Tag Archives: Art

Videogames: Fun, but no story.

When Halo:Reach was a released back in September  2010 it made almost 200 million dollars in a day.  Over an extended weekend (Wednesday-Sunday), the biggest blockbuster can only muster $125 million.  These figures, combined with growing attempts by the video game industry to become more accessible to the general public (Wii, Xbox 360’s Kinect), make it a medium on the rise.  The only problem is we have yet to see a truly great story told by this technology. Continue reading

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“The People vs George Lucas” is not just for the lightsaber licensed

It’s difficult to find someone who just hates the original Star Wars films.  Either you like it or you just haven’t seen it yet. The People vs George Lucas airs the  long-labored arguments that Star Wars nerds have been making since Lucas made Greedo shoot first–but the film is accessible, and still hilarious, to the wider community.

The film looks at the love/hate relationship between George Lucas and the original fanbase he gained back in 1977 with the release of Star Wars.  The film takes the traditional documentary route, with talking heads, archive interview footage of Lucas, and film clips.  However, it also includes fan submitted videos explaining how they feel about George Lucas.

The way the story is fleshed out is the true hook.  Lucas’ work before Star Wars is presented to showcase his power as a filmmaker (THX 1138, American Graffiti), and to then contextualize the ensuing years that would be solely dedicated to Star Wars.

As the chronology moves closer to the present, the nerd rage get a chance to shine: contributors rail against Lucas’ decisions to digitally change scenes (now Han Solo doesn’t shoot first, so as to make him less of a “dark” character), to add items to scenes, and his refusal to allow fans to have a theatrical cut of the film. Then of course the prequels are brought up, and you have a complete platform of complaints that fans across the world hope Lucas will hear.

The most entertaining touch is the plethora of Star Wars fan films that help tell the story.  The variety of filmmaking formats and techniques the amateur fans utilize is truly awe-inspiring and entertaining.  Some clips you wish you could just follow those down the rabbit hole…

The film is at its most thought provoking when dealing with the issue of the competing wishes of filmmaker and consumer; the documentary also points out that George Lucas himself argued against the colorization of black and white films on the same “cultural significance” grounds that his fans state as the justification of releasing a theatrical cut.

Though the film deals with Lucas’ conversion to the Dark Side, it is quite fair in its treatment of the man.  This could have been a vitriolic piece of hate-mail bubble wrapped with nerd rage, but instead treats the Lucas like a human being.  Or better put, a drunk uncle everyone loves because he’s family, but really hates for the grief he’s caused.  Either way, it’s classy in a way you never thought fanboys could accomplish.

Though there were too many commentors, that were then cut too brief, the film is funny, intelligent, and a delight to watch, particularly due to the fan films.  Now to see if it can get a response from Lucas.

Ginger Snaps Trilogy Roundup & The Problem of Genre Distinctions (part 4)

:read part 1, part 2, part 3:

Ginger Snaps: Complete Roundup

Though the final part of the Ginger Snaps trilogy is weak, it’s not Spider-Man 3 weak. Given the track record of horror film sequels, the entire trilogy stands up pretty well. The real strength of the series lies with the characters, specifically female lead characters. The male cast members are all supporting pieces to the story (though they play bigger parts in Ginger Snaps Back), so we get a fresh perspective as Brigitte and Ginger lead us through female territory: sisterhood, mother-daughter relationships, sex, menstruation, relationships with men, etc. Continue reading

Movie Poster Art

io9 recently published some articles about poster art in other countries.  Below are some posters from Thailand:

Day of the Dead

Evil Dead 2

GODZILLA!

And here are some from Ghana:

Evidently Evil Dead II has worldwide appeal. Chainsaws and boomsticks have that effect.

Why does this look romantic to me?

This is probably a horrible movie, but this poster makes it look awesome.

These posters from Ghana were put together during the 80’s when videocassette’s first came out.  entrepeneurs would go around with various videos, setting up screenings in rural areas.  These posters were used to advertise these screenings.

You can read the full Ghana io9 articles  here, and the one on Thailand film posters here.  The articles also have links to their sources, which feature more posters.