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  • So I watched Gran Torino last night. Hmmmm.

    Wasn't sure what to think of it. Clint Eastwood was very good in it, but the film just seemed to lack a storyline or any direction and the way it ended it was just dragged out. There were some pretty funny bits in it, but overall as I say, I'm mixed, just my take on it though.

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    • Originally posted by sbh15 View Post
      Alright since it wasn't getting answered in the other thread...

      whoever knows a lot about the film/comic:

      would you recommend reading the Watchmen series before seeing the movie?

      like how much more/less would I enjoy the movie if I read it.
      I think you'd definitely enjoy it more before seeing the movie. You'd know what to expect and you'd get Alan Moore's message a LOT better I expect, so when you watch the movie you aren't trying to put the puzzle of the theme together so much as just enjoying watching the graphic novel come to life. That's my take anyways. The book is a must read if there ever was one. The way he plays with the definition of a hero/superhero and ordinary citizens is the best.

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      • Originally posted by keylime_5 View Post
        I think you'd definitely enjoy it more before seeing the movie. You'd know what to expect and you'd get Alan Moore's message a LOT better I expect, so when you watch the movie you aren't trying to put the puzzle of the theme together so much as just enjoying watching the graphic novel come to life. That's my take anyways. The book is a must read if there ever was one. The way he plays with the definition of a hero/superhero and ordinary citizens is the best.
        Agreed. I think the movie would be good without the novel too, but reading it before will make it more enjoyable. I hear the movie's script is nearly word for word from the book.

        I watched Sin City without reading the comics and thought it was enjoyable. I read the comics and rewatched it and it was more entertaining. You definitely get the idea of the graphic novel coming to life, especially because the direction style was so similar to the novel. Same thing probably goes for Watchmen.

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        • I think the problem with watching the movie before reading the comic is that you will have all these preconceived notions of what each character is. Ie. when you read Rorschach in the comic, you are immediately going to hear Jackie Earle Haley if you saw the movie first. If you read it first, you can establish your own ideas of what these characters sound like, without your head just subbing in the actors from the movie.
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          • Originally posted by A Perfect Score View Post
            I think the problem with watching the movie before reading the comic is that you will have all these preconceived notions of what each character is. Ie. when you read Rorschach in the comic, you are immediately going to hear Jackie Earle Haley if you saw the movie first. If you read it first, you can establish your own ideas of what these characters sound like, without your head just subbing in the actors from the movie.

            So true. A good example of this for me personally is American Psycho. While the movie is great, the book is one of my all time favorite and I wish I had read it before the movie as it is impossible to read the book and not envision Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman.

            Bale was obviously the perfect fit for that role and did an amazing job, but I still would have loved to of known what Bret Easton Ellis idea of Bateman was like as I think it would be slightly different from the movie Bale.

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            • I just think it's failry surprising that there are so many people on here and people I interact with every day that say they've read the graphic novel. Because, prior to the movie, I've never even heard of it. It really wasnt mainstream at all which is surprising.

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              • Originally posted by M.O.T.H. View Post
                I just think it's failry surprising that there are so many people on here and people I interact with every day that say they've read the graphic novel. Because, prior to the movie, I've never even heard of it. It really wasnt mainstream at all which is surprising.
                I think it may have become slightly more mainstream when Time Magazine put it on that list. I know that's when I decided to pick it up and read it.

                Also the movie has been so near development for dozens of years with the biggest names at the times involved that I think it might be more mainstream than you think.

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                • Originally posted by Hollywood View Post
                  I think it may have become slightly more mainstream when Time Magazine put it on that list. I know that's when I decided to pick it up and read it.

                  Also the movie has been so near development for dozens of years with the biggest names at the times involved that I think it might be more mainstream than you think.
                  Perhaps but, there are many people that have never even heard of it. You just figure they would have released an adult cartoon or something to get it out there more. It was certainly like an underground popular but, it never really broke into the mainstream consciousness. It will now, though...obviously. It's just surprising that something so loved among its fans could be basically kept under wraps or unknown to the vast public for so many years.

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                  • Originally posted by M.O.T.H. View Post
                    I just think it's failry surprising that there are so many people on here and people I interact with every day that say they've read the graphic novel. Because, prior to the movie, I've never even heard of it. It really wasnt mainstream at all which is surprising.
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                    • Originally posted by Brent View Post
                      The Sci-Fi literature class, here at A&M, has The Watchmen as one of the class readings.
                      Well it is well regarded so, I'm not surprised. Sounds pretty sweet but, outside of the comic book or literary world it's not even that well known.

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                      • Originally posted by Brent View Post
                        The Sci-Fi literature class, here at A&M, has The Watchmen as one of the class readings.
                        That is pretty awesome.

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                        • Someone tell me how it is once they see it.
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                          • Keep it in the Watchmen thread for now, i merged all the posts over there




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                            • Well, I watched Quarantine last night and it's actually pretty decent. I've been hearing it was really bad but, I didnt think so. Jennifer Carpenter gets annoying sometimes and as usual, all the lead actors do some bone headed things that no one in their right mind would do in the real world. But for someone who doesnt care for "zombie" movies, I didnt think it was all that bad. It was a helluva lot better than that garbage Romero turned out on his first person attempt, Diary of the Dead. The acting may not be amazing but, it is worlds better here than in that crappy overrated movie. It's actually worth a watch, imo. It's cheesy and not scary in the slightest, imo but, the execution isnt terrible. You'll probably do more laughing than anything but, sometimes that can be a good thing. Again, some people have some weak ass stomachs and get effected by the shaky cam for some reason. I dont have that problem so, I could actually enjoy this type of deal if it's actually decent and this one was pretty decent. So, if you're not proned to motion sickness, I'd suggest watching it...it may surprise you, like it did me. Better than I thought it was going to be.
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