Blast from the Past (October 2018)

Yeah, the Box Office is rockin’ today with a whole lot of movies. But there are some from prior years that you may (or may not) remember. These older movies came out 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago, maybe even longer back. Some were instant classics, while others were not. So let’s jump into the DeLorean and travel backwards in time to revisit a few of these forgotten gems…

October 2013 (5 years ago)   — Captain Phillips – Tom Hanks takes a pirate ride, but not with the fun Caribbean pirates…

This movie was based on the true story of the first American shipping vessel that was hijacked by pirates in over one hundred years. Somali pirates using a small boat were able to take over huge ocean cargo ship, and they took the Captain hostage. A taut and suspenseful voyage in dark waters… 


October 2008 (10 years ago)  — Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Michael Cera and Kat Dennings answer the question “Where’s Fluffy?”

As he usually does, Michael Cera plays Nick, an awkward teenage ager with a crush on a girl named Norah (Kat Dennings). Norah has no time for bad boyfriends, but they both love a band named “Where’s Fluffy?”. They spend an evening attempting to find a secret concert, and wind up with true love.

October 2003 (15 years ago)  — School of Rock – Jack Black makes the grade in this school

This movie is non-stop Jack Black at his finest, being a substitute teacher at a school, and turning the classroom into his personal Rock ’n Roll domain. No tests, no grades, just jamming and shredding, and turning up the volume. The story is simple but fun, and the kids learn that “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If you Want to Rock ’n Roll).


October 1998 (20 years ago)  — Antz – Dreamworks beats Pixar in releasing a very buggy movie

Back when Dreamworks was a brand new company, it released ‘Antz’, a story based on some small insects. Months later, Pixar released “A Bug’s Life”, a story based on some small insects. Coincidence?  Just Dumb Luck? I think not! It was a way to beat Disney/Pixar to the punch and take some wind out of their sails…


October 1993 (25 years ago)  — Demolition Man – Stallone and Snipes find that the future is at Taco Bell

After being frozen in 1996, Sylvester Stallone finds himself in the future (2032), and also finds an old foe from the past (Wesley Snipes) is there to confront him again. It is a fun dystopian look at the future of society and crime, when the ‘Fast Food Wars’ left only Taco Bell standing strong. Also starring is newcomer, Sandra Bullock!


October 1988 (30 years ago)  — Alien Nation – Well before ‘Bright’ copied the concept, James Caan did it first with alien partner Mandy Patinkin

The Netflix movie ‘Bright’ is about a cop teamed with an Orc. But well before that, this movie had Cop (James Caan) teamed up with an Alien (Mandy Patinkin), and the results were crazy. The Aliens were considered less- than human, and second-class in every way. But when these two worked together, the case is solved and the two become friends. contributor: JMcNaughton

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