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“Not even in the face of Armageddon.”

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“Watchmen”  opened two weeks ago, and I’m going to be blunt with you:

IT’S AMAZING!

The actors were very well cast, in particular Jackie Earle Haley (yes, as in The Bad News Bears Jackie Earle Haley) as Rorschach and Jeffery Dean Morgan as the Comedian.  Although their characters are probably the most sociopathic and least relatable of the cast, they wind up carrying the major emotional arcs of the piece, and they do so with aplomb.  Rorschach’s last scene is the most powerful scene in the movie, due in no small part to the brilliance of Haley BEING his character.  Billy Krudup is an initially startling choice for Dr. Manhattan- the almost universal response I’ve heard from people about him is, “I almost imagined Dr. Manhattan with a deeper voice,” but his understated, soft spoken take on the super-human is effective and grows on you as the movie progresses.  Patrick Wilson is a good Nite Owl, making him far less pathetic then his graphic novel counter part, while still preserving his dorky “everyman” nature.  The two more dubious cast members are Malin Akerman as the second Silk Spectre, are Matthew Goode as Adrian Veidt.  While Akerman is visually dead on for Laurie Jupiter, she doesn’t really leap off the screen and tear your throat out like Haley does, and seems to be more “generic action woman hero” then anything special like the other actors.  Goode is by no means a bad actor, but his fey German Veidt is a vast departure from the graphic novel’s “All-American Boy”, and he doesn’t look physically intimidating or strong enough for many of the fight scenes at the film’s end.

 

Comedian by you.  Rorschach by you.
John Dean Morgan and Jackie Earle Haley, as the Comedian and Rorschach.  These are the actors to watch in the film, and are so good they need the three names to contain their awesomeness.

 

The film is 2 hrs and 42 min long, and with commercials it is almost exactly 3 hrs.  It feels 3 hrs long, by the time it’s through.  It is almost as if it was composed of several shorter films- Dr. Manhattan’s origin story could stand as an excellent short on it’s own, and even the opening credits are an ode to minimalist film making.  The film wants to make the statement “Superhero movies aren’t just for kids”, and goes too far in trying to get that message across.  It has gratuitous sex and violence in the most literal sense- they didn’t have to go that far, but they did anyways.  By the time a man’s bone snaps out of it’s skin during one of the many fight scenes, you may find yourself longing for a “rated” version of the film.  However, these brief episodes of shock don’t detract from the film’s grander, more psychological point.  While the ending may be lacking in Giant Psychic Squid (thank GOD), it is still surprising and powerful.  It is actually the one scene in the movie that could’ve stood to be a little more gruesome.  Due to the events of 9/11, the filmmakers thought it necessary to limit the graphic scenes of destruction orginally portrayed, and thus the epic horror of the events doesn’t really resonate with the viewer, by comparison to all the other mayhem they’ve been exposed to at that point.  All in all, this is an excellent EXCELLENT movie that I give 5 out of 4 stars, and deserves several Oscars (if doesn’t win any, will be forced to find liberal neo-Commie traitors who voted against it, and break little fingers.  HURM. </Rorschach>) ; )

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March 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm

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Music

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Think how different our lives would be without music. Life would be unimaginably dull, quiet, and boring. From Beethoven’s symphonies to today’s popular pop. We’ve awarded musicians with the Grammy’s for 51 years. We dance to it, we listen to it on our iPods, and we jam out to the radio in the car. What would we do without it? Teenagers play it loudly on electric guitars, or sing in the shower. Our emotions flow out in a string of words thought carefully put along notes on the guitar or piano. On the guitar, piano, voice, violin, kazu, the list goes on and on of the tools we use to make our lovely noise. The year’s the best song is Viva la Vida by Coldplay.

We’ve gone from symphonies to big bands to garage bands. From records to mp3s. But one thing that has always stayed the same is humanity’s love for music.

A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence.  ~Leopold Stokowski

 

Without music life would be a mistake.  ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

 

Life is music, play it louder!

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I 3 music

I ❤ music

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March 14, 2009 at 9:06 pm