It’s a momentous occasion this week on the show as we celebrate (ok, we mention) one full year of spoiling. We focus on How to Train Your Dragon 2, but we also throw in a little 22 Jump Street for you.
All this plus Tom calls out Entertainment Weekly for it’s lousy/lazy blog posts, we get a non-Dan Video Recovery and a box office report from Kevin.
It’s Reel Spoilers #47 – How to Train Your Dragon 2.
You’ve been warned.
How to Train Your Dragon was a huge surprise hit in 2010, garnering almost $495 million worldwide on a $165 million budget. The film also received a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, proving that critics, adults and kids alike were equally enamored by the colorful tale of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragons. HTTYD was nominated for 2 Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature – losing that year to Toy Story 3. With such a great film, it is often hard to live up to the original; but in the case of How to Train Your Dragon 2 – it gets pretty darn close.
The story takes place five years after the events of the first film. Berk has completely accepted dragons, thanks to Hiccup and his friends, and the villagers work and live alongside each other on a daily basis. While the villagers are interested in dragon sports during their free time, Hiccup and Toothless explore new lands and try to complete their handmade map. His father, Stoick (Gerard Butler), wants to start training him to become the chief of Berk – yet Hiccup doesn’t think that the job is for him. During one of his adventures, Hiccup and his fiance Astrid (America Ferrera) discover a new fortress that has been attacked and encased in ice – lead by Eret (Kit Harington), who blames them and their dragons. Eret and his crew attempt to capture their dragons, explaining that a conqueror named Drago Bludvist is building a dragon army and must have them. When Hiccup tells his father what Drago is up to, Stoic locks down Berk and warns him of the dangerous villain. Yet the hero inside of Hiccup doesn’t allow him to stay put, as he escapes the village with Astrid to reason with Drago. Along the way he runs into someone he never would have imagined, and finds out that he isn’t the only one who shares a bond with dragons.
This Father’s Day weekend, the family-friendly drama ALONE YET NOT ALONE comes to St. Louis. The film, Enthuse Entertainment’s first major motion picture, will open exclusively at Wehrenberg Ronnie’s 20 Cine in St. Louis, MO
The movie stars Kelly Greyson (Return To The Hiding Place), Jenn Gotzon (God’s Country, Frost Nixon) and musician Clay Walker (“Jesse James”). It is based on the true story taken from the novel of the same name by Tracy Leininger Craven.
ALONE YET NOT ALONE uses a new ticket reservation system called Seatzy™, which puts film lovers in control of bringing new movies to their cities. For this film you can visit www.seatzy.com/alone for tickets.
When I was nine, my mom bought me the novel Jurassic Park. The film had just come out that summer and took the world by storm. Granted, I was a nine-year-old reading a techno-thriller intended for adults, but I still fell in love with the concept of dinosaurs. Nevermind that I could barely comprehend half the words in the book. It was all about the tyrannosaurus rex. Rexie stole the show.
Fast forward 20 years, and the advancements in CGI mean the dinosaurs should be more realistic, right? We should be able to make life-like dinosaur models on our damn cell phones. Meanwhile, as the world anxiously awaits the release of Jurassic World, we have to turn to smaller, lower-budget quality dinosaur films to tide us over. Poseidon Rex is not one of these. Poseidon Rex is a great film if you hate your life or are family of one of the cast.
It’s Reel Spoilers #46 in which we learn that America wants to see kids dying more than they want to see Tom Cruise dying… or something like that. The movie du jour (which technically means “of the day” but I don’t know how to say “of the week” in French, and I don’t feel like Googling it – so just deal with it) is Edge of Tomorrow.
We’ll also talk about The Fault in Our Stars because that’s what the kids really care about.
All this plus an accidental Video Recovery and Tom shamelessly plugs the fact that he’s now a published author.
It’s Reel Spoilers #46 – Edge of Tomorrow.
You’ve been warned.