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Friday Five: “Science Fiction” Films

August 19, 2011

So after that wizarding craziness from July, I figure we take a look at Fantasy’s cousin: Science Fiction. Now, for all my general geekery, Sci-Fi has never been my particularly favorite genre. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy it, but I never really go out of my way to embrace it either. Or at least not the “space opera” style of Sci-Fi. Star Trek has never been my thing at all. Sometimes however, I find the gems that I do like. So what Sci-Fi does murf enjoy? Only time and space can tell. Or at least this list. (more…)

Friday Five: A Special Announcement

August 5, 2011

So it’s Friday. And that means another thrilling installment of the Friday Five! Well not this week. I’ve come to a decision. No, the Friday Fives aren’t going to stop, but I’m no longer going to guarantee a weekly installment. Over the last 3 months, I’ve written a wide variety of articles touching on many a topic near and dear to me. And in that time, I’ve only managed to miss one week and be delayed another. That is a strong and solid run, and perhaps the best run of constant content in murfSTUFF history. Perhaps I’m a bit vain, but I’m proud of myself for that.

So why the change? Sometimes ideas are sparse. Sometimes I’m rushed to complete them. Sometimes I want to write something else. Honestly, sometimes I need a break.  There is no single hard reason I’ve come to this decision. What I do know is that I do this for my own interest and fun and I want to keep it that way. I hate forcing myself to write one when I don’t have the ideas or plans to back it up. I’m a busy man. I code all day. I have a wedding to help plan. My plate gets too full, and the Five sometimes is the last thing on my mind.

That being said, the Five isn’t ending. I’ll likely still keep on top of it on a semi-regular, but I don’t want it to become a chore. When it becomes a chore, it isn’t fun. When it becomes not fun, I don’t want to do it anymore and that is how so many of my endeavors falter and fail. So “henceforthwithheretofore,” I have decreed that the Friday Five will be maintained as a regular feature to be updated and posted when I can truly provide the best possible content I can muster. In short, I want the Five to go forth on under the banner of quality of quantity.

Thank you, dear murfSTUFFers (totally my new name for regular visitors), for understanding and generally being awesome! Even if I’m not sure how many of you there are out there.

Friday Five: Harry Potter Month #5: Movie Failures

July 29, 2011

I hope you’ve enjoyed our month with Mr. Potter. I know I have. By the way, Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is awesome and you should totally go and see it if you haven’t.

It would normally be a good idea to end things on a high note, but this whole month has been “the best this” or “my favorite that” so I’m gonna switch it up and talk about something negative. What the films got wrong. Not just compressing content for time. I can understand that from a filmmaking perspective. What I’m talking about is the omission of certain aspects that could be considered pivotal to the world of Harry Potter. Now some of them can be blamed on producing the movies mid-stream with the books, meaning the film makers weren’t privy to details that would be important later. These are things that missing, that when I look at them I really have to wonder what the hell were they thinking when they put it all together. What are they? Well let’s have at it shall we? Also: SPOILERS! (more…)

Friday Five: Harry Potter Month #4: Favorite Scenes (films)

July 22, 2011

Two weeks ago, I covered my favorite scenes from the books. Now that I’ve seen all the films, it is time to discuss my favorites from that set of media. You’d think they’d match up, but no. What makes a good film scene and what makes a good book scene are different. It depends on score, acting, editing and more. Its a different art form entirely. Having once been interested in film/video, I can appreciate the difference and see the films independently from the novels.

This list is mostly comprised of scenes from earlier films, but the last one (as they are presented in chronological order) is from Deathly Hallows: Part 2, so if you haven’t seen it, or read the book: SPOILERS!
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Friday Five: Harry Potter Month #3: Best Casting

July 15, 2011

Well, the final film premiered last night. But since I wrote this before seeing it, I can’t really talk about it yet. Instead though, I’m going to shift from the books for a bit and talk about the films. Most Potter fans, myself included, tend to regard the books and films on different levels and almost treated as two separate entities. For though the principal story is the same, they are treated with different focuses and details. Any book fan will tell you “Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs” are, but anyone who has only seen the movies will have no idea.

But let us not dwell on the differences of mediums, for what makes a good book and what makes a good film are two very different things. Let’s talk about something the films did right, and that only films can do: Casting. Who plays what character? Did they do a good job? While some of the casting is spotty, some of it is spot on. Let’s discuss.

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Friday Five: Harry Potter Month #2: Favorite Scenes (books)

July 8, 2011

You know, what I did a pretty good intro to this whole Harry Potter thing last week so I’m going to forgo the sticky details and say that today’s Five is about my favorite scenes from the books. This is very likely to have a followup later with favorite scenes from the films. With that terse intro done with, lets get to the Five presented in chronological order.

Oh yea! I figure its worth mentioning there’s going to be spoilers here. So if you’ve only watched the films, there could be some nasty surprises here.

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