#ThrowbackThursday – Batman Returns

Original US release date: June 19, 1992 Production budget: $80,000,000 Worldwide gross: $266,822,354 Following the successful reinvention of the Batman character by Frank Miller in DC Comics' The Dark Knight Returns series, director Tim Burton achieved the same result in the world of live-action entertainment when he released Batman in 1989 to massive audience enthusiasm and... Continue Reading →

#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 →

#ThrowbackThursday – Enchanted

Original US release date: November 21, 2007 Production budget: $85,000,000 Worldwide gross: $340,487,652 I missed Enchanted during its theatrical run.  I caught it upon its DVD release after hearing so many good things about it and I found it to be one of my more surprising viewing experiences in memory.  Like a modern Who Framed Roger Rabbit... 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 – Quarantine

Original US release date: October 10, 2008 Production budget: $12,000,000 Worldwide gross: $41,319,906 Directed and co-written by John Erick Dowdle (Devil), Quarantine was a stylish horror thriller designed to take advantage of the found-footage fad that had hit big at the time.  While in no way originated by the film, the found-footage subgenre was popularized by... 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 →

#ThrowbackThursday – Machete Kills

Original US release date: October 11, 2013 Production budget: $20,000,000 Worldwide gross: $15,008,161 Robert Rodriguez's Machete (find that #ThrowbackThursday here) was one of my favorite films of 2010, so I anxiously awaited this 2013 sequel.  I remember feeling disappointed walking out of the theater upon seeing it during its opening weekend, wondering how there could be such... 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 →

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