At this point I realised I might not have time to finish the comic and flipped forward, just to see the artwork, really, and came across an advert for Ralph Steadman's amazing new graphic novel, In a Rush. Wow. The size was strange and I wondered where the comic had been printed originally (it was a reprint). Oh yes, I thought, Crisis.*
And then I woke up.
I also finally got round to watching Open Your Eyes and have to admit that after all the enthusiastic recommendations, well, hmm. I wasn't helped by finding the two leads ugly, tedious and unpleasant -- the sort of rich gits I'd never talk to in real life (and vice-versa of course) but the story was straightforward and predictable and contained too many cheap cheats ("it was a dream"). Just another in the line of many Philip K Dick-ish films from recent years -- the plot is Jacob's Ladder meets Cold Lazarus, the final reveal the one you dismissed early in the film for being too obvious/equating science with magic. Some great creepy moments, a very nice lady in the femme fatal role and some great make-up effects, but balanced against the noticeably uneven camera work and the sheer overwhelming anticharisma from the lead players and oh, no, not for me. In fact, come to think of it, the denouement was a cheap cheat. But I won't tell you which one.
However, your mileage may vary.