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Film & TV / Re: Damon Lindelof to Develop WATCHMEN for HBO
« on: 28 June, 2017, 03:54:35 pm »
No adaptation of anything is 'ever' necessary. But Snyder didn't even do that. It was just Cut. And Paste. With added gore and gratuitous violence.

Even if that is his natural inclination, neither the script the studio approved nor the producers, pointed him in any other direction. It was an exercise in excision by all involved.

Film & TV / Re: Damon Lindelof to Develop WATCHMEN for HBO
« on: 27 June, 2017, 01:04:42 pm »
No comic adaptations are ever necessary, but they're going to do them anyway, so they may as well do something different. Paul Greengrass seemed to be trying a less slavish adaptation when he was producing it in 2004 as a docu-style political thriller – but then an in-coming Paramount chief axed it.

Arguably there's a more solidified cultural context for an adaptation of WATCHMEN now that the general audience is grounded in superhero lore and continuity existing within the structures of film and TV, so a deconstruction is not such an 'alien' idea – but not anally following the fixed structures of the comic would be a good start.

Personally, I'd prefer MARSHAL LAW with its MARVEL and DC cyphers.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 26 June, 2017, 05:26:14 pm »

"think that signal can get through 200 floors of concrete? let's find out".

Film & TV / Re: Damon Lindelof to Develop WATCHMEN for HBO
« on: 26 June, 2017, 04:48:52 pm »
I agree that the psychic thing in the comics could read a bit like the plugging of a plot hole in an otherwise amazingly intricate piece of story telling....I can see where your criticism of the squid comes from but it still makes a ton more sense then the film ending.

Aye, and to add to that, the Squid intervention is intended as a lateral shock to mankind and the reader - the idea of lateral action introduced into the story by Veidt and his being inspired by Alexander's cutting of the Gordian Knot - so not expecting is part of the point. The way it's hinted throughout the story is more or less the right amount without telegraphing the end punchline of Ozymandias' grand joke on mankind.

General / Re: Missionary Man - Anyone want to see him return?
« on: 23 June, 2017, 09:45:57 pm »
I loved Missionary Man and dispite Gordon, particularly during Alex Ronald's time on the strip. His art was just glorious and perfectly suited Gordon's tight, dark series.

I like that particular run of Missionary Man a lot and Alex's art is glorious – my favourite interpretation of Texas-City Judges.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 22 June, 2017, 07:20:27 pm »
Now I'll being watching the film thinking who shot what first.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 22 June, 2017, 04:02:27 pm »
Richie Cunningham is taking over.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 21 June, 2017, 03:07:57 am »
It was bad enough having River Phoenix playing IJ

That worked quite well.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 21 June, 2017, 02:58:00 am »
They should fuckin kick this into the long grass.

That can't happen now and they've enough money to salvage it.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 21 June, 2017, 02:16:51 am »
Tá sé fucked.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 21 June, 2017, 12:49:58 am »
 ...everything's perfectly all right now. We're fine. We're all fine here now, thank you.

'Star Wars': Han Solo Film Loses Directors

“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project."

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 20 June, 2017, 09:12:37 pm »
Instead of the world getting a Jack Kirby theme park Ben Affleck got an Oscar.

Film & TV / Re: Wonder Woman 2017
« on: 12 June, 2017, 04:43:25 pm »
While I knew Thewlis was the big baddie from the moment I saw him, I was actually pretty happy with the moment when Diana kills 'Ares' and nothing changes: the idea of Ares as a corrupting influence rather than a muscled bruiser was fine by me

The point of 'the evil in all men' would've hit harder and more truthfully had she realised it after defeating actual Ares – or, yes, even just left with the death of the General. It's a backward decision that undercuts the point purely in the service of some lesser plot twist of Thewlis as Ares and an escalation in action.

When the speechifyin' Ares is finally brought in after Diana's recognition of false victory he's reduced to being an obligatory and superfluous monster to fight – his introduction is anticlimactic when it should've been Diana's belief in her singular quest that is left feeling anticlimactic: that simply defeating the big baddie would end the war. Diana's disillusionment and restoration of faith would be more powerful as a post battle realisation that Steve's sacrifice (strong shades of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter's goodbye date) helped save the fate of the Armistice.

It's a strange, unnecessary blunder that leaves the point of the end blurred, and possibly because of some over cautious decision to prevent the idea that the audience might be left with the feeling WW is not be the ultimate hero in her own film.

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