Tangled, a retelling of the Rapunzel fairy tale from Walt Disney Animation Studios, did quite well for itself this past holiday season. A hit with both critics and audiences alike, it did well at the box office (earning nearly $200 million domestically, and – in its second weekend of release – dethroning Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 as box office champ). It did quite well in disc sales, too, raking in over $80 million in its first week of release. It’s ranked in the Top 20 for 2010 on Flickchart, with a healthy 58% win percentage, appearing in 48 users’ individual Top 20 lists. It’s quite charming, hearkening back to the glory days of Disney princesses, and I found it to be thoroughly entertaining.
But am I the only one who has a problem with this?
It’s time for the first of the month again, when Netflix unleashes a huge array of streaming goodies for all us movie lovers. Last month’s mix-up with the Netflix API relaying that Miramax movies would be released, when they actually weren’t, is being fixed with Pulp Fiction and much more coming out. Take a look:
Animal Kingdom (R | 2010)
Flickchart Ranking: #694
Directed By: David Michôd
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Directed By: Todd Phillips
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It’s hard to believe that it has been two years since The Hangover was released. Todd Phillips’ comedy, starring three relatively unknown actor-comedians, rushed up the box office charts to become the most highest-grossing R rated comedy of all time – beating out Beverly Hills Cop, the previous title-holder for twenty-five years.
Now, the films’ three stars have become some of Hollywood’s greatest talents and will reunite with Phillips with The Hangover Part II, being released this weekend. But before checking out their newest drunken adventure, now in Bangkok, check out some of these under-ranked films from the stars of The Hangover Part II.
Ever since Batman made an obscene amount of money in 1989, Hollywood has escalated its love affair with comic books and superheroes as source material. There’s a pre-existing audience, the characters and premises are already in place and in many cases they’ve already managed to sell lots of merchandise. As CGI has evolved, these movies have gone from cheesy B-pictures to true spectacles of cinema worthy of their fantastic source material. Unfortunately, the glut of caped characters can become tiresome—particularly between May and August, when the box office is dominated by a seemingly endless parade of costumed vigilantes. As a lifelong comic book reader and fan, I’d like to take a moment of your time to bring to your attention some of the terrific films that you may not have realized were based on comic books. Think of this as a primer into the world of an entire medium largely unnoticed by the mainstream public.