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Yo! Adrian! Read my movie reviews.

B took me and K to see the Watchmen this evening. Thus answering that age old question: Who watches the Watchmen? We do.

Speaking of who watches the Watchmen, no one under 18 should watch this movie. No one under 21 should watch this movie. Not because of the male full frontal nudity or the sex scenes. Because of the graphic violence: people exploding like wet sacks of meat, being hacked to pieces with cleavers and saws, shot in the head, lit on fire, coming apart like anatomical dolls. Really I would rather children watched adults engaging in consensual sex, than watch a man smash a woman's face into a pool table so he can rape her.

But it was an excellent movie. I thought it kept very close to the source material, and did justice to the story. Of course some things had to be cut or changed, but we all knew that.

The sound track was excellent. A good use of period music, and my old favorite "Hallelujah" was used. The special effects were generally up to the task. It's interesting that the only time I was really aware of the special effects being sub par was when Dr Manhattan was dressing himself. He looked good but his clothes looked fake.

When Laurie and Dan are having dinner I was very aware of how fake their skin looked, and they were not computer generated just painted and probably touched up a bit. And everyone's teeth were just too perfect. Especially Rorschach, the man doesn't bathe, I doubt he has proper dental care. Do you think they rejected Danny Bonaduce as Rorschach because it would be type casting?

Previews
There are very few movies that I really want to see right now.

Star Trek "A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members." I feel ambivalent about this. On the one hand it's all wrong for continuity. On the other hand it looks sort of interesting. Less of a prequel and more of a re-imagining. I kind of wish they had just made an original movie, not a Star Trek movie.

Terminator Salvation Terminators who think they are human and ally with the humans. Looks interesting.

Angels & Demons. Sequel to The Da Vinci Code. Oh! that evil Catholic Church is hiding something but the Illuminati are getting revenge. Looks interesting. Even though I didn't see The Da Vinci Code.

Public Enemies Story of John Dillinger. Staring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Johnny Depp actually looks like he's playing a human being.

Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt and eight other men beat Nazis to death with baseball bats. I'm sure it is very therapeutic, for some people. Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Up. A new animated adventure starring an old man, a fat boy scout, a talking dog, and a giant bird all in a flying house being chased by a dirigible. Ok, that doesn't sound very funny but really it looks good.


Posters but no trailers.

I Love You, Man. "Paul Rudd realizes he has no male friend close enough to serve as best man at his wedding, and embarks on a series of "man-dates" to find one." Looks like it might be cute on DVD

Knowing "A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold." Star Nicolas Cage.

Push "The action packed sci-fi thriller involves a group of young American ex-pats with telekinetic and clairvoyant abilities, hiding from a clandestine U.S. government agency. They must utilize their different talents and band together for a final job enabling them to escape the agency forever."

Race to Witch Mountain "A UFO expert enlists the help of a cabbie to protect two siblings with paranormal powers from the clutches of an organization that wants to use the kids for their nefarious plans." Stars The Rock! (OK I know he prefers to be called Dwayne Johnson.)

Crank: High Voltage sequel to Crank (2006) The poster which shows a man with a car jumper cable attached to his mouth didn't appeal to me. But it stars Jason Statham who I liked in Transporter. He's an action hero. He beats people up and things go "BOOM!".


As we were leaving the theater we passed through a group of young people. I mentioned to B that they looked just like we and our friends did 20 years ago.

Comments

Race to Witch Mountain just looks all over fun and cool.
Yes! Most of Dwayne's movies are both fun and cool.
Thanks for warning me not to see the Watchmen. Graphic violence has never sat well with me and I don't need the nightmares.
It is a very dark movie.
In the Graphic novel the violence was more bareable. Probably because it was easier to skim over. In a movie you just have live through it.
You know what's really funny?

After Wolf and I saw Watchmen last Saturday I looked at him and said, "I wonder if skitten would really like this. It has a lot of sex, which I know she enjoys, but there's so much violence. Look at Hellsing. She loved the grabby bits, but that was the ONLY grabby scene in the entire series. The rest is violence."

Wolf's response, "She's an odd duck."
I didn't think about why K was there. Probably because B wanted to see it and she didn't want to sit home alone.

But she and I covered our eyes for the same parts and looked at each other sympathetically afterward.

She mentioned afterward that the blue penis was not very obvious. B replied that you could see it if you looked for it and she said she wasn't looking for it. I chimed in that I was looking for it every time. :-)
Yeah, me too. ^_^

The only part I actually wanted to look away was Rorscach (sp?) flashback scene with the child murderer.

Frankly, I don't think the movie violence was any worse then the book. But, as Wolf said, with the book, you can put it down and recover, then go back when you're ready. You can't do that with the movie.
In a book you can skim over the violence. In a movie you just have to live through it.

I found the Kennedy assasination tape a bit graphic, and the prison scenes with the boiling oil and the saw.
>I kind of wish they had just made an original movie, not a Star Trek movie.

HA! You and I thought exactly the same thing on seeing this trailer!! :-D
That is because great minds think alike. :-)
btw....Can I get your input on any of these books?

1. gypsy magic by patrinella cooper
its a romany book of spells, charms and fortune telling, gympsy magic genre
about 160 pages cost me 16.95

2.green witchcraft by ann moura "aqoumiel"
its about folk magic, fairy lore and herb craft, a religion/mythology genre
about 275 pages cost me 12.95

3.the wiccan handbook by eileem holland
its a wicca/earth religion genre its kinda like a tutorial reference book
about 310 pages cost me 16.95

4.wicca by scott cunningham
its a guide for the solitary practitioner, wicca/magic/rligion genre
cost me 9.95 and its about 218 pages

5. wicca a-z by gerina dunwich
its a complete guide to the magickal world
cost me 12.95 and its about 199 pages

6. nocturnal witch by kronstantinos
its about magic after dark, new age/wicca/paganism genre
cost me 14.95 and has about 229 pages

7. the witch's magical handbook by gavin frost and yvonne frost "also known as the founders of the church and school of wicca"
cost me 14.00 and has about 313 pages

8.living wicca by scott cunningham
this is basiclly book 2 of number 4 on the list
cost me 12.95 and has about 220 pages

9. simple wicca by michele morgan
its like a simple wisdom book about spirituality
cost me 14.95 and has about 170 pages

10.the spells bible by ann marie gallagher
its a definitive guide to charms and enchantments, newage/personla growth genre
cost me 18.99 and has 400 pages

11. the complete book of magic and witch craft by kathryn paulsen
its a unique revised guide to becoming a witch
cost me 5.99 has about 180 pages

Witchcraft Books

I only have 4.wicca by scott cunningham. it is a bit simplistic and new agey. But was very popular for a while.

I am unfamilur with the rest.