Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince

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It’s been too long since I wrote a review.

Harry Potter has always had a record of being one of the most famous, fan obsessed, and critically acclaimed Film Franchises of all time, and this new installment into the Harry Potter Universe, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, is not a failure, not at the slightest. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this is one the best movie of the whole series, and let me tell you why.

Harry Potter movies have been known for having stunning special effects that leave you in awe after every scene. There are crazy things in the world of Harry Potter, and I don’t imagine it to be very easy to render and create special effects for these films, and it totally evident that a lot of effort went into not only the acting, special effects, and story, but everything in between as well. The special effects in this movie are the best yet, with realistic renders that are just too awesome to even comprehend. And to think that there’s more to the movie than it’s special effects, the effects alone garners the movie a four-star rating in my book. but the acting is simply superb.

All old cast have been returned in this installment, not one actor was replaced, and that’s the way I like it. the actors did a splendid job of portraying they’re HP characters, it was a great show, really it was. Daniel Radcliffe did a splendid job as Harry, Emma Watson great at doing Hermoine, and Rupert Grint couldn’t have been bettwer as Ron. Another thing that I loved about this movie was it’s strong focus on the relationships found in the Harry Potter universe.

The movie is based soley on Harry and Dumbeldore trying to destroy the horcrux that Voldemort sealed a part of his soul into, but there are many different twists and turns in this movie that will just keep you glued to the screen the entire time. The relationships are humorous and pleasing to watch, at the best, but the movie really shined when the darker side of the film showed it’s gruesome face.

Althought there were many laughs on the way, this was darkest, and saddest movie from the whole entire series. The movie relies heavily on the corruption that Tom Riddle leaves behind at Hogwarts, and the dark secrets that he passed away. I’m not going to reveal too much in this review, but the movie can’t get any darker than what it has already achieved. Of course, manny say that it is the lighting, and that’s definetely a contributor, but the movie has a dark plotline that can really get to you, and it also brings back horrible memories from Albus, Harry, and the newly added character, Slughorn. All these memories have a vast effect on the turning poin of the story, and if you haven’t already read the book, I suggest you don’t read it before the movie. the movie is vastly different from the book, and very the same at the same time. It contains a multitude of references from the book, more than any movie has shown, but at the same time, it is it’s own movie in itself, rather than an adaption if you ask me, which in this case is very good.

If you have alread read the book, then you already know about the gruesome ending. Although that it wasn’t the happiest moment in the Harry Potter series, I think that the movie portrayed the moment beautifully without any flaws at all. The production values for this moviem although not suprising, were wxtremely high. Too much effort was put into this movie, I can’t believe they finished it in time, but I’m glad that they did. There was one part, though, that they left out. A huge part. So huge, that it wasprobably my only real letdown for the movie, and I can’t beleive that they had the audacity to not include it.

Overall, the movie was simply wonderful. There were many laughs on the way, but the delightfully dark mood of the movie captures the book’s mood very well. It doesn’t matter if your a fan of Harry Potteror not. If you love great movies, your going to adore this one. It was simply spectactular. Except for that one part that was missing, the movie was just amazing. A legend to behold.

  • Sound: 9/10
  • Acting: 9/10
  • Action: 10/10
  • Story: 10/10
  • Humor: 9.5/10
  • Visuals: 10/10
  • Unique Taste: 9/10
  • Tilt: 8.5/10
  • Lasting Appeal: 10/10

Overall Score: 85/90  =  94% (Outstanding)

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Alkaline Trio: Maybe I’ll Catch Fire

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“Shakin’, like a dog sh***ing razorblades, waking up next to nothing. After dreaming, of you and me, I’m waking up all alone, waking so releived, while your, taking your time with apologies. I’m making plans for revenge. Red eyes on orange horizons, if Colombus was wrong, I’d drive straight off the edge. I’d drive straight off the edge.”    – Radio; Alkaline Trio (Maybe I’ll Catch Fire)

Let me tell you one thing, this album is almost perfect.

For any lover of punk rock, this album would be an ace hit right from the beginning. Alkaline Trio are talented bunch of lads from the streets of Chicago, all just trying to do what they love, write music. Well they really aced it with this album. It’s absolutely spectacular.

Alkaline Trio’s debut album, Godamnit!, was a sure hit. It was one of the best records I’ve ever listened to, and especially considering it was their first LP, it was just unreal. And no one really thought that any band could follow up an album like that, well, Alkaline Trio did. Maybe I’ll Catch Fire is one of the most intriguing and inspirational albums I’ve  ever listened to.

Lyrically, the album is fantastic. As their first album focused more on love and drinking, this album focuses a lot on the darker side of life, and would soon launch Alkaline Trio’s unique trend with death and alcohol. The album starts off with the song “Keep em Coming”, and it’s one hell of an opener. Lyrically, musically, and spiritually, the song is sheer hit, and one of the best on the record. Some of my personal favorites were “Keep em Coming”, “Madam Me”, “Maybe I’ll Catch Fire”, “She Took Him To The Lake”, “Fu** You Aurora”, “5-3-10-4”, and “Radio”.

The album is near perfect, only because no record is ever “100% Perfect”. But if there was ever an album closest to that, this one would be it. If you don’t own this album, pick it up, download it from iTunes, I don’t care! Listen to it, it’ll change your life…musically.

Tracks with Scores:

  • Keep Em Coming (10/10)
  • Madam Me (10/10)
  • You’ve Got So Far To Go (9.7/10)
  • Fu** You Aurora (10/10)
  • Sleepyhead (9.8/10)
  • Maybe I’ll Catch Fire (10/10)
  • Tuck Me In (9.7/10)
  • She Took Him to The Lake (10/10)
  • 5-3-10-4 (10/10)
  • Radio (10/10)

Overall Score: 99.2/100   =    99%  (Excellence!)