March 9th, 2009

Watching TV

Weekend Watching Summary (with ninjas!)

Watchmen - Many ninjas, though not as many as the book. However, IMO a couple of the changes that were made in translation from graphic novel to movie were actually improvements to the story.

* The way the prison scene is handled in the movie (I'm being vague so as to avoid spoilers), in addition to being much bloodier than the book, also made a whole lot more sense. The geometry of the scene just didn't seem to work in the book.

* The climax scene was much more realistic in the movie. In the graphic novel it seemed a little too "cartoony", even for a comic. It made sense, but felt contrived even in a world with Dr. Manhattan.

* Speaking of Manhattan, initially I didn't understand all the hoopla regarding his "junk" being frequently visible on screen. It was only later that I realized that spending nearly 3 years in a poly relationship with zensidhe (who regularly dyes his pubic hair blue) has completely ripped away any strangeness that would normally be associated with a guy walking around naked with a blue penis. Just... wrong...

Oh, and Silk Spectre? Damn! *drools*

Our Skynet Research video - No ninjas, but it does have robots! We had a lot of fun doing the filming on Saturday. Sadly I don't believe we ever had a single take that went through the entire scene with no problems (even with cue cards!), but with a little bit of editing it should work out just fine. We kidded around about putting it out on DVD- with a 2 minute "Main Feature" and an hour and a half blooper reel. :-) Bill the Cameraman will be doing the editing and adding the chyron, and I can't wait to see the end result! When I get it I'll be uploading it to Skynet Research, and I'll also post a (hopefully high-def) copy to YouTube. I will, of course, post a link here so you can all mock our amateurish acting and dry, humorless script.

Dead Like Me: Life After Death - A few gravelings, but no ninjas. This direct-to-DVD movie wasn't bad, but sadly didn't live up to the standards of the Showtime series. I'm glad we have it, and I'm glad we watched it, but it just wasn't the same as the show. To me, the best part was that it provided some closure between George and her sister. If that's enough reason for you to want to watch it then do so, otherwise the end of the series is sufficient. On the other hand, if you've never seen the original Dead Like Me series then you're missing out on a real gem of a show. Add it to your Netflix queue and bump it to the top!
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