metatronis: (Jump)
I liked the movie a lot. I'm definitely going to see it again this week, and I'll probably like it more and more each time.
I even cried more than I thought I would. I cry at movies all the time, and I was completely expecting it because of the nature of the story, but....this time it started in the opening credits with Silhouette's murder, and kept going sporadically until the end.
The group being named "Watchmen" still annoyed me, but at least they didn't play it up.
Also, the actors were pretty much incredible. I can't think of a better group of people for it. Especially Jackie Earl Haley. Goddamn, son. His facial expressions alone made me bawl during his emotional moments. I swear, if they'd left in the scene where he goes back to his room to get his costume and looks at the little boy, I would have imploded. And yet, I still didn't think there was enough Rorschach. There wasn't enough of any of the characters, but I guess that's the nature of a story so complex being translated into a medium like cinema.

One thing I request of anyone who plans to see the movie and has not read the graphic novel: please don't judge the quality of the original story by the quality of the movie until you've read it. Even if you liked the movie. I've seen people doing this, and it's really unfortunate. In my opinion, one of the biggest differences between these two versions is that the movie doesn't quite live up to the hype, while the book does completely.
Not that everyone who reads the book loves it, but an overwhelming number of people do. Certainly more than most stories.
I dunno. It's kinda like judging a play by watching a single performance of it. I think Hamlet is one of the most incredible stories in western literature, but if I'd judged it by the first performance I ever saw without reading it, I wouldn't have been impressed at all because it wasn't a very good production. Wow, that thought was barely coherent.

Despite the problems, I think they did well considering the magnitude of the story/following and the constraints they were under. If I met Snyder now, I'd probably shake his hand and say "nice job".
metatronis: (Gizmonic Institute)
Today was weird and awesome. I went to Super-Con in San Jose, which is a fairly small general comic book convention. We only ended up staying for an hour or so because it was hot and I have an annoying cut on my foot, but it was well worth the price of the ticket because I got to meet:


(Left to right) Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Josh Weinstein, Frank Conniff.

A few more pictures )
metatronis: (Pretty Jon)
Got back yesterday. Con was magical. It is vury, vury hot here at home. My legs are still quite sore from all the crazy antics in San Diego.
We missed a few of the people we'd wanted to see, but I saw more people than I thought I would.
There were so many folks there from all over the world. It was big the last time I went (4-5 years ago), but it's gotten even bigger. Someday the San Diego Convention Center will explode. Of this I am sure.
The hotel was really nice, but certain aspects of it were a little stressful since it was so crowded. The trip went very well overall, especially considering it was the first time Erin and I had gone on a big trip without parents around.
It's too hot and I'm too tired to write up a full report, so I'll post pictures instead.

Quite a few pictures from Comic-Con )
metatronis: (OH NOES ANYTHING BUT THAT)
CHRISTMAS
was boring as shit.
I sat around in my pajamas all day trying to avoid going into the family room where my grandma, aunt, uncle-in-law and uncle were watching movie after movie. They watched A Christmas Story for the millionth fuckin' time. I used to love that movie when I was a wee one, but after years of being forced to watch it over and over again I have come to hate it. Such is life.

That's not to say it was a bust. Not at all. On top of a whole bunch of cool gift cards, I got a 250 GB external hard drive and a Wacom tablet, both of which I have made good use of in the past few days.
This is also the first year I've really been able to give my family cool gifts, so that's pretty cool too.

In the meantime, I have gotten back into one of my all-time favorite anime, Trigun. If you've never seen or heard of Trigun, it's kind of a futuristic western sci-fi comedy on acid with interesting characters, a killer backstory, some intriguing philosophy and a huge scoop of awesome on top.
The other day, I found the old soundtracks and was reminded of why Tsuneo Imahori OWNS MY FREAKIN' SOUL. He is one of my most favoritest composers EVAR. I have known this since the first time I heard the Trigun theme song, and fell in love.

I have all of the Trigun soundtracks, including the third which was simply a "best of" type combination of the first two, except that it was the only one of them to be released in North America.
I got it on the first day it was released, in 2001.
At a huge comic-book convention.
If that is not proof of the dork that is me, I don't know what is.

Simple mathematic explanation of albums )

I'm not quite sure how I'd describe his music. It's kind of...bluesy-funk-honky-tonk-techno-craziness. Let's just say I wasn't the least bit surprised when I found out that one of his major influences was Frank Zappa. If any of that sounds at all appealing to you, I'd have a listen. Seriously, even if you hate anime, this music rocks. I'm sure it's not for everyone, but it definitely suits my tastes PERFECTLY, and it makes a great show even better.
And I don't know if anyone will care/want them, but I have uploaded a few songs from Spicy Stewed Donut for your aural pleasure.
These are all instrumentals.

No-Beat - Fast!
Philosophy in a Tea Cup - Calm! And then fast!
Blue Funk - Smooth!

And a gorgeous song...with words! Japanese words, but words nonetheless.
Sound Life

I'm not certain that Tsuneo wrote the lyrics, but I know he composed it.
Even so, beautiful lyrics. It's supposed to be a folk song that was taught/sung to the main character Vash by his mentor, Rem.

English translation:
It's about the recording of life...through sound! )

That was kind of a long entry, but I seriously love this guy.

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