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The Animated movie genre has had a long illustrious history in the film industry since the first Walt Disney Animated movie came out in the 1930’s.

‘MegaMind’ is yet another animated movie that continues in the colorful legacy of this genre. With an alternate storyline to the normal superhero moves, this movie tells the story of a highly intelligent blue alien, MegaMind(voiced by Will Ferrel), the would be super villain, who tries, unsuccessfully, to take over MetroCity. Standing in his way is the heroic ‘MetroMan’(Brad Pitt), the quintessential super hero. The other noteworthy characters include, MegaMind’s love interest, Roxanne Ritchie (Tina Fey) – the news reporter; MegaMind’s trusty sidekick ‘Minion’ (David Cross) – a fish in a bowl ; and Roxanne’s video assistant Hal (Jonah Hill).

The story starts off with the origins of MegaMind (who is raised in a prison) and MetroMan (who is raised in a wealthy household), and how they landed on Earth. As destiny would have it, these 2 would become “lifelong” rivals (right from the time of ‘school’): rivals who would fight battles, with MetroMan “winning some” and Mega Mind “almost” winning others. This farcical situation continues until one day, when MegaMind as usual kidnaps Roxanne, MetroMan realizes that this charade had been getting too monotonous even for a superhero as big as himself. In the ensuing battle with MegaMind, MetroMan fakes his death – at the hands of the ubiquitous ‘death ray’. MetroCity, its inhabitants and MegaMind are left to live in the aftermath of the superhero’s alleged demise.

Finally, and for the very first time, winning the battle against MetroMan and vanquishing him, Megamind is left perplexed by suddenly having lost his raison d’etre: what will a super villain do when there is no superhero to oppose him? In his quest to regain his own form of villainous legitimacy, MegaMind goes on to ‘make’ a superhero. Unfortunately the human unwittingly chosen to be the guinea pig for this particular experiment, is Hal. The only flaw in this plan, as luck would have it, was that in having his love interest spurned by Roxanne, Hal eventually turns ‘evil’: a villain with the very apt name ‘Tighten’. In a sort of life-coming-full-circle kind of way, MegaMind is forced to become the hero who will save MetroCity from the clutches of the new villain.

The movie, interestingly, also provides some answers on the very old good vs. evil question: how big a part do ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’ play in developing an individual’s characteristics ; the nature of redemption, as even bad guys can turn good.

The movie is fun to watch, and while not evoking back breaking laughter, I would still recommend “MegaMind” to anyone who wants to indulge themselves in a visual treat- not to mention the great plot and voice over acting in the movie.

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Both the movie and video gaming industries provide entertainment to the masses and also double up as mediums of escapism. It was but natural that both these mammoth industries would start collaborating in projects to use each ‘others advantages’ for their own benefit. This is exactly what has happened with the release of movies based on games – Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat, Prince of Persia – and, similarly, game adaptations of movies – Iron Man, The Chronicles of Riddick, Transformers.

However not all is well on the adaptation front, be it games to movies or movies to games.

On the games to movies front, many a fan of the games franchises have been complaining about the reinvention – sometimes partial, other times a complete overhaul – of the game universe. And it doesn’t’t help when atrocious acting and even more unrelated plots and dialogues are added to concoct a perfect ‘failure’ of a movie. Anyone remember the BloodRayne movies? The answer should be a resounding NO. Reason being that the film industry couldn’t have possibly managed to botch up a movie any worse, even if they had tried their very best. Another ‘fine’ example would be “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” movie, which turned out to be such a disaster of a movie that after just seeing the trailer, many people concluded that the actual film would be an ‘epic failure’. In keeping with the traditions of the game to movie adaptations genre, the movie failed both critically and at the box office.

To rub the proverbial salt into the wound, movie to game adaptations have not fared any better. All game developers wish for more money and time in trying to develop a ‘perfect’ game. Even under the most favorable conditions, developers have to work with limited resources and a limited timeframe. To make matters worse, when a movie to game adaptation is released, in an effort to maximize earnings across the consumer spectrum, the game is generally released concurrently with the movie. This results in shorter time frames for the games to be developed and the end result is mostly a game equivalent of the ‘BloodRayne’ movie – in other words just appalling.

However not all is lost, not yet anyway. Some movie to game adaptations like the The Chronicles of Riddick and the Goldeneye 007 games were rather successful. Among the game to movie adaptations, titles which have done COMPARABLY better than their counterparts are Prince of Persia and even Resident Evil (first movie only).

Iron Man – The Game

With major game franchises like Halo, Gears of War set to come to th
e silver screen in the near future, one hopes that the film industry learns its lessons and makes amends in trying to get the best out of the game to movie genre. The same goes for the video gaming industry in their ongoing attempts at repackaging movies into successful games.

What do you think is wrong with how the movie to game adaptation and game to movie adaptation genres are being developed? Which movies would you like made into games? Which games would you like made into movies?

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Whether u r marveling at the friendly neighborhood Spiderman swinging across buildings or Batman racing across town in his batmobile, these superheroes, before being turned into money churning box office successes, had humble beginnings in a comic book.

While the movie industry has been taking ideas from the comic industry (remember the 1st ever superman movie?..), for some time, the pace of adapting comic stories to the big screen has been given a real impetus in recent times with the success of many a comic to movie title: The Hulk, Iron Man, Spiderman, Fantastic 4, X-Men are but a few of the successful comic to movie franchises and stand as a testament to the creativity and dynamism of the comic industry. The merger of the static comic medium with the dynamic movie segment has allowed both industries to reap the rewards – comic fans would become loyal movie fans whereas folks who saw a comic-movie for the first will be tempted to pick up the comic and check out the background story and characters represented in the movie.

However rosy this picture is, there are a few, noteworthy. imperfections as well. There are times when, for many a reason, a comic turned movie might not work at all (The Spirit anyone ?). . Not only does the movie remake turn out to be a flop by itself(because of a combination of bad scripting, atrocious acting, sub standard visual effects …..), there is the issue of  the movies sometimes adhering to a completely different storyline than the original comic. While this might add to the overall “freshness” of the story, it doesn’t take all that much for the new ‘story’ to turn stale.

A good example would be the upcoming “Priest” movie. Having read the manhwa (term for Korean comics. FYI Manga is the term for Japanese comics), and having thoroughly enjoyed every bit of the artwork, and stroyline, I was totally psyched when rumors of a movie adaptation started doing the rounds. Alas, the enthusiasm all but vanished when I saw the trailer. The manhwa, by Hyung Min-woo, dealt with a supernatural theme involving angels and demons and the timeline while mostly set in the wild west also features the medieval times (crusades) and modern times. The movie, directed by Scott Stewart, on the other hand, despite laying claim to the same comic Title, is set in the future and is based on the fight between humans and vampires. ………

Despite these setbacks, the collaboration between the film and comic industry is bound to grow. However, I am of the opinion that turning the comics into animated movies instead of actual movies might help resolve many of the problems inherent in converting a comic into a movie.

What are you thoughts on the comic to movie transformation?

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Lebanon is a war movie as much as it is an anti war movie. Directed by Samuel Maoz, the movie tells the story of an Israeli tank crew as it navigates through hostile territory at the onset of the Lebanon war – the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Interestingly enough, the director himself had taken part in the Lebanon war.

Most of the film takes place inside a tank, and the film does a very good job of depicting the claustrophobia of a closed dark space. The dark, smoky, wet interiors of the tank are the temporary habitation for the tank crew: Shmulik (the main gun operator), Yigal (the tank driver), Hertzel (the ammunition loader) and their commanding officer, Assi. The other main character is Jamil, the leader of an accompanying paratrooper unit who has overall command of the tank.

The movie deals with the moral and ethical issues of war in a direct and indirect manner. When Shmulik is repeatedly ordered to shoot at an incoming vehicle, he hesitates after seeing the faces of the occupants – they turn out to be terrorists – through his viewfinder.  In the ensuing gunfight one of the Israeli paratroopers dies. Shmulik sees the dead paratrooper being attended to by medical staff through the viewfinder and this drastically effects Shmulik. Within minutes there is another car approaching the tank, and Shmulik is ordered to directly shoot at the vehicle’s engine without firing any warning shots. Shmulik fires this time, only to look through his viewfinder and see that the occupant was just a chicken farmer.

This scene shows that in times of war, the lines between what is right and wrong sometimes blur, and at the end of the day the priority is accorded to personal survival. Even the camera view, which either shows the inside of the tank or allows us to view the outside world through the tank viewfinder, provides for a narrow and  – after a series of attacks – broken perspective. A poignant reminder to us that in war, everything is not what it seems.

The movie is well worth watching once, even if one doesn’t appreciate all too much the regular doses of anti war messages.

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Un Prophete (Director: Jacques Audiard). 10/10
“I’ll make him an offer he cant refuse”. A true gangster movie fan would have immediately recognized this simple yet powerful dialogue from “The Godfather” movie. Whether it be ‘The Godfather’, ‘GoodFellas’, ‘Scarface’, ‘Departed’, to name but a few of the great gangster themed movies, they all have one common strand: these are Hollywood’s depictions of ‘wise guys’.
Another name gangster movie fans must etch into their memory is “Un Prophete”.

In a world where English language (mostly Hollywood ) movies occupy a vaunted position in the global movie markets, here comes a French (One could probably question the “French” tag when the background tracks used are mostly English.) movie that simply blows your mind.

The films tells the story of an uneducated Arab youngster, Malik El Djebena, as he rises through the criminal ranks to become a self made “thug” (most of the movie happens in and around a French prison where the main character is incarcerated). One of the main strengths of this movie is in it’s gritty portrayal of the protagonist and how it allows for the viewer to empathize with Malik’s every action along his path to becoming a power unto himself: whether it be by killing somebody for the sake of gaining protection from the prisons main gang; trading in drugs to find a side business to support himself; straddling all the main prison factions while at the same time being ever-ready to ditch the loosing side; or even in his attempts to educate himself by learning to read and write.
The  movie’s main gangster theme is further enriched by the manner in which the film subtly looks at certain issues like multiculturalism, the related concept of “national/cultural ‘identity’” in such an environment and the basic existential human urge for survival.

This movie is the rightful successor to “The Godfather”, and continues that great “mobster” legacy forward. A must see for fans of the gangster genre.

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