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08 March 2009 @ 07:43 pm
Happiness Meme - Saturday  
Since i spent the night at shelleycat's place last night so i didn't have the chance to post, but here's some happiness stuff to cover the meme for yesterday:

shelleycat and i got to hang out with catbird for the first time in many moons. We had some lunch and then stopped by Circuit City for their going out of business sale. It was... kinda impressive, although i suppose if i had been a big fan of Circuit City it would have been rather depressing. About 90% of the store was roped off because everything in those sections had been sold and the area was completely bare. The couple shelves in front had a really random selection of stuff, a lot of it was (badly) used store models of computers and printers and such. There were empty boxes and crates scattered all over, and the general impression was like some kinda second-world rummage sale or something.

shelleycat and i also went to see Watchmen yesterday evening, which was pretty good. I'd known it was supposed to be about "realistic" superheroes who are just as flawed as all the rest of us (well, rather more so since they were willing to volunteer to be superheros in the first place) but even so it was more ethically nuanced than i had been expecting. I thought the ending was very good (although i disagreed with some of the characters' actions) but i've never read the comics and am not exactly clear on what the differences between the two are other than that the comic ending was "more complex" and involved a squid for some reason.

And after we got back we watched Hellboy 2 while eating dinner. So all in all a very good day :)
sthaddeus on March 9th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
I haven't seen the movie yet (and don't know if I will), but I understand the other major differences are:
* Removal of a "comic-within-the-comic" that was about pirates (with parallels to the original ending).
* The origins of the squid ** SPOILER ** including the irony that a comic book artist was responsible for the terror ** END SPOILER **.

Also, there's a great line (to me at least) when the heroes arrive in the nick of time to stop the villain. Since I don't know the movie ending, I don't know if that made it over.
Kirin: Gankutsuou-SDcountkirinn on March 9th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
Apparently the Black Freighter will be in some DVD version or other.

If the line you're thinking of is the one at the end of the villain's expository speech, I think it's there.

In response to don's original post, I wouldn't say the *ending* of the comic is particularly more complex as opposed to just being a different mechanism. But the comic as a whole is a lot more multi-layered than the movie - partly just from being longer, partly because the movie makes a lot of concessions to the need for flashy action sequences.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 9th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
If it's the bit that starts out something like "I'm not a comic book villain," then yeah :)

I saw the bit about the work-within-a-work comic book, and honestly my response was "well i can see why they didn't include that, and it was probably a good idea."