1998 CAPSULE FILM REVIEWS
© 1998 & 1999 by Jaundiced Eye Productions. All rights reserved.
- ARMAGEDDON: Our reviewer says, "Argh! My God!"
- BRIDE OF CHUCKY (Now on video): A surprisingly good picture! Jennifer Tilly is wonderful, and those of you who stopped watching
NBC's soap "Sunset Beach" after Ben's evil twin killed off Nick Stabile's character (you may recall him as the one who could actually act)
will be dee-lighted to see him in this. It's a winner, but NOT for children. W8: Worth $8.00.
- Dancing About Architecture (Now on video): Starring Ryan Phillippe and a dozen or so other “A” list stars, it’s name was foolishly changed to Playing By Heart (see the entry below). Believe it or not, according to the Internet Movie Database, it has also been given an even more boring name in some markets. . . .
- GODS AND MONSTERS (Now on video): Our reviewer said that it should score Oscar® nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, for Ian McKellan as Best Actor, and a probable WIN for Lynn Redgrave as Best Supporting Actress. (Actually, she lost to Dame Judi Dench.)
- LITTLE VOICE (Now on video): The international hit in which Jane Horrocks plays "LV" -- "Little Voice" -- a shy young woman who only speaks in a whisper -- until she sings, and then she SINGS. The movie co-stars Ewan McGregor, a spectacular Brenda Blethyn, and Michael Caine, who won a Golden Globe® Award for playing the slimy agent, Ray Say, who hopes to make a fortune by exploiting LV. It saddened our On-Line Reviewer to no end that Caine was not nominated for the Best Actor Oscar® and that Lynn Redgrave did not win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar®, because, he confesses, when he was a boy he was absolutely convinced that "Alfie" and Georgy Girl" knew each other. Our highest rating: W8: Worth $8.
- LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND (Now on video): A delight. See the full review by clicking here.
We wish that we could add some pictures from it. (10 February 1999: Our reviewer is righteously indignant that John Hurt's performance was not nominated for Best Actor Golden Globe® or an Oscar®. Hurt turned in one of the best performances of the year, but the movie was released so early in 1998 that it was almost forgotten by 1999.)
- PHANTOMS. Available on video. Our Reviewer had to invent a new, extra, EXTRA low rating for this piece of slime about . . . a piece of slime. Star Ben Affleck himself has repeatedly said that he hates this dud, but we have tried to console him by pointing out that at least he wasn’t in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer!
Reese Witherspoon and Paul Walker in Pleasantville.
Photo: Ralph Nelson. (c)1998 by New Line Cinema, Inc. All rights reserved.
- PLEASANTVILLE (Now on video): Our On-Line Reviewer calls it a classic of the computer age. (He also said that it would be the Titanic of the 1999 Oscars®; then along came Shakespeare in Love. . . .)
- THE RUGRATS MOVIE (Now on video): It's a Klasky-Csupo movie about The Rugrats. What more do you need to know? As an action film, it's a LOT better than The Mummy. Great for children AND adults.
- SHE'S ALL THAT: It's fabulous. Read the review; it earns our highest rating: W8: Worth $8.
Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love.
©1998 by Miramax Pictures.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in Shakespeare in Love.
Photo:Laurie Sparham. ©1998 by Miramax Films.
- SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE: It won a Golden Globe® Award for its screenplay, and, as predicted by our On-Line Reviewer, Oscars© for screenwriters Mark Norman and Tom Stoppard (the latter of whom wrote Arcadia, reviewed elsewhere on our site), and other awards. W8: Worth $8.00.
Photo by Alan Markield. © Hollywood Pictures, Inc. All rights reserved.
- SIMON BIRCH (Now on video): Click on the name for a full review.
- SMALL SOLDIERS (Now on video): What a foolish decision to market this as a children's movie! It's great ADULT entertainment, and totally unsuitable for young children or impressionable (read: "stoo-pid") teens. The "Gwendy" dolls (voiced by Sarah Michelle "Buffy" Gellar and Christina "Wednesday Addams" Ricci) are enough to scare the poopy out of even die-hard horror movie fans. Terrific cast includes Phil Hartman. Theatrically we gave it our highest rating: W8: Worth $8.00.
- SUICIDE KINGS (Now on video): we gave it our highest rating: W8: worth $8.00. Here's a picture of the . . . uh . . . "bad guys" for you to look at:
Left to right: Henry Thomas, Jay Mohr, Johnny Galecki, Sean Patrick Flannery, Jeremy Sisto.
Photo: Scott Del Amo. (c) 1998 by Live Entertainment (now "Artisan").
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