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Should You Watch the “Watchmen”?

In a word, No.

I don’t often like to give simple, one-word answers, but this film’s second weekend begins today, and it’s success this weekend will essentially determine weather it’s considered a success or a disappointment by Hollywood standards.  I felt that I should say something to influence people in favor of more deserving films.

“Watchmen”, as you are no doubt aware, is based on a Hugo-award winning graphic novel (don’t call it a comic, someone will hurt you) and has been ranked on Time Magazine’s top 100 novels of all time.  These oft-repeated facts are given to try to elevate people’s conception of the material (and the movie), above what people perceive as a “comic book” movie.  I personally think that “Dark Knight” was all we needed, but apparently the people at Warner Brothers thought differently.

And the book itself is deserving of these words – the material is really quite dense.  However, it seems that the creators of the film completely missed these deeper meanings in the text.  What’s annoying about the film is that director Zac Snyder does an admirable job preserving the visuals from the comic (apparently keeping as many easter eggs in as he can (link)) and lifting most of the dialogue directly from the book.  But despite this, the movie doesn’t add up to something worthwhile. read more »

Who Watches the Watchmen?

Well, apparently, $25.1 million worth of people on Friday by itself, and $4.6 million worth of people (like myself) that sat through it’s 2-hour and 45-minute runtime on Thursday at Midnight (or Friday morning, if you’re of that persuasion of time).  “Watchmen” is the widest-released (seen on the most screens in the United States) R-rated film of all time, and had the 3rd largest box-office take for an R-rated movie.  What does this mean?  Well, first all, I would compare it to another successful movie in recent memory: Marley & Me.  About as different as they come, the figures of “Watchmen” and “Marley & Me” say a lot, I think, about recent trends in movies. read more »

Why “Slumdog” Matters

Winning 8 Oscars including Best Picture, everyone’s got an opinion about “Slumdog Millionare”. Including me, of course, and I’m gonna tell you what I think. You may be thinking “what the heck is Ryan’s movie opinions doing on this production blog?”  Answer: I really don’t know.  Deal.

Over the past month, I’ve overheard several conversations that all seem to go something like this:

“So, what’d ya think of Slumdog Millionare?”

“Well, I really didn’t think it was all that great.  I mean, I don’t really see what all of the fuss is abou.  You?”

“Oh… well, I mean, I liked it.  Yeah, I thought that it was pretty good.”

I’m going to take a step out and argue why “Slumdog Millionare” is one of the most important movies of the year, strikingly appropriate for the times, and both aesthetically and thematically pleasing.

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