#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 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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 →

Review – Hotel Artemis

Though Drew Pearce has a couple of significant writing credits on his résumé, having his name on the scripts for both Iron Man 3 and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Hotel Artemis marks his debut as a feature film director (in addition to writing the screenplay).  And what a debut to have, landing Jodie Foster (The... Continue Reading →

Review – Isle of Dogs

I was beginning to think I wasn't going to be able to find a way to catch Wes Anderson's latest film Isle of Dogs until my local theater went and surprised me by getting it over the weekend.  Truth be told, I've never been a huge Wes Anderson fan.  I don't outright dislike his work, but I'm... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Powder

Original US release date: October 27, 1995 Production budget: $9,500,000 Worldwide gross: $30,862,156 Another Thursday, another throwback!  This time, from director-writer Victor Salva (Jeepers Creepers and a whole bunch of personal issues that will not be delved into here) comes science-fiction drama Powder.  The film tells the story of genius albino teenager Jeremy (Sean Patrick Flannery)... Continue Reading →

Review – Thor: Ragnarok

Here we are!  If you know me at all on a personal level, you know that the Hulk is my favorite fictional character of all-time (I like him better than most real people), so Thor: Ragnarok has been my most-anticipated movie of the entire year, without question.  A combination of the comics' popular "Ragnarok" Thor story (or... Continue Reading →

Review – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

In my opinion, the original Guardians of the Galaxy is the best comic book film ever made.  It's not quite my favorite (that honor goes to The Avengers), but it is the best.  Director James Gunn, along with his co-writer Nicole Perlman and the rest of the Marvel Studios brass struck the perfect balance between... 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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