Posts Tagged ‘Hermione Granger’

My Week With Marilyn

Posted 22 Apr 2012 — by Ezra Stead
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Ezra Stead

My Week with Marilyn, UK / USA, 2011

Directed by Simon Curtis

My Week with Marilyn is a solid biopic buoyed by an excellent performance from Michelle Williams. Marilyn Monroe was my first real crush, even before I really knew what a crush was. I grew up on old movies, which is probably the reason I still find the image of a woman smoking with a cocktail in the other hand extremely sexy, and no woman on the silver screen from that golden era long before I was born held the mysterious, seductive allure of Marilyn. Three of her films in particular were my childhood obsessions: Otto Preminger’s River of No Return (1954), Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) and John Huston’s The Misfits (1961), which turned out to be her final feature. Of course, there were other favorites, especially Howard Hawks’ Monkey Business (1952) and Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch (1955), but those three really captured her sweet vulnerability, her almost oblivious sensuality, and the soft sadness behind her alluring smile, an indication of the hard life she had lived and, as my young mind and these films dared to hope, had now left behind. In reality, of course, poor Marilyn’s life only got harder, until it was snuffed out all too soon. Read More

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 – No Muggles Allowed

Posted 28 Nov 2010 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Film Reviews, Movies I Didn't Get

By Jason A. Hill

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, UK / USA, 2010

Directed by David Yates

Harry Potter is one of the most successful franchises in film history. I’ll admit right away that I have never picked up a Harry Potter novel. By the same token, I have seen every one of the Harry Potter movies. I guess that shows where my loyalties lie, or maybe I’m just too lazy to read anymore. Adaptations are pretty common these days in Hollywood, and with more and more epics being put on the big screen, there may be a problem with sacrificing a little too much for “literary integrity” at the expense of a complete film. Up until now, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has grossed over $400 million at the box office worldwide (the number six opening weekend of all time) and will certainly be among the top films in earnings history, but is this film really that good, or are we just falling victim to “completism”?

Going in, it was no secret that this film is just a prelude to the real final chapter of the Harry Potter story, but I resent the fact that one can’t seem to enjoy this film on its own. Instead, it has to be viewed as just an episode. Read More