Uwe Boll Versus the Internet

by Tippi Blevins April 18, 2008 10:27 am
Uwe Boll Versus the Internet

If you've been online for more than two days in your entire life, you've probably come across (or been part of) chat room discussions that go a little something like this:
Studlychip1982: I didn't really like the movie. Too long and drawn out.
moviesRluv: yeah well what do u no? the movie rocked and u sux!!!

A few posts later, there's an out-of-nowhere comparison to Nazis and/or reference to gun control, general expressions of paranoia, lashing out at uninvolved parties, and suddenly you've got a name-calling internet shouting party that has little to do with the starting discussion. Uwe Boll seems to have taken this phenomenon to heart: When his own movies are criticized, he unleashes a tirade against other directors. Does he address the comments about his movies? Not really. Does he shrug off criticism as one of the slings and arrows a professional endures? Does he quietly go about his work and improve his craft? No, and no. When internet movie fans start up a petition to put an end to Boll's movie career, he points out how much Michael Bay sucks.

A lot of people might agree with him about Bay, but what's that got to do with Boll's widely panned film adaptations of video games like Bloodrayne and Alone in the Dark? Nothing, really. Boll fancies himself a movie maker, but behaves more like an internet troll. If he wants to be a professional, he should act like one, and quietly badmouth other directors in private or start a secret collection of voodoo dolls or something. Don't indulge in that would make all but the most volatile and grammatically challenged of hotheads cringe in embarrassment.

Uwe Boll says he'd make a better movie than Michael Bay, given the same budget. Maybe he would, maybe he wouldn't. He's unlikely to ever find out if he keeps up his current habits. Would yougive a cool 150 mil to the angry guy who shows up in the movie chat room?

TAGS: Uwe Boll

Updates: Bronte, Bond, and Beyond

by Tippi Blevins May 9, 2008 4:47 pm
Updates: Bronte, Bond, and Beyond

Bronte: Fresh from London via the Hollywood Reporter comes news of Natalie Portman's departure from Wuthering Heights. As mentioned last month in the Moviefile, Portman had been tapped for the role of Cathy Earnshaw in John Maybury's adaptation of Emily Bronte's brooding novel of love, revenge, and having the hots for your stepbrother. No reason was given for her splitting from the film, but according to the news, Portman's sudden exit left "financiers, sellers and producers" in a bit of a pickle this close to the Festival de Cannes, where the movie was supposed to be sold. Coincidentally, Portman is on the Feature Film Jury at the Festival, so they're bound to run into each other now and then. Awkward! But Maybury is saying that the English role should go to an Englishwoman, so maybe they did mean to hire Keira Knightley in the first place, after all.

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