July 20th, 2008

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The Weekend That Killed Fandom

Oh my God, you guys, this fucking weekend.

1. The Watchmen trailer
2. The Dark Knight
3. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Act III
4. The Avatar series finale

This was like the most anticipated weekend of all time. So how did it all measure up?

Watchmen Trailer

This. Was. AWESOME. It looks to be an incredibly faithful adaptation; Zack Snyder obviously took great care to re-create specific panels. I've been re-reading the book, and it is still awesome. Exquisite storytelling. And the trailer looks like the movie is going to get it right tonally; the music especially gives it that dark, foreboding, epic feel, with a beat that feels like clockwork. Dr. Manhattan looks awesome, and I love that they used the line from Rorschach's opening narration, which I think tells the non-comics audience that this is not your typical superhero movie.

I've watched it several times now, and it makes me all flaily. I will be even more flaily once I finish re-reading the book.

The Dark Knight

Oh man, this movie was so fucking hardcore. Holy fucking shit. I rewatched Batman Begins a few days ago, and The Dark Knight makes it look like a walk in the park. Like that movie, however, Dark Knight takes its sweet time getting started, but because it's not an origin story full of training montages, it's not as slow and probably more rewatchable. But once it gets awesome, it stays awesome and intense for two goddamn hours.

The Joker is fucking terrifying. I still find it hard to believe Heath Ledger is really dead, and I keep expecting to hear that it's all been an elaborate hoax or a dream. But I was rarely reminded that I was even watching Heath Ledger because all I could see was the Joker. I heard that he read The Killing Joke to get into the role, and it showed. I re-read it on Thursday, and its influence on the movie was apparent. I appreciated the movie a whole lot more with the comic fresh in my mind.

This movie is PG-13, but it's a hard PG-13. It feels like an R-rated movie.

Maggie Gyllenhaal is pretty.

I'm sure you weren't waiting for my endorsement or anything, but if you were, you can have it. And now, some spoilery thoughts.

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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Oh man, such hilarity! I told you about this months ago, but if you weren't aware it was up, you have until midnight EST to catch it online for free, but after that, I think it'll still be available on iTunes for a mere four bucks. And it's worth it, since it gets better the more you watch it. Some of the songs are terribly catchy, and there are gobs of great lines.

Neil Patrick Harris definitely deserves a pizza-trophy. Nathan Fillion can have a trophy. And Felicia Day should have a pizza. With me.

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Aah, I don't know what to do with myself now that Avatar is over. At least there are some sort of one-hour specials later on? Or something? We really like specials these days.

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