Archive for August 24, 2012

Ranking Disney: #21 – Mulan (1998)

Mulan is another one of those films a lot of people grew up with that I just didn’t. I didn’t see it until very recently. Very, to the point where I’d actually started writing up the list before I saw it, and I had set it in the area above #30, hoping I’d like it enough for it to warrant inclusion there.

I shouldn’t have been worried. The film is amazing. This is easily my favorite of the post-Pocahontas Renaissance films that I hadn’t seen. It has just about everything. Sure — you can see them veering into that stuff they do nowadays that I hate (like that dance scene at the very end — what the fuck is that?), but they make up for it with amazing animation (that avalanche sequence is breathtaking).

I thought this film was going to end up around #26 or #25 — but I really liked this one. To the point where I almost feel bad I never got to see it when I was younger. Oh well. At least I have it now.

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Pic of the Day: “Why do fireflies die so soon?”


The Box Office Report – August 24-26

Last week, in Box Office…

The Expendables 2 wins like everyone was expecting, but with not as big a figure as — well, not everyone, mostly me — was expecting. I thought it would at least do $35 million, but instead it only made $28.6 million. I wonder why people didn’t show up to this one as they did the first one. I guess because the first one was a breath of fresh air and this one was just a sequel? No idea. I haven’t even seen a full trailer for this, so I have no idea if it’s even fun or not. I still need to watch it. I assume it’s decent. I guess it’s just that people aren’t going to movies anymore because most of them suck. And if that’s the reason — hey, can’t fault anyone for that.

The Bourne Legacy finished second, dropping an as-expected 55% to $17.1 million. That was exactly what expectations were, and it did not disappoint. They’ve made $70 million after two weekends, which I’m guessing will leave this becoming a disappointment, domestically.

ParaNorman opened to third place and $14.1 million. This also feels exactly in line with expectations. I guess I don’t really have anything more to add to that. Picture me shrugging right now. (more…)