Ratings Schmatings 1998

(reverse chronological order)

Ratings are on a standard **** scale, followed by a corresponding letter grade to express further gradation. (The letter grading system is based more or less on that of Charles B. Francois.) All films below are eligible for my 1998 lists, except those seen in 1999. List in reverse chronological order seen:
Date Film Director Rating
02/26/99 Pleasantville Gary Ross *** (B)
01/24/99 John Carpenter's Vampires John Carpenter **½ (B-)
01/01/99 Shakespeare in Love John Madden *** (B)
12/31/98 The Prince of Egypt Brenda Chapman/Steve Hickner/Simon Wells ** (C+)
12/29/98 Babe: Pig in the City George Miller *** (B)
12/28/98 A Bug's Life John Lasseter *** (B)
12/24/98 Psycho Gus Van Sant *½ (C-)
12/22/98 American History X Tony Kaye *** (B)
12/15/98 Star Trek: Insurrection Jonathan Frakes **½ (B-)
12/12/98 A Simple Plan Sam Raimi **½ (B-/B)
11/26/98 Celebrity Woody Allen ** (C+)
11/21/98 Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon John Maybury *½ (C-)
11/15/89 The Celebration Thomas Vinterberg *** (B)
11/14/98 Divorce Iranian Style Kim Longinotto/Ziba Mir-Hosseini **½ (B-)
11/12/98 Beloved Jonathan Demme **½ (B-)
11/08/98 Velvet Goldmine Todd Haynes ** (C)
11/07/98 Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni *** (B)
11/01/98 Antz Eric Darnell/Tim Johnson ** (C+)
10/25/98 Happiness Todd Solondz ** (C+)
10/24/98 The Tree of Life Farhad Mehranfar ** (C+)
10/24/98 The Apple Samira Makhmalbaf *** (B/B+)
10/22/98 Eternity and a Day Theo Angelopoulos *** (B)
10/21/98 In the Presence of a Clown {video} Ingmar Bergman *** (B)
10/20/98 The School of Flesh Benoît Jacquot *** (B)
10/18/98 Blue Moon Ko I-cheng ** (C+) .....at least
for this permutation
10/18/98 Aprile Nanni Moretti *** (B)
10/17/98 The Hole Tsai Ming-liang *** (B+)
10/15/98 Flowers of Shanghai Hou Hsiao-hsien ***½ (A-)
10/13/98 Anxiety Manoel de Oliveira ***½ (B+/A-)
10/13/98 My Name Is Joe Ken Loach *** (B/B+)
10/11/98 Of Freaks and Men Alexei Balabanov **½ (B-/B)
10/11/98 The Pear Tree Dariush Mehrjui *½ (C-)
10/10/98 The General John Boorman *** (B/B+)
10/10/98 For Sale Lætitia Masson **½ (C+/B)
10/04/98 Little Dieter Needs to Fly Werner Herzog *** (B)
10/04/98 Un air de famille Cédric Klapisch **½ (B-)
09/20/98 Under the Skin Carine Adler *½ (C-)
09/19/98 Last Night Don KcKellar *** (B/B+)
09/19/98 The Book of Life Hal Hartley *** (B)
09/13/98 The Eel Shohei Imamura *** (B)
09/06/98 A Perfect Murder Andrew Davis *** (B)
08/30/98 The Kingdom II Lars von Trier/Morten Arnfred *** (B)
08/29/98 Junk Food Masashi Yamamoto ** (C)
08/21/98 Your Friends & Neighbors Neil LaBute ** (C+)
08/16/98 The Thief Pavel Chukhrai **½ (B-)
08/14/98 The Son of Gascogne Pascal Aubier *** (B)
08/07/98 Gadjo dilo Tony Gatlif *** (B)
08/06/98 Seventh Heaven Benoît Jacquot **½ (B-)
08/04/98 Buffalo '66 Vincent Gallo ***½ (A-)
07/30/98 pi Darren Aronofsky ** (C)
07/26/98 Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg **½ (B-/B)
07/25/98 Genealogies of a Crime Raul Ruiz **½ (C+/B-)
07/19/98 Bulworth Warren Beatty *** (B/B+)
07/18/98 Henry Fool Hal Hartley ***½ (B+/A-)
07/17/98 Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight {video} Noam Gonick *** (B)
07/17/98 Twilight of the Ice Nymphs Guy Maddin **½ (B-)
07/16/98 High Art Lisa Cholodenko *** (B)
07/16/98 Insomnia Erik Skjoldbjærg ** (C/C+)
07/16/98 There's Something About Mary Bobby Farrelly/Peter Farrelly *** (B)
07/11/98 Drifting Clouds Aki Kaurismäki *** (B+)
07/11/98 Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart Timothy Greenfield-Sanders **½ (B-)
07/10/98 Small Soldiers Joe Dante **½ (B-/B)
07/04/98 Brigands: Chapter VII Otar Iosseliani ** (C/C+)
07/04/98 Smoke Signals Chris Eyre ** (C+)
06/28/98 Mulan Barry Cook/Tony Bancroft **½ (B-)
06/27/98 Out of Sight Steven Soderbergh *** (B/B+)
06/21/98 Fallen Angels Wong Kar-wai **½ (B-/B)
06/20/98 The Opposite of Sex Don Roos *** (B)
06/20/98 Mr. Jealousy Noah Baumbach *** (B)
06/14/98 Gonin Takashi Ishii ** (C)
06/13/98 Clockwatchers Jill Sprecher *** (B+)
06/12/98 Deep Impact Mimi Leder **½ (C+/B-)
06/06/98 The Truman Show Peter Weir *** (B)
05/30/98 The Oyster and the Wind Walter Lima Jr. ** (C+)
05/30/98 The Last Days of Disco Whit Stillman *** (B)
05/24/98 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Terry Gilliam *** (B+)
05/21/98 He Got Game Spike Lee **½ (B-)
05/17/98 Wild Man Blues Barbara Kopple **½ (B-/B)
05/10/98 Family Name Macky Alston *** (B)
05/09/98 Junk Mail Pål Sletaune ** (C+)
04/25/98 The Spanish Prisoner David Mamet *** (B/B+)
04/18/98 Sonatine Takeshi Kitano *** (B)
04/12/98 The Big One Michael Moore *** (B)
04/11/98 O Amor Natural Heddy Honigmann *½ (C-)
04/11/98 Niagara, Niagara Bob Gosse **½ (C+/B-)
04/06/98 The Newton Boys Richard Linklater *** (B)
04/04/98 Dead Heart Nick Parsons *** (B)
04/04/98 A Price Above Rubies Boaz Yakin **½ (B-)
03/29/98 Fakin' Da Funk Tim Chey ** (C+)
03/29/98 Chronicle of a Disappearance Elia Suleiman *** (B)
03/28/98 Men With Guns John Sayles *** (B)
03/21/98 Madadayo Akira Kurosawa *** (B)
03/21/98 Fireworks Takeshi Kitano *** (B+)
03/14/98 Foreign Land Walter Salles/Daniela Thomas ** (C)
03/07/98 Gummo Harmony Korine *** (B)
03/07/98 Nil by Mouth Gary Oldman **½ (B-)
03/06/98 The Big Lebowski Joel Coen *** (B)
02/28/98 Taste of Cherry Abbas Kiarostami *** (B+)
02/28/98 The Real Blonde Tom DiCillo *** (B)
02/27/98 Dark City Alex Proyas **½ (C+/B-)
02/22/98 Character Mike van Diem *** (B)
02/22/98 The Gingerbread Man Robert Altman **½ (C+/B-)
02/21/98 Oriental Elegy {video} Alexander Sokurov *** (B+)
02/21/98 100 Proof Jeremy Horton **½ (B-)
02/21/98 Live Flesh Pedro Almodóvar *** (B)
02/14/98 Will It Snow for Christmas? Sandrine Veysset *** (B)
02/14/98 Conspirators of Pleasure Jan Svankmajer *** (B)
02/13/98 Zero Effect Jake Kasdan *** (B)
02/12/98 Pereira Declares Roberto Faenza *** (B/B+)
02/12/98 Gesche's Poison Walburg von Waldenfels **½ (B-/B)
02/08/98 For Ever Mozart Jean-Luc Godard ** (C)
02/08/98 Underground Emir Kusturica **½ (B-)
02/07/98 The Eighteenth Anders Rønnow Klarlund *** (B+)
02/07/98 The Good Life David Trueba *** (B)
02/07/98 Aristotle's Plot Jean-Pierre Bekolo * (D)
02/07/98 Lilies John Greyson **½ (C+/B-)
02/01/98 The Apostle Robert Duvall *** (B+)
01/31/98 Eye of God Tim Blake Nelson *** (B)
01/24/98 Delinquent Peter Hall ** (C)
01/24/98 Afterglow Alan Rudolph **½ (B-/B)
01/19/98 The Boxer Jim Sheridan ** (C+)
01/18/98 Deep Crimson Arturo Ripstein *** (B)
01/17/98 The Keeper Joe Brewster **½ (B-)
01/17/98 Happy Together Wong Kar-wai ** (C)
01/16/98 Wag the Dog Barry Levinson **½ (B-/B)
01/12/98 To Have (or Not) Lætitia Masson *** (B/B+)
01/09/98 East Side Story Dana Ranga **½ (B-)
01/06/98 Kundun Martin Scorsese **½ (C+/B-)
01/04/98 A Self-Made Hero Jacques Audiard **½ (B-/B)
01/02/98 Capitaine Conan Bertrand Tavernier *** (B)