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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

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While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

Bryan Cranston's Forgotten Performance

Bryan Cranston's Preparation H commercial
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This year, Bryan Cranston is nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for the 2016 Academy Awards for Trumbo. You might know Cranston from his appearance in Godzilla, Breaking Bad or Malcom in Middle. You might even know him from his Excedrin commercial from the 90’s, but I doubt that you recognize him from the 1980’s Preparation H commercial. Dressed in his baby blue suit and over-sized glasses touting about “oxygen action” you know that he must have been thinking, “I’ve finally hit the big time! In the commercial you have to wonder who he is playing. Is he a doctor, scientist of just some strange office employee who really enjoys talking about hemorrhoid medicines? Who knew that this was the start of something big.

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