POLL RESULTS: Best Harry Potter Movie!!!

With the return of The Wizarding World, Killing Time readers this month mulled over the question of which is the greatest of the eight (now nine) films that make up JK Rowling’s universe?  The winner (and my choice as well) was the third film in the Harry Potter series: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.  Azkaban is the book and the film that takes Harry Potter from an intriguing kids series to an all-ages fantasy adventure.  Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron brought a darkness and maturity to the series and broke them from the mode of being literal translations of the novels to being films in their own right.  Finishing in second was the fourth film in the series: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, followed by the grand finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Every Potter film received at least one vote except for the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  Now, come on, people.  That movie is actually the only film that’s better than its book, and it is certainly better than the first two films.  Tsk.  I can see it being no one’s favorite, but someone voted for Chamber of Secrets and THAT person, since they’ve clearly lost their mind, might have thrown Phoenix a pity vote.

Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

I’ll leave the results up until Thursday at midnight, at which time the Rogue One Review Poll will go up.  Now, this should go without saying, but nothing ever does, so let’s go over it.  Do not vote before you see the film.  Let it settle a bit before you did to avoid the knee-jerk BEST FILM EVER or I HATE EVERYTHING reactions.  We’ve only done this once before for Episode VII, and it worked out pretty well, so we’re verging on making this an annual tradition.  The film’s world premiere was last night, and there’s positive buzz coming out of it, though the review ban won’t be lifted until tomorrow (which is why I will be going as dark as possible between then and when I see the movie Friday night).
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Albus Dumbledore, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Severus Snape, Alan Rickman, harry potter, Daniel Radcliffe

Trailer Time: The Fate of the Furious Trailer #1 *Say it Ain’t So, Dom!*

After managing to pull a miracle out of the tragedy of Paul Walker’s death and turn in a seventh Fast & the Furious that rocketed to $1.5 billion globally, which makes it still the sixth highest grossing film of all-time, I think the series should ended on that triumphant note.  However, this is the age of the franchise, so it was immediately renewed for three more installments (at least) with potential spin-offs for series regulars.  Fast 8 certainly landed a great young director in F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and added Oscar winners Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren (really?) to their giant ensemble.  Then they went and put a title on this thing that Telemundo would have rejected as overly melodramatic.  The Fate of the Furious?  Sigh.  Check out the first look at the film, and plot details below from Coming Soon.  I’m certainly intrigued by this trailer and stoked that Kurt Russell and Jason Statham will be back.  What I will keep calling Fast 8 opens next April. Continue reading Trailer Time: The Fate of the Furious Trailer #1 *Say it Ain’t So, Dom!*

Trailer Time: Assassin’s Creed Trailer #3 (2016) *Blood Will Win Out*

The final trailer for Assassin’s Creed is, also in my opinion, the best we’ve seen so far.  The last trailer was awful; the first trailer was extremely promising, and now this leaves things on a hopeful note that we’ll finally get a good film out of a video game franchise.  The plot as explained in the film is essentially the plot of the first game in the franchise only with a different protagonist and historical setting.  The look of everything (with the exception of making The Animus a little more exciting than the table it is in the games) is true to the series, and the plot seems dead-on.  My biggest reason for being worried is that this is getting little to no marketing push.  Compared to Passengers, which it opens against, you barely hear about this film.  I’ve analyzed this industry enough to know that if they really felt they had something that could go up against Passengers and Rogue One in its second week, we’d be seeing advertising everywhere.  I hope I’m wrong, because AC is my favorite video game franchise and with it’s material and the caliber of actors, if this falls flat….maybe video games really can’t be adapted for the screen.  Assassin’s Creed opens December 21, 2016.
Assassin's Creed, Michael Fassbender