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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

the only videogame movie I want to see from now on is one by Werner Herzog

The yawning abyss of banality that is Need for Speed has had me thinking about how there’s really no such thing as a movie “based on a videogame,” only movies that borrow a trademarked title and some marketing mojo.

Unless… you’re Werner Herzog and your based-on-a-videogame movie is literally about watching Q*bert hop up and down on his multicolored pyramid for 90 minutes while you (as long as you’re Werner Herzog) expound in your narration about how the pathos of the little bloboid on his endless electronic treadmill is a Sisyphean reminder to us of the senselessness of our own lives.


I look forward to enjoying Contemplating the Void in my local arthouse and on demand in 2016.

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  • LaSargenta

    FAN-tastic! Now, I’d like to see Buckhunter interpreted for a film by Michael Cimino

  • I feel obligated to point out Indie Game: The Movie:


    which is in fairness a documentary, but is still the best video game-related thing released in cinemas in my opinion.

  • I’ve seen that (but not reviewed it). It’s great… but it’s not “based on a videogame.”

  • RogerBW

    I don’t know, I think Nicolas Winding Refn could do something interesting. (Some would argue that with Drive he already has. It’s surely as connected to the Driver series as NfS is to those games.)

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