I was sitting in the middle of a film marketing class last year when my professor started class with his weekly catch-up: What did movies did you guys see this week? The girl sitting behind me boasted that she’d gotten an advanced screening to Drive and that it was her favorite film of the year so far. A friend of mine turned around and gushed about how desperate he was to see it. She replied that it was mandatory to see in theaters, even going as far to suggest which theaters within a ten-mile radius were the best. Her criteria for such fastidiousness was not the picture, but the sound. To be frank, I’m not an audio expert and I’ve deliberately stayed away from sound design classes because the technicalities terrify me. I took her enthusiasm to mean that she was just an enthusiast of all things auditory and found this film to be exemplary in that arena. Still, I took her words into account thinking that there were gonna be some amazing sound effects… or something.
(Blu-ray and DVD | R | 2010)
Flickchart Ranking: #8698
Times Ranked: 631
Win Percentage: 39%
Top-20 Rankings: 0
Dragons. Are there any cooler creatures in all of mythology? Unfortunately, in the world of celluloid, these great creatures of imagination have not really gotten their due. (At least, not in live-action cinema; why I have not yet seen How to Train Your Dragon is still beyond me.)
Is there any live-action film in which dragons have truly come off as cool as they deserve? Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire wasn’t too bad, but the dragons aren’t the stars. As I impatiently await the day when Peter Jackson brings his vision of the ultimate dragon, Smaug, to life in The Hobbit, I think about other dragon-themed movies that I have enjoyed in the past. None of them are deserving enough to be called “great”, but I’m very forgiving of movies I want to like. In one of these cases, I was the perfect age to see a dragon with real presence brought to life on the big screen – even if the movie he inhabited was far from perfect. Without further adieu, I present, in ascending order on my Flickchart, my picks for Guilty Pleasures starring dragons.
Hanna is the story of a girl raised in complete isolation with her father Erik (Eric Bana), who is training her to be the perfect killing machine. Elsewhere, ruthless CIA operative, Marissa (Cate Blanchette) is tracking Hanna and her father down, with what seems like an endless supply of agents to send after them. Erik and Hanna represent an inordinate threat to the United States, like Jason Bourne and Evelyn Salt before them no amount of money is too high to neutralize the father/daughter duo.
|Movie||Weekend $||Total $||Average $/Theater||Add to Flickchart|
|Hop||$38.1 Mil||$38 Mil||$10,650|
|Source Code||$15.0 Mil||$15 Mil||$5,084|
|Insidious||$13.5 Mil||$14 Mil||$5,605|
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules||$10.2 Mil||$38 Mil||$3,219|
|Limitless||$9.4 Mil||$56 Mil||$3,313|
|The Lincoln Lawyer||$7.0 Mil||$40 Mil||$2,604|
|Sucker Punch||$6.1 Mil||$30 Mil||$2,006|
|Rango||$4.6 Mil||$114 Mil||$1,455|
|Paul||$4.3 Mil||$32 Mil||$1,700|
|Battle: Los Angeles||$3.5 Mil||$78 Mil||$1,547|
Source: Box Office Mojo