Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters on Wednesday. I got a chance to see the film last night and I think its the best film since Alfanso Cuaron’s Prisoner of Azkaban, which is my favorite of the series. I absolutely loved the cinematography, specially some of the connected/stiched one-shots. The character moments were just so much fun. I was really surprised that the movie was so much fun, especially considering how dark the marketing has been. Yates brought some of the magic and wonder back that was missing from the last couple films. There isn’t a lot of action sequences but you don’t really notice and it doesn’t really matter. This book, and the resulting film is more about the developing relationships and the backstory of Voldemort. I’m surprised they got away with a PG rating considering some of the violence (blood especially).
Discuss: What did you think of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? How does it live up in comparison to the rest of the series? I’d be interested to hear what fans of the book thought from an adaptation standpoint. What were your favorite parts? What didn’t you like? The spoiler doors are open, so feel free to talk about anything!
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Borat was sooooo 2006… Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Bruno was unleashed in theaters today. I’m seeing it tonight, so I’ll check back later with my thoughts. But right now I want to hear what you thought. Is it better than Borat? Is it as quotable? What was the funniest moment? What didn’t you like? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Michael Mann‘s Public Enemies hits theaters today, and we want to hear what you thought of it. Is it more Miami Vice than Heat? Is the High Definition cinematography as annoying as some people claim it is? Or is this Mann’s best film in the last decade? What did you like, what did you hate? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Michael Bay‘s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was released in theaters on Tuesday at Midnight. We should have an official review on the site in the next 24 hours. But as always, I would love to hear the diehards who made the trip to the theater on opening day to weigh in. What did you think of the sequel? What did you like? What did you hate? How did it compare to the original? Did you see it in IMAX? Comment Below! Feel free to discuss spoilers…
The debut of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien ended just minutes ago, with Will Ferrell as the sole guest (nice entrance), music by Pearl Jam (good choice for the youngs?), and Andy Richter adding a welcome, if plentiful, laugh track. Also: myriad Choco Taco jokes. The show began with Conan—his red wave on high—introducing a pre-taped segment in which he sprinted in a suit from New York to his new HQ in L.A. on the Universal lot. His soundtrack? Cheap Trick’s “Surrender.”
For the most part, Conan played it safe with the transition. There was a bit of his signature hyper-giddiness schtick per the takeover, but no big surprises or real inventiveness. His monologue even contained a flat L.A. Clippers joke that too closely mirrored one (of thousands) that Jay Leno phoned in during his womp-womp send-off last week. (Though Leno’s final monologue tribute to Rodney Dangerfield was respectable.) For me the two highlights tonight were the new set, which looks huge on the tube and incredibly classy in high-def, and knowing that The Chin is finally gone…albeit still on NBC in an earlier slot.
Unlike Ferrell, who proclaimed that Conan’s success was a “crapshoot,” we think he’ll do fine. What did you think? How do you foresee Conan, his hair, Andy and Max doing in the months and years ahead?
Editor’s Note: I’ve included a video of the show’s opening after the jump.
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Pixar’s Up isn’t the only film that comes out this weekend. Actually, it’s not even the only really great film to hit theaters today. Sam Raimi‘s Drag Me To Hell is also receiving a lot of praise from fans and critics, currently sitting high on Rotten Tomatoes with a 95% fresh rating on the tomatometer. This seems to be the first horror film people outside of the horror community have really connected with in a long while.
But what did you think about Sam Raimi’s return to horror? How does it compare to his Evil Dead trilogy? What did you like? What did you hate? Discuss the movie in the comments below! As always, the spoiler gates are open.
Pixar’s Up hits theaters today nationwide.
I’m very much in agreement with David’s review, which you can read here. I thought it was a wonderful movie, despite feeling tonally less strong in comparison to past Pixar efforts (the film tries to tell three different kind of stories at once). I also recommend seeing it in 3D to see how 3D can be done right in a non-gimmicky way.
The animated feature is getting HIGH marks from critics, currently standing at 98% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. But forget about the critics, I want to know what you thought! Leave your mini-reviews in the comments below! Feel free to discuss spoilers.
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Jack Bauer’s Seventh Day has come to an end. What did you think of the finale and the entire seventh season of the series? Shocking or Ridiculous twists? Unnecessary characters? Stupid subplot? Is it getting old or is Jack just getting warmed up? What did you love and what did you hate? Leave your thoughts in the talkback below! Spoilers welcome!