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50 Things I Learnt From Watching the Harry Potter Films for the First Time (Part 2)

Don’t count them. Just take me at my word that there is 50 all together…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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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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GOT Episode Review: The Dragon and the Wolf

Season 7, Episode 7

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GOT Episode Review: Death is the Enemy

Season 7, Episode 6

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GOT Episode Review: Eastwatch

Season 7, Episode 5

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GOT Episode Review: Stormborn

Season 7, Episode 2

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GOT Episode Review: Dragonstone

Season 7, Episode 1…

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Time Bandits – 8.5/10

The poor are going to be absolutely thrilled. Have you met them at all?’

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10 Things I learnt from watching all of the Lord of the Rings movies back to back

I have recently found myself with 7 glorious weeks off work and whilst I could have spent that time crafting home made furniture or learning a foreign language, I have instead decided to sit on my sofa watching endless television, surrounded by empty ice cream containers. It was during one of these ice cream induced stupors that I hit on an idea. Imagine a world where I could watch all three Lord of the Rings movies back to back. So I promptly went ahead and did just that. Here is what I learnt:

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Maleficent – 6/10.

Evil old woman shuns societal norms.

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So after the perplexing success of Alice in Wonderland Hollywood has now decided that ‘dark re imaginings’ of much loved fairy tales is the order of the day. Maleficent follows Red Riding Hood, Jack the Giant Slayer, Hansel And Gretel: The Witch Hunters and Snow White and the Huntsman and like those films it has varying degrees of success.

Angelina Jolie has always had a bit of melodrama and panto about her so it is no surprise she is perfect in the titular role – Possibly still smarting from the enormous failure of The Tourist she really does put everything into her performance here and she carries the film throughout.

Sam Riley provides solid support despite being inexplicably Irish but there is little else to love about Maleficent. To be fair at just under one hour and forty minutes it never outstays its welcome and some of the visuals and effects are nice but the problem with all these films is that they say they are dark but they are not really are they?

Maleficent is no darker than Sleeping Beauty was. Thankfully Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) is at the helm for a new version of Pinocchio so that should raise the bar a bit.

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