persepolisWas in an animated mood today, so I threw on Persepolis and then Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, both fairly recent acquisitions around here. Persepolis is a real achievement, beautifully rendered but not overly done or unnecessarily busy the way some animated features can be; the story, based on the autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, somehow manages to tackle war, revolution, clinical depression, familial death and a girl’s coming of age without ever seeming clichéd or heavy-handed. It’s a really lovely, sad little film, and one that should appeal to a wide swath of viewers. Check out the trailer below.

In contrast, Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter, is absolutely wretched. This did not make me want to the feature length film still currently chewing up dollars in the theaters. Alan Moore die-hards may want to take note, but unless you’re in the mood for thirty minutes of hackneyed, expository narration over some cutting-room-floor-level big-studio animation, steer clear.

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