Sunday, November 25, 2018


Robin Hood is directed by Otto Bathurst and stars Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx, Ben Mendelsohn, Eve Hewson, Tim Minchin, and Jamie Dornan. The plot of the movie is a war-hardened crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown. This movie was fucking horrible. I wasn't that excited going into it since there are so many versions of the Robin Hood story. I have not been this bothered by complete incompetence since last year's King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Every person in this movie is not even trying.    Ben Mendelsohn plays the Sheriff of Nottingham and he just yells a lot about how Robin Hood is going to take all of his money. Jamie Foxx is really over-the-top and he provides a lot of unintentional comedy. There is one scene where he is talking to somebody he wants to kill and he takes his hand and grabs the guy's chest really hard and it looked so stupid.  The parts in this movie that are supposed to be funny are not. Friar Tuck pops a lot of jokes in the movie and they are all bad.    Taron Egerton plays the lead I have liked him in Kingsman I know he is a talented actor, but he was miscast here he seems very wooden.  I have seen most of these actors give good performances before which begs the question who told these people to give the most lifeless performance they could. I was bored about 30 minutes into the movie I wanted to stop watching it, but I continued all the way to the end which of course sets up a sequel which hopefully will never happen and if it does I'd be shocked.    For some strange reason, the movie opens with narration and Friar Tuck is talking to us telling us how this isn't the story we thought we knew I thought they would have that make sense at the end they don't. This movie didn't even have exciting action sequences.    This version of Robin Hood is embarrassing. The costumes look like really crappy Halloween costumes, the performances are horrible and the special effects are some of the worst I have seen in my life.  I don't understand how so much money can be thrown at a project and everything ends up being horrible.  0 out of 5 stars for Robin Hood. I hope you enjoyed my review.


Instant Family is directed by Sean Andres and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Isabela Moner, Margo Martindale, Julie Hagerty, Tig Notaro, and Octavia Spencer. The plot of the movie is a couple finds themselves in over their heads when they foster three children.  This was a movie that I knew nothing about going into it and I ended up loving it.  Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne both do a very convincing and endearing job. You get to see the run of emotions that they have as potential parents all of the ups and the downs. It's not always great and it's not always bad and it changes from moment to moment.    Tig  Notaro and Octavia Spencer play the two foster agents. They lead the class and the support group and they work through all of the issues with these potential parents. I loved them together they do such a great job and they play off each other with such perfect timing. They both bring comedy and truth to what they're talking about.  The teenager in this story that is one of the three adopted kids is Lizzy and she is played by Isabela Moner and she does a really great job of playing a teenager who has been bounced around from foster home to foster home. You get to see the heartbreak and the hope that she has.    I love that the story is sincere and convincing without being sugar-coated. It just presents some facts, but it also does it in such an approachable way that everybody can get something out of it and everyone can feel a connection to what the story is saying and how the characters are bringing these to life. We are taken on a journey through this and we see the good and the bad.  Instant Family is way more emotional than I thought it was going to be. It is not just some light comedy.  5 out of 5 stars for Instant Family. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


The Grinch is directed by Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, and Angela Lansbury. The plot of the movie is a grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.  This version of the Grinch is brought to us by Illumination Entertainment they made the Despicable Me movies and Secret Life of Pets. That is really what you compare this movie too. When I watched the trailer I thought they basically took the Grinch and they turned him into Despicable Me.  The only movie from Illumination that I have liked was the first Despicable Me movie, so I was not looking forward to this.    This Grinch movie I wasn't a fan of it which is baffling to me because it's the story of The Grinch it's a classic Christmas story how do you mess that up? One of the most common complaints I've heard and I actually agree with is that the Grinch in this movie he's not really grumpy enough he's actually kind of soft which is not the Grinch at all.  There are a couple subplots in this film and it is clear the only reason they are there is so the film can be an appropriate length. Cindy-Lou Who in this film she's a mandatory Grinch character, but her story in this film I felt did not need to be in the movie. There's another subplot with the fat reindeer who just annoyed me.    I didn't like the narration either in this movie it is done by Pharrell Williams he even botched some of the original classic lines. The humor in this movie felt forced.   I did like some things about the film the animation was beautiful you're coming from the world of Dr. Seuss it's gonna look weird and contorted give that to Illumination Entertainment it looks great. The music in the film was really well done except for the weird rap version of "You're a mean one Mr. Grinch".  1 out of 5 stars for The Grinch. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Friday, November 16, 2018


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is directed by David Yates and stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoe Kravitz, Callum Turner, Carmen Ejogo, Claudia Kim, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp. This is the second installment of the Fantastic Beasts series set in J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World featuring the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander.    I was not a fan of the first Fantastic Beasts movie, but this trailer gave me hope.  The only scene in this movie I truly enjoyed was the opening where Grindelwald who is being held prisoner in New York is being transferred back to London. It was intense and exciting. The rest of the film I found relentlessly boring.  This movie takes so many characters and so many different subplots and overstuffs the movie with so much happening that it can be difficult to follow.  The characters are again not that interesting in my opinion. People seem like they are not even trying.  The one actor who was good was Jude Law as Dumbledore the movie really did need a lot more of him. He is not in it too much.   Johnny Depp as Grindelwald is fine he's not as over-the-top as he usually is, but it felt like he didn't bring that much to his character. The material he was given there wasn't much to work with. He has none of that snaky slimy evil that Ralph Fiennes had as Voldemort.  The real crime of this film is that it will put people to sleep I have no idea how I managed to stay awake.  The ending I guess is supposed to be shocking that is what I've hard anyway, but I was just glad the movie was finally over. I am dreading having to sit through three more of these movies.  1 out of 5 stars for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is directed by David Yates and stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo and Colin Farrell. The movie is about the adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.  When I first saw the trailers for this movie I was conflicted. Harry Potter is my favorite movie series of all time, so the idea of going back into the world I knew and loved so much was exciting. At the same time, something about this just reeked of the studio's greed for more money.  The film was generally well-received by both critics and fans, however, I was not a fan. During the films opening hour, I almost fell asleep multiple times. It just wasn't captivating.    There were a few things I did like about the film the set design and costumes are tremendous, the CGI on the creatures is outstanding and Eddie Redmayne does give a good performance. I think this film suffers from having a weak protagonist.  To be clear Eddie Redmayne does his beast, but it is not good enough to save this character. Newt Scamander isn't a strong engaging protagonist.  As the audience, we need information on the protagonist for us to empathize with them. Meaning, we should care about them and understand why they're doing what they're doing in the story. We need to be invested in them and the journey they're about to embark on.  What do we know about Newt Scamander? well, not much. For about the first hour all we know is that he's carrying magical creatures in a suitcase in New York City. We only get slight glimpses into his personality and troubled past through conversation. Like his expulsion from Hogwarts and a strained relationship with Lestrange.    Since we are kept at a distance from Newt he's not engaging. It's harder for us as an audience to care or invest in him. The protagonist's desire or goal should be the driving force of the entire movie pushing everything until the end. Since Newt's character is shrouded in so much secrecy, we don't even know what he wants until about 40 minutes into the movie. It's not a very effective desire either, for the story because Newt never actually pursues his desire and we find out at the end that he could have released it as soon as he landed in New York City.  Then, his goal shifts to finding his suitcase and then to catching the loose animals which shifts again to catching the Obscurial. It's unclear and so it is too difficult for the audience to attach their expectations.    The villain is the antagonistic force keeping the protagonist from his goal, but without a clearly defined goal, we're not even sure who the villain is. Is it the animals or Graves or The Ministry? I don't know, but that rising tension is missing throughout the film. After watching our protagonist struggle throughout the story we expect them to change or grow in some way. If they are at the same point emotionally at the end of the film, where they were at the beginning than what was the point of going on the journey? We just walked in a circle or even worse we didn't move at all.    This film has a very unbalanced tone. The Harry Potter films did an excellent job, of balancing childlike whimsy with darker elements, in each individual movie.  As the series went on the balance shifted, with the growing ages of the children and the growing drama surrounding them. Each moment artfully walked the line befitting the film's tone never straying too far and never seeming out of place. The darker moments were built up to, earned over time.    In Fantastic Beasts, I was shocked by the mishandled tone. In one scene, there are goofy creatures getting into silly situations and in the next, there are children being savagely beaten. This happens time and time again silly animals and then murder. Silly animals and then executions. As opposed to carefully walking the line tonally the creators went for simple shock and awe moments, jumping from one extreme to the next without ever finding a balance. Overall, the film just wasn't as fun and exciting as the Harry Potter series.     The last big issue I have is slow pacing. There is a common error among writers, of mistaking stuff for story. Characters, plot setting, goals, and antagonists all serve a larger story that we're watching. When all the elements are working together they are constantly pushing the story forward building towards the climax. Stuff is the tiny minutia writers can get lost in. The result is cool explosive shiny colorful stuff that doesn't ultimately matter and ends up grinding the story's momentum to a halt.    This is the first screenplay J.K. Rowling has ever written and unfortunately, it shows. The same intricate details that made her Harry Potter novels come to life ended up drowning her screenplay for Fantastic Beasts. This mistake is most noticeable in the scene where Newt and Jacob first arrive at the Goldstein sister's apartment. On a side note, Katherine Waterston who plays Tina is as dull as a rock and Alison Sudol who plays Queenie is an over-the-top cartoon.  The scene where Newt and Jacob both enter Newt's suitcase. The entire scene is 10 minutes long and completely stops what little momentum the story had barely built up to at that point. It's just a scene where J. K. Rowling could set stuff up for later payoffs which results in a 10-minute long scene of stuff not story.    Warner Brothers have announced 4 more Fantastic Beasts movies. I want to like the rest of them, but since this film gave me so little to care about it might be too late.  2 out of 5 stars for Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is again directed by David Yates. Something about this film that contrasts very much so with the others is how fast-paced this movie is. Right from the start, you feel like you're just in it. It's instantly going and you better get on this ride or it's gonna leave you behind.  It is one of the shorter movies so that definitely has something to do with it as well, but it also doesn't have to set up anything else. Everything comes to a halt in this movie. Everything ends in this film so there's no need to build up various arcs this movie is where everything explodes. From beginning to end this movie is a non-stop ride of intense drama and action, really heartfelt character moments and all of these things you've been waiting to see finally happen.    We pick up with our three heroes still looking for the remaining Horcruxes, so they can hopefully kill Voldemort. They have to infiltrate the caves and a goblin named Griphook helps them, until he gets what he wants and then betrays them. Here we get a really fun underground cave sequence where we meet the dragon and this thing is so beautiful it's one of my favorite creatures in Harry Potter. They ride this dragon to safety.    Then they meet up with Neville who leads them underground to Hogwarts. It's so nice to be back here. This school wasn't in Part 1 and it feels like you're returning to this place of comfort despite how dark it is and how everyone has lost hope.  Everyone realizes that Harry was right all along and they all get behind him. The faculty and students are all together on this and it feels like you are about to witness something amazing. Later when Snape is interrogating students trying to figure out where Harry Potter is Harry steps out he's done hiding this is the movie where he truly steps into the role of leader.  I love the short battle that McGonagall and Snape have, but what is even better is when she banishing Slytherin to the dungeon.    What is really special about this film compared to the others is how urgent everything feels. There is a level of stakes here that makes everything feel very in the moment. This is when the big attack begins Voldemort and his forces against Hogwarts. This is where everything comes to a head and this is where the film gets even better.  Ron and Hermione are able to destroy one of the Horcruxes with the Basilisk's fang. Voldemort and his forces eventually take down the shield surrounding Hogwarts. Draco and his dumb friends burn down the Room of Requirement.    Snape's death is handled really well. There is a bit of an info dump with this scene where you learn about Snape's past and how he loved Lilly Potter. This is needed though it really tells you a lot about his character and when you go back and watch the movies with this in mind everything feels so much more in focus now.  Harry goes off into the forest to challenge Voldemort alone. We get a beautiful scene involving his parents and Voldemort kills Harry. I love the following scene with Dumbledore and Harry in limbo where Harry learns that he had to die for this to happen.    Harry Potter's body is brought back Hogwarts and Neville makes the most inspiring speech you could possibly imagine.  Harry wakes up and this is where Harry and Voldemort finally have their epic showdown and Voldemort dies he just melts away and turns to ash.  As Harry is walking through Hogwarts and he sees everyone picking themselves up he looks at all these people that he has known for so long you get this amazing sense of euphoria it just feels so right. The ending of this film showing  Harry, Ron, and Hermione grown up with kids of their own sending them off to Hogwarts it could not have ended better.  The Harry Potter movie series started when I was 13 years old and ended when I was 22. I have loved all eight film and it is something I will always look back on fondly.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 is again directed by David Yates.  Ever since this book was split into two movies studios just saw a financial strategy. They didn't understand that artistically this was a good choice because this book deserves to be two movies.  This movie opens very fast-paced there's a very creepy introduction to Voldemort and his Death Eaters.  There is a very cool motorcycle scene where everyone disguises themselves as Harry Potter and that whole chase scene is exciting it is also sad because Harry's owl Hedwig is killed.  I also really love the sequence where they disguise themselves as people who work for the Ministry of Magic and they infiltrate that place and Ron gets a little too into his disguise.    The three of them are looking for Horcruxes in order to defeat Voldemort. This film is more solemn than the others because our three main heroes go on a very private journey alone to find these things.  As they are in the woods and one of these Horcruxes does take a toll on them emotionally Ron gets very jealous He has a big argument with Harry and this leads to a separating of our three friends that we are so used to seeing together which makes it even sadder and lonely. This does lead through to one of my favorite scenes which wasn't in the book and that's Harry and Hermione dancing. There's something really sweet about it. It's almost like their last fleeting moment of happiness.    When Harry returns to where he was born and visits the gravestone that scene really got me. That was a really touching moment and the way it is filmed the cinematography the dark lighting it's all really beautiful. That is something that I am still blown away by when it comes to these Harry Potter movies because usually in a series at this point when you get to this many installments you have fatigue, but not with these movies they are all great. They all build upon each other in very interesting and fun ways. They keep the characters fresh and interesting and the filmmakers never seem to sleep through anything everyone is always on their A-game.    Later on in the movie when Harry's in trouble Ron shows up and saves him. He has the sword and they destroy one of the Horcruxes.  Then we get an exposition scene where we learn about three brothers and the Deathly Hallows. This leads to a magnificent chase scene through the woods I loved the way David Yates shoots this sequence it's so breathtaking. Once they are captured we get some suspense about what is going to happen to them until they are saved by Dobby, but as they are disappearing Bellatrix throws a knife killing Dobby for me this is the saddest death in the entire series. Then we get our big cliffhanger with Voldemort taking the elder wand out of Dumbledore's tomb and holding it up to the sky.    Despite taking a book and splitting it in two and what that can sometimes do cinematically for your experience Deathly Hallows Part 1 is a very fun movie a very enjoyable film one that is shot beautifully very well acted with a lot of good emotion and a lot of really fun scenes. It's not as action-packed as the other Harry Potter movies, but these characters and the care that is still being given makes this a very good film.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Monday, November 12, 2018


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was again directed by David Yates. Dumbledore takes Harry to recruit Horace Slughorn he is someone they really need to teach at this school.  This guy has crucial memories of Tom Riddle now Voldemort and Dumbledore tries to use Harry to get closer to Horace so they can get that information from him. Dumbledore is positive that this memory can help them defeat Voldemort.    Half-Blood Prince is a very subtle movie it's very quiet there isn't much happening it's definitely the most uneventful Harry Potter film that isn't a bad thing though. This film is, in my opinion, the very first adult Harry Potter film. Even though the films have gotten darker as they have gone on this one does feel like it is aimed at adults because there is a lot of inaction, there's a lot of mystery, there's a lot of dialogue, there's a lot of character building and there's barely any magic battles at all. It's a very character-driven movie and that is a big compliment for a movie like this that appeals to a young demographic.    Also, some very important things happen towards the end of this movie for Harry's life that of Dumbledore's death at the hands of Severus Snape. So this movie had to build that relationship between Dumbledore and Harry because Order of the Phoenix didn't really explore it at all and this movie did that so those emotional scenes mean a lot more.  One of my favorite scenes in this movie is towards the end when Harry and Dumbledore go to this cave with this liquid that Dumbledore has to drink that's very poisonous it's a very intense scene it's very thrilling a lot of great action in that scene and it was directed extremely well.    Harry is eventually able to get Horace to tell him what he needs to know by using the memory of his mother. It's a very touching scene it was really heartfelt and he finally figures out what he needs to know. Dumbledore and Harry go searching for Horcruxes devices that are linked to Voldemort's very being and if they can destroy all of them they destroy Voldemort.   The end of this movie is really sad. Draco is a lot worse than he used to be. He's no longer just a bully he's getting really close to Voldemort and he has that evil brewing within him, but he's not sure if he has to act on it yet and Severus steps in and kills Dumbledore, but there is a sense that there is more to that.   With the death of Dumbledore, it feels like hope is lost and Harry knows he has to go out and find the Horcruxes. The very last scene of Harry, Ron, and Hermione talking and seeing the Phoenix fly away was very touching.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Sunday, November 11, 2018


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is directed by David Yates who would continue to direct the remaining movies. It's very clear as this film opens that it is going to be a different vision than we had previously experienced.  There is something about the way this film opens that felt almost dreamlike even though we were watching events that were happening. A lot of Order of the Phoenix is about dreams and visions and prophecies, but this opening actually captured that feeling. This was also the first time we got to see Dudley with his gang after they pick on Harry for a while Dementors come and Harry has to defend Dudley against this Dementor.  Since Harry used a spell outside school he gets a letter saying that he is expelled from Hogwarts for this. This is just the first hint of what Dolores Umbridge will do.    If you thought the Dursleys and Draco were bad. They are nothing compared to how horrible Umbridge is. In this movie, Dolores Umbridge takes over Hogwarts and she makes all these ridiculous rules. She stops the kids from learning how to defend themselves and she tries to use the Ministry of Magic to make everything at Hogwarts change. Harry Potter is the only person trying to tell everyone that Voldemort is back and no one wants to believe him.    When Harry is facing expulsion from Hogwarts Alastor Moody returns to rescue him and takes him to meet The Order of the Phoenix. A secret group of people who are trying to do some good and Sirius Black is involved with this as well.  Since he used magic outside school Harry is put on trial and Dumbledore defends him excellently, but this is our first encounter with Umbridge who I already mentioned is a total bitch.  Thankfully Harry is cleared of the charges and we get to go to Hogwarts with him.   Pressure is mounting on Harry so much because kids are reading headlines about him, people think perhaps Harry's crazy for saying that Voldemort is back and Cedric Diggory's memory is not being honored properly because people are making up lies about how he died.  Harry tries to be the one to stand up and tell the truth about what happened and once the kids start to believe him, Harry, Ron, and Hermione form a secret society of kids and start training each other to defend themselves against an oncoming war that Harry is sure is coming.    This is great because we finally get to see Harry step into the role of a teacher and it is really inspiring.  We also finally learned a little bit more about Snape's past and it was actually haunting. We got inside Snape's memory when he is trying to train Harry to discipline his mind and Harry uses that spell right back on Snape and learns that his father used to bully Snape.    The kids eventually concoct a plot using a giant that is Hagrid's half-brother to get Umbridge out of this school and eventually the Centaurs come and take her away because the Ministry of Magic is restricting their space as well.  The kids fly to London and a gigantic showdown takes place and this is our first real look at magic war and holy shit it was awesome.  David Yates did such a great job directing these sequences.   Voldemort appears Dumbledore Sirius everyone is out there using magic and it is extremely exciting.  Harry experiences more loss when Bellatrix appears and kills Sirius this scene is always hard to watch. I read that they muted Harry's scream because it was so agonizing they felt it was too intense.  Harry is so consumed with rage that he goes after Bellatrix, but he withstands the temptation from Voldemort to kill her.  Order of the Phoenix managed to be darkly intense, supremely exciting and powerfully heartfelt all at once and that is difficult to do.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was directed by Mike Newell and tells the story of the legendary Triwizard Tournament and the Goblet of Fire that spits out names of people it has chosen to be a champion and despite the fact that Harry Potter is not yet of age to compete his name comes out. Now he has to step up and prove himself while also solving the mystery of why he is even in this tournament while also dealing with an entire school who are looking down on him for the fact that he gets to participate.    This was the first Harry Potter movie to open without the evil vile Dursley Family the Harry Potter series has some awful people in it, one particular person, I'll talk about in my next review, but that family is horrible.  This movie gets to the action really quickly Harry, Hermione and Ron go to watch the world cup of Quidditch in which Death Eaters eventually take over the area destroying everything.  This movie also introduced the character Cedric Diggory he stars off as someone you don't like, but as the movie goes on you do eventually start to like him.  Goblet of Fire explored puberty more Harry, Hermione and Ron are starting to get a little older little cute looks at students is now turning into something more.  There's a dance in this film all of a sudden pressure is mounted on the students about who they are going to ask. This movie wisely plays much of this for comedy it is not taken overly seriously.  There is a great scene where Harry says that he would rather face a dragon again than ask a girl to this dance.    This movie also introduced Alastor Moody played by Brendan Gleeson a new teacher with a deep knowledge of the Dark Arts. He used to train people in Defense Against the Dark Arts and so he wants to teach these kids how to defend themselves. There is a really powerful sequence where he attempts to explain the Unforgivable Curses.   Even though Harry is experiencing some new feelings in a very funny scene he is not very amused by Hagrid's newfound love.   In this film, Harry and Ron get into an argument over a misunderstanding and so it also explores that aspect of friendship as well.  The start of The Triwizard Tournament and watching Harry face off against that dragon was so much fun.  The whole Dance sequence is done well you get the first time where Harry looks at Hermione and perhaps sees a woman and it's done beautifully.  The next challenge involves having to stay underwater for an hour. Harry ingest this plant that allows him to grow gills and we get this really terrific scene where he rescues not just his friend, but the other person's friend as well.  The final challenge in this tournament is a giant maze that entire sequence is extremely tense.  Everything that happens towards the end of this film is extremely impotent for Harry.  We see Lord Voldemort in his new body played brilliantly by Ralph Fiennes. We learn more about Harry's parents and we get our first glimpse of epic showdowns that are to come when Harry faces off very briefly against Voldemort and Cedric does die.  The most powerful thing about this moment is when Harry's parents are by his side trying to help him.    Daniel Radcliffe is really magnificent towards the end of this movie. He gives a fantastic performance and I felt so much for him.  Dumbledore's eulogy for Cedric was very touching. Everything about how this movie ends is a very good hint at what is to come.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Friday, November 9, 2018


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was directed by Alfonso Cuaron who made a beautiful film. Every shot in this movie is dripping with gorgeous scenery and fantastic lighting.  In Harry Potter's third year he is getting to a point where he is no longer taking shit from people.  His Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin are used to treating him like dirt and in a very entertaining scene he turns an extremely annoying woman into a giant fat balloon and he leaves. which leads to a very fun sequence on The Knight Bus.    This movie's story surrounds the character Sirius Black played by Gary Oldman. He Was in Azkaban Prison and Harry learns that Sirius Black just might be the person the betrayed his parents getting them killed by Voldemort.  The Dementors are invading the world of Hogwarts looking for Sirius Black causing a serious stir among the students and teachers.    Harry gets back on the train to Hogwarts Hermione is there Ron is there. It's cool to see these characters back together again which is something I love in every one of these movies.  This movie instantly lets us know that it is going to be darker than the other two when the Dementors walk onto this train. In this movie, we have Professor Lupin who as you know if you have read the book or watched the movie is actually a werewolf.  Also, something I love in this movie was seeing Hagrid actually get to teach which is when we meet the Hippogriff Buckbeak. Like I mentioned Harry has stopped taking shit from people he directly opposes Draco in this film and that was lovely and even better is later on when Hermione stops taking shit from Draco as well.  The magic of this world is expanded with an awesome scene where Professor Lupin teaches the kids to turn things they are afraid of into something funny. Not only is that a great message for kids it's also a very entertaining scene. There is also this really cool thing called The Marauder's Map that Harry comes across that allows him to see where anyone is in Hogwarts.  There is a very suspenseful scene in a hallway at night where Harry thinks he is about to face off with this person he is looking for that is supposedly dead. If you've seen the movie you know this guy ends up being a rat and if you listen very carefully in the hallway scene you can actually hear a rat scurrying along.    The Special effects in this movie have improved the Quidditch scene has more depth in the rain and all the creatures still hold up very well all these years later.   When we finally meet Sirius Black we learn things about his past that are extremely impotent this is actually someone who wants to help Harry. He even offers for Harry to come live with him.   Lupin is revealed to be a werewolf Sirius Black was in hiding as a dog throughout the entire movie.    I absolutely love the back in time sequence it feels so urgent and the amazing music from John Williams really helps.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite film in the series.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Thursday, November 8, 2018


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was once again directed by Chris Columbus this was the last film that he made in this series.  It is scored once again by the amazing John Williams with his great Harry Potter theme.  In Chamber of Secrets, we already know Hogwarts, the principal characters and Harry's horrible Aunt and Uncle.  So it doesn't have to set any of that up and gets you right into the story.  This film set up a very compelling mystery what is the Chamber of Secrets. Kids at Hogwarts are being petrified. Cryptic messages written in blood are found on the walls.    This film also introduces as to the character Dobby when you first see him you think he is just going to be the comic relief, but he becomes a character that you feel bad for once you see what is going on behind the scenes with Draco's father who is somehow even worse than his son.  Along with the mystery involving the Chamber of Secrets we also learn a little more about Harry Potter he can speak in Parseltongue he can talk to snakes.  That sets up more compelling things to make us curious about this character.  One of my favorite parts of this movie is the Dueling Club scene when Harry and Draco face off in a wand battle.   This movie is a bit darker and slightly scarier than the first. With Harry and Ron going into the forest. Also once we get to the big finale in which Harry finds out that Tom Riddle is not a very good person as well as his battle with the Basilisk.   Throughout this entire film, these three kids are just so great together they bring a giant smile to your face. I love seeing the three of them grow and mature and that is a rare thing in films to have this many movies in which you can watch these characters grow up in front of you.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018


With Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald coming out soon now is the perfect time for me to review all the Harry Potter movies plus Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them. The Harry Potter book series had a big impact on people and it was inevitable that they would become movies.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's stone was directed by Chris Columbus and he did a wonderful job. The score was composed beautifully by John Williams.  They cast Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter.  Having seen all the movies we know what an excellent choice that was, but even in Sorcerer's Stone he gave a really good performance. Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley Emma Watson as Hermione Granger these three characters and these three actors are one of the biggest reasons these films were so successful.  In Sorcerer's Stone, we got to see these three characters come together and it's really a joy to see every time I rewatch this film.    They did such a great job casting this entire film especially Alan Rickman as Professor Snape. You get this feeling of dark slimy intensity he pulled that part off so well.  As soon as you meet the character Draco Malfoy played by Tom Felton you realize how much of an ass he is you just want to slap him.  Hogwarts it made me want to be a wizard. It seemed like the greatest school you could go to learning all these spells and playing Quidditch.   The film sets up this world extremely well and gets you excited to see more.  My favorite parts of this movie are the sequences that are just touching darkness that feel like they are hinting at the future, for example, the forbidden forest scene and all the stuff at the end where they are trying to get the Sorcerer's Stone.    This is a heartwarming fantasy film that families can enjoy.  5 out of 5 stars for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I hope you enjoyed my review.

Friday, November 2, 2018


The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is directed by Lasse Hallstrom and stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, and Morgan Freeman. The plot of the movie is a young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.   I had no interest in seeing this the trailers for this looked bad.  This movie was incredibly boring and it is easily my least favorite film of the year. The acting is very bad most of the actors don't look like they want to be there. Keira Knightly plays The Sugar plumb fairy she speaks with this extremely irritating high-pitched voice. It is the most annoying performance of the year.  The guy who plays The Nutcracker does not stand out at all I completely forgot he was The Nutcracker until the very end of the movie.   I don't know who this movie is targeted to it is really goofy in parts, so I thought it is obviously meant for kids than in other parts I fell it would be too scary for kids.  The Cinematography is so colorful it looked like a unicorn threw up a rainbow.  0 out of 5 stars for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. I hope you enjoyed my review.