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On Etiquette

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As you know, I’m a fan of manners/etiquette/common sense/basic human decency. Call it what you want, but there is a standard set of behaviors that is appropriate for any time and place, and it is our job not only to adhere to those standards, but also to teach them to the future generations.

I’ve touched ont he subject of chivalry, and how I do believe that it is still alive today but that the women’s lib movement is doing its very best to kill it. (Seriously, ladies – a man opening a door for you, pulling out your chair and ordering for you in a restaurant [after you’ve made your own choice, he’s just telling the waiter] is NOT setting us back 100 years – IT’S FREAKING NICE.)

Today, I would like to discuss movie theatre etiquette. I’m a fan of Harry Potter and Twilight, and I understand that with this kind of taste interaction with tweens is inevitable. HOWEVER, those tweens need to be taught Movie Theatre Etiquette 101:

1. You do not have to squeal/shriek/scream every time your favorite character walks on screen/takes off his shirt/kisses a girl. THEY CANNOT HEAR YOU. I promise.

2. TURN OFF YOUR FREAKING CELL PHONE. AND STOP THAT TEXTING. STOP IT RIGHT NOW.

3. Each scene does NOT require a discussion with your next-seat-neighbor. (Or for that matter, the person 5 people down from you.)

4. The movie theatre is not your bedroom, and you’re too young to even know what that is – much less be doing it. I’m going to leave it at that.

And that is my rant for this morning. (If you couldn’t tell, I did not have my coffee today and am taking it out on the youth of America. They deserve it any way.)

HP7 Question to You

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Did anyone else think HP7 was scary at times? I totally did! I know the movie got a PG-13 rating, and it definitely deserved it. There were a lot of little kids in the theatre, and I couldn’t help but think “This movie was NOT appropriate for that 7 year old.” I’m no mother, so I can’t really say that I’m an expert in child rearing. Heck, if my kid wanted to go see HP, I’d probably have gladly taken him/her along (partly for selfish reasons – because I would have wanted to see it for myself.) But then I probably would have had to have dealt with the aftermath – fear of snakes, bad manicures, wormlike men and noseless villians, just to name a few.

So what did you think? Was it scary? Too scary for a young child? Would/did you take a child?

Harry Potter: A Love Affair

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It should come as no surprise to you that I, like every other red blooded American of my generation, love Harry Potter. Although I was a late bloomer into the HP fanclub (special thanks to my BESTIE, Lindsay, for “convincing” me to put off studying for finals the last semester of college by having a Harry Potter movie marathon of movies 1-4), I’ve now read every book and have seen every movie made to date.

It’s no secret that movie #4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, has been my hands-down favorite – mostly due to its inclusion of my beloved Cedric Diggory. I know Lindsay loves #5 (right?) and others have their own reasons for their personal favorites, but I must say – after seeing Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yesterday – I believe I have a new favorite!

DISCLAIMER:IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOKS OR SEEN THE MOVIES, STOP READING NOW. SPOILERS AHEAD!

Here are my reasons for loving/hating each HP film:

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: This was the original. The kids – Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, etc. – were so young! It’s crazy. You can’t hate the first movie – it was the beginning of an era.

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: I believe this is where I began to fall in love with Severus Snape. I knew from the very beginning that Snape was a “good” guy, and Alan Rickman plays him like a GENIUS. Oh, and when the letters came up on the screen that went from I AM TOM RIDDLE to LORD VOLDEMORT, I almost fell out of my chair. AMAZING.

3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: A crazy murder is on the loose, and then we find out he’s Harry’s Godfather and neither crazy NOR a murderer? AWESOME. Also, werewolves are amazing.

4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Two words: Cedric Diggory. He was handsome, funny and smart – therefore, they killed him off. Jerks. (And let the record show that I loved Cedric LONG BEFORE he was an angsty sparkly vampire.)

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Is there a more hated villian thatn Dolores Umbridge? I think not. This movie also gave us a greater picture of Bellatrix Lestrange – played by Helena Bonham Carter – who is TOTALLY CRAZY (I’m talking about Bellatrix AND HBC here), and does such an amazing job. When Sirius Black dies at the end, it kills me – I mean really, is it not bad enough that Harry’s mom and dad died, now his Godfather too? PS – Dumbledore’s Army FTW.

6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: I must admit, when reading the book I was like WHO IN THE WORLD IS THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE?! Then when I found out it was Snape I was like YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! How did I not see that coming? I dunno. Also, Harry and Ginny start dating – thank God she got pretty (I was worried from the earlier movies). And the end – oh, the end. RIP Dumbledore – you are amazing and I love you.

7A. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1: Wow. Just…wow. I am so glad they made a five-hour-long movie, I just wish the two parts had come out together! The movie was EXCELLENT – I especially liked the shadow-telling of the story of the Three Brothers. However, when Dobby died at the end, I was a hot mess. I mean REALLY. I love that little house elf and his allegiance to Harry. I cried in the book, and I cried again in the movie. BRAVO.

7B. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: I haven’t seen it yet (obviously), but I anticipate much crying and FINALLY – vindication. I really hope they do an “after the credits” type thing that shows Harry and Ginny’s wedding and their kids. DO IT, WARNER BROTHERS.