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Tales of the Black Freighter is a comic book within the Watchmen universe, an example of post-modern Metafiction and comic-within-a-comic that also serves as a foil for the main plot. Issues 23 and 24, comprising the story Marooned, are included within Watchmen itself. They are read by a teenage boy named Bernie, who sits outside a newsstand through all his appearances.
A pirate comic book was conceived by Moore because he and Gibbons thought that since the inhabitants of the Watchmen universe experience superheroes in real life, "they probably wouldn't be at all interested in superhero comics." Gibbons suggested a pirate theme, and Moore agreed because he is "a big Brecht fan": the Black Freighter alludes to the song "Seeräuberjenny" from Brecht's Threepenny Opera. ...
The comic is read by a teenage boy while he sits beside a newsstand, whose proprietor contemplates the latest headlines and discusses them with his customers. This juxtaposition of text and images from the comic-within-a-comic and its framing sequence uses the former to act as a parallel commentary to the latter—which is the plot of Watchmen itself. Specifically, Moore has said that the story of The Black Freighter ends up describing "the story of Ozymandias" (who admits, in his final scene, to having a recurring nightmare resembling a prominent image from The Black Freighter). In addition, the comic can also be seen to relate "to Rorschach and his capture; it relates to the self-marooning of Dr. Manhattan on Mars; it can be used as a counterpoint to all these different parts of the story."
originally posted by: awareness10
Low budget tour De farce
Low budget, low quality and low acting skill! I hope this was shot on digital because it would have been a complete waste of celluloid! Special effects worse than most junior school plays. Pure rubbish. No doubt the creators are trying to bamboozle punter into thinking that this is the movie Battleship. Ships and aliens. Doh! Don't waste you time or money of this one! If this doesn't leave you feeling nauseous with disgust then you need to get out more! What a sad use of a fine warship with a proud history. Shameful! Seriously, if you have a choice of root canal treatment or watching this movie, go and see the dentist. This is like drilling without Novocaine. www.imdb.com...
I could do a better movie with my Hot Wheels and Barbies. The plot was so full of holes, it looked like swiss cheese. Where was the advertised Datsun 280Z? Netflix's summary boasted of it, and a revenge theme, which was totally lost. No one did 200 mph. The facts about cars were totally off, you should have at least had a mechanic or 13 year-old car nut on the production staff. The garage was in the "ghetto"...but was stocked and clean. The RX-7 in the garage was a far better car than what the protagonist used in racing...why was it not utilized?? The CGI cars were worse than Need For Speed. If you want a better film, I recommend Pixar's Cars. I could go on, but it'd be a waste of time, like the movie. www.imdb.com...
Well, Marvel's got nothing to worry about...
I caught this on Syfy, and I wish I could make them take it back. The plot centered around Loki trying to destroy the earth by killing Yggdrasill, the tree of life. I don't remember if either Thor or Loki mention it by name; I got the impression they couldn't pronounce actual Nordic terms if their paychecks depended on it. Not only this, but Loki keeps talking about Ragnarok, and it is obvious the writers had no idea what the term means. They would probably also call people in a blimp "the Rapture." Anywhoo, the whole plot requires Loki to steal Thor's hammer. Why this is difficult is never made clear, because Thor is a major beefcake meathead. He sounds like a surfer and spends most of the movie looking like he needs a diaper change. Some woman named Jarnsaxa spoon-feeds him every move, which is amazing because she is practically unintelligible--a fact made even more painful when they do vocal effects and her words could not be deciphered even by CIA software.
I won't spoil the ending, because the director and writer already did that. Suffice it to say that it involves a trip to Hell; not HEL, the Nordic afterlife and the goddess thereof, but basically the Christian Hell--fire, lava, the whole ball of melting wax.
Watch this if you need a good laugh; there isn't an ounce of real heroism or grandeur in the whole mess. My biggest disappointment was Richard Grieco, who can be an effective menace but here comes across as a street punk with a wand and a skin condition. www.imdb.com...
Poor Movie Making At Its Very Best - A must see!!
Nobody likes to admit it, but we all do it. Everyone reduces the speed of their cars to a near crawl to rubberneck across the road the twisted remains of a tragic car crash.
And if you're looking for the movie equivalent of a multiple car pile-up, look no further than 'Battle of Los Angeles' by Asylum Studios. In fact I've actually turned into a bit of a junkie for these spectacularly bad movies by Asylum Studios and am seriously considering buying DVDs of all the movies they've made. If there was an academy award for 'Ballsiest Choice of Movie Title', these guys would win it every year, hands down. 'The Terminators', 'Almighty Thor', 'Alien vs Hunter', '2012:Ice Age', 'The Day The Earth Stopped'. If there was a 'Duping the Public into buying the wrong DVD award', they'd win that too.
The barnyard production values are almost reminiscent of a school play. You could almost picture a school teacher desperately trying to get some enthusiasm from the actors who would rather be doing something else.
The story itself is from the same cookie cutter mold as are most alien invasion movies nowadays. Aliens either want our planet, it's resources, or maybe they've just started receiving the 1st broadcasts of Americas Got Talent and believe that the humane thing to do would be to put us out of our misery.
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
a reply to: awareness10
Loved helping you and everybody else make this possibly the best movie thread anywhere ever (at least outside of cinema community forums).
Now you ought to need to start a mirror thread about documentaries!
originally posted by: awareness10
Nice Idea thanks!
I wonder how that will go, There's a few i enjoyed watching that i can think of.