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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, a review by Dragonfire

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

I am glad that the final book was split into 2 movies.  There was just too much to cover and tie up for one movie...especially if Yates would have been able to hack it to bits again.  There are changes again, though most of them don't bother me too much.  Some things get a little condensed, which isn't too annoying.  There is a stupid scene added in, again by Yates decision because he wanted to show the sexual tension - that is what he said - between Harry and Hermione.  Ack.  There was none between them.  They were each in love with someone else and were just friends and for Yates to imply something else is messed up.  I guess we are lucky he didn't have them make out.  some of the characters aren't used enough again, but that happened in the book too.  They are still clueless about what most of the horcruxes could be..though they sort of stumble into figuring out one.  Harry has his piece of a magical mirror that Sirus gave him back in the fifth book...which has been left out of the movies completely, yet Harry is now pulling it out looking in it..and it is kind of important later on.  This movie refers back to things that were left out of various books, so it really requires people have read the books to be able to fully follow and understand certain things.  People that have only seen the movies are going to be lost on some things thanks to how things were cut in previous movies.  Most of the issues in this one go back to things that weren't handled properly in previous movies.

I do enjoy the movie overall..I just think it would have been even better if a few things were handled better.

I did post a longer review at Epinions after seeing the movie.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

(From Marie's Random Movie Viewing on July 15th, 2013)

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100 Rifles, a review by Rogmeister

100 Rifles (1968)  110 minutes

Director: Tom Gries (who also co-wrote the screenplay)  Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Cast: Jim Brown, Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds, Fernando Lamas, Dan O'Herlihy

Plot: A lawman (Brown) after a bank robber (Reynods) ends up helping a female revolutionary (Welch) in Mexico defend an Indian village against a tyrant (Lamas).

My Thoughts--This was not an outstanding western, though it did have its moments.  Raquel Welch (in one of her 3 westerns, two released in 1968 and the other 3 years later) is quite possibly the sexiest woman ever to set foot in a western.  She's sultry, fiery and looks good taking a shower (even though she is actually clothed, though briefly so, in her shower scene which is done in the movie to distract some enemy soldiers) and, of course, gets a bed scene with the lead, possibly one of the first romantic scenes on film between a black man and a white woman?  Probably not, but it's interesting.  Burt Reynolds, as a half-breed, looks a bit odd wearing a huge black sombrero, but I enjoyed him in the role.  In fact, though this is a western, I didn't see one traditional-looking cowboy hat in the entire picture though Brown's came closest.  There's lots of good-looking visuals in this movie, a requirement for a good western, as the movie takes place entirely in Mexico.  The film does drag a bit in spots and perhaps a bit more prudent editing and a slightly shorter running time might have helped there.  It does finally pick up steam in the last half-hour of the picture so I liked it overall...I just didn't love it.  My one quibble is one of the lead characters dies in the film...but we never see it happen.  That character is running along the rooftops helping fight the enemy...and the next time that person is seen, he/she is in the arms of someone...already dead.  I hated that. 

(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 2nd, 2009)

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Angel Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Angel: Season 3

4. Carpe Noctem
Original Air Date: 10/15/2001
While investigating a string of deaths involving bodybuilders whose bones literally dissolved, Angel becomes trapped in the body of a 76-year-old man.

Guest Stars:
Stephanie Romanov
Daniel Dae Kim
Rance Howard

My Thoughts:
This is a fun episode. Has a few chuckles in it.  Definitely not a serious episode... and does little to advance the season long story arc. More of a filler episode.... but  a good one.

My Rating:

(From Angel Marathon on March 11th, 2010)