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

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

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

Black Widow has finally hit the big screen and will no doubt appease fans who have been hungering for a new Marvel movie. Prior to the acquisition of Marvel, Disney had mixed success with comic book movies. In honor of the coming blockbuster, we look back at 2000’s Unbreakable. The Plot A lone survivor of … Read more

Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”

Summer brings people to the beaches and what else comes to the beach during the summer? Sharks! National Geographic has a variety of shows on Disney+ for their ‘Sharkfest’ and in honor of this new set of programs we look back at one gloriously funny film with a shark attack as a plot point, The … Read more

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

With the Summer Olympics playing out in Tokyo, it is time to review a Touchstone Pictures film that was beyond the norm of what the company produced. This week we journey back to 2002 and get extreme with Ultimate X: The Movie. The Plot Street Luge, Skateboarding, BMX Racing, Freestyle Motocross, and Rollerblading are just … Read more