More Than Just Film
If a function of art is to challenge personal, cultural and social perceptions and values, then to find themselves unappreciated or even hated in their own lifetimes is an occupational hazard for the artist. Coming soon to SuperCool CineNews is the story of a man who suffered such a fate after deconstructing and subverting popular cinematic genres, unwittingly.
He swore to spend his lifetime making films after falling in love with cinema as a child. When the film industry refused him the means or opportunity to do this, he found his own way to fund and produce his films. When the critics tore these films to shreds, he came out fighting, taking them all on one by one. When his films crashed and burned at the box office losing millions upon million of dollars, he made bigger and more expensive films. When his target audience declared war upon him, attacking on numerous fronts and in numerous bitter campaigns, he blamed Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg.
The man is Uwe Boll and his adaptations of popular videogame franchises are titanic achievements in miscalculation, misguidance and misconstruction. The sheer cack-handed cluelessness of House of the Dead (2003), Alone in the Dark (2005), Bloodrayne (2005), In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Seige Tale (2007) and Postal (2007) will literally take your breath away, but, to me at least, they achieve something remarkable by being enjoyably, neigh, joyfully terrible.
Uwe Boll’s story, and the effect his films had upon my perceptions of ‘good’, ‘bad’ and ‘shitting-awful’, warrants telling. Over the course of five articles (each posted here on SuperCool CineNews) I’ll take your hand in mine and lead you down through the dantesque circles of humiliation, suffering and pain which represents Uwe’s videogame years, and tell how being ostracised and violated by the industry, critics and fanboys made him one of the most financially autonomous and mentally unhinged filmmakers in the mid to late-mid 2000s.
On Monday 14th May it all begins with Part One – The Game Changer.
(Ray Liotta (left) as Gallian in In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Seige Tale and Ben Kingsley (right) as Kagan in Bloodrayne)