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Fri
Apr 18 2014 2:10pm

Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron Ginny Weasley, Quidditch World Cup

After giving some info on the history of Quidditch over at Pottermore recently, J.K. Rowling is at it again—a new section of the website has appeared for the Daily Prophet, the U.K.'s primary wizarding newspaper. What's intriguing is the content available via the publication: coverage of this year's Quidditch Cup from Ginny Potter (née Wealsey).

[More info]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 2:00pm

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneThe Harry Potter Reread is like a locomotive that can’t be stopped! But a cool kind, with sleeper cars and a dining car, and passes through some really snazzy countryside. Always wanted to travel in one of those.

This week we’re going to make friends with Hermione and then win our first Quidditch match! Because wizard sports are way better than regular sports. On to chapters 10 and 11—Halloween and Quidditch.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

[It’s Levi-o-sa...]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 12:00pm

Only Lovers Left Alive, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston

When someone tells you that there’s a vampire film starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston out now, your first reaction is obviously, “Teleport me to a theater where I can clap eyes on this stunning achievement.” If you’re a fan of Jim Jarmusch’s work, that’s only going to make it more enticing.

But since Only Lovers Left Alive is not exactly on wide release, you might be wondering, “Is it worth it for me to search for a theater playing this film festival gem?” In this viewer’s succinct opinion: Run, do not pace thoughtfully.

For a less abridged version, read on.

[We are zombies, and we are ruining everything, by the way.]

Thu
Apr 10 2014 9:00am

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneThe Harry Potter Reread is here to remind you to take your vitamins! Or I’m reminding myself to take my vitamins, and you’ve been handily roped into said reminder. Never forget how important they are, kids.

Chapters 8 and 9 are next: The Potions Master and The Midnight Duel! We will suffer through the worst first classes ever (for Harry and Neville respectively) and then discover exactly why the third floor corridor is out of bounds. Danger and excitement for all!

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

[Let’s stopper some death, students!]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 3:20pm

The Goonies

Goonies director Richard Donner recently gave away that he’s planning to finally make our sequel dreams come true. This nearly thirty years after The Goonies made cult movie history, and many years after the kids all grew up and went their separate ways. Excitingly, however, Donner claims he wants to bring the entire gang back together for the film. So what’s the right route to go for this?

For starters, how about we scrap the “next generation” gimmick before anyone says a word.

[Just a thought...]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 10:35am

Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica

Just when you thought you were safe from the cylons...

Looks like Universal is picking up where Bryan Singer left off, still determined to make Battlestar Galactica into a film franchise.

So it’s like... Stargate in reverse?

[More info below]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 9:00am

Star Wars The Clone Wars, ahsoka tano, anakin skywalker, obi-wan kenobi, yoda

Yes, I admit it—I never watched The Clone Wars. (Bad fan, no Wookiee cookie.) Mainly because there was no easy access to it, and my patience is very thin waiting for half-hour shows week to week. I can do hour-long doses, but anything less and I start to get cagey and brusque. So I figured that eventually the show would be over and I could catch up. And then the whole thing landed on Netflix and the time had come.

Being real honest here: I was not expecting to like it all that much.

Being more honest here: ...I like it so very much.

[So the inevitable happened…]

Mon
Apr 7 2014 10:00am

Firefly, Mal, Zoe

I’m about to commit fandom suicide here, but I suppose if you’re gonna go… death by Browncoat isn’t too bad?

Look, Firefly is great. I would never dispute that—in fact, I consider myself a fan of the show overall. But it’s not The Best, and I’m still really confused about how it is constantly touted as such. Incredibly confused. And I can’t help but think that shimmery gossamer cloaking it has so much to do with it’s early death.

[Burn the land and boil the sea, you can’t take the sky from me….]

Thu
Apr 3 2014 9:00am

The Harry Potter Reread is tap dancing for it’s dinner because I love tap dancing! Actually, I haven’t tap danced in a while, so don’t quote me on that. I only love it if I’m still good at it.

Today we’re finally meeting some very important people in Chapters 6 and 7: The Journey From Platform 9 and ¾ and The Sorting Hat. So much to discuss, mostly centering on how Ron Weasley is a treasure. Weasleys in general should be treasured. Also, there is a lot of poor planning on the part of wizard schools in general, in getting a certain chosen charge to his dorm.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

[“Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”]

Thu
Mar 27 2014 9:00am

Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPreThe Harry Potter Reread is inside your house. I mean, if you’re reading it inside your house. So it’s totally not weird. Ahem.

Today is a big ol’ chapter that gives us our first look into the wizarding world proper! We’re heading into Chapter 5, Diagon Alley. I am expecting everyone to give me their wand specifications in the comments.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

[Terrible but great things…]

Thu
Mar 20 2014 11:00am

Star Wars, The Crystal Star, Vonda McIntyre, Drew StruzanYou know, Vonda McIntyre’s Star Trek books are kind of a big deal, and for good reason. On the other hand, The Crystal Star is a book that elicits a very specific sort of (non-complimentary) reaction from Star Wars fans. Is it the great big flesh blob? Maybe the tiny super Solo kids? Luke’s general weirdness throughout?

I won’t lie to all you stalwart souls—I loved this book when I first read it. Maybe I can pass on some of that weird enjoyment to you this time around?

[When half of your protagonists aren’t over five years old...]

Thu
Mar 20 2014 9:00am

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneYou’re back in the Harry Potter Reread! Swim around a little and get comfy! (I don’t know what you’re swimming in… words?)

Today we’re taking a look at Chapters Three and Four of The Philosopher’s Stone, The Letters From No One and The Keeper of the Keys. Otherwise known as The Dursleys Take an Impromptu Vacation and Your Proper Intro to Hagrid.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

[No post on Sundays…]

Thu
Mar 13 2014 11:00am

Star Wars, Planet of Twilight, Barbara Hambly, Drew StruzanBarbara Hambly’s Planet of Twilight features a rocking cover by film poster extraordinaire Drew Struzan that is primarily awesome due to Leia’s wielding a lightsaber on it.

Is it weird that I’m starting out by talking about the cover? Yes. It’s mostly because thinking of how to explain this novel is basically me standing at the foot of a monstrous, craggy mountain with no climbing gear at my disposal—there is no way to do it in a safe, expedient manner. There are bugs. And sentient crystals. The end of Callista by and large. And a former Hutt Jedi? Don’t ask.

But you’re here. So you are effectively asking.

[Death Seed plagues are awesome!]

Thu
Mar 13 2014 10:00am

Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone cover, Mary GrandPreWe’re back for the first time in the Harry Potter Reread! Two whole installments, ma! (I should probably stop getting so excited—we’ve got a ways to go….)

Today we’re taking a look at Chapter Two of The Philosopher’s Stone, The Vanishing Glass. The Snakey Snake Chapter. Just picture me making lots of embarrassing hissing sounds, which is probably how I will torture my coworkers as I’m writing this.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

[In a cupboard under the stairs…]

Tue
Mar 11 2014 7:00am

Portrait by David A. JohnsonIt’s easy to get caught up in big ideas and brand new worlds… and forget to laugh.

Douglas Adams—born today, March 11, in 1952—was not convinced of his own worth as a writer, a comedian, and thinker of remarkably thinky thoughts. Whenever there was a dry patch in his working life, he tended to question his abilities, to fall into spates of depression and low self-worth. It’s odd to think that the man responsible for Zaphod “if there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now” Beeblebrox would fail to realize his own relevance in a world that so desperately required his special brand of madness.

After all, without him, who would have told us the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

[Life. Don’t talk to me about life.]

Mon
Mar 10 2014 5:00pm

300: Rise of an Empire, Eva Green

Everyone knows why a sequel to 300 was made—it made monies and had lots of blood and swords in it and sequels are all we do now. Blood and swords can be fun; I made a trip to the first film to get a dose of exactly that. That doesn’t mean that a sequel is necessarily a good idea, though.

It wasn’t really, by the way. Unless you can tune out every time Eva Green is not delightfully gnashing her teeth at someone.

[A different 300? Or maybe more this time?]

Thu
Mar 6 2014 11:00am

Kevin J. Anderson, Star Wars, Darksaber, Drew StruzanSo…. This book.

For the second installation of the “Callista Trilogy,” it was decided that Kevin J. Anderson would write a novel that played alongside his recent Jedi Academy Trilogy, and also continued on from the events in Children of the Jedi. Hambly and Anderson worked together carefully to assure that everything merged, especially since Hambly was set to write the third novel in this progression.

Spoiler alert: These books do not go together. These books are tonally divergent as komodo dragons and toy poodles. But… things explode? There are more secondary characters to kill off? We revisit lots of places you might recognize?

[I’m going home to Dagobah where they never feed you snakes before ripping your heart out and lowering you into hot pits!]

Thu
Mar 6 2014 10:00am

The Harry Potter Reread

It’s going on two decades since the very first child picked up a book emblazoned with Harry Potter’s name, and the world of children’s literature, fantasy, and fandom has never been the same. Rowling’s wizarding world shaped a generation of young people and her series holds the distinction of being nothing short of a global phenomenon. Children read because of Harry. Friendships were formed because of Hogwarts. The quilt of pop culture will forever display that lightning-shaped scar somewhere amidst its patches.

But how long has it been since you walked those halls in print? For my part, it’s actually been a while, and I’m starting to feel it. Get your feet in those broom stirrups, everyone—I mean to reread, and no one on this here earth can stop me.

[Accio Book 1!]

Fri
Feb 28 2014 12:05pm

Watchmen

Because people enjoy piling on pretty much everything Zack Snyder tacks his name onto (he’s easily becoming the new Michael Bay in this regard), producer Joel Silver recently stepped forward to discuss what earlier plans for the Watchmen project entailed, and... well, they’re different. Not necessarily better.

Just different.

[More info on an alt ending...]

Thu
Feb 27 2014 10:00am

Children of the Jedi, Drew Struzan, Barbara HamblyThere’s this thing called the Callista Trilogy in the Expanded Universe, and it’s really only called that because there’s this character called Callista in all three books that aren’t even written by the same person. (Barbara Hambly wrote the first and third, Kevin J. Anderson wrote the second.) The first book is called Children of the Jedi, and it is remarkable in that, for the first time in all of Star Wars history, Luke Skywalker managed to get a girlfriend.

I’m not kidding. This book may lead to Luke getting laid for the very first time. He’s about 30, by the way.

[There’s just a slight hitch. And a concubine of Emperor Palpatine.]