Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

As you all know, we were lucky enough to be invited to a screening of Harry Potter 7 Part 1 on Saturday through Mark’s job at Warner Bros. The destination was the Arclight Theater in Sherman Oaks and we arrived, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (sort of) at 7:15am at the Sherman Oaks Galleria for the 9:00am showing. We stood in line with some of Mark’s coworkers and it was interesting that, compared to some of the midnight releases I have been to for the HP series, no one was really dressed up for the occasion…no Gryffindor red and gold and no Slytherin green and silver in sight. A shame really, considering what we were about to see.

After filing into the lobby and getting our free (that’s right, FREE) popcorn and soda, we got into the theater. By that time, it was about 8:15am and Mark decided that he needed to go to the restroom. While he was leaving, the usher stood up and told everyone to enjoy the movie. Then, just as Mark stepped out, the previews started. Poor Mark. There were two previews, one for the new Yogi Bear movie (LAME) and one for Red Riding Hood with Amanda Seyfried (whom I hate). No Green Lantern preview, fortunately for Mark, but unfortunately, none the less.

I don’t want to issue any spoilers in this review, but I do want to say that it is probably THE most faithful book to movie adaptation that I have ever seen. I really think that the things they have left out are not too important…though some of the “ending” may require some character addition somehow and there is a scene with Dudley that was sadly removed. The official ending of the movie is at the end of Chapter 24 of the book, I hope that doesn’t make it a spoiler. Though I knew about the ending point a while ago from some website or other.

Missing characters from the previous books finally make an appearance in this movie, which I love. I won’t say which characters make an appearance, but I think that a lot of people will be happy about them since they have been spoken about in the books from the beginning but since they were so minor, they haven’t made it into the movies until now. I feel like this makes it a more real movie-ization (hey, I can make up words, right?!) of the book. It was almost as though I was reading the book and they were putting my thoughts on the screen.

I hope everyone will enjoy this movie and I really can’t wait to see the second part. I am very sad that this series is coming to an end (though I know how it ends), I know that the second part will be even more of a tear-jerker than the first part.

All in all, I had a great time seeing this screening and I really enjoyed the entire movie (even the sad bits). PS Mark showed up one scene before the beginning titles so he didn’t miss that much, don’t worry.

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The Day-To-Day

Ugh, it has been a while since I have done anything extraordinary! Work has been pretty busy. I had three reports due on one day….and I happened to be in the field that day, of course. It drives me crazy sometimes, but it means that once those reports go out, I am on the light side when it comes to workload, thank goodness!!

This past weekend was a good time, after I got out of work SUPER late on Friday night. On Saturday, we got to hang out at the beach with some of the Psychotaku’s wrestling buddies, only got a little burned! Then we went to a BBQ at their place and played Twister, hilariously enough! Super good times! On Sunday, I hurt so bad from frolicking in the ocean and walking all over the place! I really need to get out more! Anyway, I went out to San Bernardino for a Housewarming at my closest friend’s new house. I had a great time out there!! Got some vodka and rum and made a party out of it!! 😛 Also, her place is HUGE!! Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a HUGE kitchen!!! CRAZY!!! I don’t think that I could ever afford anything like that out here in Redondo Beach…I am pretty sure those kinda places go for about $1M. UGH! Stupid house prices!!!

Looks like the Psychotaku should be posting the panel video from Anime Expo sometime this week! So keep checking back!!

Thanks for the support!

“Implanting Ideas and Making People Think They Thought of It” or “Inception”

Generally, I am not a drama movie kind of person, but for some reason, the last two Leonardo DiCaprio movies (namely Shutter Island and Inception) have piqued my interest. Shutter Island I will probably never see because it looks…well, to put it bluntly…scary!!! And I am a wuss. Though since my only forays into horror have been The Ring and Ju-On, I think that I am ok being a scaredy cat (no pun intended, NYU!!) since I like my sleep and I don’t like seeing stringy-haired little girls at the end of my bed…*chills*. Ugh, enough of that thinking.

Anyway, Inception seemed safe enough so on Friday, the Psychotaku and I headed out to our local AMC for the early morning $6 ticket deal to see it. First off, I get bored pretty quickly and the movie starts out pretty slow so I wasn’t too impressed. Though I realize that it is a suspense story, I just can’t stay interested when the ENTIRE movie is suspense…I need little checkpoints throughout to keep me on the edge of my seat, I guess. I also got sick of the Leo story arc with his wife. Otherwise, the acting was fantastic and the special effects and “worlds” that were created were pretty awesome. The ending was pretty neat too, though I kind of figured out what was going to happen without the crazy ending. Having the story be about dream worlds was a new twist on movies and I think Christopher Nolan did a great job with the storytelling.

My favorite scene is a fight scene in a hotel involving Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The spinning hallway was genius and it was very cool to watch.

And I also love how Ellen Page and Leo interact in the movie…not romantically like you would think, but they are very good together.

One of the silliest things about the end of the movie was that people in our theater decided that the “real” ending must be after the credits, but I don’t know why they would spoil an ending like that by giving people “closure”….sorry, trying not to spoil the ending is really tough!!

All in all, this is a great movie if you like suspense/dramas, but for a comedy person like me, it was kind of slow and almost TOO suspenseful though it did have me on the edge of my seat at times (including the ending, luckily enough). I feel kind of bad since I didn’t fully love it like the Psychotaku did, but I guess my crazy personality doesn’t really let me enjoy suspenseful movies like that. Ah well… I guess I am just a funny movie kinda gal!! 😉

Anime Expo 2010!!!

I really wanted to get to AX this year on the Friday by way of leaving work early…that didn’t work though…and I ended up getting out of work WAY late. Though I heard that Friday was pretty fun. Boo-urns!

I DID get there early on Saturday morning and I had a great weekend!!! There were so many great cosplayers!! I interviewed some of them (along with the Psychotaku) and the video should be up pretty soon! I found the awesome-est wall scroll (I HATE wall scrolls, by the way) of Konata from Lucky Star getting an email about the second season of Haruhi and celebrating with Tsukasa and Kagami. It has her Haruhi cosplay costume in the background along with Kagami reading the Haruhi manga. It is a great crossover.

Also, we hit the Breaking Into Animation panel which was really interesting (see the two-part video on the Psychotaku homepage!). And we passed out flyers for our panel on Sunday. We went through 500 flyers in about 20 minutes! I think next time we need to pass out about 1,000!!

Here is a pic of me from Saturday (the fountain is in the courtyard at my apartment):

And then there was Sunday….Panel day!!! Yay! We were pretty nervous most of the day so we didn’t really do much except for interviewing cosplayers. My favorites were a little boy dressed up as a Bleach character that wouldn’t speak and a guy dressed up as Russell from UP (my favorite charater EVER!!!).

The panel went great, we had about 70 people there and most of them didn’t even know who we were. One funny thing was that the volunteer that was working the room knew who we were from our time on ScrewAttack and he had some pretty good questions for us. It was cool that the questions we were asked this time around were SO different from the Fanime questions. Some people came up and asked for our autographs and some people even came up and thanked us for the entertainment! It was a great vibe!!

I want to thank everyone that came to our panel! We had a great time! And we hope to see you all next year!

The Awesomer-Team…Trust me.

That’s right, there is a team that is more awesome than the A-Team. How can that be, you ask? Well, if you were at E3 this week, you would have seen the Psychotaku and JewWario hanging out….and if you ask me, they are the AWESOME-EST team.

JewWario stayed at our place for his last night in LA. It was cool since we got to take him to all of the hottest Japanese places in our area (there are quite a few). So they hit Little Tokyo after the con and, of course, they took him to Anime Jungle. I actually met up with them at Jungle since I had work. I think we spent several hours there perusing the shelves. It was fun, I didn’t know what to expect from him in real life since the Psychotaku is so different from Mark (well, except for the yelling). I think that JewWario is just about the awesome-est, funniest, most considerate guy I have ever met (except for Mark, of course).

Yeah, so we were up chatting about the shows, video games, the future of anime (you know, the basics) until about 3am. It was pretty awesome. So yeah, needless to say, the Psychotaku and JewWario make an excellent combination. I can’t wait until September when we have a wedding to go to in Denver so we can chat with JewWario in person again!!! Thanks for everything, J-Dub!! You are more than welcome to hang out at our place ANY time!!

Also, check out the cutest Thank-You gift ever (Thanks so much, JewWario!!) and the cutest soccer hooligan merchandise ever (Thanks, Mark!!).

L, thanks to J-Dub. Mario, thanks to Psychotaku

The Awesome-Team

So last night, the Psychotaku and I went to see the new A-Team Movie. In my opinion, this movie was SUPER epic!! I mean, during the movie, we had another 5.7 earthquake out here (well, a little south of the border, but we DEFINITELY felt it), which made the movie even MORE epic!

Before going in to see this, I was sincerely doubting that Quentin “Rampage” Jackson had the guts to be as awesome as Mr. T. After this, I am praising his acting abilities. I mean, it can’t be TOO hard to be a bad ass considering his background, but he did an AWESOME job, fool!

Each character was perfectly cast, whoever cast Copley as Murdoch is a genius. He was perfectly crazy and likable just like in the actual show. Also, Liam Neeson had Hannibal DOWN and Bradley Cooper was extremely convincing as Face.

All in all, I think this may have been better than Iron Man 2. The action scenes were extremely intricate (the boat scene at the end, especially). And, I never would have thought that ANYONE could fly a tank. I also love how they don’t really explain how the A-Team survives that tank+lake combination, we just know they are bad-ass enough to survive it and so we believe it.

If you haven’t seen this yet, GO SEE IT. And don’t forget to stay after the credits. Our entire theater emptied out and missed out on a last homage to the original A-Team. All I know is that they had better make an A-Team 2 so that we can see tham helping out civilians soon!!

Electric Poultry?

First of all, the Fanime panel went fantastically, despite a room change at the last minute. Thanks to everyone for that!!

So now for the nitty gritty…

Monday Night RAW. That’s right, wrestling. I am watching RAW right now and half of the A-Team is the guest host. I was just listening to John Cena pander to the WWE Universe audience. I really want to hate him since he is the “good guy”, the most popular wrestler. I always hate the popular guy (except for when it was The Rock).

Oh my god…got distracted by the best USA Network advert ever. Sam from Burn Notice (played, of course, by Bruce Campbell…my favorite actor) flirting with Divya from Royal Pains. I love him SO much!

Ok, so back to the point at hand. I really want to hate him, but for some reason, I just can’t. He is so likable! I hate that!!! My favorite wrestlers at the moment are Randy Orton and Santino Marella. Randy Orton because he is just crazy and awesome (and pretty good looking). Santino because he reminds me of the Psychotaku’s wrestling persona, Hop Sing Lee. Santino is the most charismatic wrestler, in my opinion. He just puts himself out there and makes me laugh. I admire his personality and that is why he reminds me of Hop Sing Lee.

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