I know I promised you guys a whole huge Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban review, but everyone and their Aunt Tilly as written about this flick on the ‘net, so here’s the condensed version: Puberty has smacked these kid actors around (especially that Malfoy kid), and the series’ new director has added a darker, spookier, tone to the series, as well as some dreary, wind-swept exteriors to the Hogwarts campus.

It’s the shortest of the three Potter films so far, which is quite odd considering that Azkaban is almost double the page count of the previous two books. Gary Oldman kicks all kinds of ass as Sirius Black, but I didn’t care for Michael Gambon’s hippie-like portrayal of Dumbledore. The special effects in this one make all the effects from the previous movies look like an episode of  Kevin Sorbo’s Hercules. Buckbeak the Hippogriff is especially awesome. All in all, a good solid flick, but pretty damned terrifying if you’re 10 or younger.


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Jeff is the defining voice of his generation. Sadly, that generation exists only in an alternate dimension where George Lucas became supreme overlord of the Earth in 1979 and replaced every television broadcast and theatrical film on the planet with Star Wars and Godzilla movies. In this dimension, he’s just a guy from New England who likes writing snarky things about superheroes, monsters, and robots.