Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
So I am back from wherever I ran off to. Today I watched BIG with Tom Hanks, because that I just how Little Sarah and I roll when it is this hot. I actually liked that movie a lot since the core of the story revolves around choice and video games! I was certainly not expecting this to show up, but I like how they used the Wizard melting game to show his character growth, as well as his proposal for essentially interactive comic books. Interesting that no one has stolen that idea yet, though it certainly would not have worked in the 1980's as they would have had to use a low resolution B&W LCD for the system.
I spent some time looking for what game was actually in the movie, but it seems it was made up for the movie specifically. Not that it seemed that amazing, but it would have been a pretty impressive game graphically for the time and I was suprised I didn't recognize it.
Going back to games being at the core, the movie is about the role "play" has in different stages of life. Hanks doesn't initially understand the "games" the adults play in the workplace, just like Susan doesn't understand the games of children anymore. The character development is about them developing an understanding about foreign ways of play.
I thought this would be easy to explain but I now see I'd have to plan out a proper arguement to get this across fully. Damn it. That might be over-analyzing some crappy 80's family fun movie though.
Finally, I started working on a real design document for JATCM today. I sorta put the actual game on pause after hitting a wall with the art. Since I already have a decent bit of the game worked out in my head and notes I figure it would be a good project to practice making design doucments with. That is all, move on.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Also, Pulp Fiction has lot of violence in every story, people are always getting shot on screen or raped or something. I mention this only because it was as I had expected and is not quite in line with Jackie Brown, where they don't even show her pulling a gun on an intruder but rather have the scene in total darkness. There is a real difference in the treatment of violent action in that film in my opinion, maybe Reservoir Dogs will change my view, but I doubt it.
Finally I watched Goodfellas the other day and concluded that I can't watch any more mob movies for a while. It was good, but I just have seen too damn many gangster films recently and they are all starting to blend into each other, though Goodfellas ends much happier than they do normally.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The start of the movie is probably the most boring part of the film, so I can see why some people just run away. I can also see why Tim said it was the least Tarantino film Tarantino has made since only one character ever dies on screen. There is almost no on-screen violence in the whole film, and only one bit of blood if I recall. One time Sam L. is shown putting on his gloves for far too long, but otherwise the long shots hold a purpose. This movie could have been shorter and told the same story, but it would have had much less character to the world, which is the point of most Tarantino jabber. It would be nice if they had shown the guns Sam L. was supposed to be running at some point, that is probably the biggest omission I can think recall. Better than Death Proof, which wasn't all bad.
Howard Hughes edition, btw. This movie is pretty awesome, it really doesn't feel that different from later mob crime movies. There are several scenes, like the car chase, that are very impressive for their age. Also there are some creative uses of lighting. Maybe I am giving it a lot of leway because of its age, I don't know, but it was pretty impressive to me.
This movie was filmed nicely, lots of cool transitions and I like the color in some of the night shots. Splicing in snips from the other locations into scenes was pretty cool. There is too much reliance on narration throughout to make sense of the core story. I mean, he talks for almost 5 minutes before there is any real dialogue. Craig is alright, if a bit flat, but the film keeps adding in other characters until it falls apart about 2/3 of the way through. The end section of the movie is not really a revelation, just a letdown.
I like the idea of this movie, F.F. Coppola shot the whole thing well, etc. Gene Hackman acts well but the character he is playing is too much of an awkward loser for me to really enjoy the movie. There are twists and character development, but everything happens in a way that nothing is really shocking, perhaps trying to make you feel like the main character does at the end of the film, but that is pretty depressed and detached. The movie is not depressing in a sad way, but just gives you a feeling that life sorta sucks, much like 1984 or something. A good movie but hard to say "I enjoyed that" afterwards. Also, Harrison Ford shows up and says he is really young.