|Best known as a Story Creator based on credits in that role in 15 films, with $758,403,424 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #95)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: The Green Mile (Story Creator), 1408 (Story Creator), Carrie (Story Creator), Secret Window (Story Creator), Dreamcatcher (Story Creator)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Minister (Pet Sematary), Cemetery Caretaker (Sleepwalkers), Dr. Bangor (Thinner), Jordy Verrill (Creepshow), Truck Driver (Creepshow 2)|
|Most productive collaborators: Frank Darabont, Tom Hanks, David Morse, John Cusack, Mikael Hafstrom|
October 11th, 2016
Ghostbusters is the biggest release of the week and the best first run release. Combined with its fully-loaded Blu-ray (extended edition), it is a Pick of the Week contender. There’s not much competition. The main competition is a new Collector's Edition Blu-ray for The Thing, but this is at least a double-dip, which hurts its value. There are a couple of smaller releases as well. In the end it was a literal coin toss to decide the Pick of the Week and Ghostbusters won.
July 8th, 2016
Captain Fantastic is the only film on this week’s list that I think will do well in theaters. There are some films that are earning better reviews, like Our Little Sister, but no film on this week’s list has the same buzz as this film does.
January 27th, 2015
It is a really bad week for the home market with a lot of filler on the first page of the new releases on Amazon.com. Fury is the biggest release, but there are not enough extras on the DVD or Blu-ray to be a contender for Pick of the Week. The Book of Life, on the other hand, has a loaded DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack and is a contender. The only other real contender is The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness on DVD. In the end, I went with The Book of Life.
December 28th, 2014
Christmas day is the single biggest gift-giving day of the year... so it makes total sense that the week after Christmas is a terrible week to release any new DVDs or Blu-rays. The week is better than you would expect with a few notable releases, including The Equalizer, which earned just over $100 million during its theatrical run. It is also one of the best releases on this week's list and with solid extras, the Blu-ray is a contender for Pick of the Week. The other two contenders are Banshee: Season 2 on DVD or Blu-ray and Shameless: Season 4 on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack. It was a bit of a coin toss, but in the end I went with Shameless.
October 3rd, 2014
The list this week is less detailed than usual for reasons I'm not going to go into detail about. I'm just going to say two words, "Food poisoning", and leave it at that. There are not a lot of limited releases on this week's list that are earning good reviews and strong buzz. The Good Lie is the best limited release of the week in that regard, but I already talked about it on the weekend predictions, because I think it will reach the top ten. I don't think any of the films below will earn breakout success.
August 26th, 2014
This is not a good week for new releases on the home market. For one thing, the biggest first-run release is Blended (DVD or Blu-ray ComboPack) which is also one of the worst movies of the summer. There are many TV on DVD releases that helped pick up the slack somewhat, but it still feels like a shallow week. As for Pick of the Week contenders, there are not many. The Normal Heart (DVD or Blu-ray) and Belle (Blu-ray) are the two most likely candidates, but I kind of want to give it to Gravity Falls: Even Stranger (DVD). In the end, I went with The Normal Heart.
January 26th, 2014
Carrie is a remake of of the 1976 film of the same name. The original Carrie is considered a classic horror film and the movie that brought Stephen King immense fame. Horror remakes have done poorly recently and this film was no different. However, was it a bad remake? Or has the public perception of horror remakes unfairly hurt this film at the box office? Does it do enough new to make it worth watching? Or is it yet another unnecessary remake?
November 7th, 2013
It's a big week with several first run releases, some big TV on DVD, releases, and more to deal with. The only one that truly rises to the level of Pick of the Week is Mad Men: Season Six, but the screener arrived late and I hate awarding Pick of the Week to a title when that happens. The only other release I really want to see is White House Down, but that's more guilty pleasure than Pick of the Week. I guess it goes to Mad Men: Season Six on DVD or Blu-ray.
November 5th, 2013
Under the Dome is a book written by Stephen King in 2009. Reviews for the book were really good and it wasn't long before talk of an adaptation was in work. Since the book was so massive, it was clearly going to have to be a mini-series, but that's where things get a little complicated.
October 1st, 2013
October is an awkward month. It sits between the dumping ground that is September and November, the unofficial start of Awards Season / holiday blockbuster season. For the most part, September was stronger than average for the month and there's reason to be optimistic going forward. After all, box office success tends to feed on itself, as does box office struggles. That said, there are not a lot of sure hits over the coming four weeks. Of the nine or ten films opening wide this month, only Gravity has a better than 50/50 chance at $100 million. Captain Phillips could have a shot at the century mark, but only if it becomes a serious Awards Season player. Its early reviews suggest that could be a possibility. Last October, there were two films to reach the $100 million mark, Taken 2 and Argo. On the other hand, pretty much everything else that opened that month crashed and burned. While this October doesn't have as strong a top end, it will hopefully have much better depth.
|7/5/2013||Stuck in Love||Stephen King||$78,950||$39,319||$118,269|
|2/15/2008||Diary of the Dead||Newsreader||$952,620||$4,441,827||$5,394,447|
|5/1/1987||Creepshow 2||Truck Driver||$14,000,000||$0||$14,000,000|
|7/25/1986||Maximum Overdrive||Man At Cashpoint||$7,433,663||$0||$7,433,663|
|12/31/2017||It||Based on the novel by||$0||$0||$0|
|7/28/2017||The Dark Tower||Based on the novel by||$0||$0||$0|
|12/31/2016||In The Tall Grass||Based on the novella by||$0||$0||$0|
Based on the book by
|12/31/2015||Geralds Game||Story Creator||$0||$0||$0|
|1/27/2015||Big Driver||Based on the Story By||$0||$0||$0|
|10/3/2014||A Good Marriage||Story Creator,|
|11/21/2007||The Mist||Based on 'The Mist' By||$25,593,755||$31,595,653||$57,189,408|
|3/12/2004||Secret Window||Based on the Novella…||$47,958,031||$44,153,520||$92,111,551|
|12/10/1999||The Green Mile||based on the novel by||$136,801,374||$153,900,000||$290,701,374|
|9/23/1994||The Shawshank Redemption||Based on the Short N…||$28,241,469||$65,623||$28,307,092|