“Who Watches the Watchmen?”
“Who Watches Carla?”
“Happiness is the most insidious prison of all”. – V for Vendetta.
“I’ve known a lot of people go mad over the years, and it is more distressing than people dying. People dying is quite natural, people going mad is the complete antithesis of that”. Alan Moore
There is a red and angry world.
Red things happen there.
The world eats your wife.
And eats your friends.
It eats all the things that make you human.
And it turns you into a monster. – Saga of the Swamp Thing.
Alan Moore (born November 18 1953) is a British writer, most famous for his influential work in comic-books and graphic novels such as: V for Vendetta (1986) – Watchmen (1987) – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (1999 – present) – Hellblazer (comic series based on characters created by Moore)
“There are people. There are stories. The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse is often closer to the truth”. – “Down Among the Dead Men”, Swamp Thing Annual #2, 1985
“I’ve no objection to the term ‘graphic novel,’ as long as what it is talking about is actually some sort of graphic work that could conceivably be described as a novel. My main objection to the term is that usually it means a collection of six issues of Spider-Man, or something that does not have the structure or any of the qualities of a novel, but is perhaps roughly the same size”. Alan Moore
“Madness and insanity are two terms that are so vague and relative that you can’t really apportion proper values to them. The only thing I can think of that has any use it functional and dysfunctional. Are you working as well? In which case, it doesn’t matter if you are mad”. Alan Moore
Watchmen (2009 film based on his graphic novel)
“I like a film where you can see every penny of the budget up there on the screen”. Alan Moore
“It’s the Watchmen film you always wanted to see, but never expected to get.” Patrick Kolan
Watchmen is an American superhero film released in 2009, based on the 1986 comic book limited series Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Set in an alternate 1985, the film follows a group of former vigilantes as tensions heighten between the United States and the Soviet Union while an investigation of an apparent conspiracy against them uncovers something even more grandiose and sinister. Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by David Hayter and Alex Tse.
“While Watchmen is still as rich, daring, and intelligent an action film as there’s ever been, it also proves Moore absolutely right [that Watchmen is inherently un-filmable]. As a comic book, Watchmen is an extraordinary thing. As a movie, it’s just another movie, awash with sound and fury.”
Jackie Earle Haley — Walter Kovacs / Rorschach
“Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon”. Walter Kovacs / Rorschach
Edward Blake, The Comedian, born 1918, buried in the rain. Murdered. Is that what happens to us? No time for friends? Only our enemies leave roses. Violent lives ending violently. Blake understood. Humans are savage in nature. No matter how much you try to dress it up, to disguise it. Blake saw society’s true face. Chose to be a parody of it, a joke. I heard a joke once. Man goes to doctor, says he’s depressed. Life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says “Treatment is simple. The great clown, Pagliacci, is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up”. Man bursts into tears. “But doctor”, he says, “I am Pagliacci.” Good joke. Everybody laugh. Roll on snare drum.
Curtains.- Rorschach/Walter Kovacs
Patrick Wilson — Daniel Dreiberg / Nite Owl II
“Okay, no, listen: I’ve had it with that! God, who do you think you are, Rorschach? You live off people while insulting them, and nobody complains because they think you’re a goddamned lunatic!” – Daniel Dreiberg / Nite Owl II
Malin Akerman — Laurie Juspeczyk / Silk Spectre II
“I’m used to going out at 3 A.M. and doing something stupid”.- Laurie Juspeczyk / Silk Spectre II
Billy Crudup — Dr. Jon Osterman / Doctor Manhattan
“I am tired of Earth. These people. Tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives” – Dr. Jon Osterman / Doctor Manhattan
Matthew Goode — Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
“What, in life, does not deserve celebrating?” – Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
Jeffrey Dean Morgan — Edward Blake / The Comedian
“Justice is coming to all of us. No matter what the fuck we do” Edward Blake / The Comedian
Carla Gugino — Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre I
Carla was born in Sarasota, Florida. Moved with her mother to Paradise, California, when Carla was just five years old. During her childhood, they moved many times within the state. But she remained a straight-A student throughout high school and graduated as valedictorian. A major modeling agency discovered Carla in San Diego and sent her to New York to begin a new career when she was 15. New York was more than she could handle at that young age, so she returned to LA in the summer, modeling and enrolling in an acting class at the suggestion of her aunt, Carol Merrill, known from Let’s Make a Deal (1963). During her free time, Carla enjoys yoga, traveling and spending time with her friends in Los Angeles.+ – IMDb Mini Biography By: Peter Reynders
“Yes, there is a conspiracy, in fact there are a great number of conspiracies that are all tripping each other up. And all of those conspiracies are run by paranoid fantasists and ham-fisted clowns. If you are on a list targeted by the CIA, you really have nothing to worry about. If however, you have a name similar to somebody on a list targeted by the CIA, then you are dead”. Alan Moore
“Watchmen is a bore…It sinks under the weight of its reverence for the original,” Philip Kennicott of The Washington Post
The movie has had polarized reaction both by audiences and by critics. It divided film critics; some gave it overwhelmingly positive reviews for the dark and unique style on the superhero genre, the cast and the visual effects; while others derided it for the same reason, as well as the R-rating (for “strong graphic violence, sexuality, nudity, and language”), the running time, and the much-publicized accuracy to the graphic novel.
“Like Eyes Wide Shut, The Passion of the Christ, or Fight Club, Watchmen would continue to be a talking point among those who liked or disliked the film. Boucher felt in spite of his own mixed feelings about the finished film, he was “oddly proud” that the director had made a faithful adaptation that was “nothing less than the boldest popcorn movie ever made. Snyder somehow managed to get a major studio to make a movie with no stars, no ‘name’ superheroes and a hard R-rating, thanks to all those broken bones, that oddly off-putting Owl Ship sex scene and, of course, the unforgettable glowing blue penis.” Geoff Boucher of Los Angeles Times
“Most of the people who get sent to die in wars are young men who’ve got a lot of energy and would probably rather, in a better world, be putting that energy into copulation rather than going over there and blowing some other young man’s guts out”. Alan Moore
“if he could plot, we’d all have to get together and kill him.” Which utterly misses the most compelling part of Alan’s writing, the way he develops and expresses ideas and character. Plot does not define story. Plot is the framework within which ideas are explored and personalities and relationships are unfolded. If all you want is plot, go and read a Tom Clancy novel”. Chris Claremont
It’s a new world Arcane..
It’s full of shopping malls..
And striplights and software. The dark corners are being pushed back..
A little more everyday.
We’re things of the shadow you and I..
And there isn’t as much shadow..
As there used to be..– Saga of the Swamp Thing.