Saturday, April 1, 2017

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #63: ALADDIN (1992)

Running Time: 90 minutes
Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker
Written By: Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Burny Mattinson, Roger Allers, Dean Jippes, Kevin Harkey, Sue C. Nichols, Francis Glebas, Darrell Rooney, Larry Leker, James Fujii, Kirk Hanson, Kevin Lima, Rebecca Rees, David S. Smith, Chris Sanders, Brian Pimental, Patrick A. Ventura
Main Cast: (voice): Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, Linda Larkin, Jonathan Freeman, Frank Welker
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Man, this thing has almost as many writers as it has minutes in it's running time, geesh!

Anyway, everyone has a favorite Disney movie, character or SOMETHING, right? Well this has to be my favorite of the classic Disney animated films. This, of course, excludes anything Pixar, because I'm pretty sure Toy Story will always be my all-time favorite animated movie. This thing is just really BIG and it's actually a whole lot of fun to boot. Filled with grandeur, laughs and even a sprig of drama, it had to be a good time to be an adult in the theaters showing Aladdin. Not only did you get to entertain the kiddies, but even you got something you could actually sink your teeth into. And lastly, this is probably my favorite thing that Robin Williams has ever done. I'm really not a fan of the guy, but this is one forum where his over the top antics and rolodex of impersonations doesn't seem AS over the top as it would in live action.

RATING: 8/10

Thursday, March 30, 2017

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #62: Brother's Keeper (1992)

Running Time: 104 minutes
Directed By: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
Main Cast: Delbert Ward, Roscoe Ward, Lyman Ward, Walt Geisler, Ken Elmer


Think Making A Murderer, but just twenty years earlier and you've pegged the 1992, critically acclaimed doc Brother's Keeper. Stories like this always interest me and there's really some intriguing ideas on parade here as the death of William Ward is put under the microscope and the seemingly, wrongfully accused Delbert Ward (his brother) fights for his justice in the American legal system. Great stuff, as I become more and more a documentary aficionado.

RATING: 7.5/10

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #61: The Cable Guy (1996)

Running Time: 96 minutes
Directed By: Ben Stiller
Written By: Lou Holtz Jr.
Main Cast: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black, George Segal
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No fancy-schmansy introduction this go around, just hopping right in! You guys really have no idea how much forcing myself to write on this blog regularly for six years turned me off to ever writing regularly again. I just don't think I have it in me anymore, but who knows - maybe one day the spark will return. For now, I'll be presenting fifteen more inclusions to my own, personal 1,000 favorites list, using mostly pictures to let the film speak for itself. I'll probably include a sentence or two as well, just so I don't feel completely lazy.

Kicking it off with the least favorite of my new inclusions - The Cable Guy. Just because it's the least favorite, however, doesn't mean it's not deserving of it's place. I've ALWAYS been a big Jim Carrey fan and I knew that I HAD to include one of his classic comedies on my list - especially if this list is to convey what I like and what movies made up the evolution of my love of film. I can remember Carrey being a big deal when I was growing up and all of his movies being box office successes. Sure I can find guilty pleasure in some of his lesser praised works, such as, Ace Venture: Pet Detective, Dumb and Dumber and The Mask, but I've always found The Cable Guy to be one of his lesser appreciated ones that was also a genuinely quality film. A black comedy from Ben Stiller's helm, The Cable Guy is packed with laughs and one of those ones that I think I could throw on and enjoy anytime.

RATING: 7.5/10

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #60: Dying at Grace (2003)

Running Time: 148 minutes
Directed By: Allan King
Main Cast: Phyllis Bobbitt, Joyce Bone, Norman Collins, Lloyd Greenway, Colette Hegarty
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What an absolutely heart wrenching film. It was not a pleasurable experience to watch this film, as it was with the other fourteen new entrants. However, I can't deny that this was the best film I saw over the past six months. I cried, I ached for these people. Dying at Grace made me think about my own mortality and made me wish I lived in Canada, so that one day, when my number was up, I could die at Grace, in the care of such kind, dedicated professionals. I loved this film, despite how difficult it was to watch.

RATING: 9/10

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #59: Revanche (2008)

Running Time: 121 minutes
Directed By: Gotz Spielmann
Written By: Gotz Spielmann
Main Cast: Johannes Kirsch, Irina Potapenko, Andreas Lust, Ursula Strauss, Johannes Thanheiser
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I had been wanting to see this movie for quite a while and finally got a chance to check it out a few months ago. It completely lived up to the hype! Just a great, little story involving characters who intertwine into each others lives. This was right up my alley. Loved it!

RATING: 9/10

Friday, January 13, 2017

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #58: Amour (2012)

Running Time: 127 minutes
Directed By: Michael Haneke
Written By: Michael Haneke
Main Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell
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I've got three more entries to present to you and they're definitely the cream of this crop. This was my second viewing of Amour and it definitely stood out both times. I REALLY need to see the rest of Haneke's filmography, because I have a good feeling I'm not done including Haneke movies on my list. This joins Funny Games and Cache to make it three for the German born director.

RATING: 8.5/10

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #63: ALADDIN (1992)

Running Time: 90 minutes Directed By: Ron Clements, John Musker Written By: Ron Clements, John Musker, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Bu...