#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 →

Review – Hereditary

From an A24 drought to two A24 films within a couple of weeks (you can find the other one here).  Critics have loved Hereditary, the feature film directorial debut for Ari Aster.  Audiences, on the other hand, have given it a D+ Cinemascore which I found incredibly encouraging.  Yes, encouraging.  Typically, the less general audiences... Continue Reading →

Review – Disobedience

This one has been on my radar for a while, now. Having first been released about a month ago, it's been slowly expanding around the country and finally made its way within reasonable driving distance. The trailer came off as powerful and affecting and what genuine film lover can resist the tag team of Rachel... Continue Reading →

Review – Adrift

I've been looking forward to Baltasar Kormákur's Adrift partially because I've been a fan of Shailene Woodley since her work in Alexander Payne's The Descendants and partially because I've seen a trailer for this film before literally every movie I've seen for the last six weeks (except for last night's).  Aside from all of that, the film seemed... 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 – Crimson Tide

Original US release date: May 12, 1995 Production budget: $53,000,000 Worldwide gross: $157,387,195 Tony Scott's Crimson Tide was one of two (that I can recall) movies from the nineties that centered around a submarine crew amidst hostilities between the United States and Russia, with the second of those films being 1990's The Hunt for Red October from... Continue Reading →

Review – Tully

I've been looking forward to Jason Reitman's Tully for a while, now.  Having directed such cult classics as Juno (that #ThrowbackThursday column is here), Young Adult, and my personal favorite Up in the Air, Reitman has a solid track record of thoughtful, relatable dramedies.  The film is also written by Diablo Cody, who wrote both the previously mentioned Juno and... Continue Reading →

#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 – Slumdog Millionaire

Original US release date: November 12, 2008 Production budget: $15,000,000 Worldwide gross: $377,910,544 For the second time in three weeks, we have an Academy Award Best Picture winner as the focus of #ThrowbackThursday.  Two weeks ago, I featured the 2007 winner in Martin Scorsese's The Departed.  This week's featured film, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire won the trophy... Continue Reading →

Review – Chappaquiddick

Politically-themed movies can be a mixed bag.  It can often be difficult for them to reach a mainstream audience who may be more interested in escaping politics than in paying money for entertainment that centers around them.  From director John Curran (The Painted Veil) comes Chappaquiddick, a recounting of the true story in which senator Ted... Continue Reading →

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