Strong Showing: Day 3: Film
From the December 22, 1998 Dallas Morning News:
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STRONG SHOWING: DAY 3: FILM
Feel free to disagree with our lists. In a few weeks, we may disagree with them, too. Moviegoing is so subjective that it's difficult to streamline our responses to the regimentation of a top 10 list. As that ridiculous American Film Institute list of the 100 Greatest Movies proved earlier this year, you are your own most trusted critic.
Our year-end candidates are incomplete by necessity. Neither The Thin Red Line, Terrence Malick's take on the atrocities of war, nor A Civil Action, a courtroom social-consciousness drama with John Travolta, have been screened for local media. But both promise Oscar potential.
All our 10-best lists reflect the fact that outstanding filmmaking requires a strong, singular point of view. Even the studio films show one clear artistic vision. If you disagree with our choices, don't hesitate to "go to the mattresses."
PHILIP WUNTCH'S TOP 10 FILMS
10. The Leading Man - One of the year's most underrated movies, with outstanding performances from Jon Bon Jovi, Thandie Newton (who played the title role in Beloved), Anna Galiena and Lambert Wilson. Like Shakespeare in Love, it deals with the utter, irresistible insanity of putting on a play and all the entanglements that such a feat entails.