Movie Life

The women of the house opted for an opening-day viewing of the new Harry Potter movie. We had out-of-town friends in the night before, and went to see Up. Two movies in two nights is a bit of a luxury. My wife went back to see Half-Blood Prince today on her own.

An interesting contrast of filmmaking. I hadn’t heard of the first movie, but I thought it was easily one of the best I’ve ever seen. I hate to give homage to the Disney corporate masters, but this Pixar stuff is generally excellent from the animation to the storyline and direction of these movies. I saw Wall-E last month on dvd. I’m still convinced The Incredibles was one of the top-five films of the 90’s, and Toy Story wasn’t far behind. Good thing for live-action films the Academy included an animation category, or the rest of Hollywood would continue to swim in hypocrisy. A bad Pixar movie seems to be merely pretty good.

As for the young wizard, his movie was long, like the book. The young miss assessed that it had its slow moments, but the snarky dialogue made up for it. It’s been a number of years since I’ve read the Potter books, but I think the movie was a reasonable adaptation. I have no idea what a Hogwarts neophyte would say to it. But it wasn’t the best movie I’ve seen this week.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to Movie Life

  1. Kevin in Texas says:

    Yippee, Todd! You and I actually agree pretty well in terms of our film tastes, even if we often disagree about our political and liturgical notions! The Incredibles was the best animated film (for teh whole family) that has ever been made, IMHO, and Up is definitely a close second! Pixar is phenomenal, and I wish to God that Brad Bird, the director and creator of The Incredibles and Ratatouille (far less interesting as a film concept, but still miles ahead of most Hollywood dreck these days), would create a sequel to the Incredibles…

    Oh, and it’s actually not that old–I believe it was made in 2004.

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  3. Fr John says:

    The Incredibles was released in 2003.

    • Art says:

      Yeah, but it might have been one of the best films of the 1990s had it been released 10 years earlier.


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