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The Mindscape of Alan Moore

DeZ Vylenz


The Mindscape of Alan Moore
Directed by: DeZ Vylenz
(Shadowsnake Films)
Prodigiously bearded Alan Moore (the genius behind Watchmen and V for Vendetta) is one of the world's most celebrated comics scribes, but he's a man uncomfortable with celebrity. Yet, when you get him talking, charming Moore has fascinating things to say about sexuality in art, spirituality and those dumb-asses who keep trying to make movies from his work. He also openly calls himself a shaman and worships a snake-deity called Glycon. To hell with Gene Simmons and Lindsay Lohan's mom: I would gladly sit and watch an entire documentary series about Moore. It'd be interesting even if the writer spent its entire run wearing one of his silly velvet coats, drinking tea and shooting the breeze. So, why is DeZ Vylenz's 2003 doc, The Mindscape of Alan Moore so lame? Blame Vylenz's bizarre editing and insistence on pairing Moore's words with disorienting psychedelic imagery. TMOAM skips incoherently between topics---including the author's childhood, writing, belief that all art is, to some extent, magic and a two-week stint working in an abattoir. Ironically, Moore's known for his painstaking plotting and elaborately detailed comic scripts. It's funny that Vylenz has managed to make an unfocused film about such a thorough writer and thinker.
---Lindsay McCarney

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