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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Jul, 2014

    It's nice having the same director for the last four films. It gives a good level of consistency considering how serious the story becomes. It does leave everything rather dark and sort of green-tinged, though.

    Snape finally gets his coveted Defence Against the Dark Arts teaching position, but we don't get to see him actually teach anything. Potions is taken over by Professor Slughorn and Harry, despite the lessons of Chamber of Secrets, decides to trust a potions book of…

  • The Fault in Our Stars 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Jul, 2014

    I thought The Fault in Our Stars was pretty good. I may never watch it again and I won't feel the lesser for it, but it was worth the two hour run time.

    Really, considering how incredibly faithful the film is to the original John Green novel, any criticisms I have are probably with the actual book and not this adaptation. Any fat they trimmed from the book was well-selected and the story didn't suffer for it.

    It's refreshing to…

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Jul, 2014

    One thing that I was never satisfied about with this film - they never fully explain why Harry HAS TO compete in the Triwizard Tournament.

    Yes, yes, I know one's name coming out of the cup constitutes "a magical contract", but what does that mean? What will happen to Harry if he doesn't compete? Will he die? Will he get a bad wizard-credit rating? Will he be vaguely itchy until the Tournament ends?

    It seems to me like a magical…

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004

    ★★★★ Rewatched 15 Jul, 2014

    This film is stylistically my favourite of all the Harry Potters. It has the best colour palette, it has all those nifty time references, it has teenagers wearing regular clothes rather than Halloween costumes. And it's got Gary Oldman!