Greetings, my faithful readers. I am here to discuss a movie or two with you, as two highly awaited films have shown their faces at our local theaters. I speak, of course, of "Watchmen" and "I Love You, Man."

Let's start with "Watchmen." Alan Moore has created several great graphic novels turned into film, including "V for Vendetta" and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." Both have been good films, but this was one work people had called "unfilmable." Zack Snyder took on the challenge, and left me in a state of confusion. As I sat in the crowded theater, I watched a beautiful opening as Jeffrey Dean Morgan gets pummeled and thrown from an apartment building. From there, I nearly wept as the credits captured half of the book that was being hailed as "unfilmable," by putting it into an easy-to-understand time line to catch everybody up to date. Brilliantly done, and a fantastic use of a Bob Dylan song.

However, as the movie kept going, true to the book as it was, I was a little embarrassed to watch it. Not because of the immense focus of one of the character's privates, but rather because of the cheesy music that played. In certain contexts, the music was used in reference to the novel's unfilmable aspects, but at other times, it made the movie horribly awkward, and disrupted the film's flow.

As for the acting, there was no weak link. Give kudos to the casting crew, for they knocked it out of the park. Every character was perfectly molded to maintain the novel's look, as well as providing a voice of their own.

The strongest links were definitely the two lead characters: The Comedian, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Rorschach, played by Jackie Earle Haley, especially the latter. His eyes pierced you when his mask was removed, showing his true character.

Overall, I'd say see this movie as a companion to reading the book. This might help you understand certain parts of both better, and improve the clarity and quality of both. In total, "Watchmen" scores a 7 out of 10, for an inability to deliver a stand-alone performance.

Next up is "I Love You, Man." The movie may seem like the classic romantic comedy, from a standpoint, and it is. However, the originality lies in the fact that the guy already has the girl. It's refreshing to see a story taking place in the aftermath of a happily-ever-after scenario. The movie stars Paul Rudd as a friendless guy who tries to find a best man for his wedding. Jason Segel plays the man he befriends. We see some interesting comedic material in the meat of the story, as the entire audience cracked up at certain points. What I enjoyed about this film was that it combined several different aspects of humor to make it a little more enjoyable.

On all parts, acting was phenomenal, leaving no desire for any change in roles. Of course, romantic comedies tend to lack cheesy acting, due to the fact that awkwardness comes naturally to humans. I digress, and return to the review. While the acting was great, there was a small problem with predictability. It was easy to see that there was going to be a conflict between fiancée and best man. It was easy to tell the plot, detail by detail. Only the concern over the next joke remained.

Overall, the movie set itself a little above the bar for romantic comedies. Better than most, but not as good as some. I would recommend seeing it, not only for its quoting ability, but to see the awkward toast Jason Segel gives during one of the scenes that had the audience laughing for a good few minutes. All in all, "I Love You, Man" gets a 7 out of 10, for predictability.

That's all I can say this month, and I shall return soon with another review of something yet unknown to me. Until then, I wish you all long days and pleasant nights.

Adam Munio is a senior at Unadilla Valley Central School. He can be reached at pentwarrior@yahoo.com.

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