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By I Used to Be Darker
Best Ten Movies of 1998:
1. Saving Private Ryan. Steven Spielberg's magnificent, harrowing D day epic is one of the great war movies ever made--and the most disturbing. Can The Thin Red Line match up?
2. Happiness. Director Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse) returns to his native New Jersey, where the damned and the doomed search for something like solace.
3. The Truman Show. Rubber-faced Jim Carrey, fresh out of fart jokes, moves up to a surreal, wildly funny contemplation of celebrity culture, the power of television and American privacy.
5. I Went Down. The Butcher Boy was splendid, but this dark Irish farce about crime, punishment and love was the sleeper of the year.
7. Sliding Doors. Lovely sylph Gwyneth Paltrow stars in a smart, delicate London comedy set on two parallel tracks of romantic possibility.
8. Ronin. Director John Frankenheimer, a craftsman for four decades, comes up with the ultimate Euro-action movie. It even has De Niro.
Worst Ten Movies of 1998:
1. Spice World. If you're female and in the third grade, you saw it nineteen times. All others are still calling for mass execution of the no-singing, no-dancing, no-talent principals.
2. Godzilla. Rescucitated Lizard Lays Egg: Desperate studio money men leap to their deaths from his upturned beak.
3. The Big One. That self-appointed champion of the working class, Michael Moore (Roger and Me), gets way too big for his britches.
5. The Horse Whisperer. If Robert Redford gets any more virtuous, we may have to canonize him--or elect him president. Meanwhile, we all know what comes out of the back of his horse.
6. Doctor Doolittle. Eddie Murphy's remake is replete with bathroom jokes unfit for kiddies or grownups.
7. Kurt and Courtney. Sleazeball British documentarian hints (then hints some more) that rocker Kurt Cobain was murdered by his wife. Anybody out there care?
9. Armageddon and Deep Impact. Okay, then. Boom! And Boom! again.
10. Hush. Perfectly awful evil mother-in-law movie was delayed two years (not long enough), then crucial scenes reshot.
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