Here's what I don't understand, though: how the hell did they manage to make a movie version of Half-Blood Prince and only have it be rated PG, rather than PG-13 ? I don't mean that a higher rating automatically makes for a better film (I've seen plenty of R-rated movies that were utter crap), but I personally found the book so much more disturbing than the earlier installments that I don't see how the movie could be anything less than equally as violent, disturbing, etc. as the most recent movies. But then again, it's not that it's necessarily less violent, disturbing, etc. as the previous movies, it's that the MPAA hasn't deemed it so, for its own inscrutable reasons.
And then, against my better judgment, I watched the trailer for New Moon, the latest installment in the "Twilight Saga", as it's now being called. I have no interest in seeing the film, but I was a little concerned about the character of Jacob because in the first movie he had long hair and now he has short hair, and in several American Indian cultures that's a sign of mourning. Well, "concerned" isn't really the right word; I just wondered if that was important to the story or purely an aesthetic choice. But they didn't address it in the trailer, nor on the IMDb trivia pages, and I don't care enough to research it any further. I have to admit, though, the werewolf transformation in the trailer is pretty damn cool, and even though it's clearly a digi-wolf, at least it resembles an actual wolf rather than some enormous, hairless, carnivorous rodent (*ahem* Prisoner of Azkaban).
I bought the Rifftrax for Twilight as soon as it came out, because Twilight as a cultural phenomenon deserves to be mercilessly mocked. I haven't been able to listen to it with the actual movie yet; all the copies in the library are out, and when I requested my reserve copy I was number 94 in the queue. But I've listened to it by itself, and even without the movie it's quite funny. Fortunately, (or unfortunately, as the case may be), I remembered the movie well enough to match up the commentary with approximately what was going on in the story. Of course, it helps that Twilight doesn't have a plot as such until the latter third of the movie.