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watchmen-babiesHaving just seen the movie, I’m not even ready yet to comment on whether or not Watchmen is a worthwhile translation of the graphic novel that helped demonstrate to the world that comix could be more than people in tights fighting other people in even more ridiculous tights; I’m still digesting the choices made in adapting the story, in bringing the characters to life, and in general deciding if there was any point to making this movie at all.  I can say, however, without any reservations, that the soundtrack features the most obnoxious and ham-fisted use of songs in recent memory.  It’s hard to believe that Bob Dylan would have allowed “The Times They Are A-Changing” to be used over the title sequence, a stroll down alternative history memory lane, but as corny as that was, the later appearance of Jimi Hendrix’s cover of “All Along the Watchtower” to accompany the crash of the owlship Archimedes in Antarctica is even worse, as the volume is cranked to punishing decibels and suspense is sublimated to spectacle.  Director Zack Snyder seems to have taken his cues from Forrest Gump, forgoing the emotional development of characters or any cinematic creation of moods in the belief that musical cues can fill in all of the gaps.  It’s lazy film-making, and it’s offensive.

For another take on the soundtrack, please visit:

http://www.examiner.com/x-1994-LA-Gossip-Examiner~y2009m3d6-The-guy-who-did-The-Watchmen-soundtrack-better-watch-his-back

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james1A twenty year love/hate relationship with facial hair has drawn to a close for a local blogger who, despite the appeal of not having to shave every other day, has finally admitted that beards don’t really suit him.  “I always liked the idea of having a beard, but the reality is, it was never as full or as tidy as I would have liked, despite careful grooming.  And the mustache was always a lighter colour and even more sparse.  Let’s face it, not everyone can be George Michael or Kris Kristofferson.” Questionable role models aside, the decision is likely to be a popular one, although it remains to be seen whether or not it will have any impact on the blogger’s personal life.

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