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A Pictorial History of the Movies: 2001 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I couldn’t think of any other choice.

This is one of the ten most important movies for the trajectory of cinema between 1996 and 2005.

This is the movie that kicked off the big franchise trend. And YA adaptations.

It was this and another film that will be appearing shortly that really sealed the fate of cinema as it currently exists.

Oh, and it’s Harry Potter. For anyone under the age of 30, how is this franchise not one of the most important cultural touchstones of your life? (more…)


Fun with Franchises: Final Thoughts on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

All right… the final article on our first film. This feels… actually not as exciting as you’d think. Since we have seven more films already banked up and are working on another (undisclosed, because that would give away what franchise is coming next) amount. But still, it’s momentous. So that’s something.

I’m drunk. Just go with it.

So we went through the entire film and did our thing with it. And it was great. And then we picked out our favorite images from the film. So now all that’s left is us summing up our thoughts about the film as a whole.

So without wasting time (something I am very good at doing), here are our final thoughts on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: (more…)


Fun with Franchises: Favorite Images from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This is the first time we’re doing this here, so it’s gonna be a bit of a learning curve for us. The first two weeks are gonna be a bit bumpy, since the first two movies only have four parts to them. That gave us an extra day to deal with. But we figured out how to deal with that. I’ll explain that part later. For now, and for every other week except this one and next one where we do a Fun with Franchises article, they will be five parts to them, Monday to Friday, and then Saturday we’ll do the same article we’re doing here, and on Sunday, we’ll write up our final thoughts about the film we covered all week. And the process will reset on Monday again.

But for our purposes right now, what we’re doing is picking out what were our favorite images from the film we’ve just spent the week covering. It’s pretty simple. We’re just gonna pick out the shots we like best. For whatever reason. It doesn’t have to be because it’s a really famous image. We could just like it because it has boobies in it. You know us. We have no morals.

What we did was each set aside a group of like, 15 or 20 shots each, then compared lists and whittled them down to a final list of ten, mostly from going, “Hey, you like this one, and I like this one, so there we go.” It’s not a complicated process at all. And for fun, we’re also gonna list a couple honorable mentions that just missed the final cut but are shots we enjoy anyway.

This is the first time we’re doing this, so the process and such might change, but whatever. It’s a work in process. It’s like a pilot. We’ll tweak shit in season if need be. I remember when I started watching Burn Notice when it came out, and Gabrielle Anwar originally had the Irish accent, and by episode four they had her start doing an American accent and explained it by her saying, “I need to fit in and not seem like ex-IRA,” and then she spoke like that from there on out and they never mentioned it again. That’s how we operate around here.

That said — here are our favorite images from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: (more…)


Fun with Franchises: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Part IV — “It’s Not Over Til Somebody Gets Inked”

Today we continue with another entry in our Fun with Franchises series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone, for those of you whose country doesn’t have to have the final say on titles and blatantly disrespects authors like that), part four.

In case you don’t know how this works — a while back, I decided to rank my favorite Disney movies and rank my favorite James Bond movies. And the Disney ones were mostly straight synopses and not too much fun, but when I got to Bond, I enlisted the help of my friend Colin (whose blog is TokyoRemix.com. Fuck yeah, promotion!), who knows everything about the Bond franchise that I do not, for those articles, and along the way, learned how to have fun with it. And, by the end of the Bond articles, we were having so much fun that I said, “Man, we have to do this again with other stuff.” Because I spent about a straight month and a half putting together those articles. That’s how much time and effort actually goes into something like that. And not once did it feel like work. It was so much fun that I knew, as long as we were doing it for comedy purposes and able to riff off of each other — we could do pretty much any film and it would work.

And very quickly, the first ones you come up with are the major franchises, because those are not only the most fun, but also the most universally known. Everyone’s gonna understand all the jokes we make (well… most of them. Some of them might be limited to three people) about them. So that’s what we’re doing. And if you’re gonna have fun with franchises, it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t franchise it. Also, just so we’re clear, this is all for parody. We’re just messing with them because we love them.

And that’s Fun with Franchises. Right now, we’re doing the Harry Potter franchise, and today is the fourth and final part of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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Fun with Franchises: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Part III — “That Would Have Made a Nice Christmas Card… If You Weren’t Murdered”

Today we continue with another entry in our Fun with Franchises series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone, for those of you whose country doesn’t have to have the final say on titles and blatantly disrespects authors like that), the third part.

In case you don’t know how this works — a while back, I decided to rank my favorite Disney movies and rank my favorite James Bond movies. And the Disney ones were mostly straight synopses and not too much fun, but when I got to Bond, I enlisted the help of my friend Colin (whose blog is TokyoRemix.com. Fuck yeah, promotion!), who knows everything about the Bond franchise that I do not, for those articles, and along the way, learned how to have fun with it. And, by the end of the Bond articles, we were having so much fun that I said, “Man, we have to do this again with other stuff.” Because I spent about a straight month and a half putting together those articles. That’s how much time and effort actually goes into something like that. And not once did it feel like work. It was so much fun that I knew, as long as we were doing it for comedy purposes and able to riff off of each other — we could do pretty much any film and it would work.

And very quickly, the first ones you come up with are the major franchises, because those are not only the most fun, but also the most universally known. Everyone’s gonna understand all the jokes we make (well… most of them. Some of them might be limited to three people) about them. So that’s what we’re doing. And if you’re gonna have fun with franchises, it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t franchise it. Also, just so we’re clear, this is all for parody. We’re just messing with them because we love them.

And that’s Fun with Franchises. Right now, we’re doing the Harry Potter franchise, and today is the third part of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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Fun with Franchises: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Part II — “Way to Say Slytherin Like an Asshole, Maggie Smith”

Today we continue with another entry in our Fun with Franchises series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone, for those of you whose country doesn’t have to have the final say on titles and blatantly disrespects authors like that), Part Deux.

In case you don’t know how this works — a while back, I decided to rank my favorite Disney movies and rank my favorite James Bond movies. And the Disney ones were mostly straight synopses and not too much fun, but when I got to Bond, I enlisted the help of my friend Colin (whose blog is TokyoRemix.com. Fuck yeah, promotion!), who knows everything about the Bond franchise that I do not, for those articles, and along the way, learned how to have fun with it. And, by the end of the Bond articles, we were having so much fun that I said, “Man, we have to do this again with other stuff.” Because I spent about a straight month and a half putting together those articles. That’s how much time and effort actually goes into something like that. And not once did it feel like work. It was so much fun that I knew, as long as we were doing it for comedy purposes and able to riff off of each other — we could do pretty much any film and it would work.

And very quickly, the first ones you come up with are the major franchises, because those are not only the most fun, but also the most universally known. Everyone’s gonna understand all the jokes we make (well… most of them. Some of them might be limited to three people) about them. So that’s what we’re doing. And if you’re gonna have fun with franchises, it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t franchise it. Also, just so we’re clear, this is all for parody. We’re just messing with them because we love them.

And that’s Fun with Franchises. Right now, we’re doing the Harry Potter franchise, and today is the second part of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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Fun with Franchises: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), Part I — “Voldemort: What a Cunt He Was”

What better way to start Fun with Franchises than with the king of all franchises (that we haven’t done yet)? This is the highest grossing franchise of all time, and is without a doubt the main one I grew up with, so it made sense to start with it. Harry Potter is by far the one franchise that every single one of my friends and I could make jokes and references to and have everyone get those jokes and references. Plus it’s just great.

In case you don’t know how this works — a while back, I decided to rank my favorite Disney movies and rank my favorite James Bond movies. And the Disney ones were mostly straight synopses and not too much fun, but when I got to Bond, I enlisted the help of my friend Colin (whose blog is TokyoRemix.com. Fuck yeah, promotion!), who knows everything about the Bond franchise that I do not, for those articles, and along the way, learned how to have fun with it. And, by the end of the Bond articles, we were having so much fun that I said, “Man, we have to do this again with other stuff.” Because I spent about a straight month and a half putting together those articles. That’s how much time and effort actually goes into something like that. And not once did it feel like work. It was so much fun that I knew, as long as we were doing it for comedy purposes and able to riff off of each other — we could do pretty much any film and it would work.

And very quickly, the first ones you come up with are the major franchises, because those are not only the most fun, but also the most universally known. Everyone’s gonna understand all the jokes we make (well… most of them. Some of them might be limited to three people) about them. So that’s what we’re doing. And if you’re gonna have fun with franchises, it wouldn’t be right if you didn’t franchise it. Also, just so we’re clear, this is all for parody. We’re just messing with them because we love them.

So this is Fun with Franchises. Right now, we’re doing the Harry Potter franchise, and today is the first part of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (also known as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to you Brits, and Australians, and… Canadians, and… the woman who wrote the book).

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