Friday, July 31, 2009

Bus Stop Beating

Bus Stop Beating

Bitch! i saw you smile at that guy in the bus stop!

These things sort of confuse me. While I'm not for domestic abuse, I don't see why it should have more attention paid to it than regular violence. As a victim of REGULAR violence.. and then to add a slap to the face of never getting any sort of compensation for the damage they did, I'm sort of miffed that there's a special swat team that only handles DOMESTIC violence.

So you tell me that if I that tagger lived with me I would actually get some better police service on the matter? Yeah, that's pretty screwed up. While I don't think husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends or wives should abuse the other, I don't see how DOMESTIC violence is any different than REGULAR illegal violence.

Maybe the technology for this bus stop ad is a waste. Maybe it does highlight a specific situation that not everyone is willing to admit that they're getting beaten by their loved one. I just know that it cost a lot more than a poster for the latest film to put into place and if it's anything like the bus stop near my place, it will likely be opened up at night and stolen anyway.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sandra Lee - Once More With Feeling

Sandra Lee - Once More With Feeling

You may think I have a strange fascination with Sandra Lee. You'd be correct. So here's one more for the road. This strange fascination comes from the fact that Sandra Lee has the best freeze-frame expressions at times. Unfortunately they run their video through a blur sometimes to cover certain things up

Who wants a hug?

It's going to be one of those nights

Oh yes

So, what do you look for in a man?

No photoshopping done other than reducing it from 1920. I mean, seriously.. not even the colors are correct and I adjust my tv perfectly. Best way to get rid of the redness of looking toasted.. cover the entire screen in red/orange tints.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Are you Going Galt on July 30th?

Are you Going Galt on July 30th?

So, are you going to Galt on July 30th? All the cool kids are doing it.
On July 30th, Conservatives are "Going Galt". On that date, we are asking Conservatives all across the nation to "Call in Conservative". On July 30th, Conservatives will not work, we will not buy. Instead, we will spend time with our families and friends. We will show President Obama and Congress who REALLY drives this economy. For more information on "A Day Without Conservatives , contact Judson Phillips at
My question is... who is john galt? Most of all, why do all American forms of protesting involve doing less things than one would normally. You have day without a Mexcian, protesting gas stations by not going to them and of course you have the ones where you don't buy from the store you'd want to protest. It all seems very lazy.

All these John Galt'ers are doing is basically trying to do the same thing that undocumented workers did except it won't work anyway. Galt in California is the butthole of Stockton, so all the conservitives should go there.

Though, I can't really complain all that much. A day without that one asshole that works with you at work that bitches about illegals during your break seems like a day you want to enjoy. Just think, on July 30th thousands of offices nationwide will rejoice cause that asshole Phil just took a vacation day. Here's hoping it's not a paid one.

Maybe anyone who thinks about doing this should just call in the rest of the year just for good measure. Fuck those conservatives. Don't work if you don't want to. It'll be a whole lot nicer on the Fox lot without any of those who actually are viewers of Fox News.

Goodbye Childhood Nickelodeon

Goodbye Childhood Nickelodeon

Looks like my childhood is now dead. Completely dead. You see Nickelodeon began as The Pinwheel Network in 1977, named after its flagship children's show, Pinwheel.

That show, while I was too young to even watch it, being that I was negative three years old, had an addicting theme song I would later find myself humming. So that I say Fuck you! Then after not being an educational programing channel, it went National in 1979 as Nickelodeon, and it feature this logo in a pinball.

Then in 1984, when I was old enough to not piss myself and actually give a shit about it, the logo changed to the now famous orange splat that we've come to know and love.

Now that the network has moved into a tween territory for some time, it's not really a surprise but Nick changed the logo. You see, in June 2009, the year of the network's 30th anniversary, Nickelodeon's DVD packaging and promotional material began featuring this new logo:

They sure did just slightly edit a well known font.

A part of me just died. Yup, my childhood is officially dead. Which is funny since I never understood why it was called Nickelodeon in the first place. I mean, I don't even know what that word meant. Something about me really dislikes re-branding of networks. It always feels like a vain attempt to stay hip and cool. For example, CNN headline news shortened itself to HLN. Why do you really need to shorthand Head Line News? I suppose in this case it's just a matter that there's no more gack.

I respect Coca-Cola for doing the one thing right and sticking with a single, recognizable logo design that has only slightly been refined over the years. It's still the same basic logo because it was so recognizable. Much like the Nickelodeon logo being pretty damn recognizable as well. It was indelibly imprinted in the minds of a lot of people when they were kids. Nostalgia aside, the "orange scribble/splat with the name" is embedded in pop culture pretty well. I can't think of a good reason to change it.

I suppose the times where a changing. Cartoon Network just changed its logo as well. You can just see it as The C.N. I mean, what the fuck does that even mean besides Cartoon Network. I know I haven't watched Nickelodeon in a long time. I suppose I shouldn't care anymore anyway. I don't see a reason why everything needs to be marketed to 12 year-old girls. Even if they have so much money to piss away, I don't see how it could be all that much of a market.

I guess it's a lot better than them shortening it to something crappy like NickReal so they could show crappy reality shows like Cartoon Network started doing. Nor did they go the SciFi method and just put fuckin' Y's in their name and call it NyCKyLyDyyN.

I suppose a network targeted at uneducated and often illiterate people has held on to a mouthful like "Nickelodeon" for this long. I'd have thought for sure it would have been truncated to NK or something stupid like that by now. But again, they must be learning something from Cartoon Network in that changing a great logo isn't beneficial in the slightest.

But then again, I shouldn't say that it killed my childhood. I'm tired of people claiming that something so abstract as a corporation choice "raped their childhood". Your childhood is in the past. You no longer HAVE a childhood to rape if you are not under 12. You just have memories and nostalgia and it is your choice as to whether they get altered. Your childhood does not get worse because the adult you witnesses something so tediously banal happening.

I remember watching Pete and Pete and if I remember enjoying it now I guess that no matter what logo they used, it wouldn't have changed the quality of the show. So I guess I'll just let it go. Let a logo die the death it was suppose to die.

Good bye old Nick Logo. Goodbye you beautiful bastard

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Grandfather Knows Best

Grandfather Knows Best

I don't get much e-mail from my grandfather. It's usually junk mail or something of that like. Today was no exception. I just received the following e-mail forward today from my Grandfather. He's the type that likes to forward just about anything and everything to me.

Subject: How Would You Fix the Economy

This is from an article in the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on
Sunday. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix
the Economy?" I think this guy nailed it!

Dear Mr. President:

Please find below my suggestion for fixing America 's economy.

Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force.

Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the
following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings -

Unemployment fixed.

2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered-

Auto Industry fixed.

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage -

Housing Crisis fixed.

It can't get any easier than that!

If more money is needed, have all members of Congress pay all their taxes...

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.

If not, please disregard

Awww, Brilliant. No wait, it's not. I know it was a month ago, but perhaps I should send him a late generic father's day card instead of a Hallmark one next year.. or one for this year. That's one thing I don't get. He's my grandfather, why do I need to send him a card? I don't get that about the respected Mother's and Father's day. Why do I have to get the parents of my parents a card? I shouldn't have to be the gift giver in those situations.

But perhaps this e-mail fwd does make some good valid points. I suppose giving those boomers and the older boomers this money than it is to give the military the cash. But hey, what's forty trillion imaginary dollars between friends? Can you really put a price on a good economy? I think not.

Another flaw in this plan is that American cars suck and the auto industry deserves to go under. Then again, the cars will be death traps, which will serve to fix healthcare and social security issue. Mainly because all the old people would die driving them.

A better e-mail to the president would be something like this:

Dear Mr. President:

We deserve free money because "everyone else" is getting it.

Completely unironic upper-middle class baby-boomer white guy
At least that will have some truth behind it. I suppose it's a lot better than the other e-mail I got from my grandpa:
John Smith (American Citizen)started the day early having set his alarm clock
for 6am.
While his coffeepot
was perking, he shaved with his
electric razor

He put on a
Dress shirt
designer jeans
tennis shoes
After cooking his breakfast in his new
electric skillet
he sat down with his
to see how much he could spend today.
After setting his
to the radio
he got in his car
filled it with GAS
(from Saudi Arabia )
and continued his search
for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.
At the end of yet another discouraging
and fruitless day
checking his
(Made In Malaysia),
John decided to relax for a while.
He put on his sandals
poured himself a glass of
and turned on his
and then wondered why he can't find
a good paying job
Which just goes to show you that our economy is pretty strong if we can afford to buy all these things from other countries, right? That or we just don't want to start paying each other slave wages so we can still get the low prices from Wal*mart.

And finally, I think this is the most ironic e-mail I got.

What does a Muslim Pussy look like?

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Yeah. Sometimes I'm glad I have another e-mail address that I don't tell any one from my family about.

Green Lantern: First Flight

Green Lantern: First Flight

On Tuesday we see the release of Green Lantern: First Flight. Much like the previous Wonder Woman and New Frontier made for home video movies were, this is DC's latest attempt to capture their comic characters in animated form and frankly, I'm all for it.

But since I'm a crazy Green Lantern fan, I went ahead and saw this before it was released. Don't ask how... ok, it's pretty obvious. I mean, I was at comic con, right? So how was it, you ask? The film doesn't take any time setting up Hal's origin story. Within the first three minutes you see him get Abin Sur's ring and get suited up. While not up there with Batman and Superman in terms of how known his origin actually is, the basics are out there and understood. I would have liked some background for all those new folks walking into the Green Lantern universe.

But it just tossed you into this world of the Oans. Speaking of which, what was up with the names? They're suppose to be nameless except Ganthet who took a name and they all got pissed. I mean, what's up with the lack of comic accurately! Either way, it's a sort of blend of the modern green lantern/Sinestro Corps accessible to those who don't pick up comics monthly and aren't in the know on the history of the green lantern mythos.

To put it simply, the film is the cartoon version of Training Day. You get the good cop/bad cop out of Hal and Sinestro to degrees that you're surprised they didn't just rip off the script completely. Sinestro, which I never understood why anyone assumed he would be anything but evil with a name like Sinestro, who crosses the lines to get what he wants. At one point he's making an alien overdose on some space drug to get the answers out of her. Ah, classic stuff. You might as well have him light up a joint with his ring just to stamp it home that he's using his powers for evil.

But this isn't by accident. It bears repeating that Green Lantern: First Flight is described by the director, who also did Wonder Woman, that it's partially inspired by Training Day. I bet I could write something for the script of this if they just had told me in enough time.
Today's a training day, Private Jordan. Show you around, give you a taste of the business. I got 38 planets under my watch, 63 in my shared territory, another 250 I can be called to. I supervise five corps members. That's five different personalities. Five sets of problems. You can be number six if you act now. But I ain't holding no hands, okay? I ain't baby sitting. You got today and today only to show me who and what you're made of. You don't like power rings, get the fuck out of my Corps. Go back to your nice pussy Air Force job chasing Russians or something, you hear me?
I was sort of have expecting Sinestro to say "Gorilla Grodd ain't got SHIT on me!"

And I suppose if you're not a nerd you wont get that reference as well. Oh well. Live and learn. The one thing I really didn't enjoy as much is that they didn't do much for Hal other than toss on a ring for him and made him some rookie, which I guess he was. But it would have been nice to see why he is so fit to wear the ring. Show off his father dying in a plane crash. Show some of the love interest with Carroll to set up for Star Sapphaire if they ever do a sequel.

I can't say I liked it as much as the Wonder Woman animated film. It had better voice actors and the story was a little better fleshed out to the comic world. This one is still a good and enjoyable film. But maybe my bar is set a little higher given that I really am a huge Green Lantern fan. Hell, if I ever do get married, I'll probably make it so that my wedding band is a green lantern ring. Now that's something that takes plenty of willpower.

Worth a purchase. Especially on Blue Ray, which seems to make any animated film look amazing and far more crisp. Now let's see if they do the live action film in a similar fashion.

Monday, July 27, 2009

U2 Loves Money

U2 Loves Money

I saw a new ad for the Blackberry the other day and I was pretty much shocked.. Ok, maybe not shocked. I mean, I should be used to this sort of shit, right? Well. It's U2 going after the mighty dollar once again. The ad goes on with U2 singing in the dark about how each generation gets a new chance to blah blah blah and all that. What bothers me about all this is that it's an ad for a god damn cell phone.

You see that shit? Blackberry Loves U2. It's only a shame that U2 doesn't love Blackberry. How could you be in love with something when your heart already belongs to something else. You may be thinking the environment or changing the world, right? Nope. Money. U2 LOVES MONEY.

Yeah yeah, they bring so much awareness to conditions and situations in Africa and other such tragedies.. but how many times can you beg people to donate money while you're out there sleeping in beds and beds of money. Hey U2, you have a lot of cash. I bet if you just donated half of the album earnings to a foundation, it would be 10x's more than all the money you were able to squeeze out of others donating.

They also have this case of caring about the environment. Well, at least they say they do. Did you see that stage they had in the ad. That huge one that looked like a giant claw? Well, that's the new stage set up for this tour. Take note that the environmentalist, humanitarian and pop deity Bono is on tour right now using that monstrosity. And I say monstrosity because if there was a carbon footprint attached to it, the thing would be the size of Texas. Which I'm sure they will stop and tour in sometime during the tour.

Let me just emphasize the fact that it takes 120 trucks to transport this thing. 120 semis in a convoy would stretch over a mile of road. Ok, maybe I should dumb that down some for most Americans that can't really visualize things via miles so I'll use a more standardized unit, like foot fields. It's exactly .88 football fields worth of truck cargo. If you parked 120 of those trailers on a football field, packed solid with the sides touching and neglecting the tractors, they would fill it from the back of one end zone to the opposite 3-yard.

I don't get why anyone would even go to a U2 concert these days. They fucking suck. Yeah, sure. They did some more-or-less innovative stuff with rock music 25 years ago, but who the fuck gives a shit about them now other than your parents? All they do now a days is play bland boring middle age white guy rock and it's beyond hypocritcal to even talk about the 3rd world of the environmental changed when you're lugging around a stage that takes 120 trucks to haul.

So the next time you see Bono out there giving you a lecture on saving the world, just remember how they're doing a bang up job of making sure they negate all their effort.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Street Fighting Across the U.S.A

Street Fighting Across the U.S.A

I came across this odd video of real life street fighting...

I know at least one or two of you who will find that funny.

Yes.. this is a pad post. I'm off at comic con. It's more than likely already driven me mad. Either that or I just didn't feel like paying the ten bucks for the hotel internet and just don't have the ability to update anything. Besides, was that video THAT bad? I didn't think so. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to prepare for tomorrow's big day at con.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Comic Con: Star Wars Day

Comic Con: Star Wars Day

I once was a pretty big star wars geek. I since moved on from that whole gimmick. I suppose the prequels really did kill the franchise for me. In either event, I couldn't care less about it being STAR WARS DAY at comic con. I'm not sure it has any meaning to anyone here, really. Has there been anything of note worthiness in a while on the star wars front anyway?

So that's why I'll just leave it at this little clip to celebrate the only good thing to come from the fandom

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Comic Con: Day 2

Comic Con: Day 2

Another day at con, another tons of dollars spent. But while I'm gone I figured I would leave you with some strange videos. This one is of the old justice league cartoon.

Yup, they sure don't make them like they used to..

I may write something up later. Who knows. Who cares? I'm at comic con. I'm having a good time (maybe, I'm writing this a week in advance, so it's just a guess)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Comic Con: Day 1

Comic Con: Day 1

Well, after last night's preview night events, I suppose I should be well ready for Comic con. So I'll actually write something about this later tonight. But while we're on the subject of weird comic shit, here's something to think about. The Wonder Twins:

The two twins turned into random shit and really were random. It's no wonder that DC nuked their ass a long time ago. But since Comic Con is all about squeezing the old time fan's pocket books, here's a preview on how they'll get you on nostalgia alone

Just know I'm going to buy a hundred of these and activate my wonder twin power!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

California Is Still Fucked

California Is Still Fucked

Well, we finally did it. We finally got a budget worked out. Yup, that's right. A budget plan has been agreed for California.
Legislators in California have agreed a plan which will close the state's $26bn budget deficit - while making severe cuts in public programmes.

Public services hit

"There isn't a whole lot of good news in this budget," said Darrell Steinberg, the president of the state senate and a Democrat.

Public schools, colleges and universities will lose $9bn in funding under the plan, while the state’s prisons department would have $1bn removed from its budget.

Cities and counties will lose about $4bn in funding, while Medi-Cal, the state's health programme for the poor, will be cut by $1.3bn.

Under the plan, state employees would have to take three days off work each month up to, and including, June 2010 – amounting to a pay cut of about 14 per cent.


When I think about good ideas, taking money away from schools isn't one of them. As if the 25% high school drop out rate wasn't high enough. Why they would cut more money for education than prisons? Besides it being the prison guarts' union thinking ahead. I mean, it sure as hell takes a lot of money to keep non-whites locked up, right?

It's also a rock and a hard place with the prison system. I hear they're going to reduce sentences and release inmates. More than likely it'll be the murderers and rapists. Gotta have room for black people caught with an ounce of weed in those jails, right? And if they don't reduce sentences then our already third-world-level prisons are going to get a whole lot worse.

Its weird really. If you took all the money spent on killing and prisons or even 50% and put it into social programs and sustainable job creation you'd probably have a more stable economy. The rich people would be slightly less rich though.

But hey, we probably don't need roads either, right? Why don't we just take some of the money away from that. Potholes and screwed up roads keep you awake when you're drunk driving at night.

Maybe if we can convince voters to raise taxes in order to shore up the budget we can get ourselves corrected..... ha, yeah. Sorry about that wishful thinking. The California Republican Party has one position and one position only: NO NEW TAXES! This whole budget is a Republican budget. They passed it because the republican minority obstructed all the democratic majority's proposals, and since the Democrats don't want to incinerate the government they had to fold. You have to love that stupid 2/3rd majority vote shit. Republicans got everything they wanted in this "budget deal".

Zero new taxes. Zero taxes raised.
Cuts to the state employees (fuck union workers)
Cuts to education (fuck teachers unions)
Cuts to the state parks system (fuck the environment)
Lift on oil drilling ban off the socal coast (fuck the environment)

CA Dems are weaker than their DC cousins and it's fucking laughable at how bad California is getting. Then again, don't think this is only us. Since our governor is an actor, consider this a teaser of what the federal government will be facing in a few years. The US governments are finally getting drowned in bathtubs and really, all you can do is sit there and watch the destruction.

The again, we can always take the alternative suggestion in correcting this:
legalize it
tax it
smoke it

Walter Cronkite - And That's The Way It Was

Walter Cronkite - And That's The Way It Was

Thanks to the power of the internet I can know when retired tv news anchors die within about 20 minutes. But also thanks to the internet I have a ton of random topics to write about. So this news and update about Walter Cronkite's death comes a little late. But hell, he's not going anywhere now, so it's not like it needs to be rushed. So Walter Cronkite died.. Ugh why couldn't it have been andy rooney?

Just watch the footage of the announcement of the deaths of President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy and weep for the state of modern broadcast journalism. I can't even watch TV news anymore because if it isn't the story itself making me sad/angry, it's the fucking reporting that makes me want to throw a shoe at the TV.

There really is no news anymore. At least when it comes to politics. There is only meta-news. The story stopped being the focus. It's more along the lines of "How will the media react to this latest event?" I'm so sick of hearing shit like "Send us your tweets about health care and Michael Jackson so we can read 'em on the air! This is your #1 source for news!" I sure hold out hope that the mysterious circumstances behind the life and death of Walter get as much coverage as Michael Jackson.

It reminds me of the complaint that SNL almost never does skits anymore that aren't based on people being on television. It's either a fake TV show, a commercial, or reality show, etc. It's like we are incapable of understanding consequences unless it is being aired and watched on television.

Cronkite wasn't like this. He was the last great news reporter and he was humbled for it. Cronkite announced that he intended to retire from the CBS Evening News on February 14, 1980; at the time, CBS had a policy in place that called for mandatory retirement by age 65. Although sometimes compared to a father figure or an uncle figure, in an interview about his retirement he described himself as being more like a "comfortable old shoe" to his audience. By this, he meant that they could "comfortably put their foot in him like a slipper."

It's funny that even today, conservatives are still saying that he single handedly lost the Vietnam war for us. He posed a challenage to the viewers to think for themselves and said the stuff that no one was willing to say.

America's health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.
Walter Cronkite

Our job is only to hold up the mirror - to tell and show the public what has happened.
Walter Cronkite

We are not educated well enough to perform the necessary act of intelligently selecting our leaders.
Walter Cronkite

And that's the way he was Friday, July 17, 2009. Dead. Rest in peace, you are truly one of the last voices in journalism to ever listen to.

Truth Is Stranger With Fiction...

Truth Is Stranger With Fiction...

I didn't feel like writing today. So enjoy a sample of fictitious characters come to life. You'll have nightmares on some of these cartoons/ fiction characters come to life...

The Future is scary..

It's time for Aaaaanimaiacs!

For me to poo on!

I sort of feel sorry for the bull. That has to be 5 minutes sold humiliation

Still doesn't make not wearing pants ok.

Ladies, watch your rings

Oh william street. you'll be well Representative in this blog


Pika pi?

Stealin' baskins since the break of dawn

Oh conkers!

They built a theme park for this guy?

Disturbing, I know.. but oh so cute.

How could I follow meatwad by anything less than Mastershake?

To be honest, he's waaaay older than an average teenage turtle.

I'll teach you to throw up another store at the mall!

Oh childhood cartoon memories.

I know this one is going to be tough.. Squidbillies

Fail... whale.

Ducks were very popular cartoon characters

What did I say?

Back to your poke-ball, you!

Was it dog cat or cat dog?

Stop, Chocula time!

Don't let it hug you

I miss my sega days

Yeah.. that's one awesome way to end this. Enjoy your nightmares.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Getting Burned

Getting Burned

You may not be familiar with Jeffery Donovan. I mean, he is a cable network original star. But you may have seen him in The Changeling with Angelina Jolie where he played a corrupt early 1920's L.A. Police officer. But on USA's Burn Notice, Jefferey Donovan is a burned spy working in Miami and moving his way up in trying to figure out how to get back into the business as well as solving small time cases/problems for the locals.

Well, it looks like Jefferey was burned once more. This time Jeffery Donovan was burned while driving drunk
The star of that show "Burn Notice" may have been a little too lit up when he got behind the wheel last weekend -- dude was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Miami Beach.

TMZ has learned Jeffrey Donovan was arrested on suspicion of DUI last Sunday, July 12th. The 41-year-old posed for a cop cam and was released several hours later.

So far, no comment from Donovan's reps.

Which makes me feel a little better knowing that I wasn't the only one who had legal troubles over the last week and a half. I mean, I worked with this man for a very small amount of time during season 1. He's actually a really good guy in person. Very approachable and chill to hang with. Rather funny that his last twitter update was On Friday via Twitter, Jefferey said this:
All fans: BURN NOTICE reclaimed #1 show lastnight on Cable!!!! Thank you for all your support. I promise to reward you. :-)
Well, I suppose he had to get really tanked in order to get the celebration going. The one thing that it doesn't say on the report is if Sam or Fi busted him out of jail. I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt and think that he was simply trying to infiltrate the drunk tank as believable as possible.

I do have to laugh a little. My time working on the show had a lot of mocking jokes that there was going to be a lot of voice overs. So people would just talk in third person when setting up the sets in the voice over that Michael Westen does. I can picture what he would say in the situation talking to the officer.
"When trying to pass a field sobriety test, all you do is what the officer says and hope that you can avoid any mistakes."

Then I get pulled down to the reality that he was really slurring his words and all he had to say was this lovely replay:
"When Donovan finally stopped, he didn't serve himself well when he said, "Sorry, I didn't see the red light or your stopped car.""
I suppose the worse part i that his future scenes of him drinking next season might be cut down or cut out depending on if the judge slaps him hard and his publicist decides to do the whole "sobriety redeemer" angle. I mean, at the very least, this isn't Lost. He would have been shit canned and really burned off the show.

Who Directs The Directors Cut of Watchmen?

Who Directs The Directors Cut of Watchmen?

This week we see the release of the directors cut of Watchmen showing up on DVD. You just have to ask yourself how much Watchmen are you willing to watch. The regular theater cut of the film was already long enough as it is, the directors cut adds about 20 minutes of footage and not all of it is actually worth adding into it.

You have a lot of footage that is extended by a couple of seconds here and there. I mean, did that awkward sex scene need to be that long to begin with? Well, you get more moments like that all around! It seems that every scene has a couple of seconds tagged along it and it doesn't always fit.

Along with adding more violence, because what would a directors cut or extended cut of a film be without more violence? That's always a selling point when it comes to DVD/Blue ray sales - Can we market this as more bloody/gory than it already was? And the answer to that is yes. You see more fingers get blown up in slow motion as well as more violence in general. Which with the slow motion effect that the director uses, really makes you notice it a whole lot more.

The most relevant edition to the film is the addition of Mason's death scene. This scene was very vital to the comic book because a group of thugs mistake the original nite-owl with the nite-owl that is currently in action. They kill him in very cold blood and the scene is pretty damn violent. While I think his death should have been in the original theater cut, it gets overshadowed here a little by the amount of graphic violence this graphic novel turned movie can protray.

The other question with this dvd is if it's really worth the title of directors cut? You see, there's going to be a Watchmen Ultimate Collectors Edition coming out in Decemeber.

So really, what's different with this Directors cut and the Ultimate Edition? It seems that the Ultimate edition has the Black freighter material woven into the movie. That's an added 20 minutes to the film's length. They're also putting in a couple of extra scenes with the news stand characters. So you can add another 5 minutes of footage there at the very least.

On the whole, it'll make the movie an even more direct translation of the comic. Pretty much picture for picture, you wont be missing out on anything. Well, you wont be missing out on anything but the contents of your wallet. So this begs the question of why double dip so much? I mean, seriously. Why would you release essentially the same movie three times on DVD?

The answer is clearly for money. It's no secret that the movie didn't do all that great in terms of box office take in. Something about the long feel of it and it losing a little bit of the meaning of the book didn't mesh well with the audience. Maybe folks weren't expecting something that made you think of what it is to be a good and bad guy. Perhaps the film failed in protraying that exactly like the book? It's not like many people even read the book. It was one of those comic books that was always praised highly but there was always a 80% chance that if you read comics, you never got through the book as it has a lot of small print and detail to this world of watchmen.

But at least they let us know in advance about this release, right? It's not like you'd want to suddenly be caught off gaurd after buying this on Tuesday only then realizing that an even better/different cut together version of the film was being offered for sale in a couple of months.

So this Tuesday, don't be one of those who buys the directors cut. Not unless you really want to long to buy the next version and the uber next version that they release after that. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and wait for the best version to be released.