Saturday, May 24, 2014


Happy birthday, Bob Dylan.  What can I say?

PS  I put up to above a few weeks ago and already I see a couple of the videos are no longer available.  More than any other artist I'm familiar with, Dylan has people regularly checking on YouTube to take down his original recordings.

So to make up for the deficit, here's one of his famous songs, performed by someone else, used under the best part of Watchmen--the credits.


Anonymous Lawrence King said...

I had forgotten how good the credit sequence was! The rest of the movie pushed it out of my mind.

Like many movies based on books, I just don't see how someone could understand it if they hadn't read it first. Almost all the scenes in the credits are straight from the comic, but with no context. (Some of the additions are nice -- Truman Capote, Warhol, Bowie -- but the scenes are not quite in chronological order.)

Here's an amazing punk version of "Desolation Row" that was also used in the film. Of course, lyrics from this appear at the end of issue #1.

9:24 AM, May 24, 2014  
Blogger LAGuy said...

I like how bewildering this must be to someone who hasn't read the original. It does set up a feeling and a world, and that's enough. I also like how they spent so much money on scenes and characters that won't reappear.

Over, though, Watchmen was too faithful to its source (among other problems). You might think you could adapt a graphic novel rather closely--like a movie, it's got words and pictures. But it turns out it's a very different form.

10:18 AM, May 24, 2014  
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