30 March 2006

LINK: The politics of V For Vendetta

Film critic and playwright Brian Dauth, "November 3rd Club" Editor in chief Victor D. Infante, Performance artist and film critic Matt Cornell, Libertarian Party co-founder Dave Nolan and "PopCultureShock" senior comics editor Guy LeCharles Gonzalez discuss The politics of "V For Vendetta" in the first installment of a new "November 3rd Club" Feature.

Read what they had to say, then tell us what you think in "The November 3rd Club" LJ Forum.

5 comments:

Shane Bailey said...

I don't remember quite that well, but wasn't the letter that was given to Evy that empowers her in the book as well? It seems that in the discussion people are attacking the movie instead of the source material in this case.

At the time gay issues were not in the forefront as much as they are now so a lot of the arguments stated aren't as relevant.

I also felt that the discussion got sidetracked after that and could have gone in a far different direction as gay issues in hollywood is an entirely different subject.

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Yes, the letter is in the book, and the Wachowskis pretty faithfully recreate that scene in the movie. I think of those participating in the roundtable, though, only two of us had read the book, while the others had only seen the movie.

As for gay issues in Hollywood, yeah, that was a total derailment of the discussion. That aside, though, there was a lot of good food for thought.

Shane Bailey said...

"That aside, though, there was a lot of good food for thought. "

Sorry, I didn't mean to downplay the article. There was a lot of interesting discussion there. The derailment of the main topic and the fact that a lot of the people participating hadn't researched the work was just a little distracting.

All in all it was interesting though.

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Sorry, I didn't mean to downplay the article.

Oh, not at all! My comment was more for anyone else reading who might not check it out if they thought the derailment made it not worth reading.

As for those who didn't read the book, in their defense, the roundtable was pulled together on the spur of the moment with the understanding that the movie was the primary focus. When it first kicked off, I hadn't seen the movie yet, and waited to jump in until I did.

Glad you found it interesting, though. Certainly isn't the typical comics blogiverse link, but I like it when my various worlds collide!

Shane Bailey said...

"Glad you found it interesting, though. Certainly isn't the typical comics blogiverse link, but I like it when my various worlds collide! "

That's why I like looking at comics through a designers viewpoint. It's interesting taking the issues and thought processes that go into designing a book cover or a poster and applying them to comics. It's always nice to combine your interests.

I just saw the movie last Saturday with my girlfriend. Neither one of us can really figure out if we really enjoyed it or not. It was thought provoking, but the ending of the movie was kind of childish when you stop and really think about it. I still haven't made my mind up. It had a lot of beautifully produced moments and a lot of "holy crap" action scenes, but it didn't seem to really all come together for me in the way the comic did. I think a lot of Moore's works are way to layered and a product of their times to be accuratly protrayed on the big screen. I will say that this was the "best" of the bunch though.