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Pure Cheesiness

Maybe it's because I lived in Wisconsin for a while, but I know cheese when I see it.

Tonight, I was flipping through channels when I spotted the D&D movie sequel in the wild. I recognized it immediately from the skinny folks in armor (none of whom know how to swing a sword) were strolling through a dungeon full of bad CGI. They were promptly attacked by a bevy of Evil Sorting Hats, at which point I moved on to richer veins of mindless pop culture. I watched for almost 60 seconds before giving up in disgust.

A minute of my life stolen by the mind-sucking powers of Hollywood. I think it's time to go see Curse of the Wererabbit and support real filmmakers. Anyone up for a showing Friday night?

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burger_eater
Oct. 14th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
Your problem is that you don't love dreck.

Okay, maybe that's not such a big problem.
the_monkey_king
Oct. 14th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
It has to be sincere dreck, or at least big-hearted dreck.

Some Hong Kong movies and the second-tier anime titles are, frankly, giant cheeseballs with a flaky dreck coating. But I love them anyway because the creators so obviously care about what they are producing.

The D&D movies look like they were extruded directly from the baloney factory. Not a lot of love there.
varianor
Oct. 14th, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
I caught a bit of that sequel. (Never saw the original.) It was a fight around a statue while two of them were trying to figure out the puzzle to move it. The good-looking female fighter was kicking ass and the wizard was throwing lightning bolts. So far so good, thought I. Until I saw how cheesy the lightning bolts were. At least she ran out of charges from her staff and had to throw something else. Equally cheesy looking.

Glad I didn't waste more than a minute and neither did you. If anyone makes a good D&D movie, it will have to not have the title "D&D" in it.
sigtrent
Oct. 14th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
Not nessisarily so
I met the director and originator of the first D&D movie. He did a thing at the old WOTC center.

This guy had some hard core geek credential and personality. He was totaly geeking out on his movie and was certain it was just about the greatest thing ever made. He even told us about his characters and how they did all this gaming with the cast memebers and such. He was hard core and this was clearly his baby for the last 10 years or more.

Lots of love, but 0 skill. It's what you expect if some guy who loves D&D was suddenly given 20 mil and asked to make a movie about his favorite characters. But this guy was mr home brew first edittion geek with zero social expereince and thought Gord the Rouge was high art.

I was ashamed of that movie, but darn if it wasn't funny in its badness. It seems that since someone had the licence they ran with it and made the second. I certainly didn't notice WOTC promoting it lately so I'm guessing they didn't have too much say, and heck, any publicity is good publicity eh?
burger_eater
Oct. 14th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Not nessisarily so
Lots of love, but 0 skill

That was my impression of the first movie, too. The technical crew was first rate, but the story, dialog, direction et al had no style.

This sequel was similar, but on a tighter budget. They did some things wrong and some things right, and I wasn't sure they could tell when they were screwing up.

Anyway, considering the distribution it got (as a Sci-Fi Original), it's practically Citizen Kane. It's miles above Mansquito or Dragon Fighter.
scarlettina
Oct. 14th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
I would love-love-love to do this but I'm committed to Canadian Thanksgiving at the home of pixxelpuss. What about tomorrow night (i.e., Saturday night) instead mebbe?
the_monkey_king
Oct. 14th, 2005 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm running a Cthulhu game Saturday night.

Sunday matinee?
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