After the commercial disaster that was Revolver (check out the Revolver explanations!), Guy Ritchie moved on to Hollywood projects. Sherlock Holmes was a mediocre movie, although I must admit the art direction was OK.
So the news that Guy is re-making the classic 1981 Excalibur (directed by John Boorman) is met with a lot of hostility on movie buff forums.
The funny side is to the whole thing is picturing Vinnie Jones as Merlin. Excalibur parody? Why not!
I saw TRON Legacy last night and I still see some of the scenes in my head. I guess I’m an 80s child.
For some much needed perspective, check the Lightbikes scene from the original TRON (1982). I’ve played Snake a few times but it is far from my favorite retro game. I’ve always preferred the tactical games and fantasy RPG’s that came out in the 90s. Yet, watching this scene makes for some Snake on steroids fun.
Now compare it to the modern take. Frankly, the lightbike scene is not even close to being an effective adrenaline rush. Same as modern games, it’s not about player skill anymore. It’s about effects. Which is saying a LOT about how games have changed. Instead of games of reflex like Pong and Snake, kids nowadays play Assassin’s creed and WoW – button mashing which rarely makes a big difference.
Back to the movie. This time around we get an improved story and somewhat better acting, courtesy of Jeff Bridges. Olivia Wilde is very easy on the eyes. The main character can be anyone from the audience, which I guess is the idea.
Verdict: Watch the movie but keep in mind it will PLAY a lot better as a video game!
Leslie Nielsen is one of my favorite comedians (right next to Mel Brooks). He died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, this according to his agent. He was 84.
Tribute to Frank Drebin, his Naked Gun character!