"I'm sure this #ThrowbackThursday will be entirely uneventful and lacking from any provocative statements. After all, that's how meesa like to do things, right?"
Here we are with yet another classic film franchise struggling to find a foothold in today's marketplace. The Predator series has always been more of a cult favorite than a genuine pop culture phenomenon. Not a single film featuring the creature(s) has cracked $100 million in domestic box office receipts, including the two films shared... Continue Reading →
Original US release date: July 3, 1996 Production budget: $75,000,000 Worldwide gross: $817,400,891 Will Smith was once known as the king of the Independence Day weekend and it all started here, with Roland Emmerich's Independence Day. Released around the world in the middle of the week to coincide with the dates on which the film,... Continue Reading →
Who doesn't love Winnie the Pooh? Created by English author A. A. Milne (and artist E. H. Shepard) for the aptly-titled 1926 anthology Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh and his cast of characters have been delighting children of all ages for over ninety years, now. We all have a character in the Hundred Acre Wood that we can... Continue Reading →
"(FALLOUT) fires on all cylinders, then takes those cylinders, supercharges them, fills them all with nitroglycerin, puts each one in its own microwave within a nuclear power plant, sets the timers for 5 seconds, and then yells, 'RUUUUUUN!' just to see what happens."
Marvel Studios is back with the sequel to 2015's (not such a) surprise hit, Ant-Man. This time, Scott Lang has a partner as the Wasp is not only formally introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (though the original Janet Van Dyne version had a cameo in Ant-Man) but shares headlining status, making her the first... Continue Reading →
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 →
Like most people, as a kid, I loved dinosaurs. Unlike most people, as I got older, my fascination with them never tempered. While I don't have the encyclopedic knowledge of a career paleontologist, my dinosaur IQ is solidly above average. When I was younger, I had didactic dino books that I devoured daily. My two... Continue Reading →
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 →
Fourteen years is a long time between installments within a film franchise and, for most, it would be too much to overcome. Audiences have relatively short memories and many once-bankable intellectual properties have been met with apathy and disinterest after waiting too long to return to theaters. Scream, Terminator, and Alien all struggled and ultimately... Continue Reading →