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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

 

No. 8 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#8 – The Fugitive

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Nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, The Fugitive finally saw Tommy Lee Jones receive his due reward with an Oscar for Supporting Actor. Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones race through the breathless manhunt movie based on the classic TV series. Ford is prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuers to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime. Jones (1993 Academy Award and Golden Globe winner as Best
Supporting Actor) is Sam Gerard, an unrelenting bloodhound of a U.S. Marshal. They are hunted and hunter.

This film was no stop action and Harrison Ford was equally impressive as Dr. Kimball.  I remember watching rerun of the TV series of the same name growing up, as my mother loved the show, and she and I saw the movie together.  Exciting, and action packed, but even more than that was the caliber of the acting, the script and the cinematography. Definitely one of the Best pictures of the year. It continues to be one of my favorites.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Action, Fav Films of 1993

 

No. 9 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#9 – Benny & Joon

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Johnny Depp was nominated for a Golden Globe for his astonishing performance as Sam in Benny & Joon, as the young waif outsider that falls in love with Mary Stuart-Masterson’s equally great perfomance of Joon, a mentally ill young woman. This film is one of my favorite early perfomances of Depp and is just a forerunner of what he was to become. Depp channels Chaplin, Keaton and Harry LLoyd perfectly. What seems at firts to be a comedy becomes a touching, intimate romance drama. If you are a Depp fan you will love this film as do I. The film also stars, Jullianne Moore and Aidan Quinn.

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Fav Films of 1993, Romantic Comedy

 

No. 10 ~ Favorite Films of 1993

#10 Hocus Pocus

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What a movie!!  I absolutely love this film, from little Thora Birch to Sarah Jessica Parker and of course Bette, no not Davis, the other Bette, Bette Midler. Suprisingly this film shows up on a lot of favorites for 1993, because it’s just that…entertaining.  No, the acting is not spectacular, nor is the cinematography but it is entertaining.  Plus it is a Halloween movie that you can watch with the entire family, unlike many other Halloween movies that you have to turn off when kids walk into the room. I remember watching this with my kids when they were young and they loved it.  It was funny, and scary (at least for a four year old) and I have to say Bette Midler was a hoot!!  Sarah Jessica Parker was the pretty witch! However i still can not figure out why the witch played by Kathy Nijimy spoke out of the corner of her mouth.

And just for fun…look at Thora Birch today…

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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Comedy, Fav Films of 1993

 

Favorite Films of 1993

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1993 introduced us to beanie babies, and was the year when Michael Jackson’s image began to tarnish, it also brought us the first bagless vaccum and the Pentium Processor. The big winners in Hollywood for 1993 were; Schindler’s List,  Jurrasic Park, and Sleepless in Seattle. Hollywood also lost in 1993. Stars such as, Audrey Hepburn, Brandon Lee, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Helen Hayes, Raymond Burr, Vincent Price, River Phoenix and Myrna Loy just to name a few.

As is every year, 1993 had some great films, and some really really bad films. But then again regardless if they are good or bad, they can still be a favorite film. Some of my list may not be “Oscar” worthy or even well acted, but for whatever reason I enjoyed them and continue to watch them from time to time. Here are my 10 favorites of 1993.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in 1993, 90's, Fav Films of 1993