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Movie Review: ‘The Half Blood Prince’ is a worthy succesor

23 Jul

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PG) 153 min.

 

cinemagrade A-Okay, I’ve been sitting on this one awhile. Being incredibly busy and having a ton of films to write-up, I haven’t gotten much chance to post lately and wanted to be able to hit several at once. So, consider this the first of a flood of new reviews rolling out over the course of today and tomorrow. And there is no better place to start than with David Yates’ newest inclusion in the Harry Potter series.

I saw HP6 last Thursday and it took me a few days to parse exactly how I felt about it. Admittedly, it took me a little while to warm up to this new Harry. I have enjoyed all of the Potter movies, including the two that jump-started the series, and I’ve read all of the books. In particular, I remember devouring Half-Blood Prince shortly after returning from my honeymoon; sitting curled up next to my wife in our small but cozy apartment, caught up in this tale of the ‘Boy Who Lived’ and his growing battle with ‘He Who Must Not Be Named’. Continue reading

Attention Baltimore Film Fans! Aliens Are Trespassing At A Drive-In Near You!!

17 Jul

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July 17th, 2009–

Wow, when it rains it pours. It’s a great weekend to be a film fan in Baltimore, but there are so many choices that you are sure to end up missing something no matter how you tailor your schedule. With the usual vat of new releases, the Senator playing Rashomon and Artscape and The Charles putting on that big show in the city it would be easy to overlook something like this. However, I think that would be a mistake. The above movie is Alien Trespass and while I haven’t seen it, with a poster like that, now I know I need to! Looking like it was made in 195o (it was actually filmed last year on an indie budget) with the likes of Dan Lauria and Robert Patrick showing up, Alien Trespass is probably a movie that could ONLY be properly enjoyed in that late summer night ambience that only the drive-in can provide. And if you are interested in checking it out, you can get into Bengies Drive-In, located in Middle River, Baltimore, MD (see the WEBSITE for showtimes and directions and all that other stuff) for 8 bucks and that includes not only this little gem but two other films as well. Continue reading

Vatican no longer troubled by ‘Harry’?

14 Jul

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Usually I’d be ignoring bits like this, as they don’t really matter much in regards to things. People will still see the new Harry Potter film, just as they saw all the others and those who did not because of a potentially negative or occult influence aren’t probably racing to reconsider the actual detriment or effect of a series they banished based upon the word of others. No, the only reason I’m actually linking to this story, which is little more than the Vatican acknowledging the actual value of the story that Rowling took the space of seven books to tell, is that it does show a refreshing sign of actual thought and open mindedness. At least as far as the topic of Harry Potter and Christianity is concerned. Continue reading

Half Blood Prince conjures up new featurette

21 May

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This summer is turning out to be something of a mixed bag. There are several interesting movies hitting in May, but after that anything of substance is scattered over the following three months. Of those remainder, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is probably the one I’m looking most forward to, at least as big blockbusters go.  Bringing back David Yates, the director of the quite good last installment, Prince goes both darker and lighter places than its predecessors. Theres more humor, more teen interaction and a graver sense of peril for both the human and wizard worlds. Outside of an odd PG rating, which raises eyebrows as to how much of the book’s final conflict has been excised, this new Potter looks about as close to a sure thing as you can get without having the name Pixar on it.

It gets even better with the release of this new featurette from Warner Bros. which details the production of the movie and gives us some new scenes. The character work and relationships were the heart of  the book, and it was character work that shined most brightly in Yates last installment, so things just keep looking up for this Half-Blood.

See the featurette HERE.