Nov. 13, 2005, 7:36 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Nov. 13, 2005, 7:38 p.m. CST
by Darth Thoth
Thanks for the review Quint. I haven't been able to get into this series despite the praises of many of my trusted geek friends. I guess it's overdue I give these flicks and the books a real look. Thanks.
Nov. 13, 2005, 7:44 p.m. CST
by Shawn F.
I was a big fan of the book and a big fan of the film adaptation. Condensed? Sure. But the important stuff is still there. As far as the effects go, some of the Quidditch World Cup stuff was meh, but the Triwizard stuff was great, especially when Harry goes up against the dragon.
Nov. 13, 2005, 7:44 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2005, 7:47 p.m. CST
My wife and 13 year-old stepson and I have a special dinner and a movie thing at this high end theatre in a ritzy area nearby. The seats are wide, high back leather with wide arm rests which are removable. First you get this really nice buffet dinner and dessert, then you get assigned seats (ours are in the center in the back.) I've been hopeful that they don't mess this up, and Quint sounds like a real fan of the books and movie series, so I'm guessing that they got it right. I'll say it again...can't wait!
Nov. 13, 2005, 7:49 p.m. CST
Seriously, that was a pretty good job of not really telling us anything. Thanks. Oh, and third, I mean second, no, third. Never mind
Nov. 13, 2005, 7:51 p.m. CST
To mention that the cost is somewhat prohibitive, so we usually only go for "Special Movies." Episode 3 and Batman Begins for example. So, the point really is that I've been hoping that the movie wouldn't disappoint, and it sounds like we'll get our money worht for sure. Still can't wait!
Nov. 13, 2005, 7:59 p.m. CST
Everyone needs to see it!
Nov. 13, 2005, 8:07 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2005, 8:29 p.m. CST
by Thirteen 13
The Harry Potter movies are quite enjoyable.
Nov. 13, 2005, 8:30 p.m. CST
by half vader
Are you kidding me? She's as camp as a row of tents!
Nov. 13, 2005, 8:41 p.m. CST
I think you'll find Emma's performance in Goblet more realistic, at least I did. I don't agree with Quint in that she was over acting, I thought she was extremely good.
Nov. 13, 2005, 8:50 p.m. CST
gof is my fave of the books and hopefully will end up my fave of the movies which right now is poa since that was outstanding...the first two are just alright in my mind...but i'm really excited and hopeful for this being of poa's ilk.
Nov. 13, 2005, 8:51 p.m. CST
"Viva la raza"...you will be missed Eddie
Nov. 13, 2005, 9 p.m. CST
No WWE fans in here, I'd wager.
Nov. 13, 2005, 9:03 p.m. CST
by Monkey Butler
I thought that was just the polite way of calling a guy gay.
Nov. 13, 2005, 9:08 p.m. CST
it's just a bunch of bullshit in German. I wonder if assholes back in the seventies and eighties bitched about stop-motion, rotoscoping and blue screen as much as they do now about CGI? What's the standard, anyway? King Kong's CGI doesn't look perfect? Whatever. Do you even like movies?
Nov. 13, 2005, 9:39 p.m. CST
by Gheorghe Zamfir
He did one of the more underrated fantasy-family-adventure flicks of the 90s, Into the West. Reviews so far have got me looking forward to what he's done here.
Nov. 13, 2005, 9:39 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2005, 9:43 p.m. CST
On how the series will end? After HBP came out and everyone had a chance to read, I asked in an earlier thread...didn't really get too many thoughts. Anyone? I think Snape is still on the right side, but perhaps that is a little obvious.
Nov. 13, 2005, 9:55 p.m. CST
I'm pleased with this review. It's pretty good if Quint has no real nitpicks with the movie. I've already seen some clips and YES Emma Watson DID seem to be overacting in them, putting way too much into a simple line. She's a little cringeworthy. Perhaps someone will tell her about this and make it stop for the fifth movie (or maybe Newell should have told her to stop it...). That thing with Mad-Eye Moody won't give the game away for those who haven't read the book, I don't think. I bet most people don't even notice the tongue thing. If you've read the book you'll just be looking at Moody and thinking 'that's Barty Crouch Jr.' all the way through the movie, so readers get a little payoff with these hints. There is NO hint in the book, apart from Moody drinking from his flask, and you'd NEVER guess that he was drinking Polyjuice potion.
Nov. 13, 2005, 9:55 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Know what would be cool...a piano will strike a few random notes, a guitar will strum, and Jim Morrison will begin singing as Harry & Ron fly Hueys over the Mekong Delta and strafe a bunch of Gook Dementors. But probably not.
Nov. 13, 2005, 9:57 p.m. CST
by Kentucky Colonel
Driver, where you takin' us?
Nov. 13, 2005, 10:06 p.m. CST
by Josh Town
I've always been THAT GUY who dismisses these films as childish and stupid, which they might very well be. But, I am very curious, and will make an attempt to watch the first three. Especially since they are on sale at Best Buy this week for $7.99. Anyway, I'm rooting for them to be good. But if they're not, and they're as silly as they sound, I'm going to come back and flame every one of you. Consider this a warning.
Nov. 13, 2005, 10:21 p.m. CST
by The Funketeer
Forget the films and read the books. The films are good but you will be doing yourself a disservice if you ignore the books. They may seem childish at first (no more so than Narnia, or the White Mountain Trilogy) but they get darker as each one progresses. They are mostly very well written and very entertaining.
Nov. 13, 2005, 10:23 p.m. CST
by The Funketeer
I don't know why everyone is so worried about the length of this thing. The book was too damn long. I've long maintained that this was the first book written at the height of Pottermania and that the editors were too afraid to tell her to cut stuff out. The first 100 pages are pretty much all exposition and kind of boring. I think she realized her mistake after this one because the following 2 books get Harry off to school much quicker.
Nov. 13, 2005, 10:25 p.m. CST
How stupid can one be?
Nov. 13, 2005, 10:33 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
Care to point us to a translated link?
Nov. 13, 2005, 10:45 p.m. CST
by half vader
Absolutely girls can be 'camp' and be so broad as to approach the point of caricature. Not every gay guy is camp, either. Not every gay man is a screaming queen, and not every straight guy feels he has to be tough, obnoxious & talk about cars & swear all day. Same for girls. They're not all about over-reactions and shopping and "Oooooh, I knoooowww"! It's just my opinion, but every time Emma wiggled her eyebrows and pursed her lips I almost felt her line was redundant as she'd already given the game away. It just seemed sort of amateur to me (my God, when she first greets Harry in POA). But that's just me, and she is (in italics) sort of written that way - if everyone feels differently, then good for you. I'm not dumping on Azkaban though - I loved it. Finally - great handle, Monkey Butler!
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:02 p.m. CST
Is it written in asshole? I'll bet that's why you recognized it immediately.
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:10 p.m. CST
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:11 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
It's called "Scottish," stupid.
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:15 p.m. CST
by Sir Loin
I'm so tired of you stupid-ass kids doing that. It's like you're getting your revenge for never getting chosen first in dodgeball in 3rd grade or something. Wow, you are FIRST! Amazing! Now go get kissed by a girl and eventually move out of mom's basement.
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:18 p.m. CST
You goddamn kids!
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:25 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
...is the "get kissed by a girl and eventually move out of mom's basement" humor. So two decades ago. Now, explaining in detail what medieval torture you'd prefer to use on "First!" posters? That's still fun.
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:35 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
Color me impressed. And Goblet Of Fire looks great.
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:38 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
...and secure their wrists by their ankles, and then explain to them that myself and my associate are about saw them in half with a two-man saw by placing it between their legs and sawing all the way down to their chins. I would also explain that they will be alive for the entire operation, because, hanging upside down, no matter how much blood they lost, their brains would still have all the blood it needs to remain conscious. Now, there are some who would tell me this is too harsh a punishment just for declaring oneself "First!" These people are mistaken. LET 'ER RIP!
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:45 p.m. CST
You know, posting the same snarky remark that someone else already posted? You owe performingmonkey royalties, at the very least. Owned.
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:53 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
Shouldn't you be in bed, young man?
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:56 p.m. CST
You and Sir Loin could sit on the same porch together. Whether or not you hold hands is up to you.
Nov. 13, 2005, 11:57 p.m. CST
by 3 Bag Enema
Can't we all get along and hate Quint?
Nov. 14, 2005, midnight CST
by 3 Bag Enema
These kids today, with the hoolah hoops and the soda fountains.
Nov. 14, 2005, 12:06 a.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2005, 12:17 a.m. CST
Yeah, Quint, her accent is Scottish! "Somewhere between English and Irish"? Come on!
Nov. 14, 2005, 12:20 a.m. CST
Some people seem concerned that the actors will get too old to play teenagers, but even if they take some time off between filming, there isn't a problem. People in their twenties play teenagers all the time.
Nov. 14, 2005, 12:55 a.m. CST
Oh my goodiness... if they do the climax to this book right, it could be like the best moment in film history. Well, no, it probably couldn't, but it'll still be awesome.
Nov. 14, 2005, 1:10 a.m. CST
...and it's basically a local-boy-done-good story about a Swedish guy who was hired as part of a project team of about 300 people for a film company in London. His initial task was to design CG snake eyes for Voldemort, but they were judged to be too frightening and he was then assigned to create Voldemort's CG serpentine nose instead. That's about it.
Nov. 14, 2005, 1:22 a.m. CST
Anyhow, enough of all this petty shit. If the movies are all made 18 months apart that means that Daniel Radcliffe will be 19/20 when he is making the last one. This is no problem at all seeing as Harry is meant to be 17 going on 18. Jeez, we've seen 35-year-olds playing 16 (maybe an exaggeration...no wait, Dawson's Creek...) so it'll be fine. Rupert Grint is like a year older than him and Emma Watson is younger. Imagine her at 19! I'm not one of these people perving over her in her pre-legal years, but I can't wait to see her when she's at the age she can do porn. Hermione Granger and the Creampie of Fire. I'm boring myself now with my lameness. See this movie. Read the books if you haven't. They aren't 'childish'. I don't class 700 and 900 page novels as childish. And the themes in the books are universal. The first movie was OK, the second too long and not an improvement on the first, the third was excellent, with Cuaron making it feel like a real movie for the first time, rather than just trying to put the book onscreen. Newell seems to have done the same thing with Goblet of Fire. The fact is, you need to upset book fans to make a great movie. Suck it.
Nov. 14, 2005, 3:15 a.m. CST
Muggles and Voldemort sound like pussy names.
Nov. 14, 2005, 3:40 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
Nov. 14, 2005, 4:19 a.m. CST
Only one that springs to mind is 'X2.' I'm sure there's at least a handful of others though.
Nov. 14, 2005, 4:44 a.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2005, 6:36 a.m. CST
That's hilarious, and true!
Nov. 14, 2005, 7:12 a.m. CST
They must've taken the pic down, I guess WB didn't like it.
Nov. 14, 2005, 7:17 a.m. CST
I especially like that parts where you warn about spoilers, and then don't actually give any.
Nov. 14, 2005, 7:20 a.m. CST
by so sorry
I'm locked out of you know what...
Nov. 14, 2005, 7:46 a.m. CST
I'm impressed. I thought all Quint reviews of book-to-movie conversions started with the disclaimer: "I've never read the book, but...". Cool. Keep it up.
Nov. 14, 2005, 7:54 a.m. CST
I mean up until the very last movie, it was pretty much the absurd party line that the kids would outgrow their parts (Hollywood for,
Nov. 14, 2005, 7:56 a.m. CST
Dammit, I thought I'd be making fewer typos when I got old, not more!
Nov. 14, 2005, 8:31 a.m. CST
It says English and Scottish... where are you guys getting English and Irish from?
Nov. 14, 2005, 9:02 a.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2005, 9:58 a.m. CST
...a long review by Quint and not one Spielberg refrence....color me impressed.
Nov. 14, 2005, 9:59 a.m. CST
damn fat fingers....
Nov. 14, 2005, 10:27 a.m. CST
I liked the film, but it was completely disjointed for the 1st 90 minutes, then it found a nice groove for the remainder of it's running time. Although I believe HBP can be done in one film (it's mostly just flashbacks that can be condensed anyhow), PHOENIX should be two movies to get all the info in.
Nov. 14, 2005, 10:39 a.m. CST
I have no interest in reading the books, and, like a lot of you, I suppose, I took them and the movies for childish crap. Same situation as Josh Town, I guess. My girlfriend loves them and dragged me to see Prisoner of Azkaban at the midnight screening...surprise, shit, I really enjoyed it. I later went back and saw the first two, which were definately not as good, but which were also pretty decent. The quality of the performances, direction, storytelling and special effects increases with each film (a slight jump up from Sorcerer's Stone to Chamber of Secrets, a bigger one from CoS to Prisoner of Azkaban). These aren't great masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination, but if you keep in mind the audience, you're going to enjoy them. They're well-done fantasy opera, but if you're looking for the heart and sheer scope of Star Wars, the visual sophistication of Legend, the ambition of Lord of the Rings or the total wonder of Der Nibelung, you're going to be disappointed. If you simply like the fantasy genre, there's a lot of love here - just don't expect the same high you got seeing Luke fly through the Death Star trench or Siegried bathe in the dragon's blood. I'll definately be checking this one out.
Nov. 14, 2005, 10:58 a.m. CST
They continue to get better and better, sometimes by leaps, other times by bounds. I actually thought Emma Watson was fine, but that it was Rupert Grint who needs to step it up a notch. The 1st Task was tits!
Nov. 14, 2005, 11:04 a.m. CST
They're NATURAL alright.
Nov. 14, 2005, 11:42 a.m. CST
...massive change of subject
Nov. 14, 2005, 12:27 p.m. CST
I can't wait to see Goblet; getting my tickets tonight and seeing it on Friday. Also, a couple of points regarding Sith, which I just watched again on DVD: 1.)Why is the main commander of the clone army's name "Cody"? Man, that's gay. 2.)the Jedi which came with Mace to arrest the Chancellor just suck; they didn't even try hard and got beat easily. 3.)the last hour completley kicks your ass. It's funny because you just have to deal with it. Sorry, but your ass is owned by the last hour, much like how Goblet of Fire will kick your ass...really hard.
Nov. 14, 2005, 12:45 p.m. CST
Obviously a reference to Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen; listen to "Hot Rod Lincoln" for more info.
Nov. 14, 2005, 1 p.m. CST
of "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish"?
Nov. 14, 2005, 1 p.m. CST
by Some Dude
The reference is actually to a 50s trifle called "Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe." That is also where the band got their name.
Nov. 14, 2005, 1:04 p.m. CST
hi, can vern please do more reviews? thank you.
Nov. 14, 2005, 1:21 p.m. CST
is underrated. His reviews lack the ego of Mori's (Mori still has great reviews, though) and the fucked-up-ed-ness of Harry's. My favorite reviewer on the site.
Nov. 14, 2005, 1:26 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
So, I say, perhaps Welsh. Although the actress playing Cho is Scottish according to imdb.
Nov. 14, 2005, 1:37 p.m. CST
Remember that all clone names are like "TK 421" and "THX 1138". Since he is a commander, they have to say his name alot- so it was eventually changed to something short- in this case Cody. His real name might be KOD 69 or whatever.I
Nov. 14, 2005, 1:51 p.m. CST
by ripper t. jones
Nov. 14, 2005, 2:05 p.m. CST
Phoenix and Witherspoon are about as believable as the Cashes as J Lo and Usher would have been. Actually, I would go a step further and say that I am pretty much all set with Reese at this point, and wouldn't miss her if she took 5 years off from making films. I'm just sick of her, sorry.
Nov. 14, 2005, 2:09 p.m. CST
Best One Yet? Maybe, but it has a lot to live up to after Prisoner. For one virtually no Gary Oldman!! We needed as many miles out of Sirius Black as we could get. I still see this as a stepping stone to Order. The only real plot point they are touching on here that has any weight is Voldemort's return while the rest is a episodic thrillride. I love Moaning Mertyl but again...WHERE IS PEEVES?!?!?!
Nov. 14, 2005, 2:14 p.m. CST
from Chimpan-A to Chim...wha?...you're telling me this isn't a KONG talkback? Anyway, because it seems someone has to spam every talkback with KONG related nonsense, here goes: KongKongKongKongKongKongKong!!!! There, I feel better now.
Nov. 14, 2005, 2:20 p.m. CST
It was hard to pin down though.
Nov. 14, 2005, 3:52 p.m. CST
by tango fett
And I don't even like Serenity OR Firefly. I kid because I love.
Nov. 14, 2005, 3:53 p.m. CST
Nov. 14, 2005, 3:55 p.m. CST
Nice review...I'm glad they left off the House Elf liberation too..makes OK for a book but this movie had to be cut somewhere..Kinda like the Garden Gnomes in Book 2 getting cut...I've always thought that they play Ron way too scared and wussified in the movies than he more brooding persona of the books...This is the first book where that red-haired temper really comes out...How do they play it in the movie with the whole jealousy thing ect???
Nov. 14, 2005, 4:46 p.m. CST
who falls asleep during the Harry Potter movies? The books keep me awake, but I can't make it through the movies...
Nov. 14, 2005, 4:48 p.m. CST
by Fred Asparagus
Sigh. I'm the sort of person for whom the music can be, and frequently is, half of the experience (eg with Twister, making the score its saving grace). Learning that Howard Shore would be doing the scores for the LotR movies was a tremendous letdown, after having experienced the hideous music in Se7en. Sure enough, in spite of the truly token AA nod, we got a smattering of so-so motifs sewn into the chalkboard-scratching drone of atonal horns. Constantly. And now this. After three wonderful scores from Williams (and / or a hiree with Williams' sheet music in hand), we get the director's buddy, Bob. For the fourth book, which remains my personal favorite in the entire series. Oh.. just perfect. Quint is the first reviewer to even mention the score. That told me a lot right there. He calls it a nonentity. I suppose that's the best we could have hoped for. Damn it.
Nov. 14, 2005, 4:52 p.m. CST
Say it isn't so!! Oh well...
Nov. 14, 2005, 5:07 p.m. CST
Doyle's score incorporates some of Williams' original score, it wouldn't be a HP film w/o it. However, the new songs are great and dark and really work with the scenes, so I DOUBT you'll even notice or care.
Nov. 14, 2005, 5:09 p.m. CST
There's a GREAT scene toward the end of the Yule Ball between Ron and Hermione. Ron is complaining about Krum and Hermione and him begin arguing, and their argument turns to Hermione storming out sobbing, after she tells him he should've asked her. You can feel how hurt Hermione is that Ron didn't ask her, and Ron is completely jealous.
Nov. 14, 2005, 5:52 p.m. CST
I was wondering when they were going to start hamming up the massive sexual tension between Ron and Hermione. Excellent. As to the score, as long as it doesn't ruin the movie. I'd rather it be a non-entity, than just completely fuck up the movie. I'm psyched for this movie!
Nov. 14, 2005, 5:54 p.m. CST
If so, what was it like?
Nov. 14, 2005, 8:39 p.m. CST
I'm about half way through Half Blood Prince, and agree that they just keep getting better. I haven't seen Philosopher's Stone yet, but I caught Chamber and Azkaban on TV recently. I went out and picked up the box set, and plan on watching all 3 before going to see Goblet of Fire, probably toward the end of the month here. And I agree with excluding the S.P.E.W. subplot, and trimming down Rita's role. I also hear that the Dursley's aren't in it, which is too bad 'cause I'd have liked to see the ton-tongue toffee scene.
Nov. 14, 2005, 8:57 p.m. CST
If Quint's screening was like mine (I imagine it was being on the same date), then there were no trailers. At my screening a WB representative introduced the movie and it began right away.
Nov. 15, 2005, 12:44 a.m. CST
is that Fleur Delacour is not hot. She's supposed to be fucking jaw-dropping, and whoever plays her is not hot enough. Don't get me wrong, I'd fuck her about 10 times in 10 minutes, but she's supposed to be goddamn gorgeous. Should've just tossed Keira in there and dyed her hair blonde.
Nov. 15, 2005, 4:07 a.m. CST
http://tinyurl.com/w61z From "Welcome to the Roses"
Nov. 15, 2005, 7:07 a.m. CST
by jason john
I know most regard HP3 as "the Best " but a few things pissed me off. The Whopping Willow was just a bush ?? If the Car in HP2 had crashed into that, it would of squashed it. Also, why is Hagrids hut suddenly at the base of the hill ?? I wasn't too impressed with Michael Gambon either, his Dumbledore was too casual ( Nigel Planer doing that Piss-take on Comic Relief of Dumbledore was actually more convincing ). I thought 3 was the worst so far.J K hinted that it was inconsistant.
Nov. 15, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST
Well, one can hope at least, because Serenity kicked WAY more ass than the trailers let on. Heh, anyways... The complaint about Hagrid's Hut always made little sense to me. It makes for a better staged scene, and looks fantastic. JK also stated the third movie was her favorite, and I can't disagree. It's actual cinema, not a stage play with special effects thrown in like the first two. Count me in for enjoying a more commanding Dumbledore too. It'll all be more convincing at the end of movie five now that Gambon is breathing life into the character. Once I hear complaints (elsewhere) with the short transition scenes and Buckbreak's Flight, I just tune out. At that point it is clear, they would've never enjoyed the movie, no matter the translation from book to screen.
Nov. 15, 2005, 10:21 a.m. CST
Nov. 15, 2005, 11:06 a.m. CST
Apparently it's coming online on Thursday night - Can't. Fucking. Wait.
Nov. 15, 2005, 11:43 a.m. CST
I also preferred POA overall, but I think that people have piled on to the production design of the first two films to an excessive degree. There's a basic difference in conceptualization. Columbus [and, I think, the books] present the Hogwarts environment as a "fantastic" place where occasionally "spooky" things happen. POA gives us a sort of permanent Halloween environment where everything, even the dining hall and the grounds, are "spooky". Preferring one to the other will ultimately be a matter of taste - although Columbus' approach did have the books on its side, for what that's worth.
Nov. 15, 2005, 11:52 a.m. CST
This one, Spiderman 2 (which is real hard to watch now), X2, Serenity, etc. There are more but none come to mind right now.
Nov. 15, 2005, 2:10 p.m. CST
Nov. 15, 2005, 2:15 p.m. CST
and gambons dumbledore definately has the energy i expect of the character...and from what i'm hearing newell's gof is more in vein with cauron's stylign than columbus so my hopes are up and it should be a good time.
Nov. 15, 2005, 4:51 p.m. CST
Watch it...It's hilarious!!
Nov. 15, 2005, 5:22 p.m. CST
It was on TV the other night and I watched it after not having seen it in ages. I couldn't believe it was the same film I'd seen before! Raimi felt the need to insert lame jokes in between each important scene of the film - that chick with the violen singing first the old theme song, then "Where have you gone to Spider-Man?" WHAT WAS HE THINKING?! Bruce Campbell was hilarious though.
Nov. 15, 2005, 8:06 p.m. CST
Cannibal holocaust is pretty overrated, especially after the warning at the beginning of the movie saying it's the most gory movie ever.
Nov. 15, 2005, 8:58 p.m. CST
Not that I condone that, but that is definately an edge over alot of other so called gory movies! I think I'm gonna wait until I'm piss drunk to watch it, which probably won't be too much longer.
Nov. 15, 2005, 10:59 p.m. CST
Nov. 16, 2005, 6:39 a.m. CST
by Farging Bastige
We all love the Harry Potter movies. We also love the books, but they are really getting long, especially when I'm reading them aloud at bed time. Ever read 2500 pages aloud? Sucks. Anyway, good review Quint! Can't wait to see the dragons and Voldemort. Can wait for Emma Watson to overact again though. Yeesh. Yer a cute kid, going to be a really pretty adult, but tone the acting down or in five years you'll be doing nothing but soft porn on Cinemax. Just tryin' to help.
Nov. 16, 2005, 8:32 a.m. CST
You obviously care some. Still, I say a rather silent Moviemack is better than a "Batman Begins"-era Moviemack. Not as good as a gone Moviemack, but one takes what one can get.
Nov. 16, 2005, 9:24 a.m. CST
Nov. 16, 2005, 3:04 p.m. CST
LALALALALALALALA! I'm such an illiterate slob.
Nov. 16, 2005, 3:09 p.m. CST
Nov. 16, 2005, 6:01 p.m. CST
what is with the "hmmmm..." you posted that twice in this TB, what the hell? does this mean something? or are you as lame as I think
Nov. 16, 2005, 6:03 p.m. CST
GOF looks great, can't wait. Thanks for the review, Quint
Nov. 16, 2005, 8:11 p.m. CST
you are as lame as you think :) and don't worry about my hmmmm's...hmmmm....
Nov. 16, 2005, 10:56 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
Of course, you mean post-Potter film, I'm sure. He's in "Tailor of Panama."
Nov. 17, 2005, 12:31 a.m. CST
Cant wait. Never IMAXed a movie before. Good thing i bought the tickets two weeks ago...all tickets sold out last week....suckers!!! Have to see the final battle scenes and how Voldy is envisioned...
spoilers... it was indeed a magical experience to watch this movie. i always love it if you're leaving the theatre and you're still part of the screen world. i happily agree with quint on gleeson's and rickman's performances. man, these guys are just so stunning to watch... then you have this wonderful boat of these northern guys - great stuff - then the whole part in which harry is shown fighting the dragon. the dragon is great effects work as well as the under water shots. however as much as there are all these positive parts and moments i still had a lot of situations of disappointments. despite i've never read a single potter book i was disappointed. i felt let down in a cinematical way. i felt that this film was incredibly rushed... i also miss a certain...- i dunno how to express it - clarity. i always had the feeling while wathing the picture that there was a white veil in front of my eyes. i deem the use of the word realism in the cinematic context pretty controversial. in this case though i'm close to saying that i miss a certain kind a realism in this THE GOBLET OF FIRE. unfortunately i have no idea though how that realism could be achieved by a director. it may be a little drop of sweat on harry's face or who knows what. i'm longing for a reaslism that brings the characters' fears and even the moments of bravety closer to me.it's the question of giving certain scenes more credibility. an example: when potter is caught at that graveyard statue, which is a grim reaper; there is no actual evidence for me why he is in pain. for me this was daniel radcliff pretending to be in pain. i could see in front of my inner eye, every second, as, during takes, potter would just stand there, happily, the scythe in front of his throat. this scene was simply lacking care. time. an eye for what impresses the viewer. when i was thinking about that for a while yesterday i had to think of spielberg's early attachement to the potter franchise. i had to think of the spielbergian way to marry adult and kids entertainment. what would spielberg have done? was my initial question. and i guess that it has always been a strength of him to show convincing heroes and thrilling action and kiddie suspense with credibility. and there was just no white veil in all three indy flicks. (mind you: this is intended to sound simplistic.)
Nov. 17, 2005, 8:49 a.m. CST
Nov. 17, 2005, 5:03 p.m. CST
I am seeing it at 12:01 am tonight with my wife. It's at the historic Senator Theater in Baltimore, so I don't think we will see the Superman trailer. They rarely show trailers before the longer movies, though sometimes they show short subjects. However with the length of this sucker, I doubt we will see a trailer, unless it is Kong, which they are getting after this film.
Nov. 18, 2005, 2:49 a.m. CST
by Josh Town
I actually just watched the first one and rather enjoyed it. I felt a piece of my manhood leave me, but I'm sure the next time I watch Predator it will return. I just got my 2 disc special edition copy of Cannibal Holocaust in the mail. Man it looks great. What a sick fucking movie! Ruggero Deodato should direct the next Potter movie!
How many times does this have to be said? This is a kid's book. A kid's book. So, yeah, that makes you a bunch of pervs...
Nov. 18, 2005, 1:56 p.m. CST
Emma Watson is now 15 yrs old, daniel radcliff is now 16 yrs old, and Rupert Grint, the oldest of the three, is no 17 yrs old. That is now. In the next movie they will be playing 15 year olds, which is basically their age, anyway. It is much better than the BH 90210 crap with 28 year olds playing 16 year olds. You should all buy, or at least rent, "Comic Book: The movie" It is written and directed by Mark Hammill. It also stars Mark Hammill. It is about a defunct comic book called Commander Cody that some studio is trying to update into a movie. That is where Commander Cody comes from. Its Lucass giving Mark Hammill some recognition, yo. The movie is great, and has a lot of fun cameos from the star wars universe, and other favorite nerdy people.
Nov. 18, 2005, 2:10 p.m. CST
Nov. 18, 2005, 5:24 p.m. CST
I loved the last one, but damn, this one is a snoozefest.
Nov. 18, 2005, 7:20 p.m. CST
Nov. 19, 2005, 5:37 a.m. CST
I really enjoyed the movie. It does cut out the Dursleys at the beginning as well as the whole murder of the Riddle family of 50 years ago, however the Dursleys while fun are not vital to the plot. The wizard campsite and Quidditch World Cup feature, but are cut down to the very basics, however again while fun they are not important to the plot. The important parts like the introduction of the Death Eaters and the Dark Mark do get screen time. It is also nice to see the reintroduction of Lucius Malfoy from COS and not some reimagining which leavers everyone who saw COS go "Who the hell is this?". Newell manages to capture the magic of the novel with the impressive introduction of the Durmstrang Ship (which pops up like a submarine) and Beauxbatons Carriage pulled by giant winged horses. The Durmstrang Students all look suitable old style East European military while the Beauxbatons look straight out of a 1930s French Catholic School with added sexiness. The main tasks from the dragon that actually looks like it could exist in reality, to the creepy dreamlike Black Lake Rescue task all work well. I am disapointed there were no creaures in the maze, but the living maze does work very well. The Yule Ball is a real centre piece for the movie, we get teenage hormones at their highest and (shock horror) teenage wizards actually dressing like wizards. There is far more humour with Fred and George actually getting to be funny and that randy ghost Moaning Myrtle had everyone laughing in the audience, thankfully Newell did not decide to reimagine her but respected movie continuity. The final showdown was just stunning however once again unlike the novel things are not explained properly, unless you read the book you are left with questions. The new characters of Barty Snr, Barty Jnr (10th Doctor Who), Skeeter and Moody are all excellently cast and played. The other Triwizard Champions however get very little to say or do apart from Cedric. Continuity is far better than in the last movie with them getting even the same James and Lily Potter from the first movie, which again helps the movie. However where the heck did the Owlery come from and was it really necessary to recast a few of the minor school characters? Dobby, Winky (SPEW story line) and Ludo Bagman all got cut but the movie works well without them, Longbottom easily and logically replaces Dobby. I would give the movie 4 stars out of five. Still not perfect but a lot better than what I was expecting.
Nov. 19, 2005, 5:53 a.m. CST
My first impression of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was... confusion. Sure, I have NEVER read ANY of the books, but that is more due to lack of time and the chance to give an "outsider's" review of the movies than anything else. "Goblet" is a choppy piece of work with little or no emotion, no character development as far as I can see, and short cuts of moments. I was entertained for about fifteen minutes, then became increasingly agitated at the choppy way this movie was cut together. The score is HORRIBLE! To say the least. If the music underlying each scene were a bit more poignant, I might have been able to tell what the characters were supposed to be feeling. As it is cut, this movie seems to have taken the following procedure for storyline: Grab that scene, cut! Here's a moment, CUT! Here's an important change in a character with no underlying motivation or emotion, CUT! OOOOOOO!! ACTION!! CUT!! And on and on... The character(s) who may or may not have died have very little tragedy to them. The score is as much to blame as the direction given (lack of direction?) by Newell. If the music would have been more innovative and introduced anything new, it would have helped the movie greatly. As it is, the score just sits there the same under each scene. Even the dragon chasing Harry has UNexciting music behind it. The Death Eaters are in no way threatening. Harry is lost in the shuffle of it all. Valdemort is a whiny little twit of a morphing mess with NO POWER and NO PRESENCE and definitely NO MENACE whatsoever. Tom Riddle has more power and presence than any of the characters/actors in the entire film! Of course, that has a lot to do with his appearance and savagery in "Prisoner of Azkaban" than anything else. Hermione is just there as eye candy. Ron has a bit to play with as a friend betrayed, yet no depth is given to any emotion in this movie. Here is a film that should have been four hours long to give it ANY JUSTICE in the world. At UNDER two hours and thirty minutes (fill in the rest with ten minutes of credits), this movie is CHOPPY and lacking emotional depth, intensity, and direction. Mike Newell should be ASHAMED! --xoandre
Nov. 19, 2005, 6:03 a.m. CST
Sure, there were many great effects. Sure, there were a few great moments. Sure, ther emay have been some effective nanoseconds of emotion from some of the characters. Sure, Dumbeldore was cool. Sure, the "port-key"? idea was a nice shortcut. Sure, I was impressed by some of the dragon moments. But still, it left me feeling empty. --xoandre
Nov. 19, 2005, 1:03 p.m. CST
This is one of those movies I loved every minute of in the theatre - the eye-candy, some jump moments, the funny, the sad. I didn't think it was boring at all. But after some time for reflection, I realized why I liked Azkaban better. All the actors are getting better and there's a few good character moments, especially for Ron, but many people were there for only a few lines. This is probably one of the best adaptations of Rowling's rambling books in terms of main plot, but it exposes the basic depthlessness of those books. The Tri-Wizard thing does take over the whole story amd the movie's all about driving the plot forward, except for the quite good Yule Ball stuff (some nice little Neville moments). But Azkaban (the movie) seemed like it was about something more than the adventure. Cuaron took the whole wizard thing and played with it as a metaphor for puberty and becoming an adult. Even the Dursleys served as an example of the absurdity of crushing suburban life. To me, Goblet of Fire seemed about...the Goblet of Fire. A great piece of cake, but in the end, just sugar. I'm hoping the next director will explore the more obvious themes of authority, patriotism and totalitarianism in Order of the Phoenix (it's a very post 9/11 'children's' book) and go for more than just the adventure. BTW, which kids have they recast? I don't remember anybody being new, just older.
Nov. 19, 2005, 8:37 p.m. CST
Nov. 19, 2005, 11:36 p.m. CST
by Jimmy 345
Everything on screen was great but there just wasn't enough. It really needed an extra half hour. Hermonies attempts to save the house elves, the Dursleys, Rita Skeeters writings were all such unfortunite cuts. Other then that everything was great. The action was awsome and Voldemort was the coolest. Loved it all but I wanted more.
Nov. 20, 2005, 2:21 a.m. CST
by Bino White
Hp4 rocked. Love the book and the adaptation couldn't have been been better. Fuck the depressing nit-picky criticism.
Nov. 20, 2005, 2:25 a.m. CST
by Anonymus Coward
Please see my all-spoilers review at http://moablog.blogspot.com , if I post it here I'll get kicked off of AICN.
Nov. 20, 2005, 2:48 a.m. CST
by Anonymus Coward
http://www.livejournal.com/users/evxanadu/101954.html Best Childhood Memory entry: When I was ten, I was living in a far-away country at the time EMPIRE STRIKES BACK came out. A British tourist on a beach once took the time (45 minutes) to tell me every motherfucking thing that happens in the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and the ten-year-old in me is eternally grateful to him, wherever he is today.
Nov. 20, 2005, 3:27 a.m. CST
Nov. 20, 2005, 3:29 a.m. CST
There's a cool moment where Harry is almost eaten by a great white. Honest.
Nov. 20, 2005, 3:46 a.m. CST
I see a lot of people complaining about the score. Honestly, if you didn't have prior knowledge that Williams didn't compose this, you'd all be like "Williams has done it again!" The score was fine, and it fit the tone of the film. I was actually surprised that it wasn't as bad as I was expecting, and that so much of William's prior work was used.
Nov. 20, 2005, 10:43 a.m. CST
Rupert Grint has gone from being the least talented of the bunch in my opinion to becoming the best in his role. He's dropped the mugging for the camera and dopey facial expressions and just seems to be natural. He's become the best actor of the young three. I never thought I'd say that.
Nov. 20, 2005, 12:36 p.m. CST
but in this movie he was far the best.
Nov. 20, 2005, 9:48 p.m. CST
Quit sucking John Williams' dick already and open your ears. Seriously, you think you're a fan of film music and you've never heard of Patrick Doyle? His score for Henry V was fucking amazing, and to be honest I think the score he did for this one is better than most of the stuff JW has done for the series. Sure, I guess if you've never listened to any Prokofieff, the stuff he did for the first one probably sounds "original"...
Nov. 21, 2005, 8:39 a.m. CST
by Mr. Profit
The Voldermort unveiling was waaay better than anything in Episode 3. HP4 was well rounded. Well acted. Had great effects. And felt really grown up. Mike Newell improved on Alfonso Cuaron's work in HP3. This movie felt more epic and realer. The film nails the tone Lucas was trying to go for with Episode 3. Side note, the audience went APE SHIT for the Kong trailer and were SILENT during Superman. Not one clap or cheer...... And the theater was packed.
Nov. 21, 2005, 1:35 p.m. CST
I came to that realization right around the time of the first and second trials, what with Harry wondering around the yard running into the groups of people one at a time (they travel in packs, damnit!) oh man, that was funny. There was a Kong trailer? wuhuh? I saw the supes trailer after seeing it on my computer screen just prior, and they were quite for that too, but whatever. Too many bloody commercials if you ask me.
Nov. 21, 2005, 5:20 p.m. CST
by slappy jones
it seemed to be to be more of a goosebump maker than a "yahoo" trailer. if goosebumps are what they were going for then it worked on me. in fact i wasn't excited about this new film at all but i know a guy who worked on it and he told me one thing that happens that took my excitement levels from about 3 to a billion..... oh and yes I am a one eyed kong fan but the cinema i saw the trailer in went absolutely nuts for it...especially the last shot of him smashing the biplane. and the new potter film was awesome. i didn't like the first two..haven't seen the third but this one was great. watching the third tonight. I might be converted.....
Nov. 21, 2005, 8:05 p.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2005, 7:38 a.m. CST
Personally thought it was the strongest and most watchable Potter film yet. Thought the first 2 were lame due to the kid's Grange Hill-level performances and Azkaban was stylisticly better, but clunky as hell. This one I felt was closest to the spirit of the books. Never imagined Moody as irish but it worked a treat. Him, Ron and the twins stole the show by miles. Yeah, Grint is 100% Weasley. Still don't buy Radcliffe as Potter though.
Nov. 22, 2005, 7:41 a.m. CST
Nov. 22, 2005, 8:07 p.m. CST
by jason john
Re Mortsleam " Frankly, Hagrid
Nov. 22, 2005, 11:15 p.m. CST
Nov. 23, 2005, 11:16 a.m. CST
The kids are getting better they all sucked in the beginning and I was afraid they'd derail the whole franchise and have to be replaced. But like I said, Rupert is the best in his role as Ron. Daniel Radicliff has grown on me some, but I still sort of wish he was as comfortable in his role as Rupert is in his. Emma Watson has the toughest job because she never really physically embodied Hermione in my eyes and she gets saddled with a lot of exposition. She's about as good as Daniel though -- hopefully they'll get better. How lucky were the filmmakers finding those twins to play Fred and George though? I liked the fact that their roles were bigger in this one as they are very funny. The kid who plays Neville was good too in the funny and touching scene he had to play. I'd like to see more Malfoy, but I guess that's coming in movie 6 when he gets his big scene. He was probably the best actor of the bunch when they were little, and had more experience than the others and it showed. One thing about Daniel/Harry though, is that in my mind I picture a kid sort of like the young John Lennon I've read about and seen in old photographs. Daniel doesn't have that kind of charisma.
Nov. 23, 2005, 2:27 p.m. CST
Nov. 24, 2005, 5:15 p.m. CST
but my 13 yr old daughter, who has read the books and is a big fan, liked it much less due to changes and things left out. nomatter how muchi try to explain to her why everythig in the books can't make it into the movies, and why some things are even altered from the book, she just doesn't care. i think people like myself who have not read the books have more freedom to enjoy them as films without the baggage of trying to reconcile any differences with the books. that said, as much as i enjoyed Goblet of Fire, if i was to criticize anything it would be the feeling of being rushed through the story just a little too quickly. i think it loses a little emotional impact due to the rapid pacing, yet i also understand they had a ton of material to cover. here's somethig i wish they would do with the Harry Potter movies; how about Extended Editions, like the LOTR movies? that way they could fill things out more, character and story-wise, and please the fans of the books, while still keeping a theatrical version to a reasonable time limit. seriously, why not? does anyone here doubt that it would be profitable?