It was a stellar year for Daniel at
the movies in 1999:
129 in all and 78 originally released in 1999
plus two more seen in 2000 that were released in 1999
I still need to see a couple more,
but it's New Year's Eve and here's my list of my top 80 films
1. The Target Shoots First-
The Roger and Me for the disenfranchised indie rocker. Chris Wilcha's
splendid documentary about working at Columbia House. Pure brilliance.
It only played twice at Lincoln Center this summer, but I was
lucky enough to catch it.
2. Being John Malkovich- Love
the chimpanzees. Jamie's fave.
3. Run Lola Run- I love German
women. I love watching people running. I love the song What A
Difference A Day Makes.
4. Fight Club- Who cares if
it makes any sense? Cinematic bliss. Marc's favorite.
5. Show Me Love- Just your average
Swedish teenage Lesbian film. Heart wrenching and wonderful. Title
in Sweden- Fucking Amal.
6. Election- I love that kid
who's in American Pie.
7. Go- Sarah Polley and Katie
Holmes, I'm sold.
8. Toy Story 2- I had a big
smile on my face the whole movie.
9. Felicia's Journey- Bob Hoskins
in his creepiest role since Roger Rabbit.
10. The Straight Story- Wisconsin
= party state.
11. American Movie- Wisconsin=party
state. So sweet and fun. Michael Stipe is the best producer in
12. The End of the Affair- Probably
the best looking film I've seen all year.
13. Last Night- Canadian film
about the last six hours of Earth. It's oh so Canadian and witty.
Done by the guy who did Highway 61. David Cronenberg plays a weirdo.
14. Boys Don't Cry- Would have
been higher if the Cure version of Boys Don't Cry was in it.
15. Tumbleweeds- Touching mother
and daughter flick. Funniest fart scene since Blazing Saddles.
16. Office Space- The best use
of rap in an American film (Hate was French) since Electric Boogaloo
17. American Beauty- Not perfect
but still fun.
18. After-Life- Japanese film
about purgatory. What memory would you take with you into the
afterlife? You only get one and then it is recreated on film for
19. The War Zone- Great colors,
great car crash, great Tim Roth directorial debut, great incest.
20. Blair Witch Project- Dude,
I heard that shit was real.
21. The Matrix- Dazzled me but
22. Hands On a Hardbody- Rousing
documentary about crazy Texans in a contest to win a truck.
23. The Hole- Dec. 31, 1999
in Taiwan. Lots of singing and dancing.
24. The School of Flesh- Is
this really the best French film all year? Yes and yes.
25. Autumn Tale- Is this really
the second best French film all year? Yes and yes.
26. Topsy-Turvy- Mike Leigh's
latest opus about Gilbert and Sullivan. Life is sweet.
27. The Talented Mr. Ripley-
Philip Seymour Hoffman is the most talented actor in the world!
28. Moment Of Innocence- Not
a stellar year for films from Iran for me but this one was the
best. Complicated plot. Ask me on your own time.
29. Three Kings- Ice Cube's
best since Anaconda!
30. Romance- French film that
has an unbelievable last five minutes. Has to be seen to be believed.
31. All About My Mother- Almodovar's
latest. Decent story, great looking.
32. The Iron Giant- Love that
33. The Wrong Guy- Dave Foley's
hilarious movie that has never come out, but I saw it at a comedy
film fest in NYC. See it if it ever comes out.
34. Those Who Love Me Can Take the
Train- French film that makes great use of the Bjork song
"All is Full of Love". One of Shawn's favorite films
of the year.
35. The Limey- Terrance Stamp
is so damn cool. Steven Soderbergh follows up Out of Sight with
this fun little movie. Interesting narrative form and the best
use of a Who song since Rushmore.
36. Austin Powers 2- You had
me at hello.
37. Cookie's Fortune- Otherwise
known as the last Robert Altman film not to feature Andy Richter.
38. Lovers on the Bridge- Kind
of dull French film that includes one of the most dazzling scenes
ever captured on film. Fireworks, the Seine, scruffy French folks.
39. My Best Fiend- Werner Herzog's
documentary about the psycho Klaus Kinski. The documentary isn't
that amazing, but I love watching Kinski freak out.
40. Magnolia- There is an amazing
90 min. movie lurking in here somewhere. Tom Cruise's best performance
since Losin' It.
41. The Dreamlife of Angels-
Marc and Sarah hated this French film but I love Elodie Souchez
more than life itself. What a hottie!
42. Sweet and Lowdown- Woody
Allen stills has good ideas, just not great dialogue. Samantha
Morton is breathtakingly incredible without uttering a word. Plus,
any movie that mentions Django Reinhardt every other scene is
A-Ok with me.
43. Leila- Iranian film about
an arranged marriage. Better than the Sleater-Kinney show that
followed it, but not as good as the Wendy's meal that preceded
44. Eyes Wide Shut- The digital
people, the Chris Isaak song, and Nicole Kidman's ass made this
film for me.
45. Twice Upon A Yesterday-
Pretty lightweight little love movie, but do you realize how hard
it is to make a good love film? Do you punk?
46. Bowfinger- Heather Graham
47. Dick- So bizarre I can't
even believe it exists. I have a newfound respect for Will Ferrell.
Honestly I do.
48. Adopted Son- A film from
some other country about a boy who is shunned by everybody or
something like that. Notable for the day I saw it- my 26th birthday.
Leah and Marissa made me a cool hat.
49. Sleepy Hollow- Looks good
but empty on the inside. Kind of like me.
50. Black Cat, White Cat- Lightweight
Fellini rip-off. Algerian, maybe? Still pretty crazy.
51. Powder Keg- Bosnia is very
52. Mr. Death- The Rise and
Fall of Fred Leuchter Jr. Erroll Morris's latest about this guy
who designs electric chairs, gallows, lethal injection machines,
etc. who doesn't believe that there were any gas chambers at Auschwitz.
Should have been better than it was. Definitely not as good as
his last film Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control- the Amy Raphael
53. West Beirut- Coming of age
film set during the 70's. Sweet.
54. Girl Interrupted- Michael
Musto on Winona's chances on winning an Oscar for this film- two
words: Oscar Interrupted.
55. American Pie- Amy likes
this one. Milf, milf, milf!
56. The Sixth Sense- Marc hated
this one but I was keeping it real in the Motor City when I saw
this flick so I dug it.
57. Xiu-Xiu the Sent Down Girl-
Chinese film by Joan Chen. At least I didn't have to walk far
to see this movie.
58. 42 UP- Not nearly as good
as 35 Up because it's a proven fact that middle aged people are
59. On the Ropes- Documentary
about golden gloves boxers in Brooklyn. Notable for finding Jonathan
Ames his manager for the ill-fated Box Opera.
60. American Hollow- Documentary
about Appalachian folks. Rednecks!
61. Buena Vista Social Club-
Ry Cooder sure likes himself.
62. Man on the Moon- It was
nice to see Jeff Conaway again.
63. The Silence- Boring Iranian
film that looks good at least.
64. Steam- Some film from some
other country about some other sexuality. Pretty dull.
65. The Winslow Boy- Most of
the people I saw this with hated it with a passion but I kind
of liked it. So many rated G films on this here list.
66. The Sticky Fingers of Time-
Just your average low-budget lesbian time travel movie.
67. The Last Days- I'm a sucker
for World War II documentaries.
68. Edge of 17- It's the early
80's, you like Bow Wow Wow, gel in your hair, and big penises
up your ass.
69. Close-Up- Many critics hailed
this Iranian film as one of the best films of the decade. It was
easily the best film I saw on Dec. 31. The story about a guy who
gets put in trial for impersonating a filmmaker. Remade in America
as a baseball movie called The Larry Sheets Story.
70. The Apple- Iranian film.
Again, I didn't have to walk very far to get to the theater.
71. Anywhere But Here- While
watching this film, I had that very thought.
72. Life- Leah, Jason, and Amy
hated this movie but it was still better than the Phantom Menace.
73. Bringing Out the Dead- More
like Bringing Out the Crap.
74. Underground Orchestra- Subway
musicians in Paris. Later that day, I flew to Paris. Woo hoo!
75. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom
Menace- They should have put George Lucas on trial for
impersonating a filmmaker. Horrible horrible movie.
76 Summer of Sam- The worst
use of a Who song in a movie ever. Spike Lee is a friggin' moron.
77. Photographer- World War
II documentary that I think I slept through.
78. La Ciudad- I should have
slept through this piece of self-righteous crap.
79. I Stand Alone- A foreign
middle aged version of Taxi Driver. The only thing that could
have made it worse is if Oliver Stone directed it.
80. Any Given Sunday- The only
things that saved this movie from Mallrats territory (the last
time I walked out of a movie) was the comfortable seat at the
new theater on 42nd St. and the stirring performance from Lawrence
Taylor! I kid you not. LT! LT! LT for best supporting actor!
Updated February 8, 2000
Dan's Favorite Movies of 1998