Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald


2018       PG-13        2:14      adventure Fantasy Family

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler,Jude Law, johnny Depp,Zoë Kravitz ,Ezra Miller  (full cast)

So in my search for a poster image to use, I really didn’t care for any of them  but this caught my eye, however it was for a comic con but what a great (collectible) poster or postcard it would have made for the movie.

Is it just me, or does it always seem the Potterverse has a rain storm during chases?

This one seemed less about the beasts and more of a political drama, however we do meet some new creatures and old, our previous Niffler friend is back with more fun. As Doublemint gum used to use “Double Your Pleasure Double Your Fun

After seeing this and watching (I think it was) ‘Crikey!’ it’s the Irwins; I’ve come to figure out or so I believe Nifflers are a furry sort of Echidna and something else but can’t recall that other similarity right now. Maybe it’s like a hamster or some other rodent that is like a pack rat.

There was some Bearded dragon/Thorny Devil looking lizard in the beginning.

Maledictus to remind you- in short is Nagini. full definition is a female individual who was a carrier of a blood curse that would eventually lead her to turn into a beast permanently. The curse was carried from birth and was passed down from mother to daughter.

We learn early in the movie that Albus Dumbledore was not the only in his family to have a Phoenix.

Dumbledores’ have a special connection with phoenixes.

Something about Phoenixes coming to the aid of the family.

(really do wish they would put a card on screen telling you what each beast is, or at least have some promotional collector cards to give out  for those that don’t have a great memory for descriptions..to have the visual identification. (I wish they would make an actual book that looks like the one in the movies. I think there’s a new book that has images of all the animals so I have to see if I can find that. Not sure if this is it or not  The Case of Beasts–Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them

This IS an Illustrated version of the Fantastic Beasts ‘text’ book

 

 

 

 

This below I think it was called  a Tso  or Tao  I would have to look through my own Beast Book and see if there’s some art for this one in it.

as well as this  Puffer lion or Lion Puffer as I called it They showed a kelpie which is basically A giant seahorse

 

A Murtlap, Fire crab (I want to make one) and MoonCalfs

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Here’s a page with some Fantasitc Beasts from both Movies.

WHOA! Was that a dragon with many heads or a few dragons? Sorry I love dragons!

ooh that looks pretty; just got the goosebumps, that looks like the fire from the Tri-wizard cup.

Definitely not as good as the first of the series. I am mildly disappointed with it.

I do need to say, media outlets need to shut up about some of the things (even if JK Rowling gives approval on a ‘spoiler’)

Now some of you may remember a Certain Wizard mentioned in the first Harry Potter Book/Film. That said wizard I had heard was supposed to be in the movie.  Now something like that, maybe even a bit minor should not have been revealed. As soon as I saw the guy I knew who it was supposed to be. (When you see them even if you didn’t hear of this famous ‘wizard’ you should know who it is if You read or watched the books. (especially considering they seem to be on constant loop on Syfy channel the past 2 months (October & November) oh wait about that… still showing and its now December!!

In the movie we learn that of which the characters think who Credence is, and I will say no more other than; (and I’m not sure why but) I was thinking somehow related to Grindewald.  He seemed enamored with the boy, but knew he was very powerful or may be the very powerful wizard they are looking for.

Now even though I was a bit disappointed with maybe a quarter or half of the movie,  (there’s a stretch where I got bored) I’ve got a secret about Credence Barebone which made it all worth it.

So if your movie theater has waiters that wait on you… don’t order when you get there… wait until at least the beginning of the movie comes on. I ordered my goodies the moment I sat)

Good thing I went matinee time, as full price to me would not be worth it. Though maybe it would take me another watch or 2 to warm up to it.

Eddie Redmayne Teases A Major ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Shocker

Johnny Depp Feels Bad J.K. Rowling Had to Defend His Casting to Harry Potter Fans

Total Film’s review

creatures from the harry potter spinoff movie appear in real life

 

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Return to Oz


1985   PG  1:49   Fairuza Balk

 

Dorothy now mopes around the farm after her adventure in Oz. Her Auntie Em does not like her talking about her dream world. She brings Dorothy to a clinic where they will treat her with shock therapy as she just has not been the same since she came back.

Upon trying to escape treatment, Dorothy has a black out and returns to a ruined Oz. She needs to find her friends which have been imprisoned and help Oz get back its rightful  ruler. 

So when Mountainous Cliffs crumble, apparently they’re laughing.

Some evil ‘Princess’ of many faces make that heads, and some gnome king took over. When I heard Gnome king I thought it was going to be like one of those lawn decorations, wrong on that.

Along the way Dorothy meets some new friends like Tick Tock, who is basically the tin man but a short stout steampunk brass version.  Jack which is basically scarecrow but with a Jack O’Lantern for a head and some moose head I think was called Gumpy.

No more flying monkey’s but there’s the wheelers, which in a way remind me of the flying monkeys but earth bound, and wheel around.

I haven’t watched the original in ages (as  think every year or more than once a year it was on when I was a kid.) but I can’t decide if I like this one better than what I remember from the original.

 

This was Fairuza Balk’s (the Craft) First movie

Bonus: Interview with Fairuza

The Worst Witch


Yes like the movie from the 80s that starred Charlotte Rae and Fairuza Baulk.See the source image

I think there’s also another series but not sure when it was made but I would guess that was on a BBC station. While doing the work up on this  I found out the stories were originally novels by Jill Murphy, the first of which ‘The Worst Witch’ was published in 1974.

They have some scenes that are similar to the movie but usually have something a little different to them. And now I know why Snape always seemed so familiar in the Harry potter Movies… I swear J.K. Rowling had to have been inspired by Miss Hartbroom from this show for Snape or they had to be related! lol. In the series I’ve seen her do a few of Alan Rickman’s Snape mannerisms, and she teaches potions too!  So far I do still hold a special place in my heart for the 80s movie which I love watching around Halloween, but this I’d have to say is a decent reboot

(Whichever Worst Witch you are watching… have a sing along! with this  Worst Witch Chants Fandom Wiki

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The Pacifier


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2005 PG  action/ Comedy     Vin Diesel, Brittany Snow, Lauren Graham, Max Thieriot,Brad Garrett ,Carol Kane

Vin Diesel plays a Navy Seal who becomes a body guard to the children of Government scientist Tate Plummer. His enemies are looking for his new program ‘Ghost’.

The kids are a mess when Vin’s Shane Wolfe shows up.

 

The Oldest son and daughter are always late, or missing classes. The baby is always throwing up on the nanny whose accent kills me when she says Max Thieriot’s  Seth “Walks like Dracula”

Oh yeah and there’s the pet mallard duck, which is a trip. Almost makes me want a duck for a pet. Wolfe gets the kids in shape by giving them the discipline they need at home and in school. The older daughter is up for getting her driving test, but she has been skipping classes. 

Seth is skipping wrestling, and Wolfe needs to figure out a way to change the baby’s diapers. Helping the younger daughter and her Fire Fly group with some cubs scout like troop of bullies.

If only all parents could be like Vin’s bodyguard. Of course being a family movie, everything works out in the end, then there’s that bonus for the guys of the family with the action and the end save.

I couldn’t believe that was Max compared to now, I actually had to look it up.

I thought this was a cute movie but I remember it not doing well.

Stranger Things


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Wynonna Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, David Harbour,Milllie Bobbie Brown,Gaten Matarazzo Caleb McLaughlin ,Charlie Heaton,Joe Keery ,Cara Buono ,Noah Schnapp ,Matthew Modine

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TVinsider (tv guide) called it a “Cheerfully cornball homage to early Stephen King -think Firestarter, It, Stand By Me, and Spielbergian odes to childhood, like E.T. and most notably The Goonies.”  If you have seen some of the movies as many times as I have, then you will catch certain scenes that will remind you of a scene from one of those movies.

November 6, 1983 is where we begin our story, in the Small town of Hawkins, Indiana where our young heroes reside in various types of families, go through the usual school age fare of being bullied, first kisses and so on, and ‘The party’ playing Dungeons and Dragons in the basement for 10 hours! Their D&D game goes from role playing, to reality when  some creepy creeper escapes from the local research lab taking Will.

Wynonna Ryder plays the vanished boy’s mother, and I swear every time I see her I swear Christian Slater is going to pop his head through a door and blow the place up (like in Heathers) or Beetlejuice will show up.

Eleven played my Millie Bobby Brown is intense and I wouldn’t be surprised that some of those nose bleeds were real just from the extreme stare down when using her powers.

This season is not only a mystery but the ongoing story and emotions of a mother being pushed to her limits.

The Vanishing of Will Byers
The Weirdo on Maple Street WTF pool scene and something I swear came out of pan’s Labyrinth
Holly, Jolly”  Now ‘I’ve seen it all… an Xmas light Ouija board on the wall! Not sure who should be more offended The spirits or the religious.
The Body”  NICE payback after the assembly. If only all of us could get that power once a school year!  I give a thumbs up to the make up or FX dept. for the work done on ‘Will’

RIDDLE:    So when is a body NOT a body?  When it’s  plush

The Flea and the Acrobat”   
The Monsterlooks like a 5 leaved Flower and a Lamprey were spliced together in that research lab! Talk about poison ivy!
The Bathtub
The Upside Down

Coming across this, I couldn’t help but laugh.

‘Stranger Things’ caused an Eggo boom. Now sales are waffling

NC References in Stranger Things

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Linnea Berthelsen, Sean Astin, Paul Reiser.,Sadie Sink ,Dacre Montgomery

Halloween time and I’m ashamed I didn’t wait to watch this until around that time. (But then I usually have an over abundance to watch during fall tv season, but then a lot of my must watch or  watch on demand has been canceled and 2 shows have a recasting)

In the previous I noticed that Lucas and Mike or Dustin have an argument I swear once an episode. I think this foretells when something is about to happen, is some sort of clue or they mention a clue during this time as it always seems they also end up stopped short.

This season we have a handful of new faces added  to the cast 2 of which are the new kids at school. Will has been going for PTSD counseling (I think that’s what it was) He’s experiencing some after effects of being in the upside down world. Is he still there, or is something from there in him? Will is also having nightmares or are they really premonitions of a sort from the other side. Meanwhile Dustin’s teeth have grown in and has found a mysterious pet. That kid is just adorable but I’m getting sick of those damn Fios commercials , speaking o which I got that shirt  with the ‘space cats’ he wears in one of them. (Everyone else seems to like it too. When I wear it I get quite a few people telling me they like it.)

    • 01.  Madmax  Oct 27, 2017
    • 02. Trick or Treat, Freak
    • 03. the pollywog
    • 04. Will the Wise
    • 05. Dig Dug
    • 06. The Spy
    • 07. The Lost Sister
    • 08. The Mind Flayer
    • 09.  The Gate
Now I just have to wait for season 3 (which I will add to this post

Fandom Wiki

How would the stranger Things kids fare as RPG characters?

See the source image  Waiting to find out WHEN it will start

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Will Refocus Jim Hopper’s Perspective

A series of Unfortunate Events


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The Netflix show  A series of Unfortunate Events is based on the series of books by Lemony Snicket.

I think I’ve read all but the last couple of stories,  (though being its been awhile I may have finished the whole series and just do not remember for sure the last one I had purchased)

If you want to give the book series a try… I’ve included links at the end.

As far as the 2004 Movie adaptation misfire of the books goes, don’t even waste your time! It’s not worth it and it was a mess! Its more cheery,they squeezed a multitude of the books, the first three or four in the one movie, and that’s where the poop emoji was born! Also Jim Carrey was too cheesy.

When I heard Neil Patrick Harris was going to play the dastardly despicable Count Olaf I knew he would do a great job with all the disguises so he’d do the villain and most importantly the Fans proud. Zi Approved TV series

The first season is an 8-part series which covers the first four books. Each book is covered within two episodes, and listed on IMDB as a Comedy, adventure, Drama

Everything works to create a resonant Saga about heroism in a world made mad and near meaningless by adult mismanagement -EW

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Beauty and the Beast


2017       PG        Live Action Musical Adaptation  Family Fantasy  2:09  Blu-ray     Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens

Some may know the story since they were kids, but I was never interested in reading or hearing it. I liked Sleeping Beauty, there’s a dragon in it! Maybe that should have been a warning what I’d turn out like.

Emma Watson made a bit of a character update for her Belle. Who is thankfully a slight update to Disney’s princesses.

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