The Reasons Why the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise Isn’t as Good as the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

I’m a fan of the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I have been since I was a child. I remember getting taken to the movie theaters to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I was six at the time, and I loved it. It was scary, traumatizing even, but it’s a memory I’ll never forget. For so many years the Harry Potter movies have dazzled me and even as an adult I still watch these movies with a sense of awe that most movies can’t provide.

Because I love this world J.K Rowling created I found myself wanting to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the other day for only the third time and so, I watched it, and once again I was harshly reminded how lackluster the film’s story and overall essence is compared to all eight of the Harry Potter movies. It’s almost strangely underwhelming in comparison to the films that helped shape my childhood.

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The movie continues to try to recapture the same brilliance as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as it conveys to us new characters, a new world in the wizarding society that lives in New York, and all of the fantastical creatures, but it’s not long before the film falls flat, leaving one baffled by the movie’s lack of quality. Continue reading The Reasons Why the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise Isn’t as Good as the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

Ranking the Best Picture-Winning Movies I’ve Seen; from Worst to Best

The last time I wrote this post I had only seen 13 movies that had the honorable award of Best Picture. Now I’ve seen 20. So, with no further delay, here is my updated ranking of the Best-Picture winning movies that I’ve seen. Enjoy!

20. Casablanca

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I’ve been hearing about Casablanca for years and so when I finally got the chance to watch it, I did. Unfortunately, it would end up being a disappointment. I’m all into movie love stories but this one did not grasp me in the way that I thought it would. As a modern woman, Ilsa Lund’s incessant crying and wanting to be with Rick Blaine–the man she had an affair with while her husband was away at war 😒–is just not my thing.

Now, I will say, I loved the writing. So beautiful, so concise, the screenwriters did a great job conveying this story in a perfect fashion. And Rick Blaine was an amazing character to follow in this tumultuous section of his life.

While this movie will never sit in the list of my favorite movies I am very happy that I have seen it. Continue reading Ranking the Best Picture-Winning Movies I’ve Seen; from Worst to Best

What’s Your Favorite Best-Picture Winning Musical?

There have only been four Best-Picture winning musicals. A few years ago, La La Land almost became the fifth musical to receive such an honor but was left as a runner-up to the critically-acclaimed film, Moonlight. I’ve currently only seen two of these musicals (An American in Paris and The Sound of Music) but I am determined to one day watch them all.

For this week’s Who’s Your Favorite? I thought this would be a fun question to pop for you, my fellow movie lover. So, considering that I haven’t seen all of these movies I’m going to get straight to the point and not delve into detailing each film: which musical is your favorite?

For me, in comparing An American in Paris and The Sound of Music, The Sound of Music is undoubtedly my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love An American in Paris for its hummable score and lovely songs, but The Sound of Music touches my heart in a way that most movies can’t.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.