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Wednesday, July 18, 2007


For the fans of J.K Rowling's masterpeice, is the latest film installment by Warner Brothers, HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, i was lucky enough to watch it on monday at the Silverbird Cinema and i was so impressed, next to HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, this is the best adaptation of the book, especially since the book has more than 30 chapters and full of mind blowing special effects. For info. about J.K Rowling's final chapter of the HARRY POTTER franchise, click on .

PLOT: In the aftermath of the Triwizard tournament(where a student , Cedric Diggory, was murdered by Voldemort), Harry Potter(once again played by Daniel Radcliffe)- now in his 5th year at Hogwarts- is not only tormented by accusations by the Ministry of Magic and majority of the magic community of deliberately causing panic about the Dark Lord's return through fabrications, but also by disturbing visions of him walking towards a mysterious locked door.
Headmaster Dumbledore(Micheal Gambon) brings together the Order of the Phoenix to fight Voldemort and the Deatheaters(his f0llowers) when the Ministry stubbornly remain in denial. Harry Potter in turn heads an organisaton called Dumbledore's Army by recruiting Hermoine(Emma Watson), Ron(Rupert Grint), Ron's twin brothers Fred & George (James and Oliver Phelps), Neville(Matthew Lewis) and other brave students to defend themselves against whatever may come as well as fight against the tyranical Dolores Umbrige; Senior Undersecretary to the Minister of Magic and the new Defence Against The Dark Arts teacher played by Imelda Stauton(throughout the film, she looked like she was permanently stoned).

The film also stars Gary Oldman as Sirus Black, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy, Alan Rickman as Snape, Robbie Coltrane as the half giant Hagrid, David Thewlis as Lupin, Helen Bonham Carter as Tonks and of course Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort and directed by David Yates.

What to expect: Harry's very first kiss!

P.S: There's a rumour that Emma Watson(Hermoine) will be replaced in the next film installment, HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE scheduled to be released on November 21, 2008.

It seems just like yesterday that I first watched the 1988 fim DIE HARD, the very first film I saw Bruce Willis in after being a faithful follower of the detective series he starred in with Cybill Shepherd ,MOONLIGHTING(1985-1989). Ironically, the role of John Mclaine(the main character) was first given to Richard Gere(PRETTY WOMAN, NO MERCY, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN) but was handed over to Bruce Willis after Gere turned it down. In July 2nd, 1990, came DIE 2 and in May 26, 1996 came part 3, DIE HARD WITH A VENGANCE which featured him with Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Irons. Never in my wildest imagination that there'll be a part 4, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD epecially since Willis is not as young as he used to be; Rocky Balboa came as a shock too.

PLOT: An old fashioned police officer emerges to foil a hi-tech attack on the country's computer infrastructure as Bruce Willis brings back one of the biggest action franchises in screen history. It's been over a decade since audiences last saw New York cop John McClane (Willis), but now, as the world's greatest criminal mastermind (Timothy Olyphant) attempts to cripple the entire country with an innovative act of technological terrorism, only one cop can insure that the integrity of the system stays in tact at the same time rescue his daughter who was captured as bait(In part 1, his wife was the main hostage). The film also features Justin Long(DODGE BALL) and is directed by Len Wiseman (who also directed UNDERWORLD).

What to expect: lots of crash and burn!

Did you know? In DIE HARD PT. 1, Hans Gruber, who Bruce Willis threw off the building while trying to save his wife, was played by ALAN RICKMAN, who currently plays Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films.


Another movie to see is FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, which most people @ the Silverbird Cinema dubbed "fantastic" and far better than part one. Once again it stars Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd(who played Lancelot in KING ARTHUR and was one of the candidates considered to be the next James Bond) as Reed Richards AKA 'Mr. Fantastic', Jessica Alba(DARK ANGEL as the bionic Max) as Susan Storm AKA 'The Invinsible Woman', Chris Evans(CELLULAR) as Johnny Storm AKA 'The Human Torch', Micheal Chiklis as Ben Grimm AKA 'The Thing', Julian McMahon as Victor Doom and Kerry Washington(RAY) as The Thing's blind girlfriend, Alicia. Laurence Fisburne(MI:3) is the voice of the Silver Surfer and the movie is directed by Tim Story.

PLOT: Mr. Fantastic(Gruffudd) and the Invinsible Woman(Alba) are all set to get married but there is a major crisis in the world where a mysteroius comet-like being is causing major blackouts, tropical storms and other natural disasters on earth; the 'comet' is actually THE SILVER SURFER who they later discover has destroyed other planets and is about to do the same to earth.

For more info on the "Silver Surfer" click THE SILVER SURFER.

I watched this yesterday and I strongly recommend it.

What to expect: A lot of fantastic visual and sound effects, plus Mr. Fantastic's original dance steps during his Bachelor's Eve party(personally, I find the guy very yummy!) and Ben's reaction to Johnny's annoying curiousity about he and Alicia's "sex life".

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