Friday, December 30, 2016

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #52: The Social Network (2010)

Running Time: 120 minutes
Directed By: David Fincher
Written By: Aaron Sorkin, based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
Main Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Josh Pence
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Not a lot to say here. A few months ago, I got the urge to see The Social Network once again - somehow just knowing I'd like it better this go around. I'd only seen it one other time and liked it well enough that first time. I was right - I definitely dug it quite a bit this time; enough to make it an entry to my personal list. The only comment I'll make regarding the film itself is that I'm baffled by how dark Fincher is able to make a movie about Facebook. I think the score from Trent Reznor helped a lot to dampen the atmosphere and give the film a real feeling of gloom. 

RATING: 8/10

Thursday, December 29, 2016

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #51: Child's Play 2 (1990)

Running Time: 84 minutes
Directed By: John Lafia
Written By: Don Mancini
Main Cast: Alex Vincent, Jenny Agutter, Gerrit Graham, Christine Elise, Brad Dourif (voice)
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Yep, I enjoyed Child's Play 2 better than the original Child's Play. Both were big parts of my childhood and it was the original that lead to many sleepless night for a young me.

But why do I think part 2 is better than part 1? A few reasons: For starters, everything is already explained. In the original, we don't get into the blood and gore for at least thirty minutes, as we meet Andy Barclay, his mother, learn how Charles Lee Ray got transformed into a doll and build a little suspense before he goes full ape shit on the unsuspecting humans. In part 2, we already know Andy, we already know how he became a doll and the script does a good job of being succinct with how his charred remains get recreated. Part 2 is really just a continuation of the first movie and it's really great, with some old school horror blood & guts.

Not to mention the AMAZING climax at the toy factory, which has got to be one of the all time great horror finales in all of horror. No question - I prefer Child's Play 2 to the original.

RATING: 7.5/10

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #50: Up in the Air (2009)

Running Time: 109 minutes
Directed By: Jason Reitman
Written By: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, based on the novel by Walter Kirn
Main Cast: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton
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When compiling these selections, it actually came down between this and the original Child's Play for the fifteenth spot and I ultimately went with this. This particular viewing was only the second time I'd seen Up in the Air and I liked it much better this go around. Film snobs tend to overlook Clooney as a quality actor and Farmiga is also fine onscreen. Happy to invite this one into my fold.

RATING: 8/10

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #49: ...And Justice for All (1979)

Running Time: 119 minutes
Directed By: Norman Jewison
Written By: Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson
Main Cast: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe, Lee Strasberg, Jeffrey Tambor
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Did you know that I love Al Pacino? I used to really really like him back in the day and at a young, impressionable age, I saw a lot of his movies - a lot of movies that ended up becoming personal favorites, due to it being my age of cinematic impersonation. Three of those Pacino films will be included in this new batch - this is the first...

RATING: 8/10

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #48: Warrior (2011)

Running Time: 140 minutes
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor
Written By: Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman
Main Cast: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo
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I do, truly love a good underdog story and this one also had the backdrop of an MMA tournament, Now, I don't watch MMA personally, but I do watch wrestling and with the exception of being fake, it's similar - so I could easily get into this. Also, I think this was my first Tom Hardy movie and I dug him. Need to see more of that guy...

RATING: 9/10

Saturday, December 24, 2016

SINS OF OMISSION - Entry #47: Senna (2010)

Running Time: 106 minutes
Directed By: Asif Kapadia
Written By: Manish Pandey
Main Cast: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis, Viviane Senna
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Let's just put it this way: I really could not possibly care less about 1) race cars or cars in general 2) race car drivers or 3) car racing - yet this doc made me, for it's length, care about nothing else. This one completely swept me away into the world of Ayrton Senna and when it ended, I had a tear in my eye. Great stuff!

(Couldn't find very many pictures for this one, so you get what you get,)

RATING: 8.5/10

Sins of Omission - Entry #94: ZODIAC (2007)

Running Time: 157 minutes Directed By: David Fincher  Written By: James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith Main Cast : Jake...