2.25 – HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004) and Transformation

The third in the franchise is interesting for various reasons: we discuss innovative cinematography, how Dumbledore provides a tagline for the film, and why this is a movie about transformation on a number of different levels.

This Week’s Watching
NOW YOU SEE ME 2 (2016): Jon M. Chu, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo
HOUSE OF CARDS (2013–): Beau Willimon, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

Recommendations
LÉON: THE PROFESSIONAL (1994): Luc Besson, Jean Reno, Gary Oldman
SPACED (1999—2001): Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson, Edgar Wright
Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN (2001): Alfonso Cuarón, Maribel Verdú, Gael Garcia Bernal
THE DARK KNIGHT (2008): Christopher Nolan, Christian Bale, Michael Caine

Footnotes
Not that many footnotes this week, apart from that Nerdwriter video about the film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hZ_ZyzCO24 (his whole channel’s pretty good, if you enjoy that). Rob mentions retconning, which is explained in more detail here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retroactive_continuity, and there’s some good stuff about Cuarón’s direction here cinema-fanatic.com/2010/07/06/auteur-of-the-week-alfonso-cuaron, here nofilmschool.com/2013/10/incredible-cinematic-style-of-alfonso-cuaron, and here www.vulture.com/2013/09/director-alfonso-cuaron-on-making-gravity.html. (Also, if you happen to have access to an academic subscription [ok, it’s a long shot, but also only academics ever read to the end of footnotes, anyway, right?], then this looks like it could be good: www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/style.43.1.26.)