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Month: March 2009 (page 2 of 2)

The Watchmen

I confess the first time I saw the trailer for this movie I was blown away. I knew that I would end up seeing this movie and would end up seeing it on opening day. I learned quickly that it was based on a graphic novel. I ended up getting the Watchmen for Christmas and read through it fairly quickly. Despite it’s comic book stylings, the story itself is rather dark and complexly layered.

I did see the movie on opening day. I saw this movie on an imax screen at a theater in Little Rock. I arrived close enough to the scheduled show time that I was on the third row watching this movie on an imax screen. (yes this will be important later).

The Watchmen is set in 1985 in an America where people really do dress up in costumes and go out and fight crime. One of these superheroes was created due to an unfortunate accident involving uranium in a physics lab. The US won the Vietnam war and Nixon is serving his third sentence. We are still on the verge of nuclear war with the commie russians.

Don’t worry, the tacky 80s fashions and music is still the same stuff we knew and loved.

The movie opens with one of the costumed heroes being murdered (he was thrown out of a window of his high rise NYC apartment). The other heroes are on the case. Drama ensues. There’s sex, blood, domestic violence, male frontal nudity, and conspiracy theories.

The movie itself is three hours long and manages to put a lot of the graphic novel into the story. This movie gets an A+++++ for attention to detail. The characters and set design look exactly! like the frames in this graphic novel (or comic book for folks that don’t know what graphic novel means).

It was interesting and worth seeing. It wasn’t the BEST DAMN MOVIE EVER…

Oh and if you go to an Imax theater, don’t sit on the third row because being eye level with blazing blue radioactive testicles that are larger than your head is a little scary and more than a little distracting.

Finally Slumdog

Last Thursday, I got an email from my friend Jennybee saying something similar to “when I opened my closet and found a blue suit jacket in my size, I thought the plus size clothes fairy had visited me but then I realized that it is probably yours”

Oops. The jacket was sitting in the front closet and yes I did completely forget about it. It was the jacket to my favorite suit and I would have been very disappointed come court appearance time not to have it at my disposal.

As luck would have it, she was coming to a town close to mine to celebrate her mother’s birthday and agreed to meet me so I could return her copy of Revolutionary Road and I could pick up my jacket.

She was coming to the town near my town to celebrate her Mom’s birthday. She was a sweetie and invited me to meet her at Red Lobster where they would be having a birthday dinner. Awwwww.

Then we went to see Slumdog Millionaire. I managed to not hear much about the plot even though it had won all these awards and I love movie. I had no idea it was so ….violent. It was a beautiful movie.

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