There’s magic in the air around The Pop Culture Studio this month. That’s because the Studio’s Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the review I’ve sat on since seeing the play in previews several weeks ago – has now gone live for your reading pleasure.
Looking farther afield, the release of Suicide Squad last week brings with it my latest Soapbox rant (which might surprise people) and I’ve been beavering away at the drawing board the last few months, so an Easel Update might finally materialise as well.
All this – plus the usual other features – makes this August as a good a time as ever to follow The Pop Culture Studio!
That was the key takeaway imparted by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling to those of us lucky enough to attend the preview sessions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new stage play that continues the story of everyone’s favourite boy wizard.
With that in mind, I’ve held off on posting an in-depth review of Cursed Child until after the official release of the play’s script this week, in order to give fans the chance to experience the story – and its many surprises – for themselves first.
But now I think it’s well and truly safe to deliver a verdict, and I’m happy to say that (overlooking a few quibbles) Cursed Child is, well, pure magic.
Welcome to Part 2 of this month’s Five Minutes With… Q&A, featuring production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas (you can check out Part 1 here).
In this second instalment, Guy discusses his work with Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jonesand the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, provides insight into the mind-bending world he helped create for Christopher Nolan’s Inception, discusses his recent work on Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, and much, much more!
This got me thinking about what makes a great blockbuster film, a line of thought which quickly had me reminiscing about one of my all-time favourite popcorn flicks, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and what makes it arguably the greatest blockbuster ever made.
Regardless of whether you’re a proud American or enthusiastic outsider (like me), it’s hard not to get excited by the patriotic spirit of Independence Day brought to life so vividly in films like The Patriot and, well… Independence Day.
Whilst both of those films – and many others – would make more than suitable subjects for review on this special occasion, I’d like to celebrate the 4 of July this year by taking a look back at a movie that practically oozes red, white and blue: Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger, released in cinemas five years ago this month.