#ThrowbackThursday – Girl Happy

Original US release date: April 14, 1965 Production budget: Unknown Worldwide gross: $3,100,000 I might just happen to be a big Elvis Presley fan.  My mom has always been a huge fan as she was growing up when Elvis hit it big.  Her fandom was passed down to me.  I've spent many hours listening to... Continue Reading →

76. The Magnificent Seven

The latest from director Antoine Fuqua is The Magnificent Seven, the remake of John Bridges's 1960 classic starring Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, and Charles Bronson. That, in and of itself, was an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa's 1954 film Seven Samurai (so I guess Hollywood was "out of ideas" even back in 1960, huh, message board... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – X-Men

Original US release date: July 14, 2000 Production budget: $75,000,000 Worldwide gross: $296,339,527 Ahh, the good old days.  Don't get me wrong.  I thoroughly enjoy the landscape of comic book movies, these days.  But when Bryan Singer's original X-Men was released in 2000, the film was the realization of a lifelong dream for comic book... Continue Reading →

75. Blair Witch

The original The Blair Witch Project was the very epitome of a success upon its release in 1999.  On a shoestring budget of only $60,000, that film went on to gross over $248 million worldwide.  Generally speaking, a movie makes a profit and is considered a success if it grosses 2.5 times its budget.  The... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – The Wrestler

Original US release date: December 17, 2008 Production budget: $6,000,000 Worldwide gross: $44,703,995 I make no secret of being a lifelong wrestling fan.  Hulk Hogan was my hero as a kid and Bret Hart was my hero as an adult.  I've been to two WrestleManias, traveled 850 miles just to meet A.J. Lee, was just... Continue Reading →

74. Sully

Sully is Clint Eastwood's first film since the disaster that was American Sniper.  I don't care how much money it made.  I don't care what awards it was nominated for (and usually lost).  Many viewers got caught up in fabricated "patriotism" and entirely overlooked what a mess of a film it actually was.  Bradley Cooper gave a... Continue Reading →

73. The Disappointments Room

Another horror movie and another Kate Beckinsale appearance in my March to 100?!  I wasn't about to argue with either of those.  I regret that the next Underworld film won't quite make the cut as it's not being released until January.  My hope, however, was that D.J. Caruso's The Disappointments Room would serve as a suitable... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Meet the Parents

Original US release date: October 6, 2000 Production budget: $55,000,000 Worldwide gross: $330,444,045 There are certain films that just tap into the public zeitgeist in a way that few other films do.  It seems like everyone has seen these films.  They can quote them.  They can immediately pinpoint their favorite scene or moment.  And the... Continue Reading →

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