Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Watching the second Watchmen trailer

I made all the screencaps two large images (one consisting of scenes before the instrumental and one afterwords) so I didn't have to save 20+ pictures. I apologize for the low quality of the pictures; no high quality version of the trailer existed at the time. Click each image to make it larger (and readable). Enjoy.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Watchmen's ending changes


So, as you may have heard, Watchmen, my most anticipated movie of next year (and possibly of all time) was pre-screened last night at a theater in Portland, Oregon. Passes to the screening were handed out discreetly a week ago to people unfamiliar with the book. Two days ago, a website leaked information about the screening and hordes of fans rushed to the theater, only to find, as Adrian Veidt would say, "passes were handed out thirty-five minutes ago"...or, more correctly, a week ago. I can only imagine the fans are rushing the site owner's house right now, and his fate may be less than pleasant...

Last night, people returned from the screening with nondisclosure agreements. Nonetheless, two stalwart viewers raced to IMDb and posted about the experience. One had never read the book, the other was a fan. Both greatly enjoyed the movie, with the non-book reader declaring it his favorite superhero movie. However, fans were less interested in the quality of the movie and more interested in the climax. In the book, Adrian Veidt (aka Ozymandias) teleports a giant, manmade alien into New York City, creating an explosion that kills a million people. The warmongering United States and Soviet Union ally against the nonexistent alien threat. Adrian exclaims "I did it!" and is left alive by Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl, and Silk Spectre because otherwise, the world will fall back into chaos. Only Rorschach disagrees, and forces Dr. Manhattan to kill him.

In the movie, according to these two posters, things occur a little differently. Throughout the movie, Adrian and Dr. Manhattan are allegedly working on an alternative energy source project. Adrian secretly uses this technology to create powerful bombs which he proceeds to drop on major population centers. Dr. Manhattan is held responsible, but he goes along with the plan for the same reasons as the book. Rorschach is still stubborn, and gets disintegrated. Adrian is still left alive, a pivotal detail altered in David Hayter's 2003 draft, which featured a Hollywood-style showdown between Adrian and Nite Owl. Fans have suspected a collusion between Adrian and Dr. Manhattan ever since an eagle eyed fan noticed something amiss in this scene:

The terminal behind Dr. Manhattan (and his clones) shows a person that fans claimed was Adrian. Well, it looks like those "conspiracy theorists" might have been right. Now, I'm not sure how I like this new ending. On the one hand, what I want is an enjoyable movie, even if the ending is not perfect. On the other hand, if the ending leaves out pivotal details, then it becomes too naggingly "wrong" for me to enjoy. Right now, we don't have enough details about the context of the ending for me to make an accurate judgment. For now, I leave you with this random shot of Dr. Manhattan's crystal palace:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Upcoming Games of Interest, volume 2 (October 2008)

The following is a list of games I have some interest in that are being released in 2008 or 2009. Games marked in bold are definite buys, while games not marked in bold require waiting to see if they will be good or not.

Call of Duty: World at War (11/11/08) PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii
Sonic Unleashed (11/18/08) Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, Playstation 2

Watchmen (Q1 2009) PC, Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Store
The Lord of the Rings: Conquest (1/13/09) PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Star Wars: Battlefront III (Rumored 3/15/09) PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii
Pokemon Platinum (Rumored 4/09) DS
Nintendo DSi (Rumored Q2 2009) DS
Call of Duty 6 (Rumored 11/09) PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3
Metroid Prime (2009) Wii
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes (2009) Wii
LostMagic Wii (2009) Wii
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty (2009) PC
APB (2009) PC
Timesplitters 4 (2009) Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii
MAG: Massive Action Game (2009) Playstation 3
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (TBA) PC
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (TBA) PC