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Harry Potter Retrospective

July 11, 2009

Need a little motivation to get excited for Half Blood Prince? Or perhaps to watch the first five films again in preparation? Watch this beautifully crafted look at the first five Potter films.


Transformers Demolishes Record For Wednesday Opening

June 25, 2009

Evidently the explosives used to make Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were also used to completely destroy the old record for Wednesday openings. It racked in almost 61 million in its opening day, 16 of it coming from midnight showings. The previous holder was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which opened to 44.2 million. This is a huge blockbuster opening, and could put us back on the summer movie money train, which has hit a small bump. There were still some successes, but Up made in its first weekend what Transformers has made in its opening day, in the middle of the week no less. /Film estimates earnings from 150-170 million by the time the weekend is over.

After leaving the shit-tacular Year One in a daze on Tuesday evening, I was slowly brought back to life by the army of teens and tweens lined up to see this movie, two hours early for its release. The only people over 18 had brought painted boxes and dressed up like transformers themselves. I’m not judging. It was an impressive sight, and made me look forward to the next midnight release I go to, whatever that will be. Though I hope that one will have a smaller concentration of children. Even Harry Potter will bring in the ‘generation one’ kids that are my age. This looked like a Jonas Brothers concert, though perhaps the male/female ration was about 50/50 rather than 1-gay-kid/99. Again, not judging. But I gather the Jonas Brothers more successful with the effeminate.

Anyway, expect some triple digit numbers for the first time since Star Trek if my memory serves me correctly. Which it doesn’t, a little research tells me. We haven’t seen a triple digit opening weekend yet.

Until now.

Boycott Harry Potter! While You Do, I’ll Be At The Theater

April 21, 2009

So the final trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released last week. How should I describe it?

I’m a little upset. Not because the trailer was bad. On the contrary, I’m upset because it looks so bloody great. It’s one of the best previews I’ve ever seen. I was pretty upset when they moved it from November to July. I felt that Warner Brothers was grossly insulting the people that pay their salary. They moved the movie to when they thought it would make more money, and knew that the fans would be irate but then see it in droves. A part of me wanted to be that person screaming “Boycott the opening weekend!” and actually follow through with it. I’m now, however, incredibly excited about it, so I’ll instead scream “Boycott opening weekend!” And we should. WB really slapped us across the face. But while you’re boycotting…

I’ll be in the theaters. I’m sorry, I just can’t wait.

It’s been too long since I’ve been swamped in Potter-mania. I spent years of my life checking for updates on the books and movies daily, scrolling message boards and discussing theories and ideas and fanfiction. God it was, dare I say, a magical time. Now I’m in college. The Harry Potter series graduated the same summer I graduated high-school. I haven’t thought all that much about it since. I enjoy the movies, but never like I foamed at the mouth over the books.

However, now the movies are all I have, and this one looks fantastic. The Harry Potter movies have always been interesting to me. I tend to enjoy them more the more distanced I am from the novels. They have left out some very crucial stuff, and will continue to do so in this film (though, it seems they might have added something back, based on the trailer). They’ve done a fair job of capturing the tone; the first two were more light-hearted children oriented, and then they’ve become more intense and dark, much like the novels. They butchered the fight between Dumbledore and Voldemort in Order of the Phoenix, which was perhaps the biggest letdown in the series (they also made Umbridge way too important). Hopefully, Half-Blood Prince will be a spectacular movie worthy of the novel, which is, as hard as it is to judge, tied for second place.

This movie has a lot of potential, I hope it doesn’t let me down like some of the others have (some slightly, some more so). I’m waiting for, when I’m older, a re-make of these that aren’t afraid to make long, epic movies like Lord of the Rings. Until that day, these will certainly suffice.