As the shy and retiring producer of The Movie Overdose it’s my job to get Sam and Tom together in the same room and record their thoughts and opinions on the world of cinema. More often than not I’m quite content to sit back and bask in the velvet tones of your two magnificent hosts, piping up every so often with a terrible and almost entirely inaudible contribution from the back of the room.
So consider this my slightly more audible response to a section of episode 10 wherein Sam and Tom discussed whether Watchmen was a failure, in particular, the “unfilmable” aspect of the source material. Now I still haven’t seen Watchmen myself, despite paying £25 for a special screening and sitting through the entire film with no visibility and atrociously painful seating arrangements. So utterly awful was my experience with that movie that despite the fact that all the cinema auditorium elements were present: a screen, a chair and myself, I still feel as though I haven’t watched it. Why write an article then? Well my overall impression of the film despite these conditions was positive and as a huge fan of Alan Moore’s work I think I can say it was a success to a degree. For those in the know it’s completely fair to say the book is inherently unfilmable but yet Zack Snyder did it. The structure of the narrative arc, the ensemble cast and heavy message all add up to this sprawling masterpiece which even to try and successfully film just one aspect of the book, the filmmaker runs the risk of massacring the entire book and incurring the wrath of countless die-hard comic fans.
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A spy working under the duress of CHUD, attending a screening of Dazed & Confused in Austin, has reported plans from director Richard Linklater to make a ‘spiritual sequel’ to his wonderful 1993 work. It would have none of the same characters as the first piece but would include many of the same thematic elements, shifting the story up to 1980.
Linklater will be coming next with Me and Orson Welles, his adaptation of the Robert Kaplow book starring High School Musical alum Zac Efron. The book is a pretty entertaining, minor rites-of-passage story but I wouldn’t have high hopes of this working its way into the best Linklater has offered. You can see a clip from the film here.