You Won’t Believe
These Movies Are Turning 20
By Tynne De Leon
While the year 1998 may seem forgettable aside from waiting for the Great Jubilee, it’s a memorable year for pop culture. For one, a lot of movies that would eventually become classics were released this year.
Scroll down to see some of the best-produced films in 1998 (and prepare to be shocked):
Armageddon made people hold on to their seats—it’s a heady mix of disaster, comedy, action, love, and everything in between; pretty much everything we expect now from Michael Bay. Scientific inaccuracies and negative reviews aside (because, hello, Michael Bay), the film was one of the blockbusters of the century. It also brought us the karaoke favorite, “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith.
Dahil Mahal na Mahal Kita
Before KathNiel, LizQuen, JaDine and JoshLia, the ‘90s had Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto. Their on-and-off screen chemistry is undeniable, and if you’re an avid fan of their team-up, this movie could very well be your favorite. Barretto plays the rebellious Mela, who falls in love with the well-mannered and intelligent Miguel. Pinoys are suckers for these type of love stories!
There’s Something About Mary
Starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller, this 1998 sleeper hit set the bar for everything else that came after. Stiller plays Ted, a guy who hires a private investigator to look for Mary, his high school crush that he almost took to the prom. Their misadventures were so hilarious, we think it’s time for a re-watch!
A Bug’s Life
After Pixar’s critical success with the release of Toy Story in 1995, they released another box office sensation three years after with A Bug’s Life. While it was always compared to Antz, a similarly themed animation film released in the same year, A Bug’s Life was a fresh reintroduction to the classic tale of The Ant and the Grasshopper.
Labs Kita, Okey Ka Lang?
Jolina Magdangal’s line, “Kaibigan mo lang ako…” has become one of the most iconic friendzoned lines in Pinoy film history, thanks to this film. It tells the story of childhood best friends Bujoy (Magdangal) and Ned (Marvin Agustin) whose relationship became complicated when Bujoy started to have feelings for the latter. It was recently restored digitally by ABS-CBN, and watching it again brings a lot of childhood nostalgia.
The Truman Show
The 90s have produced some of the best sci-fi movies of all-time, and The Truman Show is certainly one of them.
The movie tells the story of Truman Burbank who spent all his life in a 90s version of Big Brother, and he’s the only one who doesn’t know about it. It was one of the smartest and thought-provoking movies of the century, according to critics. Prescient, too. Twenty years later, we can relate to Truman now more than ever.
Mulan is, without a doubt, a legendary Disney film. It broke out from the typical fairy tale princess mould, introducing a discourse for gender equality. Who wouldn’t love Fa Mulan and her brave adventures? Its soundtrack has become a classic, and we still know the lyrics of “Reflection” up to this day.
A gem in the Philippine film industry, Jose Rizal brilliantly portrayed the life of our national hero. It was aired on television and even in universities. An entry to the Metro Manila Film Festival that year, Jose Rizal bagged almost all the awards at the ceremony. It also swept awards at the top award-giving bodies like Gawad Urian, FAMAS, and Star Awards.
Any other great films from 20 years ago you remember? Share them with us below!