‘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

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 “Phenomenon”

Blockbusters come in all shapes and sizes like Disney’s current success, Jungle Cruise. Sometimes blockbusters can be unexpected, like 1996’s Phenomenon. This surprise hit was another victory for the John Travolta comeback, and a benefit to Walt Disney Pictures coffers. The Plot It’s a happy time for George Malley. The affable mechanic turns 37, and … Read more

Why Disney’s Haunted Mansion Reboot Is Desperately Needed

Disney is rebooting the Haunted Mansion with a new live-action version, and all indications are that it’s a desperately needed project. Disney’s new Haunted Mansion supposedly won’t be a remake of the 2003 film starring Eddie Murphy. The film is also different from Disney’s upcoming Muppets Haunted Mansion, which will hit Disney+ in October. Instead, … 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

With Fox Searchlight in Disney’s Line of Fire, Natalie Portman’s “Lucy in the Sky” Makes Just $55,000

Home Movies With Fox Searchlight in Disney’s Line of Fire, Natalie Portman’s “Lucy in… This isn’t a great season for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Wasn’t it only yesterday that they commanded the Oscars with “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”? Why yes, it was 2017. All that must seem like a long … Read more