2.27 – HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007) and Alternative Facts

The next film in the franchise is the first David Yates vehicle. Rob and Sam talk about why this may be slightly unsatisfactory as a film, but not as a narrative — and how this movie is a great take on the slipperiness of different versions of the truth.

 

This Week’s Watching
NO LIMIT (2012—): Luc Besson, Vincent Elbaz, Anne Girouard
RIVERDALE (2017): Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, K. J. Apa, Lili Reinhart

Recommendations
ABOUT A BOY (2002): the Weitz brothers, Nick Hornby, Hugh Grant
WAG THE DOG (1997): Barry Levinson, Dustin Hoffman, Robert de Niro
THAT DAY WE SANG (2014): Victoria Wood, Michael Ball, Imelda Staunton
CALVARY (2014): John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd

Footnotes
This explains the concept of the MacGuffin that Sam briefly mentions: tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MacGuffin.
There are several useful introductions to the central tenets of fascism available online; this is a good place to start: books.google.co.uk/books?id=x_MeR06xqXAC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false.
This link has some interesting parallels between the film and contemporary ‘quirky quest[s] for social justice’: inthesetimes.com/article/3365/harry_potter_and_the_muggle_activists.
And finally, here’s more on the use of point of view in film, as mentioned by Rob: www.videomaker.com/videonews/2013/01/a-movies-pov-whats-your-point-of-view.