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Subj: Re: Two main reasons for that: Decompression and the Internet.
Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 03:43:09 pm EDT (Viewed 159 times)
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Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 08:22:57 am EDT (Viewed 174 times)

Howdy Mek matey! \:\-\)

> Heh. My co-worker walked out on Watchmen too. Only she couldn't handle the violence and sex and basically called it 'a 3 hour porno for super heroes'.

I knew it was an '18' but that didn't prepare me for the gratuitous blue schlong shots metaphorically shoved down our throats every 10 minutes. I dreaded every time Dr Manhatten appeared as inside I was screaming don't pan the camera down...inevitably my screams went unheard for the most. May as well have been Bryan Singer directing.

However, the bottom line is that the movie was pretty boring. There was no action. Frankly I am of the opinion that only an action movie deserves a blockbuster film budget ($100+ Million). This would have been better served as a tv show.

> Mind you, she -and I- LOVE films like 'Kill Bill' and 'Reservoir Dogs' (And we're not prudes either), but Watchmen must have been a little too much for her. I was going to see it that day after work, but eh, I think I'm going to wait for the Dollar Theater price.

I'm no prude either, but gratuity is still gratuitous.

> (Luckily, WALL-E made her believe in movies again, so I did my job there!)

I'll maybe rent that next time my girlfriend and I have a movie night. Although I think she has this Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind thing she wants me to watch.

> This I have to agree with. I think when used properly, say for one of those pretentious auto-biographical comics, decompression works.

Frankly I am starting to blame Alan Moore for this whole decompression era because Watchmen is decompressed.

> For super-hero comics, not so much. While the story itself isn't bad, I really think JMS could have gotten all of this done in 7-8 issues. I guess he wanted to stretch it out for the big #600.

Stan Lee would have done that in 3 Issues maximum, except he'd also have had some side stories going on with Thor fighting big robots from some alien dimensions.

> Before scans_daily went under (good riddance though, that place got extraordinarily toxic in the last year or so), I used to read scans from the newest comics and some old ones too. Mostly the old ones. But I too disagree with pirating new comics (especially since I want to start drawing/writing them someday too). Only in very rare instances do I spend the money without reading scans or officially sanctioned previews first (case in point: the 'Stormbreaker' trade).

I think scans do have a point. Comics are so expensive that its nice to try before you buy. Also there might be something you never thought you would buy in a million years that you read online and just think - I like it. I always make a point of buying any title I like if I have read the scans.

> I also want to suggest maybe try some manga titles if none of the English indies work either. I'm not talking about the newest, uninspired crap like Naruto (which is decompressed worse than your average Marvel title) or Bleach, I'm talking about the classics. Lone Wolf and Cub and Record of Lodoss War are both good, as is anything by Leiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express, Captain Harlock). The only new series I've liked lately is 'Soul Eater', which is super fine. But your mileage may vary, depending on your tastes.

Out of curiousity, did you ever get to watch the Lone Wolf & Cub movies? You said you like Kill Bill - they actually reference Shogun Assassin (the western name of the first two Lone Wolf & Cub movies - which were combined) in Kill Bill part two when the daughter is asked what movie she wants on. You might like them - personally I love them.

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