You know the drill by now. These are my 10 favorite movies of 1998, going by release year listed on IMDB.
Honorable mentions: Dark City, The Interview, Rushmore, Run Lola Run, There’s Something About Mary
10 – FOLLOWING (Christopher Nolan)
“You take it away to show them what they had.”
Before there were the multi-million dollar blockbusters like The Dark Knight and Inception, there was Following. Nolan’s first film was made on a budget of $6000, shot in black & white and with no bells and whistles. The story thus becomes the focal point, and it’s a good one indeed. Telling the non-chronological tale of a writer (Jeremy Theobald) who after following people on the streets eventually finds himself led into a world of crime, this neo-noir is filled with twists, turns and intrigue. Not quite a masterpiece or anything, but definitely well worth checking out to see where the seeds for Memento were planted.
9 – THE CELEBRATION (FESTEN, Thomas Vinterberg)
“Here’s to the man who killed my sister. To a murderer.”
The Celebration is perhaps most significant for being the first (and, alongside Lars Von Trier‘s The Idiots, arguably the most well-known) movie of the Dogme 95 movement, a philosophy that emphasises realism throughout the whole film production and was started in reaction to big costly Hollywood fare. However, it’s also a captivating film in its own right, showing the dark secrets hidden away beneath the facades of a wealthy family. It’s a fitting subject matter for the style, which all leads to some chillingly stark scenes and moments. A powerful film.