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Decade's best (random order).

1. As Good as It Gets--James Brooks's Magnum Opus. The perfect love story of the 90s (or any decade).

2. Like Water for Chocolate--Played at Fine Arts for several months. Sublimation concept brilliantly portrayed in human terms.

3. Dead Man--Huge crowd at M.B. on opening night (you're responsible for once, an American Indian is accurately re-created as himself, not what we think he is).

4. Three Kings--Nora Dunn, Breathtaking. Living documentary as history (with star vehicle).

5. Black Cat, White Cat--Mind-blowing experience (similar to Buena Vista Social Club). Only saw 60 percent, but numb and mesmerized.

6. Being John Malkovich--J.M. went way out on a limb with career choice (pays off in spades). Absolutely riveting breakthrough performance by Catherine Keener.

7. Unforgiven--Eastwood defining Western as a new concept. Best movie in around 15 years at Rehab (videos). Hackman selection vital.

8. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle--For once a woman is a living demon with sincere motivation. Feeding baby, erotic beyond human experience and belief.

9. Six Degrees of Separation--John Guare crowning masterpiece (Frank Rich 10 best plays). Stockard Channing redeemed herself for grotesque "turkey" (Grease).

10. Titanic--Another Rules of the Game with dying aristocracy making fools of themselves. Leo-Kate relationship similar to mine with Pat (at institution).

Michael Pinske

N. LaSalle

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