Magical but Lacking Heart | Review of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Newt Scamander is back in a film that, while magical, lacks some of the heart and magic of the previous films as it tackles on too much story and a too large cast, forcing stories to get sidelined and condensed. Continue reading Magical but Lacking Heart | Review of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

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A Worthy Precursor to the Magical World of Harry Potter | Review of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’

By Cynthia Ayala

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller & Colin Farrell Warner Bros. Pictures

“The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.”

—IMDB

In one word: magical. I know that’s to be expected but the film brings more to the world of Harry Potter as it traverses new territory in so many ways.

Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them brings Newt Scamander to New York city combining the dark element’s that grew the Harry Potter franchise up as well as a fun light scavenger hunt through New York to bring new and magical creatures to life in the film. Two stories that intersect perfectly. There are obviously those moments that will make the audience want to scream but that’s only because of the direction of the story, and it’s not a bad thing. In life, there are those moments when people above station place blame when they themselves don’t pay attention. It’s not a bad thing, it’s a realistic thing that provides the film one of many grounding moments. (There were times through all the Harry Potter books and films that I just wanted to scream at the characters for being stupid.) Then there is the heart of the film that will make the audience laugh, cry and just say “aww” repeatedly. It was a well-structured film that was just mesmerizing and it makes the viewer second guess themselves. Continue reading “A Worthy Precursor to the Magical World of Harry Potter | Review of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’”

‘Fantastic Beasts’ Plot Revealed (and it’s Spoiler Free)

By Cynthia Ayala

Warner Bros.’ initial idea for the film was to make a faux documentary of the “author” of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and his tracking of magical beasties.

Of course of J.K. Rowling herself came up with an even better one. No surprise since she created Harry Potter. Trying her hand and penning her first-ever screenplay for the next highly anticipated film in the Harry Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. While she may have had creative input in the previous films (except for The Half-Blood Prince which we can all agree strayed way to far from the novel) this is her first script. Continue reading “‘Fantastic Beasts’ Plot Revealed (and it’s Spoiler Free)”

The Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas Follow-Up Jupiter Ascending Secures Extra Financing

By:  Katey Rich Though it managed to eventually make an impressive $107 million worldwide, Cloud Atlas was a sad entry in the box office of 2012, an expensive and beautiful passion project that divided critics and was roundly rejected by American audiences. Even the poor movie’s Blu-ray release has been pushed back all the way to May, and fans of the film will be gritting their teeth at … Continue reading The Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas Follow-Up Jupiter Ascending Secures Extra Financing

Douglas Booth Joins The Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending

By: Nick Venable The Wachowskis are one of the more admirable forces in Hollywood. Their vision remains unaffected by a viewing audience that often chastises them for their films, including their bloated novel adaptations; the terrible machine-filled sequels; and their reboot of one of the most vapid cartoons in history. Even as essentially useless a couple of their films may be, the rest are quite memorable … Continue reading Douglas Booth Joins The Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending