Saturday, March 28, 2009

Poem: The Winds of Change

THE WINDS OF CHANGE

Make the right turn into oblivion,
Away from me,
My love.

These winds of change.

Change these tides and waves
Through the paths unknown.

Change these clouds
From shades of gray.

Into an alternate reality foretold.

My love,
My inner-peace.

Somewhere,
Someone is beginning to change me.

Some days,
Sometimes cold air blows passion
Through this fire.

Crashing down
And around.

Changing everything
That I use to be.

Never the same.
Never the same, you see.

Gray for the time.
White for the past.

Hymn to the silence.
Tears for the rain.

And pain,
For all that ever was a part of me.

©1996 Torrence King. All Rights Reserved. From the poetry-art collection “Satellites & Exits”

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Poem: I Buried My Heart At Wounded Knee

I BURIED MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE

I have come to this place,
Displaced and broken down.

Only here does my heart beat,
Only here does my mind think.

I will ask for more than I got
And you will give me it all.

Any time that is left,
Anybody that will hear.

I've cried for your forgiveness
For the pain that came too soon.

Only the dust is in my eyes,
Only the truth stands for my silence.

I threw all the stones
That were thrown back to me.
Then I became like before.
Fragments of loss,
Pieces of bitterness.

You want me to say I'm sorry
Just because my knees are bent.

You can pick me up from this floor,
I am a regretted mess.

I will never walk again,
Until
I've been
Both loved
And shattered.

©1996 Torrence King. All Rights Reserved. From the poetry-art collection
“Satellites & Exits” - Available Now 


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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Poem: The Autumn Leaves Violet Stole from Satellites & Exits

The Autumn Leaves Violet Stole

Traces of red
Lie deep in the sea.

As I lay here,
Sorrow surrounds me.

My knowledge of truth
Is consumed by fear.

Sound of light,
Shatters my ears.

Reach out,
Touch the stone.

Come out,
Carry on.

Erase the doubt,
Go back home.

Live by living
And sacrifice the pain.

Give by giving
And combat the rain.

As their world ends,
Our world begins.

©1996 Torrence King. All Rights Reserved. From the poetry-art collection “Satellites & Exits” - Available Now 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Poem: SENTIMENTAL VALUE from Satellites & Exits

SENTIMENTAL VALUE

I remember her
Elegance and grace.

“Why did I not believe?”

The look in her eyes
Would ensnare my mind.
The touch of her lips
Could encase my fears.

“Why did I ever leave?”

Overwhelmed, I drift
To the sea of regret.

Memories, I won't bring
To extinction.

I wish to embrace
You, my love, once more.

Denial in every attempt.
Unity constantly shun.

Now, I'm left with
These manic memoirs.

In need of
A detached treasure.

An indescribable joy,
Unattainable.

Your sentiments exactly.



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©1996 Torrence King. All Rights Reserved. From the poetry-art collection “Satellites & Exits” - Available Now
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Poem: MOONLESS WORDS

MOONLESS WORDS


The moon hid from my eyes.



Or was it the mist of shame


Clothed in a blue of night?



I have seen much


In these darkened hours here.



What I fear,


I tread.



What I've shaken,


I've shared.



It is cold in this place


Of shadows


Where there is no where to go but up.



The beams of the night’s light


Clears my path ahead.



But not before


I stop to contemplate.



“Will I be there another moment too late?”



“Who will join me


Before the fall of the stars above?”



I find it best not to think on these things.



They just turn these feeble bones


Into crops of dust.



I have journeyed a million miles,


A million times


To the place


Where many are heard


But have very little to say.


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©1996 Torrence King. All Rights Reserved. From the poetry-art collection “Satellites & Exits” - Available Now 

 
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Monday, March 23, 2009

Poem: ETERNITY INVITES A UNIVERSE

ETERNITY INVITES A UNIVERSE

They met between gravity
And the laws thereof.


She loved his charm,
He admired her wit.

She questioned his reasons,
He gave idle answers.
"I am all and nothing more,"
He said.
"More is less."

"Planets and stars,"
She said.
"Are of universal emptiness,
To those that be proud."

He became instantly inferior.
She had exposed his void.

"Come with me,
Take my hand."
She said.
"Travel farther
Than where you've been."

He struggled at the notion
Of such an invitation.

He believes her words.
He takes her hand.

The beginning of illumination.



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©1996 Torrence King. All Rights Reserved. From the poetry-art collection “Satellites & Exits”


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One of the very first poems I wrote during the early 90's when I took a break from graphic design.

It’s a metaphoric look at a woman (eternity) and a man (universe) and what happens when they meet and decide to be together. I've been asked why is the woman portrayed as eternity and the man portrayed as the universe. Well, besides the names and titles sounding cool, I believe women keep humanity alive thus creating eternity with the birth of life. While men tend to view themselves as conquerors, collecting things to surround their lives, creating their own universes, at times. I know, that’s just some generalizations and theories to explain the poem but it has a touch of truth to it. Anyway, I appreciate when readers enjoy it and take from it whatever they feel.



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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Poem: THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR DIMENSION

THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR DIMENSION

As I observe you,
An image of
Darkly windows,
I stare at your
Reflective aura.

My attention to
Literal flaws
Are paid frequently,
Held around
Glossy worlds.

The facts rely on
Ultimate intentions.

Double my work
To comfort
Crystal-like forms.

What creates
This out pour over
Shocking beauty?

You draft
A smile to
The few sheets
Of lost reflections.

I go back to
The board drawn
Transparently exact.

Reminded of
The liquid streets.
The lovely evenings
in the cage,
My adjustment
To old age,
And your escape
Through optical illusions.

A glare of you
Without the facade,
Begins to stare back
At the shapeless.


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©1996 Torrence J. King. All rights reserved. From the poetry-art book Satellites & Exits



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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Poem: AT THE END OF THE DAY

AT THE END OF THE DAY

Today,
And here after,
My thoughts
Fall on deaf ears.

"Can I Be What I Make This Life?"

On the run,
During this time
With the sun
Above my head.

Nothing left to lose,
Before this day is through.

It’s too late,
The day is almost gone.
No hour can explain,
How it moves so fast.

Within a minute,
You won’t give me the time.

Within a second,
You will shut me down.

The night has risen
And I’m all alone.

Waiting for tomorrow,
If it ever comes.

©2006 Torrence King. All rights reserved. 


 

From the poetry-art book - The Kiss of Life 

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Songs That Should Have Been Featured on The Watchmen Soundtrack


Songs That Should Have Been Featured on The Watchmen Soundtrack

Both soundtracks to The Watchmen movie are out.

Let’s focus on the non-score album for the list of songs that should be on the soundtrack.

This is the list of songs on the Watchmen: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack:

1. Desolation Row (My Chemical Romance)

2. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)

3. The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan)

4. The Sound Of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)

5. Me & Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)

6. I'm Your Boogie Man (KC & The Sunshine Band)

7. You're My Thrill (Billie Holiday)

8. Pruit Igoe & Prophecies (Philip Glass)

9. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

10. All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix)

11. Ride of the Valkyries (Budapest Symphony Orchestra)

12. Pirate Jenny (Nina Simone)

Below is a list of songs that we selected before the soundtrack was released. One of the issues that’s been raised is featuring songs either because of lyrical content and/or musicality. We feel that most of these songs work lyrical, so it really doesn’t matter about the music, so much. It would be cool to have some other groups cover them like My Chemical Romance did for Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row”

Some songs that were released pre-1985 (the era in which Watchmen is set) are great but some songs have been, we feel, inspired by the comic itself. By this perspective, they can be pulled from any era.

Some of them should have been on the soundtrack or, at least, considered. Feel free to google to find them, view the lyrics or make your own Watchmen soundtrack.

NOTE: Most of the songs by Interpol could easily make the list. As a matter of fact, 14 select songs by Interpol could be enough for an Interpol music filled Watchmen Soundtrack. We provide that list following this one:

Here is the list of songs that would make a great soundtrack to the movie The Watchmen:

1. I’m Not A Hero – Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard (lifted from the Dark Knight soundtrack…great score!)
2. The Beginning is The End is The Beginning – Smashing Pumpkins
3. The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
4. Take You On A Cruise – Interpol (Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II – Night Out Theme)
5. Gone – U2 (Dr. Manhattan Theme)
6. Wake Up Dead Man – U2 (The Comedian Funeral Theme)
7. All Fired Up – Interpol (Rorschach takes on the Police and Everyone in Jail)
8. All Along The Watchtower (The Comedian and Dr. Manhattan invade Vietnam/Nite Owl II an Rorschach invade Ozymandias headquarters)
9. Sing Sing Sing (RSL Remix) Anita Day (The Minutemen Theme)
10. Not Even Jail – Interpol (Nite Owl II and Silk Spectre II jail fight)
11. Inner City Blues – Marvin Gaye (Rorschach Theme)
12. The Pretender – Foo Fighters (Nite Owl II and Rorschach confront Ozymandias)
13. Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
14. Watching Me Fall – The Cure (The Comedian Falls to His Death and Remembers it All)

Now here is the list of a few of the songs and some others that would fit with commentary:

The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning – Smashing Pumpkins
(This was the song that set the wheels of Watchmen movie reality in motion. The thing got so many downloads after the trailer came out featuring it that even Billy Corgan (lead singer for Smashing Pumpkins) stood up to say…WTF???)

Take You On A Cruise - Interpol (Notable Phrase: “I'm timeless like a broken watch..”)
This is a great song that can pay tribute to Nite Owl (“There's nothing like this built today / You'll never see a finer ship...) or Dr. Manhattan (“I'm timeless like a broken watch..”) It can even pay homage to Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter (“White Goddess, black Goddess / Red temptress of the sea, you treat me right...”)

Sound Of Silence - SIMON AND GARFUNKEL (It made the official soundtrack list.)

Rush of Blood to the Head (Live) – Coldplay (Notable Lyric: “He said oh Im gonna buy a gun and start a war / If you can tell me something worth fighting for” - The live version on the 2003 Live album is a better fit and could work in various scenes.

All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix (It made the official soundtrack list.)

Paint It Black – Rolling Stones
This song itself is about looking at things from a different viewpoint. Notable Lyric: “Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts / It's not easy facin' up when your whole world is black”

Sing, Sing, Sing (RSL Remix) – Anita Day (Just to pay homage to the 40’s era)

NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN - SMASHING PUMPKINS
Another Pumpkins song that’s a remake of a Depeche Mode song. Could work with Nite Owl flying - Notable Lyric: We're flying high / We're watching the world pass us by / Never want to come down / Never want to put my feet back down

THE MAN COMES AROUND - JOHNNY CASH
(Its Johnny Cash. Its about judgment day and death. ‘Nuff Said!)

Inner City Blues – Marvin Gaye
This could be the Rorschach theme song. Notable Lyric: Crime is increasing / Trigger happy policing / Panic is spreading / God know where we're heading

Avalanche – New Order
This instrumental piece works perfect for various scenes. It works also as a reminder of the end that will come.

Gone – U2
Dr. Manhattan theme. Notable Lyric: Goodbye and it's emotional goodnight / I'll be up with the sun / Are you still holding on / I'm not coming down


Murder In The Big House – Chagall Guevera
Rorschach investigates the murder of the Comedian. It also the event that sets the stage of all that is to come. Notable Lyric: “This is the sound of the rooftop coming down / This ain..t a murder mystery / This is the sound of the four walls falling in / This is the stench of recent history”

Watching Me Fall – The Cure
The Comedian watching is whole life flash before his eyes as he falls to his doom. Notable Lyric: “Yeah I've been watching me go for it must be years / Watching me get slow, I watch me disappear / And one day, yeah I know, I won't come back at all...”

Not Even Jail – Interpol
The jail scene with Nite Owl and Silk Spectre. Notable Lyric: “I pretend like no one else / To try to control myself / I'm subtle like a lion's cage / Such a cautious display / Remember take hold of your time here / Give some meanings to the means / To your end / Not even jail”

Sing Sing Sing – Flight 180 (Another Homage to the 40’s era.)

Now here’s the list of the Now here’s the list of the Watchmen Soundtrack featuring Interpol…

1. Take You On A Cruise
2. Slow Hands
3. Not Even Jail
4. Hands Away
5. All Fired Up
6. Public Pervert
7. Obstacle 1
8. Narc
9. Length of Love
10. A Time To Be Small
11. Say Hello To The Angels
12. Leif Erikson
13. The New
14. The Specialist


Feel free to find these songs or create your own list. Your comments are always welcome. Thanks.


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Monday, March 9, 2009

The Watchmen - Movie Review and Commentary

I went to see The Watchmen.

And ALL I have to say is...AMAZING!

Even now, I still have images of the movie in my head….I’m still thinking about how director Zack Snyder literally pulled images from the graphic novel and recreated a motion picture masterpiece.

THE WATCHMEN IS THE GODFATHER OF COMIC BOOK MOVIES and NOT THE DARK KNIGHT!

I’m not here to write a long, detailed account of the movie.

But I will offer some commentary on the movie in relation to some points being made by CRITICS, FANBOYS AND MOVIEGOERS recently.

Since I'm not writing a complete review, I have provided the following movie review that, in some ways, I agree with more than others by the very talented Michelle Kerns of the Examiner.com (SEE AFTER THE FOLLOWING COMMENTARY)


I would like to address some points:

1) Greatest Comic Book Movie Ever (So Far…?)

This is, without a doubt, The Greatest Comic Book Movie Ever…at least so far…PLEASE…KEEP IN MIND there ARE still others to be made.

And please understand, I am not saying “Greatest Superhero” movie. There is a difference.

To this day, I feel that Superman starring Christopher Reeve is the Greatest Superhero Movie Ever because it was the first to take the genre of superheroes and comic books seriously and everything else that came after it has followed in its footsteps.

The Watchmen on the other hand is based on a comic book series released over 12 issues (1986-1987) and collected into one book...AND THATS IT! No more stories. No more adventures of the Nite Owl or Dr. Manhattan. NOTHING.

So, the movie had to be EXACTLY like the book or fans would have had Zack Snyder fed to the wolves!

2) The “Godfather” of Comic Book Movies and why I can’t understand The Dark Knight’s great appeal except for Heath Ledger’s outstanding performance or simply put….The Watchmen vs. The Dark Knight

OK. Everyone wants to compare current movies with those who have tested the strains of time. Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather is one of those (along with its great sequel) that rose above the fray of 70’s movies and endured as a legacy of great film making. It was filled with so many characters that carried the film and, not so much, centered around the exploits of just one person.

Everyone is looking for the one comic book movie that raises the bar to the Godfather's level of excellence.

The Watchmen, which time will tell if it does the same in regard to popularity, has similar points of plot and character layers.

In regard to the widely popular and highly successful Batman: The Dark Knight: The movie, I felt, was mostly centered around scenes with Christian Bale and Heath Ledger. I’ve watched the thing five times and cannot understand how this thing was so huge. The biggest issue I had was the EDITING….THIS IS one of my many problems with The Dark Knight.

Scenes, especially action sequences, are cut so fast that I cannot tell what’s going on. Heath Ledger’s Joker is the only thing that is worth watching and the ending is just plain ridiculous. Why does Hollywood insist on killing off a Batman villain in almost every movie??? THEY NEVER DIE!

BY THE WAY, Batman Begins is my favorite Batman movie…I felt it was WAY better than The Dark Knight….

Now, I would admit that one thing leads to the other…most of these comic book movies would not be here if not for the success of Blade, X-Men and, of course, Spider-Man….And all of those, I feel, were edited in a way that helps to viewer appreciate each scene…

Which leads me to one of the techniques used in some movies since it was used greatly in the first Matrix movie….THE SLOW-MO FIGHT SCENE!

I love the Slow-Mo Fight Scene…In The Watchmen, when Nite Owl II fights, breaking necks and punching, I can see what he’s doing….I can feel the crunching….I can take time to watch it ALL go down….

In The Dark Knight….YOU GET NOTHING!!….Did Batman punch the guy???? I don’t know, it happened so fast…I’m not sure.

Cue to director Christopher Nolan….The jail break scene in The Watchmen…THAT’S HOW BATMAN SHOULD FIGHT!!! (or watch the entire Bourne Identity trilogy or A History of Violence…those guys can fight AND YOU SEE IT!!!!!!)

Also, the Slow-Mo Fight Scene is perfect for action movies but works even better in comic book based action movies. Because comic book fans are readers and they appreciate a good fight scene or two….

Also, I like it because as an artist I can appreciate what I’m watching….because when I was reading comics with the superhero fighting and/or plasma blasting a villain drawn by great artists like Jim Lee, John Byrne, etc. I saw it happening...visualizing it off the page…

3) The Comic Book Fanboys-Geeks and Watchmen Book Readers VS. Regular Joe and Jane Movie-Goer or IF YOU DIDN’T READ THE BOOK…OH WELL

Now this debate over whether you can appreciate the movie for what it is vs. those who read the book is quite valid.

But what I got to say is….So what!!

For years, prior to the string of comic book/superhero based movies to come out since 1998, Hollywood tried to marry the comic book movie with successful box office receipts….which means COMPROMISING a little. So they began to throw everything but the kitchen sink in these movies to get the ALMIGHTY DOLLAR FROM THE REGULAR GUY AND GAL’S TIGHT HAND.

And I appreciate the valiant efforts of those who had throw a love story, a kidnapped love interest, a few jokes, touches of nostalgia and more to make Spider-Man, X-Men and others a BOX OFFICE HIT.

But, you know, every once in a while, can't they afford to throw the comic book fans a few bones???

I mean, (and this can be related to ALL comic book fans..AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!)…When I was a kid, I was called GEEK…NERD….AND EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE BULLY BOOK because I read comic books and would draw super-heroes…All this while everyone else was listening to and watching whatever was the HOT THING back then….I was in my bedroom at my desk finding out what would happen next to Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Superman, etc….And Everybody Else Didn't Care!

While we comic book readers were READING comic books just like others before us….EVERYONE ELSE LAUGHED…ALL COMIC BOOK READERS WERE LOOKED DOWN ON…EVEN OUR TEACHERS THOUGHT COMIC BOOKS WERE TRASH (FUNNY LOOK AT OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM NOW, THEIR USING COMICS TO HELP KIDS!) AND WE WERE THE ONES SHELLING OUT OUR MONEY TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL COMIC BOOK STORES AND COMPANIES AND WRITERS AND ARTISTS…

IT WAS OUR HARD EARNED MONEY THAT WENT TO BUY ALL THOSE COMIC BOOKS…NOW, COLLECTING DUST IN OUR BOXES….NOW, SELLING THEM ON EBAY….

NOW, EVERYONE, THE SAME PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT COMIC BOOKS SUCKED AND TREATED US BAD, WANT TO NOW CRY: “OH, I LOVE SPIDER-MAN”…”OH, I LOVE BATMAN”…YOU SEE A MOVIE AND NO NOTHING ABOUT THE CHARACTER!

AND YOU THINK I CARE IF SOMEONE GOES TO SEE “WATCHMEN” AND DON’T LIKE IT???

THIS MOVIE IS FOR THE WATCHMEN GRAPHIC NOVEL READER….NO ONE ELSE…

IF YOU LIKE THE MOVIE DESPITE NOT READING THE BOOK, COOL…

IF YOU DON’T, WELL, WAIT UNTIL THE WOLVERINE MOVIE OR SPIDER-MAN 4 TO GET YOUR FIX OR YOU CAN TRY READING A BOOK FOR A CHANGE! YOU HAD OVER 10 YEARS TO READ THE WATCHMEN DAMMIT!

THE ONLY OPINION THAT REALLY MATTERS ABOUT THE WATCHMEN MOVIE IS THOSE WHO READ
THE WATCHMEN GRAPHIC NOVEL

(Please forgive my little rant....)

Here is the review posted by Michelle Kerns of the Examiner.com that I am in nearly total agreement:

The Watchmen movie review: what worked, what flopped, and how the movie measures up to the book by Michelle Kerns (Examiner.com)

March 7, 4:56 AM
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Alan Moore's Watchmen has been one of my favorite books (#22 in my top 50, to be Dr. Manhattan-exact) since I first read it at the behest of a friend over 10 years ago.


*****A Word to the Wise: Spoilers follow, proceed with caution*****Seeing a film adaptation that could measure up to the depth and intelligence of the book seemed about as likely as a murderer's chances locked in a room with Rorschach; did Zack Snyder's movie version of Watchmen do it? Let's take a look at a breakdown of what worked, what flopped and how Watchmen, the movie measured up to Watchmen, the book.

What worked magnificently

The Comedian: Jeffrey Dean Morgan is pure genius as Eddie Blake, a.k.a The Comedian: he doesn't just look, talk, and act as if he leapt straight from the pages of the book, his apartment (complete with Hustler and girly poster on the wall) and his every gesture are dead on. The Comedian is the sort of character that, on the big screen, could easily look like a complete bastard that everyone hates; Mr. Morgan managed to make him as likeable as he is hateable -- fantastic.

The fight scenes:
Where to begin here? The fight between The Comedian and the intruder at the movie's beginning; Laurie and Dan taking on the knot-tops and then, later, the prison heavies; and Rorschach fighting pretty much the whole of the NYPD were graphic joys. I particularly loved the Nat King Cole "Unforgettable" touch during the movie's opening fracas. There is something about the surreal juxtaposition of a smooth golden-oldie being played over scenes of utter violence that makes my jaw drop in admiration.

The opening credit scenes: The history of the Watchmen, and their predecessors, the Minutemen, are covered in a nicely compressed fashion in this. Without leaving a jot or tittle out, Snyder managed to get across who the original masked avengers were, what happened to them, and where the new crop of heroes came from, all without a word uttered. That is, unless you count Bob Dylan's "The Times They are A-Changin'", a nice retro choice here.

The itsy bitsy details that only a Watchmen fan will recognize and appreciate: 


Where's the fun of making a film adaptation of a book if you don't
throw in a few nods here and there to the book's devoted fan base?
Snyder did more than throw Watch-heads a few bones in this movie; he practically coated the film from beginning to end with tiny details that, while they may not be noticed by people who haven't read the
book, will be adored and appreciated by the book's fans. From the Veidt label on the aerosol can that Rorschach uses to fend off the police in Moloch's house to the Gunga Diner balloon flying over the city, this is the kind of movie that I can see myself watching obsessively on DVD, trying to pick out more and more and more obscure Watchmen details with each viewing.

Rorschach: 


I loved Rorschach in the book; his film manifestation didn't lessen my admiration one bit. While his Clint-Eastwood-with-laryngitis voice bugged me at first, it soon grew on me. Jackie Earle Haley's interpretations of the dialogue were spot-on and his dead-pan Rorschach sans mask face was as identical to the book as it could get. I confess, I came dangerously close to tears at the end when he and Dr. Manhattan had their little Antarctica standoff. Additionally, I was thrilled that Rorschach's classic, "None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with me," was kept in the prison scene. Now gentlemen, that's a man's man for you. A man after my own heart

Dan Dreiberg:


Where did they get this guy? He was fantastic -- the perfect mixture of decency, kindness, vulnerabiltiy, and danger. His relationship with Rorschach was well portrayed.

Dr. Manhattan:


Although I always imagined his voice to be deep and monotonous, after hearing Billy Crudup's interpretation, I realized how much better it was at simultaneously conveying the invincible man's weird combination of aloof detachment and emotion. His scenes with Laurie on Mars were outstanding.

The Comedian's funeral:


Although I didn't care much for the choice of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" here, the flashback scenes of Dan, Dr.
Manhattan, and Veidt were exceptionally well done.

What flopped miserably

The dry political bits at the beginning: 
I'm not sure why the McLaughlin Group take-off bits were considered to be a better kick-off for the movie than simply starting out of the gate with the Comedian's death. It might have been less daunting for viewers not familiar with Watchmen if the political yakking came after Blake flies out the window.

Adrian Veidt: 


Veidt was the only hero that didn't match his literary counterpart at all. The Veidt in the Watchmen book looked like a pretty-boy Ken doll on steroids; the Veidt of the movie looked like a twiggy English professor togged up in a Halloween costume. And this skinny guy is supposed to be able to take out the Comedian, Rorschach, and Nite Owl? Please. Also, a number of Veidt's harangues, especially the one he gives just prior to the "assassination" attempt, could have been cut substantially without doing harm to the movie.

The Ride of the Valkyries music during the Vietnam War scenes:
Are you kidding me? The scenes themselves were great, but that awful, awful Wagner in the background just made them seem corny. "The Ride of the Valkyries" should be reserved exclusively for German opera houses and the Loony Toons.

Not enough Rorschach: I was terribly disappointed that Rorschach's time with the psychologist ended up being compressed into one brief scene. Rorschach is really the headliner of the entire story, and the details revealed about him in the book as he talks about Kitty Genovese and his personal development into Rorschach are fascinating. With as good a Rorschach as Mr. Haley was, I would have killed to have seen more of him. Or, at the very
least, broken a few fingers to see more.

Rorschach chopping Blaire Roche's killer in the head:
It's not so much the blood and guts (or brains, if you will), that I
mind in this bit, but that it makes Rorschach look more like a blood
lusting lunatic than the avenger he is. I also sorely missed the
phoenix-like imagery that Rorschach describes to the psychologist when he talks about burning the killer's house down: how Walter Kovacs died that night and Rorschach was born.

Too much tits & ass:
I could have done with much less of the Dan and Laurie peep show and much more Rorschach. O.K., so Nite Owl is getting over being impotent, I get it. I don't need to see every detail. Anyway, Dr. Manhattan shows off enough of his electric blue to more than make up for them keeping their clothes on.

Dr. Manhattan as the bad guy:
I'm not certain why the squid/alien thing couldn't simply have remained
as the destroyer of New York City. Did it really make the story less
complicated to just have it all pinned on Dr. Manhattan? I don't think
so, especially since they had to keep harping on tachyons in order to
make the point.

How the Watchmen movie measures up to the Watchmen book

The Watchmen movie was stunning: it was visually spectacular and the details and character performances will keep Watchmen fans more than happy for years. No matter how hard it tries though, it doesn't come close to matching the emotional intensity and depth of the Watchmen book. There are too many parts of the book that the movie couldn't replicate effectively, such as the policeman talking about Blake's murder at the beginning of the book while their words are placed over the pictures showing Blake's death, or The Tales of the Black Freighter snippets mixed with the newspaper-man's conversations. It's a fantastic movie, but remains a better book.

We Examiners are such suckers for Watchmen, you could surf this site all day and not read it all. But at least give it a try. Take a look at these alternative thoughts about Watchmen, the movie:

The Graphic Novel Examiner, Kevin Smith's review of Watchmen

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