#ThrowbackThursday – American Beauty

Original US release date: September 15, 1999 Production budget: $15,000,000 Worldwide gross: $356,296,601 American Beauty is the 2000 Academy Award winner for Best Picture from director Sam Mendes, in what was his first directorial outing.  I saw the film shortly after its release and I recall thinking it was fine, but I didn't have the... Continue Reading →

110. 20th Century Women

I really wanted to see 20th Century Women before the Golden Globes, but it didn't hit wide release until this weekend, so it just wasn't possible.  The Academy Award nominations are announced this coming Tuesday, so that may have been a factor in the timing of the nationwide expansion.  But will it get some nominations? ... Continue Reading →

94. Rules Don’t Apply

It's been fifteen years since Warren Beatty acted in a film and eighteen years since he directed one.  It's extremely cool that I get to include him for both in my March to 100.  Rules Don't Apply isn't the first film to feature a major Hollywood actor portraying eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio prominently tackled... Continue Reading →

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