#ThrowbackThursday – Independence Day

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 →

Review – The Equalizer 2

You may or may not know that this franchise from director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington is based on a television series of the same name from the eighties that starred Edward Woodward.  In each version, the main character, ex-intelligence agent Robert McCall, seeks to strike a balance between right and wrong through vigilantism,... Continue Reading →

Review – Battle of the Sexes

I'm a pretty big tennis fan.  I'm also a fairly new tennis fan.  I became interested in the sport during the 2012 Summer Olympics.  I turned it on for background noise as I did chores around the house, but it kept grabbing my attention.  I couldn't help but notice how the players' bodies and minds... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – The Grudge

Original US release date: October 22, 2004 Production budget: $10,000,000 Worldwide gross: $187,281,115 The Grudge was a massive hit back in 2004 when it was released in the wake of the success of The Ring.  Both films (and a slew of others to follow) ushered in the Japanese-inspired-horror craze and were really the only two to capitalize... Continue Reading →

46. Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence is facing an uphill battle.  At least, financially.  There is not a strong history of successful sequels coming more than three years or so after the previous installment.  It happens (Jurassic World), but it's rare.  In this case, there's been a mammoth twenty-year gap.  Also going against it is the lack of... Continue Reading →

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