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

Image result for From Fantastic Beasts Movie Creatures MurtlapSee the source image

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

Classic Cuts-Blade



Classic Cuts

The 13 FRIGHTS of Halloween series
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Happy 20th Anniversary to the 1998 Vampire action movie

and what you could say is Marvel’s first HIT

 

 Wesley Snipes       Stephen Dorff     Donal Logue   Kris Kristofferson     N’Bushe Wright   Udo Kier ArlyJover

Producer Peter Frankfurt

Director Stephen Norrington

Screenwriter David S. Goyer

Blood on the Dance floor

Back in the day when I saw that this was coming out I was ecstatic! Not because I’m a comic geek but because I’m a vampire geek and my #1 all-time favorite actor was in it. (You might say I grew up with him, well watching him as he’s just a few years older than myself.

In a way it was sort of a ‘dirty’ fantasy come true; when I first saw the trailer I think I actually squealed as I saw my favorite actor Stephen Dorff was in it. Then saw that it was a Vampire movie. There was another thing i realized in the trailers, something seemed ‘off’ about Stephen Dorff.  He looked different some how that I couldn’t quite put a fang on.  After seeing the trailer a few times I noticed one thing about the looks, his eyes looked funny and I remembered them being brown (as every time I heard Duces Wild by Aerosmith it would make me think of him. I brushed it off figuring maybe I was seeing things or it was some lighting thing. That should have been a hint to me (if not outright tell) as to who or what he would be playing in the movie.

 

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Charmed (2018)


For fans of the original I’d advise to keep away. While Pru (or even long lost) sis Paige) Piper & Phoebe felt very much like sisters, this reboot while thankfully the name Prue is not used, fall flat..

To give a quick rundown Maggie and Mel live in their grand Victorian with Mom. Maggie goes out to rush a sorority.

Mel  is an annoying control freak, feminist who needs to learn when to keep her opinions to herself. She’s a lesbian, in a relationship which when you see the plain jane, you wonder why they are together. (I’m not sure which I wonder more, why she’s with the plain jane or why the Plain Jane is with Mel I think more so the later.)

They come off as immature to me right off the start. And first impression of Mel 1. I’d swear at one point it was Michelle Rodriguez  2. I don’t like her. She’s is one of the people that if I knew they were going to be at a party, I wouldn’t go and guess what… its a good call considering what she does at a party in the show. I don’ t embarrass easily but glad she’s not my sis, and if she were, I think I’d disown her as such. Oh yeah and she has piper’s power to freeze, though she does not seem as loving as Piper.

Maggie, Macy and Mel

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Summer of Netflix


While I was looking after my Aunt’s house in July I  started my Netflix summer vacation. Trying to binge as many of the original shows and some movies as possible.  I still have many others (like some of the Marvel series to watch but I’m not going to get through everything by the first week of October. I thought I’d also re-watch the first 3 seasons of American Horror Story, as Season 8 deals with Murder house & Coven. Also watched the first 3 seasons of Goosebumps (a show I enjoyed in my teens, I’ll be working on a classic Cuts for that)

I’ve temporarily canceled streaming as the regular fall shows are starting to come back will pick up watching the rest during the holiday hiatus so I don’t have to deal with all those holiday repeats. Speaking of which, I always wonders…..WHY are there not more Jewish, Kwanzaa, Yule/solstice stories? And WHY are those that celebrate these (and others that are not Christmas) not making a big fuss of not having their own holiday entertainment?  

Anyway so this is one extra long post. Hope you enjoy

Here are my recommendations,  (some are links to the individual review)

 

ORIGINAL SERIES

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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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Star Wars Double Feature


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

2016 Diego Luna   Felicity Jones  Pg-13  2:13  

I wasn’t sure what exactly was supposed to be going on. It seemed like a prequel story and a repeat at that. Much of the movie felt way too familiar and thought they swiped some scene from one of the originals. Aside from this I don’t remember anything other than the girl in it, and she doesn’t look like the one in Force, or Last Jedi, so who the hell is she? Honestly it feels more like a movie they made just to

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