zaterdag 8 oktober 2011

Movie Cliches + mistakes

After seeing my fair share of movies, I have been interested in movie clishes. Something tha always happens in every movie. Or seems so stupid that no one would do that in real life.

For example : Scream. I mean, when you walk into a room and you think the killer is there, please don't ask : 'Hello, is someone there?'. The killer will of course awnser : 'Oh yes I'm behind the couch!'. Come On!

So I Googled cliches and found some very interesting cliches:

    • Transportation always arrives and leaves on time.
    • Characters arrive at the airport and get *right on the plane*. They must have the best timing of any people on Earth - I always have wait around for a while before boarding. (Not to mention getting a boarding pass and the "arrive 15 minutes before departure or you lose your seat" clause of most airlines. Good thing movie airlines never overbook!)
    • Movie characters' suitcases are always weightless when they have to carry them.
    • In emergencies, anyone can pick up flying a helicopter.
    • Movie characters never suffer from motion sickness.
This is all completly true. No one ever has to wait for their plane. 
For villains, I used a bit of Harry Potter :P

    • The bad guy is the foreigner. (*Well, in this case no nose*)
    • Corollary: the foreigner is the guy who speaks English with an English accent
    • The bad guy also has a side-kick muscleman, who has some sort of trademark gimmick that he/she uses to eliminate opponents. You must kill or decomission this muscleman by forcing a backfiring of this trademarked gimmick. If the muscleman dispatched by a different method, he/she is not dead. (For that matter, don't assume that anyone is dead unless their death was spectacular. Beware sequels.) (*Nagini*)
    • No matter how dead you think you've killed a bad guy, he can still get up at least 3 more times. Therefore, always make sure to leave his gun in or near his hand after you've killed him and you turn away to comfort the girl. (*And then he tuns into confetti*)
    • When a villain seems dead, he never is. He will always be allowed one, and sometimes two resurrections. The hero will frequently see him coming, even if his back is turned. If he doesn't, a friend will finish the villain off. (*Seems obvious :P*)
    • You can kill the bad guy by taking careful note of any object that the camera has lingered on for an unnecessarly length of time; typically this is something like a meathook or a jagged bit of glass. You will be involved in a mighty struggle, and at the appropriate time you can become inspired (usually by either an insult from the bad guy or a look of faith from your love interest) with strength enough to force the bad guy into/onto/under/in front of the aforementioned object. Actor's Equity (Hollywood) requires that within 15 seconds either side of the bad guy's demise, you utter your trademark phrase. (*Wands*)
    • Whenever a villian has captured the hero, he will pause for 5 minutes to tell the hero _every_ detail of his plan to destroy and/or rule the earth, including times, dates, and addresses. (*Why do you live? Anyone?*)
    • The bad guy, having finally gotten the good guy into his clutches, will usually spend a few meglomaniac minutes gloating over his victory and his opponent's downfall. This increment of time will prove just enough to allow the good guy to figure a way out of his predicament, or just long enough to allow a rescue attempt.
    • The bad guy, instead of simply offing the captured good guy on the spot, will devise some sort of drawn-out, fiendishly clever method of execution that will take enough time to allow the good guy to figure out his escape. (*Flying through Hogwarts anyone*)
    • When a villain seems dead, he never is. He will always be allowed one, and sometimes two resurrections. The hero will frequently see him coming, even if his back is turned. If he doesn't, a friend will finish the villain off. (*Hocruxes anyone?*)
Also, it's fun to spot movie mistakes, especially when you have seen a movie 1.000 of times! 
The list for Harry Potter movies is pretty long. PoA alone has almost 300 mistakes. Here are some of DHP2:

Plot holeOne of Snape's memories show Lilly telling baby Harry to be safe, be strong. That had to have occurred before Voldemort killed Lilly. Snape was not in the house until after Lilly was killed and Voldemort was gone. Only Lilly and Harry should have had that memory, but not Snape.

Plot holeImmediately after the confrontation between Harry/McGonagall and Snape in the Great Hall, Harry runs up to Ravenclaw tower against crowds of students running the opposite direction. However, all the students would have been in the Great Hall during that confrontation, and therefore would have been coming from the same direction as Harry.

OtherIn both the books and the movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak can always be seen until it is worn. In Diagon Alley, just before the Gringott's break-in, Ron pulls out the cloak to cover Harry and Griphook, but it turns invisible before he puts it on them. Ron merely mimes the motion of covering them.

ContinuityIn the epilogue, when the older Harry and Ginny see off their children at Kings Cross Station, there is a shot of Big Ben. There are two different times on the sides of the clock.

ContinuityIn the scene where Lavender dies, her head is facing away from us while Fenrir Greyback is biting her neck. After Fenrir is blown out the window, her head is turned toward us, conveniently so we can see who just died.

ahh well, we are only human!

Have a great evening everyone!!!!

GobletMist61 a.k.a. Freddy

zondag 25 september 2011

First experience with Pottermore

While everyone was preparing themselves for the final Harry Potter movie, JK Rowling announced something awesome. Pottermore. After the video got online on Youtube, I think 99% were like, WTSmurf. No idea what it would be and what we could do with it. Not much information was given. I remember that Jo said that we will create a story or something,, I still don’t know what it means.

After a few weeks, we could finally sign up for Pottermore, a website which I knew nothing about. Of course you did not know when the Magic Quill would be online so it was (sorry to say) really well done. I woke up on sunday the 31st of July, said to myself ‘Happy Birthday Harry’ and grabbed my iPad to check my (personal) Twitter. Then, out of the blue, I screamed POTTERMORE! I quickly went to the website and there it was, the sign up button. I have to say I was really lucky.

Then when you finally get your heartbeats to slow down, you have to pick a name. The name that will stay with you for the rest of your PM experience. Tough call! I have to say I am really happy with mine and I would’t change it (though I love everything with Hallow or Auror in it haha).

And then the wait begins. You can’t just check your email 24/7 but you know you do. I was thinking, I am probably not the only one waiting. Then I made a Twitter account. And then I saw the light.

I can’t be more honoured and blessed to be part of this awesome Pottermorefamily. We wait, laugh, cry, sing and dance together. We are all in this together. From people already in PM and people in the NoOwlParty. Everyone is just so great with everyone and it’s amazing to see.

I wake up with the family and go to bed with the family. When I wake up, another goes to bed. Can’t wait for New Years Eve when every hour another PMFamily member enters the New Year.

Then, after a long few weeks, in wave 9, I finally got my PM Welcome Email. I was just on my way to work when I got tweets from Elmblade, HawthornDawn and SeekerRose saying that Owls are flying.
And after a few seconds, there it was. my email. I think I can say that this is the most awesome email I have ever received.

At work, my boss decided to have diner somewhere in the city and I would be alone for a few hours. Decision was made pretty quickly. The first 10 minutes I was only starring at my screen and I could not believe it.

I quickly went through the chapters to get to my wand and my house

Wand: Rowan, Unicorn Core, 12 and ¼ inches, Suprisingly Swishy

(first thing I did was translate Swishy, still don’t know what it means haha)

House : Gryffindor

First I wanted to be in Hufflepuff but I am actually a little bit proud to be in Gryffindor.

The family on twitter keeps everyone together. Doesn’t matter if you’re already on PM or not, we still have the most awesome conversations. About Rubber Ducks, Smurfs, movies and actors and much more.

This is just my experience of the start of Pottermore. My potions is really glitching and Duelling isn’t working, so when I calmed down on the potions and dueling, I’ll post again.

Thank you for reading and have the most awesome day!

To infinity and Beyond!

GobletMist61 a.k.a. Freddy

First post

Hello everyone,

thank you very much for visiting my blog. Here I will discuss Pottermore, Harry Potter and the things that keeps us up at night. How did the guy find out that a cow gives milk, which came first; the egg or the chicken, how far, far away is the galaxy actually.

Hope we can have fun here and you can always comment!

You can add me on Pottermore : GobletMist61 (Gryffindor FTW!) and I am on twitter with @GobletMist61

Have the most awesome day and may the force be with you.

GobletMist61 a.k.a. Fredyy