Archive for May, 2009

Watchmen

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

The dead body in the alley has more acting ability than her.Watchmen, both the comic and the movie, suffers from a kind of Two Face schizophrenia. In the comic, Moore’s dialog vacillates from very good to over-worked “style for style’s sake” pap. For instance, the Rorschach psychotherapist scenes were well done, while a lot of Rorschach’s half-sentence fragments, especially later in the story, felt tin to me, like Moore was simply trying too hard. His plotting has a similarly vexing quality. The intertwining of The Black Freighter theme, the psychological realism of the main characters that plays on throughout the narrative, and moments of the prison sequence are all handled with such finesse that they seem to jump off the page. But each of these are moments of brilliance layered on top of lunacy that, at least for me, take the reader out of the story completely. To put it succinctly, he’ll ask the question “why can’t the comic medium be taken seriously as an art form?” and he’ll answer “because I have a giant alien squid for the deus ex machina of my grand finale.”
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Body of Lies

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Body of LiesIf there’s one thing that Ridley Scott is able to do, it’s make a movie that looks really, really good. Body of Lies is a well-paced, well-acted spooks-and-spies thriller, but without the whole Ridley look it would just be Syriana-lite. (more…)

Yes Man

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Fruitiest wide receiver ever.Cut from the same cloth as Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty, Yes Man is strictly a cash grab for Carrey that follows to the letter the PG-13 Comedy Rote Plot Model. (more…)