Boys and Six String Samurai definitely had the coolest soundtracks. I bought both those CDs and the last movie CD I bought prior to that was Elfman's Batman in '89. Reading all of the votes for The Big Lebowski made me want to see it again. I enjoyed it but I didn't get why Julianne Moore (its been awhile so I could have the wrong actress here) would want to have a baby by the Dude. YUck!) Another thing that bothered me was when they mentioned episode 147 (I think it was) of Branded and I am thinking "No way were there 147 episodes of Branded." Ronin: Definitely best car chases of the year but otherwise mediocre. The Mask of Zorro: loved it on the big screen but it was boring on DVD. A Bug's Life: I enjoyed the film but was was distracted by annoying audience members who wouldn't shut the fuck up. Prince of Egypt: I wasn't totally engaged. When the Burning Bush spoke with Val Kilmer's voice I was thinking "that's a pretty clever artisitic decision" but it was pretty cool. My eight year old says she hates it but she was riveted which says a lot. Quest for Camelot: I am just mentioning this because Harry was lucky enough to skip this. My daughter thought it sucked. We both thought there was some good stuff but the overall film was incredibly vapid. Zero Effect: Only saw it on video. It was good but not a contender for coolest. Armageddon: Cool! Steve Buscemi is always fun. My big complaint, Liv Tyler has grown up around the drilling and knows all the stuff so why wasn't she on the crew? (other than so Bruce could sacrifice himself to save her sweetie?) Dark City: Very interesting. Blade: Didn't live up to my expectations. Rush Hour: Didn't live up to my expectations but it was funny. Knock Off: I enjoyed this. I actually saw it twice in the theater because I went solo and then my husband was sad because he hadn't seen it. The rickshaw race at the beginning is tres cool and the container fu, while not original, was excellently executed. No where near the coolest or best film of the year but not as shitty as some have voted it. Small Soldiers: Dump the teen love story and put in more Gwendy dolls.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 8 a.m. CST

    Tied - Truman Show / Bug's Life

    by DwDunphy

    'Cuz I didn't get to see Saving Private Ryan.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 8 a.m. CST

    Coolest Movie: Prince of Egypt

    by Whitebread

    Okay, I'm going to chime in before I read any of the Talkbacks so that I'm not influenced. Bar none, in terms of what it did for the industry, "Prince of Egypt" is the coolest film of the year. Sure, "Pleasantville" was fun and visually stunning, and I'm not about to debate the coolness of "There's Something About Mary," but "Prince of Egypt" may just be the film that proves animation doesn't have to be Disneyfied, dancing animals and car-salesman villains Kiddie Crap. Hopefully, it'll be a wake-up call for whoever's calling the shots at Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Fox, etc. these days.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Dark City

    by Jeffskywalker

    Not my favorite, but definitely the movie that made me say...Now that is cool! Cool music, cool acting, cool sets and cool tone! Very, very cool. I don't know if I could pick a favorite, but I think that What Dreams May Come is it for me...the SFX were beautiful and the whole heaven/hell death thing just really hit me personally.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Remeber The Butcher Boy?

    by Grp Cpt Mandrake

    Am I the only one who saw this film? Not since A Clockwork Orange has a film so deftly maneuvered its audience into sympathizing with a sadistic brute and explaining the society from which such a person arrises. Also, thank God for a blarney-free, IRA-free film about the Irish.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 9:54 a.m. CST

    The Big Leboski

    by Richter

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Armageddon

    by nelson

    Best action movie of the year, at least for normal blue-collar people who work from 9-5.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Zero Effect

    by Rainman

    Very cool performances by Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller. Cool and original script by Jake Kasdan. Some cool memorable lines, such as "It's just a bunch of guys."

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Ronin

    by epitone

    Easily one of the top 5 action thrillers of the 90's, and way better than the last two Bond films. David Mamet + John Frankenheimer = brilliance.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:16 a.m. CST

    TRUMAN SHOW ORIGINAL?

    by vverduzco

    I keep hearing people say that the Truman Show is such an original idea, but I could swear I've already seen this idea on an old Twilight Zone or Outer Limits am I right or not?

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Coolest*****VAMPIRES*****

    by Dante`s inferno

    Best movie:BIG LEBOWSKI Coolest:VAMPIRES Most overrated:TRUMAN SHOW Worst:SPECIES II/SPHERE (tie) BestBabe:Jennifer Lopez (O.o.S)

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:33 a.m. CST

    :) & :(

    by aimer

    Well, my list is limited for now, but so far here it is. Out of Sight & Fear and Loathing are soon to be seen. Tops: 1. Truman Show 2. What Dreams May Come 3. Saving Private Ryan 4. Blade 5. X-Files Bottoms: 1. Avengers 2. Buffalo 66 3. Rush Hour 4. A Thin Red Line 5. There's Something About Mary -Truman Show cracked my top 10 all time, it had some magic to it that I really can't explain. -The Avengers just sucked really really bad, my dad even thought it sucked and he likes just about everything.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:33 a.m. CST

    VAMPIRES!!!!!!

    by Joe Phat

    'Nuff said! - Joe Phat

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Bugs Life & Armageddon

    by Laura Beth

    Sorry guys - can't be that cool... I work 80 hrs a week putting the hubby through school and have a 3 & 5 yr old. These two movies were able to catapult me from my crazed life to another world. I hadn't wanted to see Arm. until I read Harry's review and now I pop it in the VCR whenever I want a ride. Bugs life was wonderful because I was able to take my beasties to a movie and not count the minutes until the movie was over. It was great to hear them tell everyone "they laughed their butts off"

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:38 a.m. CST

    D A R K C I T Y ! ! !

    by Carter Burke

    The most imaginative science fiction film of the decade tops off my list for 1998. It's a shame the only recognition it will get is from it's gaining cult status. Pleasantville, Saving Private Ryan, and The Truman Show are also noteworthy. I am grateful that only Armageddon, Godzilla, and Lost in Space represent the worst I've seen. I'm sure Patch Adams, Jack Frost, and The Waterboy would be down there with the rest of them.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Dark City

    by ToastyKen

    This is probably the most under-appreciated film of the year! Not since Strange Days has a movie made me say.. COOOOOLLLLLLL like this one....

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    by Mansilla

    I'm in bat country!

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by What ID

    The only movie I felt was left out of your top ten list is Life is Beautiful. Roberto Benigni wrote directed and acted so amazingly. And I feel Armageddon should have gotten more credit on your 10 worst list.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Coolest Movie

    by Cream

    There were very many cool films this year, its difficult to rate them but this is my favorite list: Big Lebowski Gods and Monsters Pleasantville Life is Beautiful A Simple Plan and my favorite The Thin Red Line Cream

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:22 a.m. CST

    There's something about Mary- Wild Things- Truman Show

    by ccox67

    Okay first off... THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY was the funniest movie I have ever seen! I have never laughed so hard at a movie! A laugh a second! Wild Things: Denise Richards and Neve Campbell, nuff said. This movie was just FUN. Plot twists, sex, good acting, sex, violence, sex, comedy, and yes sex! One complaint though: Why'd Mr. Bacon pull a full Monty? Couldn't they have left that on the cutting room floor. But Overall it was really cool. Truman Show is also my Fav. drama this year. I went in with low expectations for Jim Carrey, but, WOW! He's great in it! Thanks Harry, ccox67

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:34 a.m. CST

    COOLEST: Out of Sight BEST: American History X

    by Spanker

    Allow me to introduce myself I'm a man of wealth and taste. Having said that here is the only list you need to look at !!! WORST 15 movies of 98: 15 - Lethal Weapon 4 - UUUGGGHHH end this series and quick 14 - Avengers - Whatever happened to Ralph Fiennes and acting. 13 - Urban Legend - I now officially hate teenagers and horror movies with them in it. 12 - Bulworth - Warren raps it'll sell tickets trust us. 11 - Very Bad Things - 1/2 way thru I was wishing I was dismembered. 10 - He Got Game - He Got a Boring Ass Film 9 - Mafia - These movies make me wish Airplane had never been made. 8 - The Big Hit - Dirk what were you thinking 7 - Truman Show - The end killed the whole movie. 6 - Ronin - Robert couldn't even save this hack bit. 5 - Deep Rising - Never cast Treat Williams he cannot act. 4 - Sphere - I would have rather watched a film of someone solving a Rubicks Cube. 3 - Lost In Space - How can any movie with Rollergirl suck, by casting Bill Hurt that's how, and working with a terrible plot. 2 - Blues Brothers 2000 - Nuff said. 1 - Vampires - I had such high hopes for this film, 1/2 way thru the midnight show I was asleep on my girls shoulder. 10 GUILTY PLEASURE FILMS OF 98 - These films bit it as a whole but I will still watch them again and again. 10 - 6 days, 7 nights - I wanna *&^% ANNE HECHE, forgive me. 9 - Snake Eyes - Cage is a badass. 8 - Waterboy - Sandler is the funniest man alive for now. 7 - Can't hardly Wait - I love Jennifer Love Hewitt, and this movie was good. 6 - Enemy of the State - I loved the high tech shit in this film. 5 - Deep Impact - Just for the impact scene. 4 - Armageddon - This film kicks ass on DVD - Fuck DIVX. 3 - Blade - This film kicks ass on DVD - Fuck DIVX. 2 - The Postman - Go ahead Spank Me I liked this movie - and I think Will Patton is a great character actor. 1 - Godzilla - I would love to put Maria Pitillo over my knee for her acting in this one...come on she deserves it. This movie rocks on DVD also. DRUMROLL PLEASE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 10 BEST FILMS 0F 98 10 - Prince of Egypt - WOW, The RED SEA scene was awesome, I loved this film for all the little details in it. I still hate Val though. 9 - Thin Red Line - I really had to give this some thought. This movie hit a certain vein for me. I can't remember a film that hit so many emotions. Nolte finally proved he can do more than be a drunk loser on screen. 8 - The Big Lebowski - DUDE rules nuff said. 7 - A Simple Plan - What a premisce, and what a film. Sling Blade/Wife Beater was phenomenal. 6 - Something About Mary - The single funniest movie of 98. 5 - Wild Things - HOLY SHIT, Matt Dillon must have prayed to the right gods to get cast in this work of art. Not since "No Way Out" have I been more surprised with an ending. 4 - Pleasantville - Someday we will look back on this film and think WOW what a flick. 3 - Saving Private Ryan - I heard a veteran, who stromed the beaches, of Normandy say he almost couldn't watch because it was so real. This is the highest praise a History movie can get. 2 - Out of Sight - Why can't all movies be this good. I bought the DVD and watch it constantly. There is so much cool shit in this film. This hits my top 100 films of all time list. 1 - American History X - The most overlooked film of 98. This movie never came to my town, I live in a conservative Illinois town called Bloomington. I had to drive 50 miles to see this and it was worth every mile of road. Edward Norton is the best actor alive right now, the sooner people realize this the better. He can play any role and make it great. This role was one that many of the so called "up and comers of Hollywood" never would have touched. Norton takes it and deserves an Academy Award. See this movie if you haven't already. There you have it, the definitive list. Take it or leave it. See Ya Spanker

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Coolest Film of 1998

    by D'Amour

    A rough, unspectacular year. Would have to give it to Out of Sight.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas

    by sicarius

    1998 was a GREAT year for films. This was the coolest flick I saw. I agree with Harry's review. Terry Gilliam is such the artist, each of his films has affected me and this one was so true to the original book, which is a insane trip. Thanks Terry and all (what a WONDERFUL cast!) for bringing this to the big screen. When I get a DVD player later this year this film will be among my first purchases. Honorable mentions: The Butcher Boy, Gods and Monsters (my fav film, but not Coolest), Velvet Goldmine.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas

    by sicarius

    1998 was a GREAT year for films. This was the coolest flick I saw. I agree with Harry's review. Terry Gilliam is such the artist, each of his films has affected me and this one was so true to the original book, which is a insane trip. Thanks Terry and all (what a WONDERFUL cast!) for bringing this to the big screen. When I get a DVD player later this year this film will be among my first purchases. Honorable mentions: The Butcher Boy, Gods and Monsters (my fav film, but not Coolest), Velvet Goldmine.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:46 a.m. CST

    There's Something About Mary

    by Gizmo98

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Smoke Signals

    by Beowulf-GT

    I can't believe that there's this many people here, and NOT ONE has said Smoke Signals. This movie has sooooo much going for it, and almost EVERYONE AND THEIR GRANDMA IS IGNORING IT!!! Please, if you have any type of respect for your own filmsic prowess, then go and see "Smoke Signals". I guarentee that you'll agree with me that it holds so much, without taking anything away. //beowulf-GT

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Blade

    by darius25

    It's the most coolest film of the year and it ranks among the coolest of the decade, right beneath Austin Powers, baby !!

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:01 p.m. CST

    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

    by johnb

    Best film of 1998, hands down, and you all know it.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:20 p.m. CST

    How Premeditated

    by johnb

    Harry, we all know that you tied SPR and TRL at #5 only because they were both WWII films. One was obviously better (to me), and that was SPR. Here is a quick numeral analysis of both films. SPR's visuals: 9 TRL's visuals: 10 SPR's script: 9 TRL's script: 7 SPR's reality of war: 10 TRL's reality of war: 8 SPR's Overall: 9.5 TRL's Overall: 8.5

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Antz

    by bruce le

    My 10 year old brother likes Woody Allen! Oh yeah,and Ronin sucked.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 12:58 p.m. CST

    DARK CITY

    by Tom Cody

    No contest.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Thin Red Line

    by Mulder

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Blade

    by Johnny Blaze

    Hands down, the darn coolest flick of the entire year. My goal is to someday be as cool as Blade!

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by DiceDano

    well this is my first talk back so I just have to say it:Harry you are a f*cking fat sell out. Everyone else says it so I might as well. Not that I necessarily think that, I just like going with the crowd. Although I dont' think I can ever get over the fact that Harry likes Armaggedon but doesnt' like The Godfather. That is unforgivable.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 1:29 p.m. CST

    AMERICAN HISTORY X

    by Bobby Digital

    Edwrd Norton and Edward Furlong give outstanding performances in this moving film.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 1:32 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by Tony Starks

    The Dude is my new role model

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 1:36 p.m. CST

    American History X

    by Pelaz

    Edward Norton is my bet for an academy award

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Dark City

    by Psyberia

    If you're going for cool, then here's my cool list: 1. Dark City 2. Pi 3. Blade 4. Out Of Sight 5. Wild Things If you're going for the best, then here's my best list: 1. Dark City 2. Saving Private Ryan 3. Out of Sight 4. There's Something About Mary 5. Shakespeare In Love Now, by all means, stay away from these in numerical order: 1. Sphere, sucked on every level except suspense. I thought it was going to be good, even during the movie. The end was total, absolute crap. I could've come up with a better ending wiping my ass. 2. Godzilla, media-hyped and overblown. Never saw it in the theater b/c I hated the history of Emmerich & company. Apparently, I didn't miss anything. Saw it on video, ended up paying for it b/c I threw it out the window. 3. Lost In Space. You know, if you watch it again and masturbate whenever Heather Graham comes on the screen, maybe it won't be as bad. 4. The Postman. Hey look at me, I'm Kevin Costner. Hey look, I am the freedom fighter of some god-awful place like every other movie I've made recently. Hey look, I dropped your mail about a mile back b/c I'm a postman.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Very Bad Things

    by Clockwork Taxi

    Well I thought about it, I think American History X was the best film of the year. But the coolest and the one that is the most fun to watch is, "Very Bad Things" One of the cool things about it is just how many people it offended.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Very Bad Things

    by Clockwork Taxi

    Well I thought about it, I think American History X was the best film of the year. But the coolest and the one that is the most fun to watch is, "Very Bad Things" One of the cool things about it is just how many people it offended.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Perfect Blue

    by Albert Acisuan

    Now, I'm willing to bet that only one or two of you folks reading this has seen PB, and that's an incredible shame. It's BY FAR the best thriller I've ever seen. It deserves to redefine the genre, and instead it'll probably wind up forgotten. Hell, it hasn't even gotten US release yet.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 2:53 p.m. CST

    DARK CITY

    by Severen

    Definitely the one film that wowed me this year was Dark City, I saw it while interstate, and I'm so glad I did because I knew that my local cinema wouldn't pick it up ignorant bastards that they are, and this is a film that really benefits from the big screen. To me this is a sci-fi masterpiece the likes of which I haven't seen since Strange Days (and being both an adult capable of making my own decisions and Australian I couldn't give a rats ass about how much some yank film critic, or any other film critic for that matter, either liked or disliked anything, I always decide what I like or not all by myself thank you very much, as all true film fans should). Saving Private Ryan comes a damn close second though, and genuinely surprised me for being every bit as good as everybody said it was, if not better. I also found X-Files to be excellent (however if you aren't a fan of the show just like most film crossovers this would probably be more confusing than satisfying), and was pleasantly surprised by both Blade and Rush Hour, both of which, while not deserving either best or coolest film kudos were much better than the bigger action pics such as Lethal Weapon 4 and were a hell of a lot of fun. Big Lebowski was also a definite winner and to me is my favourite Coen film since Blood Simple. Still haven't seen A Simple Plan, Vampires or Thin Red Line (none of which will probably be shown at my rat f*** local cinema anyway) so from what I've seen thats my pic.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Mask of Zorro

    by Red Adair

    Great movie, but don't forget Waterboy and The Big Hit. Just wanted to mention some underated and deserving kickass films.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Ever After

    by Enirak

    I know it won't win since I am the first person (and maybe the last) to vote for it, but this was my absolute favorite movie of 98. More funny and romantic than SHAEKSPEARE IN LOVE.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 3:38 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by parrishone

    the coolest, dude

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Truman Show

    by Ender

    it seems to me, after reading responses and e-mails from AICN readers, that a lot of people out there are unapreiciative bastards. I made a little joke on this list about looking for people to play mandalorian warriors. i got a ton of e-mail from morons who were offended. Losers.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Lock stock and two smoking barrels

    by diako2

    Like harry said this kicks ass. Why because the camera wokr the music the just stylishness of it which was unrivalled all year from any film i saw. I think it just had evrythign even if it was made in a merica with an maerican theme if it sitll had the same style and music it would owrk, it just had style, like when you see bond wlaking at the begging lookign down the barrel of a bodn film it has the music the stykle the walk this is the feelign that you got whiel watchign this film do watch it it is worth evry pennny or cent(in america but pennys' could be counted any way enough fo that). Thsi just ozzed everythign cool any wya enough about that jsut watch it

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Dark City

    by jss

    Dark City was the most stunning movies of the year and is a shame so many people missed it.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Pleasantville

    by ecralym

    The absolute best movie of the year. Others were really close, but there was so much unrealized potential and it really smart and touching too.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Pleasantville

    by ecralym

    The absolute best movie of the year. Others were really close, but there was so much unrealized potential and it really smart and touching too.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 4:48 p.m. CST

    The Faculty

    by hetfield

    Just plain rocked!!!!!

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Thin Red Line

    by TheMonster

    Certainly the coolest. It was different, thought provoking, and beatifully shot and edited. Compared to TRL, Saving Private Ryan was a Disney movie! The Best movie of the year; Life is beautful.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    by MisterE

    My first experience with this movie was on a friend's 62" TV in DVD with nice surround sound. I was totally blown away by this flick. I don't "trip" anymore, so this ride was was the next best thing to a flashback! This is definately the coolest film that I have seen in a long while. I read the book afterwards, and must say that the movie is almost dead-on. It also turned me on to one of the greatest Writers-of-Stuff, Hunter S. Thompson. I've knocked out "Better than Sex: Confessions of a Political Junkie" and have "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72" on order. Hats off to Terry Gilliam for having the balls to tackle this work of art.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 7:29 p.m. CST

    got to go with Out of Sight

    by MissJess

    There is no question in my mind that Out of Sight was the coolest, and sexiest movie I saw all year. I mean, as a heterosexual woman, I not only wanted to be Jennifer Lopez, but also thought she was the hottest thing on screen. George Clooney impressed me like never before (except those magnificent years on Facts of Life, ahem.) This is a great movie. Steve Zahn keeps getting funnier and Ving Rhames was wonderful. I can't think of one flaw in this movie.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Pi, Dark City, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas

    by zimzum

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Meet Joe Black

    by Eulogy

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 8:57 p.m. CST

    The Thin Red Line

    by wraith7000

    Best film of the year, one of the best anti-war films ever.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 9:27 p.m. CST

    KNOCK OFF!!!

    by comixspaz

    [ok I'm kidding about knock off] Any who- here goes my top 4, why 4, cause "F" the rules man. 4.OK, I'm jumpin the old lady hear, but the opening of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN was the first time I cried [I tried to hide it, if you're reading this, J-Rock] since I saw the fox and the hound when I was 10. 3.I don't hesitate to say that BLADE was the flick that made say "cool" more times than you could shake a gaffey stick at. 2.DARK CITY-I love not knowing what the hell is going on, and this movie gave me that and much, much more. 1.OK, I think I stand alone in this but, X-FILES!!!! Yes! I admit it! And I'm only kind of a fan of the show. This movie was everything I wanted it to be[and that is rare] I wanted to feel like I had been let in on a little bit of the gishtalt, but left with the knowledge that I still haven't scratched the surface.Couple this with the season premiere [that no one else watched] and I'm sold. OK, I was gonna make number one the SW trailer, but I didn't want to be a jerk.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 9:29 p.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by Kubrick

    It's been a long time and for a while my computer wasn't working because the dial no longer worked but now I've got a new dial and my computers is working and here I am back posting on ACIN's TalkBack. People love movies for different reasons and hate them while others may love them. No comments here. Just my picks for coolest films of 1998 and the worst of 1998. 1998 COOLEST: 1) THE TRUMAN SHOW 2) PLEASANTVILLE 3) THE MASK OF ZORRO 4) DARK CITY 5) THE THIN RED LINE 6) SAVING PRIVATE RYAN 7) THE PRINCE OF EGYPT 8) MULAN 9) FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS 10) A BUG'S LIFE 1998'S WORST: ) JACK FROST ) LOST IN SPACE ) GODZILLA ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE ) SOLIDER ) THE X-FILES: "FIGHT THE FUTURE" ) SPECIES II ) PHANTOMS ) GODZILLA 1998 ) THE AVENGERS ) QUEST FOR CAMELOT ) THE AVENGERS ) PSYCHO 1998 ) ARMAGEDDON ) SPHERE ) CITY OF ANGELS Films that were re-released and that I loved: THE WIZARD OF OZ CITIZEN KANE TOUCH OF EVIL 1 reason to like WB: The 75th Anniversary Festival of Classic Movies reminded me when the WB shield used to mean something magical and special. I loved seeing two of Kubrick's great films = The Shining and Full Metal Jacket shown on in a movie theater as they originally were meant to be shown. It was an experience I'll never forget. Has ACIN become Star Wars.com ? Yes and no. No, in that the site has covered a lot of other films besides like Lord of the Rings, Spike Lee's new film. Yes, in that, with so much focus on Star Wars, we've forgotten that there are other cool movies coming out in 1999, as well. What movie should get more coverage on ACIN ? Simple. Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT. Geez, no wonder people rather go to Dark Horizons or Corona, they have more info than Harry has at all (if any). Harry, I love Star Wars 1 and want to see it more than anything else, but Harry, come on, damn it, IT'S KUBRICK! Kubrick doesn't release a movie every decade and certainly not a movie which this much talk about it. The "nipple" movie trailer, the Harvey Keitel incident, the possible NC-17 rating, the release of the film as instructed by Kubrick to appear on July 16, 1999 = is it an act of genius or idiocy on Kubrick's part ? Don't say there isn't any news to report on EWS, because there has been. DH and CCA, are proof of that. Star Wars is the desert on the menu of films of 1999- something wonderful, unexpected, magical and yet so familiar and yet unlike anything we have ever experienced before. Something great, something good. Eyes Wide Shut is the dinner meat, pizza, burger of the films of 1999-the film we'll watch, have different opposing opinions on but, one that we'll all be talking about from July 17, 1999 up to the year 2000.... P.S. If I've left out any film you think that was good and deserved to be on this list of coolest movies of 1998 and worst movies of 1998, then please tell me.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Ever After

    by hardball

    I went into 1998 expecting to be impressed with Godzilla, Saving Private Ryan, and even the Avengers. All disapointed. Ever After was a breath of fresh air that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was romantic, had adventure, and was an original and satisfying twist on an old tale. It was fantastic!

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:18 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by weet

    A movie that leaves me with a good feeling every time i watch it. darkcity mary didntseesixstringsamurai spainishprisoner RONIN

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:40 p.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by Mel

    For me, a great film has to be a) imaginative b) original c) emotionally or intellectually involving, and d) have some kind of ethic at its core which I strongly identify with. By that definition, The Truman Show was absolutely the best film of the year for me. It wasn't an empty-headed, sappy Hollywood technical showpiece (cough, Private "war is bad!" Ryan) and it wasn't pointlessly art-housey (Buffalo "I'm Vincent Gallo, witness my supreme ego" 66). It's a film that, if you let yourself become involved it it, has distorted your very conscious by the time the lights go up. That's REAL film making. It works on so many levels, and yet is still fabulous fun to watch just as a piece of entertainment. More than anything, in the long run it's the optimism of the movie that's going to stay with me far longer than anything else I saw in the last year. Despite all the trappings and social (media) conditioning, and fear of the unknown (which we're all told is human nature) Truman's own dreams still lead him to break away. It's like a contemporary garden of Eden story. Absolutely mind blowing stuff.---------. Other films which surprised me: Antz, for being a perfect little gem of a movie with a wonderful, unlikely hero. Shakespeare in Love, for being the best written film I saw this year. Out of Sight, for being probably the most purely enjoyable film I saw in 1998 (though it won't stay with me for long). Mulan, for having the best opening 45 minutes in any contemporary animated Disney film, and Prince of Egypt for its glorious, epic scale and moments of visual genius. Deep Impact also surprised the hell out of me, as I was expecting a royal turkey but ended up being haunted by certain scenes in the film for days. Of course if you go into a movie like Deep Impact with a bunch of cynical friends you're going to find plenty to hate. But let yourself become involved and you'll find there's a LOT more going on than the utterly jingoistic trash that was Armaggedon. And to those who say, "oh, you're reading too much into Armageddon" -- I'm not a cynical person, but forgive me for going into the movie my brain. Armaggedon was nothing short of an insult, and frankly when there are so many good movies coming out I don't see why someone needs to dumb down their intelligence just to get a few extra kicks out of such a manipulative, studio-doctored piece of shit. I also found the comment by 'Nelson' above really funny, suggesting it was "the best movie of the year for blue collar people who work 9-5!" Well I guess if you're stupid enough to be satisfied donning a blue collar and working 9-5 in an office all your life, I guess you must be stupid enough to suggest Armageddon as movie of the year. It's a pity, because The Rock was actually quite cool. Films I found dull were Zorro (it looked like a Spanish starburst commercial), Small Soldiers (Harry, you thought the toys were cool? please), What Dreams May Come (I'm sorry, it was utter horseshit -- changing the rules of Hell for the sake of a cheesy happy ending?), The Avengers (cheesy self-parody), and Godzilla (kudos to the still-fabulous trailer campaign though -- Devlin and Emmerich should resign as film makers and set up a marketing company). Movies I still need to see, and should like: The Thin Red Line, Gods & Monsters, A Simple Plan, A Bug's Life, Happiness, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Well, that's my wrap up for the year. See you in row six. -'Mel'

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:50 p.m. CST

    What about Waking Ned Devine ?

    by mambo bwana

    Forget about something about Mary, the metaphysical surtitude of all things funny is WAKING NED DEVINE. The best documentary is KURT AND COURTNEY, a look at the frightening world of the real american psycho Courtney Love. And the altogether best film? I dunno. But let's talk about the preponderance of shit films. Am I alone, or are there way too many shit movies? Someone throw me a flippin' bone. So I now nominate a new award category, to be called "Award for film that wasted millions that could have fed hungry people around the world". It is a long title, but if we abbreviate it, perhaps we'll have something presentable. And I would like to present this award to the director of "54", so he can mock me and kick my ass for paying to see this film. In fact, I wish I could kick my own ass, because I also bought tickets for my girlfriend and my brother. This film, like the Mike Meyers character, sucked dick. (my apologies to the more-refined readers)

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 10:54 p.m. CST

    What about Waking Ned Devine ?

    by mambo bwana

    Forget about something about Mary, the metaphysical surtitude of all things funny is WAKING NED DEVINE. The best documentary is KURT AND COURTNEY, a look at the frightening world of the real american psycho Courtney Love. And the altogether best film? I dunno. But let's talk about the preponderance of shit films. Am I alone, or are there way too many shit movies? Someone throw me a flippin' bone. So I now nominate a new award category, to be called "Award for film that wasted millions that could have fed hungry people around the world". It is a long title, but if we abbreviate it, perhaps we'll have something presentable. And I would like to present this award to the director of "54", so he can mock me and kick my ass for paying to see this film. In fact, I wish I could kick my own ass, because I also bought tickets for my girlfriend and my brother. This film, like the Mike Meyers character, sucked dick. (my apologies to the more-refined readers)

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:03 p.m. CST

    THE TRUMAN SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by magus

    Vote for the Show!

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Star Wars Trailer

    by Zaphod

    Hey, I saw My Giant and it wasn't half bad. I also really liked The Mask of Zorro.

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Dark City

    by KrAcKhEaD

    Damn this was hard. When it all comes down to it though Dark City takes it. I only saw it once and that was like a year ago, but it totally stands out in my mind as a movie i have never seen before. Nothing looked sounded or felt like this movie....EVER!! I wish more people saw it. This was an amazing achievemnet...once i get my DVD I will own it. Everyone go see this. I still have to see six string samurai....but i don't know if it could even go up against dark city. RUNNER UPS: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Buffalo 66, and Orgazmo (funniest film of the year...but i haven't seen something about mary yet so who knows)

  • Jan. 24, 1999, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Dark City

    by KrAcKhEaD

    I had a bunch of reasons explaining why, but for some reason this sight fucked up and wouldn't post it. Runners Up: Fear and Loathing, Buffalo 66, and Orgazmo. Thanks

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Coolest Movie of 1998

    by Porthos

    I was glad to see 'Out of Sight' rank on your top movie list. It is undoubtedly the coolest movie of the year. Jennifer Lopez!! Watch out world!

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 12:29 a.m. CST

    winner and honorable mentions

    by chutzpnyak

    the winner is.......:the truman show-what a movie!! some(very)honorable mentions include:wild things(hubba hubba),the negotiator(it was slick),theres something about mary(sickeningly hilarious),ronin(wicked stuff),the mask of zorro(a ton of fun),a bugs life(typical disney greatness)star wars episode one trailer(lets face it the biggest movie event in history)some dishonorable mentions include:tommorow never dies(bond is dead),godzilla(all hype no movie)the siege(interesting ideas ruined by braindead action),psycho remake(one word:why?)armageddon and deep impact(the "event" movies were all disappointments)

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Episode 1 trailor

    by In the know

    I nominate the Star Wars Episode 1 trailor. It made as much as a small movie, so thats gotta be worth something.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 1:58 a.m. CST

    OUT OF SIGHT

    by PunkMonk

    'Nuff said.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 2:12 a.m. CST

    Out Of Sight & Rushmore

    by SegueZagnut

    Sorry it's a tie for coolest

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 3:54 a.m. CST

    RONIN

    by Tector Gorch

    Coolest car chases since Bullitt and French Connection, Bob de Niro and Jean Reno. More plot twists than Clinton has girlfriends. Nuff said.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Elizabeth

    by Caper

    This film deserves the Oscar.. Kate Blanchett already won the Golden Globe for her portrayal.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 1:26 p.m. CST

    The Episode One Trailer

    by Ain't It Robert?

    There were two cinematic moments of 1998 that, when I left the theater, all I could think was "Damn." Those were the Episode One trailer, and "Life is Beautiful." I'd been waiting 15 years to see footage of a new Star Wars film, so it meant the most.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 3:56 p.m. CST

    PI = Cool

    by SoulBrother

    Got to agree with the cool hipsters. There are many well made films. But if cool means being unique, PI should take the crown, with Dark City takes second place.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Smoke Signals

    by Obnoxious Bitch

    This movie was perfect.All y'all go see it! All of your suggestions are good, no question, but you should go see this flick anyway. Don't miss out. This flick deserves to be seen.And you owe it to yourselves to see it. See it and you'll know why Harry picked it as #1. You won't be disappointed, I promise!

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 4:34 p.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by Rotdrache

    If there has ever been a man who has changed a town's perception of his acting range in ONE FILM the way Jim Carrey did with this film, I can't think of him. This film did something that alot of the films on the list didn't do....made me question things. If you didn't look directly at the sky when you left the theatre and wondered if it was real, or a really well done backdrop, then you just aren't alive. His portrayal was perfect, the cinematography was perfect. You felt for him instantly. It was the best film of 1998.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Let's not forget the atrocity known as THE AVENGERS...

    by Oberon

    Not bad, Harry, not bad. Only two picks and one blatant omission stuck out for me: THE AVENGERS (worst) and PLEASANTVILLE and THE THIN RED LINE. I'll assume AVENGERS was an oversight, an unpleasant memory locked away in the dark recesses of your mind - or you were spared from seeing it. PLEASANTVILLE: technically brilliant, but substitutes political correctness for trenchant social critique. THIN RED LINE is only as strong as its source material, James Jones' uneven 1962 anti-war screed. It also shows signs of last minute cutting. Not nearly as good as the taut SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. NOw that I think about it, I'm surprised not to see LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE on your "Best" list, but, hey, there were a lot of good movies this year. They're better lists than most I've seen.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Someone Finally Appreciates Fear And Loathing

    by elwood2

    I simply cannot believe how much shit this excellent film took from critics! The film was just so different, so out there, and so priceless. The acting by Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro was outstanding, and Terry Gilliam(who also took a lot of shit for another excellent film, 12 monkeys)'s direction was simply great. I give it the The Most Underrated Film Of 1998 Award. (Also- if you like this film you MUST get the DVD which has deleted scenes, a short making of, and the trailer!)

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 9:23 p.m. CST

    MY TOP TEN

    by Juliet

    Even though I know this is so far down in the talk back list that no one will probably reach it (expect for you Harry, counting all the votes for coolest movie) I felt it necessary to give my top ten best movie list and the movies i'm really upset I spent money to see. 1) Life is Beautiful, 2) Shakespeare in Love 3) Great Expectations 4) Last Days of Disco 5) Can't Hardly Wait 6) The Wedding Singer 7) The Faculty 8) Titanic (I saw it this year okay?) 9) There's Something about Mary 10) The Thin Red Line. I'll add here that if the movie isn't great to look at, if it doesn't keep me interested, and if I can't gush about the movie, it sucked; a few of the honored movies to make that list: Patch Adams, Armageddon (don't get me wrong, I LOVE BEN, and I'm glad me made that movie, but it sucked), One True Thing, Meet Joe Black (only the movie itself, I found all other parts of that experience exhilerating) and the last movie, Celebrity. Thanks for sticking around to read this.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by Grocer

    Best film of the year in my opinion is A Simple Plan, but the outright coolest film of the year has got to be Out of Sight. I mean, come on, the movie just fucking oozes coolness.

  • Jan. 25, 1999, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Hands on a Hard Body

    by Lucky Day

    Not only was this the coolest movie of the year, it was the funniest as well. PS Harry how did you like H.O.T.S.?

  • Jan. 26, 1999, 6:35 a.m. CST

    weren'

    by capt rosenbalm

  • Jan. 26, 1999, 6:45 a.m. CST

    there weren't even ten great movies

    by capt rosenbalm

    among the best What Dreams May Come(visually stunning and Robin Williams proves again what an underated actor he is), Avengers(you had to be a fan of the old tv show, wouldn't Vincent Price have played Connery's role if this was the '70's?), Saving Private Ryan, Blade(the opening action sequence was worth addmission alone), Very Bad Things (seen this?, don't waste your money on "A Simple Plan") Bug's Life (end bloopers) and American History X(powerful) and Apt Pupil (but i still hate the way they changed the ending, again the book is better) Among the worst: well actually the worst had to be Psycho, again the tagline should have been what's the point? I thought A Simple Plan was rather boring and after seeing Very Bad Things and having been a movie fan for life, who couldn't see the ending? If you can't see that ending coming, please don't bother coming the movies. Prince of Egypt, boring some of the animation was great, but ... Charlton Heston, where were you when we needed you. Go see "the Ten Commandments" it's much better. Surprise movie of the year: Elizabeth, i got dragged to this picture expecting to hate it and it wasn't bad. Trailer of the year: SW: the Phantom Menace. Best movie I didn't see: Gods and Monsters. Living in real movie hell, we don't get the good stuff. But how can you not like a movie that had one of the two greatest horror stars of all time, Mr. Boris Karloff, as a character? As for Dark City, i kept thinking, you've seen this all before, but not put together like this

  • Jan. 26, 1999, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by jennifer

    IMHO, the best film of '98 is "A Simple Plan", but the coolest by far is "Out of Sight". It has a great 70's sensibility to it and an edgy hipness that nothing else this year can touch. And it has Don Cheadle. What more can you ask for? Best films of '98 for me were (in no particular order) 1) "A Simple Plan", 2) "Life is Beautiful", 3) "Waking Ned Devine", 4) "Out of Sight", 5) "Shakespeare in Love", 6) "The Spanish Prisoner", 7) "Babe: Pig in the City", 8) "The Truman Show", 9) "Saving Private Ryan", and 10) "Living Out Loud". I also had a great deal of affection for "The Big Lebowski" and was really moved by "Return to Paradise". Haven't seen "Gods and Monsters", "Happiness", "Affliction", "Thin Red Line" or "Little Voice", yet, so this may change. Biggest disappointment: "Beloved" (I've planned the sequel crossover: "Beloved vs. Nell"). Worst film: "Psycho" (WHYYYYY?) and "Stepmom"...BLARGH. I'd like to see Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench win Oscars this year for playing the same character (has this happened before? I'm curious), Best Actress and Supporting Actress respectively, and Billy Bob Thornton should win Best Supporting Actor. Editing definately goes to "Out of Sight". I'm waiting to see Nick Nolte in "Affliction" before choosing Best Actor.

  • Jan. 26, 1999, 11:58 a.m. CST

    Hands on a Top Ten!!!!

    by 6666

    Cool film #1 = Hands on a Hard Body!!! Do yourself a favor and seek this one out... Others on the cool list: SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SHAKESPERE IN LOVE, THE THIN RED LINE, ELIZABETH, A SIMPLE PLAN,OUT OF SIGHT, THE SPANISH PRISONER, THE OPPOSITE OF SEX, PLEASANTVILLE... Uncool Film of 1998 = SIX DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS (A fucking absolute shitpile waste of time)!!! Best Cool Director = Steven S & Terrance M (tie)...Best Cool Actress = Gweneth P...Best Cool Actor = Tom H...Best Cool Supporting Actress = Lisa C...Best Cool Supporting Actor = BILLY BOB T!!!!!

  • Jan. 26, 1999, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Pleasantville

    by videoman

    I find it hard to argue with your top ten, but I have to say that by far the worst movie I have EVER seen was the latest piece of dreck starring (?) Leslie Nielsen, Wrongfully Accused. I actually moaned at every bad joke (which were thrown in at a frequency of every 30 seconds or so). I don't go to a Leslie Nielsen flick expecting to see a masterpiece, but at least his recent pics have been somewhat funny. This piece of unmitigated crap wasn't even worth paper my ticket was printed on! I watched the closing credits wondering why in God's name people were actually paid to write, direct and film this worthless effort.

  • Jan. 26, 1999, 6:02 p.m. CST

    Very COOL list, Harry!

    by bswise

    THE COOOOLEST of The Cool I Saw in '98 wuz

  • Jan. 26, 1999, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Lock Stock

    by m003798

    I saw Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels over Thanksgiving while I was in London and I had no idea what the movie was about or if it was any good. I just saw it because it was a British film. It was incredible. It was cool, stylish, and funny. I loved all the characters, especially the tough thug character (who is played by a soccer star). I hope it plays over here in the U.S.

  • Jan. 27, 1999, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Prince of Egypt

    by splat

    There it is, not only the cooolest film of 1998 in my opinion, but also the best (Though SPR comes in a close second). The reason I pick POE as my favorite is simple: The film proves that you can make a great animated movie which appeals to both kids and adults. If Disney and Fox and the other American animation studio's follow Dreamworks' lead, we can look forward to other high-quality animation films in the years to come.

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 3:08 a.m. CST

    lockstocketc

    by bumble

    how right you truely are, harry, in your praise for 'lock stock and 2 smoking barrels'. a film that makes me proud to be british, as it is one of the few genuinly original films of recent years, and hopefully should make foreign viewers (you americans included) that there is more to british cimema than four weddings style farces, tedious period drama and shit like mr bean.

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Beloved

    by Colleen

    No, I'm not nominating Beloved for the coolest film of 1998.That for me would be Shakespeare in Love. But I do disagree with Harry. Beloved wasn't cool, but it was excellent. I thought it was one of the best films I saw last year. Maybe it's a chick thang.

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 11 a.m. CST

    "The Spanish Prisoner"

    by ajy1

    There were a number of cool films out there last year, but without a doubt, this one takes the cake. David Mamet has now become the king of cool with this jigsaw puzzle of a film, where we connect the dots and watch our hero get conned from those he trusts. It's also bittersweet to see his ways of getting out of that mess. Steve Martin should receive an Oscar nomination for his crafty performance. All of this left me in awe, with the word, "cool" continually escaping my lips as it unspooled.

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Smoke Signals

    by deetha

    I saw this movie in a sneak preview class I took last spring at UCLA, and it was the one that touched me the most out of all the films I saw in that class (which included Truman Show, Opposite of Sex, and Lawn Dogs, which I highly recommend). I laugh every time I think about that scene where the two girls are driving in reverse down the road, giggling. And the traffic reports. It was wonderful.

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 4:16 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by Gawain

    What the hell happened to this flick in your list??? Jeff Bridges re-defines cool as The Dude, John Turturro delivers the single best cameo in the history of motion pictures, perfect casting, scripting, editing, etc. etc. etc. However, I agree with you totally on "Smoke Signals"; I wouldn't rate it #1, but it's close. Evan Adams should be named "newcomer of the year" or some such bullshit, with Adam Beach a close second. The ending, with the poem "Forgiving Our Fathers" made me weep uncontrollably.

  • Jan. 28, 1999, 4:17 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by Gawain

    What the hell happened to this flick in your list??? Jeff Bridges re-defines cool as The Dude, John Turturro delivers the single best cameo in the history of motion pictures, perfect casting, scripting, editing, etc. etc. etc. However, I agree with you totally on "Smoke Signals"; I wouldn't rate it #1, but it's close. Evan Adams should be named "newcomer of the year" or some such bullshit, with Adam Beach a close second. The ending, with the poem "Forgiving Our Fathers" made me weep uncontrollably.

  • Jan. 30, 1999, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Out of Sight

    by SETHGECKO

    Just like the results of the poll as of 12/30/99, Out OF Sight wasn't only the coolest but the best movie of '98. There is a reason why it won the L.A, Film Critics Best Film Award. Saving Private Ryan may be a lock for the Oscars but Out Of Sight is the best film of the year without a doubt

  • Jan. 30, 1999, 8:43 a.m. CST

    My 10 Best Of 1998

    by Andrew

    1) A Simple Plan 2) Saving Private Ryan 3) Enemy of the State 4) The Thin Red Line 5) The Negotiator 6) Blade 7) Ronin 8) A Bug's Life 9) The Mask of Zorro 10) The Truman Show.

  • Jan. 30, 1999, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Coolest Movie of this year

    by MovieJeanie

    I'd have to say that it is a definate tie between Truman Show and Out of Sight. The Pulp-Fiction story type of Out of Sight really kept me attached to the movie so much that I saw it three times, and each time I liked it even more. I first thought it was your typical bad guy fall in love with good girl movie, but Clooney and Lopez showed off their unbelievable talent by not making it corny. Truman Show was just... amazing. Jim proved even more that he can break out of the rubber-faced Ace Ventura role and definately redeemed himself from Cable Guy. The idea for the movie, when I first heard it, was kind of lame, but it was beautifully done to the point where you felt sorry for Truman AND Christof.

  • Jan. 30, 1999, 10:21 a.m. CST

    X-Men Movie

    by MovieJeanie

    If they dare screw up this X-Men movie like they screwed up Batman and Robin (by taking an incrediable movie idea and screwing it over with horrible actor choices and horrible script) I will personally kick the director's butt till it's black and blue!! This movie will be so amazing if it's is done correctly.

  • Jan. 30, 1999, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Top 10

    by MovieMeister

    Okay, I just want to say that I put "Dark City" on my list because I really liked it, not because Ebert picked it as number one. I've decided to clarify things by posting my ten favorite movies of 1998 in order of favoritism: 1. "The Spanish Prisoner" 2. "The Prince of Egypt" 3. "The Truman Show" 4. "Pi" 5. "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" 6. "He Got Game" 7. "Les Miserables" 8. "John Leguizamo's Freak" 9. "Dark City" 10. "Antz" Runners-up: "Zero Effect", "The Big Lebowski", "Slums of Beverly Hills", "17 and Under", "Suicide Kings" If you want to tell me your opinions on my opinions, e-mail me at: spotlite@chibardun.net

  • Jan. 30, 1999, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Coolest movie--hands down--the X files movie

    by spinningjenny

    There is a HUGE difference between coolest and best. The coolest was the X files movie--the visuals in this movie--the corn field, the ice--some of these scenes just took away my breath. Best movie--either saving private ryan or a simple plan. By the by--the thin red line is in no way comparable to saving private ryan, one allows you to watch, to revel in the story (saving private ryan) while the other makes you feel as though youre participating--youre confused, lost, just as the soldiers were. while that may have been the intention, and indeed there was success, it just pales in comparison to saving private ryan. and hows this for originality--i freaking HATED the truman show.

  • Jan. 31, 1999, 11:16 a.m. CST

    High Art wasn't THAT bad

    by Woodstock

    Hey, I ain't even a lesbian and I got a kick out of High Art. I thought it was funny as hell in some parts. If you just realize from the start that you are watching what amounts to a two hour Calvin Klein ad, it lives up to your expectations. The weak link was Rhada Mitchell's Syd, not Patricia Clarkson's Greta. I thought her Eurotrash Fassbinder schtick was hysterical. There were some great lines, but the parts were better than the whole. A pretty patchy, unconvincing bit of melodrama there at the end. All in all, it was just another flick about someone's obsession/fascination with the self destructive artist personality, not a stellar example, but I don't think it deserves to be on the same list with Species 2 and Godzilla!

  • Jan. 31, 1999, 12:47 p.m. CST

    cool film

    by sam

    Depends on how you cut it, but to me the coolest film I saw this year was "Underground," from the former Yugoslavia.

  • Jan. 31, 1999, 2:14 p.m. CST

    best & coolest

    by Opium_Groove

    ok, i'm gonna lay it out simple an clear for all the numbnuts out there. here's THE best AND "coolest" film of the year....and that idiot who had words against this flick.....um, your selections lacked anything intelligent. alright - my pick, as should yours be, is "Pi", hands down. runners up...Buffalo '66, Opposite of Sex, A Simple Plan, American History X, Six String Samurai, Lock, Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels, and Dark City (excuse any omissions).

  • Jan. 31, 1999, 2:23 p.m. CST

    ...and of course...

    by Opium_Groove

    Out of Sight

  • Jan. 31, 1999, 6:09 p.m. CST

    My Best & Worst of 1998

    by Brogan

    Worst Top 10 of 1998 10.)LOST IN SPACE 9.)I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID... 8.)BLACK DOG 7.)MAJOR LEAGUE 3 6.)BULWORTH 5.)MY GIANT 4.)HARD RAIN 3.)SPECIES II 2.)JANE AUSTEN'S MAFIA 1.)SPICE WORLD Best Top 12 (I can't leave some of these good movies out) of 1998 12.) OUT OF SIGHT 11.) ANTZ 10.) MEET JOE BLACK 9.) THE THIN RED LINE 8.) PLEASENTVILLE 7.) PATCH ADAMS 6.) SHAKESPERE IN LOVE 5.) RONIN 4.) A BUG'S LIFE 3.) FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS 2.) THE TRUMAN SHOW 1.) SAVING PRIVATE RYAN I hope this will intrest or help you.

  • Feb. 1, 1999, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Coolest film of 1998 "He Got Game"

    by Geriboy

    I hope Denzel recieves an award for this. He deserves the big one.

  • Feb. 1, 1999, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Zero Effect/Out of Sight

    by Everett Robert

    I swore I would buy both of these right after I saw them...whaddaya know my viedo store had Zero Effect for $10 the next day

  • Feb. 1, 1999, 9:22 a.m. CST

    A Simple Plan

    by nothingman

    In 1998, Shakespeare in Love made me run to the library to read some of the Bard's work. Pleasantville made me appreciate the beauty and freedom of the world I too often take for granted. And Saving Private Ryan etched images into my brain that I doubt I will ever be able to remove. But the best film of the year is, hands down, A Simple Plan. This movie was as close to perfection as Hollywood gets. There was not a damn thing about it that I would change. The script is absolutely brilliant, the performances were close to flawless, and the directing was so "invisible" and natural, it was easy for me to forget I was watching a film. I could write many pages on all the things I thought were fantastic about this film. I loved the absence of flash and theatrics. The movie didn't show off, it just showed. It showed greed, it showed despair, it showed the American dream gone horribly, horribly wrong. It was believable to the point of seeming inevitable. But the most thrilling and amazing aspect of this film was the way it portrayed its main characters caught up in evil deeds without ONCE making them evil. They never lost their simple humanity. This film was touching, riveting, and devastating, a true American masterpiece.

  • Feb. 1, 1999, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Rushmore

    by Cynicide

    How couldn't this even be in your top ten? I've never walked out of a movie theater so happy. It's hilarious, has a heart, and is superbly acted. And at least deserving of a top ten spot. But I guess that's why you hate these lists, huh?

  • Feb. 1, 1999, 10:05 a.m. CST

    The Thin Red Line????

    by NJFILM20

    I cannot believe this film is as highly regarded as it is. Yes, the cinematography was absolutly beautiful, unlike anything I've seen for that matter, but the one thing it did not have was a good story.Also, the main character who went AWOL in the beginning was horrible. His performance was so good that I don't even know his name. It was as if they cast the part to a wooden soldier. I've never wished for a movie to be over more than this one. As a matter of fact, I ended the movie myslef by walking out on it..something I hate doing. Am I the only one who feels like this?? I have not heard anything negative at all about this. Mabye if I watch it again on my DVD when it comes out I'll have a change of heart....I highly doubt it though.

  • Feb. 1, 1999, 1:15 p.m. CST

    The X-Files: Fight the Future

    by Fixxxer

    Hey y'all... Well, "X-Files" was the COOLEST movie I saw all year, but it wasn't what I'd call the best. Here's my top ten (and honorable mention, and bottom ten), the same ones published in the Daily Eastern News in Charleston, IL (I'm the movie critic there!). TOP TEN FILMS 1. The Truman Show 2. Saving Private Ryan 3. Pleasantville 4. The Big Lebowski 5. Dark City 6. Shakespeare in Love 7. Babe: Pig in the City 8. Apt Pupil 9. Antz 10. Out of Sight HONORABLE MENTION The Big One Merlin (yes, the NBC miniseries) The X-Files: Fight the Future The Negotiator Gods and Monsters Elizabeth The Mask of Zorro Rounders Enemy of the State BOTTOM TEN 1. Your Friends and Neighbors 2. Godzilla 3. The Odd Couple II 4. Species II 5. The Thin Red Line 6. The Man in the Iron Mask 7. Hard Rain 8. The Gingerbread Man 9. The Avengers 10. Blade

  • Feb. 1, 1999, 1:23 p.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by Toodles

  • Feb. 1, 1999, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Beloved is the BEST film of 1998

    by jase199

    I don't know why this guy hates Beloved, but it's actually the best movie of 1998. Not only do you have Danny Glover putting on a performance that makes you forget he was in Gone Fishin or Lethal Weapon 4, you have one of best executed adapted scripts ever. If you've read the book, the movie could not of been better done. The flashbacks are supposed to be disjointed and hard to follow. It deals with the characters predicaments. </p> Although I didn't think Thadie Newtown's performance was amazing, it did do the book proud. Beloved is a child with the soul of a baby. She was burning in hell for 18 years, are you expecting her to come back with an 18 year old personality? She plays the role of a baby just fine, thank you very much. </p> I agreed with most others on your film list except Mafia! Come on, stop picking on the spoof movies. To like them, you have to like the genre. And the excuse "Airplane was good, so why can't this be good?" is not going to work. Airplane is the funniest movie ever made. There is no movie that will ever touch it. But all the spoof movies made have kept the spirt of Airplane lives in all of these spoof movies. I suggest you watch it a couple times and see if you miss some things. </p> However, the movie that I feel will end up on no worst list that deserves to be on top is Stepmom. This movie is repulsive. The acting is so utterly fake that it makes Batman and Robin look like Hamlet. The plot is so fucking boring that I found myself wanting to kill myself 18 different times in 18 different ways. The kids deserve to be killed in the harshest way possible. Especially the fucking bitch who played the girl. I would throw a party if she was brutally slashed to death. </p> Coolest movie of the year? There's Something About Mary.

  • Feb. 2, 1999, 2:04 p.m. CST

    velvet goldmine

    by Slappy

    my post keeps disappearing. This far and away the coolest movie of the year!

  • Feb. 2, 1999, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Best Movie?

    by L'Auteur

    The best movie of 1998 was Shakespeare in Love. It actually had a script (unlike most multiplex movies nowadaze) and the script was actually good. It was one of those movies where you have no idea whats going to happen next but when it does happen, you have a big grin on your face because its exactly what you wanted to happen! It was so satisfying to be entertained AND probed to think at the same time (gee, I guess that destroys everything Hollywood understands about movies!). But seriously, if we wanna talk about the best FILM of 1998, then it was the 140-seconds-worth that was scored by Mr John Williams.

  • Feb. 3, 1999, 3:11 p.m. CST

    The X-Files

    by Stan Goodspeed

    I was all about this movie. I anticipated less than Armagedon, but loved it more. Funny as hell.

  • Feb. 3, 1999, 4:41 p.m. CST

    the xfiles

    by realdana

    All I have to say if Mulder!

  • OK, so I'm Brazilian and can't be really imparcial on this, but I think everyone should try to watch Central Station. Here's the plot: an old woman who writes letters for illiterate people helps a boy find his father (I know it sounds really sappy, but it isn't, and come on! Life is Beautiful's plot sounds just as sappy as that) Why do I vote for it? Because even if it is set at the Brazilian countryside,it hits very close at home, wherever you live Central Station has won the Berlin Festival and a Golden GLobe for foreign film, just in case you're wondering, among others. The main actress, Fernanda MOntenegro, was nominated for the Golden Globe as well.

  • Feb. 3, 1999, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Best & Worst of 1998

    by Bruddah Max

    BEST (some controversy) 1. Saving Private Ryan 2. American History X 3. The Big Lebowski 4. Deep Rising (stupid, sure, but loads of fun) 5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 6. Ronin (most underrated flick of 1998) 7. Bulworth (such balls!) 8. The Truman Show 9. A Bug

  • Feb. 4, 1999, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan, best of 98

    by DrOctopus

    The safe bet, even though I liked Gods and Monsters too. I also have to state my opinion on why Thin Red Line is so overrated it's not even funny and it how it's even funnier people say it kicked Spielberg's ass. Being the ever wary moviegoer, I knew I was not going to get another SPR, because of the styles of the filmmakers, for one thing. Now I LOVE movies and am very patient even when a movie starts to suck (hell, each time I stay till they show the movie rating at the end in case there's something) but many times during the last hour of TRL I grew incredibly impatient and irritated, almost to the brink of considering walking out, which I hope I never do. If the philopshizing voiceovers and flashbacks had been used a little more sparingly, this could've been better. And honestly, I don't think anybody even had the opportunity to wax as poetic as these guys did when war was all around them. The philospohizing was just terribly overused and out of place. And one guy said "Spielberg must've shit when he saw this" and how TRL had "characters, not caricatures." My friend, you could not be more wrong. The ONLY character I remotely remember is Nick Nolte's. None of the other's stayed with me at all, they were completely forgettable. I never even got into the main character. SPR's character's were so much more realisitc and human. If you were not stirred by the opeing sequence or Giovanni Ribisi's death or Jeremy Davies on the staircase you need to have your head examined. Don't even lie, if you were shot like Ribisi, you wouldn't be holding in the groaning and being manly, you'd be crying for your mom or someone you love or to be back home, and you know it. And if you were plcuked out from behind a desk job, don't tell me you wouldn't turn into a pile on the staircase like Davies. Unless youve been through it, you are lying through your fucking teeth if you say otherwise. Everything the guys go through is humanized, there's no heroes or glorification of anybody, they're all ordinary people. SPR is much more realistic because it doesn't try to aestheticize war, it gives a down-to-earth, human portrayal of the situation. (Even in TRL, none of the major "good guys" even died. That makes for a nice storybook ending. Unfortunately, I don't think it was really like that.) One of the greatest and coolest things about SPR is that reminds us the actual normal people went through that shit to die so all of us wouldn't be doing the "zieg heil." I still don't think enough people caught it though. MILLIONS of guys just like you and me got riddled with bullets so we can drag our sorry asses around and call it living. Example: how many people actually celebrate Memorial Day and Veterans Day, and how many say "oh goody, no school or work today?" Sometimes I'm embarrassed to be American. That's why SPR is the best, because it presented everything realistically and humanistically and made you feel like part of the movie, while TRL distanced itself from you with its high-mindedness. SPR made me understand how war really is made me appreciate those people more. while TRL left me wondering if guys really went from battle to battle pondering the nature of and relationship between man and war. Give me a break people, the impact and importance of SPR is so much greater than any other film last year, even though there were actually some good movies out last year. To boil it down even more as to why SPR is the best of 98, if it weren't for the people of WWII, we wouldn't be here posting our piddly little opinions about what was the best movie, opinions and thoughts that in the grand scheme of things, ultimately won't mean or be worth a goddamned thing. (and yes, I know by saying that I contradict myself

  • Feb. 4, 1999, 4:08 a.m. CST

    BLADE

    by Big Boy Sanchez

    Blade is one damn cool movie. The wordless: "What the f*ck?!" says it all.

  • Feb. 4, 1999, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Dark City

    by Karellan

    A wonderful wish-fulfillment film. The images and the story are incredible with perhaps the most finely realized telepathic mind against mind battle ever filmed. The movie is both awesome and haunting. Very cool.

  • Feb. 5, 1999, 1:25 a.m. CST

    I Still Know.........

    by Skylewalker

    While still in debate over the best movie of last year: be it Dark City, Truman Show, or Thin Red Line; I am quite sure of what movie gets my vote for the worst of the year. This one goes to the hideous crap that was I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. There, I've said it. Now, may the words never again cross my lips or my keyboard ever again, lest I be sent to the fiery pits of hell.

  • Feb. 5, 1999, 7:06 a.m. CST

    biggest disappointment

    by CrashDummy

    I know I'm just a Dummy, but I found the Big Lebowski to be the biggest letdown of the year. I am a HUGE fan of the Coen brothers...Raising Arizona and Fargo are among my favorites of all time. But what the hell were they thinking with this one? They should have handed out doobies at the door so you could light up and get the movie (or at least not care). What at waste.

  • Feb. 5, 1999, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Episode one

    by Dark Magus

    Easily, the coolest film of the year was the SW: Episode one trailer. Nothing came close to that.

  • Feb. 6, 1999, 1:06 p.m. CST

    SMOKE SIGNALS

    by LMH2001

    Harry, I do very much agree with you about the film Smoke Signals, it is the best movie of the year this movie will probably be past over by the academy. I want everyone to stop and run to your video store to rent this movie - it's great!!

  • Feb. 7, 1999, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Shakespeare In Love

    by TimD

    Just gotta agree with an earlier post - just saw this recently and it has jumped up into my top 10 favourite movies of all time... its...groovy :)

  • Feb. 8, 1999, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Blues Brothers 2000

    by Bluesman

    OK, I can understand how you didn't like the movie. It doesn't hold a candle to the original. But it all depends on how much of a fan you are of Jake and Elwood. If you are an avid fan (like me and my friends), then the movie wass good. Not great, but good. If you've never seen or heard of them before last year, then the movie just plain sucked. Granted, Belushi's absence was noticed,and Aykroyd packed on a few pounds in the last few years, but it wasn't a total loss. BB King, Eric Clapton, and Junior Wells' final appearance. He died a month after the movie wrapped filming. If I had a choice of either seeing Aykroyd as Elwood or in that show he did for ABC that sucked 8 ways from SUnday, I'd pick Elwood.

  • Feb. 8, 1999, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Coolest Film of 1998 = Blade

    by Palman

    My candidate for Coolest Film of 1998 is Blade. But I want to first congratulate you on your selections. Good choices. I can't remember a year where I saw this many crappy movies. Along with the ones you named, I would add BASEketball, Very Bad Things, and in my opinion the worst movie of the year, Dirty Work. There was not a single thing funny about that movie. As for best selections, I sincerely applaud putting Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. I am a really big fan of the book, and Gilliam's vision is almost letter-perfect to what is on the page. I was amazed to see how well it was translated. I think if people read the book before seeing the movie they would be able to get it. As for best movie, I would have to say A Simple Plan. Big fan of Raimi, and everything I felt was perfectly executed in it. Also up there is Dark City. Great, visual movie. I am looking forward to Lock, Stock & Two Barrels (I live in DC, and it hasn't arrived yet). Now back to Blade. While it isn't the best movie of the year, it, more than any other, had me really pumped to be watching it. This is the best translation of a comic book world to the screen I think just about ever, while keeping the dark tone (I feel this was what the original Batman was striving for before it got crushed under the weight of mass expectations). It starts off with a fantastic sequence (the blood rave) and continues with great sequence after each other. If you get the chance pick up the DVD (New Line puts together great discs). Thanks.

  • Feb. 9, 1999, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Life is Beautiful

    by 9051

    Harry, this awesome Italian movie starring Robero Benigni gets my vote for coolest film of 1998!! Randy in Richmond

  • Feb. 9, 1999, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Rushmore! Rushmore! Rushmore!

    by Herr K

  • Feb. 9, 1999, 11 p.m. CST

    Shakespeare in Love

    by MuldersGirl

    Although one of my obvious favorites was Fight the Future, the movie that really blew me away was Shakespeare in Love. I adored everyone in it, and am so glad that Gwyneth Paltrow finally found a vehicle for her talent.

  • Feb. 10, 1999, 10:15 a.m. CST

    top ELEVEN???

    by godef

    Seems like ya snuck 11 films into yr top 10... if ya gona have a tie for 5th, then the next film is only going to be the *7*th best. Is this too conceptual for anyone?

  • Feb. 10, 1999, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Rush Hour

    by elcabezon

    This movie was fucking funny. Chris Tucker is the shit. He can even make Jackie Chan look funny. Follows in the genre of the Leathal Weapon series. Great cast and great performance by little Asian girl.

  • Feb. 10, 1999, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Saving Private Ryan

    by MRamius

    This film has my vote for best film of the year. I don't think any other film has affected me as much as this one. I was totally blown away. I felt Spielberg crafted a masterpiece that showed the true horror of war by depicting it honesly and asking tough questions, without stooping to being preachy that a lesser filmmaker would have been tempted to stooop to. A masterpiece that nothing else can touch. Fot other cool flicks for the year, Out of Sight and Somehting about Mary have my vote. They may not be arstic masterpieces, but the good entertainment. For worst movie, how about Bulworth. I thought this was the biggest piece of crap that I'd ever seen in a movie theater.

  • Feb. 12, 1999, 6:28 a.m. CST

    AVENGERS SUCKS ! :-)

    by Chipols

    Harry, how could you forget a movie that even I hated ! I am known as "the one who loves just about every movie" ! :-) Central Station rules... ;-)

  • Feb. 15, 1999, 11:44 p.m. CST

    A Good

    by Son of the Bat

  • Feb. 16, 1999, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Your Friends and Neighbors

    by Knifeman

    Admittedly, I originally saw a test-screened version in which Jason Patric smears menstrual blood-stained sheets on his bathroom door. This was cut, eliminating perhaps the best shock-value moment I've seen onscreen in years, but the movie was still in a class by itself. "Happiness" may have been ultimately more shocking, but "Friends" was surreal, unflinching, and very well written and acted.

  • Feb. 16, 1999, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Fear & Loathing

    by vesterdal

    Thank you for ignoring the bad or indifferent reviews for Fear & Loathing. This is witout a doubt the coolest movie of the year for all the reasons you mentioned. I live in Denmark, and we have not had the chance to see Smoke Signals yet, but I loved the book it was based on ( Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven ). Keep up the good work!!! Mette Vesterdal

  • Feb. 16, 1999, 11:17 p.m. CST

    A sentimental vote for Pleasantville

    by ChasingDrew

    My vote for coolest movie of the year (and just about any other award you can give a movie) is for Pleasantville. When I saw this movie for the first time last year, I hadn't heard much about it. The trailers were really poorly done, and made to make the movie out to be a sitcom-y type of thing. So when I decided to see it I wasn't expecting much. A couple of hours later, I had seen the film that made me see everything just a little differently. When I walked out of the theater, I noticed so much more than what I saw going in it. I noticed things I had taken for granted before...a beautiful painting, young lovers holding hands, and so many other things I could never begin to list. This movie was the first movie in the past decade or so that made me want to cry. I felt that twinge in my throat when Jeff Daniels' character received the art book. I got misty when the sheltered teenagers experienced rain for the first time. I could barely keep myself from breaking down just about every time Joan Allen came onscreen. It is an unforgiveable crime that Pleasantville wasn't nominated for any performances (especially teh incredible Allen and Tobey Maguire, both of whom were shit on by the Academy for "The Ice Storm" as well) because the actors in this film gave the most memorable and moving performances of 1998. This should be the Academy's Best Picture of the Year, and yet it wasn't even nominated. It most definitely won't win this one either, but I would hate myself if I didn't at least voice my opinion for Pleasantville, the best film of 1998.

  • Feb. 17, 1999, 4:18 a.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by movie_killer98

    how the hell this did'nt make it to your list mr. knowles i will never know. well i know alot of people did'nt get this film( my parents for one who thought it was silly how he didi'nt know he was on tv). the film had it all great from peter weir , fanatstic and hearfelt acting from jim carrey and ed harris , why the former did'nt get an oscar nomination i will never know and finnaly a superb script from andrew niccol. its a crying shame this did'nt get more that three oscar nods and while we are on the subject of the oscars what the hell is shakespere in love doing with 13 nods ok it's a godd film but 13 come on thanks for listening to my rantings

  • Feb. 18, 1999, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Rushmore

    by haden

    Maybe it's because I just saw it, but I thought this was a great film. It restored my faith in filmmaker's abilities to make a movie about something simple. It reminded me of some of the interesting films of the sixties and seventies, and not just because of the soundtrack, like "IF" and "Harold adn Maude". The other films that could be number on on another day were Big Lebowski and Simple Plan, from the Coens and Sam Raimi, my favorit filmmakers.

  • Feb. 18, 1999, 6:16 p.m. CST

    SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

    by Godot

    This is by far the best movie I'VE seen this year.

  • Feb. 18, 1999, 11:03 p.m. CST

    went to coney island on a mission from god

    by diggy-arbor7

    it's not surprising that NO ONE who reads aint-it-cool chose my favorite movie of '98 as the coolest. no biggie, it never got distribution, so i don't blame them. but went to coney island on a mission from god... be back by five, aside from the painful title, is quite simply brilliant. harry, and everybody else, if you haven't seen it, you need to see it and change your list. if you have seen it, you need to change your list. no, just kidding, anyone who could put armageddon as the "coolest" film of 1998 has too different a sense of what "cool" means than anything i can comprehend. working for regal cinemas, i see tons and tons of movies, surely not as many as harry and the aint-it-cool crowd, but maybe 175 in 1998. and for all the time i (and we) spent seeing all these movies, nothing left me feeling as "cool" as the refreshing human tale of high school buddies (real, believable characters, not one-dimensional, stereotypes like in dancer, texas, the movie with the score and gig at village that just wouldn't quit) who take a trip to the theme park in dead winter and reflect on growing up. jon cryer is a name i always drop when i'm telling people about this film, and hopefully someone out there in c-space saw pretty in pink and will write me asking about 'coney island' because they like cryer, but he REALLY, really acts in this film. he is good in a way that isn't justified with aint-it-cool style journalism of words like "awesome" and "impressive." i would love to hear what some of the great modern critics, like Pauline Kael and David Thomson, would have to WRITE/SAY about this. in the meantime, anyone who'd like a written conversation, i'm at info@ericdahl.com. just say: to: diggy thanks harry, thanks aint-it-cool laters, diggy

  • Feb. 19, 1999, 3:52 p.m. CST

    I'ts all about AMERICAN HISTORY X

    by Megs

    I guess Tony Kaye took away an academy best pic nod but this film was amazing. All hail to Edward Norton!

  • Feb. 20, 1999, 5:28 p.m. CST

    My top 10

    by GWHuntin

    Here is my ten best list for 1998, keeping in mind that I haven't seen Elizabeth, Life is Beautiful, Love and Death on Long Island, Smoke Signals, Gods and Monsters or Rushmore yet (which I think may possibly get spots on here) Honorable mention: Dark City, Primary Colors, and the most underrated films of the year Wild Things and Very Bad Things. Worst film of the year: A corny, stale, and absolutely horribly acted piece of sludge called The Mask of Zorro. Shame on the Golden Globe people for nominating this one (and Patch Adams). Most Overrated: Pleasantville, an enjoyable but far too simple voyage. I could watch it every day but the issue-dodging is unforgivable. 10. Buffalo '66 -- An incredibly unique and very grimy piece from Vincent Gallo. Simple scripting and perfect acting. Not too mention the best trailer of the year. 9. The Thin Red Line -- A puzzling and brilliant work. It almost seems like it has no plot, but it certainly is not about plot. It's about humanity, and nature, and God. I'm not the God type, but I sure don't mind pondering about it. 8. Out of Sight -- Sexiest movie ever with no nudity. A wonderful work with style and substance. And Steve Zahn. 7. The Spanish Prisoner -- Beautifully twisty and taut, studious acting being its only flaw. And what a great final act. 6. There's Something About Mary -- A Farrelly masterpiece. Five or six purely uproarious scenes. And Cameron Diaz. 5. The Butcher Boy -- A hilarious and shocking portrait of a little boy who just doesn't understand. He doesn't understand his family troubles, his best friend's spite for him, or how misguided he is. The most entertaining movie of the year (in the sense that it never bores). 4. A Simple Plan -- The most superbly acted film of the year is an instant classic, even more so than anything else this year. An Oscar-worthy (and hopefully winning) script and two phenomenal leading male performances, not to mention the greedy subplots and Danny Elfman's perfect score. How can you go wrong? 3. Happiness -- The true meaning of independent film. A daring, heartbreaking, nearly perfect film. It feels like an epic but is the epitomy of everything an epic is not. 2. The Truman Show -- Jim Carrey was robbed of an Oscar nod. He was so perfectly clueless yet paranoid at the same time. And a movie this marvelously scripted and directed deserves some recognition. As does the art direction, which Pleasantville robbed of a nomination. 1. (drumroll).... ITS A TIE!!! Shakespeare In Love and Saving Private Ryan -- The two best films of this year are also the second and third best of the decade (behind Pulp Fiction). I love each of these films so much in such different ways. Shakespeare In Love is the charmer. The best acted, scripted, and most winning movie in ages. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes deserve Oscar wins (not just nominations, sorry Joe) for their heartfelt performances. Joe plays Shakespeare with the voice and heart of a poet, and Gwyneth is one of those people who is terribly funny and no one realizes it. The only Oscar wins this movie doesn't deserve are Director, Supporting Actor, Sound and Cinematography. And that dance scene was so seductive and phenomenally scored. On to Ryan, the movie that has been so sadly criticized by some as being overly sentimental. Put yourself in that old man's place and rethink your stance. Jeremy Davies was the supporting performance of the year (that stairway scene was a killer), and Tom Hanks did just as well as we have come to depend on him for. Forget that first battle scene too, the second was the most emotionally wrenching and striking. Also special mention for The Opposite of Sex and Two Girls and A Guy, two films who just couldn't quite keep up with their superb first half-hours.

  • Feb. 20, 1999, 5:29 p.m. CST

    My top 10

    by GWHuntin

    Here is my ten best list for 1998, keeping in mind that I haven't seen Elizabeth, Life is Beautiful, Love and Death on Long Island, Smoke Signals, Gods and Monsters or Rushmore yet (which I think may possibly get spots on here) Honorable mention: Dark City, Primary Colors, and the most underrated films of the year Wild Things and Very Bad Things. Worst film of the year: A corny, stale, and absolutely horribly acted piece of sludge called The Mask of Zorro. Shame on the Golden Globe people for nominating this one (and Patch Adams). Most Overrated: Pleasantville, an enjoyable but far too simple voyage. I could watch it every day but the issue-dodging is unforgivable. 10. Buffalo '66 -- An incredibly unique and very grimy piece from Vincent Gallo. Simple scripting and perfect acting. Not too mention the best trailer of the year. 9. The Thin Red Line -- A puzzling and brilliant work. It almost seems like it has no plot, but it certainly is not about plot. It's about humanity, and nature, and God. I'm not the God type, but I sure don't mind pondering about it. 8. Out of Sight -- Sexiest movie ever with no nudity. A wonderful work with style and substance. And Steve Zahn. 7. The Spanish Prisoner -- Beautifully twisty and taut, studious acting being its only flaw. And what a great final act. 6. There's Something About Mary -- A Farrelly masterpiece. Five or six purely uproarious scenes. And Cameron Diaz. 5. The Butcher Boy -- A hilarious and shocking portrait of a little boy who just doesn't understand. He doesn't understand his family troubles, his best friend's spite for him, or how misguided he is. The most entertaining movie of the year (in the sense that it never bores). 4. A Simple Plan -- The most superbly acted film of the year is an instant classic, even more so than anything else this year. An Oscar-worthy (and hopefully winning) script and two phenomenal leading male performances, not to mention the greedy subplots and Danny Elfman's perfect score. How can you go wrong? 3. Happiness -- The true meaning of independent film. A daring, heartbreaking, nearly perfect film. It feels like an epic but is the epitomy of everything an epic is not. 2. The Truman Show -- Jim Carrey was robbed of an Oscar nod. He was so perfectly clueless yet paranoid at the same time. And a movie this marvelously scripted and directed deserves some recognition. As does the art direction, which Pleasantville robbed of a nomination. 1. (drumroll).... ITS A TIE!!! Shakespeare In Love and Saving Private Ryan -- The two best films of this year are also the second and third best of the decade (behind Pulp Fiction). I love each of these films so much in such different ways. Shakespeare In Love is the charmer. The best acted, scripted, and most winning movie in ages. Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes deserve Oscar wins (not just nominations, sorry Joe) for their heartfelt performances. Joe plays Shakespeare with the voice and heart of a poet, and Gwyneth is one of those people who is terribly funny and no one realizes it. The only Oscar wins this movie doesn't deserve are Director, Supporting Actor, Sound and Cinematography. And that dance scene was so seductive and phenomenally scored. On to Ryan, the movie that has been so sadly criticized by some as being overly sentimental. Put yourself in that old man's place and rethink your stance. Jeremy Davies was the supporting performance of the year (that stairway scene was a killer), and Tom Hanks did just as well as we have come to depend on him for. Forget that first battle scene too, the second was the most emotionally wrenching and striking. Also special mention for The Opposite of Sex and Two Girls and A Guy, two films who just couldn't quite keep up with their superb first half-hours.

  • Feb. 22, 1999, 8:42 a.m. CST

    OUT OF SIGHT

    by Valdoran

    This is one of the coolest movies ever. This movie is fits on Clooney like your favorite pair of Nikes fit to your feet. As for Jennifer Lopez, she's just awesome. I'll keep it short so I won't say more about her. Unfortunatly this is one of the most underrated movies. Not many of my friends have seen it. Far better than Get Shorty and far, far, far more better than JAckie Brown.

  • Feb. 26, 1999, 9:41 a.m. CST

    ##LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS##

    by OCS

    DEFINATELY THE COOLEST FILM OF THE YEAR, simply watch it, and i won't have to explain.

  • Feb. 28, 1999, 2:18 p.m. CST

    The Thin Red Line

    by Wataru

    This movie was beauty itself. Malick did a wonderfull job. At the end of the century, one man looks back and does a movie no one has ever done before. I mean, the whole WW2 story was not he main part of the movie but the poetry. It showed how different we all handle the same situations or catastrophies. Some start asking themselves questions. Why? Why me? Others start turning to god to give them the strength to continue. I somewhat missed this in all movies I have seen till now. The scenario and the poetry fit perfect into the jungle setting. My favourite scenes were the ones which first starred humans in warfare and then the animals, showing that we fight because we want to and the animals because they have to survive. We just do it because of stupid lines drawn on the maps of our planet and because of some peoples egoism and lust for terror. No animal would kill because reasons like that. So why do we always say that we are worthier than the animals. Are we? the only thing I did not like was the audience in the theatre. READ THE REVIEWS/PREVIEWS and don't go into movies only because they have a war theme. Sometimes that doesn't mean BLOOD AND GUTS GALORE! I always hated the general German movie audience...

  • March 3, 1999, 12:58 p.m. CST

    The Truman Show

    by Tenebros

    This movie was very cool. It was only vaguely hollywood, and the parts that were hollywod I interpreted as almost spoof, which is always good in my book. The first film Jim Carrey ever made (note: film does NOT equal movie). It was outstanding in my eyes. My vote for the coolest.

  • March 4, 1999, 3:23 p.m. CST

    top and bottom 10

    by Beer Monster

    I have to agree with you that jonny depp and benicio del toro were worthy of an award in this great film. I got to see it in Canada when it first came out. When I got back to england I was ranting about how good it was. Everyone here enjoyed the film when it finally came out. you're worst top ten one comment about it where was "The Avengers"? Okay so I know that people have different veiws about films but this was one very bad film.

  • March 10, 1999, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    by ericmayer

    I'm with you Harry, this is one of the best films of the year and my personal favorite. Terry Gilliam is a genius, and I knew it since I first saw Monty Python's brilliant cartoon transitions. The critics like to suck their own dick, this proves that they all rate films on how they feel the public should choose. Fuck that bullshit, vote how you feel. Its shitheads like this that give good reviews to every single goddamned grainy independent film just because its "revolutionary." Don't get me wrong I love independent films, but some, just like the majority of other big-budget films, are pieces of crap. Oh how I long for Kubrick to be with us... eric mayer

  • March 10, 1999, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Coolest/Best film?

    by Fillum

    No question that this goes to The Big Lebowski... one of the best films in recent years, it once agains shows that the Coen brothers make the coolest movies out there... It gave me a new found respect for Jeff Bridges, and John Goodman was superb... ("This ain't Nam, man, there are rules!!" or words to that effect)... But the star of the show for me was Steve Buscemi... Donny was one of the best characters to make it onto cellulloid ever... I loved him from his first appearance... Most overrated film... Someone's gonna shoot me, but "Saving Private Ryan"... Big, long, boring and desnsitizing... I founbd Schindler's List a far more shcoking film and it had something to say, unlike Private Ryan which just said "Look at me!!! I can create battle scenes with lots of blood!!"... Maybe it was just because I ain't American, but it was the most overrated film ever... except for Independence Day... but the two films belong on a different plane... Anyway I'm gonna shut up now... Just an opinion by Russel

  • March 12, 1999, 4:17 p.m. CST

    The Big Lebowski

    by ramona

    This is the coolest movie of the year, and it's bizarre how the critics hated it. Other faves are: RONIN, a true delight, and unbelievable that I could enjoy car chases! PASSION IN THE DESERT, another ignored, beautiful film. OSCAR AND LUCINDA, while technically 1997, it really played in early 1998. Totally underrated. PRIMARY COLORS, was really enjoyable. DARK CITY, very cool looking, and a good story.

  • March 13, 1999, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Episode 1 Trailer...

    by bizango

    That is the only film I saw this year that made me cry. Thank the maker!

  • March 13, 1999, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Life Is Beautiful

    by ElizabethR

    In a year when I thought the only interesting sight would be Kevin Bacon's dick in "Wild Things", I still did manage to find some pretty good stuff: Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love Ronin Pleasantville Elizabeth Life Is Beautiful The Spanish Prisoner American History X Waking Ned Devine Mrs. Dalloway

  • March 18, 1999, 10:38 a.m. CST

    Best and Worst Films

    by Crickers

    I'd have to say that the best film I saw of 1998 was "Saving Private Ryan." Having always been a huge Spielbeg fan, I have the utmost respect for the director. The power that was brought to this film moved me to tears at the end, and the graphic fight scenes only underscored the true terror that the soldiers felt. Tom Hanks brought quiet dignity to his best role ever, and the supporting cast was one of the best I've ever seen. As for worst film of 1998, I'd have to give that honor to "Blade." I didn't think it was possible to make a very violent and bloody action film move slower than rush hour traffic, but this film did it. Everyone seemed depressed and Snipes' performance was cartoonish at best. Drive a stake through this please.

  • March 29, 1999, 1:27 a.m. CST

    A Simple Plan

    by Herosrus

    Hi Harry, I'd like to cast my vote for "A Simple Plan" as the coolest movie of 1998. I saw my share of movies last year and this movie just seemed to be in a league of it's own. Sam Raimi really let people know that he is an incredible director with this effort. Breaking away from the horror genre with a movie like this is just fantastic. It is rare that I see a movie that I actually enjoy and even more uncommon that I look forward to seeing a movie and STILL come away impressed. This was a prime example of seamless filmmaking and truly showed what can happen to celluloid when the writing, acting, cinematography and directing are focused and intelligent. I have to note that I have not seen either "Gods and Monsters" or "Smoke Signals" at this point but judging from the scores of movies I did have the chance to view, "A Simple Plan" ranks head and shoulders above the rest as the coolest flick I caught. Peace Harry and keep the faith. Hero

  • May 6, 1999, 10:59 p.m. CST

    A simple Plan, unconvincing

    by bloodp

    Sorry Harry, but people just don't decide, on the spur of the moment, to sufficate other innocent people for money, no matter how large the amount. The scene where Paxton decides to murder the snowmobile guy made me say, "wait a second, sorry, don't believe it". Very unconvincing. In fact, most of that movie was surprisingly unbelievable. I thought Thornton carried the movie most of the way. I really don't know why Paxton suddenly became a "great actor" in everyone's eyes. To me, his most convincing role was Chet in Weird Science. In other roles, he's just reading lines in a drab, monotone voice. I don't get it.

  • May 9, 1999, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Sliding Doors

    by malinky

    Livng in a rather remote part of Scotland, I'm not even sure which films came out in '98 over here, never mind in America, and I haven't seen all those that I'd liked to have. I must say though, of those I've seen, The Truman Show was undoubtedly the best thing I've seen ever (not that in seventeen years, I've seen much). But I would like to say a special mention for Sliding Doors as it has to be one of the best concepts for ages and it was well acted, maybe fifth place? I can't think of any I've personally seen, but the Thin Red Line sounds awesome to name but one. Just my opinion.

  • May 17, 1999, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Lock Stock & 2 smoking barrels

    by Bingo

    If you have seen it you will know why. If you haven't seen it, you now know what to buy ! Harry says it all.

  • May 17, 1999, 8 p.m. CST

    American History X

    by Jim Reilly

    Edward Norton's blistering portrayal of Derek Vineyard is enough to put this film on everyone's must see list. Although the plot is a bit formulaic, director Tony Kaye's first outing is a visual triumph. The combination of superior lenswork and exceptional performances (You CANNOT look away when Norton is on the screen) make this my choice for film of the year. WORST FILM OF THE YEAR: Godzilla was the biggest shit sandwhich I've ever consumed. It WOULD not end. I kept crossing my fingers and praying and sobbing and begging the projection booth guy to just shut it off, but IT WOULD NOT END! Hank Azaria? Matthew Broderick? JEAN RENO!!!? Did these guys read the script, or where Emmerich and Devlin just feeding them bits at a time until it was too late to walk away? I used to find Maria Pitillo attractive, but now I simply want to beat her with a length of hose about the neck and shoulders for the suffering she caused me. A cruel film. Just plain cruel.

  • June 7, 1999, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Thin Red Line Blows

    by Stalker

    How could you rank Thin Red Line even in the top 100 of last year? I'm pretty lenent when it comes to movies, I like to give the Director or Producer the benefit of the dubt, but this movie blows monkey dick!!!

  • July 23, 1999, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Rushmore

    by Namor

    You did say "coolest." I don't think I've ever seen a cooler character than Max Fischer or a hipper director than Wes Anderson. What I love about this film and Bottle Rocket is that Anderson's comedic sense is based in compassion, not cruelty. It's a refreshing change of atmosphere. Not to mention the fantastic screenplay, the discovery of Jason Schwartzman, the brilliant cinematography and the blossoming of Bill Murray a truly great comic actor.