People much like myself who were picked on in middle school are taking to the streets as masked vigilantes. How can I assume this? Dude... listen to his voice.
... although Super Hero is a bit of a misnomer here. Watchmen did well to distinguish between a masked vigilante and a 'Super Hero'. When a dude shows up from another planet with otherworldly powers, or some poor bastard gets de-atomized and reassembles himself, wake me.
When one of these poor dudes shows up face down in a canal somewhere... let me sleep in a bit longer.
(Yes, I'm aware of the irony of my 'Joker' photo below. Eat me.)
Anyone who knows me knows I was a hardcore Nirvana fan for most of college. I still love 'em, but I've broadened my horizons a little bit since. This hurt my soul... but I'm an awful person, so I'm posting it anyway.
So Nick SantaCroce of Gadwell Lane fame doesn't like Wall-E. I do. It's not my favorite Pixar movie, but it's fun to give Nick shit about it anyway. So we've been facebook-bitchslapping one another concerning this point... and this just seemed like a fun snippit.
So Michelle, Jermaine and I were out scouting cemeteries for 'Claire' all day, bouncing all over Ventura county from Ventura to Oxnard to Santa Paula. And in Santa Paula we pull in and the first thing we see is this family plot:
I'm not sure if the picture is Goodenough, but I think you get the idea.
My favorite moment might have been Jermaine's immediate, amused, flat out refusal to believe this was an actual family plot: "What? No waaay! That's not reaaal." (Followed by a fit of laughter).
Of course, this family plot lead to several inappropriate jokes that we were not Goodenough to avoid.
Michelle: "Hey, what's that plot over there?" Dan: "I dunno, I don't think it's Goodenough."
Michelle: "They were all born in the early 1900's" Dan: "I wonder if there's anyone Goodenough left."
Jermaine: "What do you think of this location, Dan?" Dan: "It's Goodenough, I guess." Jermaine: "Okay Dan, time to stop." Dan: "Okay, but when we scout the next location, let's keep an eye out for the 'Better' family plot."
This post may not be Goodenough, but hey, I tried.
Probably a good thing it wasn't the Wellenough family, because we know I couldn't have left that alone.
So I don't usually just post personal stories, but this one is just priceless. And I can't decide if I mean priceless in a good or a bad way.
My chocolate labrador Sara has been getting pretty up there in years and hasn't been feeling too well of late. My parents have been taking care of her since I left for college, but she's always been my dog and I've had her since 7th grade. She was a replacement for my doberman-rottweiler mix, Max, who was previously run down by a neighbor for no good reason at all. Not getting into that story this time around.
So I wake up this morning and realize I have a missed call from 5:38am. My parents are on the east coast, but they don't usually forget about the time change, so I was a big alarmed thinking Sara must in particularly bad shape and they had to put her down. I'm semi-prepared for this news because Mom had been telling me a few days prior that Sara wasn't doing so hot.
So I'm driving to work and call back (with my hands free device) and finally get my mom on the phone. And the call goes something like this:
"Hey Mom, I saw you called and just wanted to make sure everything was okay."
"I called? When?"
"At 5:30 this morning."
"Oh, that must have been by accident. I'm sorry, did I wake you?"
"No, the phone was on silent. No worries." (Sigh-o-relief) "I'm just glad it was an accident."
"Oh, why's that?"
"Ya know, I was afraid it was an emergency, maybe you had to put Sara down this morning or something."
"Oh, no honey, we did that yesterday."
Yeah. Apparently they both forgot to tell me or assumed the other one had called. This amused me for the first half of my day, but like any bad news that doesn't sink in until later, it eventually devolved into frustration.
So that was my morning. I hope someone out there at least finds it as mildly amusing as I did. At first.
So other than staving off the negative influences of Will on the Blogosphere, I rarely take a moment to get too serious on here.
I remember when the Canadian Bus Beheading happened... and then never hearing about it again. Months later I tried to find a follow up and couldn't find anything then, either. Maybe I just can't google worth a damn but- Here's a follow up-
and I gotta say... it's kinda infuriating. Maybe I'm just not sensitive to the plight of those with a (possible) mental disorder but... anyone else feel like Canada's dropping the ball here?
Keeping this spoiler free is pretty easy. I think the story works fine. I didn't really miss anything they took out. I thought the changes they made work to serve the story best as a film. There are minor things I would change. I agree with a review I read where they said they'd prefer Nixon removed and only seen on television.
Rorshach, of course. Totally badass. Hard not to love everything he does in this movie. The ultimate badass being ultimately badass. He has one line in a prison lunch line that literally had the audience cheering.
All the characters are well cast. There wasn't any point where I felt they weren't doing their character justice.
The fight sequences are solid and fun. I had reservations against Snyder's visual style, and while I'm still not sure a Watchmen movie should be this 'cool' and stylized, I think it actually works pretty well for this film.
Anytime the movie is being dark and gritty, it works. It feels right. It feels Watchmen. It doesn't shy away from violence, nudity, sex, gore, and hard-to-watch situations.
The moral grey area of the comic is intact. That was hugely important to me, as I felt losing that would betray the entire story.
What doesn't work?
Tonally, it's all over the place, and that was hard for me to deal with. Some scenes are very comic booky, almost goofy. Nixon plays like a charicature. This movie is far too aware that it's a comic book. It goes big and over the top in some scenes, then wants to be taken seriously when it gets down and dirty in others.
There are musc cues in here that are laugh-out-loud funny, and I'm not entirely convinced they weren't meant to be. It's almost like Snyder said 'well, no one will take this seriously, so I'll make it funny instead.' One scene in particular is played almost completely for comedy set to one of the funniest musical cues in the movie, and while I don't remember that scene in the comic being overly serious, the humor feels wrong here. Instead of it being inherently funny within the story, the scene and play as though Snyder himself is making the joke.
Am I biased because of the comic? Possibly, but I don't think I would have liked this scene in it's present form even if I hadn't read it.
It's a 'cue the music' movie.
Melodrama. Some dialog, particurlarly dialog between love interests, just feels cheesy, staged, lacking the weight they should probably have. Snyder knows how to stage action, but it seems he needs some work with actors. A score dips in at all the 'right' moments to try to illicit more emotion, but it's noticable. It adds to the odd tonal inconsistency.
It's a fun movie. I enjoyed it. At this point, it's hard to tell if it will have mass appeal outside of the comic's fans. Do I think it could have been better? Yeah, but I wasn't too disappointed, either.
I'm curious to see what others think once they've seen it.
Click on this awesome comic strip to read - Thanks Janet.
As our economy collapses, our war in Afghanistan ramps up, our war in Iraq rages on, our relations with North Korea remain tense... as our world crumbles... Thank God we have the media to keep it all in perspective.
This was in my 'Top News' section on Yahoo News today.
I'll admit it, I've been showing a lot of Will-Love on this blog lately. Well it's all for a good reason. He showed me a fabulous weekend including lunch in Ventura, dinner and a movie in Santa Barbara, a funny one-liner at TomScott's expense, and still managed to squeeze in time for me to work on his upcoming claymation short, which I'm sure will rock (no pressure, Will).
But what touched me most was Will cooking for me the next day:
I must sincerely applaud Will for his well crafted smear campaign. Clearly a lot of work went into that fine vlog. He has me at a bit of a disadvantage, being that I do not have access to a camera (or iSight), but this will not stop me from protecting you, dear followers. There's something you need to know about Will... something very important....
If there's one thing I can't abide, it's bullying. I know I have become a threat to Will's blog and many of his followers are beginning to see the light and choosing to Chill With Dan Instead. But this doesn't sit well with Will and his mantra seems to be "If you can't beat 'em... beat your fans..."
You may remember mention of Lil' Colin 'Coco' Whitman from two posts ago. It appears Lil' Colin has a problem. Will doesn't like that Lil' Colin is a fan of Chill With Dan Instead and has decided to take matters into his own hands.
First of all, thank you Betsy and Peter. You're quite fantastic yourselves. Secondly, you'll note that Colin Whitman is a fan of me (Mr. Ast). It was met with this response from Will:
And as if threatening Lil' Colin wasn't enough, Will has brought along friends:
Here at Chill With Dan Instead, I will never bully my current or former fans. If you choose ChillWithWill as your path, I will accept that you have weighed your options heavily and chosen the less-Totally-Badass of the choices. But I will not ridicule you for it and I will certainly not threaten you.
I stand up for my fans and I say to you, Will, leave Lil' Coco alone, or you'll hear from me again. And I'm not some poor bastard who levels apple boxes when told. I can stand up for myself... and for Colin.