ebonlock: (legilimency)
Well if you go by Fandango OotP isn't playing around here, but if you check out the SJ Tech Museum IMAX page there it is! Next weekend is [livejournal.com profile] jakejr's move so that's out for me, but the following weekend is all clear as far as I recall. Anybody up for HP really, really big? Comment and we'll carpool :)
ebonlock: (sirius)
Despite feeling as if I might keel over and die at any minute on Friday, I did get to see OotP and I can sum it up thusly, it is (to date) the "Empire Strikes Back" of the movie series. Not my favorite (which remains PoA) but the best of the films hands down. No one could've been more shocked by this than I was, believe me. Spoilery stuff behind the cut. )
ebonlock: (Hufflepuff Jesus)
So I've been reading reviews of OotP today and it seems so far that response is quite mixed. Some folks are scratching their heads over stuff that was inexplicably removed while others are delighted about new elements pulled directly from the ass of the screenwriter. I intend to remain open minded until 8:15 this evening when I'll have a chance to come to my own conclusions. But to be honest I don't generally go to the films with a list of nitpicky details that must be included or I WILL NOT BE HAPPY. Indeed, I generally go with one or two scenes I really, really hope they include because I think they're intensely important (generally to Severus). I'm also one of the first to love a film version of a book that can stand on its own and doesn't try to just make pretty pictures match up with words (i.e. crappy movies 1 and 2 versus the superb 3).

Will I get everything I want? Oh hell no. I mean GoF was one of the most disappointing because I really only needed to see one scene (Severus being asked by Dumbledore if he was prepared and answering that he was) and it was inexplicably left out. Sure I'd have loved to see the Sirius/Severus hand shaking bit, and oh lord how I would've adored it if they hadn't left 10 minutes at the very end to try and deal with the return of Voldie, death of Cedric Diggory, etc. On the other hand sometimes it's fascinating to see what JK feels can be left out without hurting the future stories. And sometimes, just sometimes you get a little moment or two added in that makes you go, "Hmmm", which adds its own bit of fun (one of my favorites was Severus leaping in front of the kids in PoA to protect them from Moony).

To me the movies are a fun supplement to the books, a way to match up characters and actors, to actually hear the voices you've "heard" in your head for so long, and on occasion as a way to visualize something that just didn't come across in the books (i.e. the final battle in OotP, which I defy anyone to try to choreograph given what Rowling wrote). But really it's all about the books, that's what I'm a fan of, and part of me rejoices that by a little over a week from now I'll have the final installment in my hot little hands. The other part, of course, wants to burst into tears. I can't believe one more week and it's over.

Ok, maybe not over, I mean we've still got fanfic and the film versions to look forward to, but you know what I mean.

To be honest, I'm more nervous about Deathly Hollows than the film version of OotP. How is this all going to end, and am I going to be pleased or horrified with what Rowling's come up with. A lot of my friends are amazed when I can watch a part of a series or read part of a book and then predict exactly what's going to happen. It's not really some magical ability, it's just me very often asking myself, "Ok what would I do if I were this writer? What would make the most sense and be fulfilling given my own tastes?" If I'm deeply into something it's a fair bet that my tastes and those of the writer(s) working on the piece are similar so projecting ahead isn't all that tough.

The one thing I've been certain of from the start of the HP series is that ultimately Severus was on the side of the angels and that his was a story of redemption. When asked why I can come up with all sorts of answers relating to textual clues, but honestly when it comes right down to it, it's because that's the better story. Severus as a cookie cutter villain is as dull as dry toast. But Severus as a man hell bent on redeeming himself is downright fascinating. Sure I think there are strong reasons to believe it given what we've read (i.e. Harry is always wrong about Snape, and allow me to re-emphasize that here, always), but ultimately I believe it because that's what I'd do given the same characters and story. It just makes sense.

Let me give you another example here to prove my point. Take Kerr Avon from Blake's 7. He was always meant to be a bit of a foil for the hero Roj Blake. He was the sarcastic, sly, cynical dark side to Blake's naive, optimistic idealism and they balanced each other beautifully. But the writers quickly discovered that while Blake was the "hero" he was also deadly dull to write for/about. His story just didn't really have anywhere to go, he was a good guy doing the right things for the right reasons. Yawn. What was interesting, though, was why the hell Avon kept hanging around with this guy, why he didn't just take some money, guns, and make a run for it. Ultimately the answer was that he too wanted to be redeemed and he turned Blake into his own personal savior. Blake trusted him and Avon found that absolutely intoxicating, but moreso that he knew he could trust Blake.

Trust and loyalty were Avon's holy grail, his eternal quest, and oh man did it make for some awesomely compelling story telling. It's certainly why you could have the actor playing Blake leave the series, but have the show continue on even stronger. Avon's redemption story was what kept you coming back for more.

I believe those two qualities combined with an innate need for some semblance of justice are the primary motivators for Severus as well. I suppose I'm less afraid ultimately that Rowling will make Severus a cookie cutter baddie than I am that she'll undercut his redemption story with some goofy pseudo-romance with Lily Evans. If Lily becomes the vehicle for his redemption I'm going to be seriously annoyed. If it's a combination of her and his life debt to James, somewhat less annoyed. But, oh, if she just lets Severus need redemption for his own sake, to quell his inner demons and to rekindle his own humanity...well, let's just say I'll build an altar to the woman and worship her as she deserves.
ebonlock: (legilimency)
Ok if you're planning to meet at my place on Friday to carpool to OotP please comment here. Also if I need to round up costume bits for you, again, comment here. My goal would be to get to the theater no later than 6:30 as I expect the place will be crazy busy and the parking lot will fill up. If you can't make it until later also let me know that so that the rest of us know to save you a spot in line and/or can pick you up some food.

Also I'm beginning to rethink my costume idea as I have the unnerving feeling I'm going to feel like the biggest idiot in the line. And I'd have to remove my wig inside the theater so as not to obstruct the view of others. Perhaps I should wait to bust out Bella until the book release party where I won't be the only person in such an outrageous costume. I could do Trelawney again for the movie, my hair's not quite long enough but I could frizz it out and layer on the hippie clothes and I'm there. I dunno'.
ebonlock: (sirius)
Check out a new longer trailer for OotP on the ABC site, there's a couple of new shots in there, one from the outside of Azkaban that's pretty cool and a nice couple of Bellatrix that had me ooh-in and aah-ing. I may hook up the computer to the tv tonight and watch this on the bigger screen so I can catch all the details.
ebonlock: (Snakes on a Dark Lord)
Thanks to Aelf's determination we found out that while tickets aren't yet available on movietickets.com, we could go directly to Mercado to grab them. So we've now got 8:15 tickets (7:00 is already sold out) for:
[livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain
[livejournal.com profile] tersa
[livejournal.com profile] xleste
[livejournal.com profile] rexluscus

If you would like to attend and can't get to the Mercado to get your own tickets, please let me know and I'll try to swing by the theater and fetch them for you. If we have a ticket for you and you can't make the showing or have decided to go elsewhere or at a different time it's fine, just let me know.


Jun. 22nd, 2007 09:10 am
ebonlock: (wtf kara)
So I've been haunting Fandango.com and MovieTickets.com to try to get tickets for HP:OotP and today I get all excited 'cause at last AMC Mercado has a show time that appears to allow for ticket purchasing (7:00 pm on Friday the 13th). However while the little words say "Buy tickets" the 7:00 time isn't highlighted in blue so you can't buy anything yet. However, it would appear that every other single movie theater in the Bay Area has tickets available for purchase for multiple showings except this one.

As I see it there are 3 choices:

1. Contact Mercado and say "WTF?" if I can get an actual person on the line.

2. Pick another theater close by that everyone can agree on and buy the damn tickets already.

3. Keep watching AMC and snag tickets as soon as they do become available.

Thoughts? Opinions? Here are the current theaters all of which, except for Mercado and Shoreline (which isn't even listing times yet), are available for purchase right now:

AMC Cupertino Square - 12:15pm, 3:30pm, 7:00pm, 10:15pm

AMC Mercado - 7:00pm

AMC Saratoga - 10:45am, 2:00pm, 5:15pm, 8:30pm, 11:40pm

Camera - 1:00pm, 2:20pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm, 7:00pm, 8:10pm, 9:55pm

Camera - 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:20pm, 4:00pm, 5:15pm, 7:00pm, 8:10pm, 9:55pm

AMC Eastridge - 10:30am, 11:15am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 10:30pm, 11:30pm

Los Gatos Cinema - 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:25pm

Winchester 22 - 1:00
Century 20 Great Mall - 12:30
* 3:45
* 7:00
* 10:15
ebonlock: (gladiator)
New OOTP banners in the hizzouse, people!

Check out Harry
Sirius (which is really cool, BTW)
and Umbridge
ebonlock: (Chocolate Lupin)
New behind the scenes Luna shot here with a nice view of her outfit. It's got kind of a peasanty-hippie-esque flair to it, but I like it.
ebonlock: (legilimency)
Is it wrong of me to be considering this as a costume for the Deathly Hollows release party:

I'd have to get a wig 'cause my hair's too short and the wrong color, still...

Oh and this shot of Scruffy!Remus is Teh Sex:

ebonlock: (Draco and the Malfoys)
For those who haven't yet seen it, the international trailer for OotP (which reminds me a bit of 1984, but maybe that's just me):

In other news I finally got to see The Sun Kings play Saturday night and boy did they put on a show. Four hours of music (minus a few intermissions) if you can believe that. They did a lot of early Beatles stuff which was good, but when they got to the later stuff they kicked total ass. [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain and I ended up sitting next to a guy named Clay who was rockin' out right from the start. By the first intermission R- had struck up a conversation with him and by the second we were all excitedly chatting. He was praying they'd do "Old Brown Shoe", "Happiness is a Warm Gun" and "Hey Bulldog" and he got two out of three so he was over the moon. R- got to hear "Eight Days a Week" which is the one she'd been hoping for, but they didn't do my own personal fave, "She's a Woman" so I was a little disappointed but what can you do? We've decided we must go see them next time they play and drag as many other Beatles fans as we can manage along with us. And, hrm, they appear to be playing the weekend before my birthday in Campbell...

And a quick warning, my stomach is super bad right now in new and interesting ways which may require me to go back to the gastro guy. I keep hoping it'll clear up on its own but just so you know, I may need to back out of plans 'cause I need to go home and curl up in a fetal ball. No offense is intended. Now I'm going to go back to drinking my new Pomme/Strawberry Jamba and hope it all stays where I put it.
ebonlock: (Snakes on a Dark Lord)
I would gladly trade an entire passle of Marauders

for for one adorable Snape-ling

Can you hear my inner dirty old woman howling like a werewolf on the night of a full moon? **pant** Ok, I need a new icon...
ebonlock: (Draco and the Malfoys)
The official grande-sized trailer is now up for OotP, you can catch lots more yummy details in this one.
ebonlock: (Default)
In case you hadn't seen it yet, the Order of the Phoenix website is live, warning, not much up there at present.

And [livejournal.com profile] divine_debris sends me this little jewel, a 4 minute piece on OotP from HBO! You must see it to believe it, my friends. It's obscene that I'm this excited already about a movie that doesn't come out until next July, it really is...

Also some larger versions of the trailer are available:


Windows Media Player




Nov. 20th, 2006 11:40 am
ebonlock: (legilimency)
Public Service Reminder:

The teaser trailer for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will make its online debut on Monday, November 20th at 12:00 p.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. EST on the “Happy Feet” site (www.happyfeetmovie.com).

I'm looking forward to seeing it in crystal clarity so I can hopefully pick up even more obscure details :)

And it's up, but bitty. Still you can freeze it and go through step by step which is helpful in catching some of the details. And you can do screencaps too, which I like very much :) BTW, [livejournal.com profile] divine_debris you must do a Bellatrix costume, I mean seriously, that would kick ass.
ebonlock: (Snakes on a Dark Lord)
Ooh, I missed the bit with Severus hitting Harry with Legilimency later on in the trailer, that's pretty fucking cool right there! And dude, the Order zooming past the Houses of Parliament on brooms just fuckin' rocks.

ebonlock: (Mumble)
Ok first thing's first, the OotP trailer... )

And as for Happy Feet... )
ebonlock: (Snape Potterpuff)
Woo, just heard this from our Warner rep:

The teaser trailer for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will make its online debut on Monday, November 20th at 12:00 p.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. EST on the “Happy Feet” site (www.happyfeetmovie.com).

Most of the pics I received are pretty murky and uninteresting, but I think I spotted two from Occlumency classes which show some nice details of what may be Snape's quarters:

Calm Harry with eerie green glow, note the bottles in the back.

Freakin' out Harry with eerie green glow, more bottles behind him.

And these are kinda cool:

This one of Dolores overseeing the O.W.L.s is kinda fun too.

A little something something for my Sirius-loving friends

And does Harry look like freaky old in this one or is it just me?


All right, kiddies, I've got the first 10 seconds of the teaser trailer for you and OMG the Snape-y goodness makes my toes curl already! BTW, [livejournal.com profile] moonlightnrain I totally called it, Harry's standing in Snape's quarters during those photos. I do believe I can declare it game, set and match when it comes to geek points on this one ;)


Windows Media Player


Nov. 15th, 2006 04:07 pm
ebonlock: (Snakes on a Dark Lord)
Sweet! New OoTP teaser poster here. Warner rep also says we can see a teaser trailer with Happy Feet starting this weekend. I'd intended to see HF anyway as my pretend robbing the cradle boyfriend Elijah Wood is the star, but this seals the deal. Anyone else in for a matinee either Saturday or Sunday?


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