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
37Love Story$605,484,000
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


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)