#ThrowbackThursday – American Psycho

Original US release date: April 14, 2000 Production budget: $7,000,000 Worldwide gross: $34,266,564 Here we have another #ThrowbackThursday film that I saw only once, shortly after its release.  This one might as well be new to me, as any significant memory of what I saw has been forced out of my brain by eighteen additional... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – The Departed

Original US release date: October 6, 2006 Production budget: $90,000,000 Worldwide gross: $291,465,034 If you've read enough of my work, you know that crime movies generally aren't my thing.  I have no issue with them in concept but, much like war-based films, they often share the same themes, plot points, as well as characters that... Continue Reading →

Review – Gringo

Admittedly, movies in the vein of Nash Edgerton's Gringo aren't always my cup of tea. I can't really explain why, outside of possibly my difficulty in relating to and empathizing with criminals that are also ostensibly the protagonist(s) of the film. I took a chance on this one, anyway, due to the strong cast and... Continue Reading →

Review – Death Wish (2018)

Here's something weird and funny about me: I was a nine-year-old kid who absolutely loved "Moonlighting". For those who might be unfamiliar, "Moonlighting" was the television detective show that gave Bruce Willis his start in Hollywood as he starred alongside Cybill Shepherd as a pair of private investigators while they shared five seasons of both... Continue Reading →

Review – Game Night

Though I've been looking forward to seeing this film, it was not my first choice for tonight.  My plan was to see Alex Garland's Annihilation, but my local theater didn't get it and I didn't want to go way out of town for it on a weeknight.  I have a busy weekend ahead, so it will... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Machete

Original US release date: September 3, 2010 Production budget: $10,500,000 Worldwide gross: $44,093,316 The origin story of Robert Rodriguez's Machete is an interesting, yet simple, one.  In 2007, Rodriguez and fellow director Quentin Tarantino teamed up to release a self-contained double-feature called Grindhouse with each director helming their own film and then combining them into a single... Continue Reading →

Review – The Snowman

Tomas Alfredson's The Snowman is the first film featured in my Ten Fourth-Quarter 2017 Films to be Excited About! column to be released, alongside A24's The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which hits limited release, this weekend, as well.  I've actually been more excited for the latter - especially after seeing that the reviews for The Snowman were far... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Minority Report

Original US release date: June 21, 2002 Production budget: $102,000,000 Worldwide gross: $358,372,926 I actually wasn't excited about the release of Steven Spielberg's Minority Report in the summer of 2002.  I liked Spielberg.  I liked Cruise.  But the trailer didn't appeal to me.  And, even worse, it felt like I was forced to watch said trailer... Continue Reading →

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