#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 →

Review – Blade Runner 2049

I'm not any sort of lifelong Blade Runner fan.  I saw the original film for the first time about five years ago.  I also haven't seen it since.  I liked it fine.  I just like many other films much more.  For me, the most appealing aspect of Blade Runner 2049 is director Denis Villeneuve, who knocked everybody's... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Men in Black

Original US release date: July 2, 1997 Production budget: $90,000,000 Worldwide gross: $589,390,539 Based on the Marvel comic (yep), Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black just recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary.  How old does that make you feel, huh?  Upon its original release, the film was a smash hit, earning more than five times its production budget in... Continue Reading →

Review – War for the Planet of the Apes

Back in 2011, Rupert Wyatt's Rise of the Planet of the Apes surprised the world simply by nature of its quality.  Though the Planet of the Apes franchise was once mighty, Tim Burton had attempted to revive it in 2001 to little success.  The film was a financial success, but seemingly failed to stir up much... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Fantastic Four (2015)

Original US release date: August 7, 2015 Production budget: $120,000,000 Worldwide gross: $167,977,596 Well, here we go.  I talk a lot about the entitlement of modern audiences - especially those from the comic book fanbase - and no film in recent memory is a better example of that fan entitlement than Josh Trank's 2015 Fantastic Four. ... Continue Reading →

Review – Spider-Man: Homecoming

I say without any hint of hyperbole that SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING may be the most anticipated film in movie history.  For so long, Spider-Man struggled under Sony to find his voice.  The Sam Raimi films starring Tobey Maguire were certainly strong, but not exactly the Spider-Man that we had all known and loved since 1962 (or whenever... Continue Reading →

Review – Transformers: The Last Knight

I have a feeling this is a wasted column.  Let's be honest; you've already made your mind up about this movie.  Most of you probably did so without even seeing it.  So, why should I bother?  Maybe there's one person out there who actually cares what I think, regardless of their own opinion?  Probably not.  But... Continue Reading →

Review – Alien: Covenant

I became a fan of the Alien franchise later in life (relatively speaking).  Despite the fact that not all of the films have been of the highest standard, I remain a fan.  I love the character/creature design, probably as much as any other property out there.  I love the versatility of the franchise and how... 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 →

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