Hey thanks to everyone who visited my website. This week I'm talking about my favourite films.
I think that Silent Hill is one of the best game-to-film movies ever as it keeps very close to the games. If you own or rent the DVD check out the special features and I'm sure you'll be very surprised at what went into it eg the scene with the giant blade wasn't CGI!
The story starts with Sharon having nightmares about the town of Silent Hill. So Rose decides to take her daughter to the town to get some answers.
Unfortunately, Rose has a car accident and wakes to find her daughter's missing (like Harry and Cheryl frm SH1)
And on the quest she goes to find her daughter, meets some spooked out characters, has some battles with monsters to its climatical ending.
What I love about this movie is they have pretty much all the elements of the games the fog,the characters, the music, monsters etc they've even used an old film effect during flash backs.
What I hate is when people diss this film, mainly film critics, who may have never played the game (how will they really understand a game based film if they haven't sat down to see what it's all about?) or have very little time, not slept well, or been rushed, for films like this.
I am a Very big SH fan and if it was that bad, I would have literally cried, but I left the cinema with a smile in my heart. I also bought the DVD.
The only thing I find strange is that Dahlia Gillespis' too tame, she needs to be more deranged like in the game. I want to see another Silent Hill film made I am also looking for the Project Zero film to be made. I know that it's in the process, but heard very little about it.
As you are aware I'm a fan of anime and manga. I also enjoy a variety of films especially foreign ones . What I don't like is when films and animes are dubbed in English as the voice acting is awful and half of the dialogue is mistranslated. And don't get me started on Dub titling, that's when they use the American script instead of the Japanese when watching it in Japanese. In other words, when you watch it in japanese the Subtitles don't match up. This is the case with Naruto, because it's on Cartoon Network and Fox kids it has to be in English, not only that, Scenes are cut short or cut out due to the violent content and suggestive scences. I've seen the full episodes and the action is brilliant and can be somewhat bloody.
The problem is that people don't appreciate the films due to it being subtitled. I understand that people have difficulties reading and some may have sight problems but those who have no problems should check out the Japanese films e.g. The Grudge 1 and 2, One Missed Call 1 and 2, Ring 1,2 , other films connected to The Ring which are Ring Virus, Ring 0 (the very beginning) Spiral, The Bride also check out Into The Mirror, Pulse, Twins Effect(comedy horror- martial arts-vampire film) Taxi 1,2,3 (French versions)Pans Labyrinth, Only Human, The Ophanage (Spanish films).
The thing I hate is when they remake films and ruin them. The films that I think have been respectfuly remade are The Ring 2 as although Americanised they added their own twist to it. Also check out, Pulse (the one with the ghosts in it not the one where the house is struck by lightning and the house comes alive although a good film also) and Mirrors, (American version of into the mirror).
Last week was a really interesting as I presented at the DJ School. I actually surprised myself as I talked about my website and portfolio for at least 15 minutes.
I could of said more but we'd be here all day.
I know this is a different subject but have you noticed that modern games have become less fun and more of a chore?
Look at the point and click adventures, quality background animations, character animations , sound and mind boggling puzzles.
In some, the voice actings not great but you hardly notice due to the humour. And these PnCs have a good story that keeps you hooked until completing the game.
Some of the best titles that I've played so far are: The Monkey Islands, Broken Swords, The Longest Journey etc. Other Retro games I really like are Golden Eye, Banjo Kazooie, Perfect Dark, Donkey Kong, Castlevania, Abe Oddessy+Exodus, Turok and Stupid invaders. And these are only a few!
The best thing about these games are, they have a SAVE ANYWHERE feature, so, if you get really far in the game and your poor eyes can't take anymore or you need to go out, save, switch off and you'll be in the same place as before. Where is that in modern games? (with exceptions of a few)
Also in modern games, they take the console too much for granted! Limitations of Consoles was great because it made the game makers think and do more eg In Donkey Kong (N64) you had to find certain characters who had specific abilities to do goals in levels you'd already been. The puzzles got your brain working.
Also where has the replay value gone? The only longevity is; games are extremely hard and frustrating. Now it's play, complete, get rid of. Perfect Dark and Golden Eye got you doing missions then gave you something for completing them ( if you did it within a certain time limit) and more if played on a harder setting.
You could play missions again in a more fun way, but if you completed it with a cheat on, it wouldn't let you continue. Same thing with the Tony Hawks games in my opinion, they 've gone down bank abit from when they first started. They've become ridiculously hard the music doesn't make me feel like "yea lets go for it" and and some missions aren't that clear - it's sometimes guess work.
I do like a variety of games because I see a vast amount of beauty which others do not see. Some inspire my artwork (retro and new).
All I can say Is "Look at the world in unblinkered eyes and look upon things non-judgementally. (that's is how I found all my fantastic friends) Open your mind to everything and who knows what talents you may find within yourself." These are what I say and not what was in a fortune cookie.