1998 was a great year for movies. That year the Academy recognized Shakespeare in Love (winner), Saving Private Ryan, Elizabeth, The Thin Red Line and Life is Beautiful (won for Best Foreign Film). This was a perfect example of effectiveness of the Harvey Weinstein publicity machine, getting Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench) and Best Original Screenplay (Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard) awards for an okay movie. After 20 years, Saving Private Ryan is still the one we always watch when it is on TV and Cate Blanchett was excellent in Elizabeth. Interesting fact, Joseph Fiennes was in both Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth.
Some of our favorites may not have been noticed by the Academy so we wanted to pull them back from streaming limbo to your TV. You’ve Got Mail (one of many remakes of The Shop Around the Corner), The Parent Trap and Ever After: A Cinderella Story are family favorites. Tom Hanks had a big year, starring in both Saving Private Ryan and You’ve Got Mail, as well as the TV miniseries From the Earth to the Moon. Many movies have certain scenes you just can’t watch enough but these are entire movies that still hold our attention. Armageddon (I don’t care what the critics say, I love Bruce Willis) and Enemy of the State starring Will Smith & Gene Hackman, are two of my favorite “stuff blows up” films with star studded casts. There’s Something About Mary (directed by Bobby & Peter Farrelly), a screwball comedy with a great cast (and some cool cameos), is still the favorite of many.
Now is a great time to stream some oldies but goodies. It’s cold and rainy this time of year, so our Chicken Corn Chowder is perfect to eat while streaming some of these “classics”.