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Thursday, July 19, 2007

GREENLIGHT #156: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (with "Goldfinger" and "Dead Poets Society")

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Ann and Les were amused by Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) but Ann more than Les. Ann thinks this is what movies are all about - magic. Les thinks Daniel Radcliffe , Emma Watson , and Rupert Grint have all gotten just a bit too old to be believable. They were good, mind you. Just a little bit past the “magic-hour.” But, however, really enjoyed the stingy awful performance of Imelda Staunton who played the new Hogwart Headmaster like Nurse Ratchett reincarnated. And based on this film, both Ann and Les would be willing to see more from director David Yates. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a much more grown-up but still magical film called Goldfinger (1964.) Listen for the story about his 4-year old daughter. It may be why he’s particularly fond of this Bond film but he does think that Sean Connery was and still is the best. And he enjoyed watching Honor Blackmun, Gert Frobe , and Harold Sakata too. Ann stayed with the school-boys in revolt theme and came up with a Robin Williams’ charmer. This was back when Mr. Williams was making films worth watching. Both Ann and Les wish that he would sit down with this director, Peter Weir, for a few pointers on why he was so good and therefore successful in Dead Poets Society (1989.)

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