DC Comics ‘Watchmen’ & Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, Almost the Same Comic Book Films With Similar Superhero ProblemsΒ 

“Watchmen” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” are both Grade B- or 🌟🌟 movies

“Watchmen,” 2009: Rorschach “Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon. That’s always been the difference between us…” 

“Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014: Rocket the Racoon “That is the most real, authentic, hysterical laugh of my entire life because THAT IS NOT A PLAN.” 

These are the key similarities, as well as major differences, that lie in both of these comic book-to-film adaptations. While the “Watchmen” (Wm) goes for dark and adult storytelling, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” (GOTG) strives for an upbeat, endearing, and universal story. But both films have similar problems, the inability to deliver fully fleshed out characters and almost devoid of a story. So both are the same movies in that respect. 

No Capes For The “Watchmen” (Wm) But Keep The Stars

Wm is loaded with A list talented Actors and Actresses such as, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earl Haley, Patrick Wilson, and Billy Cudrup. But it hardly helps to elevate a script strictly focused on spectacle rather than deeper story telling. This 2009 movie meanders from present, flashback, to present, then past, and then back to the present. Indeed confusing a lot of the time.

The premise of it taking place in an alternative universe however, where Richard Nixon is POTUS for a third term, and the different generations of Watchmen heroes saving the world from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s is excellent. Think of it as the Justice League (JL) with alternative super hero versions of the JL team. It could have been so much better. More on that later. Wm’s Marvel counterpart suffers the same fate. 

Chris Pratt’s Star Lord Is NOT The Michael Jordan Of Superheroes in “Guardians of the Galaxy” (GOTG)

Star Lord is the human character that links our Blue planet to these band of super humanoid misfits. Pratt’s Lord is in almost every scene propelling the other characters to make a difference with their lives, and that is saving their world. But Star Lord does not have to be, the rest of the cast is perfectly capable and just as talented to take the weight off of Pratt. 

For instance, there is Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Bradley Cooper voices Rocket the Racoon, Dave Bautista plays Drax the Destroyer, along with Vin Diesel who voices Groot, a literal tree creature; and Karen Gillan – of “Doctor Who” fame – playing a type of cyborg, half humanoid half robot, named Nebula. It should not be all about Star Lord, but this is GOTG’S origin story. 

Winning Standout Characters in Wm and GOTG 

Wm clearly have most of their characters fleshed out. Not much is the same for GOTG’s cast of characters. Morgan’s The Comedian is no Batman’s Joker, but he is just as sadistic, and plain scary at times. The Comedian’s sometime lover Silk Specter played by Gugino is exceptional with her frailty and strength; as well as Haley’s Rorschach and Cudrup’s Dr. Manhattan are cold, and calculating. Matthew Goode is well good as Ozymandias. Lacking are Malin Ackerman’s Silk Specter II, and Wilson’s Owl Man, which is a disappointment because they both have great chemistry. 

Versus GOTG characters, as stated before, Pratt’s Star Lord is more well rounded than the rest of his team. There is only a hint of who they are, like Rockett, Groot, and Drax. There is however a great conflicted dynamic between Saldana’s Gamora and Gillan’s Nebula, which could have been explored more. While the characters and their development is clearly flawed, the overall story is not any better.

Great Visual Spectacle Versus A Weak Storyline, The Two Should Never Meet

You can tell that Wm and GOTG spent a long time perfecting the visual effects. How green should Gamora be? How much of Rocket a racoon and Groot the tree should really look? How collectable should Star Lord’s mask/space helmet really be? Perfect on all fronts. Wm wins in capturing the hope and despair of the times; the coldness of Antarctica; and the exquisite costuming and scenery of their entire universe.

But the plot in both movies is contrived and predictable, which is a pity. Without giving away too much, depending on which side you choose the Wm prevailed. As for GOTG this was how they became the Guardians. 

The End For The “Watchmen” But the “Guardians of the Galaxy” Will Get Two More Sequels

The saving grace in these comic book-to-film adaptations is that you do not have to be an avid fan, or even have read about these comic book superheroes. This is what makes them both compelling and outstanding on their own.

While we may never ever get to see the sequel to DC’S “Watchmen”, hopefully Marvel’s upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” would have fixed the character development flaws, as well as given us a stronger story. 

 “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” will be landing in US cinemas on May 5. 

Rock The Vote For The Next POTUSΒ 

#RockTheVote on your choice for the next #POTUS. 
I wish I could say that this election was NOT at all exciting. I also wish I could say that the choices are NOT as hopeful as #PresidentBarackObama. πŸ˜‰ But what I can say is that with the outgoing president’s gravitas has arguably unleashed a diverse group of presidential candidates. As well as shown a different side of the general public’s feelings towards each other, albeit that it may have already existed, but it is pervasive.  
#HillaryClinton and #JillStein are THE first female potential POTUSs. #DonaldTrump is arguably the first businessman running for president. #GaryJohnson might not know much on foreign policy and countries, he is refreshing. 
Most of us might vote based on feelings or gut instincts; the candidates experience, knowledge and stamina; vote based on gender, or vote with their conscience; or are willing to overlook everything he or she has said and done – their past and present actions-  during this election cycle. 
No matter who you vote for, once you are an adult – 18 and above – in this election campaign, once again your vote is very important. 
#RockTheVote 

Part 2: Spotlight On More Oscar Nominations For The 88th Annual Academy Awards

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“Mad Max Fury Road” gets some love in the Editing category, and so does “The Hateful Eight.”

The Oscar nominated categories are the following: Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Production Design, and Best Supporting Actress.

Best Sound Editing: “Mad Max Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” “Sicario,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Best Sound Mixing: “Bridge of Spies,” “Mad Max Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Best Production Design: “Bridge of Spies,” “The Danish Girl,” “Mad Max Fury Road,” “The Martian,” and “The Revenant.”

Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh for “The Hateful Eight”; Rooney Mara for “Carol”; Rachel McAdams for “Spotlight”; Alicia Vikander for “The Danish Girl,” and Kate Winslet for “Steve Jobs.”
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ICYMI: These Are The Oscar Nominees Released This Week, Part 1

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A dystopian thriller, “comedies,” and the Golden Boy might finally get his Oscar.

The Academy – the 88th annual Oscars – released the nominees this week, and Leonardo DiCaprio is back once more. This is Part 1 of some of the nominees. The categories include Best Short Film: Live Action, Best Film Editing, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Best Short Film: Live Action: “Ave Maria,” “Day One,” “Everything Will Be Okay,” “Shok,” and “Stutterer.”

Best Foreign Language Film: “Embrace from The Serpent,” Colombia; “Mustang” France; “Son of Saul,” Hungary; “Theeb,” Jordan; and “A War,” Denmark.

Best Film Editing: “The Big Short,” “Mad Max Fury Road”, “The Revenant,” “Spotlight,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Best Actor in a Leading Role: DiCaprio for “The Revenant”; Matt Damon for “The Martian”; Michael Fassbender for ” Steve Jobs “; and Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl.”

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The Legends And Those Behind The Legends Have Passed Away

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Music, Theater, and Movie Magic have all been immortalized with these artists.

These brave people have passed away this week: David Bowie, who was the architect of music and art; then The Magic Man Alan Rickman from the “Harry Potter” films, and his movie and theater legacy, to now the producer Rene Dion, who gave the world the French Canadian sensation Celine Dion.

Bowie was more than just a singer, songwriter, Actor, father, and artist, he had an eternal fascination with space. He was intrigued by it so much that he wrote songs about it, one in particular the song “Space Oddity.” One thing is certain, wherever he roams now like he stated about his journey it has been nothing but boring.

Thanks for the music, and films (“The Man Who Fell To Earth,” “The Prestige,” and “The Labyrinth,” just to name a few, and for daring to be different.

Rickman was discovered by American audiences in his 40’s, but he had already built his career through British stage and TV. In the US, Rickman was known as Bruce Willis’ villain in the first “Die Hard” – back in 1988 – and then he was the inspiration for J.K. Rowling’s Professor Snape. Rowling stated in an interview that when she envisioned Snape it was to be played by Rickman. Rickman, as you know became the anti-hero for everyone all over the world in the “Harry Potter” films.

Rene Dion, Celine Dion’s husband and producer, arguably helped to catapult her career. While Celine did do it on her own, she had help, support, love, loyalty, and a rock in her husband of many years. The two were almost inseparable since his diagnosis. They will continue to love each other.

We will miss them all.

Part 2: Golden Globe Nominees At A Glance

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Modern day and period films rule the Golden Globes.

The 73rd annual #GoldenGlobes will be held this weekend, 01/10/2016, at 8pm on #NBC. Here is Part 2 of a spotlight on some of the nominees.

The following are for Best Actor in a Drama, Best Picture: Musical or Comedy, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama respectively.

Best Actor: #BryanCranston in #Trumbo; #LeonardoDicaprio in #TheRevenant; #MichaelFassbender for #SteveJobs; #EddieRedmayne for #TheDanishGirl; and #WillSmith in #Concussion.

Best Picture: Musical or Comedy: #TheBigShort, #Joy, #TheMartian, #Spy, and #Trainwreck.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: #JaneFonda for #Youth; #JenniferJasonLeigh for #TheHatefulEight; #HellenMirren for “Trumbo”; #AliciaVikander for #ExMachina; and #KateWinslet in ” Steve Jobs.”

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Golden Globe Nominees At A Glance

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Modern day and period films rule the Golden Globes.

The 73rd annual #GoldenGlobes will be held this weekend, 01/10/2016, at 8pm on #NBC. Here is Part 1 of a spotlight on some of the nominees.

The following movies have been nominated for Best Picture, and Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama respectively.

Best Picture: #Room, #TheRevenant, #Carol, #MadMaxFuryRoad, and #Spotlight.

Best Actress: #AliciaVikander for #TheDanishGirl; #CateBlanchett for #Carol; #BrieLarson for “Room”; #RooneyMara for “Carol”; and #SAOIRSERONAN for #Brooklyn.

Best Supporting Actor: #PaulDano for #LoveAndMercy; #IdrisElba in #BeastsofNoNation; #MarkRyylance for #BridgeOfSpies; #MichaelShannon for #99Homes; and #SlyvesterStallone for #Creed.

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