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First Look At Freddy Krueger!

In On Film on July 22, 2009 at 6:35 pm

When they announced a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, you could tell that Derk wasn’t happy, but he was holding out hope.  When they announced that antagonist Freddy Krueger would be recast with Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), he may have actually started frothing at the mouth and swearing loudly, resulting in an ongoing threat of a rant in Ponderous Rhetoric.

Well, much to what I’m sure will be his dismay, a new image was released today with Haley as Krueger, and he looks like…well, shit, Freddy Krueger.  Kind of a spoiler, so hit the jump.

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First Impressions: "Watchmen: The End Is Nigh"

In First Impressions on April 6, 2009 at 12:12 am

So, I recently got my hands on an XBox 360 at long last, and with it came a month long trial of XBox Live GOLD. So, as I poked around, I noticed that “Watchmen: The End Is Nigh” is available, and decided to give the demo a go.

For those of you who don’t know, “The End Is Nigh” is a prequel featuring Nite Owl and Rorschach back in their heyday as partners. The demo is timed segment in which the two are trying to stop a prison riot at the prison which Rorschach would be incarcerated in during the movie. Its a fairly simple beat-em-up game, as onslaughts of escaped prisoners who all look remarkably similar to each other (maybe its the jumpsuits?) run at you and your partner, who is either AI controlled, or a second player can jump in the mix.

Both Jackie Earle Haley and Patrick Wilson reprise their roles from the film, for some pretty good voice acting. The animations on the two are rather interesting, as Night Owl maintains an air of karate mastered martial artist and Rorschach lumbers about in a style more resembling a hobo in a street fight. Unfortunately, the controls feel a little sticky, something unforgivable in a game of this genre. Too many times I took a hit because Rorschach was too busy running in the opposite directions, and once I was nearly beaten to death because Rorschach was ignoring the prisoner punching me in favor of kicking an unconscious one below me.

As I stated before, I only played the demo. The segment of the prison has a 30 minute timer on it, but the demo only allowed me to play for 20 minutes. Its not a bad game by any means, but the current price of 1600 Microsoft Points (roughly $20) is a little steep. When the price comes down on this one, definitely check it out, but for now make sure you download the demo before you buy.

Final Grade: C

Review: "Watchmen"

In On Film on March 8, 2009 at 7:12 pm

watchmen-final-posterWhen “Watchmen” became a comic back in the 80’s, it reinvented comics. By shrugging off the archetypes of super hero comics, viewers were given a brand new look at comics. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons masterpiece redefined the super hero genre, and still has a lasting effect and impact on comic books today.

Now, over 20 years later, “300” director Zack Snyder has taken a stab at doing what has been previously been deemed undoable: a filmed adaptation of “Watchmen”. Did he do it? More or less, but he still falls a little short. The biggest flaw is that “Watchmen” was designed exclusively and specifically for the medium of comic books. Translated to film and existing as a moving, breathing medium, there’s definitely something about this that feels off. But hey, maybe that’s just “Watchmen”.

In regards to the characters, its pretty much nailed. Its obvious that Snyder’s favorite character is Rorscach: the narrator and mystery man retains the majority of his existence from the comics, and is played to pretty much perfection: Jackie Earle Haley just looks like he would kill you with a pneumatic grapple gun. The remainder of the characters, while still obviously the characters that existed in the “Watchmen” universe, are modified more heavily, with changes made and bits left out in order to accommodate the story better. The film is still essentially a translation, panel for panel, of the comic. The first hour especially is a series of shots in which you can pick out and remember your favorite panels.

There’s no denying that the filming looks fantastic, and all those rumors of too excessive slow motion were unfounded. Yes, there is a lot of it, but its not as bad or as noticeable as you’ve been led to believe, especially after the first hour. Zack Snyder has created a film that neither exceed or falls short of your expectations, it just is. This is a passable, decent adaptation of what is considered by many to be the greatest graphic novel of all time. If you don’t want to spend the money in the theater to this one, its at least worth a rental, or perhaps even a purchase, but do go in with an open mind; this is most definitely not the “Watchmen” you grew up with.

Final grade: B