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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
(Releases on Friday, October 15)
I don’t love How to Train Your Dragon for its story, or its dialogue, or even its characters. I love it for one very specific reason: how it makes me feel. As sappy as that sounds, it’s not half as bad as admitting that I can’t listen to this song from the soundtrack without fighting back tears, the same way I do when I think about The Iron Giant closing his eyes and saying “Supahman” as he flies into space, or Fry’s dog faithfully waiting at the end of that one goddamn episode of Futurama. In each of these instances is an example of manipulative storytelling executed incredibly well, prying on a base human desire to be loved by some innocent, misunderstood being as much as we love them. And you know what? It fucking works. How to Train Your Dragon is so masterful in the way it uses its dazzling visuals and rousing score to enrapture the audience, and so beautiful and heartfelt in the way it communicates its undeniably formulaic tale of forbidden friendship, that I couldn’t help but be reduced to a weepy little bitch by the end of it. It may not be original, but through its earnest sense of discovery and adventure and positively stunning ability to recreate the sensation of flight, it amounts to one of the most fun, thrilling and emotionally gripping films to be released in years. For all of the reasons Avatar failed, How to Train Your Dragon succeeds, and I am not at all ashamed to say it resonated with me on a deeply personal level. I cannot recommend it enough.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Filmmakers’ Commentary, The Technical Artistry of Dragon, and Viking-Sized Cast. Double DVD Pack – Includes everything on the single-disc DVD, as well as an all-new animated short (“Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon”), Three Deleted Scenes, The Story Behind the Story, and How to Draw a Dragon. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the Double DVD Pack, as well as the Animator’s Corner (featuring Picture-in-Picture storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews), a trivia track, and a copy of the DVD.
|BEST DVD PRICE*
|Amazon – $16.99
*Does not include Double DVD Pack with all-new short (“Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon”), which costs $17.99 at Best Buy, and $22.99 at Target and Amazon.
|BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
|Amazon – $22.99
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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley get extremely disappointed by Jonah Hex, speculate on the prospects of a Ghost Rider sequel, and wonder when movie studios will start delivering movies to people when they want, in the ways that they want them. Special guest Greg Mariotti joins us from Pixar Talk.
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When the Rotten Tomatoes twitter account announced that Toy Story 3 still had a 100% fresh rating with over 130 reviews and counting, I got excited. I’ve seen the movie twice now, and it deserves all the praise it has and will recieve. The reason I got excited is that it had the chance to become the best reviewed movie in the history of cinema (this according to Rotten Tomatoes of course, albeit still a milestone achievement).
I’m not going to debate the merits of the achievement — best reviewed film of all time doesn’t mean best movie of all time. Also, as we know Rotten Tomatoes is not based on a scale of enjoyment, just thumbs up or down. Meaning, the best reviewed film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes means the largest percentage of possitive reviews.
With 147 100% positive reviews, Toy Story 2 has held the coveted top slot for eleven years and counting. The film to come closest was the 2008 documentary Man On Wire — 100% fresh with 142 reviews, six short of the #1 slot. And how fitting would it have been to have the Pixar’s latest film, the third film in the trilogy, knock Toy Story 2 from the top of the mountain.
What happened? You guessed it. Armond White — the notorious contrarian movie reviewer for the alt-weekly New York Press. You might recall that White was the first critic to give Pixar’s last film Up a negative review. Whats worse, he gave Jonah Hex a positive review, a film which has been panned by critics and moviegoers (12% on Rotten Tomatoes with almost 90 reviews).
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Warner Bros. has been slow to sell Jonah Hex. The first trailer appeared just a month ago, and the film opens on June 18. But now there’s a second trailer, and it is edited at a much more brisk pace. In part because of that change and in part because it chooses better footage, this is a much better look at the movie. Read More »
Another week, another batch of new movie posters have hit the multiplexes and are now online. One-sheets include: Splice, Salt, Woody Allen‘s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Jonah Hex character banners, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Last Exorcism, and Charlie St. Cloud.
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Some of you have been waiting to see what Warner Bros. film version of Jonah Hex really looks like. Now’s your chance, as the trailer has finally hit, with all the scarred Josh Brolin you can handle. Read More »
There’s been very little Jonah Hex material out there for the past year, but why do I get the idea that after this week we’re going to see a lot of the film? The trailer hits on Thursday and now Warner Bros. has released a new poster, via Yahoo.
This image makes relatively clear the idea that the film has comic book origins (or perhaps the character poses and title font just say ‘comic book’ to me) and also looks like it comes from WB’s school of Harry Potter poster design. But this one has more gatling guns, so it is obviously better. I’m also curious about Josh Brolin getting the only billing; not even a smaller piece above the credit block for Megan Fox. And very little to suggest that, yeah, that’s John Malkovich about to hadouken Jonah Hex.
As you can see in the full poster, after the break, the film is out on June 18. We’ll have the trailer later this week. (And if you want some unkind takes on the film, AICN has several negative test screening reactions.) Read More »
There have been reshoots and delays, but Warner Bros. will still release Jimmy Hayward‘s Jonah Hex, starring Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich and Michael Fassbender, on time. A trailer will premiere later this week, but in the meantime there’s a small teaser montage available via SyFy. It resembles the footage we saw last year at Comic Con, and you can see it after the break. Read More »
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A few new photos which have popped up in the last 24 hours, all of which are worth sharing. The photos include a high resolution look at Josh Brolin in Jonah Hex,the first photo from Ringu and The Ring Two helmer Hideo Nakata‘s The Chatroom, and photos from the set of Green Lantern.
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Where’s Jonah Hex? We saw footage from the film at last year’s Comic Con, but aside from a few reshoot reports and word of Mastodon sharing scoring duties, there’s been basically nothing to report on the film since then. Few pics, no trailer. Earlier this week, as part of a rumor that suggested Lobo was dead at WB, there was a report that the studio isn’t happy with the film.
Then Vulture talked to Brent Hinds of Mastodon, and based on his description of the scoring process and one comment in particular, many read the piece as saying “the film is delayed!” Reps for the movie, meanwhile, insist that we’ll see a trailer on April 29, and that it will be attached to prints of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Meanwhile, Hinds’ comments are still a window into the process of finishing the film. Read More »