#ThrowbackThursday – Predator

Original US release date: June 12, 1987 Production budget: $15,000,000 Worldwide gross: $98,267,558 As I mentioned in my review of Incredibles 2 (which you can find here), Predator is another in the recent litany of theatrical intellectual properties set for a revival.  Hollywood has met with mixed results in these attempts to reignite enthusiasm for... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – 1941

Original US release date: December 14, 1979 Production budget: $35,000,000 Worldwide gross: $92,455,742 In 1979, Steven Spielberg was already riding high.  His two previous efforts in the director's chair, Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, were massive hits, with Jaws being the highest-grossing film of all-time up to that point and the first... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Iron Man

Original US release date: May 2, 2008 Production budget: $140,000,000 Worldwide gross: $585,174,222 Where does one begin when discussing the lasting impact this movie has had on the film industry, worldwide culture, and our lives, in general?  Let's start here: Marvel was in trouble.  They had filed for bankruptcy and needed money badly.  They were... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – An American in Paris

Original US release date: October 4, 1951 Production budget: $2,724,000 Worldwide gross: $6,981,000 (I'm trying another true classic, this week.  The last time I did a movie such as this one, it was Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and it went entirely ignored for over a full year (you can find that column here).  If... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Batman Returns

Original US release date: June 19, 1992 Production budget: $80,000,000 Worldwide gross: $266,822,354 Following the successful reinvention of the Batman character by Frank Miller in DC Comics' The Dark Knight Returns series, director Tim Burton achieved the same result in the world of live-action entertainment when he released Batman in 1989 to massive audience enthusiasm and... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – White Men Can’t Jump

Original US release date: March 27, 1992 Production budget: $31,000,000 Worldwide gross: $90,753,806 Released in 1992, White Men Can't Jump wasn't Woody Harrelson's first movie, but it was the film that made him a movie star.  Having shot to fame as the lovable doofus bartender Woody on "Cheers", this was Harrelson's chance to show that he... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Enchanted

Original US release date: November 21, 2007 Production budget: $85,000,000 Worldwide gross: $340,487,652 I missed Enchanted during its theatrical run.  I caught it upon its DVD release after hearing so many good things about it and I found it to be one of my more surprising viewing experiences in memory.  Like a modern Who Framed Roger Rabbit... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Girl with a Pearl Earring

Original US release date: December 12, 2003 Production budget: $17,461,000 Worldwide gross: $31,466,789 Based on Tracy Chevalier's novel of the same name, Girl with a Pearl Earring had a rather tumultuous journey to the big screen - far more tumultuous than is typical for low-budget independent Oscar bait such as this.  Originally, Mike Newell was slated... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Quarantine

Original US release date: October 10, 2008 Production budget: $12,000,000 Worldwide gross: $41,319,906 Directed and co-written by John Erick Dowdle (Devil), Quarantine was a stylish horror thriller designed to take advantage of the found-footage fad that had hit big at the time.  While in no way originated by the film, the found-footage subgenre was popularized by... Continue Reading →

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