Thursday, July 12, 2007

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Just got back from the latest Harry Potter film. First things first: I went with Mele, Dan and Marc, all of whom think nothing of bringing a literal shopping bag of sweets to the movies. Before dinner. Needless to say I am scratching the sugar crystals from my skin as they osmosise and solidify, it's both beautiful and scary to watch. I am also on a sugar crash. Ouchy yuck.

How was the movie?
Just like the book. In fact, they relied solely upon the audience having read the book before seeing the film - an extremely safe bet. After every single scene, I kept waiting for the director to lean into shot, expectant grin on his face, and say encouragingly 'You know - like in the book!'
It was kind of lazy in that way, and that's the problem with making a movie from such a long and involved book: you can't show every nuance of character and twist of plot because there isn't the time, nor can you cut too many things out or it just becomes a crazy zombie of a movie. The only solution present is to do what they did tonight and brush over everything as briefly or as thinly as possible so that at least no one can accuse you of missing something out.
Well, to the directors and writers of
Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix I say this:

Yes, indeed. You missed out something. You missed out something big. And that was heart. And
balls for JK's sake! The books are getting better and better because they are getting darker. The reason they are getting darker is because they aren't just delving into the evil within the individual person any more, they are beginning to expose just how evil manifests itself into society. The whole Stazi/Secret Police storyline courtesy of the wickedest character in the Potter series after Voldemort himself, Dolores Umbridge, was treated with all the darkness and danger of a Paul Robinson prank on Neighbours. Too much zany and not enough panoptical, self-surveilling fear.
So, yes, not so much a Harry Potter
movie, as a slide show of the Harry Potter book upon which it was based. But, in the category of Movies I Have Watched This Week, it wins all the Oscars and a meat tray.


In true double-post tradition, before I fall into bed, I have discovered via The Chocolate Witch, Blurb from the 'Burbs's Blog Award Sticker a new webcomic. I'm happy to say that it is far too intelligent for me at this stage. Either that, or it's not funny. But if it weren't funny, I wouldn't be posting about it after a sugar crash at one in the morning. It's called The Flowfield Unity and here is the first comic from its archives to make me laugh. Well, not so much laugh, as nod my head sagely and say "...aaaahhh ... I get it."


  1. Nano nano nano, this is all getting a bit weird Franzy because we three saw HP and the OOTP last night. Love Chunks and I thought it lacked a bit of 'oomph' and that JK decided - fairly late on in the book - that "Oh geez, I need to slot in a chase or search for summat - I'll bung in a bit on that crystal ball stuff....

    LC has read all of the books to Sapphire over the past couple of years, so as a newly-turned eight year old I was rather impressed with her calm acceptance of the dark and scary bits. As Sirius died, she cried, grabbing my arm and saying, "Oh I knew it was going to happen Mum, but it's still sad."

    My biggest issue is that, after five flippin' years of school, poor old Hazz STILL has to convince his friends, classmates and the wider community that he's telling the truth.... Surely they would have accepted him by now?

  2. C-c-c-creeeeepy!!! Were you at the Piccawilly?

    That's exactly my point about the movie - I believed all that stuff in the book because JK gave the development of fear and apathy time to get off the ground, whereas in the movie, you just had to cross your legs really hard and wait for the director to lean in front of the camera and go "You know! Remember? Like in the book!"

    Even the Sirius death scene was over in under thirty seconds. First he's having a heart-to-heart-let-me-go-over-the-trenches-for-you-oh-chosen-one-because-i-love-you-and-we're-family with Harry, then you blink, they're battling side-by-side, blink again and zap - dead. Harry mourns, kicks and screams, tally-ho, on with the plot.

  3. That hyphenated thing above should actually be a rant about the split second character relationship that Harry and Sirius get to build up in record time before he gets murdered.

  4. ALL the oscars AND a meat tray? wow, so everything else you've seen lately is truly awful then? Are you a movie critic? Or do you just go to the movies a lot?

  5. Check out the previous post on the Fantastic Four and you'll get some kind of idea ...

  6. Read that post and have no idea who or what the Fantastic Four might be, but I'll take your word for it being a bad movie. I usually find books much better because of the extra detail and also because your imagination creates your very own movie so each person who reads a story can become enriched with their own experience. Also I clicked on your link to the Flow Field Unity and I find those comics quite funny, so I've added it to my "favourites" list.

  7. I've just seen it, Sam. You're dead right about the death of Sirius Black. If I hadn't read a lot of gossip I wouldn't have known he actually died in that scene - nowhere near enough time. But not having read the book, I was engrossed and carried along by the story. Which is more than I can say for the previous instalment with its seemingly endless Quest competitioon.

  8. Jonathon
    get back to work - or maybe this is work - i secretly love to read your comments...........and your blog


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32