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A few years ago, I must of been in my early teens, I saw a movie on television which I've never seen since.
Mainly because I could never forget it.
The movie is When the Wind Blows.
The film horrified me.
I had nightmares for days, it was like when I went to the Planetarium when I was about seven or eight years old and was convinced the sun would expand and destroy all life on earth... today.

I've always been terrified by scenarios I know can, have and will happen eventually.
I suppose it's one of the reasons I'm a sci-fi/fantasy fan.

Someone has put up When the Wind Blows in eight parts on YouTube.
Here they are for posterity.

When the Wind Blows (playlist permalink)


I will most likely not watch this movie today, or even tomorrow. But I feel that as a piece of culture it's important for me to know where to find it again.
As I said, I've never really forgotten this movie and having found it again I don't think I'll be able to stop myself from sitting down and watching and being thrown back into my early teen pre-Buffy brain and bawling like a baby at the nightmarish reality that that couple is living through.

I'm finding the coincidence of finding this movie again, right after seeing Watchmen and interesting coincidence.
Story of Watchmen takes place during a fictional Cold War reality, brinkmanship is a reality and the Doomsday Clock is only a few minutes to midnight.
In both versions a calamity descends.
And we never really see the aftermath.
When the Wind Blows is that aftermath.
At least, that's what my coincident prone brain told me.
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Hi,
This is [Southern!Grrl], asked by Mel to do a review of Watchmen as someone who's never read the book. I should preface this by saying that I also don't watch a lot of movies and when I choose to watch a particular one (as opposed to watching a movie because it's a social activity) I tend to like ones that say something significant about a Major Issue (i.e. American Beauty or You and Me and Everyone We Know or that are fluffy and have a happy ending (i.e. Mars Attacks and School of Rock. That being said, here are some of my thoughts about Watchmen (includes spoilers). Read more... )
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I got a spanking new icon in honour of this post.

[Southern!Girl] and I just returned from a pleasant outing to the movie theatre.
We went to see Watchmen.

Now, as a comic book aficionado (and movie buff) I saw the movie quite differently from her. She who is not a comic book reader or a particular movie buff (I know, I'm trying to cure her of this "deficiency").
I thought it would be interesting to write a dual review from the perspective of an Alan Moore and specifically Watchmen fan and from the perspective of someone who is very much not.

First thing's first.
It's not a bad movie.
It was hardly the best movie (or even comic book movie I'd ever seen), but as a work of cinematic craft it was very well done and enjoyable.
Yes, even with Zack Snyder's signature slow-mo.
Oh, Zack Snyder, you terrible, horrible, tasteless director.

Here be Spoilers )

To conclude.
The movie, as far as movies go, was above average. As a comic book movie, it was okay. A new Dark Knight it is not.

As a different reviewer I read said, it had no chance to be adapted from the book. What Alan Moore created with Watchmen was a new way of writing comics, taking the genre and turning it on its head.
Watchmen enabled and pushed comic books to go beyond what they were at the time and all the genre comic books today can only look back and thank Watchmen for existing.
This movie has not changed the way I look movies.
It didn't teach me anything about humanity that I didn't learn about from the movies it referenced - humans are cruel and self-destructive and everybody thinks they know best.

Nothing new.
But it certainly looked good.
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I want to be excited about Watchmen, but I'm just not managing.

The Trailer is very cool, visually beautiful, though I'm not sure why Dr. Manhattan is so shiny and Silk Spectre has this whole half naked thing going on... strange, no?

It would seem that Mr. Moore (as in Alan Moore, the one who wrote the bloody graphic novel!) has requested that his name be removed from the credits and wants to disassociate himself from the movie, which is only natural... seeing as adaptations tend to not be similar to their original medium - this is notorious when it comes to Alan Moore comic and their movie adaptations.

I love V for Vendetta, as you know; kind of hard to miss V's introductory speech posted on the side bar (also Vox Populi, Vox Dei, right :). I love the book - which can leave you speechless - and the movie - which makes you run out and read the book! Having read V4V before I saw the movie I went in there with quite low expectations and was not disappointed.

Watchmen is one of those life changing books. You come out of it different than when you went in. Very few books have the power to alter your perspective on things.
I became a comic book reader quite late in life, at around 15 and it started with Neil Gaiman - Sandman is another of those life changing stories - and when I began to delve deeper into the genre and its history you can't not find the Daddy of the Modern Age and read him.
I always think how much more appreciative I would have been of Gaiman (whose power comes from creating a meta level in the stories themselves) if I'd discovered and/or read Moore before hand (whose power comes from completely recreating the foundation of sequential story telling, beyond meta and deconstructing itself).

Watchmen takes the classic comic book genre (super heroes) and completely turns it on its head. After Watchmen heroes could no longer be Good and villains could no longer be Bad. It made no sense for things to be that way anymore.

The ethical questions raised in the story (and answered in one of the most gruesome and brilliant, sequences ever written and drawn) are questions we tend to not ask ourselves, they are too big and most likely not something we think about on a conscious level.
In any event it is a book of great philosophical and social commentary on the simplest of levels, so a deeper reading can be mind blowing.

I'm not excited about the movie. I thought I would be. I want to be. But I really can't imagine what a director like Zack Snyder will be able to get out of it. Especially since his directorial record leaves much to be desired in my opinion: Dawn of the Dead didn't live up to the original and 300 couldn't have been good since the source material was an overrated, indulgent, racist, testosterone laced excuse of Effing Frank Miller's self-congratulatory wank fests.
And so was the 300 the movie.

That's not to say I won't go see it when it comes out, but my expectations that it manages to even capture the atmosphere of the book are pretty much non-existent.

The trailer is cool though: Watch it )
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She has a DeviantArt Account, which I discovered via Blognewsarama.

And she draws things like this: under a cut due to largeness )

And this: it's so effing cute! )

And who're my cute nihilistic heroes of an alternate Golden Age? That's right! Little Nite Owl, Rorshach and Dr. Manhattan!


Aren't they the cutest, you can see more DC legacy cards and other comics and fandoms.


She also has an LJ - here and an actual website, not just a DeviantArt user.

In addition, the genocide in Darfur must be stopped.

וכמו כן, צריך לעצור את רצח העם בדרפור.

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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