Tuesday, July 17, 2007

the harry potter chronicles: episode 1: harry potter & the time i re-read all 6 books, saw the 5th movie, and waited for friday night to come

whew.

seriously, these days it's all about harry potter. i know. i'm a geek. i started re-reading the books back in march or so (i, like kat, am a slow reader, as well, and no, i don't want to hear about how fast you can read) and, having successfully finished the 3rd book last week (i sort of read them of order), i'm all primed and ready for the 7th and final book to arrive saturday at midnight! and yes, i will be attending a midnight party, not because i really want to, but because i decided it would be a great way to get me out of my apartment during my sometimes long & presently sad & lonely weekends. and i'm sure there will be stories to tell. i worked at borders when both the 5th and the 6th books came out, and lemme tell ya about the crazies i encountered during the release parties. just sit & watch the crazies come out, and stories galore.

so. the 5th movie. i thought it was very well done, considering that harry potter & the order of the phoenix is the longest, most involved & character driven book. i felt (mostly) very satisfied with how the movie flowed despite the obvious fact that parts of the book were taken out and/or changed, and the little actors, who we have now been watching as harry, hermione, ron & the rest of the hogwarts gang for 7 years, are growing and simply blossoming into their roles and are terrific to behold! they are also growing up very nicely, which i found visually enjoyable while, at the same time, feeling horribly wrong that i found 17-year old daniel radcliffe attractive. anywho, overall, a great movie. the fight between dumbledore & voldemort at the end? incredible! imelda staunton's portrayal of dolores umbridge? incredible & practically perfect in every way. except she doesn't look like a toad. she's hateable and simply evil in the most foulest ways that you just can't stand her! but find her oddly intriguing and delectable as a villain at the same time. cheers to j.k. rowling for writing such a brilliant villain!

and now the issues i had with movie, specifically the ending. ***WARNING: IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE MOVIE/READ THE BOOK, I'M GONNA BE A SPOILER AND SPOIL THINGS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I DO AND I DON'T CARE, SO YOU CAN READ ON IF YOU DON'T CARE, OR WHATEV.***

first, the way sirius dies...umm, what the killing curse? that's taking a whole lot of liberty where liberty shouldn't be taken, in my opinion. you might remember sirius-dying from such times as when bellatrix hits him with a curse of some sorts (the book doesn't say), and how he then stumbles and falls back into the arch door way thinger. never does bellatrix avada kedavra sirius, and even if she did, he wouldn't have died the way he did! hello, the killing is called so because it, you know, kills kills you. one avada kedavra, and fllpbt. your dead. immediately. i hope jo rowling didn't like this either. seriously. when a main character dies, you gotta do that right in the movie. it was okay that they changed other minor plot points during the course of the film, but sirius dying? yeah, much more prominent in teh plot. get it right, film makers.

also, speaking of taking liberties, harry is never "possessed" by voldemort, as they portrayed in the end. voldemort briefly gets inside his head, as he has done throughout the book, but we're not talking about a full on exorcism-esque possession like they portrayed in the film, none of this "come back, harry. choose to be good" pep talk from dumbledore. it never happens in the book as harry falls into a epileptic conniption, his eyes looking all creepy and possessed-like. never happens. that's taking far too much liberty with that plot point, i thought. it's made very clear in the book that harry is not being possessed by voldemort, that voldemort's simply using that connection between them to get into his mind and vice versa, but not in a head-spinning, vomiting bile, "i-need-an-old-priest-and-a-young-priest" kind of way. too dark for what actually happens in the book. bleh. get that right, too.

and, finally, remember how dumbledore sits harry down at the end of the book and tells him everything that he's been keeping from him for the past 5 years? it's excellent! so many questions are answered, events explained, and harry leaves feeling the weight of all of it, but feeling empowered. great scene! funny how it lasted a minute & a half in the movie, and basically consisted of harry asking dumbledore to clarify the final part of the prophecy. yes, in the end, either harry or voldemort cannot exist together, and one must kill the other, however it goes down. the end...what?! what about all that rich & complete explanation about the power that harry possesses that voldemort lacks, about how voldemort chose harry to be his enemy, and, man, i could go on and on?! the movie was barely over 2 hours, shorter than the other 4. i know you could have spared another 5 to 10 minutes or so for some great, raw pieces of information that are quite vital to the series. idiots. i was on the verge of pretty much loving the movie up until that point, and then it was all "waaah-waaah", and i left very dissatisfied.

and i'll say it again: get it right! i'm not asking for every single thing in the book to be morphed into movie magic. just get the very important plot points and events right. that's all i'm asking.

whew.

i'm done. i promise.

but tune in next week when i'll chronicle my friday night adventures at the borders' harry potter party. it might be geeky or scary, but i promise it will be entertaining.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

more selections

song of heartache

eric clapton - "broken hearted"

when the wind blows down this hard
many a bond is broken
see the water lie on the ground
from where the heavens opened

Lord, how will you get through this night
with your dreams departed?
and who alone will comfort you?
only the broken hearted

so youve gone beyond your means
every wound is open
your best laid plans are out of reach
and all your fears unspoken

Lord, how will you get through this night
with your dreams departed?
and who alone will comfort you?
only the broken hearted

Sweet revenge is spoken then
in the twilight it is gone
to living lies with no escape
Lord, I would rather be alone

i press my fingers to the wood
to tell you of my dreaming
to sing you songs from olden times
to keep the love light gleaming
'cause theres a place where we can go
where we will not be parted

and who alone will enter there?
only the broken hearted
only the broken, broken hearted

song of uncertainty

dave matthew band - "the space between"

you cannot quit me so quickly
there's no hope in you for me
no corner you could squeeze me
but i got all the time for you, love

the space between the tears we cry
is the laughter keeps us coming back for more
the space between the wicked lies we tell
and hope to keep safe from the pain
but will i hold you again?

these fickle, fuddled words confuse me
like 'will it rain today?'
waste the hours with talking, talking
these twisted games we're playing
we're strange allies with warring hearts
what wild-eyed beast you be

the space between the wicked lies we tell
and hope to keep safe from the pain
will i hold you again?
will i hold

look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster
you know you went off like a devil in a church in the middle of a crowded room
all we can do, my love is hope we don't take this ship down

the space between where you're smiling high
is where you'll find me if i get to go
the space between the bullets in our firefight
is where i'll be hiding, waiting for you
the rain that falls splash in your heart
ran like sadness down the window into
the space between our wicked lies
is where we hope to keep safe from pain

take my hand 'cause we're walking out of here
oh, right out of here
love is all we need here
the space between what's wrong and right
is where you'll find me hiding, waiting for you
the space between your heart and mine
is the space we'll fill with time
the space between


song of hope

chris thile - "on ice"

just for a moment, the moment i met her
i lost my breath but my lips whispered she is the one
forgot who i was and who i was fooling
didn't remember she could be my first cue to run

we move so fast
never thought twice
mine came at last
fool on some ice

we stayed in touch but the touch i was wanting from her
came from girls that scared me too little to love
so all of the thoughts i thought i might tell her
turned into songs that until now she's never heard of

i have been taught
love is a vice
soak all these thoughts
and i put them on ice

the vice spins and the ice tends to melt
one night she asked me how i felt
the next day i woke up lying to myself
i feel fine
i feel fine
i feel fine

thank God you're here
i need you to hear this
so sick of my shit
i promise i'm through tempting fate
i know i'm in love now
you are what love is to me
please tell me this isn't too little too late

oh let's move fast
making up time would be nice
i'm so sorry i put these things on ice
i would like to give you doves and rice

Monday, July 09, 2007

a few possible selections from the soundtrack of my life

song of desperation

norah jones - "be my somebody"

i'm too foggy today to know what you're sayin'
your lips are moving so fast and i just keep praying
for them to slow down so i can make some sense
of the words that are pouring out of your crooked spout

last night was a record to be broken
it broke all over the kitchen floor
oh no, don't you go
i'm coming back with a rag
to wipe away the haze from the days we've forgotten all about

so be my somebody tonight
be the one who'll hold me tight
honey, please, please
'cause i've been so all alone and no one will pick up the phone
so honey, please stay

i held your head up, do you remember?
when you wanted to make a blanket out of me
oh i can't lie
i've been keeping score
and it's your turn to wring me out and lay me down to dry

so be my somebody tonight
be the one who'll hold me tight
honey, please, please
'cause i've been so all alone and no one will pick up the phone
so honey, please stay
honey, please stay
honey, please stay

song of truth

jamie cullum - "catch the sun"


every day it comes to this
catch the things you might have missed
you say, get back to yesterday
i ain't ever going back, back to the place that I can't stand
but i miss the way you lie
i'm always misunderstood, pulled apart and ripped in two
but i miss the way you lie

catch the sun, before it's gone
here it comes, up in smoke and gone
catch the sun, it never comes
cry in the sand, lost in the fire

i never really understood why i didn't feel so good
but i miss the way you lie
i've always been up and down, never wanted to hit the ground
but i miss the way you lie

catch the sun, before it's gone
here it comes, up in smoke and gone
catch the sun, it never comes
cry in the sand, lost in the fire


song of comfort

paul mccartney - "little willow"

bend, little willow
wind's gonna blow you hard and cold tonight
life, as it happens nobody warns you
willow, hold on tight

nothing's gonna shake your love
take your love away
no one's out to break your heart
it only seems that way

sleep, little willow
peace gonna follow
time will heal your wounds
grow to the heavens now and forever
always came too soon

little willow
nothing's gonna shake your love
take your love away
no one's out to break your heart
it only seems that way

bend, little willow
wind's gonna blow you hard and cold tonight
life, as it happens nobody warns you
willow, hold on tight
little willow