On the subject of video game movies

Things have been a little quiet at Commentarium recently, mostly because we’ve been very busy working. I know some people are still waiting for my long-delayed (and very long) Avatar article, though right now I’m considering waiting until the re-release in August. We’ll see. It’s still very important to me.

Anyway, we’ve got a new article up, and one I’m quite happy with. It’s called Can we please review video game movies with our brains switched on? and I’ve been meaning to write it for a while now. It feels good to have it out of the way. If you enjoy it, please do share it with others via Facebook, Twitter, or your pants.

OK, back to writing.

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  1. To be fair, virtually every VG movie to date has been about as bad as Godzilla’s Revenge- a movie that was mostly stock-footage, had a “Home Alone”-esque plot, and almost nothing to do with the actual Godzilla universe (though, to continue being fair, it DID have an awesome original monster in it named Gabara, probably based on the Japanese Oni).

    And we’re talking about such disasters as “Super Mario Bros.”, “Silent Hill”, and “Doom”. Every single one of these was terrible beyond redemption. Blasphemous as it may be, I’ll say it anyway: Even Jesus couldn’t save these films.

    BUT I have always watched them the way I watch any other movie- BECAUSE THEY’RE MOVIES. They aren’t video games that are all cutscenes and no gameplay. They’re movies. The genres are separate. People just don’t get this.

    And besides, you’re saying that the movie is good. So I’ll watch it when I can. Time’s a bit short for me these days.