Saturday, 29 September 2012

Harry Potter and the Disastrous Epilogue

This week is very much about JK Rowling. Her follow-up book to the ridiculously successful Harry Potter series (and first attempt at writing for a completely adult audience), The Casual Vacancy, was released on Thursday. As such, I have read an array of articles about her in the past few days with many of them causing me at least a modicum of distress. As you would expect, the vast majority are overflowing with references to her popular series of Harry Potter books but reveal very little about her latest work. The author’s highly anticipated follow-up was shrouded in mystery and very little information was revealed about it prior to publication. It therefore provided the perfect chance to rake over old ground and talk about the series that have (in my mind mistakenly) lead to Rowling being named one of Britain’s top authors.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Ted (2012)

Seth MacFarlane is obviously best known for his hit TV comedies Family Guy and American Dad. Family Guy, in particular, is well known for its use of base humour and generally outrageous statements. It would have been foolish to think that MacFarlane’s first stab at cinema would be very different. Especially when you consider the fact that it is co written by two fellow Family Guy writers, Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. Add to that many familiar names, including Mila Kunis, Patrick Warburton and Alex Borstein, we have the potential for another familiar MacFarlane set-up with a talking teddy bear in place of a dog/alien/bear.