Thursday, 19 March 2009

Wednesday Media Mix

Here's a meme from over at My Digital Ghost. This week it's all about genres.

[Listen] Who are your top 3 favorite lyricists?

Well, I've already listed the top 13 in exhaustive detail in a previous post. My top 3 would probably be Howard Ashman, Jim Steinman and Suzanne Vega.

[Watch] What was the last movie you saw in the theater, and what was your reaction to it?

The last movie was Watchmen. Overall I thought it was a faithful adaptation of the comic books (thought some deviations to save time weakened some of the Doctor Manhatten/Silk Spectre scenes, but I might just be misremembering the original, which I haven't read since it first came out). However, it was so faithful it seemed kind of redundant for readers who'd read the graphic novel (although Dave Gibbons' art for the original always struck me as just too clean and precise, more pleasing aesthetically than dynamic, so I liked the more visceral feel of the movie - although the sex and violence seemed needlessly amped up - and it was nice to see it on screen). Overall, I liked it (loved the opening titles montage of historical events) although it had the same weaknesses as the original.

[Read] Do you read any political columns? If so, which ones?



Kelly said...

I've been meaning to check out Suzanne Vega for a long time. And funny, I've seen so many mixed reactions from Watchmen devotees getting into hefty debates after seeing I'm REALLY curious!

Tilli said...

I've not yet seen Watchmen but my friend said that despite being generally great, all the music was wrong. ALL the music. What did you think?

An Eerie Tapestry said...

Thanks for the comments.

Kelly - I'd definitely recommend Suzanne Vega. Her first album, Suzanne Vega, is a great place to start. There's a track from it on my playlist elsewhere on this page.

Tilli - ALL seems a bit strong. Periodwise it was mostly right (mainly '80s). Some of it I liked (Bob Dylan's Times They Are A-Changin', the tongue-in-cheek use of Tears for Fears' Everybody Wants To Rule The World, and Nena's 99 Red Balloons is always great). Other songs didn't quite work (The Sound Of Silence, while a great song, was a couple of decades out so seemed a bit out of place; the KC and the Sunshine Band, while the right period, seemed a bit incongruous; Hallejulah also seemed a weird choice for the scene it accompanied).