Running time: 112 min. Rating: PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language and drug references. Directed by: Edgar Wright Written by: Michael Bacall and Edgar Wright
Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Brandon Routh, Chris Evans, Jason Schwartzman, Kieran Culkin, Ellen Wong, Allison Pill, Mark Webber, Anna Kendrick Continue reading
July 27th, 2009–
“Who’s that guy?”
“That’s Tron. He fights for the Users.’
Ahh. Tron. One of the pure bastions of the 1980s. Love it or hate it, Tron really encapsulates that decade’s attitude and perspective on technology, gaming and the idea of virtual identity. To think that this film was released when video games were little more than Pac Man and Space Invaders and yet look at the way in which it approaches the idea of interactive environments and user avatars. It was clearly ahead of its time. As a kid I wasn’t a fan. I’d watch it in the same capacity I also watched Dune or The Blackhole; drawn in by the complex oddness on-screen and a world so completely alien that I kept looking at it even when the ideas didn’t make much sense or the characters failed to compel. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Tron and I think I’m ready to take another look. 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