Bullitt – Flashback Marketing

Yesterday at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford Motor Company made news in both the auto and film press when it announced the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, a new take on the 1968 Mustang Fastback that plays as much of a starring role in the movie Bullitt as Steven McQueen. Here’s the description of the car, via … Continue reading Bullitt – Flashback Marketing

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Flashback Marketing

Merry Christmas! Shitter was full! National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation arrived six years after the original Vacation and four years after the sequel European Vacation. The first movie, like Animal House in 1978, was the cinematic extension of the edgy, irreverent comedy brand begun in the magazine that provided a stark contrast to old-time comedic standards. … Continue reading National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Flashback Marketing

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Flashback Marketing

It’s hard to believe 30 years have gone by but that’s exactly the case with Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Originally released in 1987, the Steve Martin/John Candy comedy is rightly held up as a modern classic and so is where we’re turning our attention today not only because today is its actual anniversary but because … Continue reading Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Flashback Marketing

Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Flashback Marketing

Last week when I wrote about the directorial career of Kenneth Branagh I mentioned that 1994’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was the second movie from Sony to take a fresh approach to classic monster stories that were more in line with the original books on which they were based. The first, of course, was Bram Stoker’s … Continue reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Flashback Marketing

Cool Hand Luke – 50th Anniversary Flashback Marketing

Celebrating its 50th anniversary today is the 1967 Paul Newman classic Cool Hand Luke. Set in the early 1950s, Newman plays Luke Jackson, a low-level criminal who’s as cocky as they come, even after he’s arrested and sent to prison, sentenced to work in a forced labor camp. The overseers there, including Captain (Strother Martin) … Continue reading Cool Hand Luke – 50th Anniversary Flashback Marketing

Glengarry Glen Ross (25th Anniversary Flashback Marketing)

I fell in love with Glengarry Glen Ross pretty quickly. It was my first exposure to David Mamet’s writing, hitting me at a time when I was seriously getting into film and beginning to notice the creators behind movies I was enjoying. Over the years I’d see more movies he wrote, including those he directed … Continue reading Glengarry Glen Ross (25th Anniversary Flashback Marketing)

The Last of the Mohicans (25th Anniversary Flashback Marketing)

1992’s The Last of the Mohicans was the first Michael Mann movie I saw, introducing me to the world of the director’s stylized visuals. Today marks the film’s 25th anniversary and so we’re jumping in the Wayback Machine a bit early to revisit how this epic drama was sold to the public. Based on the … Continue reading The Last of the Mohicans (25th Anniversary Flashback Marketing)

Batman Returns (Flashback Marketing)

Tomorrow is Batman Day, the day DC Entertainment established in 2014 as part of the company’s celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary. [extreme tim curry in clue voice] I know because I was there. The day has persisted over the years because...well...he’s Batman. Similar days have been marked for Superman and last year Wonder Woman entered … Continue reading Batman Returns (Flashback Marketing)