50 Things I Learnt From Watching the Harry Potter Films for the First Time (Part 1)

First, a confession. Up until a week ago I had never seen a single scene from a Harry Potter movie. I had never read the books. I didn’t know which house I was in. Imagine if the dementors had sucked away all your knowledge of Harry Potter and left you a meaningless and empty husk. That was me. But now I am reborn! I’m half way through the Harry Potter films and I’ve learnt a lot. Read all about it here…

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone

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This Is The End – 5.5/10.

Self indulgent and messy but a few laughs on the way.


A bunch of celebrities playing themselves (Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Emma Watson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jason Segal, Michael Cera et al) encounter the end of the world during a party at James Franco’s house. Great premise but ultimately This is the End feels like a missed opportunity.
There is a few jokes at the actors expense (mainly at writer/director Seth Rogen) but this should have been a no holds barred, ‘roast’ style, take down of everyone involved and this never really transpires and it all ends up being far too pleased with itself. It feels like the cast just thought ‘we are funny as shit, lets just not write a script and film ourselves and it will be brilliant’.
With the comedy talent involved it would be ridiculous if there wasn’t a few funny moments and one liners and there is a couple of laugh out loud moments but not enough. Not as bad as the terrible Your Highness or Year One but the fact I am even mentioning This is the End in the same breath as those pieces of shit shows what a let down it is.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower – 9/10

An introverted, socially awkward freshman is taken under the wing of a group of seniors. Should be really pretentious and annoying – ends up being brilliant.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Ph: John Bramley © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC.  All rights reserved.

¬†Stephen Chobsky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower starts off as a straightforward but very good teen movie, think Heathers, Submarine, Juno etc but as the films goes on, the growth of the characters is reflected in the growth of the film and it becomes possibly the best movie of 2012.
Ezra Miller shows a totally different side to the menacing Kevin he played in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Emma Watson shrugs off Potter and Logan Lerman is a revelation in the lead role.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is moving and at times hilarious. A coming of age tale that also touches on mental health, homosexuality, drug use and music (it has a great soundtrack). So many different layers, some wonderful symbolic and metaphorical stuff, loads of memorable lines, throw Paul Rudd into the mix as a inspirational English teacher and what more could you ask? Watch it.