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

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

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

Back to school continues with our look at 1992’s caveman comedy Encino Man. Brendan Fraser will melt your heart as the recently thawed neanderthal turned high school senior. The Plot Dave is a high school senior who desperately wants to be popular. His best friend Stoney thinks he craves popularity too much and should relax. … Read more

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

August 7 is the 29th anniversary of Clint Eastwood’s epic western Unforgiven. In celebration of that monumental film, we look back at Touchstone Pictures 2000 buddy comedy western Shanghai Noon. The Plot Chon Wang is a guard in the Forbidden City in China. After Princess Pei Pei is kidnapped and ransomed by the nefarious Lo … Read more