I fell in love with Glengarry Glen Ross pretty quickly. It was my first exposure to David Mamet’s writing, hitting … Continue reading Glengarry Glen Ross (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 … Continue reading The Last of the Mohicans (25th Anniversary Flashback Marketing)
Tomorrow is Batman Day, the day DC Entertainment established in 2014 as part of the company’s celebration of Batman’s 75th … Continue reading Batman Returns (Flashback Marketing)
The title character of Rebecca is a major presence throughout Alfred Hitchcock’s gothic romance but is never seen on-screen. At … Continue reading Rebecca – Flashback Marketing
Sony Pictures is celebrating the 40th anniversary of a modern science-fiction classic as it rereleases Close Encounters of the Third … Continue reading Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Revival Marketing)
Later this week Terminator 2: Judgement Day returns to select AMC Theaters locations, a re-release to mark and celebrate a … Continue reading Terminator 2: Judgement Day – Flashback Marketing
It’s been 40 years today since the death of Elvis Presley to mark the occasion we’re going to look back … Continue reading 9 Elvis Presley Movie Trailers
Back in 1992 comedies were still being written and marketed for adults, not just for kids and teenagers. That allowed … Continue reading Stay Tuned (25th Anniversary Flashback Marketing)
Today’s multiplex is filled with sequels to movies that last graced theater screens a decade or more earlier. These “legasequels” or whatever you might want to call them are an attempt by studios to revive dormant IP, hoping that people will be pulled in by a nostalgia-driven campaign and the promise of a return of old favorite characters.
Unforgiven, which turned 25 this past Monday, wasn’t a long-delayed sequel to anything. It was a wholly original story written by David Webb Peoples and directed by Clint Eastwood, who also starred. In its own way, though, it was not only a call back to the era of Westerns – a genre Eastwood was plenty familiar with – but also a sequel of sorts to the stories those movies used to tell.
It’s easy to see William Munny (Eastwood) as the older, more grizzled version of the same sort of cocky gunslinger that had been a staple of film from the 1930s, hitting their heyday in the 50s. Munny was a bandit back in his younger years, now retired and raising his kids on a small farm. One day a young man calling himself The Schofield Kid comes to Munny’s door, asking him to join him on a quest to collect a $1,000 reward. That prize has been offered by a group of prostitutes for the death of two cowboys who disfigured one of their number and was let off with merely a fine by Little Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman), the sheriff of the town. Munny reluctantly agrees and brings along his friend Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) for the journey.
Earlier this year the internet celebrated the 20th anniversary of the series debut of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.” The show, … Continue reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer (25th Anniversary Marketing Flashback)