by Patrick Bromley
Hollywood Pictures, an offshoot of Walt Disney Studios, didn't really rule the '90s, but it was their heyday. The majority of their output came between 1990 and 1999 when they had their biggest hit with The Sixth Sense. In fact, the studio made only six movies in the 2000s before it shut its doors permanently in 2007. It's the kind of studio that no longer really exists: they made mid-budget movies driven by stars and concepts, not properties, and I lament that they're no longer around. Let's celebrate their output with a 24-hour marathon of some of my favorites.
Thanks to Adam Riske for suggesting this theme!
Noon - Arachnophobia (1990, dir. Frank Marshall)
2 pm - Grosse Pointe Blank (1997, dir. George Armitage)
4 pm - While You Were Sleeping (1995, dir. Jon Turtletaub)the great Bill Pullman as another potential love interest. The word "winning" feels like I'm damning this one with faint praise, but there's just no other way to describe how charming and adorable While You Were Sleeping really is. Plus, it's a Christmas movie!
6 pm - White Squall (1996, dir. Ridley Scott)
8 pm - Tombstone (1993, dir. George P. Costmatos)
10:30 pm - The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992, dir. Curtis Hanson)
12:30 am - Color of Night (1994, dir. Richard Rush)
2:45 am - Consenting Adults (1992, dir. Alan J. Pakula)
4:30 am - Dead Presidents (1995, dir. Allen & Albert Hughes)
6:45 am - Terminal Velocity (1994, dir. Deran Sarafian)
8:45 - Crimson Tide (1994, dir. Tony Scott)The Rock as my Simpson/Bruckheimer pick just to get some Nic Cage in the marathon, but truth be told Crimson Tide would play better in this slot.
11 am - Deep Rising (1998, dir. Stephen Sommers)