(+) Hitflix: "Zack Snyder's Watchmen is a profound work of art, a beautiful, deliriously weird, meditative spin on a genre that is as American as jazz."
(-) IGN Movies UK: "This movie is a shallow interpretation of Watchmen, shorn of sophistication or literary density. Worst of all, watching the film makes you wonder whether the source material was actually any good to begin with."
(+) CHUD: "A huge budgeted superhero movie that delivers intellectually? That takes serious, ballsy chances with the form? Why, that sounds like a piece of art. A glorious, epic, mind blowing piece of art."
So I know the ratio of positive : negative reviews is uneven, but whatever. I haven't read all of the early reviews, but out of the ones I have, most of the negative ones are pretty dumb. The main problem the negative critics seem to have is distinguishing between Watchmen as a graphic novel and as a movie. It's a fair topic to address, as the movie is an adaptation, but you have to draw a line somewhere and acknowledge that the story is being told in two different mediums. Certain things that work in the comic are not going to work in a movie, and there's even a good chance that the movie will do some things better than the comic. The positive reviews seem to understand this concept better and judge the movie as a film and not in comparison to the graphic novel.
There's been a lot of controversy about the changed ending. Not different exactly, as it sounds to me like it's the same basic premise with the same ideas behind it, but they simply changed the mechanism through which that premise is executed. In my opinion, the ending, the way it is in the graphic novel, would not have worked on film. I don't think any amount of special effects would have made the ending appear anything other than cheesy and ridiculous. I think it's similar to the ending of The Abyss, in that the whole movie is so suspenseful and just keeps building and building, only to have all that momentum disappear once that hokey giant alien thing rises from the ocean. It totally takes you out of the movie and causes your mind to wander about why the filmmakers allowed something so cheap looking to finish the movie. Basically, I think the same thing would have happened with Watchmen if they went with the exact same ending as the book. As long as the different ending is just as shocking and brutal than it will be the same in my mind.
Just wanted to say congrats to Emma Watson, who plays Hermione in the Harry Potter movies. She got accepted into Yale! I love that someone her age, with as much money as she has, still chooses to go to college.
Seriously, they sell wayfarers in every color and print imaginable and about 99.9% of them are horrendous. Don't get me wrong, I have two pairs of wayfarers (one black, one pink). But this is too much.
Watchmen comes out in 13 days and I am so excited! This clip doesn't really have much to it and doesn't do anything to show why Watchmen is such an amazing story, but I think it looks great. I have faith in Zack Snyder.
On using “gay” as a compliment: “Titles are very important. I like to embody titles, y’know, or words that have negative connotations, and explain why that’s good,” he says. “Take the word gay—like, in hip-hop, that’s a negative thing, right? But in the past two, three years, all the gay people I’ve encountered have been, like, really, really, extremely dope. Y’know, I haven’t, like, gone to a gay bar, nor do I ever plan to. But where I would talk to a gay person—the conversation would be mostly around, like, art or design—it’d be really dope. From a design standpoint, kids’ll say, ‘Dude, those pants are gay.’ But if it’s, like, good, good, good fashion-level, design-level stuff, where it’s on a higher level than the average commercial design stuff, it’s, like, gay people that do that. I think that should be said as a compliment. Like, ‘Dude, that’s so good it’s almost . . . gay.’”
-from Just Jared / Details magazine
I love Kanye's music (808s & Heartbreaks is one of the best albums I've listened to) but I also like how fearless he is in expressing himself and his perspective. He tends to annoy a lot of people, which is understandable, but it's interesting to watch someone so successful say and do things that are honest and not obviously (and insultingly) calculated. I acknowledge that everything in that quote isn't the best (like saying he wouldn't go to a gay bar / the stereotype of gays being associated with art/design/fashion) but it's refreshing to see someone in the public eye, especially a hip-hop artist, say something that flies in the face of a community they're associated with.
I'm getting tired of how porn-y LastNight'sParty has become. I mean, I get that some of the events are associated with the adult industry, which is beyond fine, but it seems like every photo set has some kind of quota it's got to meet for titty/vadge shots. Geez.