I just watched the movie Defendor, which is a drama comedy starring Woody Harrelson. He plays a slightly mentally challenged person who roams the streets at night dressed up as a superhero. The movie follows his struggle to reach what in his mind is his arch-enemy, Captain Industry, using quite unorthodox methods. It is a very funny film, but has it’s dark (and quite gripping) moments. Woody Harrelson does a wonderful job of portraying the protagonist, and not once do you see him as an actor playing a role, but as the character he plays. While some of the supporting actors does seem a little flat, Michael Kellys performance stands out and his character feels genuinely caring.
Today me and Marianne are having a pre-halloween evening, pumpkin carving and stuff. Tomorrow we will have a horror movie marathon, eating sandwich layer cake and other goodies, some of which needs preparing.
In a couple of hours we will go out with Fredde, Ester and possibly Moa to a Japanese-Korean-Monglian restaurant, so I have time to post a few pics from the evening so far:
I AM ILL AGAIN – WHY OH WHY DID IT HAD TO BE ON SUCH A FESTIVE DAY LIKE THIS? 😉
IT STARTED YESTERDAY WITH COUGHING AND FEELING WORN. IN THE AFTERNOON I HAD A SLIGHT FEVER AND BY EVENING THE FEVER HAD RISEN ABOUT 2.5°C. I FEEL SLIGHTLY BETTER TODAY BUT NOW I HAVE A STIFF NECK AND SORE MUSCLES IN MY STOMACH AND BACK (FROM THE COUGHING). HOPING IT’S NOT THE BACON FLUE THIS TIME.
GOOD THING I HAVE MY NETBOOK, SPENDING TIME IN BED WOULD BE FAR WORSE WITHOUT IT. SLIGHT SURFING AND WATCHING NEW AND OLD MOVIES THAT HAS BEEN LYING THERE FOR FAR TOO LONG. I THINK I’LL WATCH UP SOME TIME TONIGHT, JUST GOT A HD VERSION OF IT (THANKS, CBGB).
OH, IF YOU HATE THE CAPS LOCK KEY AS MUCH AS I NORMALLY DO, I CAN RECOMMEND A NIFTY LITTLE TOOL TO DISABLE IT THAT CAN BE DOWNLOADED HERE.
Earlier today I finished reading the last issue of Watchmen. This is the second round I do so, and it makes so much more sense now. Not that it didn’t the first time, it’s just that it is filled with such nuances and hidden clues that you could probably read it five times and still get new aha!-experiences.
This evening I watched the movie. I’ll try to keep the review spoiler-free and mainly focus of what isn’t in the movie instead of what is.
What I disliked:
I found that Carla Gugino was completely wrong casted as Sally Jupiter/Silk Spectre (I), at least when older. She didn’t look like a 67-year old, but just like a 35-year old with bad makeup. And I missed the hair.
Matthew Goode was also bad as Adrian Veidt for two reasons. First, he is way to young. In the comics, Adrian appears to be in his late fourties. Matthew Good is born in 1978 and has yet to turn 31. Second, he is too thin and wimpy, not at all the build or features of his drawn counterpart. The gay flirting for the character was a bit too much as well.
The ending. Even though similar results was achieved the way it was done, it was not to my liking. I miss the squid! I disliked Dan’s behavior after that, which is the complete opposite of that in the original.
The added dialogue of Dr. Manhattan. There is so much he says that is simply fantastic in the comics. They don’t keep it in the movie, but instead add other things that to me seemed out of place.
I can understand why they had to shorten the story. The original graphic novel is 12 numbers filled with graphics and text, and to have all that in the movie would add another few hours. Still, I hope for an extended version that spans over 4 hours. That would be enough time to explain why Laurie moves in with Dan (aside from what is shown in the movie), the Island, a lot more from what Manhattan is trying to show on Mars (along with a rough grasp of his understanding of time), the significance of the watch, an explanation of the Keene act, Rorcshach’s mask, coffee and music on archie, the newsstand, the open dome with the butterfly, Ozymandias history and a full explanation of his behavior.
What I liked:
Uncensored. They didn’t seem to skip of the violence or the nudity shown in the graphic novel. And they not only showed Dr. Manhattan’s junk – they made it about twice the size of that in the comics (which was a bit disturbing). But what can you expect from the man who’s last project was 300? 😉
The casting for Rorschach, Comedian and Nite Owl II. Spot on. Dr. Manhattan is a bit on the stiff side (looks animated/dubbed when he speaks), but I liked his gentle voice.
Footage was good and the effects were nice, as was the soundtrack.
As usual when I look forward to a movie that I have earlier read in comic or book form, I tend to get my hopes up. I expect that the movie version should be at least as good as the original, and hope that all my favorite scenes will be there, shot in the same way as I’ve imagined them when I read the original. When I then see the movie, I am a bit dissappointed even though the movie might actually be good. It’s just that the comic/book is so much better.
This happened with Watchmen. As it happened with The Dark Knight, Let the right one in, Spider-Man 3, Alien Vs. Predator and many more.
Should you read the graphic novel before watching Watchmen?
I’m not sure. You will probably understand a whole lot more of the movie if you do, but it won’t nessecarily make you enjoy the movie more – the opposite is quite possible.
In what order I cannot say, but you should definitely read the graphic novel – at least twice.
Yesterday I discovered cubeecraft, a site with lots and lots of templates for making your own figurines out of paper. No glue or tape is required. All you do is print an image, cut along the edges and fold it together. I made a Bender from Futurama in about 20-30 minutes, and it was really fun seeing it come together!
There are a lot of characters to choose from; most are from movies or games, but there are also political ones (see the Obama figurine in the gallery below)
Oh, do yourself a favor: If you want it to survive cleaning and moving around, use thicker paper. The 80 gram paper I used worked, but was definitely on the limp side.
Trailer Addict just added a new Japanese Watchmen trailer that looks awesome! Lots of new footage, and most of the scenes gives you that hey-I-recognice-that-from-the-graphical-novel feeling. At least if you have read the graphical novel written by Alan Moore. 😉 If you haven’t, do it!
The first official trailer to the upcoming (May 2009) Wolverine movie has just been released.
I was especially glad to see some scenes from Wolverine’s childhood in the 17th century that was superbly described in the 6 issue limited series “Origin” (2001-2002). I just hope that they also have enough character development of Rose, which had a great influence on his early years. On the other hand, there are so many good Wolverine stories that all made a big impact on him before meeting X-Men (remember Mariko?), and it would be hard to fit them all in and still do them justice.
I think they are focusing too much on modern day characters in the trailer (Sabretooth, Gambit, Storm, etc.), and I would prefer if most of the movie would revolve around his beginning as a child, and the time up until (and of course including) Weapon X – In Canada this time, not the United States! Cramming as many mutants as possible into this one will not make it better, quite the opposite! A focus on the actual story of James Howlett (or Logan, as you might think his name is) would instead be more engaging.
Even so, I still have a good feeling about this one.