Author Archives: mnblogger

Movie Review: ‘After the Dark’ starring Bonnie Wright & Freddie Stroma

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In truth, the film is a bit of a mind-f***, but one that can be thoroughly enjoyable if you allow yourself to go where the story goes rather than trying to stuff it into a specific categorical box. After the Dark is not what you’re expecting, but it is a film that will make you question everything. Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 6 Update: Yeti Toss Final Round

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After an exciting but not unsurprising qualifying round this morning, five countries advanced to the finals round of the Yeti Toss: Iceland, Nepal, Norway, Russia, and the US. The finals began with Iris Einarsson landing head first in a pile of snow after being tossed 63.48 meters. As Wizolympic officials helped to dig Einarsson out of the snow, Adam Whitney choose his yeti. Once the arena was cleared, Whitney and his yeti prepared for the ... Read More »

483 ½ Wizolympics – Day 6 Update: Yeti Toss Qualifying Round

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This morning the qualifying round for the Yeti Toss kicked off here in Sochi. Nine teams competed in this round with Nepal as the favorite going in. In order to make it past this round the wizard from each team needed to choose a yeti that would toss him/her at least 60 meters. As expected Shreya Rana of Nepal skillfully chose her yeti, and she landed at 69 meters to qualify for the finals. She ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Robocop’ starring Gary Oldman

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For those uninitiated, Robocop tells the story of a robotics corporation, OmniCorp, which has made its fortune installing law enforcement robots abroad. Dr. Dennett Norton, played by the great Gary Oldman, was one of the more interesting characters in the film. WARNING: This review contains spoilers. Read More »

A detour down Knockturn Alley: Manipulating J.K. Rowling’s remarks on Harry, Hermione, and Ron

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How major media outlets turned into Muggle Daily Prophets and warped the words of one of the greatest storytellers of all time Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Separate We Come, Separate We Go’ – directed by Bonnie Wright & featuring David Thewlis

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In this ten minute short film, directed by Bonnie Wright, a young girl named Thea discovers the power of her imagination with the help of a stranger she meets along the beach in her coastal town. Read More »

The Troubling Treatment of Children in the Wizarding World

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I have to admit that when I heard the news of a potential Harry Potter stage show about Harry’s childhood with the Dursleys I was not very excited, which in turn made me feel really disappointed. As a long time Potter fan I wanted to be excited about the possibility of getting more from the wizarding world, but the idea of seeing more of Harry’s childhood held little interest for me. In fact, the more ... Read More »

The Mysterious Life of Nicolas Flamel

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A search of the name Nicolas Flamel on Google will yield over 400,000 results, most of which will link you to books or information about the character Nicolas Flamel. If it is information about the real life alchemist you are looking for, however, that information is much harder to find. Made especially famous by J.K. Rowling’s use of him in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Flamel is known as the creator of the legendary ... Read More »

Book Review: Fangirl By Rainbow Rowell

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I’ve fallen in love with who knows how many books over the years, but I can’t remember the last time I had such a visceral reaction to a book. Fangirl has all the right components for a Young Adult novel. It’s a coming of age story about a wallflower girl trying to adjust to her first year of college and her first real romantic entanglement. But at the same time, it’s just so much more than that because Cath is a fangirl, and extremely so. Read More »

Theater Review: Coriolanus starring Tom Hiddleston and Alfred Enoch

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As one of the few Shakespeare plays to be banned in modern times and a large scale epic, Coriolanus is, at first glance, a questionable choice of play for the intimate, 250 capacity Donmar Warehouse. Throw in the casting of Tom Hiddleston, best known for playing lovable rogue Loki in Marvel’s Avengers universe, as the cold, opaque titular character, and the scheduling sounds even more bizarre. Yet this production embraces these contradictions, using them to ... Read More »