Harry Potter

Subpar Prequel and Where to Find It

by Alan Rapp on November 18, 2016

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemHarry Potter Lite? Based on the spin-off novella by J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first Harry Potter movie without Harry Potter. Taking place decades before Harry’s birth, the story is set in New York with wizard Newt Scamander’s (Eddie Redmayne) arrival in the city with a suitcase full of magical creatures. When some of Scamander’s creatures escape he attempts to hunt them down with the help of some new friends.

The beasts themselves, in all shapes, colors and sizes, are certainly one of the film’s strengths. So to are Redmayne and Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski (the non-magical would-be baker who literally stumbles into a world of magic he never knew existed). However, the prequel isn’t without its problems.

First, the film is too long given its simplistic setup. Feeling every bit its 133-minute running time, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them drags in several spots with more than 45 minutes which could be trimmed from its bloated carcass. Even with all this extra filler the film doesn’t feel fully formed as half the work here is, of course, to set-up in inevitable sequels.

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on April 1, 2014

in News

Super Secret Crisis WarComic Book Resources has the scoop on IDW Publishing’s announcement over the weekend at Emerald City Comicon about their upcoming summer crossover Super Secret Crisis War which will feature several Cartoon Network properties (including those like Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken who will be making their first appearances in IDW in a series of one-shots)

The Daily Star is reporting that the Harry Potter prequel story Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them will be adapted into three feature films

The Wrap is reporting that NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the new show Aquarius starring David Duchovny as a 1960s Los Angeles police sergeant who tracks aspiring cult leader Charles Manson

Deadline is reporting that Jack Stanley has been hired to write the script for the sequel to Chronicle (the overrated low-budget super-hero flick from 2012)

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  • Title: The Complete Harry Potter
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harry-potter-complete-blu-raySeven books, eight films, spanning an entire decade. The complete Harry Potter collection is available for the first time on Blu-ray and it’s definitely worth picking up (even if it is definitely lacking in terms of extras).

For the first time I sat down and was able to watch the entire Deathly Hallows in one sitting, and I’ve got to say it holds up well. From glancing through the collection the other titles also work well on Blu-ray. Warner Bros. has a larger set ready to hit stores next year, but, unless you’re a total Harry Potter maniac, having all eight films on Blu-ray in one slim case is all you really need.

The set is listed at $140, but with not too much searching you should be able to pick it up for about half that price (a little less than $10 per Blu-ray isn’t too shabby). The series has its highs (The Prizoner of Azkaban) and lows (The Order of the Phoenix), but it’s a great collection to own, especially at this price.

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  • Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2In 2001 Warner Bros. released the first film adapted from the Harry Potter books. Directed by Chris Columbus, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was a critical and box office success. Ten years, three directors, and seven films later, the hugely popular film franchise comes to a close with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Picking up when the previous film left off, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends continue to lick their wounds and mourn their losses as Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), now armed with the elder wand, begins preparing for the final battle. And where better for that battle to take place than Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?

Aside from the conclusion of Harry’s battle with You-Know-Who, the series also wraps up several other stories including finally getting Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) together, the evolution of Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) into a hero, and examination of the motives of Severus Snape (Alan Rickman).

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A decade, that’s how long its been since Harry Potter first found his way onto the big screen. With the eighth (and final) movie ready to hit theaters this Friday we take a look back at Harry Potter and the Multi-Billion Dollar Franchise.

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