85. Inferno

Here we are, at the second film that made my list of 10 Fourth Quarter 2016 Films to Be Excited About.  You may know by now that Tom Hanks is my favorite actor.  You may also know that Felicity Jones has won me over in the last few years and that I consider her to... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Collateral

Original US release date: August 6, 2004 Production budget: $65,000,000 Worldwide gross: $217,764,291 I know it's not popular to praise performers once they've become hugely famous and successful.  And it's especially not popular to overlook their quirky real-life choices or behavior that comes from being human - even if nobody is hurt by them in... Continue Reading →

84. Keeping Up with the Joneses

Keeping Up with the Joneses is another one of those movies of which I didn't necessarily expect a whole lot, but that sucked me in with the cast.  Specifically, Zach Galifianakis and Gal Gadot (who was pretty handily the best thing about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).  The trailer was fairly funny and director Greg Mottola... Continue Reading →

83. Ouija: Origin of Evil

Not too long ago, I featured the original Ouija in one of my weekly #ThrowbackThursday features.  Though I liked Olivia Cooke as the lead, I found upon this repeat viewing that the film oddly mimicked the basic structure and story points of a very popular all-time horror classic. Upon seeing the trailer for Ouija: Origin of... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Batman

Original US release date: June 23, 1989 Production budget: $35,000,000 Worldwide gross: $411,348,924 So much can be said about Tim Burton's Batman.  Though this was not the first time that Batman had ventured to the big screen (he was featured in a theatrical serial in the 1940s and then the Adam West series transitioned to cinemas with... Continue Reading →

82. Shin Gojira (Godzilla Resurgence)

Count me among those who outright loved Gareth Edwards's 2014 American Godzilla.  It wasn't perfect, but it was unquestionably high-quality with a sense of poetry to it that the 1998 Roland Emmerich version lacked to the point of starvation.  But Shin Gojira marks my very first opportunity to see a Japanese Godzilla film in a... Continue Reading →

81. The Accountant

The Accountant is the latest film from director Gavin O'Connor, about an autistic mathematician who gets wrapped up in the shady business of his equally shady clientele.  While O'Connor has been hit (Warrior) and miss (Jane Got A Gun) for me, I can't say the same for the outstanding cast - maybe the strongest in... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Silent Hill

Original US release date: April 21, 2006 Production budget: $50,000,000 Worldwide gross: $97,607,453 Silent Hill holds a special place in my heart.  For one, the early installments in the video game series really captured my imagination and I remember them fondly.  "Silent Hill 2" is still one of my five favorite video games of all-time... Continue Reading →

80. The Girl on the Train

If you missed it, The Girl on the Train was the first of my 10 Fourth Quarter 2016 Films to Be Excited About.  As I mentioned in that column, I haven't read the Paula Hawkins novel of the same name on which this film is based, but I love Emily Blunt (both her talent and... Continue Reading →

79. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

There's so much historical significance and modern controversy surrounding The Birth of a Nation that I don't even know where to begin my introduction.  Let's start with the title, which is purposefully the same title of D.W. Griffith's 1915 silent film centered around the Civil War and the postwar Reconstruction era.  That film is widely... Continue Reading →

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