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Video game movies have a bad reputation because, well, there are very few that we’d call “good.” At their best, at least so far, the big screen versions of video games have been fun and trashy entertainment. At their worst, however, they’re as bad as anything else we’ve ever seen in a movie theater. So let’s rank ‘em! 39. “Postal” (2008) The pinnacle of director Uwe Boll‘s string of horrendous video game movies (he has five that qualify for this list by getting theatrical releases somewhere), but to be fair it’s probably still a better work »
- Phil Owen
In a move that hardly makes a lick of sense from any perspective, Uwe Boll announced that he’s retiring from the world film.
Now, this is a strange turn of events for many reasons, but it takes on some new spins because what he said is –
The market is dead, you don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu Ray market worldwide has dropped 80 per cent in the last three years. That is the real reason; I just cannot afford to make movies. I can’t go back to student filmmaking because I have made so many movies in my life, and I can’t make cheaper and cheaper movies at my age. It’s a shame. I would be happy to make movies but it is just not financially profitable.
Of course, what he means is that the market has dried up to »
- Marc Eastman
Here’s some news that may upset one or two people out there, as controversial German filmmaker Uwe Boll has revealed to Metro that he’s calling time on his career, as he feels “the market is dead” and it is no longer “financially profitable” for him to keep making movies.
“The market is dead, you don’t make any money anymore on movies because the DVD and Blu-ray market worldwide has dropped 80 per cent in the last three years,” said Boll. “That is the real reason; I just cannot afford to make movies. I can’t go back to student filmmaking because I have made so many movies in my life, and I can’t make cheaper and cheaper movies at my age. It’s a shame. I would be happy to make movies but it is just not financially profitable.”
“I never had people giving me money,” he continued. »
- Gary Collinson
So apparently Uwe Boll, director of such classics as House Of The Dead, Alone In The Dark, and Postal, will be quitting the movie business. Yay! Now, wait, that's a bit harsh. As a lover of bad movies, it's a shame we'll be losing one of the greats. And, for what it's worth, it did seem like he wanted to make good movies and had a lot of passion. This is... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
While many cinephiles are lamenting the fact that Quentin Tarantino has said that he will retire from filmmaking after he makes his 10th film, most will probably celebrate when they hear that Uwe Boll has decided to call it quits too. The filmmaker behind Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne, Far Cry, Rampage, Postal, Blubberella and […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Lovers of cult movies and schlock cinema are in mourning today as notorious filmmaker Uwe Boll, sometimes referred to as the worst director of all-time, has called it quits. That's right, the mastermind behind such trash classics as Blubberella, in which he cast himself as Hitler, has called it a day. He is officially done making movies.
And it doesn't sound like he'll be doing a Steven Soderberg three-sixty on his stance anytime soon. Uwe Boll hasn't made too many good movies, and he certainly never made a great one. He is known for his low budget video game adaptations such as House of the Dead, BloodRayne and Dungeon Siege, none of which have ever garnered a favorable review. But angry critics and fans who solely love to hate watch aren't the reasons for his departure from the craft of filmmaking. He simply believes the market for his lower budget films is dead. »
Postal Redux, a remastered version of Postal released in 1997 launches on PC on May 20, developer Running With Scissors has announced. The original – a 3D isometric shooter – sparked controversy 19 years ago for its violence and gore and centred around a player character who “goes postal” after being evicted from his home and embarks on a killing spree. Fun fact: the game is the inspiration for Uwe Boll’s film of the same name – considered to be one of the worst ever made.
Besides the high-definition treatment being given to the remaster, Running With Scissors says that this spruced up version will feature a new score-attack mode called Rampage, which aims to give players more replay value.
With the new powerful addition of Rampage, Postal fans will go wild. The outrageous single-player game play mode rewards an aggressive style of play by increasing a multiplier for each consecutive kill in a streak. »
- Joe Pring
When the Motion Picture Association of America began enforcing the Hays Production Code in 1934, filmmakers were forbidden from tackling such topics as miscegenation, drug use, venereal disease or white slavery. Not only was it forbidden to ridicule the clergy, but the use of such “pointed profanity” as “hell”, “damn” and “gawd” was also prohibited.
With the abolition of the Code and relaxation of social attitudes in the mid-1960s, exploitation films flourished in America’s grindhouses and drive-ins. You could walk down Manhattan’s 42nd Street and discover films like The Female Butcher, I Drink Your Blood and The Corpse Grinders, whose titles alone would’ve been unthinkable a few years earlier.
Seeking an edge over “prestigious” studio pictures, exploitation filmmakers set out to make the films their competitors wouldn’t, and filled their movies with as much blood, nudity and violence as possible. Just like Jurassic Park’s scientists, »
- Ian Watson
The first game in the notoriously violent Postal series is getting a remake from the ground up this year, developer Runs With Scissors has confirmed. As is customary with our dear video industry, the new lick of paint comes with a new name; Postal Redux will release on PlayStation 4 and PC at some point this year – marking the first time the series has been available on consoles.
Unlike the more well-known sequel Postal 2, the first game is played from an overhead, isometric viewpoint as opposed to first-person like its successor. Runs With Scissors says that the remake will come with updated visuals, brand new content and reworked features to satisfy a modern-day audience. A new Rampage Mode will also be included, which tasks players with racking up a high score by means of killing as many people as possible. If that’s not enough to stir up controversy, we’ll eat our hats. »
- Joe Pring
“Some movies go too far. Others start there.”
That’s the tagline for Uwe Boll’s Postal (2009), but it’s also a good definition of extreme horror, where everything is cranked up to 11 and the walls are usually painted crimson. You don’t find these films playing alongside summer blockbusters; they play festivals and arthouses, quietly acquiring a reputation while their pricier competitors fade from the audience’s memory.
The excessive levels of physical and sexual violence means that extreme horror is defiantly anti-Hollywood, but even so, a mainstream horror film will every so often still attempt to “go there”. The results always prove that Tinseltown should stick to superhero flicks.
- Ian Watson
To celebrate the release of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, available on DVD from 11 January 2016, we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 3 copies!.
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl is the moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life. He even describes his constant companion Earl (Rj Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton, Nashville) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke, Bates Motel) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.
To be in with a chance of winning, »
- Laura Holmes
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