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6th Floor Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Movie Review

Scene: The lobby of the IMAX theater in Manhattan.

I think that was the best one yet.” Ann says, as Tabitha heads to the bathroom.

I really enjoyed the third one, but this was good too.” Frank comments.

That was the time travel one?” Scott asks.

Yeah, I think they did it well.” Frank replies.

The third one was almost devoid of the underlying Voldemort storyline though. It almost could’ve been a standalone movie.” Sara says.

There were plenty of inaccuracies here too. They played up the hiding of the journal, and I certainly don’t remember that in the book. I think it was just a ploy to get Harry and Ginny to kiss. Of course, they really messed with the time line for that romance too.” Billy says.

You and time lines. I agree, but at least this one was a little less clip show than the last one. They built around the overall story line of the Horcrux, and that worked well.” Tabitha says, returning from the bathroom.

The 3D was disappointing. Just twelve or so minutes at the beginning, and it wasn’t even super action stuff.” Frank pouts.

It was neat, but I’d have rather seen the scene with Dumbledore and Harry on that island getting the Horcrux in 3D.” Sara agrees.

At least something with some action.” says Scott.

The seventh one is going to be epic. I don’t know how they’ll fit it all in though.”

Actually, they’re splitting it into two movies.” Tabitha says.

Ala Kill Bill? Neat. I wonder where they’ll split it.” Billy muses.

Probably from when Harry returns to Hogwarts. But we’ll make a wager closer to November 2010 when it comes out.”

Sounds fair. Let’s do it once the preview’s out though. By the time the movie is out, it’ll probably be common knowledge where it’ split.”

That works, especially if the preview has scenes from the second part to trick us.”

July 23rd, 2009 by Sara in life, movie, review
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6th Floor Blog And The Half Blood Prince

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Blog and the Half Blood Prince

Scott is logged into gmail, and instant messages the rest of the gang.

From 6th Floor Blog Photos

Scott: Frank! I got us tickets for Harry Potter tonight, the 3D IMAX version.

Frank: Sounds good. What time?

Scott: 10.

Frank: Late. Glad I don’t work conventional hours.

Scott: Sara! Potter? I bought the tickets for tonight.

Sara: What time?

Scott: 10.

Sara: Ugh! Fine..means I won’t get to sleep until after 1. I’m going to need a double dose of coffee at work tomorrow..

Scott: At least I didn’t buy the 2am showing.

Sara: 2am? Yikes. That’d almost be better, I could just go right to Starbucks for coffee and then on to work.

Scott: Tabitha! I got the Harry Potter tickets for tonight. You in?

Tabitha: Nah..I gotta work tomorrow.

Scott: So? You work everyday. You only Potter once.

Tabitha: You can’t use a proper noun as a verb.

Scott: The movie will let out at 12:40..we’ll grab a cab. You can be asleep by 1. 😀

Tabitha: And be tired all day tomorrow? That does not sound all that appealing.

Scott: I’ll buy you a coffee on your way to work if you like.

Tabitha: Ugh. Fine, just make me a cup of tea in the morning and we’ll go from that.

Scott: I don’t know how to make tea.

Tabitha: It’s a teabag in boiling water. I’ll show you what to do.

Scott: Deal.

Scott: Annie! Harry Potter tonight as planned?

Ann: Don’t call me that Scotty boy. 😛

Scott: I got the tickets.

Ann: I’ll meet you guys there then. You convinced Tab?

Scott: All it took was a cup of tea.

Ann: lol.

Scott: You’re in right Billy?

Billy: Potter? Yup. I just finished re-reading the book at lunch.

Scott: So you can chronicle what they screwed up?

Billy: Nah, just so I can when I have that “But I don’t remember Harry doing that..” moment, I can remember what actually happened. And so I can whisper to Frank how mixed up the movie is. He hates that.

Scott: He sure does. Catch you later.

Scott signs off.

July 21st, 2009 by 6th Floor Blog in 6th Floor
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6th Floor Blog Goes to the Movies: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th floor Blog Goes To the Movies: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

This post is about the new Harry Potter movie, and since the book has been out for a while, and the movie for two weeks, this post will be a little more detailed then it would for a different movie. We’ll refrain from the big spoiler(s) but if you really want to see this and don’t know what happens yet, you probably should skip this post.

That wasn’t too bad.”

I think I still like the third one the best.”

I haven’t seen any of the others.”

Really? You didn’t coming with us to see Goblet of Fire last year?”

We didn’t see Goblet of Fire together. It came out four months before we moved in.”

Oh. Who’d I see it with then?”

The third one was the one with the time travel right? I did like that one.”

This one was so choppy! The plot didn’t flow at all.”

Did it? I thought it was alright.”

I was annoyed at all the inconsistencies.”

Well, it’s hard to convert a long book to a movie without cutting some stuff.”

I don’t mean cutting stuff, I mean the stuff that was just wrong. The stuff with Cho, the missing trip to the hospital, and the ending was completely butchered.”

That ending was pretty cool on the IMAX:3D though. I wonder why they didn’t let us keep the glasses like they did for Superman Returns.”

No idea, I didn’t really need to keep more junk though. I usually don’t get too tied up in consistency as long as the movie flows by itself, but they could’ve left in easter eggs for the fans. They don’t necessarily have to mention that Ron’s a prefect, even though him getting the badge and Harry not getting it would’ve added to his anger at Dumbledore, but they could’ve at least given him the badge for us to see. Or at least a shot of Hermione rolling her eyes or chastising George and Fred about their business and testing on first years. Of course, they barely mention that they’re going into business anyway. It also wouldn’t have been too much of an effort to show a knitted sock or shirt or something in one of the common room shots. One of the items of clothing Hermione was knitting to try to trick house elves into being free. Something.”

I agree. Adding in those little details would really add a depth to the movie that might have made the die hard fans really enjoy it.”

It kind of felt like a clip show.”

I know what you mean. It’s almost like they chose random scenes, made cool CGI stuff for them, and then just pieced them together. They left out so much of the overall plot it’s not even funny.”

I didn’t really get what was going on. They were focused on the school and that teacher, but every once in a while they’d mention Voldemort. Then suddenly they’re dispatching the teacher in the forest and run off to fight Voldemort at the ministry. Fred and George dropped out of school then? Or got expelled or what?”

Yeah. They start selling all those prank candies as a business. Harry actually funds them with the money from the Goblet tournament. Which reminds me, they really glossed over a lot of the Weasley parents’ stress. Between them not talking to Percy who is siding with the ministry and worry about what Fred and George are up to with the pranks and their bad O.W.L. scores, they had a lot of depth in the book that was overlooked in the movie.”

I really liked how they did the Black house though. It looked just like I thought it should, and they even had Kreacher being a pack rat. Of course, they neglect the part about Kreacher being the one that tattles on them later.”

They left out a lot of the school stuff. Classes, the centaur teacher, how hard they study for O.W.L.s and how overworked Harry is between quidditch, detention, homework and studying.”

Yeah. I find myself more and more disappointed the more I think about it, and the more I remember from the book. They really should have Rowlings in on the script writing.”

Well, she’s not writing books now, maybe she can help with six and seven. I doubt it though, It’s almost like the five movies are barely related, they really gloss over the series-wide plot points.”

Oh well. 16 months until we can be disappointed with the next one. Are we seeing the Simpsons movie this week?”

Yeah. I’m in for that. I actually heard it got good reviews and all.”

July 28th, 2007 by Billy in Uncategorized
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