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SNL: Daniel Radcliffe/Lana Del Rey

ZOË RICE: Howard asks for more Sudeikis as Mitt, and we get it. Howard, can you also ask for a #1 Mets starting pitcher? Sudeikis got the rigidity right, and Romney’s distance from the common man. The firing jokes were on point. A solid open.

HOWARD MEGDAL: This was a solid opener, and captured the zeitgeist of politics perfectly. SNL is hopefully getting its election year fastball back. Continue reading

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Review: Harry Potter, Book Seven, Movie Two

HOWARD MEGDAL: I feel like a hypocrite here. My major complaint about Book Seven, Part One is the utter lack of plot or movement. So who am I to complain that in the final installment, we had too much plot and not nearly enough to go with it?

AKIE BERMISS: I disagree with Howard intensely! I hear where he’s coming from, but I think 18 hours into this series — I just don’t think any criticism works if the movie works even on a basic level. After all, this is not just some stand-alone film nor is it a simple sequel or even the end of a trilogy. It is the last of eight feature-length movies. And it has a lot of weight to throw around. After all, what fan among us did not wait with bated breath these last few months for the release of the final installment of the Harry Potter movie series? I know I did. And, as a fan, my road has been somewhat longer and yet shorter than most. As a person who for many years rejected the very concept of the Harry Potter books while being totally vulnerable to the movie magic of the first couple films, I spent the first eight years of Potter’s existence mostly in the dark. It wasn’t until a fateful week in January of 2005 that I finally caved in and read the first five books (up to Order Of The Phoenix). It was a fortuitous leap for it was that very summer that the penultimate book (Half-Blood Prince) came out. And since then we’ve been careening forward to this moment, when the final book’s final movie installment would be released to the public.

And what a long, strange trip its been! Continue reading

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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One

HOWARD MEGDAL: If ever a movie needed to pare down to relative simplicity from a too-long book, it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But there’s money to be made, see. So every non-moment of the final book in the series has been magically captured on film, boring all of us (with the promise of just as much boredom sometime next summer). Continue reading

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Multipart Discourse on Harry Potter

AKIE BERMISS: There was a time when I thought that Harry Potter was a bane against cultivation. That is, I found the obsession with the book laughable, childish, and detrimental to our mass cultural ability to take it high art. Admittedly, these were my young and foolish days. The days when I thought, for sure, that I’d be making high art (I have since learned that musicians do all kinds of things… but making high art ain’t one of ‘em). Eventually, I was seduce and it was oh-so-sweet to find myself in the captivating embrace of Harry Potter and the [insert magical object/concept here].

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: Adaptation is a tricky thing, especially when you’re boiling down a 652 page book into a film that’s a watchable length. But somehow, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince hits all of the right notes — it’s well-acted, maintains the integrity of the book’s plot, has some pretty decent special effects and manages to inject a good deal of humor into what’s essentially a very dark tale. Continue reading

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