Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Mamo #22: it turns out a pig can make a lot of silk

So, help yourself to a heaping hoping helping of Harry Potter as we examine the uneasy relationship between a fan delighted and another one scorned. Also, we beg you to help us in our ongoing efforts by visiting our home page and clicking on the listener survey located at the top of the sidebar. All this plus a quick look at the marketingn of some upcoming releases make it our 22nd episode. Enjoy!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys I just completed the survey. When they asked what I liked least I put down the length. I wish it was more than a half hour. Maybe have a Jumbo Mamo once in a while.

Ky in Boston.

6:46 PM  
Blogger Tederick said...

I am definitely up to the challenge of a Jumbo Mamo.

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Leo Stableford - mamo fan said...

Hey dudes,

I follow the growth of mamo with a keen interest and have listened to every cast. I think what you may not realise unless you too trawl the podcast directories for cinema podcasts is that your casts would have to be in the top ten of essential listening (not that such a thing exists at present).

I subscribe to 5 podcasts and have listened to dozens more and many of them are just dross. Ranging from people who regarded Batman Begins as a straight prequel to the Burton Batman rather than a new reimagining of the franchise, right down to people who chose to talk about Ghostbusters for an hour but were confused as to whether it had been originally released in the 70s or the 80s.

My top 3 essential casts, for your info and in no particular order, are:

-Mark Kermode's Film Weekly on UK releases from BBC Radio 5.

-Mondo Movie - A new cast covering fringe DVD and film festival releases such as Cannibal Holocaust, Factotum and Mirrormask, and


I don't think anyone who enjoys listening to movie podcasts can really know how they should be done until they have listened to these three casts.

There's a lot of incompetence out there and your cast is not only of a high quality, interesting and relevant but it has also been going nearly 6 months without a break.

If you keep it up within 18 months you'll be an institution.

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

I have no problems with commercials, but all that I ask is that you start the MP3 announcing that it's MAMO before the commerical starts. That way I can tell what podcast I've hit without having to pull my MP3 player out of my coat and look at the tracklisting, which isn't always an easy thing to do on a really packed subway or bus. It's a small thing, but a bit annoying when podcasts launch into a commercial right at the start.

As for Harry Potter, I've read all of the books and thought it was the movie was quite good but a bit flawed at times. The movie just felt too rushed and jumpy like they getting to each plot point as quickly as they could and then moving on to the next scene right away. I definitely think an extra half hour or so would have let the movie breathe a bit more. Or go even further and break it up into two movies as it was once rumored. Then Warner Brothers could have gotten two huge blockbuster hits out of one Harry Potter book.

Also I do agree with Matthew Brown that the beginning of the movie is really missing Harry's alienation. In the book Harry at one points puts on the invisible cloak just so that he can walk around without people taunting him. I thought the least they could have done is given a close up to the "Harry Potter Stinks" buttons that everyone was wearing but couldn't see what was written on them.

Also one of you guys, mentioned that Harry Potter had to prove himself to the school once again and that the school should trust him now. However, proving that you are not evil, as Harry did in the second movie/book is completely different from Harry having to prove to the school that he didn't cheat to get his name into the goblet and isn't out for the attention and glory of winning the competition.

Also in the end Harry really didn't end up proving himself to the school, as there's still some doubt, with two students badly wounded and another student dead and Harry rambling on about Lord Voldemort apparently returning. Only people's doubt in Harry's version of events isn't clear at the end of the movie, with brings me to another complaint. Quite a number of events towards the end that set up the next story were cut out of the movie. I have no idea how the next movie is going to explain things and get the story moving.

Also cutting out some of the smaller scenes ends up killing some of the ongoing story arcs. All the foreshadowing of what's going to happen in the next two books and clues about the big event at the end of book six have been ripped out. All these scenes aren't needed to tell this particular story and would be okay to cut out if it was just a self-contained movie. Only the Harry Potter movies are part of a series that tell a larger story and I don't think that story is going to work very well in the movies at this rate.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Matthew Fabb said...

Just wanted to comment on my previous post as I realize I was mistaken about something. On the weekend I saw Harry Potter on IMAX and I realize that there was a close-up with the "Potter Sinks" buttons. I have no idea how I missed it the first time I saw the movie. I must have been grabbing some snack food or something and missed it.

5:34 PM  

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