Original US release date: September 23, 1994 Production budget: $25,000,000 Worldwide gross: $28,341,469 Based on Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont's more-succinctly titled The Shawshank Redemption is one of the most beloved films in all of cinematic history. Released in 1994, and garnering a plethora of award nominations in 1995,... Continue Reading →
"As I left the theater, tonight, the guy in front of me turned back to me and said, 'That was stupid.' What did I say? I said . . ."
If you were to have polled comic book readers sometime before 2008 regarding which original story by acclaimed superstar comic book writer Mark Millar would end up as the highest grossing film adapted from his various works, few would have predicted Kingsman: The Secret Service. I suppose one reason for that would be that the film... Continue Reading →
If you know me, you know I'm usually down for a horror movie. It doesn't matter to me if it's supposed to be good or not; I'm willing to give it a shot. Sometimes expectations are high. And sometimes not. Sometimes it pays off. And sometimes not. But one never really knows without seeing it. ... Continue Reading →
Original US release date: December 10, 1999 Production budget: $24,000,000 Worldwide gross: $88,545,092 So here's another #ThrowbackThursday film that's a first-time watch for me. All I really remembered about The Cider House Rules (besides its distinctive title) was that it starred Charlize Theron. Upon my rediscovery of the film, however (or my first full discovery, as... Continue Reading →
"By opting out of these films, one is making the active choice to lose touch with where we are as a global society and culture."
Original US release date: July 27, 2007 Production budget: $75,000,000 Worldwide gross: $527,071,022 The Simpsons is my favorite television comedy of all-time (and my second-favorite television show, altogether, after Lost). From day one, it's been a sharp-tongued, envelope-pushing, quick-witted cornucopia of one-liners, sight-gags, satire, and the most memorable characters ever created and designed for in-home... Continue Reading →
When I went to see Annabelle: Creation, there was a preview clip (not a traditional trailer) for the first theatrical adaptation of Stephen King's legendary novel, It. We were shown the famous scene near the beginning of the story where little Georgie is confronted by Pennywise, who is lurking in the storm drain. In just that... Continue Reading →
Original US release date: November 15, 1996 Production budget: $27,000,000 Worldwide gross: $231,976,425 As big of a movie buff as I am, I have spent 21 years dragging my heels when it comes to seeing The English Patient. There's a reason for that. It's not a good reason, though. It's actually a rather stupid reason. ... Continue Reading →