Yesterday I got a chance to see Watchmen with a few friends. I’m not going to post any spoilers but I really enjoyed the movie. I don’t know how much I would have liked it if I weren’t already a fan of the graphic novel. It was very close to the novel, especially in visuals, and I think that was more critical for this adaptation than for most.

One of the best things about Watchmen (besides the story) is the phenomenal illustration. Reading the books was almost like watching a movie. Unlike other books which are turned into movies, this one had left a series of specific, memorable images in readers’ heads (not worlds that each of use create from the words, but shared imagery). It would have been weird not to have those same images be in the film.

So if you go to see it and haven’t read the graphic novel, I think it’s still possible to enjoy it. It’s visually stunning and the storyline is good. Just expect a different type of narrative and pacing, more like a novel or perhaps a European film. If you don’t go in expecting an ordinary superhero flick, you’ve got a better chance of enjoying yourself. Oh, and there is a LOT of blood, just like in the book. Not for the squeamish.

And now for something completely different–some personal finance posts I enjoyed this last week:

First, here are two places where you can win free tax software: Giveaway at Moolanomy and Giveaway at Out of Debt Again.

I revamped my Taxes for Bloggers post with some new information, so be sure to check it out if you’re a blogger.

If you heard about the Jon Stewart/Jim Cramer spat last week, but didn’t see the videos yourself, Patrick has put together all the Jon Stewart/Jim Cramer video clips in one post. I’m not a fan of Cramer for various reasons and rather enjoyed Stewart’s points. I don’t think he meant for all this to happen (it was originally a critique of CNBC), but Cramer shouldn’t have challenged the one clip, knowing that he had clips out there which would actually back up Stewart’s assertions.

No Debt Plan has started a series about the drug store game. It’s not one I play, but you can get some real deals this way!

Did you know that for the last 10 years, many banks did not pay for their FDIC insurance. I think Stewart should go after them too.

Gather Little by Little and some members of the M-Network answered a question about paying medical bills.


Roger March 15, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Oh, I loved the Watchmen, both as the graphic novel and in movie form. My girlfriend, who never read the comic, seemed to enjoy it as well, although probably not in the same way that I did. On that basis, at least, I’d say the movie was a success.

I loved the Jim Cramer feud on the Daily Show. Jim let the fact that he was ‘technically’ correct about the first clip Jon Stewart used to allow himself to be drawn into a debate that just about everyone agreed Stewart dominated. Pride goeth before a fall, or what have you.

Mrs. Accountability March 15, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Thanks for mentioning my contest!

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