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Book Review — Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

***spoiler warning***
Okay. years ago, when I first ran into Harry Potter (book 2 as a matter of fact – I have a weird knack of running into a series out of sequence), he was not the sensation he is today. I started the book and thought that the descriptions were rather lacking but decided to give it a go. About page 40 though I was pretty well hooked. By page 100 she couldn’t skip descriptions fast enough for me! Been a fan ever since.

Though not voraciously tearing through the book as many have done — I took a week instead of the weekend (you wouldn’t believe how many of my friends tore through it in a day or 2) — I did read it rather agressively. While the first few chapters had a surprise or two and Snape getting to be Defense teacher caught me off guard as much as Harry, the true shock came at pages 499 and 500. While many people I know came to the same epiphany as myself, many have not. And I must admit I’ve had a blast of a time letting these individuals in on the little secret — Harry is a horcrux!

Each time I’ve done it there have been cries of denial. Yet as I explain why I see this, they get a far away look in their eyes which soons turns into stunned shock as they too see the posibilities. Bwahahaha. Harry’s mother did one over on Voldemort and I love it! Also ties to Dumbledore’s theory that if Voldemort had ignored the prophecy, it would have never been set into motion. While I believe Dumbledore suspects Harry is a horcrox (and mentions V’s snake so he can start getting used to the idea of a living horcrux), I believe Voldemort until recently, has not suspected this fact. Yet it explains all. A piece of Voldemort’s soul would protrect Harry from the curse, it would also give him parsel tongue and Voldemort’s greater ability for magic, plus the fact the wands are exactly the same. All the pieces are there if you look for them. Bwaahaha

As to Snape — I think he is good! He made the vow because he was in love with Malfoy’s Mom. Also, Dumbledore begging is not like him, and they made sure to mention it wasn’t like him. I believe he did it to get Snape to be the one to kill him and therefore save Malfoy (I am sure Snape has killed before). Snape also reacted as he did with Harry during the escape because Harry has inadvertetnly found Snape’s sore point — being called a coward. Snape could see nothing past his hatred of being thought of that way. Book 7, in my opinion, will be about Snape and in the end, Harry is going to have to face his hatred of Snape and see past it to the truth.

I hope the next book comes out soon!!!

Movie of the Week – The Island

A Sci-Fi thriller with lots of action. Loved the set up for the instinution and the people there. The whole set up was great and the story progressed nicely. Once they got free, I was forced to suspend my disbelief a couple of times with some of the over the top stunts, but others were just awesome. Some of the Sci-fi didn’t quite make it toward the end of the film, but overall not a bad flick. ***

Book Review — Cat in a Hot Pink Pursuit

Yes! The latest of the Midnight Louie Mysteries is out! This time murder occur in the world of Reality TV. Temple must go under cover in order to keep an eye on Molina’s daughter Mariah who has finaled in the Teen and Tween Contest held for this Reality TV series. Matt goes on to find info about his father. Molina gets a stalker and a date! Max realizes he may be losing Temple, even as Matt finally makes a move! Louie gets to try to keep himself in the good graces of not one but two feline beauties. And Nadir finds out about Mariah! (Sort of) Basically everything in this volume looks to be ramping up the stakes for the next adventure. I’ve a feeling it will be explosive! whoop! Can’t wait!

Movie of the Week – War of the Worlds

There’s been a lot of controversy and a lot of polar opinions on this one. For my take, I was utterly thrilled. Yes, there are a couple of questionable items with the science part of it (gravity not affecting the aliens, why they would have buried ships deep into the earth millions of years before), but as for the content, action, special effects, suspense, they were top notch! The train scene is one of the most chilling things I have ever seen. Still gives my husband chills when we talk about it. 🙂

The film is a great mix of a modernized version of the original tale as well as sprinklings of the original movie version and the musical radio version (not to be confused with the Orson Wells Radio Broadcast — this one is the one with Mr Burton).

A lot of people have complained about the ending, but I think it is because they don’t get it. The whole point of the book/movie is to emphasize to all humanities insignificance in the cosmos. How we are not so important there is nothing out there we can’t deal with. It’s probably not the happiest of realizations, but it is the point. In the book, it pushed even more the concept of humanities insignificance and God’s wisdom, especially in his creation of something as common as the cold.

I thought the film rocked! ****

Movie of the Week – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

(Hmmm, somehow I have fallen behind….)

I think for those who have seen the original film and those who have not, they will have a lot of fun with this movie. That is, as long as you are not expecting Johnny Depp to recreate Gene Wilder’s protrayal. As people should know by now, Mr Depp always does a character his very own way. The film covers books 1 and 2 and look to be incorporated very well as a whole. The Umpaloopas, in my opinion, were a blast! They still sing a little ditty as each of the children gets removed from the factory. Loved johnny Depp’s portrayal of the out of touch, slightly bitter, yet child at heart, Willia Wonka. Make sure to notice the gloves. hee. With Tim Burton’s vision and Danny Elfman’s music, it was a total treat. ***1/2!!

Movie of the Week – Mr and Mrs Smith

Ah what a hoot of a film! For those who are married it will mean so much more. Pitt and Jolie make a cute film couple. Decent dab of action, lots of witty reparte, fun galore! Well worth the price of admission. ***1/2!!!!!

Movie of the Week – The Longest Yard

Went to see this nor sure how I would feel about it one way or the other. I am so glad I went. This thing was a total riot as well as disturbing. Everyone did a fabulous job and there were some awesome football plays. Been a very long time since I saw the original, but I think they definitely kept faith with the film. Would definitely recommend it. ***1/2!!

email and air-conditioning

Wow! Been doing email for almost 3 hours and still not caught up (have now just reached 8am Sat mail). Was behind already before A-kon which lasted 3 days (An anime and multi media con — www.a-kon.org ) . Only reason I am even getting to look at them at all is cause we got a surprise when we got home yesterday. The airconditioning died! Got some people to look at it, but of course since they found out the condenser is shot, they need a part and that comes from the warehouse and they are only open on weekdays. Kinda nice to get the catch up time, but it’s hot and muggy (68% humidity). lol. Plus it’s crunch time at work. Wahhhh. Mostly worried about the ferret though. She’s been doing great so far, but they have issues with high heat. Got fans running everywhere! Hope they show up soon! Hubby says the work will take 2 hours at least. Feels like I am waiting for the cable people — “yes, ma’am, we’ll be there anywhere from 8 to Noon.” (Hubby is working contract so him staying was a no-no.) This stuff is not cheap either. Eeek!
So think cool thoughts my way. lol!
Gloria

Movie of the Week – Madagascar

Ah what a hoot of a film! Lots of in jokes, even for old foggies, and just lots of fun stuff. As you might imagine from the commercials, the penguins stole the show! What a fun ride! Heh. ***1/2! Whoop! (Move it move it. Physically this, physically that, move it move it.)

Movie of the Week – Star Wars Episode III

Ah, the long awated closure of the film and Anankin’s descent into the Dark Side.
The movie was good and it was bad. Overall worth seeing, but I thought it could have been tons better. However, you will find those out there thinking it is the best things since sliced bread. I can only shake my head in wonder.

Good: The awesome scene with Count Dooku as Palpatine manipulates Anakin into the same test he puts Luke into in Return of the Jedi. Except, Anakin fails and Luke does not. Count Dooku’s expression as he realizes what Palpatine is doing was precious! Wished they’d done more of this!!!

Bad: Padme was a puppet with no drive. In 2 films they go out of their way to show her drive, independence, taking control, and in this one all she does is be pregnant, and sit in the apartment. The real Padme would have been out there investigating the moment Anakin made the comments he did about the Jedi and Palpatine. Sigh

Good: A lot of the uniforms and tech start going toward what they will one day look like for Episode 4.

Bad: Obi Wan’s fighting prowess. Super easily pushed aside by Count Dooku, only to more than hold his own with Grievous (who per the cartoon Clone Wars had already killed many Jedi on his own), him telling Anakin several times how much more powerful Anakin was than he, yet the fight with Anakin he has little trouble, never get the impression of someone pressed to the limit. If he had, it would have worked so much better! Especially since it is so lame how he actually does defeat Anakin. Would have liked it more to have been something that occured due to chance, that which can topple empires, and that a mishap is what took him down and not Obi Wan. They also, out of nowhere, through these kung fu stances for Obi Wan that have never been shown before in any of his fights. I thought it glaring.

Good: Awesome special effects as usual!

Bad: Kasshyk and Chewbacca – other than showing them, there was no purpose to Chewy ebing there. We got told nothing as to who he was on his world or anything. And the fact he knew Yoda and then later gets involved with Luke, etc seems rather farfetched. He added nothing to the film whatsoever. 🙁

Good: The super cool lizard!!!!! Obi Wan’s lizard rocked! Had already seen it is a new mount on SWG on line, but had not realized he would be in the film. 🙂

Bad: All Obi Wan got was tons of one liners. Give the boy some room people! He can act!

Good: Palpatine was AWESOME! He was utterly driping with evil. Heh heh heh

Over all I enjoyed it, but it didn’t even make me want to run to see it a second time. I may go do that eventually but if I don’t…shrug… **1/2 Wahhhhhhhhhh