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Will Pete’s Dragon Continue Disney’s Success in 2016?

 With only 5 releases this year, Disney has been setting the box office on fire. They have already easily broken the billion dollar mark. One of those hits has been The Jungle Book. Like The Jungle Book, the studio has seen significant success with remakes of their older films, but this August, we’ll see a remake of a film that wasn’t a huge hit the first time around. If the trailer is anything to go by, the second time around may be the ticket for Pete’s Dragon. Check out the new trailer below.

Pete’s Dragon follows an orphan boy who has been lost in the woods for six years, with his only apparent companion being a large dragon who can make himself invisible. While the original 1977 production was mostly live action and musical comedy, this new version is obviously looking to channel the more dramatic aspects of the story. As a follow-up to The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon makes a lot of sense. Both stories follow orphans, and have put a lot of effort into creating realistic digital creatures. Whether Pete’s Dragon will be able to be as successful as its predecessor is a more difficult question to answer.

What do you think? Have you ever seen the original? Does this trailer get you excited to see the remake?

Political Movies

Like many Americans, I am watching the primary races with a keen eye. Unfortunately, that has taken much of my time that I would normally watch movies. I want to share some of my favorite political movies.

Immediately, I think of movies like V for Vendetta as well as The Last King of Scotland but if I am going to look at American politics, there are two movies that stand out head and shoulders above the rest.

pres31All the President’s Men – I referenced this movie just a few weeks ago when I looked at Spotlight because of the parallels that I saw in the two movies in terms of journalism. But All the President’s Men shows not only the journalistic side but also the political side of the Nixon Watergate scandal. It is seriously compelling and is well worth the time to watch it.

james-stewart-mr-smith-goes-to-washington-2Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – I’m surprised that Marco Rubio doesn’t use this film on his Campaign trail. If you are unfamiliar, it tells the story of a man who is set to be a senator by the spineless governor of his state. He is a naive and idealistic and he wants to change everything starting from the building of a camp for children but his plans promptly collide with political corruption and there the true fight starts.

I enjoyed this movie because it addresses what we all know but never want to believe or talk about. How political corruption influences all of us and our lives as politicians and leaders just want to earn more and more wealth and power. But, this movie also shows us the other side of the story: a decent man who believes in something, and fights for his beliefs until the end. I might just write Jefferson Smith on my ballot.

Tell me what you think. What is your favorite political movie and why?