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Tuesday, May 3, 2022
With Spider-Man: No Way Home being an enormous box office success--the first really successful film opening in theaters since the start of the pandemic--and after seeing the film for the first time on DVD the past week, it helped me realized that today, May 3rd 2022, is the 20th anniversary of the release of the first live action Spider-Man movie!
Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and Willem Dafoe, the movie was a long time coming. The rights to a Spider-Man feature were first held by notorious 80s schlock studio Cannon Films, then held by James Cameron for much of the 90s. When Cameron lost the rights, Marvel went to Sony and the rest is history.
Spidey fans had waited what seemed like a lifetime for a big budget film treatment of the superhero icon, and with the success of the Batman films and a slew of other comic-book-based releases throughout the 90s, it's very surprising that it took so long for a big-name superhero like Spider-Man to get the treatment. When the film was finally released, it was a critical and commercial success.
As a lifelong Spider-Man fan--he's always been my favorite superhero--I was thrilled when he finally hit the big screen. I remember seeing it in the theater; my wife and I had just learned that she was pregnant with our first child, so she took me to see the movie in celebration. It's weird to think it's been twenty years!
Here is a teaser trailer that was released early in the summer of 2001, a full year before the film's release, with a scene made exclusively for the trailer. It was pulled from circulation later that year for...obvious reasons.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
A) I love Steve Martin.
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Friday, January 21, 2022
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