January 29th, 2009–
The best thing that can be said for Martin Campbell’s new thriller of Edge of Darkness is that it’s a gritty and welcome return for the fallen Mel Gibson who stars as Detective John Craven. That’s not a back-handed compliment either. Even before events in his private life shattered his rep, Gibson hadn’t exactly been lighting up the cinema with his onscreen presence. His ability was never in question but his choice of films often felt like paychecks to help finance his own personal directorial visions. He’s a gifted and canny director, but I haven’t really bought one of his performances since 1999’s Payback.
Now, in a variation on that role—add in a heaping helping of Liam Neeson’s grim, determined father from Taken—Gibson comes back to the acting fold with a character that walks the line between justice and vengeance so erratically one feels compelled to check the credits and make sure his name isn’t Max Rockatansky. Continue reading
June 17th, 2009-
Woo-hoo! Somewhere, all over geekdom that battle cry is going up. Why? Because this week, the long awaited follow-up to the classic Ghostbusters series has arrived and it isn’t even a movie (although there is one of those on the way too). No, the only place you can currently find Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston is on a video-game console ; Atari is releasing the game on nearly every system out there including PC.
Though I have yet to get my hands on a copy(that will be remedied soon enough), Ghostbusters: The Video Game combines all the elements that made the originals so much fun; assorted creatures, almost the entire cast back doing voicework and a considerable amount of wit. Now kids of the 80s who used to daydream about being a ghostbuster can try on the proton pack and get down to business. Better than that, all of the characters return just as they were when we left them thanks to the work of talented game artists.
So, in honor of this return to form for a classic from way-back, Cinematropolis brings you the Top 15 movies from the 1980s that would be perfect for a video game resurrection. And yes, back then many of these had their own Nintendo iterations but that barely counts. What we are talking here is a full-fledged, narrative driven game taking the elements we love and marrying them to an original bit of gameplay. Most of these are just wishful thinking, a few little more than jokes, but there are some here that could really amount to something special; one more chance to wander the playground of the cheesetastic 80s. Which ones would you most like to see? Continue reading