Tag - harry potter

Movie Info of the Week (July 18-22 2011)


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick

LimitlessBradley Cooper is a struggling writer who is given a new experimental drug that lets you use 100% of your brain’s capacity. You see things differently and thoughts are moving constantly. It lets him become a rich and powerful…. anything he wants to be. Writer, stock trader, whatever. But of course with any drug there will be side effects. And people that are looking to have some of it for themselves. This was a pretty cool concept for a film and executed fairly well. It wasn’t a terrific movie by any means but it entertained me from beginning to end. Bradley Cooper is just a likable guy and fits the role nicely. I saw it when it came out in theaters and I’d check it out again.

My Theater Pick
Captain America

Captain America: The First Avenger – when this movie was first announced, I wasn’t the least bit excited. Casting news didn’t really do anything for me either. Chris Evans is usually the same character in everything. I thought this would be another throw away superhero movie just so they can get The Avengers back story in place. Then the first trailer came out and I was kind of blown away. The 1940s setting looks really cool and works well with a military born superhero. The most amazing part was the CGI used to put Chris Evans’ face on a small, scrawny body before he becomes the super soldier known as Captain America. Throw in the always cool Hugo Weaving as the villain, Red Skull, and some evil Nazis and it sounds like a rockin’ good time. It definitely got me off my seat and interested. Maybe Captain America will go one on one with Hitler himself!

Box Office Results
Harry Potter

Well it wasn’t a surprise that Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 took the #1 spot. I don’t even think it was too surprising that it beat the all time record for biggest opening weekend, previously held by The Dark Knight. It didn’t sell as many tickets but 3D and price inflation helped with that. $168 million in one weekend. Insane. And over $475 million worldwide. Out of control! This movie is a cash making BEAST!

Also coming out in stores this week is Take Me Home Tonight, Dumbstruck, Tekken and Beauty & the Beast (Blu Ray).

Also coming out in theaters is the R rated relationship comedy Friends with Benefits starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

Our Favorite Harry Potter Scenes


With the release of the Harry Potter saga’s conclusion we decided to put together a list of our favorite scenes throughout all the Potter films. It’s crazy that after all these years, Harry Potter has finally come to an end. It was a ride and a half, and I was glad to be part of it. Below you can see John, Steve and I discuss our favorite moments along with clips to go with them. There is a link below the YouTube videos we couldn’t embed that will open up a new tab upon clicking. Keep in mind these are in no particular order, and there’s a lot here. Sit down, grab a drink, and set aside 20 minutes or so to enjoy this trip down memory lane. Without further ado, our favor magical moments.

The Half-Blood Prince – Harry and Hermione

Harry Comforts Hermione
Embed on this clip has been disabled, please click here to watch Harry comfort Hermione

Phil: Having just come off his first big Quidditch win, Ron is on fire and has come into a new found confidence he hasn’t seen for a while. Things are rocky between he and Hermione, whom have always had an unspoken love for one another. Ron begins to kiss his new girlfriend, Lavender Brown, in front of everyone. While everyone cheers Ron on, Hermione finally loses it and leaves.

Harry, always having a close connection with Hermione and playing more the role of the big brother, checks in on her. This scene is almost cheesy because when you get to the root of it we’re just dealing with typical teenage drama, though it’s handled with care and after so many movies we’re invested in these characters. As an actress, Emma Watson is being asked to do the most she’s done with her role, and while she doesn’t necessarily pull it off with flying colors, everything around her is working in her favor. It’s such a well shot scene, starting with a shot looking down the stair case of a crying Hermione with Harry’s shadow in view. The lighting is perfect, we really get a sense of how melancholy the mood is, and Nicholas Hooper’s score is at its finest. After a quick exchange with Ron, Harry comforts Hermione telling her he understands how she feels. If the scene ended on this note, maybe it wouldn’t be so special, but then comes what is likely my favorite shot from the entire film. Snow falling, we see the camera pans across the exterior of Hogwarts, where Ron and Lavender are seen through a window continuing to kiss, and then up above is Draco Malfoy standing in the tower where he has been asked to do his deed. We only see Draco for a flash, but we understand that he’s conflicted. The night transitions to day and so begins a new day at Hogwarts. The camera work, music, and the wide range of teenage emotions (love, heart break, confusion) make this the standout scene from Half-Blood Prince.

Steve: I like this scene because it just shows the characters dealing with normal kid shit. No prophecies, no massive conspiracies, just two friends comforting each other over some very simple, painful feelings.

The Prisoner of Azkaban – Expecto Patronum!

Expecto Patronum
Embed on this video has been disabled. Click here to watch Expecto Patronum!

John: My favorite Harry Potter movie is the third one, The Prisoner of Azkaban. It got the movies going into a darker and more adult theme. Plus it introduces the great character Sirius Black, played by phenomenal actor Gary Oldman. Anyway, the time travel part was always one of my favorite scenes. We pretty much see a big part of the ending, with a lot of twists and turns but a few things along the way aren’t explained very well. When Harry and Hermione go back in time and actually help themselves, it puts everything into place and is just really cool to see play out. Reminds me of Back to the Future, but with magic. And then we see the big Expecto Patronum to reveal Harry’s powers to be much more than we expected. He really is the Chosen One.

Phil: I agree with John, Azkaban is my favorite film. Whoever was daring enough to call in a little known Mexican director named Alfonso Cauron was some sort of genius. I don’t know how it happened, but it did. Anyway, how could you not love the “Expecto Patronum!” scene? Up until this film, Harry’s been a rather happy go lucky kid, despite getting into lots of life threatening danger. In this film we see a bit of a more lost Harry, and certainly a scared Harry. After a few earlier run ins with Dementors, Harry can’t particularly stomach the thought of dealing with them. When he finally delivers his patronus to take them out, it’s awesome. The music cuts, Harry shouts expecto patronum with conviction and the wand illuminates the entire field sending the dementors scatting. John William’s amazing music plays in the background while we hear the low hum of Harry’s magic doing its thing.

Cauron took a lot of liberties in this film. Had this scene played out like it should have, I don’t think it would have quite left the impression it did. In the book when Harry uses his patronum a stag is supposed to appear and take everything out. David Yates fixes the whole animal patronus thing in Order of the Phoenix to stay more true to the source material, but I like Cauron’s take a bit more. The “magic” in Azkaban is my favorite of all the movies. There is nothing in your face about it, just little flicks of the wrist with a faint sound suggesting something is being cast. He somehow managed to ground the magic in reality as much as he possibly could to the point where it almost seems believable. The magic ends up having the mystical feeling the force does in the original Star Wars Trilogy. Cauron doesn’t completely omit Harry’s stag as we see a glimpse of it in the past where Harry unknowingly sees himself cast the spell. I like how the stag is there in a sort of spiritual way, not physically there running rampant. When Harry casts the spell, he is the embodiment of his stag. It works, and the scene is about as perfect as it could get because of it.

Steve: PoA was the one movie that I liked better than the book, for all the reasons mentioned above. I think this and Half Blood Prince are my two favorite films in the series, with HFB having a slight edge.

The Prisoner of Azkaban – The Shrieking Shack

Phil: I’d argue this is the scene where the Harry Potter film’s grew up. While the kids are tossed into the situation and Harry plays an important role in it, it’s the big boys that take center stage. We finally meet the mysterious Sirius Black, we find out Ron’s silly rat was secretly Peter Pettigrew the entire time, and Remus Lupin reveals his role. We’ve heard all about the history of these guys thanks to Lupin’s relationship with Harry, but here everything unfolds with all the major players showing their hands. Sirius is completely at wits end, having spent too much time in Azkaban prison, and Pettigrew is scared shitless at the reformed duo of old pals Sirius and Lupin. Meanwhile Snape shows up, the kids are baffled at what’s going on, and it’s just all out insanity. The scene moves quickly, a sort of blink and you’ll miss it type scenario. Meanwhile they’re in one of the most incredible sets I’ve ever seen. The whole time this exchange is going down the entire stage is rocking and swaying. While the kids have done a decent job acting in their roles to this point, it’s nice to see the experienced adult actors just selling the shit out of this scene with Gary Oldman stealing the show. Easily one of my favorite scenes of the entire saga.

Steve: I agree this was definitely the moment where things changed. This scene carries all kinds of  implications about what has been going on behind the scenes while Harry was having ‘Hardy Boys’ type adventures during Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. The events that preceded our trio’s adventures were dark and ugly, this is the first glimpse we get of that.

The Order of the Phoenix – Dumbledore vs Voldemort

John: Watching movies about magic and we finally get to see what two of the most powerful wizards can do. Voldemort vs. Dumbledore. This was a scene a long time building. Voldemort gives a big FU to Harry and calls him weak. OH NO YOU DIDN’T! Big Daddy Dumbledore appears from the flames to do battle. Not only that but I love how Dumbledore refuses to call him Voldmort and just refers to him as Tom. A real FU right back to the Dark Lord. Plus I’m sure Phil can appreciate the heavy dose of Voldemort fingers going on in this scene.

Phil: Well of course I love Voldemort’s fingers in this scene, they’re outrageous! You’re right though, this scene is really great stuff. Through the course of all these movies we’ve only seen inexperienced wizards doing magic, but here we finally see two masters of their craft go at it. It’s probably the best wizard fight caught on film next to Gandalf vs Saruman. I love that no music plays during it, we just get lots of great audio, effects, faces, and of course, fingers.

Steve: It really was great to see the two most powerful wizards go to work. We’ve been hearing for 4 movies now about how these guys are supposedly hot shit, now they show us why. It’s the quintessential Student becomes the Master moment, but wait… the Masters not out of things to teach just yet.

The Order of the Phoenix – Harry’s Posession

Phil: Immediately following the fight between the two wizard titans, Voldemort decides to posses Harry yet again. Harry is at a breaking point now, completely unsure of himself, and afraid of the fact that he might be more like Voldemort than he thinks. When I read this scene in the book, I don’t remember feeling much about it, but here in the film it’s fantastic. Harry doesn’t get to shoot lasers and form giant balls of water like Dumbledore does, but his battle with Voldemort is easily the more emotional one. Harry overcomes his possession thanks to his friends, and Snape’s training, but when he hits Voldemort with the coup de grâce, it’s all Harry. For Harry to tell Voldemort he feels pity for him is strong stuff. His relationship with Voldemort is much deeper than simply hating him, he comes to understand Voldemort through their connection, and as a result feels sorry for Voldemort. Harry’s genuine feelings are enough to chase Voldemort out and to keep him out for good. Of course, Nicholas Hooper’s score is tops here too.

The Half Blood Prince – Sectumsempra
Draco's Burden
Embedding for this clip has been disabled. Click here to watch the Sectumsempra scene.

Steve: Half Blood Prince is my favorite book in the series. I’m not sure if the movie was my favorite, it’s probably tied with Prisoner of Azkaban. Like Phil said earlier about the scene where Harry Potter grew up, I feel like this was probably one of his darkest moments. This was a point in his life where Harry crossed a line and let his arrogance and obsessions take control of him. We all know Draco was up to no good, but Harry went way too far in this scene. I love the way this scene was shot with the water running, the darkness… this scene actually feels like it could have been in Prisoner of Azkaban.

Phil: Watching this scene again certainly gave me the chills, I almost forgot how good it is. This scene kind of makes me feel like Draco was under utilized in these movies. He probably has all but 10 lines the entire film, but every time we see him we can feel the weight of the burden that has been placed upon his shoulders. We’ve always seen Draco as the pompous spoiled kid, yet here we see a much more human Draco. In fact, he’s human enough that we can finally relate to him. Through all these movies everyone wanted Draco to get what was coming to him, and when he finally does, we feel pretty sick about it.

Half Blood Prince – Fight Back You Coward!
Fight Back You Coward
Embedding disabled on this video. Click here to watch Harry face off with Snape.

Steve: Snape is the most well-written character in the entire Harry potter Universe. Fact. Casting a genius actor like Alan Rickman to pretty much guaranteed that all my favorite moments in the films somehow involve him. This was a moment in the book that I was so excited to see play out on screen and it did not disappoint at all. I’m trying to dance around spoilers for the whole series here, suffice to say that when you walk out of Deathly Hallows Part 2, revisit this scene.

Phil: What I love about this part is that in the clip above where Harry first uses Sectumsempra on Draco he had no idea of the effect of the spell. All Harry knew was that it was potentially bad news. Here, an enraged Harry is out for blood and has no problem slinging the spell once again for Snape. He wanted to kill Snape. This Harry is a far different beast than the one relying on disarming spells from previous films, and considering the fact he knows he’s using dark magic goes to show that Harry does have an edge to him most wizards lack.

The Deathly Hallows Part 1 – The Dancing Scene

Harry and Hermione Dance
Embedding has been disabled. Click here to watch Harry and Hermione dance.

Phil: By far the most controversial scene of Deathly Hallows because it didn’t happen in the book, I found it to be the best part of the movie. The gang has been on the road for some time now and aren’t making much progress in their journey to find the horcruxes. A jaded Ron Weasly decides he’s had enough and leaves Harry and Hermione for themselves. With a devastated Hermione left behind, Harry is once again there to comfort her, but this time it’s a bit different than normal. In fact, what happens between the two is almost romantic. This is where the fans (my wife included, who didn’t like this scene) have serious beef with the scene. Harry is supposed to love Ginny, and Hermione is supposed to love Ron, but here we see two lost souls connecting. Lets face it, the journey through Deathly Hallows Part 1 is grueling on the gang and borderline depressing, why wouldn’t these two possibly find a brief moment of comfort in each other? I like how the dancing is very playful, and that for a moment there Harry and Hermione lock eyes, yet we know that they know it isn’t completely right. It’s a standout scene in an otherwise dark and weary film.

Steve: I enjoyed this scene as well. It may not have been in the book, but it effectively summed up so much of what was going on between these characters in a simple, beautiful way. One of my gripes with Part 1 has been how they stuck to the source material so closely that it actually felt stiff and lifeless. I wish they had taken more liberties like this one to tell the story.

Honorable Mention: Goblet of Fire – My Boy

Phil: I think it goes without saying that the arrival of Harry and Cedric’s body at the end of Goblet of Fire is possibly one of the worst scenes in Harry Potter history. In what should have been the emotional high point in the series up to that point ends up being hilarious. Daniel Radcliffe’s acting has seen minor improvements, but he’s still not convincing when he’s trying to cry. Thankfully for Dan, Amos Diggory comes to his rescue to be even worse at crying. After his big “MY BOY” moment, he’s seen screaming and crying about as bad as any actor can. Meanwhile, and this is added thanks to history, Edward Cullan from Twilight is laying there on the ground about as lifeless as he is in those films. At least Patrick Doyle’s score is good here, but it’s not enough to carry the scene. So why does this bad scene make the cut? Because I absolutely love it.

Steve: This scene is ridiculous. It’s also probably the most memorable from any of the films for me. I remember the death of Cedric affecting me much more when I read the book. It showed that Voldemort and his followers actually are really bad people, they have no problem killing a kid. Even though Cedric wasn’t a huge character it established that at some point a body count was likely.


Phil: That about wraps it up for our favorite moments in what has to be one of the best film sagas ever created. I wanted to include scenes from Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and (and real clip from) Goblet of Fire, but as much as I like those movies there are no particular moments I felt stood above the few we selected here. At least, not off the top of my head anyway. It’s strange, because I always thought Goblet of Fire was my second favorite Harry Potter film, but after putting this together, I think I’m more inclined to lean towards Order of the Phoenix, or The Half Blood Prince. Regardless, they’re all great movies in their own right, from the playful nature of Sorcerer’s Stone to the dark nature of Deathly Hallows.

Weekly Sketch #3 – Voldemort’s Fingers VS Harry Potter

Harry Potter VS Voldemort

So about a month ago I can honestly say I wasn’t really pumped for Deathly Hallows Part 2, but now that its right around the corner, I just can’t help myself. Actually, I kind of thought I was “getting over” Harry Potter in general because I wasn’t overly excited about the release of Deathly Hallows Part 1 either, and maybe that somehow did hinder my enjoyment of it because it is after all my least favorite Potter film.

For tonight’s sketch I decided I wanted to do something Harry Potter related since I’m in the mood for it. I originally wanted to just draw Voldemort‘s fingers, since you know, I’m kind of obsessed with his fingers. They drive me so insane that I love them, it’s a weird relationship. At the same time I also wanted to draw Harry, because damn it, I enjoy drawing Harry Potter. In fact, I drew a picture of Harry Potter before I even liked Harry Potter. I can remember the first film was coming out around the time I started college and there was advertisements for this thing everywhere. All I knew of Harry Potter at that point is that it was a popular book series with kids and that the trailer I saw for the film looked dreadful. Yet those gorgeous posters by Drew Struzan single handedly captured my imagination. I can specifically remember doodling that image of Harry the best I could off the top of my head in the middle of class and then being made fun of for drawing “that Harry Potter kid.” I shrugged, I had nothing. I have it somewhere, I should probably look for it, maybe I’ll share it with you guys.

My real love for Potter didn’t come until a bit later however. My Mom had seen the movie and fell in love with it, enough so that she decided to buy the DVD upon release. Everyone was making such a big deal over it that I felt like I should watch it, so I did, and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. That didn’t happen until I took my wife (then girlfriend) to see Chamber of Secrets opening night. I was hooked. A few days later I was working on a final for class where I had to spend the day rendering out footage from 3D Studio Max. It was then I spotted my Mom’s copy of Prisoner of Azkaban. I tried to tell myself to wait until the movie, but I decided to give it a read since I had time to kill. I finished it the next day. I don’t think I ever blew through a book that quick (I don’t read a heck of a lot, shame on me).

Since then Harry Potter has become a pretty big thing for me. I bought all the books as they came out (if I remember correctly, Order of the Phoenix was coming out just shortly after Chamber of Secrets) and I can remember leaving a friends party drunk as a skunk and walking to the nearest CVS at midnight so I could buy myself a copy and then returning to the party. I was made fun of for that too. I did the same thing when Half-Blood Prince came out as well. I also love most of the film soundtracks, with Prisoner of Azkaban being my favorite one (along with the film itself) and I’ve bought my fair share of Harry Potter toys. Yeah, he’s pretty cool.

So anyway, back to this drawing. I used a shot of Voldemort from Goblet of Fire for reference, and I grabbed my nearest Harry Potter figure (which happens to be from the scene I wanted to draw) and used him as a reference as well. I think it turned out fairly well considering I banged it out in about an hour and a half, possibly less. Whatever the duration of the Azkaban soundtrack is was about how long it took me. Oh, I’m also trying to get stuff together on DeviantArt (because I kind of feel like I should have a place for my drawings to go other than Facebook) so you can find a larger version of this over on DeviantArt.

Anyway, I can’t wait, though unfortunately, I kind of have to wait to see it. Kids and that sort of thing.

Movie Info of the Week (July 11-15 2011)


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick

RangoGore Verbinski is most recently known for directing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. But he goes out a limb here and takes on an animated project. With Pixar and DreamWorks really monopolizing animated movies lately, it was good to see there was another choice. While I didn’t get a chance to see it, the reviews were great and there were lots of mentions of how adults could really get into it. Almost a darker, western setting for an animated movie. With voices by Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Timothy Olyphant. I look forward to checking it out now that its available on video.

My Theater Pick
Harry Potter

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – would you really expect me to pick anything else? The end of Harry Potter trumps all. It could be some people’s most anticipated summer movie of the year. Maybe even most anticipated movie of the year, period! Harry and Voldemort finally square off. Actually I have no idea because I didn’t read the books but the trailers sure make it like there will be some battles. They’ve even mentioned deaths in pretty much every trailer I’ve seen so I expect some Hogwarts students to kick the bucket this time around. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson all return to finish up the series… and then what’s next for the now young adults?

Box Office Results
Transformers 3

The two new comedy releases could not defeat Michael Bay‘s Transformers 3 which rolled in another $47 million. Not really a surprise as big action movies always do better business than comedies in the summertime. Horrible Bosses was getting good reviews and managed to bring in $28 million and Zookeeper right behind that with $20 million. But Harry Potter will destroy all this upcoming weekend.

Also coming out in stores this week is The Lincoln Lawyer, Insidious, Arthur and Entourage Season 7.

Also coming out in theaters is a new animated Winnie the Pooh movie.

Shamoozal Radio Podcast #37 – Judgment Day Brokedance


I had a bunch of text written for this and somehow I ended up erasing it before posting it! I don’t really get what I did there, but I did it. Anyway, it’s been a long while since we had a podcast. The gang got together last weekend and we put together this episode which features our yearly Summer Movie Preview (in which we sort of hate on most of the choices this year), play a game about surviving what was supposed to be a post apocalyptic world, and in our Final Thoughts hit topics like the death of Macho Man Randy Savage, LA Noire, and the cancellation of such great shows like The Event.

Listen to Shamoozal Radio Podcast Now!

RSS Feed
Subscribe to Shamoozal Radio with iTunes

Show notes and times after the jump!
Read More

Movie Info of the Week (Apr 11-15 2011)

scream 4 new pics (3)

My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Harry Potter

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – I think there were some mixed reactions to the first part in the Harry Potter finale. Some think the need for a 2 part finale was unnecessary because movie adaptations need to make cuts from the book material. Others think there was just too much to cut and 2 parts was a MUST. I’m in the crowd where I don’t give a shit about the book and thought the movie was really good. Sure, it wasn’t action packed from beginning to end but it was like a big anticipation-building movie. And it just made me even more pumped for the finale. The REAL finale. The movie just concentrated on the tension between the group and they go on the run. It showed some serious acting skills from them also. I was very much enjoying it and will definitely rewatch it before the last movie this summer.

My Theater Pick
Scream 4

Scream 4 – yes, I know, the trailers for this movie do not look great. But, I’ve been along for the ride through 3 movies and I’ll see it to the end. I’m a big horror fan and Scream kind of rejuvenated the genre back in 1996. Now, 15 years later, Wes Craven is bringing it back. Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox return along with newcomers like Emma Roberts and Hayden Panettiere. I doubt a Part 4 can do what the original did but I’m curious to see if they have anything new up their sleeves.

Box Office Results

Hop and Arthur are the #1 and #2 movies this weekend. It just so happens that Russell Brand is the lead in both of those movies. In Hop as the voice of the animated bunny and in Arthur as… Arthur. Now, Arthur didn’t really make a lot of money, a little over $12 million, but it was still #2. And not many actors can say they were in the top 2 movies in one weekend. Pretty impressive. Especially since Hop pulled in another $22 million. Your Highness was the disappointment of the weekend, with all that advertising and only a #6 spot.

Also coming out in stores this week is Country Strong.

Also coming out in theaters this weekend is the Fox animated parrot flick Rio.

Movie Info of the Week (Dec 6-10 2010)

My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick

Inception – with only a month of new releases left, Inception remains in my Top 3 of the year. Christopher Nolan really puts together an oddly unique mindbending tale of stealing information from dreams. Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hardy and the rest of the cast are fantastic. Nolan really puts together another masterpiece. But don’t take a bathroom break or you might get lost. They do a good job explaining whats happening as it goes on but then the end just becomes a mess of dream changing. I have confidence that nothing that comes out in December will be able to take this off my Top 3 list. Genius! Genius! Genius!!!!

My Theater Pick
The Fighter

The Fighter – I guess its not great to pick limited release movies every week but this seriously looks like it will be the best movie of the weekend. Not sure if it will hit a theater near you but if it makes enough money it will go Wide. Mark Wahlberg is a boxer who never really wins the big fight to become a household name. His druggie brother is his trainer who is played by a ridiculously sickly looking Christian Bale. Bale once again destroys his body in order to perfectly fit a role. Its a true story based on boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward but its more than just a boxing movie. Its directed by David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees, Three Kings) who is a very confrontational director. He demands the best out of his actors and often is seen blowing up at them on Youtube.

Box Office Results

Deathly Hallows and Tangled really have been battling it out to top the box office. Last week Harry kept its spot but this week Tangled took over. My guess is that a lot of the people who would see a movie like Tangled were attending Harry Potter showings last weekend. So now that almost everyone in the world has seen the latest Potter flick, Tangled garnered a better audience. Topping the box office with $21.5 Million. The new release The Warrior’s Way bombed with a 9th place, $3 Million opening.

Also coming out in stores this week is the terrible Angelina Jolie spy thriller Salt and Shrek Forever After, the 4th movie in the Shrek series.

Also hitting theaters this Friday is the third part in the Narnia series entitled The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the action comedy The Tourist starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie.

Movie Info of the Week (Nov 29 – Dec 3 2010)

My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Knight & Day

Knight & Day – there really wasn’t anything great to pick this week for DVD and Blu-Ray. I chose this one because it was a pleasant surprise when I saw it over the summer. I had no desire to see it at all but on a boring, rainy day down the shore it was the only thing playing at a decent time. I actually laughed a lot more than I thought I would. Tom Cruise was pretty damn good in it. Its an action comedy so you get all the car chases and shoot outs but with some laughs. Its not a great movie by any means but it was enjoyable as a summer popcorn action flick.

My Theater Pick
Black Swan

Black Swan – this is only going to be a limited release this Friday but its the movie I am most looking forward to out of anything else hitting the theater this weekend. Darren Aronofsky made films like Pi, The Fountain and The Wrestler. But his movie that is one of my favorites of all time is Requiem For A Dream. He’s a very unique director and always taking on projects to challenge himself. He actually just signed on to direct the next Wolverine movie which is a very odd choice for him. But I instantly got excited about that movie after he became a part of it. Anyway, Black Swan is a trippy, weird looking movie about battling ballet stars played by Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman. That might sound like garbage but go watch the trailer. Its a total creepfest. And I’d be lying if I said the hardcore make out scene between the 2 chicks didn’t get me excited too.

Box Office Results
Harry Potter

I guess I’m not really surprised that Deathly Hallows took the #1 spot again. I am surprised that Tangled nearly beat it. Disney is still a money making machine. Since nothing really huge comes out this weekend, I guess it will be another battle between Harry and Tangled. I wonder if all the people who saw Harry this past weekend will go see Tangled now instead? They don’t really have the same demographic but we’ll see.

Also coming out in stores this week is Nicolas Cage in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the vampire spoof film Vampires Suck.

Also hitting theaters this Friday is the fantasy action film The Warrior’s Way starring South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun along with Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston and many more.