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Movie Magic Is a Fantastic Beast

Movies don’t always deliver movie magic. It’s just a reality.

Some are easy to predict such a fate from the basic premise and/or cast and director. Some promise an extraordinary cinematic experience in a trailer teaser followed by a series of full-length trailers spread out across a couple of months and then disappoint.

However, some deliver with unforgettable grandeur because of the writing, the director, and the cast.

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that by some wizarding magic within the broader movie-magic construct is occurring with the forthcoming film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.’

Prediction: ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ will surpass ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’

Will the Second Be the Best?

The primary questions involving movie sequels to popular, well-received originals are:

Will they be fantastic? Will the sequel be a storytelling, cinematic beast in its own right? How about a little of both?

The 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film adaptation of the book of the same title is the grown-up version of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (books and movies). This new teaser trailer solidifies that dynamic while using the wizarding school of Hogwarts and one of its most prominent figures just enough to firmly connect the two virtually separate universes for fans young and old for what should be a great reveal later this year.

What’s impressive in the video above is that one of writer J.K. Rowling’s favorite directors, David Yates, appears to have taken the Crimes of Grindelwald story to the next-level. And what’s more is that this Fantastic Beasts sequel looks, yes, better than the original in this burgeoning series. Could this really happen? A movie in the modern era with a sequel better than the original?

That could be the real magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when it arrives in theaters on November 16.

Fantastic Mouthwash and Where to Find It

Is packing a suitcase for the airport a grand metaphor for life’s journey?

Perhaps.

However, what we all know for certain about packing for a flight is that it takes time, planning and readjustment after readjustment. Why isn’t my suitcase large enough? How can I fit these shoes in? Why do I pack that shirt because I never end up wearing it? The most stressful part of this activity, though, is abiding by the strict guidelines as determined by the TSA. In case you’ve forgotten, their attention to detail is measured not in pounds, but in ounces.

Maybe these restrictions on liquids and soaps is why there are so many CVS and Duane Reade stores in cities with the busiest airports? Guaranteed foot traffic after countless flights for tourists and visitors.

As demonstrated in the video below, packing a suitcase for the airport can be a fantastic, beast of a challenge.

Remember: Free mouthwash at the hotel!

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is playing in a theater near you.

Hi, I’m Jimmy. Even if Your Name was Thursday, I’d Never Throw You Back

Get ready for the throwback you never knew you needed.

Actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston were recent guests on The Graham Norton Show. It was hilariously revealed that Mr. Cranston, in another life, was a deftly skilled interviewer…for a video dating company…from the ’70s and possibly into the ’80s.

In the always entertaining spirit of “Throwback Thursday,” please check out this dynamite interview about a nostalgic dating technique that transformed into a laugh-out-loud throwback for the ages.

Important:

  • Bryan Cranston was in a sitcom called Malcolm in the Middle
  • Eddie Redmayne is in a new movie called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is in a new movie called Doctor Strange

I want the intro/theme music from Great Expectations as my ringtone.