Posts Tagged ‘3d’

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How To Train Your Dragon (3D)

March 31, 2010

“Animated 3d has arrived”

Final Thoughts:

The film is loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name with some changes.  It centers around a young boy, Hiccup who wants to be like all of his fellow Vikings, but always ends up causing trouble instead.  His goal in life is to kill the legendary Night Fury Dragon to prove himself to his tribe.  What ends up happening instead is that he becomes friends with the Dragon, Toothless, and teaches his tribe how to train the Dragons to work with them and for them rather than to fight them.  Or at leas thats the jist of the story without giving to away too much.

This film can be enjoyed by the entire family and the 3d is definitely used to enhance the film unlike the 2007 film Beowulf with a similar theme.  I will say that the relationship of Hiccup and Toothless is like Lilo & Stitch and even E.T. and some of the flying sequences reminded me of Avatar.   But what this film was able to do is make Dragons cute and cuddly.  I wanted to own my own Toothless after this film and take him home.  So Dragon’s can be man’s best friend after all.  The cast of voices included Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill and worked perfectly for their characters, although the lead voice for Hiccup, Jay Baruchel sounded older than his character looked, but that was just a minor problem.

In the last few years, Pixar usually came out with an emotional and award-winning animated film,  but i believe Dreamworks may have just made that film.  I do expect Dragon to be nominated for best animated feature in next years Academy Awards and I also sense a sequel.

My grade: 94 (Watch It more than once)

Rotten Tomatoes: 97 (Fresh)

MetaCritic: 74  (Generally Favorable Reviews)

US Gross: 48.5m (Updated: March 31)

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If you didn’t already know…

March 28, 2010

  • Ticket prices for the latest 3d epic How To Train Your Dragon when up as much as 26%!
  • Rumor has it that the evil Queen from Sleeping Beauty Maleficent will be turned into a movie possibly directed by Tim Burton and starring Angelina Jolie as the wicked fairy god mother
  • Fox cancels 24!
  • Worldwide a 3d film has occupied the top spot in the box-office charts for 12 straight weeks (Avatar – 8 weeks, Alice In Wonderland 4 weeks)
  • Lady Gaga reaches the top spot with her debut album, The Fame (Monster) for the first time in its 64th week!! on the world charts
  • Sony Music Entertainment has blocked Beyonce’s youtube page due to a copyright infringement case involving her label
  • Justin Bieber’s album, My World 2.0 is expected to top the Billboard charts this coming week to the tune of 225,000 – 250,000!
  • Gossip blogger Perez Hiton announces he will be launching a weekly music countdown to rival Ryan Seacrest’s current version.
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Avatar – The Phenomenon

December 29, 2009

“The film has grossed 623.5 million worldwide in 10 days, well on its way to 1 billion dollars.  Currently, Titanic is the overwhelming champion with 1.8 billion dollars (Cameron’s last great epic). Coming in a distant second is The Return of The King with 1.1 billion.  Both Avatar and The Return of the King opened in late December and Avatar is reaching similar numbers both domestically and worldwide.  Avatar just broke the record for the second highest weekend ever, beating out The Dark Knight and only dropped by 1.8% compared to last weeks takings, so word of mouth and overall appeal is very good.  With these holds, Avatar is well on its way to breaking 1 billion and maybe even breaking Return of The King for the second highest box-office take.  After all with the next few weeks offering little competition and current competition falling short of expectations, Avatar is on its way to more records.”

Here are some interesting stories about the film worth looking at (click to view the story):

Can ‘Avatar’ sweep the Oscars? Expect up to nine nominations

Avatar: The real life science behind the fantasy

Avatar is like the iphone of movies

‘Avatar’ wows ’em worldwide

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Avatar

December 24, 2009

“Visually stunning and entertaining.  It’s the film that all other 3D and effects films will follow”

Final Thoughts:

Jim Cameron is still the “King of the world” and deserves that title for the work he is capable of producing.  It took him 12 years to reach the same height of grandeur as Titanic and it worked on every level.   That wait allowed him to explore the technology needed to make this film and create the standard for 3-d and visual effects going into the next decade.  Some may argue that there were underlying themes of political agenda, cheesy dialogue and a story that has been told before, but I felt that these enhanced and worked well with the premise of the film.  Especially when you factor in the world of Pandora, the love story between JakeSully and Neytiri, and the power struggle between humans and the Omaticaya, nothing else matters.  Cameron’s ability to take you into a different world and keep you there made it difficult for me to find anything wrong, which I have to say is a hard sell for me, but it worked.  For 163 minutes, all I wanted to do was stay.  For those who do know me, my eyes were wide open and I almost forgot I was in a packed cinema with other people around me.  Like JakeSully, he had to decide between the human life that he lived that brought him to Pandora and the new life he was starting to embrace.  As Jake says, “the dream and reality was becoming blurred”, I felt the same sentiment.  The simplistic story and dialogue made the film more real and more believable with strong emotional impact and an amazing score to compliment each scene.   I left the cinema afterwards with the same feeling as Titanic, which ironically is my favorite film of all-time.  And as a Titanic fan, that is a hard thing to say.  All I wanted to do was watch the film again as soon as possible.  I guess it would be acceptable to name Avatar as my favorite film of all-time replacing one Cameron film with another.  This film is a masterpiece and truly the Citizen Kane and Star Wars of this generation, breaking boundaries, introducing original pieces of work and breaking bank accounts.  Titanic broke box office records because people enjoyed it and took their friends and family with them to enjoy the adventure and spread the word of something that should be seen.  I believe this film has the same ability and I too will watch the film for a third time and maybe even more with a new group of friends and have the same emotional impact and feelings as if it was the first time all over again.

(For the record, I have watched this film 6 times in 3d!!  The last film i  watched over 6 times in theaters was Titanic)

My grade: 100 (Watch It more than once, it’s that good)

Rotten Tomatoes: 83 (Fresh)

MetaCritic: 83 (Universal Acclaim)

Worldwide Gross: $2.242 billion – #1 all-time (Updated: February 12)

US Gross: 635 million – #1 all-time (Updated: February 12)

Overseas Gross: $ 1.607 billion #1 all-time (Updated: February 12)

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