• With a $56M opening weekend, Watchmen is #1 at the box office and the biggest opening release of 2009. Could better fan word of mouth helped it more?
• This New York Times review of Watchmen is just god-awful. Not cuz it doesn’t like the movie but because it feels like the person didn’t even watch it at all. If you have to ask why the movies takes place in the mid-80s then you aren’t being fair to the movie.
• Roger Ebert on how Watchmen plays out as a movie and then his thoughts about the story after a second viewing. Ebert remains one of my favorite movie critics of all time; he only gets smarter (and Web 2.0 savvier) as time goes on.
More on Dr Manhattan: It’s not that he is a person who has been converted to energy, he’s an energy form that has absorbed a human consciousness. As such, all the details of humanity are new and important to him but as hen continues through the breakdown of humanity, Dr Manhattan is slowly losing touch with the things that made Jon Osterman a person to being with. At first he thinks it’s having a human body, then it’s having a girlfriend, then it’s being a hero, then it’s breaking up horribly with his girlfriend, finally he goes for the full Jesus monty and decides being a person means saving the world. And why the super smurf schlong? Cuz Dr Manhattan (really, Alan Moore) doesn’t care what you think, he just cares about what he believes are the markers of humanity. Guessing from the fuss on the internet and the giggles at the movie theater, Moore and Doc ‘hattan are right.