#ThrowbackThursday – The Great Buck Howard

Original US release date: March 20, 2009 Production budget: Unknown Worldwide gross: $900,689 The Great Buck Howard is a bit of a mystery.  Not the film, itself, but the circumstances surrounding the film.  The low-budget production, distributed by Magnolia Pictures, never really reached an audience.  Despite its charming narrative and characters and its brand-name cast,... Continue Reading →

Review – The Post

I've said it numerous times before, but I'll state, once again, that Tom Hanks is my all-time favorite actor.  There's absolutely no way I would miss any of his films in the theater, but team him up with Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep and I don't see how anyone with decent taste could resist.  If that... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – The Simpsons Movie

Original US release date: July 27, 2007 Production budget: $75,000,000 Worldwide gross: $527,071,022 The Simpsons is my favorite television comedy of all-time (and my second-favorite television show, altogether, after Lost).  From day one, it's been a sharp-tongued, envelope-pushing, quick-witted cornucopia of one-liners, sight-gags, satire, and the most memorable characters ever created and designed for in-home... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Larry Crowne

Original US release date: July 1, 2011 Production budget: $30,000,000 Worldwide gross: $72,008,245 Back in 2011, Tom Hanks released Larry Crowne, a film that he directed and co-wrote, along with Nia Vardalos.  The marketing mostly centered around the fact that the film co-starred Hanks and Julia Roberts.  It wasn't their first film together, but it was... Continue Reading →

Review – The Circle

Going into The Circle, I had very little idea of what to expect.  The trailer did a very good job of not spoiling anything while offering up the suggestion of techno-thrills and mystery.  If you know anything about me, at all, however, then you know that I was in as soon as I was aware... Continue Reading →

#Throwback Thursday – Philadelphia

Original US release date: December 24, 1993 Production budget: $26,000,000 Worldwide gross: $206,678,440 Released at the end of 1993 (just in time for awards season), Philadelphia was director Jonathan Demme's theatrical follow-up to his acclaimed - and now classic - Best Picture winner The Silence of the Lambs.  To this day, this film remains the... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Captain Phillips

Original US release date: October 11, 2013 Production budget: $55,000,000 Worldwide gross: $218,791,811 Ahhh, is there anyone more appropriate for portraying the everyman hero character than the great Tom Hanks?  Years before Hanks portrayed Captain Chesley Sullenberger in 2016's Sully Hanks portrayed Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, which was infamously hijacked by Somali... Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday – Toy Story

Original US release date: November 22, 1995 Production budget: $30,000,000 Worldwide gross: $373,554,033 The lasting impact that Toy Story had on the film industry can not possibly be overstated.  A first of its kind, there had never been a feature-length computer-animated film of any sort until November 22, 1995, when Toy Story hit theaters and... Continue Reading →

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