Archive for March 13th, 2009

Obligatory Watchmen Post (No Spoilers)

2009 Mar 13

It was way better than I was expecting, after hearing my brother’s lukewarm comments. Definitely worth seeing, despite some of my bone-picking below.

The fight scenes were exceptionally mediocre, with the exception of the jail fight which was beautifully choreographed, reminiscent of the pre-decapitation fight in 300. I’m not sure what the hell the choreographers were trying to express in any of the scenes, though, even the jail fight, which is generally a sign of poor fight choreography or a director who doesn’t know how to work with a fight choreographer. When there’s no purpose or narrative to a fight, it’s just a meaningless fight, even if it’s beautifully choreographed. They would have been better off following Gibson’s illustrations more, because I can’t imagine Alan and Dave wasted a single panel on something meaningless (plus it would have been cheaper, probably, and wouldn’t require FX). Plus, Leigh was right that the gruesome violence of the early fights kept Rorschach from standing out as the sole murderer among the heroes.

The new ending worked for me. What didn’t was Dr. Manhattan’s reaction to it. It just didn’t fit with the characterization we’d seen previously from him. I also felt the ending was really drawn out, as if it should have come to a head faster and then wrapped up faster, leaving the audience a bit confused and shocked by the pace of everything. But instead there was this pause and a lot of explanation. The whole film seemed slow at times, but the slowness of the climax was especially odd.

Rorschach was perfect. I can’t imagine him being any better. It was worth it just for him and Daniel.

They only say the superheroes’ names once or twice. I found that I’d forgotten many of them by the end (such as Ozymandias and Nite Owl). Interesting.

The director didn’t seem to know what to do with the female characters but, to be fair, neither did Moore (at least, at the time) or superhero comics in general.

I find myself wishing there was a happy medium between this cut — which leaves out a lot — and the drooling fanboy cut that includes everything. Oh well.

A Jumble of Recent Thoughts

2009 Mar 13

The Newman O booze turned out so well that I tossed the orange rooibos booze I’d made several weeks back. I think the new booze is mostly cream-flavored, that not a lot of chocolate was infused into the Everclear, but I’ll have to see what other people think when we break it out to share. Additionally, there’s this ongoing issue where adding water to an Everclear infusion sometimes makes it turn cloudy. I’m not sure what to blame. Maybe something in the tap water (iron from the pipes, flouride)? Next time I might try bottled spring water.

Mouse Guard last night was great, if a sordid affair involving a ton of dice rolling through three-and-a-half separate conflicts. Robert was saying he’s not sure he’s ready to stop playing after Session 6 next week, but I feel like need a break and reconvening things later on seems like it might be full of troubles. We’ll see.

As far as the inevitable “What to play after Mouse Guard?” issus goes, this morning I was realizing that it would probably be much easier to run Fingers on the Firmament in 4E, given the tools I have available, than Nine Suns Must Fall. So I’m thinking about doing that instead and maybe saving Nine Suns Must Fall for later. Nine Suns might even end up being a Dogs in the Vineyard hack, since so many folks on SG were saying they wished there were alternate Dogs settings available.

In other news, I am continually reminded that playing and writing games makes me more excited about playing and writing games, while talking about games on internet forums makes me less excited about playing and writing games. This is a lesson I never seem to learn. Seems like talking about games on blogs and chats is the way to go, most of the time.