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Top Five: A Bug's Life, Out Of Sight, Pleasantville, Shakespeare In Love, and The Truman Show. Enjoy my diary!

New Year's Day 1998 • Amistad
I don't remember a lot about this movie, honestly.
January 18, 1998 • Good Will Hunting
Good accents, faithful to Boston, good script, nice performances.
January 26, 1998 • Wag The Dog • Flagship Falmouth Cinemas
Good, but not memorable.
January 31, 1998 • Titanic • Flagship Falmouth Cinemas
Bad dialogue, great drama.
Tuesday Nights at Hoyt's Cinemas, Falmouth ME
For a brief period in late 1997 and early 1998, the Hoyt's multiplex on Route 1 in Falmouth, ME, offered matinee-price tickets ($4.50) all day on Tuesdays- a $2 savings! Here are the five movies I saw during this special offer period.

The Little Mermaid
November 11, 1997,
November 25, 1997,
Alien: Resurrection
December 2, 1997,
As Good As It Gets
January 6, 1998,
Scream 2
January 13, 1998,

The last of the old-school Disney movies, and the beginning of the 1990s renaissance.

Completely forgettable.

Better than the third Alien movie. Winona Ryder is miscast as a android.

I really disliked this movie, especially in contrast with James Brooks's Broadcast News.

Uck. The beginning of the end of the post-modern horror flick.

March 6, 1998 •  Twilight
A real pleasure watching a wonderful cast at work.
March 17, 1998 • The Big Lebowski • Hoyt's Cinemas South Portland
I don't recall the last time I hated a movie so much I wanted to walk out. I had really enjoyed all the previous Coen brothers' films, so this was a real letdown. Because of this film, I avoided seeing O' Brother, Where Art Thou? in the theater (to my great regret).
March 1998 • Les Miserables
The leads in this French story are played by an Irishman, an Australian, and two Americans.
April 11, 1998 • Lost In Space
Did the producers think that people would flock to see William Hurt, Mimi Rogers, Heather Graham, "Joey" from Friends, and the kid from Party Of Five in a movie which is totally dissimliar from a television show which had been cancelled in 1968? It's almost like the studio approved the idea of the movie before they knew how to execute it, and when the studio decided not to hire stars, it was too late to stop the movie from being made. Sometimes I think some movies just get cranked out even though no one thinks it's a good idea. Almost as if the studios are so desparate to offer moviegoers some product that they'll throw anything into production, just to make sure they offer a movie in theaters every week of the year. The movie is not 100% without merit- there are some cool ideas about space travel and time travel, but not enough to support an entire movie.
June 13, 1998 • Deep Impact
The trailer for this movie is where the studios first started spoiling their films in a desparate move to get people to buy tickets. All the best parts of the movie are in the trailer. It was around this time where I would watch trailers and say "well, I don't need to see that movie now!"
May 15, 1998 • The Horse Whisperer • Hoyt's Cinemas Falmouth
I liked the book OK and found the movie about the same. This is the first movie where I felt like Robert Redford was kidding himself about how handsome he still is. If he is going to continue acting in the movies (he's only made three movies in the seven years since this film) he ought to take a part which strips away his iconic handsomeness, like Jack Nicholson did with About Schmidt.
May 23, 1998 • Godzilla (1998 remake) • Hoyt's Cinemas Falmouth
The teaser trailer for this remake pokes fun at the Jurassic Park movies, crushing a dusty (and relatively tiny) Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton under Godzilla's towering foot. How ironic then, that this new Godzilla has been reimagined to closely resemble one of Spielberg's velociraptors. This film also takes great pleasure at inviting disaster upon Manhattan, a scenario which isn't as playful as it was in 1998.
June 9, 1998 • The Truman Show • Hoyt's Cinemas Falmouth
I truly enjoyed this film on many levels. Carrey's finest role to date. One of the great endings in movie history.
July 3rd & 11th, 1998 • Mulan • Hoyt's Cinemas Falmouth
Moviegoing By The Numbers Exactly how often do I go to the movies?:

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007* total
26 36 73 48 44 26 33 18 43 51 56 44 46 39 16 598

Yes, I have been out to the movies 599 times in 14.5 years. At two hours apiece, that's 49¼ days straight (with no bathroom breaks)! Alternatively, I have averaged one movie in the theater every 8 days for 13 years. My moviegoing is pretty evenly spread among all four quarters of the year. I guess my desire to be entertained transcends the quality of the material in theaters.

June 19, 1998 • X-Files: Fight The Future • Hoyt's Cinemas Falmouth
Surprisingly unfulfilling. The film tries to do too much- perhaps a "non-mythology" story would have been better?
July 24, 1998 • Saving Private Ryan
Serious plot holes, but many amazing sequences.
September 20, 1998 • Blade
Fantastic. Wesley finally gets a great vehicle. Saw this in Disney World, Orlando, in one of those THX theaters: the best sound system I have ever experienced.
September 20, 1998 • Ronin
Great car chases, bad accents.
October 10, 1998 • Holy Man
Totally dispensible.
November 1, 1998 • Pleasantville
Great. One of J.T. Walsh's last roles.
November 6, 1998 • The Wizard Of Oz • Hoyt's Cinemas Falmouth
It was amazing what I noticed on the big screen, in this restored edition, which I had never seen before. I could see the "straw lines" the makeup artists had painted on the Scarecrow's face, for example. Plus, the opening black-and-white sequences are in glorious sepia tones instead.
November 20, 1998 •  Meet Joe Black
I want my three hours back! There's this one scene where Claire Forlani is swimming laps, and Brad Pitt enters the pool room to see her. He walks the length of the pool to meet her as she finishes a lap. This sequence, leading up to their lines of dialogue, is the problem with this movie. Long, unnecessary, interminable, boring nothingness...
The day after Thanksgiving, 1998 • A Bug's Life • Assembly Square Cinema
A very entertaining retelling of the Seven Samurai story, with a twist!
December 19, 1998 • You've Got Mail
A romatnic comedy told from Meg Ryan's perspective, with Tom Hanks playing a supporting role. Where's director Rob "Meathead" Reiner when you really need him?!

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