It’s real shiny!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Beavis and Butt-Head are back—and they haven’t changed one bit, based on a sneak peek from MTV’s upcoming revival of the 1990s animated comedy.
The laughs are the same, the clothes are the same (Metallica T-shirt for Beavis, AC/DC for Butt-Head) and the intelligence factor—or lack thereof—seems to be the same.
Harry Potter goes out in wizardly fashion.
Ten years and eight films after the boy wand-twirler’s cinematic adventures began, the saga resolves in ways suspenseful, romantic and thrilling.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” makes a genuine summer blockbuster out of a fantasy franchise that has at times seemed too wedded to the text of J.K. Rowling’s source novels, the seventh and final of which was published in 2007.
Returning director David Yates, screenwriter Steve Kloves and many other creative hands pull out all the stops for the grand finale of the boy wizard’s long battle with evil Lord Voldemort, a snake-faced creep played with masterful menace by Ralph Fiennes.
The action rarely flags in the film, which at 131 minutes is the shortest of the Harry Potter sagas, but also the most exciting. The long-anticipated siege of Hogwarts school, set to Alexandre Desplat’s urgent score, gets what can only be called the “Lord of the Rings” treatment, with visual mayhem and character dynamics writ large.
Even people fully versed in the plot will likely find themselves catching their breath as long-simmering developments reach fruition and apparent red herrings are addressed.
Hogwarts schoolmates Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are once again front and centre, as they frantically search for the missing Horcruxes—mystical soul fragments—that they need to vanquish the malevolent Voldemort, who has long plotted to kill the mild-mannered and bespectacled Harry and gain control of his wizard’s domain.
Voldemort seems to have the upper hand, as Hogwarts falls under his command and the terrible wrath of his legions of Death Eaters and Dementors.
But Harry, Hermione and Ron have many supporters, some of them unexpected. Familiar faces return for moments of grace and pathos, and it’s a particular pleasure to see what happens to the inscrutable Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), and also professors McGonagall (Maggie Smith), Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) and Flitwick (Warwick Davis).
When it was announced last year that the final book of Rowling’s literary phenomenon would be split into two movies, the decision seemed based on financial rather than artistic criteria. Suspicion grew after Deathly Hallows Part 1 proved to be a bit of a slog, as characters and narrative struggled to maintain momentum.
But Part 2 makes an excellent action counterpoint to Part 1’s many chess moves, and the split now seems justified to avoid an epic-length movie that would have worn out both kids and adults.
The only disappointing aspect of this otherwise stellar send-off to Harry Potter is the post-production conversion to 3-D, which adds absolutely nothing to the experience. But neither does it detract from it. Heroic Harry and his pals confront their many foes and life issues in ways that should satisfy even those who had grown weary of the saga.
The final Harry Potter movie can be summed up by the final three words of the final Harry Potter book, which I present as a teasing acronym to avoid spoilers: “AWW.” That may also be the sound you make at the conclusion of the film’s romantic epilogue, which will prompt many smiles of satisfaction.
Grade ★ ★ ★★ 1/2 out of 5 stars
Note: The final three words of the Harry Potter book are “All Was Well.”
A lot of people are saying that we all saw this coming, but I really didn’t. Maybe I’m naive as all fuck. But I thought Amy Winehouse would outlive us all and make a million more albums and throw spit bombs at a million more bitchy fans. You know, like Keith Richards or Courtney Love.
I really don’t know what to say. I’m sure Amy’s sitting around the 27 Club table with Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison right now.
Rest in peace, Amy. Your voice spoke to my broken heart, nobody could wear a busted mound of black polyester hair like you and ballet slippers will never be the same again.
Straight from Comic-Con comes the promo pictures for “Snow White and the Huntsman” starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Charlize Theron as The Evil Queen, Chris Hemsworth as The Huntsman, Sam Claflin, Eddie Izzard, Nick Frost and Toby Jones.
This is the second Snow White movie coming out next year, and this one is going to turn Snow White into a Joan of Arc type bad bitch who drops the innocent maiden act to take down The Queen.
I know these are just pictures, but since only premature overreactions are allowed on the Internet, I just have to say: THE FUCK?! Kristen Stewart as Snow White = No. Kristen Stewart as Dopey = Si.
How is Snow White going to bite the apple when she’s too busy biting her own lip? How are we going to know the difference between Snow White in an apple-induced coma and Snow White not in an apple-induced coma since Kristen Stewart always looks like she’s been bitten by the Lunesta moth. And even a half-broken lezzie mirror with Twihard tendencies who has never felt the drop of Windex would never say that Kristen Stewart is “fairer” than Charlize Theron. Bye Ho... Bye Ho...
Bitches need to explain all of this right after they explain why Charlize Theron looks like Heidi of the Alps at a Brotherhood of the Wolf costume party.