Friday, July 15, 2011

7 Word Weekend Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and a little yellow bear named Pooh

New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - *Sigh* Next year will be so boring.

Winnie the Pooh - Yes, I love Pooh Bear. So what?

I could pretend the other indie films being released this week matter, but you know as well as I do that it's all about Harry Potter this weekend. It's been a long ride starting with the books and carrying over through film. Heck, it's been a decade just in terms of the movies. The tradition of having the movies come out almost every year really will be missed. It's been one of the few gimmees from year to year. The rest of the film releases may suck, but hey at least you'd be watching Harry Potter. I've come a long way from someone who refused to even read the books when it first became popular. And while there's been a pretty close range on what the films have made, I think it's safe to assume that this will blow away the previous movies in terms of gross. So yeah, I think it's safe to say the weekend is all mostly about Harry Potter.

Except that there's a little yellow bear who will be appearing in theaters this weekend as well. I have always been a Winnie the Pooh fan, and an A. A. Milne fan in general. Heck I can quote his poetry by the volume. While nothing will ever top the original movie, I'm always willing to give new Pooh a chance. As I expect so will many others. Okay, so Pooh will have some audience crossover with Harry Potter as the youngest peoples will want to see both, but they're not in direct competition with each other. While I've seen some arguing that it'll disappear, I'm not convinced. With a film like this it can often benefit from being released next to a blockbuster by getting the runoff from it. People who can't get into a showing of Potter may just go and get in on a little hundred acre wood action. While it will in no way compete with Harry Potter, I think it'll do pretty decent.

Staying In Pick of the Week:

Yeah, that's right, it took me this long to realize that it's easier not to try and segue into suggesting movies for rentals/netflix. 

This week's pick is Make-Out With Violence, an indie zombie film that saw a very limited release last year. After a search for a missing high school girl is called off, three brothers discover her reanimated body. Instead of alerting anyone though, they decide to take her to a vacant house and take care of her. On the surface this may sound like a perverse movie, and on some levels it is. But unlike, say, Deadgirl which dealt with a similar theme in a very graphic and disturbing way, Make-Out with violence approaches the subject with more heart. The film isn't the best made and some parts of it seem muddled and out of place. The problem being that it tries to be too many things. First and foremost, despite the zombie (which the brothers just accept without question oddly enough) it's about growing up. Yes, it's a zombie coming of age story. While I do so adore genre blending, this film doesn't always work. What does work though, more than makes up for it. Gorehounds will be disappointed as it's fairly tame with very little violence and blood. The soundtrack, written by The Non-Commissioned Officers, is pretty good, though a little too heavy handed in places, and especially in the first quarter of the film. Overall it's an interesting and different movie that's worth at least a viewing. 6 1/2 out of 10 - Netflix Availability: Streaming

I have ditched disqus for the time. I kept having a lot of glitches. I'm curious, did anyone prefer it, or are you all happier with the standard blogger format?

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. I like this new format. Zombie coming of age, a genre I thought I'd never find.

  2. I had issues with disqus sometimes. did you review deadgirl?

  3. I will have to check out all of these films.

  4. The parents of small children don't get to see Harry Potter - they have to watch Pooh.

  5. I liked the Disqus, but this works well too.

    I think I absolutely have to watch and read Harry Potter. I've been putting it off for too long.

  6. No Harry Potter weekend here as the fair is in town. Don't worry though, we'll all get our Harry fill in good time :)

  7. I must be out of touch....except for Winnie the Pooh, I haven't become acquainted with any of these other films. Harry Potter just doesn't do it for me.

  8. Saw the midnight show of HP and although I haven't read the series-- the movies were fun to watch. I know-- you're probably cringing at my blasphemy. But I just don't know if I will invest the time in reading the series--though I'm people say they are pretty awesome.

  9. I hated Disqus , had to give my social security no (pan as we call it here) every damn time....prefer this....Harry has to wait till I can go to Bangalore....I love pooh, you can watch my share of the zombies.
    Is there any other fantasy series that can/will be made into movies?...Rick Riordan's sucked even on Dvd.


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