Saturday, December 16, 2006

Video games lead to violence!

Uwe Boll makes movies. Bad movies. And because his genre of choice is video game adaptations, Mr. Boll's bad movies have drawn a not insignificant amount of ire. It seems that people who like to play video games take their hobby very seriously, and also know how to use the Internet pretty well. And so a lot of electronic ink has been spilled decrying Mr. Boll's bastardizations of the beloved games. The bad press piled up, the box office take declined, and Mr. Boll got mad. Rather than make better movies, however, Mr. Boll chose a more constructive route: he challenged his critics to a fight. Oddly, four said yes. Did they think the ninja skills they had mastered in their video games would rub off in the ring? Needless to say, Mr. Boll, a former amateur boxer, won each bout handily, and may just face a bit less criticism when his next film comes out. It's sure to be very good. The plot summary felt the need to include the fact that one scene features "boiling blood" that "seeps" from someone's eyes, and that, generally, the film will "redefine the boundaries of extreme gore, physical and mental torture explored through cinema." It doesn't mention that it's very well acted, but I'm sure that's also the case.


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