laene_lif: (Rorschach just us)
Song: "Disarm" by Smashing Pumpkins
Length/Size: 3:31 / 25 MB
Download link: If anybody asks, I'll put one up later.
Characters: Walter Kovacs (Rorschach)/Daniel Dreiberg (Nite Owl II)
Disclaimer: Nothing to do with Watchmen is mine, obviously. I'm just a silly fan with a crappy editing program.
Summary: This video is about the relationship between Dan and Rorschach, their estrangement at the story's start, their previous partnership, and their (brief) rediscovery of each other during the events of the movie/graphic novel. Despite their differences, at their cores, they have similar reasons for and ideals about crime-fighting; they basically want to be Arthurian knights, protecting the weak and promoting justice. They both want that to be their identity, but find their idealism difficult to maintain in the real world: Dan gives up, discouraged, and Rorschach fashions himself into a strange kind of zealot. When they come together again, they bring out the best in each other (even if it's all kind of short-lived and unproductive...), inspiring each other to new heights of heroism, and also offering different perspectives and gaining a greater understanding (of each other, the world, humanity). As Dan says (in the GN) when he searches for Rorschach in jail, "Meeting him recently, it's like he wants to make friends, without knowing how. As if the gap between us were narrowing."

Enough talk: here it is.

laene_lif: (Rorschach just us)
Fandom: Watchmen
Song: "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" by Radiohead
Characters: All (overall focus shifts from Comedian, Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan to Dan, Laurie and Rorschach)
Summary: The world might end! Can we stop it? Is stopping it what's really important? How should we view ourselves/life/the world? What should we do? Existentialist quandaries of the Watchmen and Radiohead join forces!
Notes: I know I already used this song for a fanvid (a Lord of the Rings one) but oh, well. It's what I found working for me. Aaaand now I just found one ghost clip, and it's going to piss me off forever.
Disclaimer: None of this is really mine -- I'm just a fan with too much time on her hands.
Links: watch it here or here...
Additional rambling:To me, this song is kind of about the absurd, as Camus described it: "that divorce between the mind that desires and the world that disappoints; my nostalgia for unity, this fragmented universe, and the contradiction that binds them together." The world is full of destructive forces, none the least being humankind -- everything is doomed, and for what? Rorschach says "existence is random, has no pattern... no meaning save what we choose to impose." It's a "rudderless world...not shaped by metaphysical forces" but just by us and by everything else in it. And yet, there is a structure to it -- there are laws of nature, and everything is set in motion in a certain way; Dr. Manhattan calls the universe "a watch without a watchmaker." But where does that put us? How do we view ourselves and our choices? Radiohead concludes with saying "immerse yourself in love." Thom Yorke has some stuff to say about the song too.

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