Avengers – Good Timing!

The Avengers marches on to box office stardom. Can anything stop this juggernaut? The final figures for the opening weekend box office take is in and the total is staggering. Not only did they pass the previous first place movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, they shattered the record. 207 million in domestic ticket sales added to the close to 700 million already collected over seas makes this a sure fire candidate for the billion dollar movie club. Taken from Wikipedia: 1 Avatar $2,782,275,172 2009   2 Titanic $2,175,778,696 1997   3 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 $1,328,111,219 2011   4 Transformers: Dark of … [Read more...]

“Potter Puny – Hulk SMASH!”

How can the movie Avengers live up to the hype? How about delivering a great movie and breaking all previous box office records for an opening weekend? As predicted in a previous story, the Avengers not only smashed the old opening weekend box office record but ripped it to shreds like a Bruce Banner shirt after transforming into the Hulk. Inside movies reports:   Disney’s The Avengers smashed the opening weekend record by earning $200.3 million this weekend, according to studio estimates. The prior record was held by last summer’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, which debuted to $169.2 million. But The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, was the perfect storm: a highly anticipated 3-D action movie that combined the superheroes of several … [Read more...]

Avengers Opens BIG!

With $18.7 million made from the midnight US opening on Thursday night and a huge first day, the Avengers rakes in $80.5 million for the day. This is second only to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 which is the current record holder. HPatDH Part 2 made $91.1 million on its opening day so the record holder for the biggest weekend total ($169.2 million) is in serious jeopardy. That movie when it opened dropped 53% in attendance from Friday to Saturday so if the Avengers keeps its momentum through the weekend, it should be the new king of the box office. The Chicago Tribune reports: "The Avengers" surpassed its $220 million production costs some time ago. The film added another $30.3 million overseas on Friday, raising its foreign gross to $334 … [Read more...]

Ok, I Saw the Avengers – Who’s That Guy at the End?

This story should be considered semi-spolier as it discusses the extra scene at the end of Avengers. If you don't want any surprises or explinations, read no further. We will not give away any plot points of the movie itse'f, but we will discuss in detail just what was seen in that little teaser. *****POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD***** With the release of the Avengers breaking records all over the place, talk is already around the clip at the end of Avengers and what it means to the Marvel Universe and more specifically, Avengers 2.  This is not a new trick Marvel has employed, in fact every Marvel film from Iron Man 1 has had a little teaser placed in the end which comic book fans love and many people scratch their heads saying, "What the hell was that?" Iron Man introduced … [Read more...]

May the Fourth Be With You!

Ok, it's corny but we here at Popcorn Moives are big Star Wars geeks. It is one of those movies that just will always be in our psyche and forever be one of the greatest of all time. Well, let's be honest, Empire Strikes Back is the greatest and the first three were a huge disappointment, but you get what we mean. And we're not the only ones, the culture and the entire universe that is "Star Wars" is beyond just the movies and have lived on like few other films could ever hope for.   Even with great movies which technically and action wise and humor and special effects, better acting (well, basically every measure of a film) are better than Star Wars (If you haven't seen Avengers yet, what are you waiting for?) one still has to give it up for the original mac … [Read more...]

Robert Downey Jr. Loves Playing Iron Man

Don't pay attention to the rumors that Robert Downey Jr. is going to be re-cast as Iron Man. This is not some sort of James Bond character that has a Roger Moore waiting in the wings to take over. Granted the actor is now 42 years old, but with the CGI doing the heavy lifting and RDJ still in love with the character, don't expect to see anyone else donning the iron suit anytime soon. He told MTV News recently: ...he wasn't so thrilled about the idea of someone else playing Tony Stark. "I would really hate for someone else to think they could step into my shoes," he said. An infamous jokester, he couldn't help but ask, "I wonder who's playing Tony Stark next. Is it you? Is that what you're here to tell me?" "I know things are looking like that they could go on for a long while," … [Read more...]

Avengers Looking to Open BIG!

  Avengers Assemble! The summer movie season is opening with a bang and if the Avengers is any indication of how this summer is going to be at the box office, we here at Popcorn Movies are very excited! The reviews are in and they are all good! With the Avengers opening overseas first and with mini premieres all around the US, this weekend looks to be huge for the Marvel Universe. In fact, the Huffington Post is reporting that already globably the film has earned close to 500 million dollars! Hulk smash. According to numbers released by Disney, "Marvel's The Avengers" has already grossed $218.2 million internationally, including $33.1 million on Monday. Couple that lofty number with foreign openings in Russia and China on Friday, and "The Avengers" could reach $400 million … [Read more...]

Drunken Master 2

How'd He Do That? The thing that is so brilliant about Jackie Chan is that everything he does looks so fluid and flawless and literally has your jaw dropping asking “How in the hell did he do that?” If you have never seen a Jackie Chan film or think that martial arts films are not your cup of tea, just don’t know what you are missing. Chan’s films are more like an expert acrobatic clown with some fight scenes thrown in to keep the jester like dance going and have some sort of purpose. Though the fights are well choreographed and spliced together from multiple takes, you can still marvel at the elaborate routines put on for our viewing pleasure. Reportedly the seven and a half minute fight at the end of Drunken Master II took nearly four months to film, Chan saying in an interview … [Read more...]

Club Paradise

Rasta Meets Satire Club Paradise is more a satire than comedy although if you're not paying attention you will not catch the clever sardonic wit Harold Ramis (director/writer) so aptly weaves through his film. He had help also with one of the most under rated writers in Hollywood, in my humble opinion, Bryan Doyle-Murry who also help pen Caddyshack and was a longtime writer on Saturday Night Live and SCTV. The plot of Club Paradise is quite loose and involves an ex-Chicago fireman Jack Moniker (Williams) on disability retired in a fictional Caribbean island named St. Nicholas. Here he falls into the laidback life style of the locals and eventually teams up with Ernest Reed (Cliff) a reggae singer slash hotel owner in a battle of rich versus poor over property rights. With Monikers … [Read more...]

Blade Runner

Blade Runner is a masterpiece. I was going to end my review with just that sentence, but felt compelled to write more as there just aren’t enough words to try and explain Blade Runner but I’ll give it a shot. First thing you need to know is that there are two versions of Blade Runner and I urge all to watch both. The first one is the theater version which the producers of the film got nervous on Ridley Scott’s cut and had a film noir like monologue track added by Harrison Ford’s character Deckard. They were worried that general audiences wouldn’t quite get what the vision of the film was and felt this was necessary to market the film. Later with a very lucrative profit already in the bank and wanting more, they agreed to let Ridley Scoot release a directors cut which does not have … [Read more...]