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 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

A good year. Brad Bird makes his glorious debut which would be easy to dismiss as an animated E.T. ripoff if it weren't so darned good, Charlie Kaufman brings his weird thing for the first time, Michael Mann gives us what may be his best movie. Anderson follows Boogie Nights with the epic Magnolia. We get the best Star Trek movie yet and it isn't even a Star Trek movie. David Lynch plays it straight for once with moving results. The Wachowskis bring us the incredibly influential and still very watchable The Matrix (too bad about the sequels frown ). DreamWorks unironically produces a satire on consumerism, American Beauty, and everyone laps it up instead of laughing it up. One that I'd like to call attention to is the historical horror Ravenous, which is just so bizarre and different that it's a shame it's so overlooked. Anyway, here are a top 11, because I wasn't sure which of the bottom 3 to cut to make it 10:

The Iron Giant (Brad Bird)

Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)

The Insider (Michael Mann)

Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Galaxy Quest (Dean Parisot)

Three Kings (David O. Russell)

Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsay)

The Straight Story (David Lynch)

The Color of Paradise (Majid Majidi)

Not One Less (Zhang Yimou)

Girl on the Bridge (Patrice Leconte)

Runners-up: The Matrix, Fight Club, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, All About My Mother, Postmen in the Mountains, Election

Some others: Shower, American Beauty, The Limey, October Sky, Limbo, Twin Falls Idaho, Topsy-Turvy, Boys Don't Cry, New Waterford Girl, The Road Home, Three Seasons, The Winslow Boy, The Sixth Sense, Toy Story 2, Beautiful People, Jesus' Son, Kikujiro, Liberty Heights, Mumford, The War Zone, Following, The Cider House Rules, Butterfly, Cradle Will Rock, East/West, Man of the Century, Office Space, Rosetta, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Red Violin, Titus, Beau Travail, Ravenous, 10 Things I Hate About You

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

Previous years:
1983 & 1984: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98398
1985: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98451
1986: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98490
1987: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98554
1988: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98660
1989: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98706
1990: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98793
1991: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98888
1992: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98950
1993: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98978
1994: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99133
1995: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99262
1996: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99278
1997: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99302
1998: http://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=99329

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 9:18 AM   
 By:   Angelillo   (Member)

My 5 favourite films of 1998 are :

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH
BRINGING OUT THE DEAD
MAN ON THE MOON
THE END OF THE AFFAIR
THE IRON GIANT

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 9:25 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

American Beauty is up there in the top 10 most over rated movies, bizarrely over appreciated.

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

  • AMERICAN BEAUTY
  • ELECTION
  • FIGHT CLUB
  • MAGNOLIA
  • OFFICE SPACE
  • THE STRAIGHT STORY
  • TOPSY-TURVY

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     Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 10:31 AM   
     By:   Freejack   (Member)



    1999 A rather good year when I look back at it.

    1# - RAVENOUS - 10/10

    2# - THE NINTH GATE - 10/10

    3# - GALAXY QUEST - 8/10

    4# - THE BOONDOCK SAINTS - 8/10

    5# - EDTV - 8/10

    6# - BOWFINGER - 8/10

    7# - DEEP BLUE SEA - 8/10

    8# - IDLE HANDS - 7/10

    9# - SLEEPY HOLLOW - 7/10

    10# - THE MATRIX - 7/10

     
     Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 10:56 AM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    1. Magnolia (P.T. Anderson)

    2. The Green Mile (Darabont)

    3. Ride With the Devil (A. Lee)

    4. Topsy-Turvy (Leigh)

    5. The Straight Story (Lynch)

    6. Fight Club (Fincher)

    7. Liberty Heights (Levinson)

    8. Election (Payne)

    9. The Sixth Sense (Shyamalan)

    10. Summer of Sam (S. Lee)

    also good: The Talented Mr. Ripley, Man on the Moon, Office Space, The World is Not Enough, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace, The Limey, Eyes Wide Shut.

    still need to see: The End of the Affair, Snow Falling on Cedars, For Love of the Game, The Winslow Boy, October Sky, Rosetta, Beau Travail, Grey Owl.

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 11:41 AM   
     By:   (Member)   (Member)

    Space: 1999: just kidding!

     
     Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 3:10 PM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    American Beauty is up there in the top 10 most over rated movies, bizarrely over appreciated.

    Agreed. "The Ice Storm," from two years earlier, did a much better job with a similar theme - yet got no Oscar nominations whatsoever.

     
     Posted:   Oct 9, 2013 - 3:54 PM   
     By:   ToneRow   (Member)

  • Le temps retrouvé, d'après l'oeuvre de Marcel by Raul Ruiz




  • Goya in Bordeaux by Carlos Saura




  • Au coeur du mensonge by Claude Chabrol

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     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 9:23 AM   
     By:   Ado   (Member)

    American Beauty is up there in the top 10 most over rated movies, bizarrely over appreciated.

    Agreed. "The Ice Storm," from two years earlier, did a much better job with a similar theme - yet got no Oscar nominations whatsoever.


    Oh good Mark, glad someone finally agrees with me. AB is just kind of tacky and nasty besides.
    I will say that Kevin Spacey does do a scuzzy guy well, but I did not like him, or really anyone in that movie.

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 10:06 AM   
     By:   BillCarson   (Member)

    beaten to my own gag by a member!!

    no wives, i refuse to talk to wives!!!

     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 10:58 AM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    beaten to my own gag by a member!!

    no wives, i refuse to talk to wives!!!


    Are you posting from 2 2 Twain? big grin

     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 11:54 AM   
     By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)


    2# - THE NINTH GATE - 10/10


    That's one of the worst movies in recent memory (made even worse by all of the talent in front of and behind the camera getting dragged down with it). Utterly laughable whenever it wasn't boring as hell.

     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 12:17 PM   
     By:   Francis   (Member)


    2# - THE NINTH GATE - 10/10


    That's one of the worst movies in recent memory (made even worse by all of the talent in front of and behind the camera getting dragged down with it). Utterly laughable whenever it wasn't boring as hell.


    I guess opinions differ on it because I was mesmerized by the mood and mystery when I first saw it in the theater and still enjoy it plenty on blu-ray. Also had the best score of that year. smile

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 12:22 PM   
     By:   Ado   (Member)

    Ninth Gate
    I am with Mr Jack on this one. I could hardly believe that Roman Polanski directed it.
    It is pretty cheeseball

     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 12:26 PM   
     By:   mastadge   (Member)

    But -- it did give us Corso's bumbling theme, which I have appropriated as the main theme of my life, so to that extent I am grateful to the film for existing.

     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 12:42 PM   
     By:   Freejack   (Member)

    Why can't Mr Jack give us his top 10 of 1999 then?



    For me, THE NINTH GATE rates highest of Polanski's films along with THE FEARLES VAMPIRE KILLERS. big grin

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 1:48 PM   
     By:   Ado   (Member)

    Why can't Mr Jack give us his top 10 of 1999 then?



    For me, THE NINTH GATE rates highest of Polanski's films along with THE FEARLES VAMPIRE KILLERS. big grin



    Ah come on, best out of all these? I would day Chinatown and Ghostwriter are his top


    1955 Zaczarowany rower (also as Bicycle)
    1965 Repulsion*
    1966 Cul-de-sac
    1967 The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, Madam, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck (also as Dance of the Vampires)
    1968 Rosemary's Baby*
    1971 Macbeth
    1972 Week-end of a champion (fr)
    1972 What? (also as Diary of Forbidden Dreams)
    1974 Chinatown
    1976 Le Locataire (also as The Tenant)*
    1979 Tess
    1986 Pirates
    1988 Frantic
    1992 Bitter Moon
    1994 Death and the Maiden
    1999 The Ninth Gate
    2002 The Pianist
    2005 Oliver Twist
    2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment Cinéma erotique)
    2010 The Ghost Writer
    2011 Carnage
    2012 A Therapy (short film for Prada)
    2013 Venus in Fur

     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 2:08 PM   
     By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

    Ado, "Knife in the Water" (1962) is conspicuous by its absence on that list! (Also missing is the best of his early shorts, "When Angels Fall.")

     
     
     Posted:   Oct 10, 2013 - 2:49 PM   
     By:   BillCarson   (Member)

    beaten to my own gag by a member!!

    no wives, i refuse to talk to wives!!!


    Are you posting from 2 2 Twain? big grin


    Excellent mark. Well i wrote letters but the blind butler stuck the stamps on the desk!!

     
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