Monday, July 26, 2010

Salt Review

This film was originally written for a male lead. However, Salt gained some early publicity when Jolie “replaced” Tom Cruise in the starring role, which I think was an excellent move. Jolie has been building up a solid action track record with Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Wanted, but this is her first real solo action flick since the Tomb Raider days. Roles such as these suit her perfectly.

So who is Salt? After 100 minutes, the answer may still be a little fuzzy. From her introduction, being tortured by North Korean captors, but never breaking her CIA cover, we know Salt won't give up the truth so easily. So right off the bat we know she's hard-core.

As Evelyn Salt (
Angelina Jolie
) is about to leave the office for the day to enjoy a romantic anniversary evening with her husband (August Diehl), she quickly gets called back in to interrogate a mysterious Russian defector (Daniel Olbrychski) who reveals that a Cold War-era “sleeper agent” is about to reawaken and carry out a diabolical mission. The name of this ”sleeper agent” just so happens to be hers - Evelyn Salt. Evelyn’s colleague Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber) – who I just love btw - is stunned by the accusation, but fellow agent William Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) wants to keep Evelyn in custody to question this matter further. However, eager to clear her name and ensure her husband’s safety, Salt breaks out of her own office building and goes on the run.

The twists and turns that follow lead the audience to question whether Salt really is the mole Orlov claims her to be, or if she really is indeed being set up. Ultimately, the deceptions go deeper and the stakes go higher than you would think possible. It’s “The Fugitive” meets “Mission: Impossible” in a post-“Bourne” era - loads of smart action, twists and turns. It definitely had me guessing throughout the film. It's a fun and entertaining summer movie to say the least and if you’re a fan of Jolie or Schreiber I’d definitely recommend seeing it.


What did you think?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirates of the Caribbean Comic-Con Video

Source: MovieWeb

This is yet another reason I wanted to attend Comic-Con this year. Last Thursday morning was suppose to be all about Tron Legacy. However Disney had a few surprises up their sleeves... this being one of them. They debuted of a fun little video for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow chatting about the movie, including making a funny references about Penélope Cruz being in the movie. I didn't expect this footage to show up online, but a clean, high quality version has appeared thanks courtesy of MovieWeb. Have a look-see.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides stars Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, as well as Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane, the lovely Geoffrey Rush and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mermaid. The story in this is based on Tim Powers' book, which focuses heavily on the Fountain of Youth that was hinted at the conclusion of At World's End. Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall is helming this fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film and shooting starts this summer, primarily in Hawaii. If it is indeed being shot from the start in 3D, then it should be pretty cool to watch in 3D. This movie is still set for release on May 20th, 2011.

Who's in?

Latest Trailer for 'Let Me In'

Source: MTV

Overture Films has just released their 2nd full-length trailer to Matt Reeves remake Let Me In. Even though I'm annoyed they are remaking this movie, I'm still intrigued and I will mostly likely see it regardless. Maybe it's because I love vampire movies. I'm also a fan of the two main actors - Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee. I seriously doubt it'll be as good as the original, but I do think it'll do a good job living up to the toughest expectations. Oh and it has to be said, as far as trailers go, I feel this trailer gives entirely too much away. Why do they feel the need to show so much prior to its theatrical release? It kind of frustrates me. Anyway, with that being said take a look.

A bullied young boy (Smit-McPhee) befriends a young vampire girl (Moretz) who lives with her guardian.

Let Me In is both written and directed by American filmmaker Matt Reeves, who's feature directorial debut was J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield but prior to that he directed episodes of "Felicity" and various other TV shows. This is a remake of Tomas Alfredson's 2008 film Let the Right One In, or more specifically a re-adaptation of the Swedish novel Låt den rätte komma in written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Overture Films is bringing this movie to theaters everywhere on October 1st.

Does it look as good as you were hoping?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

NEW Tron Lagacy Trailer

Source: Yahoo

This is one of the reasons I wanted to attend Comic-Con this year. I would have loved to have been there during this epic panel and the release of Disney's latest full length trailer, Tron Legacy. This new trailer BA-LOWS my mind. It looks absolutely amazing, totally awe-inspiring, and a must watch for anyone, even if you weren't a fan of the 1982 original Tron. And I love that this movie is going to be in 3-D. How rad is that going to be? I can just see it now... mind blowing. This movie stars the Oscar winning "Dude" Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund and Bruce Boxleitner. This is definitely my most anticipated movie for the rest of 2010, no question. Do yourself a favor, drop everything, and watch this trailer now, because you will be totally BLA-HONE away.

Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), the tech-savvy son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), looks into his father's disappearance and is pulled into the digital world of Tron where his father has been living for 25 years.

Tron Legacy is directed by first-time filmmaker Joseph Kosinski. The screenplay was co-written by Adam Horowitz ("Lost"), Richard Jefferies (Blood Tide, Living Hell), Edward Kitsis ("Lost"), and the director of the original movie, Steven Lisberger. This first got the greenlight last year because this early teaser played well at Comic-Con. Disney is bringing this movie to theaters in 3D on December 17th.

Are you as excited to see this as I am?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Inception Review

Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated film Inception delivers on all levels. The writer/director of “Memento” and the last two Batman films continues to show us that action blockbuster goers don't have to check their brains at the door. Lots of directors can blow stuff up well; but Nolan blows stuff up with intelligence.

I’ve been following this movie ever since I heard about it last summer. I was afraid all the hype surrounding it would cause disappointment. But it's DiCaprio and Nolan - they rarely disappoint. This film was no exception. It superseded all my expectations. The plot, the music, the writing, the acting, the cast, the special effects… all brilliant!

The Plot: Leonardo DiCaprio is Cobb, a professional corporate spy who steals information by infiltrating dreams. When a wealthy exec (Ken Watanabe) makes him an offer he can't refuse, Cobb pulls a team together for one last job. There's Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his Point Man. Ariadne (Ellen Page), the Architect and the new recruit, Eames (Tom Hardy), the Forger and Yusuf (Dileep Rao), The Chemist. Together, the expert crew attempts a heist of epic proportions. As the dreams build upon each other and Cobb’s past creeps through, Nolan has us just where he wants us — deliriously lost in a world where dreams and reality are indecipherable, and it makes us curious enough to stand in line for another showing.

Anyone who knows me is aware of the crazy, intense, intricate dreams I can have, so the idea of this film definitely intrigued me right off the bat. I love how Nolan took one basic concept and transformed it into a well crafted, intelligent piece of brilliance. The simplicity of this film is undeniably beautiful. It's complex and riveting and it definitely keeps you captivated for 2 1/2 hours. If you haven't seen this movie yet... what are you waiting for?!
Rating: A

What did you think?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Social Network Trailer

Source: Yahoo

"I deserve some recognition."

Sony Pictures has just debuted their very first full length trailer to David Fincher's film The Social Network. This film stars the talented and quite adorable Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg. I simply love him, and I'm really happy to see his career take off. I think this movie looks really good. I wouldn't expect anything less from a Fincher film - he's amazing! I think they did a great job with this trailer too. The music choice, the story and its progression, it's such a beautiful way of teasing up a movie. Nine Inch Nails front-man Trent Reznor along with NIN producer Atticus Ross.

The Social Network is directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker David Fincher, of superb films like, Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button previously. The script was written by screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin, of A Few Good Men, "The West Wing", and Charlie Wilson's War previously. It's based on Ben Mezrich's novel titled The Accidental Billionaires, about the founding of Facebook: "A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal." Sony is bringing this film to theaters on October 1st.

Look any good?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

100 Best Movielines in 200 Seconds

Source: Youtube

I grew up in a family where quoting movies was second nature - having a movie memorized after seeing it once (or a few times) just came natural to us. I remember when I was younger a couple of my friends and I loved watching The Breakfast Club. We seriously had that movie memorized in no time and loved quoting it 24/7 – good times. What I love most about movie quoting is how you can answer someone’s question simply by quoting a line from some random movie. It usually makes everyone laugh. I have a group of friends where that pretty much happens on a daily basis. We love it! I found this clip on YouTube and wanted to share it with you. It’s broken up into 6 categories; Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thriller, Romance, Drama and Action. It does a great job capturing some the best movie quotes ever. Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite movies to quote?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Predators Review

I grew up with Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1987 classic, Predator. It's definitely one of the best Sci-Fi action flicks out there with memorable lines like "Aint got time to bleed." Of course I rolled my eyes after hearing producer, Alex Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal were rebooting the series. But, being such a huge fan of the original, it's almost like I had to see Predators regardless.
The audience is introduced to the cast as they drop from the sky into a remote jungle after being plucked from their former lives. And of course they are armed with gigantic laser scope rifles, Samurai swords and knives of all sizes. They seem to have nothing in common with one another, other than they are trained to kill. The badass motley crew includes a couple of special ops. soldiers, a convict, a gang member and a Mexican drug cartel enforcer. The odd man out is a nerdy doctor named Edwin (Topher Grace), but he has his uses as the film progresses. Soon it becomes clear they’ve been dumped on a giant game preserve for the hunting sport of the trophy-collecting Predators.

We quickly learn as much as we need to about all the characters to want most of them to make it out of there alive - needless to say most of them don’t. The filmmakers do have a few surprises in store… things I never saw coming, which was pretty cool. Laurence Fishburne makes a very brief appearance as a half-mad, long-time survivor. He provides enough background information on the enemy for them to formulate an escape plan. Royce (Adrian Brody) devises a strategy that results in a hand-to-hand combat between the classic Preda
tor and the new, streamlined version Predator. Of course Brody ends up shirtless during this combat, which is definitely not a bad thing.

Predators isn’t perfect: The characters sometimes state the obvious as they’re catching up with what the audience already knows, and the physics of the planet is at times confusing (at first Royce notes that the sun isn’t moving at all — their first clue they’re not in Kansas anymore — but later it’s nighttime). But the characters, action and humor are enjoyable enough to brush aside these trivialities. I thought it was pretty alright - not great but certainly not horrible. I was definitely entertained. The only question I had was, who put them on this planet and why were they chosen? I'm sure they'll answer those questions in the sequel though.

What did you think?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Vampires Suck Trailer

Source: IMDb

Well I guess it was only a matter of time before Hollywood spoofed out the ever so popular Twilight movies. For all of you out there who wish Twilight would just go away, it looks like you're out of luck. 20th Century Fox has just debuted their first trailer to Vampires Suck. Being that I was a huge fan of the Twilight books, and that I've seen these (horrible!) movies, this trailer had me cracking up. It's hilarious! I won't be rushing to the theaters to see it by any means, but I think it's worth spotlighting. Check it out!

A spoof of vampire-themed movies, where teenager Becca finds herself torn between two boys. As she and her friends wrestle with a number of different dramas, everything comes to a head at their prom.

Vampires Suck was written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the same two guys who brought us Date Movie, Disaster Movie, Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie and all of the Scary Movie films. Regency Enterprise is bringing this movie to theaters everywhere on August 18th.

Friday, July 9, 2010

And 2010 Emmy nominees are...

Ah yes, it's that time of year again. The Emmy nominees have been revealed. Who will walk away with an Emmy statue and who will end up saying, “It was a honor to just be nominated!”? Find out live at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, at 5 PM PT on August 29 on NBC. I'm usually not interested in this award show, but after hearing Mr. Fallon himself is hosting, my interest peaked. I love him! I just might watch after all. In the same fashion as the MTV Movie Award nominees, I again high-lighted the ones I hope will win. Check out the noms. below.

Pink = Who I want to win
Yellow = Who I think will win

Drama Series:
• “Breaking Bad”
• “Dexter”
• “The Good Wife”
• “Lost”
• “Mad Men”
• “True Blood”

Comedy Series:
• “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
• “Glee”
• “Modern Family”
• “Nurse Jackie”
• “The Office”
• “30 Rock”

Lead Actor, Drama:
• Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
• Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
• Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”
• Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
• Hugh Laurie, “House”
• Matthew Fox, “Lost”

Lead Actress, Drama:
• Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”
• Glenn Close, “Damages”
• Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”
• Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”
• January Jones, “Mad Men”
• Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Lead Actor, Comedy:
• Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
• Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
• Matthew Morrison, “Glee”
• Tony Shalhoub, “Monk”
• Steve Carell, “The Office”
• Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”

Lead Actress, Comedy:
• Toni Collette, “United States of Tara”
• Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
• Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
• Lea Michele, “Glee”
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine”
• Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Supporting Actor, Comedy:
• Chris Colfer, “Glee”
• Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
• Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
• Jon Cryer, “Two and a Half Men”
• Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
• Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Supporting Actress, Comedy:
• Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
• Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock”
• Jane Lynch, “Glee”
• Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
• Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live”
• Holland Taylor, “Two and a Half Men”

Supporting Actor, Drama:
• Michael Emerson, “Lost”
• Andre Braugher, “Men of a Certain Age”
• Terry O’Quinn, “Lost”
• Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
• Martin Short, “Damages”
• John Slattery, “Mad Men”

Supporting Actress, Drama:
• Sharon Gless, “Burn Notice”
• Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
• Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
• Rose Byrne, “Damages”
• Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”
• Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”

Best TV Movie:
• “Endgame”
• “Georgia O’Keefe”
• “The Special Relationship”
• “Temple Grandin”
• “Moonshot”
• “You Don’t Know Jack”

Best TV Miniseries:
• “The Pacific”
• “Return to Cranford”

Reality Host:
• Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
• Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
• Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
• Heidi Klum, Project Runway
• Jeff Probst, Survivor

Reality TV Competition:
• The Amazing Race
• American Idol
• Dancing With the Stars
• Project Runway
• Top Chef

Reality Program:
• Antiques Roadshow
• Dirty Jobs
• Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

• Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List
• Mythbusters
• Undercover Boss

Variety, Music or Comedy Series:
• The Colbert Report
• The Daily Show
• Real Time With Bill Maher
• Saturday Night Live
• Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien

Children’s Program:
• “Hannah Montana”
• “iCarly” (but it must be said, I don't care at all. lol)
• “Jonas”
• “Wizards of Waverly Place”
• “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie”

Animated Program:
• “Alien Earths”
• “The Ricky Gervais Show”
• “The Simpsons”
• “South Park”

• 82nd Annual Academy Awards (opening number, Adam Shankman)
• Dancing With the Stars (paso doble, Derek Hough)
• Dancing With the Stars (paso doble, Chelsie Hightower, Derek Hough)
• So You Think You Can Dance (gravity/addiction, Mia Michaels)
• So You Think You Can Dance (fear, Stacey Tookey)

• Anthem, Absolut
• Coke Finals, Coca-Cola
• Game, Mars/Snickers
• Green Police, Audi
• Human Chain, Nike
• The Man Your Man Could Smell Like, Old Spice

• “Glee”
• “The Good Wife”

• “Mad Men”
• “30 Rock”
• “The Tudors”

Well, there ya having it folks. We'll see just how right (or wrong) I am come August 29th. I am sad Entourage didn't get a nom. this year but what are ya gonna do.

Who do you want to win?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Trailer

Source: Yahoo

"Only I can live forever."

I wasn't planning on promoting this trailer and I know I'm a little late in doing so, but hot damn! I couldn't resist. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, the first half of the epic conclusion to the beloved Harry Potter series, looks phenomenal. It definitely gave me chills. This is a perfectly well crafted trailer too, I might add - less talking, more action. I'm not a big PH fan, but I do enjoy the movies. And I really can't wait to see this. Luckily we only have five more months to go! Check it out, yo.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 is again directed by British filmmaker David Yates, of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince previously. The script was also written again by Steve Kloves, of Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire, and also Half-Blood Prince, but not Order of the Phoenix. This is based on J.K. Rowling's very popular series of books which have already concluded. T his movie will be hitting theaters on November 19th!

What do you think?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

First International Trailer for 'Let Me In' Debuts

Source: Deadline

"I need blood to live."

First of all I thought the 2008 original film from Norway titled Let the Right One In was absolutely amazing! With all the lame vampire broo-ha-ha saturating the media, it was refreshing to finally see a good vampire movie appear in the midst. I was pretty disappointed to hear Overture Films was remaking this fantastic movie, changing the name to Let Me In, which isn't nearly as cool. But apparently this remake has been getting some good buzz from test screenings, which is nice to hear. This actually looks pretty good, so who knows, they might be able to pull it off. I can say, though, this trailer is going to be heavily scrutinized by many fans of the original, but that's okay, it deserves to be. Anyway, being that I'm a huge fan of vampire films/books etc. I'll most likely see this once it hits theaters. This remake stars the talented Choe Moretz (Kick-Ass) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road). Have a look!

A bullied young boy (Smit-McPhee) befriends a young vampire girl (Moretz) who lives with her guardian.

Let Me In is both written and directed by American filmmaker Matt Reeves, who's feature directorial debut was J.J. Abrams' Cloverfield but prior to that he directed episodes of "Felicity" and other various TV shows. This is a remake of Tomas Alfredson's 2008 film Let the Right One In, or more specifically a re-adaptation of the Swedish novel Låt den rätte komma in written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Overture Films is bringing this film to theaters just in time for Halloween on October 1st.

Does it look as good as you were hoping?

Eclipse Review (by Lili Grover)

Review by Lili Grover

I'm probably not going to see this movie anytime soon, given the fact that I'd rather scratch my eyes out before seeing Kristen Stewart ruin another Twilight movie. However, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse was my favorite book in the series, so I wanted to do some kind of shout out. My sister-in-law Lili, saw the movie opening night and since I'm not writing a review, I asked if she'd spotlight her's instead. Here's what she had to say:

What is this crazy phenomena surrounding Edward and Jacob? You know we are not going to the movie to see Bella in action. It has been predicted that "Eclipse" the 3rd movie in the Twilight Series will make an estimated $150-$180 million in the first 6 days and I would have to agree. The theater in our area had 10 screens devoted to the addiction for the midnight showing and every single screen was sold out. I did not venture out to that showing, my sleep is just way too important to me. (Although I must admit if someone had asked I probably would have because I can) however, I did see the 7pm showing on its premiere day because I do have friends that make movies fun, whether they are quality or not. We bought our tickets last week. We started off the evening by watching the Twilight RiffTrax and a nice dinner.

Once we got to the theater (an hour early) and got our seats we heard conversations all around us about Ed
ward and Jacob, at I even heard a woman say; "Bella should be allowed to have 2 husbands." I mean why not, right? As the lights dimmed and the previews began I found myself horrified by the preview for Paranormal Activity 2 (I am not much of a horror person) and laughing at the new Bruce Willis action/comedy preview, Red and of course I was pulled in by the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but then came Eclipse. The camera pans in on a guy names Riley who becomes aware of a "presence" - of course we all know he's a goner.

It is apparent from the start that this movie had a bigger budget, and most definitely a much better director. I actually think the main actors may have gotten in a few acting lessons too. There were actually a few scenes in which
Robert Pattinson actually became "one" with Edward. Kristen Stewart seemed to know her lines a little better, she didn't stutter as much, and Taylor Lautner
, well I actually think he’s the scene stealer and I am an "Edward" fan. Of course, his shirt being off 80% of the time didn't hurt. Eclipse actually did a decent job portraying the feelings I felt when I read the book. Of course it is cheese and for all you teens, moms, single women and everyone else who may envision themselves as Bella - it's not real and it never will be. It still puts a smile on your face though. I found myself chuckling and smiling the entire way through. But I'm easily pleased and entertained when it comes to movies, maybe it’s because I don’t pick them apart. Whatever the reason, I actually enjoyed this one more than any of the other two.

The battle scenes were extraordinary! Watching the newborn vampires crack as their bodies are struck with the force of a brick wall was captivating. Even Jacob and Edward's heart-to-heart was "sweet.” They even went into the back stories of the Cullen family, which gives those characters a little more depth. And I must give honorable mention to
Bryce Dallas Howard as Victoria. It took me a minute to realize she wasn't the same actress in the first 2 movies, but as the final battle begins it is more than obvious and she does a fantastic job picking up where the other Victoria left off.

As the credits began to roll the thought I was left with was; "Wow, that final scene was the first time in all the movies that I actually felt like Bella and Edward connected." Maybe there is hope for the final movie in the series that will leave us with a "sigh" of triumph.

It has progressed from the first one in all categories, i.e. acting, connections, graphics, screenplay, depth, directing etc. I even felt like Jasper lost the stick up his butt for some of the time. With the money it's making it can only get better from here. I even thought maybe, just maybe, my husband might watch this one, probably not but the thought did occur to me. That's got to be saying something.

Great review! Thanks for sharing with us, Lili.

So what did you think?

Cinemark Pulls 'Paranormal Activity 2' Trailer Over Complaints

Source: Variety

Wow! This is a little ridiculous. Variety reports the movie theater chain, Cinemark, has pulled the Paranormal Activity 2 trailer from "several theaters" in Texas. Apparently they received a number of complaints from moviegoers stating the trailer was "too frightening." (pause) Uh, what? Then I heard this trailer was playing in front of Summit's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which opened yesterday, and then it made a lot more sense. Those whiny teeny-boppers couldn't handle a good movie preview if they saw one - clearly. But then I thought maybe this is just a ploy to create more buzz for PA2. Hmm...

PA2 is obviously going to be marketed on thrills and chills. And now hearing that the trailer was so scary they had to pull it from theaters makes it all the more temping. I think this is a pretty good way to built up hype surrounding the sequel to Oren Peli's low budget horror flick. Anyway, the trailer had to of been approved by MPAA first, so I'm sorry if a couple people can't handle a few minor scares. That doesn't mean everyone can't handle it, come on, get over it! Twilight fans (of the films that is) can be so annoying! If this isn't some ploy, I think Cinemark caved way too easily.

What do you guys think?

Dragon Beats Panda!

I was delighted to hear How to Train Your Dragon surpassed Kung Fu Panda becoming DreamWorks Animation's highest-grossing feature outside of the Shrek series.

According to Box Office Mojo, How to Train Your Dragon reached a milestone Monday night with a total of a $215.5 million in just 95 days. With King Fu Panda it took 126 days to reach the same dollar amount. That’s a pretty impressive feat I think. Even though Panda is a good movie, I think Dragon is definitely better. It’s such a heartwarming, inspirational, funny and an unexpected delight. And the score is simply beautiful. I love it!

"Dragon was unique for DreamWorks," said Anne Globe, head of worldwide marketing for DreamWorks Animation. "We're very proud of it, and we always felt that the story itself was the kind that needed to be nurtured and handled in a unique way. It just doesn't adhere to the playbook from a marketing point of view." Ms. Globe credited Dragon's emotional component combined with its natural 3D integration. "People really feel something. That sort of deeper connection to the story has been the key. The whole of it was greater than the sum of its parts."

However, in terms of estimated attendance, Kung Fu Panda still rates insurmountably higher than How to Train Your Dragon, as do Madagascar, Shark Tale, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Over the Hedge - which is sad, because out of all of those movies Dragon is so much better, but that’s just my personal opinion. I guess when they adjust for ticket price inflation; Panda grossed the equivalent of $240 million, while Dragon is demoted to about $175 million, due to its 3-D ticket price premium (3-D accounted for nearly 2/3 of its business). Alas, Dragon is an outstanding movie and if you still haven’t seen it… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Check out How to Train Your Dragon trailer below:

Also listen to a clip from the HTTYD score:


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