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Monday, July 23, 2007

Why Did Sly Cross The Road?


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Hi, I'm back from my vacation and I'm not going to start out by giving you my review of the 7th and last in the Harry Potter series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (other than to say go read it soon, as, befitting the growth of each of the books, the last book carries Harry and friends to the darkest, most complex and noble, self-sacrificing, and thought provoking places yet on their quest to vanquish an evil that touches them in ways that feel ever more personal than magical making the book, and its reflections on death, courage, and choice, much richer than a story about broomsticks, Quiddich, and Bernie Bott's every-flavored beans) though I finished it Saturday, about 12 hours after my local library opened.

I was forced into a two hour nap due to a very nasty stomach flue, well, you don't want to know....

I won't review the book here but I will also just say that under fire and increasing age, our favorite characters encounter surprises, sadness, death and joy that lie hidden behind corners unexpectedly, just as in life.

At any rate, since Much else of what I want to say about the book is still rattling around up there in that dunsicle I call a brain, I thought I'd bring you a funny and ironic short film called Unhinged: The Sly Stevens Story by Director Dave Liberstein.

Unlike many of the thinks you find on Youtube.com, this little gem was actually produced by a director as a short film and has some good production values. Better yet, the film is funny and Ironic, as it tells us the story about Sly, a 30'ish young man with a very unusual, er, lifestyle.

All I want to say is that it has nothing to do with Wizards, Witches, enchanted wands, broomsticks, portkeys, or boys with lightning scars on their foreheads. I do have to be honest and admit that I didn't look too closely to see if Sly didn't have a tiny little forehead scar, but really, that would have been out of character with the story which is set right here in the good old USA.

Take a look, you won't be sorry.

That's it for now. Oh, you do want the Potter book? Note that I will first mention that my wife got in a very, very short line at our local branch of the library so that we could get a copy to read free without standing in line. We'll eventually buy it of course, but since Chicago does not let you put holds on books that are not in the system yet, no one could even ask for one until 9:15 am on Saturday.

Support your libraries and they will be good to you!

But if you would like to order a copy or the whole series, or any other Potter related stuff, I direct your attention to the Little Amazon Search box that is either at the upper right corner of your screen or after all the posts on this page.

Just type in or click "Harry Potter Store" to find all things Harry Potter.

Hey, sorry about that, but this blog has virtually no income stream, so if it gets some, I can justify with she-who-must-not-be-named-yet-nonetheless-be-obeyed spending more time writing here.

Get it? Got it? Good.

Really, she was wonderful, I was sick as a dog, she went out and got it and then she let ME read it first, if that isn't love....

Oh, Why did Sly cross the road? If you watched the movie - it wasn't for no durn chicken!

Peter, Chief Editor, Film Critic, Book Reviewer and Spell Wrecker
The Peter Files Blog of Comedy, Satire and Commentary


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