This post is about my favorite movies from 1998. Why 1998? Well, I love Netflix, and Netflix is celebrating 20 years of DVD‘s right now. In honor of Netflix, I took a look back at my favorite movies from the year that Netflix was born, 1998.
It was kind of trippy, because I hadn’t realized what an amazing year 1998 actually was for movies. Some of my all-time favorites are here, and it’s pretty cool to think of how they all just coincidentally came out that year…or not? I mean, Netflix came out, too: maybe it was a just a really good year for creativity and things movie-related?
Here are mine (and are all available via DVD on Netflix; some are available to stream). I also included links to iTunes and Amazon for the sake of your convenience.
My 3 Favorite Movies from 1998
Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy and Jeff Daniels star in this modern day fairy tale where an entire fictional town is granted a chance to experience the comedies and dangers of real life when two late 20th Century teenagers accidentally bring living color to a mysterious suburb trapped in a black-and-white ’50s utopia–and set off a revolution.
This movie was super creative in it’s use of color and imagery and in it’s thought-provoking and heart-grabbing look at race and culture in America.
The Truman Show
He’s the star of the show – but he doesn’t know. Jim Carrey wowed critics and audiences alike as unwitting Truman Burbank in this marvel of a movie from director Peter Weir about a man whose life is a nonstop TV show. Truman doesn’t realize that his quaint hometown is a giant studio set run by a visionary producer/director/creator, that folks living and working there are Hollywood actors, that even his incessantly bubbly wife is a contract player. Gradually, Truman gets wise. And what he does about his discovery will have you laughing, crying and cheering like few film stories ever have.
This movie is an awesome re-watch 20 years later, in this day of “Facebook’s Always Watching” and creepy feelings of social media and online invasions in our lives. Take another look.
American History X
Edward Norton delivers a searing performance as Derek, a former neo-Nazi skinhead whose life was almost destroyed by his own hatred -and who now struggles to prevent his younger brother Danny (Edward Furlong) from following in his footsteps.
I was living in Tokyo in 1998, and despite the outrageous $30 movie tickets (in 1998, to boot), I went to see this in the theatre twice.
It literally blew me away and left me speechless on the curb for a full hour after the film, just processing it all. It’s a powerful story about hatred and change.
My Other Favorite Movies from 1998
I loved There’s Something About Mary (omg, I don’t think I ever laughed so hard in a movie before), and I keep on trying The Big Lebowski because people whose opinions I care about love it: I’m going to try it with captions now that they are a lot more reliable and see how that affects it. I loved the cinematography in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels – but I understood absolutely nothing of the movie without captions, so I need to give that another go too.
Shakespeare in Love was a top movie from 1998 and I hated it! For love, (besides There’s Something About Mary), I really liked The Wedding Singer (because back then Adam Sandler was actually really funny).
That’s about it for me: what were your favorite movies from 1998?