Talking ants. Unlikely detectives. Pigs in the city. Shakespeare in love. In 1998, the movies found room for all of the above and more. Nothing made the kind of impact that Titanic had the previous year. In fact, there’s a case to be made that James Cameron’s disaster epic about the doomed ocean liner was really the biggest movie of 1998, too, given how thoroughly it dominated the box office (and movie culture in general) for the first few months of the year. But there were plenty of triumphs to savor. Below, we’ve singled out the 20 best movies that opened in American theaters in 1998, from the multiplex hits to the indie sensations to the international gems. Two decades later, they still shine, if only a little less bright than a diamond necklace dropped to the bottom of the ocean. 20. Fallen Angels Wong Kar-wai originally conceived his breakup-blues masterpiece Chungking Express as a triptych instead of a diptych, before excising the third vignette and expanding it … [Read more...] about The best movies of 1998
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This post contains a lot—a lot—of spoilers for Stranger Things, but you’ve probably watched it by now, haven’t you? What are you waiting for? The world of Netflix’s Stranger Things orbits around a trio of preteen boys who set out in search of their best friend when he disappears under deeply mysterious circumstances. But a few of the hit show’s vital female characters burn particularly brightly, like the psychokinetic young fugitive Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), mother-on-a-mission Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), and the ill-fated cult favorite Barb (Shannon Purser). But ultimately, the young woman who’s stuck with me the most is a relatively unsung heroine. That would be Nancy Wheeler (played with understated brilliance by Natalia Dyer), older sister to Mike—friend to Will Byers, the missing boy—and herself best friend to Barb. Through Nancy, Stranger Things indicts horror’s historically narrow-minded, sexist portrayals of teenage … [Read more...] about In praise of Nancy Wheeler, the unsung feminist heroine of ‘Stranger Things’
Racing is cool in and of itself, but one of the things that makes it special is the memories you make and the communities you find. Since summer is kicking off means there’s pretty much racing going on all the time, I asked you guys what some of your coolest, most meaningful racing memories are. Some of these stories are incredible. There’s nothing cooler than those moments when you know racing has just changed your life forever, and I have to thank y’all for sharing them with me. So, here are some of the most awesome of the responses. Don’t hesitate to share more in the comments below—it can’t hurt to hear a few more! British Brawler (englishdas) I can’t say I’m surprised by this one… but I can say this is cool as hell. New Co-Driver (Sean D) This must have been the most unforgettable moment. Rally For The Lane (Green Pig) This is genuinely awesome Slice Of The Golden Era (codfangler) Old races like these are what got me really … [Read more...] about These Are The Best Of Your Most Awesome Motorsport Memories
This past Friday, Netflix released the second season of its hit series Stranger Things. Last year, the show appeared out of nowhere, catching pretty much everyone by surprise with its combination of retro-‘80s nostalgia and Steven Spielberg-meets-Stephen King storytelling. But this year, it was all about the expectations, with the streaming service creating a wave of hype that framed the show’s return as one of the must-watch entertainment events of the year. Now that we’ve actually had a chance to see what series creators the Duffer brothers put together for the sequel, a group of us here at The Verge decided to sit down and discuss our feelings about Stranger Things season 2. The nostalgia, new characters like Eight, Billy, and Bob, and the unanswered questions — we’re going to dig into it all. It should probably go without saying, but just in case:spoilers ahead. Did the new season recapture that surprise Stranger Things magic? Bryan: I really loved the … [Read more...] about Question Club: Is Stranger Things season 2 a worthy sequel to the original?
New actors have joined the cast of "Stranger Things," making season 2 even more fun to speculate about. Actor Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings" trilogy) will play Bob Newby, a "kindhearted former nerd who went to high school with Joyce (Winona Ryder) and Hopper (David Harbour) and now manages the local Hawkins RadioShack," Entertainment Weekly reported Monday. Related stories Relive the creepiest 'Stranger Things' moments with cute Funko figures Retro 'Stranger Things' news report on Barb's disappearance 'Stranger Things' recipes let you dine on a Demogorgon It will be interesting to see what electronic gizmos the characters piece together next season thanks to having a friend at RadioShack. On the bad guy side, actor Paul Reiser ("Mad About You," "Aliens") will play Dr. Owens, a "high-ranking member within the Department of Energy on a 'clean-up' assignment, tasked with containing the events of last year." Reiser, best known for his comedic roles, was also brilliant as the bad guy … [Read more...] about ‘Stranger Things’ adds a hobbit and more to its cast