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Victor Frankenstein, The Jungle Book, The Night Before & Krampus (Baffling Movie Trailers)

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This very well me the happiest edition of Baffling Movie Trailers ever… until the end, that is.  Read the rest of this entry

What if (movie review)

Watch the trailer if you will, but be it known that is an AWFUL representation of What If and the complex issues it represents.  Or, this ain’t yo mama’s RomCom.  Read the rest of this entry

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (movie review)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows were the only books in the series I had read before seeing the movies. Perhaps this is why I was so very disappointed in this movie, even if the climax did thrill me.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (movie review)

I feel that once you get through The Goblet of Fire, the translation from page to screen begins to suffer… or, perhaps these stories were not meant to be adapted in this way. Whatever the case, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is not nearly as interesting to watch as it was to read. But, I don’t have any intention to compare the novels and movies so instead, I’ll just pay strict attention to what’s on the screen. However, I do want to note that things that bug me about the movie didn’t bug me about the book. Read the rest of this entry

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie review)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fourth movie in the series and is a coming of age story within a series that is a coming of age story itself. If that sounds redundant… that’s because it is. It might not be fair to call Goblet of Fire an unnecessary installment, but I’m probably going to do it anyway. Read the rest of this entry

Time Travelling Through The Eyes Of Harry Potter, Mr. Scott and Marty McFly

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Ever travel through time?  Me neither.  (Forgetting to ‘spring ahead’ or ‘fall back’ does not count.)  I have, however, watched a significant number of movies where time travel rears it’s head, and scientific questions ensue.  To answer said questions, I turned to three of the best relative theory minds I could find.

(I couldn’t get a hold of Keanu Reeves or Albert Einstein; Einstein’s LAN line has been busy for like an hour, he doesn’t have a cell and Keanu is busy talking up Bill and Ted 3…  ugh.  But yeah, if you need more information about time travel, I would consult one of those dudes.)

So, how does one travel through time, and if one does, are there consequences?  Let’s ask the experts: Read the rest of this entry

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie review

I finally got around to seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), so it’s movie review time.  I saw it in IMAX (but thankfully not in 3D), and I have to say I strongly recommend the experience…  well, I could do without the whole “YOU’RE WATCHING A MOVIE IN IMAX!” thing and I certainly am not a fan of the $17 per ticket price we paid, but there it is.  The sound and image were outstanding, and both were friggin huge!

It’s hard to rate a movie when it’s in the middle of the story… but as far as novel adaptations go, this is a good one, and when it comes to adapting half of a novel into a cliff hanger, this movie does the job in spades.  The movie isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the better adaptations of any of the Harry Potter books so far, and it’s a fine movie, despite its unresolved plot lines and cliff hanger ending.  As always, the performances are solid:   Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and  Rupert Grint give the performances we’ve come to expect from them since Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.   David Yates does a great job as director and the beautiful filming of Eduardo Serra looks great in IMAX – and lets not forget to mention the editing of Mark Day, who did a much better job than the novel did of keeping the film from dragging while the gang is out on the run in the tent. Read the rest of this entry

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