In honor of Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al Yankovic. Yes, this is happening.
This plastic horror — horrifically, it’s a musical — is a head-smackingly dumb exercise in corporate filmmaking and mercenary marketing. So crass it makes me rethink my love of the toys themselves.
The delicately balanced foolishness of Now You See Me gives way to impossibly supernatural magic tricks aimed at thwarting the least menacing villain ever.
A riff on the Hollywood conventions of a story we know very well already, with little new to say. James McAvoy’s mad scientist is fun to watch, though.
Thinks it’s hitting notes of subconscious dread, but it’s just swinging a sledgehammer of tropes and hoping one of them sticks. (Spoiler: None do.)
We’re nearly 15 years into the century — it shouldn’t be so hard to think of names to fill this roster.
My picks: Saoirse Ronan and Daniel Radcliffe…
I was quite proud to have developed my own conspiracy theory about Hamlet (although I discovered later that I am not the first person to have thought of this)…
Links my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today…
Does the Harry Potter-ization of pop culture — stories becoming money-generating franchises from the get-go — represent a modern culture rotting at its core, as Alan Moore suggests in his new graphic novel Century 2009?