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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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I went to see the midnight showing of the latest Harry Potter film and was amazed to see the parking lot filled, relieved to learn they were showing it in four theaters. I'm pretty sure, at 54, I was the oldest person in the room. Most of the people were 15 to 25.

If you have not read the book, forget the movie. If you've read the book be prepared to be disappointed. This fourth Harry Potter flick just doesn't come together. Distilled down from over 700 pages, it loses too much. It loses a coherent story. It attempts to include arcane elements of magic and spells and ends up being an unexplained mystery to someone like me who has not read the book. At the end, it just sort of peters out. If you love the characters in the Harry series, it might be worth seeing, but the movie tries so hard to squeeze in scenes and magic fromt he book that there is very little character development, zero character arc and a disappoiningly little and shallow level of interaction between characters. The 15 year old I went to the movie with HAD read the book and he was disappointed by all the content that was missing. He agreed-- there was no story to the movie
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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