2.28 – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (2009) and Desecration

The franchise is back on form: the sixth instalment, we agree (a Prestige rarity!) is a belter. Rob gets technical; Sam gets metaphorical. Business as usual!

This Week’s Watching
HEAT (1995): Michael Mann, Robert de Niro, Al Pacino
TABOO (2017): Tom Hardy, Edward Hardy, Steven Knight

HOT FUZZ (2007): Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
THE PRESTIGE (2006): Christopher Nolan, Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale
GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002): Martin Scorcese, Leonardo di Caprio, Daniel Day-Lewis
THE ROAD (2009): John Hillcoat, Cormac McCarthy, Viggo Mortensen

Firstly, a few technical notes: about tilt-shift en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilt–shift_photography and its use in photography www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift-photography. (Also, here’s one of our favourite directors on his use of the technique, in a film we’ve discussed here before: www.slashfilm.com/david-finchers-explains-henley-royal-regatta-tiltshift-scene-the-social-network.) This is an example of the sort of model-village stuff Rob mentions: www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1kVwFYZwHE. And this is good on the link between colo[u]r palette and mood in film: digitalsynopsis.com/design/cinema-palettes-famous-movie-colors. Finally, Sam’s been thinking about the neologistic word Horcrux, which is pretty central to this film; here’s a fun little article on a number of the coinages J.K. Rowling has come up with over the course of the franchise, some of which we’ve already praised for their inventiveness: hellogiggles.com/10-words-that-j-k-rowling-invented.