Daily SG: 13 Mar 2009

The Passing of Dr Allan Ooi
– Wayang Party Club: Sin Ming forced to publish Dr Allan Ooi’s farewell letter with a different SPIN to distract attention from the real reason behind his suicide
– Kaffein-nated: What you read is not what you read
– Everyday’s Life in a Snapshot: Shameless ST sinks to all-time low

GIC, Temasek State Fund Investments
– Singabloodypore: Singapore’s GIC RE unfazed by $360m hit

Recession
– Singaporean Skeptic: Are our lawyers equipped to handle the financial market?

Truth, Justice and the Singapore Way
– Today In Singapore: Police Priorities

The Gospel of Harry
– Blowin’ In The Wind: When MM Lee spoke against one-man, one-vote

Housing
– Singapore Watch: HDB Flat Types & Models

Re education
– Hard Hitting in the Lion City: VOLUNTARY?

Strangers in a Strange Land
– TOC: The men who lived in the containers

Daily Discourse
– still me: A reply to libertarians
– My Thoughts..: Does ‘Not Unhappy’ = Happy?
– Yummy BBQ Chicken Wings: All bubbles burst
– under a Pipala Tree: give you your freedom of speech

Life, the universe and everything
– Midnight Monkey Monitor: I signed the No Whaleshark petition, have you?
– The boy who knew too much: Jade Goody and modern fame
– The Lycan Times: Internet Radio Cessation
– Dannychoo.com: A Week in Singapore

Books and Papercuts
– ALVINOLOGY: Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine

Infoblogaramous
– Moving Higher In Souped-up Heuristically Agon Moment: Driving to IT Show? Here’s a Quick Carpark Guide
– Singapore Entrepreneurs: MobileMonday Singapore Peer Awards 2009

I caught Watchmen yesterday. Most reviews have been divided between very good and otherwise.

Personally, I’ve never read the Alan Moore comic. Prior to the movie, all I had caught was the delectable trailer/teaser. I found the movie very enjoyable. Like Rorschach (a compelling performance by Jackie Earle Haley), I sat in my seat, wanting to uncover the truth. Thanks to the Comedian (an awesome performance by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Yes ladies, that cigar chomping man is/was Denny from Grey’s Anatomy), the smiley was cool already in 1985 even without the MSN Messenger.

The movie takes you back when costume heros literally fought crime. Heros have vices. Heros are vulnerable. Heros fight amongst themselves and get into disagreements. On top of it all, they just want to save the world, like it or not. Sacrifices have to be made. In the end, the cold truth is, the end justifies the means.

The film isn’t as dark as Dark Knight. Nor is it as gripping. What it does is that it draws you in and makes you move on, matter-of-factly.

Critics say that the comic is unsuited for the film media. That is precisely Alan Moore’s stand. I say, I’ll rather have a Watchmen movie than none at all.

P.S. For the women who love men and men who love men, there is more male nudity than female nudity (go CG!).

P.P.S. And I’ll never listen to Hallelujah (by Leonard Cohen) the same way again. :P

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