Video games and movies have a love/hate relationship going on. The game industry loves to make games off of film licenses, and recently the movie industry has been making films off of game licenses. Given the cinematic qualities and focus on narrative that the two share you think that they would compliment each other perfectly, but alas they mix as well as mustard and peanut butter. If there is one thing that seems to be the common in the failure it is that the thing that makes the games/films suck is A: they are rushed or uninspired and B: they fail to capture the spirit of the other. Excluding superhero games (they have more than enough material outside of the films to work off of) I can only think of a single game in history that was able to turn a film world into a captivating game which captured all the reasons I loved the movie. That game is Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. If anyone reading this has actually played it you know exactly what I’m talking about (and you are also awesome). You got to go on an adventure with Indy and explore foreign lands and solve puzzles together and the snappy writing captured the feel of the delightful dialogue in the films all in a nice move at your own pace point and click adventure game. As a kid I was quite enthralled by the game, even as I went back and revisited it again in the future. Now before I really go off topic here, there is a second game that truly captures every single bit of magic that films had and delivers the sequel fans have been clamoring for many years now. That game, based on one of the best film series ever, is Back to the Future: The Game, from Telltale Games.
While I may not talk about movies much here, I watch a lot of them. I go to the theater once a week and like to squeeze in a DVD when I can. This is a repost from my old blog with some updates done to it of my all time favorite films. What are your favorite flicks? Enjoy! Peace Love and Metal!!
Well ain’t this a coincidence. Mike Patton is featured as the Song of the Week today and then as I’m still listening to The Solitude of Prime Numbers soundtrack which he scored I stumble across the news that he will be scoring the soundtrack to yet another movie, The Place Beyond the Pines. This will be the third feature full length movie that Mr. Patton has scored (the other being Crank 2: High Voltage, watch it, it’s, it’s, I don’t know, it’s crazy, but a damn fun time, and the soundtrack really fits the film). It seems as if he has a knack for doing this kind of work and enjoys doing it.
According to IMDB The Place Beyond the Pines is about “A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.” The film will be directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, which I haven’t seen, but have heard is really, really good) and will star Ryan Gosling (Drive, Blue Valentine), Eva Mendes (The Spirit), Ray Liotta (Goodfellas) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover). Interesting cast to say the least. The film is also being shot in Schenectady, NY where the town’s name translates to “The Place Beyond the Pines” in the Native American Mohawk Tribe language. Schenectady is also the resting place of one of my all-time favorite authors Kurt Vonnegut. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this film. It is slated to be released in 2012.
And according to Metalsucks.net, “[Director] Cianfrance recently completed production on a film called Metalhead, ”the story of a heavy metal drummer who blows his eardrums out and must learn to adapt to a world of silence.” That films stars the always-awesome Jucifer as a fictional version of themselves. While that doesn’t tell us anything about Pines, it reinforces my suspicion that Cianfrance has good taste.”
And while I’m on the Mike Patton in entertainment subject I’ll also note that he will also be reprising his role as the voice of the major character The Darkness in the upcoming sequel, The Darkness II, to be released worldwide Feb. 10, 2012. The first game was great, and going by all the info I’ve been able to squeeze out about this upcoming game, this should also be a big time winner.
Peace Love and Metal!!