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#1 ~ Favorite Films 1993

#1 ~ Philadelphia

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When I first saw this film, I was so moved that I watched it again the next day and it soon became one of my favorite films of all time. Tom Hanks plays Andrew Beckett a senior associate at the largest corporate law firm in Philadelphia, Antonio Bandaras plays his partner Miguel Alvarez. Beckett takes on the firm when he is wrongfully fired, the company says for misplacing a complaint, but it is obvious he was let go due to his condition, as he is suffering from AIDS.

Tom Hanks is brilliant, as is Denzel Washington who portrays his attorney. This was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, homosexuality, and homophobia and it brings it out in full force.  However some parts of the film were edited, including a scene were Hanks and Bandaras were in bed together, but was later added in the DVD release. Other amazing actors portrayed unforgettable characters in this film, such as Jason Robards, Joanne Woodward and Mary Steenburgen.

Few films have affected me the way Philadelphia did. A powerful film, a must see!

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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in 1993, Fantasy, Fav Films of 1993

 

No. 2 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#2 ~ Schindler’s List

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In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked Schindler’s List 8th on its list of the 100 best American films. Directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List is based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally, an Australian novelist. The film tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand mostly Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. It stars Liam Neeson as Schindler, Ralph Fiennes as Schutzstaffel (SS)-officer Amon Göth, and Ben Kingsley as Schindler’s Jewish accountant Itzhak Stern. John Williams composed the score.

Not only is this film  good, it is one of the greats, the story is good the acting is amazing, but the cineamatography, sets, costumes and the directing is par excellence. As one critic states, Ultimately, the film is memorable as much for simple testimony as for the cinematic art it displays.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Drama, Fav Films of 1993

 

No. 3 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#3 ~ Jurrasic Park

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I know, the plot is predictable, the acting, for the exception of Sam Neil, was not the best, but the cinematography and special effects were the best that film had ever seen to that point. The first scene where they are in the open field and all of a sudden you see these huge dinosaurs, it actually was awesome, especially in the theater.  Based on Michael Creighton’s book of the same name, this sci-fi adventure had it all. Drama, a little bit of romance, warm-hearted story, of course adventure and above all, yes I will say it again, special effects!  A lot of them. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it won three Oscars, of course for special effects, sound editing and sound mixing. But for 1993, this was the film to beat in the box office, and for years to come.  Plus a huge dinosaur chasing Jeff Goldblum was worth going to see!

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Action, Adventure, Fav Films of 1993, Sci-Fi

 

No. 4 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#4 ~ What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

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This film was my first introduction to Leonardo DiCaprio, and I became an instant fan.  His portrayal of Arnie Grape, a mentally challenged boy being raised by his obese and severely depressed mother was remarkable. Johnny Depp, who is also fantastic in his role, plays Gilbert Grape, Dicaprio’s older brother, who has taken over and a caretaker for his brother. The film focuses on Gilbert’s frustration with his life and his circumstances, and feels trapped as he knows he has to take care of his brother or he will be put in a home, as his mother certainly can not care for him.  The relationship between the two brothers is what makes the film, as you can feel the enduring love Gilbert has for his brother, yet wants so badly to do something with his life. Arnie, on the other hand loves his brother, but has no concept of what his brother is sacrificing.

Juliette Lewis also stars in this film as a tourist that gets stranded in town with her grandmother when their travel trailer breaks down, and she becomes involved with Gilbert, and he begins to fall in love. I think this is one of her best performances.  I love this film and all it’s quirkiness, and its realism. Definitely one of my favorites.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Drama, Fav Films of 1993

 

No. 5 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#5 ~ In the Name of the Father

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There is no question that Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the best actors of our generation, or possibly of all time. This film and his performance is another example of his raw and powerful talent.  This film is based upon the  true story of Gerry Conlon, (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) a man falsely accused of the 1974 Guildford pub bombings orchestrated by the IRA. Directed by Jim Sheridan, who directed Lewis to Oscar fame with My Left Foot.  Emma Thompson also give a stirring performance as the attorney who works tirelessly to prove Conlon is innocent.

Not only does this film tell the story of social injustice but is a remarkable and powerful drama with a more intimate family tale of estranged father and son, played by Daniel Day-Lewis and Peter Postlethwaite, who also gave a performance of a lifetime. Their story is appealing and draws you in they are what really make this film. Their performances pull some of the slow moments and times where the movie lags and bring it back to par. Stirring movie with stirring performances a must see for any fan of the movies.

 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Drama, Fav Films of 1993

 

No. 6 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#6 ~ The Piano

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The Piano deserves a place among the classics. The story, the cinematography and the amazing acting by Holly Hunter and young Anna Paquin was astounding and powerful.  it is not just a tale of a woman’s passion and story, but the story of each one of us in some way. The sexual tension, and antagonistic mood, moved me in a way a film rarely does. I could watch this film over and over and see something new each time i watch it. Makes it feel like its the first time. Hunter and Paquin won well deserved Oscars for Actress and supporting Actress. Jane Campion won Best Original Screenplay Oscar for this wonderful film which was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Drama, Fav Films of 1993

 

No. 7 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#7 – Mrs. Doubtfire

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Being a young teen growing up in the 1970’s I remember Robin Williams’ beginnings, as Mork from Ork.  I thought to myself then, “this guy is an amazing actor, with so much energy, where did they find this guy!?”  I never realized just where Robin Williams would wind up, which is a major superstar.  Mrs. Doubtfire is one of my favorite Robin Williams movies, and it also has my other childhood favorite actress, Sally Field.  This film was just fun, and it touched me as I was going through a divorce qat the time and facing the realization that I would not be with my children every day any more.

Williams pulled off the Mrs. Doubtfire, in an amazing way, he transformed himself on screen to make you the audience think that his kids, ex wife and everyone around really thought he was this “Nanny” One of my favorite scenes was were Robin had to meet Mrs. Sellner played by the incomprable Anne Haney. This film has become a classic, and continues to entertain.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Comedy, Fav Films of 1993