Watchmen in Wonderland (Weekly Links)

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Salute the Comedian.

My reviews for the Herald this week. My take on Watchmen is that it’s overly faithful, poorly acted, and has absolutely no perspective on its own ideas. A lot of it’s enjoyable anyway.

Watchmen. “Not ‘Sounds of Silence’ again!”

Phoebe in Wonderland. “She’s so unusual.”

Cherry Blossoms. “A somewhat aggressively nice film.”

Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect. “Too busy by half.”

Movie Diary 2/19/2009

Alien Trespass (R.W. Goodwin, 2009). Pipe-smoking scientist, meteor, Southwest desert…all the familiar elements are here in this warp on Fifties alien-invasion pictures. But do check out The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra. (full review 4/3)

Cherry Blossoms (Doris Dorrie, 2008). Any historical unease about the linkage of Germany and Japan is gradually worn down by Dorrie’s gentle touch, in an East-West thing that recalls her documentary, How to Cook Your Life. (full review 3/6)