TATM: Talkin’ About The Movies #241: 1998: The Year In Movies

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1998, the year when the first quarter of the year had Titanic as the #1 movie at the box office after opening in December 97, the first 13 weekends at the box office had Titanic at the #1 spot and it wouldn’t be until, of all things, Lost In Space, in April to take the #1 spot at the box office. How long was Titanic #1 at the box office? In its’ final weekend at #1, star Leonardo DiCaprio’s next film, The Man In The Iron Mask had just opened up in theaters on March 13th, that’s how long Titanic was #1 at the box office.

But besides that, 1998 was a pretty standard year with its’ usual crop of good movies and bad movies. So, let’s go ahead and take a look at the top 10 best movies of 1998:

10. Dark City

A solid strong cast including Rufus Sewell and Kiefer Sutherland, great direction by Alex Proyas, gorgeous visuals, and a dark gothic feel to it, one of the crowning visual achievements of the year.

9. Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas

Johnny Depp’s crowning achievement as an actor, he channels Hunter S. Thompson so well in this movie as Raoul Duke and him and Benecio Del Toro work off each other really well together. The great direction by Terry Gilliam and once again, a nicely made visually gorgeous film to look at. Slick, funny, and extremely over the top, it’s a great, great movie.

8. Saving Private Ryan

There’s definitely a lot to admire about Saving Private Ryan, it’s a beautifully shot, well-written, well-acted war film that is not afraid to show the trials and tribulations of war and the battles the soldiers faced themselves with. It’s another Steven Spielberg masterpiece.

7. Antz

Not only is this a strong first film for a rookie animation studio, DreamWorks, but it had a better story to tell, the animation still holds up, the voice acting is really good, the characters are nicely done, there’s very few clichés in the this, although the liar revealed aspect is in here too, it’s done a little more cleverly than Bug’s Life did it. The movie just comes off much better overall than A Bug’s Life does.

6. Babe: Pig In The City

Not a lot of people really talk about the sequel to Babe as a great movie but honestly, it is. Director George Miller does a phenomenal job of continuing this story from the previous Babe film and not going for just a simple retread of the first film again. It’s been garnering a cult following since it didn’t perform well like the first film did and I’m glad because it’s one of the better sequels to kids films to come out around that time.

5. Mulan

Mulan is definitely a big stepping stone for Disney making a strong female character who doesn’t just sit around to be the damsel-in-distress but actually becomes as badass of a hero as Aladdin or Hercules or any of the other leading male heroes in the Disney universe. Had the story had a little more twists and turns and the villain been better, this would’ve been one of Disney’s stronger animated films up to the levels of Beauty & The Beast or The Lion King but it doesn’t do quite that, it’s mostly enjoyable with some noticeable flaws but it’s worth the watch.

4. Pleasantville

A great mix of social commentary, great acting, great comedy, and another visually impressive film for 98, Pleasantville is such a enjoyable and entertaining movie for a number of reasons.

3. Out Of Sight

A slick, funny, sexy, over the top action comedy from director Steven Soderbergh but not only that, it boosted George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez’s careers in the right directions. Clooney was still facing backlash for Batman & Robin the previous year and there were still concerns that he couldn’t be a leading actor, this was the movie that changed that for him. As for Jennifer Lopez, she wasn’t really given a lot of credit as an actress before this movie but this movie solidified her potential as an actress…also goddamn, she was sexy in this.

Add in a story based off the works of Get Shorty author Elmore Leonard and Out Of Sight is one of the best movies to come out in 1998.

2. The Truman Show

Jim Carrey at his best, a great performance by him in this creative, very funny, and very dramatic movie with great direction by Peter Weir, a strong script by Andrew Niccol, a great supporting cast, a really great movie this one is.

and the #1 movie of 1998 is…

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski is an absurd, weird, and hilarious dark comedy to make a perfect Coen brothers movie. The characters are great, the story’s really good, the comedy is sharp, witty, and hilarious, and it just all comes together to work into one great movie and one of the great examples of films that grow over the course of time. And rightfully so, a great movie that gets better and better as time goes on.

Those are the best, now let’s look at the worst of 1998:

10. Star Trek: Insurrection

Star Trek Insurrection is without a doubt, the worst Star Trek movie, there is absolutely nothing of worth in this movie, there’s nothing exciting, there’s nothing engaging, there’s nothing creative, there’s nothing funny, there’s nothing interesting, there’s nothing thrilling, there’s 100% nothing of value in this movie. The movie is an absolute waste of time and is completely pointless, it’s a snorefest of a Star Trek film as you will ever get.

9. Psycho

Want to know how not to remake a horror classic? Let Gus Van Sant’s Psycho remake be the definition of how not to remake a classic movie. My god, this was bad and yes, you can make some arguments that Vince Vaughn’s Norman Bates was more closer to the book than Anthony Perkins was but that still doesn’t make up for the fact that the movie fucking sucks.

8. Ringmaster

Speaking of trying to be something that you’re not, remember when Jerry Springer tried to make his own version of Private Parts? Yeah, of course you didn’t, who would? Oh wait, me.

The problem with Ringmaster is that they tried to actually make a scripted movie based off of something that was already scripted and also, why would I want to pay money to see a movie of The Jerry Springer Show when I can just watch The Jerry Springer Show on TV for free?

7. Meet Joe Black

A movie that could’ve been something, you’ve got a good cast in Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, and Claire Forlani and a good premise about a charismatic good looking devil but the film just doesn’t come together at all especially with a horrendously put together ending that tries to go for a sappy happy ending. It’s no wonder why Brad Pitt didn’t want to promote this garbage.

6. Meet The Deedles

Behold Disney at its’ absolute worst, I mean, my god, this was such a failed attempt at Disney trying to be “cool” and “edgy” and appeal to what they thought the kids of the time acted like. The poster alone is just obnoxious, I mean, look at this crap:

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That’s exactly what this is, CRAP!!!!

5. The Avengers

How do you ruin the reputation of a beloved ’60s British TV series? Well, first you make one of the best superhero movies of all time to make people forget that series even exists but also, you make a horrible movie with Ralph Finnes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, and the director of Christmas Vacation.

4. Godzilla

Oh, Roland Emmerich, please remove yourself from ever making movies again. Remember when the marketing for this movie was all over the place and then the movie came out and it failed miserably. Nothing about this movie worked at all, the monster was lame, the acting was lame, the visuals were lame, the cheap attempts at comedy were lame, it’s just a lame, lame movie.

3. Lost In Space

The Titanic killer…and it also killed the reputation of Lost In Space as a franchise. A movie that tried to be way too edgy and gritty and try to bring Lost In Space into a new generation but gets ridiculous by the unbelievably stupid motivation of the villain.

2. Armageddon

Just one of the dumbest action movies ever made, there is nothing that’s enjoyable about this pile of garbage. Once again, you’ve got a pretty good cast and this film gives them nothing to do and the logic in this is complete and udder bullshit as well as the editing, ridiculously stupid, that’s the way to describe this film, ridiculously stupid.

and the #1 worst movie of 1998 is…

Blues Brothers 2000

Blues Brothers 2000 doesn’t just go down in history as the second worst SNL movie ever made but it may just be the single worst sequel ever produced, it’s that bad, folks. There’s no story, there’s no reason to bring these characters back, there’s no reason for this to exist, it’s wasted potential gone down the tubes. There’s nothing here, avoid this one like there’s no tomorrow

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1989, Part 2

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