61. Bad Moms

I'll be honest; I only saw Bad Moms due to the leftover good will that Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell retain in the wake of Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  The trailer, in my mind, was not very funny, at all.  And even the above poster is a jumbled, cluttered mess.  So, while there have been several... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Ouija

Original US release date: October 24, 2014 Production budget: $5,000,000 Worldwide gross: $103,590,271 Once again, I leave #ThrowbackThursday up to the randomizer and, once again, it chooses a horror film.  But it works out seeing as how the follow-up (and prequel, it appears) Ouija: Origin of Evil is set to be released, this October.  That's a... Continue Reading →

60. Nerve

The origins of Nerve probably depend on who you ask.  Some will tell you that the film is adapted from the 2012 novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan.  And, strictly speaking, that's true.  But upon seeing the initial trailer, I was reminded of another film I watched (and really liked) not too long... Continue Reading →

59. Star Trek Beyond

I've never considered myself a Trekkie.  I watched some of the original Star Trek series in syndication as a kid (I'm not old enough to have watched it as it originally aired.  It feels so nice to say that.) but it never hooked me.  I did enjoy J.J. Abrams's 2009 Star Trek, however, and -... Continue Reading →

58. Lights Out

Lights Out had me at "Hello".  I consider its trailer to be the best of the year and after seeing it for the first time, Lights Out leaped close to the top of my must-see list.  In fact, I put off the new Star Trek film until tomorrow in order to prioritize Lights Out, tonight.  It's... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – The Ring

Original US release date: October 18, 2002 Production budget: $48,000,000 Worldwide gross: $249,348,933 Pop quiz, hotshot!  Daveigh Chase, the actress who portrayed the terrifying Samara in The Ring, also voiced what much-beloved Disney character?  Well, I'll get into that.  But, first . . . a story. I couldn't decide what movie to feature for last... Continue Reading →

57. Ghostbusters (2016)

I have returned!  After a wonderful week in rural Alaska, I feel like I haven't seen a movie in about a year.  But I did see glaciers, beaches, sea otters, eagles, and a great friend, so it was well worth the trip! But it's back to business with the much-anticipated Ghostbusters!  I hated that I was... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – The Grudge

Original US release date: October 22, 2004 Production budget: $10,000,000 Worldwide gross: $187,281,115 The Grudge was a massive hit back in 2004 when it was released in the wake of the success of The Ring.  Both films (and a slew of others to follow) ushered in the Japanese-inspired-horror craze and were really the only two to capitalize... Continue Reading →

56. Swiss Army Man

Swiss Army Man was the fourth release from last weekend that I previously alluded to as being highly anticipated by yours truly.  It initially showed up on my radar due to the presence of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, of whom I'm a pretty big fan.  I've known it was coming since March and I've been looking forward... Continue Reading →

55. Satanic

Here's what I knew about Satanic as I went in: 1) it's a horror movie, 2) it oddly has an adjective as a title, and 3) it probably has the creepiest poster I've ever seen.  That's it.  This was an almost-entirely blind viewing, which can often be a tremendous experience. This wasn't what I would... Continue Reading →

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