Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney’s “Grosse Pointe Blank”

Our “Back to School” retrospective continues with the hitman/high school reunion comedy Grosse Pointe Blank. John Cusack proves that you can always go back to your high school reunion, and sometimes going home is the perspective change that you need to make a course correction in your life. The Plot Martin Blank is in a … Read more

Mexican man earns Guinness record for world’s largest collection of Disney’s ‘Cars’ memorabilia

Jorge Arias from Mexico has become the world’s largest collector of Disney’s ‘Cars’ memorabilia, said Guinness World Records in a statement. His love affair with Disney cars started in 2006 when the eponymous film, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, was released. The computer-animated sports comedy film features talking cars. Awestruck by the film, Arias decided … Read more

‘Love in the time of the crown’: Disney’s series on the pandemic to premiere in August

Nhemz via Shutterstock Freeform, a television network owned by Disney, will launch a series on the pandemic of coronavirus, because it is the last thing we needed in 2020. The coronavirus pandemic is leaving its mark in different ways around the world. What was perhaps not expected (or at least not so soon) was a … Read more

Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney’s “Cocktail”

Summer is just around the corner, and long weekends are soon knocking on everyone’s door. With states reopening, and businesses about to come back into full swing, let’s take some time and meet up at a fictional bar to celebrate. This week ‘Touchstone and Beyond’ looks back at a film that showed us what a … Read more

Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney’s “Coyote Ugly”

Our bar hopping journey jumps twelve years ahead from 1988’s Cocktail to 2000’s Coyote Ugly. Will the Jerry Bruckheimer produced film be as entertaining as the Tom Cruise vehicle? Let’s find out. The Plot Violet (Piper Perabo) has big dreams. She leaves her smalltown in New Jersey and her father Bill (John Goodman) with hopes … Read more

Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney’s “King Arthur”

Blockbusters can be difficult to create. Even with a stellar cast, a talented director, and a new take on a classic tale sometimes they fall flat at the box office. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer thought he had another epic series on his hands with the 2004 film King Arthur, but it’s cost outweighed the profits and … Read more

Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney’s “Bad Company”

Blockbuster Bombs continues with this weeks Jerry Bruckheimer produced Bad Company. The movie had all the ingredients for success with stars Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins, director Joel Schumacher, and a plot that people would recognize yet it would disappoint financially and critically when it was released in 2002. The Plot Jake Hayes (Chris Rock) … Read more

Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney’s “The 13th Warrior”

Blockbuster Bombs concludes with a costly misfire of the 1990’s. Being adapted from a Michael Crichton book and directed by John McTiernan seemed like a recipe for success. The 13th Warrior would go down in history as a Blockbuster Bomb more epic than the story it tried to tell. The Plot Ahmed Ibn Fahdlan (Antonio … Read more

‘Malignant’ Is Just a Horror Version of Disney’s ‘Frozen’

James Wan is no stranger to horror. The scary movie guru pioneered a new era of gore, with the Saw franchise beginning in 2004. He’s since elevated the horror genre with The Conjuring, Insidious, and Lights Out. Surprisingly, he’s saying that his latest offering, Malignant, is simply a spin on Disney’s Frozen. James Wan’s ‘Malignant’ … Read more