1998: Movies I've Seen

  • A

  • Dark City
  • Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Run Lola Run
  • A-

  • The Celebration
  • Happiness
  • Pi
  • The Truman Show
  • Zero Effect
  • B+

  • After Life
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Following
  • Out of Sight
  • The Red Violin
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • B

  • The Dinner Game (a.k.a. Le diner de cons)
  • Pleasantville
  • There's Something About Mary
  • B-

  • The Apple
  • C+

  • Antz
  • The Opposite of Sex
  • Rush Hour
  • Waking Ned Devine
  • C

  • A Bug's Life (The protagonist bug was... gasp! LYING! I think Disney heroines really need to get over themselves)
  • Bulworth
  • Flowers of Shanghai
  • Jane Austen's Mafia
  • Smoke Signals
  • C-

  • American History X
  • My Giant
  • Patch Adams
  • Rushmore (Can we say, "Overrated"?)
  • The Wedding Singer
  • D+

  • Almost Heroes
  • The Odd Couple II
  • The Rugrats Movie
  • The Waterboy
  • Wrongfully Accused
  • D

  • Dirty Work
  • Doctor Dolittle
  • The Parent Trap
  • Paulie
  • Sour Grapes
  • You've Got Mail
  • D-

  • Blues Brothers 2000 (No Belushi? No good)
  • Holy Man
  • Small Soldiers
  • F

  • Air Bud: Golden Receiver
  • The Godson
  • Krippendorf's Tribe (What a load of Krap)
  • A Night at the Roxbury
  • Should See

  • Elizabeth
Author Comments: 

Still more to come...

As we go farther back into my childhood, we see more and more crappy comedies on these lists. There are also plenty of movies I should probably get around to watching but never have. Almost very movie here is a comedy. I fear doing the 1997 list.

C+ or higher = all movies I liked to some degree and would probably recommend
C = average
C- or lower = all movies I disliked to some degree and would probably not recommend

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LORDY! Rushmore? Overrated? I do appreciate your love of Run Lola Run though, so I'll forgive you.

Ah, "Run Lola Run", what a great movie.

I loved Wes Anderson's "Royal Tenenbaums", which develops a certain subtle, dark humor that I enjoyed. For "Rushmore", it seems like he was trying to achieve this but didn't quite get there. I laughed at little of the movie and was bored by much of it. The funniest scene, in my opinion, is the one where the kid smothers himself in fake blood in hopes that the teacher will pity him .

You may say that I have to step back and take a full view of the situation, that it's funny for a 15-year-old boy who does everything to not get the one thing he really wants - an adult teacher. I admit, the premise is pretty amusing, but if the movie doesn't have a good execution to back it up, what's the point? Why couldn't they just tell me the movie's amusing premise instead of wasting two hours or so of my life?

The movie also completely wastes Bill Murray's talent, but then again, "Royal Tenenbaums" did that too. I can't stand to see Bill Murray in subtle comedies, because I always think of "Stripes" and "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day", and I just can't accept that that same guy is in "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums."

As for the drama in the movie, it doesn't really work because we don't like the protagonist, and I don't think we're supposed to. Also, the plot doesn't really go anywhere, which works in some movies, but I don't think it works here.

Once again, the hype about "Rushmore" probably hurt my viewing experience. I heard it was such a freakin' hilarious movie, which only made me disappointed.

And also, I think Jason Schwartzhman is a pretty bad actor.

Hey, nice to see Zero Effect and Out of Sight get such high marks in your latest round of additions; those are a couple favorites of mine! Zero Effect in particular just came out of nowhere. I might have heard a reference to it in passing, but I rented it because the yellow box caught my eye in the video store and I liked the sound of the plot summary. Wonderful surprise.

Hey, you should rent Panic if you haven't already. I have a feeling you'll like it. It might be rated R, but I don't think there's anything in there that will give your parents pause. It's positively mild compared to many of the other R-rated movies you've seen. As I write this I have a vague recollection that we've discussed this movie already. Have we?

I don't think we've discussed it, but I remember reading your comments about it somewhere else on this site. I will check out "Panic" when I get a chance.

And yes, "Zero Effect" was a great movie and a very nice surprise.

Wow, well I finally got around to reading best of every year from you and I came upon this one where I saw 'Rushmore' where I thought it should go and was quite pleased. Whatever intrigued people about the movie must have flown over my head, and I usually get everything and then some. So I don't know what went wrong, but your explaination is great!

Thanks! Yeah, "Rushmore" is a very polarizing movie, isn't it? I don't know what intrigued everyone else about it either.

im a huge fan of ;Rushmore' and fell i should speak on its behalf.
you raised some great points buti feel that bill murray was great in this and the movie needs more praise.

as for what intrigued people (well me anyway) i enjoyed its wierd and quirky take on things. the i think also they captured the fact that max was in love with miss.cross very well as he made alot of actions and reactions that a 'love struck' teenager would. (i.e lashing out, not being able to logicly see it wouldnt work)

i stick by Rushmore. have you seen Wes Anderson's first movie Bottle Rocket? give it a go if you havnt. and maybe watch Rushmore again .. bb

I did like some of the stuff about Max's pining for Miss Cross, but there's just so much other stuff in the movie that doesn't work for me. Sorry. I have been meaning to see "Bottle Rocket", so maybe I'll like that better.

ok, yes i recommend Bottle rocket if u get a chance. ps-i'm sorry for my horrible spelling in my 'Rushmore' post. i was rushing and appolligise. bb for now