Soccer is Done, Harry Potter is Done, Netflix is Done (Sort of), and Summer is Here!

By: The Dude on the Right

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With the woman’s USA team losing to Japan for the World Cup, after today’s Weekend Wrap-Up! Podcast Stu Gotz and I don’t have a reason to talk about soccer for a while. And with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II hitting theaters over the weekend, we won’t have a reason to talk about Harry Potter, either. But that won’t stop us from wrapping up our weekends, because there is always something to talk about, because, during this episode, we also talk about other movies, like “Bridesmaids,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” and “Get Him to the Greek.”

We also have some discussions about maybe my possibly cancelling our Netflix account, Stu did some SCUBA diving, I went to Hooters, and neither of us are that excited about “Captain America” opening next weekend. Man, 20 minutes goes by so quickly!

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

MPAA Rated – PG-13
It’s 2:10 Long
A Review by:
The Dude on the Right

Harry Potter
and the
Deathly Hallows: Part II
Movie Stats & Links
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
Release Date: July 15, 2011
Kiddie Movie: It’s pretty violent at times so be careful.
Date Movie: Even if you’re date isn’t a fan, they should be able to follow along.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: No real blood, but some gruesomeness occurs.
Action: There is a lot of chasing and people falling off of tall things.
Laughs: Some good chuckles, especially if you know the story.
Memorable Scene: The final revelation of Snape.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stood out.
Directed By: David Yates

I was a little worried going into “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II”, especially since I hadn’t seen the “Half-Blood Prince” nor Part I of the “Deathly Hallows,” but I’ll tell you what – For the final version all you really need to know is that there is this wizard, Harry, and his nemesis is this dude with a smooshed-in-face, Voldermort, and this is their final battle.  Ignore the rest of the stuff, the “who loves whom,” the “who is related to whom,” the “what is this stuff with snakes and gremlins and dragons,” and just enjoy a ride of a fun battle of good versus evil where magic wands control their world.

In any case, here it is, the finale, the end, the second part of a book that took two movies to tell the story, it’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.”  Pretty much we find Harry, Ron, and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson), whom many of us have grown up with as we have grown up, coming upon the final quest of Harry’s life – to finally battle Lord Voldermort, and maybe find out the truth about his life.  Yup, there is adventure as they need to find these three things that can make Voldermort immortal, or something like that, and if they can destroy all of them, they can then, hopefully, get rid of Voldermort once and for all.  Through it all we get transported to the roller-coaster ride of the bank vaults that the gremlins protect, a dragon ride, and a really cool battle between statues and, oh, I can’t remember what the big dude are, as wizards throw spells and the army of Voldermort fights the do-gooders of Hogwarts.

As a movie, with maybe just a five minute intro, “Part II” could really stand on its own as a film because it’s got everything – Love, excitement, sadness, good, evil, and some kick-ass battle scenes, but really all you need to know is it’s Harry against Voldermort, and somebody has to die.

The visuals are stunning in the movie, and for a change I opted for a 3-D film and liked it because it wasn’t shot for “Oh look, this is 3-D,” but rather “Here’s a film with a great story, and the 3-D is there to just enjoy.”

I am a little sorry to see the series come to an end, but I think that one of the best things about the Harry Potter series is that it had a great start, followed the book story for the most part, and then came to an ending, rather than just trying to push out versions that seem like “Hey, we need to make another movie because the last one made so much money.”  I know this might be a little bit of blasphemy, but in terms of a movie series I think, in the grand scheme of stories, Harry Potter blows Star Wars out of the water as a full body of work. I know this is sort of a tangent for this review, but hey, it’s what I think.

A solid ending for Harry Potter is what I think “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” is, and hey, you can probably see it even if you never saw and of the previous films – Enjoy the ride!  It’s 4 ½ stars out of 5, and I even say spend the extra bucks and see it in 3-D.

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I’m Married, Seeing RED, Riding Gators, Bye Bye Walkman, Are Naked Men the Devil, and The Bears. Still. Suck.

By: The Dude on the Right

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This episode of Stu & The Dude’s "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast opens with my introducing Stu Gotz to a new tune brought to light with some of the current scandals going on in Chicago and Cook County, IL. Yup, we have corruption, and we also have good music! Another place that had good music was my wedding where Stu got to meet our biggest fan, and she didn’t even slap him! Yup, that’s right, I married my BFF, and now the debate is whether I should refer to her as my BFF or my wife. The debate rages on!

As other things go, though, it was a weekend and it was time to wrap up, and Stu gives tales of taking his kids to shoot pumpkins and happily didn’t have the decision to make if the Little Gotz’s should ride an alligator while I’m still watching the Chicago Bears even though I don’t really know why. Stu is teaching his kids to read about wizards, I tell Stu a news story about a case of nude, mistaken identity causing a bunch of people to leap to their deaths, and who knew the Walkman was still being made? Well, it isn’t any more as Sony has officially retired the cassette player, but I bring the podcast full circle explaining to Stu how I owe my marriage to a Walkman! And, oh yea, Stu seems upset that Microsoft won’t be making Windows XP anymore, and I can’t figure out why. I mean, I know why Microsoft is stopping their stuff, but I still don’t know why Stu seems sad.

There’s a World Series with the Giants and Rangers that most no one cares about, I went to another Confirmation, Stu saw the movie "Red" and liked it, and I’m still basking in the glow of marriage-ness!

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