January 3, 2003

Wish 28: Movies for Gamers

Wish 28: Movies for Gamers

Ginger comes up with another goodie: What are three movies that have inspired you as a gamer? Would you recommend them to other gamers, and if so, what would you tell them to look for and/or hope for them to get?

Lots of great choices and movies have already been mentioned, in passing as well as developed by the WISH group, that I am going to go a little afield for my choices. I don't want to repeat anyone else's ideas, but I'm getting plenty of inspiration of movie rentals, my friends! Thanks!

1. eXistenZ, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jude Law.
In the "year of the Matrix" two other movies which explored levels of reality and the relationships between them came out, to far less acclaim and fanfare. The other was the Thirteenth Floor. eXistenZ is a very typical Cronenberg movie, strange visuals, odd characters, and a distinctive style. Its not for everyone. On the other hand, though, the movie explores the interface between game reality (virtual reality in this context) and real reality, and the relationships between players and their characters. Plus, I think it would make a pretty wild Over the Edge game.

2.Looking for Richard, by Al Pacino
A small independent documentary film financied and starring Pacino himself, the movie explores Shakespeare, most especially Richard III. Pacino visits Shakespeare's house in Avon, stages various scenes from Richard III in the Cloisters and talks about the character at great length. It's perfect for gamers who want to understand Shakespeare better, and a character like Richard III in particular. Plus Pacino's use of the Cloisters is an inspiration to LARPers.

3. The Three Musketeers
Various versions exist, I understand the 70's version is a classic but its been filmed many times. Even Disney took a crack at it, with a weird casting of Tim Curry as Cardinal Richieleu. But for pure swashbuckling action, to inspire your gamers and get them into the mood to cross swords with their foe, there are few better pure vehicles for such entertainment. Companions, adventure, swordplay, villains you love to hate. All fodder for gamers.

Posted by Jvstin at January 3, 2003 11:49 PM