Posts Tagged ‘300’

Episode 8: Man Love

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Actual photo from a doughnuts and martinis party we threw. It was not a success.We spend the first half of today’s show discussing Nate’s trip to an all-you-can-eat buffet of summer blockbusters. Some uncomfortable personal revelations ensue. Let’s just say Nate shows his true colors, and they show up in the form of a rainbow flag.

After that we compare notes on the new X-Men movie, and how surprised we both were with how much we enjoyed it. Specifically, how much we liked Michael Fassbender, and just how dreaaaamy he is. (more…)

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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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