Category Archives: MOVIES
Suspense: The Comic Strip Murder (1949)
Courtesy of The Internet Archive’s remarkable Classic TV collection, and the Auto-Lite Theatre. Remember, you’re always right with Auto Lite.
THE PEANUT GALLERY: Wait a Week to Watch the Watchmen
I started a Facebook group here that I encourage you all to join encouraging people to wait a week (or more) to watch the movie adaptation of Watchmen. Here is what I posted there:
The movie Watchmen was made without the consent or participation of the writer of the book, Alan Moore.
Out of respect for Mr. Moore, members of this group should wait at least one week (preferably more) after the theatrical release of Watchmen to watch it, as a small protest to the consistently poor treatment of Mr. Moore by Time Warner and DC Comics. DC comics, it should be noted, has a long and notorious history of poor treatment of cartoonists, going back at least to screwing a couple of teenagers out of the rights to Superman.
I am not arguing that it is wrong to go see the Watchmen movie if you really want to. I am just suggesting you wait a bit to see it, out of RESPECT for the person who wrote it, as his wishes for it are not being honored.
I repeat… this is an issue of RESPECT. It is not a legal issue. It is not an issue of artistic merit, or lack thereof. It is not even an issue of being completely sick of seeing marketing for this movie everywhere, even though I certainly am. It is an issue of respecting the intent of an artist whose works you respect.
Furthermore, a week is a VERY small time to wait if you really want to see this thing. It is an important time to the Time Warner Corporation, however, as how a movie is received in its first week very much effects how successful it is overall.
I’ve read many objections to Mr. Moore’s complaints about the film. Yes, Mr. Moore was doing work for hire… yes, he sold the rights to Watchmen. It was certainly a bad business deal.
Mr. Moore signed a contract where the rights to Watchmen would return to him after the book had been out of print for a designated period of time. At the time Watchmen came out, there was no precedent for a graphic novel NOT going out of print. Watchmen, Dark Knight and Maus changed that. Mr. Moore naively thought at the time he signed the contract that he would get the rights back, and DC Comics was happy to exploit him.
Regardless of whatever mistakes Mr. Moore has made in this instance, his works have greatly enriched my life. Out of respect for him, I don’t think it is asking a lot to wait a week or two to see whatever travesty they have made of his book on the screen… or, better yet, you could choose not to see it at all.
The book is still on the shelf, and will always be the best way to experience this masterpiece of comics fiction. Why not do yourself a favor and read it instead of watching the Hollywood aberration?
If you’ve ever read and enjoyed any of the wonderful works of Alan Moore, please consider affording him this extremely small favor.
Here is an interview with Alan Moore on the subject at Entertainment Weekly.
Here is an overview of Mr. Moore’s history with the movie business from the New York Times.
For another view on this, see this interview with Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, who approves of the movie.
Slime-coated Hollywood producer Don Murphy calls Alan Moore a hypocrite and a liar, and completely misses the point, as you would expect.
(Note: Above image is Creative Commons licensed on Flickr here.)
This is post #1001, thank you very much. Let’s celebrate!
In this clip from the movie Hellzapoppin’ (1941), The Slim and Slam AllStars (a band of the great Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart) provide the soundtrack to the most insane, physics-defying example of extreme swing dancing that you are likely to ever see.
INTERESTING LINKS: Bollywood Superman II: January 30th, 2009
TODAY’S FEATURED ITEM:
A while ago, I called your attention to a Bollywood Superman and Spiderman video. I ran across a few awesome new blogs yesterday that I was previously unaware of… one of which was Cool-Mo-Dee. In one post, they called my attention to another great Bollywood Superman video… go here to see it.
- The world’s strangest presidential election.
- Dead Casino Graphics
- Weed Smoker’s Dream by the Harlem Hamfats 1936
- TV Guide on Clutch Cargo
- TRADING CARDS:
- The Paramount Theater
- Magazine : the Builder #1 (1915 – Masonic Temple)
- Albert Edelfelt
- Charity Begins At Home(page)
- So Maybe The Future Is Free-Plus?
- Random Comics News Story Round-Up
- Jan. 30, 2009: Relevant to modern audiences
- Repo Man Film
- alexcox.com | Screenplays by Alex Cox
- Super Fantastica Volume Four Update! The due date…
- Federal Regulations Will Kill Handmade Toy Sales
- ComicSpace Merger Status Update for January 29, 2009
- An interview with Shaun Tan
- Comic : How Superman Would End the War (1940)
- Magazine : Famous Monsters of Filmland #new fills
- Magazine : Famous Monsters of Filmland #48
- Magazine : Spacemen
- Magazine : Famous Monsters of Filmland #66
- Magazine : Spacemen #6
- Magazine : Spacemen #7
- Magazine : Spacemen #8
- Magazine : Spacemen #1965 Yearbook
- Magazine :Screen Thrills
- Magazine : Amazing Stories
- Books :The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm (1916)
- BETTY PAGE
- Magazine : Fantastic Adventures
- Magazine :Screen Thrills #4
- Comic: the Betty Pages
- Magazine : Halls of Horror #21
- Short Film : Betty/Bettie Page – retro tease: High…
- Comic: Betty Pages #2
- Short Film : Bettie Page – retro tease: satin
- Books: H.P. Lovecraft 48 stories
- Comic: the Betty Pages #3
- Comic: the Betty Pages #4
- MAGAZINE: BETTY PAGES # 5
- Magazine : Astounding Science Fiction & Avon SciFi
- Music : Spidey Super Stories – audio
- Music : the Riddler
- Comic : Age of Innocence
- Comic: Betty Pages #6
- Comic: Betty Pages #7
- BETTY PAGES
- Magazine : Famous Monsters of Filmland #20
- A Rankin Bass Christmas
- Rankin-Bass’ Non-Christmas Saturday Morning Cartoons…
- Cartoon Characters in Commercials
- Cartoon Characters in Commercials – Part 2
- Viewmaster Pictures at Flickr.com
- ABC Saturday Morning 1980
- The Banana Splits – OST
- Dr. Seuss & Ford Commercials
- The Kiddie Rekord King
- Osamu Tezukaâ€™s The Amazing Three
- 1975 CBS Saturday Morning – Part 1
- 1975 CBS Saturday Morning – Part 2
- NBC Saturday Morning 1970
- Mexican Sci-Fi Pulp Paperback Covers
- ABC Saturday Morning 1962-1964
- ABC Saturday Morning 1965
- Beany and Cecil
- King Kong (1966)
- Comics Fanzines – Fantasy Advertiser #70
- ABC Saturday Morning 1972
- ABC Saturday Morning 1974
- ABC Saturday Morning 1975
- ABC Saturday Morning 1976
- ABC Saturday Morning 1978
- ABC Saturday Morning 1979
- Indian Superman Clips
- ABC Saturday Morning 1980
- CBS Saturday Morning 1960-1964
- Tennessee Tuxedo
- CBS Saturday Morning 1965
- CBS Saturday Morning 1966
- CBS Saturday Morning 1968
- Mutant Cartoon Creatures From the Netherworld
- Great Comic Strip Reprint Books
- The Oval Office Desk
- Really, really, ridiculously small micro-grabbers
- ACLU Praises Obamaâ€™s Swift Signing Of Pay Discrimination…
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- Dawn Of The Dead Board Game
- Jan. 29, 2009: Weâ€™ll all be milking goats in the end
Gracie Berrie: Stone Cold Dead in the Market
THE CARTOON CRYPT: Betty Boop in Betty in Blunderland (1934)
Another excellent, surreal Betty Boop cartoon… I love the Jabberwocky in this. The featured song in it, “How Do You Do,” is an altered version of the song “Everyone Says I Love You.” Below is Groucho Marx’s wonderful version of that song from Horse Feathers (1932) (starts at 36 seconds in or so). There are other great versions of that song in Horse Feathers as well… note that you can see the entire movie on YouTube starting here. I’ve exported the music from both movies as mp3’s for your listening pleasure… you can grab those here.
Read more about this cartoon on the Big Cartoon Database here.
Turkish Star Wars
And neither of those have a goddamn thing on Turkish Star Wars.
So just shut the hell up about the goddamn Watchmen trailer already, goddammit. Now Turkish Watchmen, that might be worth seeing!
Evil Turkish Spider-Man Versus Turkish Captain America and Turkish Santo
And this is fifty trillion times more interesting than the Watchmen movie trailer.
The Turkish Batman
This is fifty billion times more interesting than the Watchmen movie trailer…