Now and Again,
Cranky goes into a big rant about the difference between "movies"
and "films". Film students can smoke Gitanes and chug
all the cappuccino they want while they discuss the relevance of
obscure references to films that decomposed in the can twenty years
before they were born, Cranky prefers to be entertained: I don't
care if it's laughter, crying, something touching or a characterization
that makes me feel superior to the slug onscreen. I don't drink
cappuccino. I eat popcorn, and here are the best popcorn flicks
of the year . . .
Best Movies of 1998
©Sony Pictures Ent.
Golden Globes split their nominations in two, drama
vs. musical/comedy. Cranky splits his, serious film
student flicks and straight out entertainment. Best
movie of the year featured sexy stars, sweeping action,
and scenery and weaponry rarely seen in these days of
drive by shootings. That movie was The
Mask Of Zorro, starring Antonio Banderas,
Anthony Hopkins and the stunning, sexy Catherine
Runners-up, in alphabetical order:
can buy the "best of" and Cranky's highest ranking
titles at deep discount, from amazon. com:
Mask of Zorro
Big Hit had most
reviewers holding their noses and putting the letter
"S" in front of the last word in the title.
This action comedy was so far beyond over the top
that Cranky was giggling harder than he ever did when
he was indulging in certain illegal weeds. A total
and complete giggle starring Christina Applegate as
a Jewish American Princess (and for a good Catholic
girl, she had it nailed!)
Beauty: if there's a standard "chick
flick" than this is the one for guys. The stunning
Catherine McCormack as a courtesan with bigger
balls than any of the Venetian royalty of the Middle
Ages had every guy I know raving.
After surprised every critic I know. Drew
Barrymore and Anjelica Huston in a variation
on the Cinderella story. Absolutely charming.
Faculty from writer Kevin Williamson
and director Robert Rodriguez is the kind of
edge of your seat terror flick that thankfully puts
more emphasis on scary stuff and less on flying body
parts. It's also packed with really cute babes of
two generations -- something for Cranky, something
for the teens kidlets. Brand new at Christmas and
a helluva way to top off the year.
Fries, again starring Drew Barrymore
in a black comedy about love and accidental murder
and the prospect of more of the same, only premeditated.
Drew landed real life boyfriend Luke Wilson in
this flick. More important, a drop dead supporting
performance by SCTV's Catherine O'Hara. More
about that later.
Newton Boys featured the true tale of
bank robbers in the West in the earlier days of the
century. Fun, funny, a good time in the dark with
stars Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Skeet Ulrich
and Julianne Margulies.
Doors: One set of stars in two interconnecting
"What If" stories and the first glimmerings
that Gwyneth Paltrow was a lot more than Brad
Pitt's ex-toy (except, as per my Brit neighbor, for
her accent, "which sucks").
Wedding Singer gave legitimacy to Adam
Sandler (whose previous moronic behaviors didn't
exactly get him high marks in Cranky's book) and marked
the start of the comeback of the year for co-star
Ned Devine is still in theaters. All the
good stuff is there: Lust, nudity, a conspiracy to
steal millions and millions of dollars, not to mention
nudity. A Total Giggle. Go and have a good time.
Things, as with The Big Hit, either
you had the best time watching the most cleverly written
sex filled murder mystery of the year, or you didn't
get it at all.Two hot women. One cold bottle of champagne.
One large bed. Ah, the memories. . . oh. yeah. It
was sexy in the movie, too <vbg>
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