Cover of "Lethal Weapon 3 (Director's Cut...

Cover of Lethal Weapon 3 (Director's Cut)

It’s funny how things happen.  I was a little irritated surfing through various blogs when suddenly advertisements for the movie “The Devil Within” would pop up with dark imagery and a demonic looking figure staring back at me.  Ugh.  Irritating, I thought.  Then, while taking a break from writing, I turned the volume up on Wendy Williams and saw the enduring and endearing Rosie Perez on the couch saying exactly what I had been thinking earlier that morning. It’s not cool to believe in God anymore, Perez was saying, but made it very clear that she still did believe in God. (at the 3:11 mark)

STANDING OVATION for Rosie.  I believe in God as well and I’m not perfect.  I was a Producer on a multimillion dollar thinly written horror flick entitled (7eventy-5ive) DEAD TONE starring Rutger Haur (Blade Runner/Batman) and it was super creepy.  It attracted a lot of elements that I didn’t even know existed to the project and proud pagan worshippers who spoke of the Christian mafia?  Never again.  I’d rather stay at home and eat popcorn while watching reality t.v.

I thought to myself, where is society moving toward.  Let’s look at the top movies over the past thirty years.

SOME OF THE TOP TEN MOVIES OF 1992 (in no particular order)

1. Lethal Weapon 3

2. White Men Can’t Jump

3. Sister Act

4. Aliens 3

5. Patriot Games

6. Batman Returns

7.  The Player

8. The Bodyguard

9.  Unforgiven

10. Malcolm X

1. Aladdin Disney voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, and Linda Larkin Ron Clements and John Musker $504,050,219 $28 million
2. The Bodyguard Warner Bros. Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston Mick Jackson $410,945,720 N/A
3. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Fox Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, Tim Curry, and John Heard Chris Columbus $358,994,850 $20 million
4. Basic Instinct TriStar Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and George Dzundza Paul Verhoeven $352,927,224 $49 million
5. Lethal Weapon 3 Warner Bros. Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, and Rene Russo Richard Donner $321,731,527 $35 million
6. Batman Returns Warner Bros. Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, and Danny DeVito Tim Burton $266,822,354 $80 million
7. A Few Good Men Columbia Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Bacon, Keifer Sutherland, and Jack Nicholson, Rob Reiner $243,240,178 $40 million
8. Sister Act Touchstone Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith Emile Ardolino $231,605,150 N/A
9. Bram Stoker’s Dracula Columbia Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Anthony Hopkins Francis Ford Coppola $215,862,692 $40 million
10. Wayne’s World Paramount Mike Myers and Dana Carvey Penelope Spheeris $183,097,323 $20 million

Some of the top movies of 2002

1. Narc

2. Scooby Doo

3. Signs

4. Sweet Home Alabama

5. A Walk To Remember

6. Men In Black II

7. Changing Lanes

8. Antwone Fisher

9. The Sum of All Fears

10. John Q

11. XXX

12. Ice Age

From Wikepedia, the top grossing movies of 2002

Please note that following the tradition of the English-language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2002. The top ten films of 2002, by worldwide gross in $USD, as well as the US & Canada, UK, and Australia grosses, are as follows:

2002 Rank Title Studio Director(s) Actors Worldwide Gross U.S./Canada Gross U.K. Gross Australia Gross
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema Peter Jackson Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies and Christopher Lee $925,282,504 $341,786,758 $91,914,687 $26,850,032
2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. Chris Columbus Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Kenneth Branagh and Jason Isaacs $878,643,482 $261,988,482 $88,104,108 $20,857,535
3 Spider-Man Columbia Sam Raimi Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, J. K. Simmons, Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson $821,708,551 $403,706,375 $45,780,340 $16,890,782
4 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Fox/Lucasfilm George Lucas Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen $649,398,328 $310,676,740 $58,762,764 $18,632,998
5 Men in Black II Columbia Barry Sonnenfeld Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson and Rip Torn $441,818,803 $190,418,803 $34,571,702 $9,698,146
6 Die Another Day MGM Lee Tamahori Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry $431,971,116 $160,942,139 $59,182,873 $10,520,593
7 Signs Touchstone M. Night Shyamalan Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin $408,247,917 $227,966,634 $25,004,129 $6,475,864
8 Ice Age Fox/Blue Sky Chris Wedge voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary $383,257,136 $176,387,405 $21,425,322 $10,869,472
9 My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC Films Joel Zwick Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine and Joey Fatone $368,744,044 $241,438,208 $20,927,227 $15,168,243
10 Minority Report DreamWorks/Fox Steven Spielberg Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Max Von Sydow $358,372,926 $132,072,926 $31,388,860 $6,584,824

These numbers are taken from Box Office Mojo, including their 2002 Yearly Box Office Results.


1. Fright Night

2. Super 8

3. Thor

4. Captain America: The First Avenger

5. Contagion

6. The Adventures of Tintin

7. Midnight in Paris

8. The Descendants

9. Warrior

10. Bridesmaids

11. The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

12. Mission Impossible

13. Planet of the Apes

14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

15. Monsters

Just missed the cut: Zookeeper, Sherlock Holmes 2, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo Cabret, Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon and Cowboys and Aliens.

10. The Muppet Movie ($185 million): Jason Segel’s Muppet Movie was a huge Thanksgiving weekend hit this year, opening with $65 million and demonstrating that there is still a lot of box-office power in Jim Henson’s creations, although there was considerable help from the solid script and the multitude of celebrity cameos. Like a good Pixar flick, it really was a movie that both kids and their parents gravitated toward. There’s even some talk of Oscar nominations.

9. X-Men: First Class ($195 million): Matthew Vaughn’s directorial effort turned into a massive improvement over X-Men: Wolverine, although it was still both somehow too convoluted and too simple. Stylistically, though, it was a fun summer movie, even if January Jones almost single-handedly ruined it.

8. The Green Lantern: ($205 million): Ryan Reynolds solidified his place on the A-list, even if The Green Lantern was a little on the slight side. It was more comedic than most were expecting, but it took better advantage of Reynolds’ timing. I think Double-R’s abs sold $100 million in tickets alone, although I don’t think anyone is going to forgive Blake Lively for her messy role in the film. She was embarrassing.

7. Super 8: J.J. Abrams Super 8 (produced by Spielberg) ended up being this summer’s Inception, a blockbuster on the smart side. The secrecy that shrouded the project up nearly until its release certainly helped sell tickets, but in the end, there were more than a few disappointed people walking out of theaters and shaking their heads, “That was it?” Yes, that was it? What’d you expect? Movies can’t actually melt your mind.

6. Thor: ($251 million): All that hype. Round-the-clock trailers and an advertising blitz that put every other superhero movie to shame. If only they’d spend some of that money on the script. Kenneth Branagh is a decent director, but the man needs to understand his strengths and limitations, Thor is not Shakespeare, but if you treat it like Shakespeare, what you end up with is an overblown, overly acted disasterfuck of a film. Not that it would stop audiences from attending the first blockbuster of the summer, starved for entertainment by most of the Spring offerings.

5. The Hangover 2 ($260 million): Todd Phillips sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time managed to be funnier than the first movie, but not as fresh. They definitely pushed this one to the its Jackass limits (and how they got a former President to be involved is a hilarious mystery), but, in its narrative structure, it was mostly a remake of the first film. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon, though.

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($302 million): Ugh. What an overblown, overcooked boring piece of shit this was. But then again, so were the last two Pirates movies, proving that — if you put Johnny Depp in a pirate costume — people will watch. But, man that was a bad movie.

3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part One) ($310 million): Is it over yet? No? There’s a part II? Oh, fuck me. At least I didn’t have to review this one (sorry, SLW).

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II ($325 million): You know, this franchise has been with us for a full decade. It was a fitting end to the series: Neat enough while you were watching it, but it completely evaporated from our memories the second we walked out of the theater. I think they’re designed that way to force us to revisit them to gain some traction in our memory. These movies are like cotton candy — they just dissolve in our minds.

1. Cars 2 ($370 million): Another year, another Pixar movie tops the box-office. Cars 2 didn’t quite generate the $415 million that Toy Story 3 did, but Cars isn’t the franchise that Toy Story is. Who knew, however, that Cars 2 would actually end up being a better movie than Toy Story 3 and that those who predict the quality of films before they see them would end up spending the entire summer eating crow. We will never doubt Pixar again. At least until 2012 because Monsters Inc. 2 looks dumb.


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Horror Movies 2011 – Guide

17.11.10 # Horror Movies # 223 Comments

Top 20 Best Horror Movies 2011 - Let’s take a look at the biggest and best horror movies of 2011. The scary list features the usual mix of follow ups (Paranormal Activity 3), redos (Fright Night), and original fare (Insidious). Quite honestly it’s not been a great year for the genre but I’ll help you find the handful of stuff worth watching.

We’ll go through the good and the bad. Here’s our definitive guide to the best horror movies, 2011 :

Season Of The Witch
Release Date: 7 January 2011 (U.S.)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Graham, Christopher Lee
Director: Dominic Sena

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Not the long awaited remake of Halloween III, this period horror sees Nicolas Cage as a medieval knight who agrees to transport a devious witch to an abbey where her powers can be destroyed. Even though he’s playing a Crusader, Cage is sporting an American accent. Expect more of such silliness from director-of-the-ridiculous Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone In 60 Seconds). The movie has an old-school Hammer Horror vibe which could lead to unintentional laughs but at least it feels kinda different thanks to its unusual concept.
[Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes): 10%] [Public (via IMDB): 5.4/10] = {Ranked: 5th Worst Of The Year}

The Rite
Release Date: 28 January 2011
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Toby Jones, Alice Braga, Rutger Hauer
Director: Mikael Håfström

Best Horror Movies 2011
A young American priest enrols at the Vatican’s exorcist school but has his doubts so is put in the care of Anthony Hopkins. The two go on a series of exorcism adventures, that will no doubt involve scenes copied from other exorcist movies. Hopkins has been on low-effort cruise control for years. The director helmed the excellent 1408, but advance word on The Rite is mediocre.
[Critics: 19%] [Public: 6.0/10] = {Ranked: 19th Best Of The Year}

The Roommate
Release Date: 4 February 2011
Starring: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet
Director: Christian E. Christiansen

Best Horror Films 2011
Sara (Kelly) is a college student randomly assigned to a freshman dorm with a stranger named Rebecca (Meester). They start off as friends but things turn deadly as Rebecca becomes obsessed with Sara and begins to target people in her life. So this is basically a remake of Single White Female, with less edge. The director has no real experience in the thriller/horror genre. Has bland written all over it.
[Critics: 4%] [Public: 4.5/10] = {Ranked: Worst Of The Year}

Black Death
Release Date: 4 February 2011
Starring: Sean Bean, Kimberley Nixon, Carice van Houten, Eddie Redmayne, John Lynch
Director: Christopher Smith

2011 Top Horror Films
Journey to an apocalyptic medieval world during the first outbreak of the bubonic plague. A band of brothers are on a quest to hunt down a necromancer, rumoured to have made a pact with the forces of darkness and raised the dead in a small village. From the British director of Creep and Severance. Black Death has already been released in the UK where critics gave it an impressive 72% on Rotten Tomatoes, calling it a well-acted, twisty Gothic horror, with grisliness that’s a tad too over the top.
[Critics: 73%] [Public: 6.5/10] = {Ranked: 6th Best}

The Resident
Release Date: 18 February 2011
Starrring: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Lee
Director: Antti Jokinen (his first movie)

Horror Movies To Watch 2011
Hammer’s first film for over 30 years stars Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Hammer veteran Christopher Lee. Swank plays a doctor who moves to a, er, swanky apartment in Brooklyn only to slowly realise that the landlord (Morgan) is developing a dangerous obsession with her. A terrifying game of cat and mouse ensues as she fights to rid herself of his sinister intentions. The plot doesn’t read like a Hammer Horror movie at all. It’s clearly just a brand name that was bought by the highest bidder.
[Critics: 37%] [Public: 5.2/10] = {Ranked: 17th Best}

Vanishing On 7th Street
Release Date: 18 February 2011
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo
Director: Brad Anderson

Latest Horror Movies 2011
A massive power outage plunges Detroit into darkness, and almost the entire population vanishes into thin air. A small group of survivors gather in an abandoned tavern, where they realise the darkness itself is out to get them and only the diminishing light sources can keep them safe. Director Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist, Transsiberian) makes thoughtful, suspenseful horror/thrillers. He’s the reason to be excited about this. Except advance buzz, again, isn’t very good.
[Critics: 52%] [Public: 4.9/10] = {Ranked: 16th Best}

HURRAY FOR ROSIE PEREZ!  Seriously, the devil movies, the Saturday Night Live skits blaspheming Jesus, and all the atheist billboards.  It seems like an all out attack on God in my opinion.  When I heard what Bill Maherer said about Tim Tebow and his blasphemous talk, as well as Saturday Night Live’s skits mocking Christ, my first thought was this:  CHANGE EXACTLY WHAT WAS SAID AND SAY IT ABOUT THE MUSLIM PROPHET MUHAMMED and see if it goes over well!

YES, evangelicals and charismatics and prosperity preachers and all the shepherds who have fallen have made MILLIONS of people skeptical of church and of God.  But all I want to say, as I make Much Ado about my Nothings is this:  Humans, WE ARE FALLIBLE.  WE ARE SINNERS.  WE ARE WEAK.  WE MAKE MISTAKES, but the Lord, who presides in heaven HE, Jehovah, the Creator, the Supreme, the Most High, the Alpha and the Omega, HE DOES NOT.  So when you are maligning Christians and our many failures, remember, it is not “US” that you persecute, it’s Yeshuah, the Messiah, the Christ, the Prince of Peace.  Don’t abuse, berate, and commit blasphemy against the Son of Jehovah, just because we as man have failed.

As for a “Joyful Noise,” I may see it on video.  Something about it doesn’t seem authentic and maybe I’m wrong, but as of right now, I plan on renting it when it comes out.  Maybe…

That’s it.  RED TAILS is coming…