June 29, 1996

The Rock


Watched this film again in 2015 on my Roku while parenting my newborn son one late night, The Rock surprised me:
It's beautifully photographed, especially the gorgeous outdoor cinematography. Director Michael Bay and DP John Schwartzman are meticulous in their work. All the San Francisco locations don't hurt either! I really noticed Quentin Tarantino's script punch ups- he did a lot of uncredited magic in the mid 1990s- the Silver Surfer argument in Crimson Tide springs to mind- so whenever the chit chat gets excessively cool, I know it's Q at work.
Nicolas Cage is intensely handsome, but also craaaaazy!
No CGI-- In the post Terminator 2 era, so many 1990s action movies used crummy CGI to try to keep up. If there's any CGI in this movie, I didn't see it- a conventional action movie in 1996 is to be treasured! This helps keep the movie from feeling dated, 19 years later: only a few computer shots, and a few women's wardrobe choices give away the 1990s moment- of course it helps that most of the cast is in uniform throughout the movie.  (Originally I saw this movie at the Maine Mall Cinema)

Vanessa Marcil is wearing a tight white
belly-baring tee shirt and
high-waisted jeans!
Is Claire Forlani wearing Silent Bob's
overcoat in this scene?

June 22, 1996

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

I really enjoy the design of this poster.
A little more inventive than a average by-the-numbers Disney animated feature. I saw this twice probably because my girlfriend was a huge Disney fan. (June 22nd and July 7th, 1996)

June 8, 1996

Highest Grossing Movies (That I Have Never Seen)

Our of the top 200 movies of all time I have seen 151 of the 200 highest-grossing movies of all time. Here's the Top Ten I haven't seen:

RankTitleAdjusted Gross
14Ben-Hur$847,700,000
37Love Story$605,484,000
42Cleopatra$581,136,900
45Airport$571,862,600
49Around the World in 80 Days$558,923,100
53The Bells of St. Mary's$542,745,100
56The Towering Inferno$530,899,500
61The Greatest Show on Earth$519,000,000
63The Passion of the Christ$516,446,900
71Smokey and the Bandit$491,604,800

it's not exactly a collection of essential classics, is it?
  • US box office
  • Adjusted for inflation
  • 1921 through February 2017
  • I saw them either on home video or in the theater


Flirting With Disaster

flirtingA screwball comedy from David O. Russell. It looks and sounds like the kind of movie I would truly enjoy, but it didn't click for me. (Loews Janus, JFK St, Harvard Sq)

June 2, 1996

Dragonheart

dragonheartSean Connery cashing in as the voice of the CGI dragon, and a ragged-looking Dennis Quaid, slumping as the dragon-killer. (Maine Mall Cinema)

June 1, 1996

38th Mix...Mastering the Fine Art of Compromise

"No Springsteen, No Joel, No McCartney!!!" 90 minutes