July 22nd, 2007


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Last night, M. and I checked out the late show of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Same good casting (Helena Bonham Carter rocked as Bellatrix) and good, atmospheric cinematography from the last couple Harry Potter movies. Especially cool were the shots in the real world, which really was a contrast to the usual fantasy settings. (See also: Voldemort in a suit!) An enjoyable movie, for the most part.

I liked pretty much everything I saw on screen, the problem is, I just wanted *more* of everything I saw on screen. Many scenes felt too short, and could have been better if they were ten seconds longer. Everything just felt rushed. The stuff that did make it in was excellent, and had a very unique look to it. Also, important plot points from the book were overlooked, (not including Neville's parents was a crime) which might hurt later movies, depending on where they go with it (Ginny, Luna.) Again, I wonder how well someone who hasn't read the book could follow it. The movie's good, don't get me wrong. And I know it is a challenge coming up with a screenplay for these large, expansive books. But it just felt like a Cliff's Notes version, or a version that's already been cut for TV. Good, but I wanted more, more, more. More characterization. More scenes. So, better than Chamber of Secrets, but not as good as Goblet of Fire.

Please, no book #7 comments, I just picked it up yesterday, and won't be reading it until next week or so.

Trailers to follow.

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"The Israeli government has approved a school textbook that for the first time presents the Palestinian denunciation of the creation of Israel in 1948."

* Sorting out the tangled mess of how we spend foreign aid.
* The major Sunni insurgency groups are on the move, politically.
* Automatic visas for any Iraqis aiding our forces?
* Meet Ron Paul, the radical conservative Republican.
* Key NASA satellite for weather prediction is on its last legs, and there are no plans to replace it soon.
* "Police see similarities between two sets of murders 32 years apart. Are they looking for the same man?"
* Catholic church to promote 'marriage moments' as a way to strengthen marriage.
* Meet the man who brought the Buffy musical to the big screen.

Summer of sin: committing the seven deadly sins on your summer vacation in the area.