L The List
- 1What if Wes Andersen took the concept of one of the most outcast, daddy-issued characters in video game history and made a movie of the human version of him, with all the quirk we all love (and sometimes hate) in an indie comedy?
This video is your answer.
Hit the jump for the video itself. Many of us don't go out to see many of these indie dramedies anymore, cause really we've seen them all. But this is something we'd legitimately like to see finished.
The quirk of the movie lies in the idea that the fact that they're all Gods is a metaphor. Any weirdness, quirkyness or innate character flaws of any of the people in this movie come from the fact that they are just that type of God and that is their personality.
It speaks wonders of the human condition and volumes of the people who made it. Sure, a REAL God of War movie would be great, but making it unlike Clash of the Titans and meaningful is not exactly something we'd trust Hollywood with. So, we should probably have this movie instead.
- 2IGN released this trailer on April Fools Day a few years back and it really got a lot of praise. It's not the greatest trailer ever, but the beats that it takes are PERFECT.
If this were a real trailer, it would be absolutely amazing. Not taking the plot of the first Zelda and mixing it up a little was a GREAT call and an even better way to form a trailer.
Casting a guy who looks like a mix between Brad Dourif and a confused looking Chris Katan, though? Worst. Part. Of. The. Trailer.
They pretty much shot themselves in the foot by making Link a guy who looks like he goes to clubs and bars, but then doesn't talk to anybody.
Either way, though, the small amounts of the Zelda theme that we get in the song really make us believe one thing, as well as remind us of the following:
When Hollywood makes a Legend of Zelda movie, it better be f**king good. They have arguably the best storyline in video game history, one of the greatest themes to ever grace ANY media and an underdog protagonist that will stop at nothing to overcome impossible odds. If you screw that up, I say we all never watch a movie ever again.
Personally, I treat the idea of whoever ends up making the Legend of Zelda movie like I will treat the idea of whoever ends up marrying my daughter. They better f**king do it right, or they dun goofed.
- 3One of the best gaming/media experiences ever, as well as one of the most fantastic comedic achievements in video game history get their own trailer in this fan-splice of Monkey Island using Guybrush Threepwood's voice and scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean.
The first 30 seconds of this trailer are cut BEAUTIFULLY.
BONUS FUN FACT:
Recently, a piece was written on the California Literary Review about how Monkey Island 2 is not only a great gaming experience, but is a must-play for any would-be storyteller. He even went on to say that the writers of Pirates of the Caribbean stole quite a bit from the story.
One of the writers of Pirates of the Caribbean ended up commenting on the piece, saying that what they wrote was yellow journalism, wrong and misinformed.
Word from the original game developer came in a little later and it actually turns out that before the guy who wrote Pirates of the Caribbean wrote Pirates of the Caribbean, he wrote... guess what... a draft for a Monkey Island movie, which was incredibly similar to his Pirates draft.
THIS, friends, is what makes this particular fan trailer one of the most apt, appropriate and awesome
- 4This TETRIS trailer has really made its rounds on the internet for the past few years, but the reason it's on this list isn't because it's simply memorable or because it's relatively well-made (all hail green screen).
It's because it's cheesy, it's 90's and completely ridiculous. Stretching reality and throwing around a concept like they do in this trailer is EXACTLY the type of crap they would pull if it were 1992 and a studio was forced to make a Tetris movie.
Look at the Super Marios Bros. movie, they didn't even TRY. Everything was a huuuuuuuuuge stretch of the imagination to even get into, the situations were cliched and the acting was corny.
This trailer not only brings all that 90's B-Movie wonder back to a new millenium, but brings it into a game even your grandma knows and loves.
The villain in this trailer is another fine example of the 90's cheesiness this trailer takes and makes its own. Absolutely wonderful.
- 5The hardest part of just about any video game fan trailer (or even for for any video game movie) is the concept. How do you make something into a story, a meaningful, entertaining film, while still keeping elements of what made a point-based cartoon/animated game popular? Even though they might not look as awesome as some of the trailers on page 2 or 3, these two Pac-Man trailers take the concept of the game, makes it insanely appropriate and do it in a way that makes us actually kind of want to watch the movie (which is the whole point of a trailer, isn't it?)
This Pac-Man trailer achieves that and more. It turns it into a psychological thriller where a man must eat a series of pellets, and keep doing so or his head will explode. The side effects of the pills come when the man is on them, and he can't take them head on, but instead must run intelligently through the world avoiding them.
BONUS TRAILER (click here)
Here's a lower budget, but equally awesome trailer for a Pac-Man where the whole world has gone to crap because of what news reports call "Ghost Attacks". One man dresses up like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill and takes them on in awesome ways.
Great allusions: cherries, the soundtrack (brilliant, you don't realize it's Pac-Man til the end), and the fact that the guy is wearing a yellow helmet the whole time.
It's a toss up between these two, so you decide. Which one do YOU like more? Either way, they both belong on this item on this list.
- 6Portal = Cube/Hypercube. Duh.
Remember when Portal first came out? How did you describe it to people?
The smartest way to describe it was basically "it's like Cube, the game". In case you didn't see "Cube", here's the synopsis
7 complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless kafkaesque maze containing deadly traps.
The only difference between Cube and Portal is that you seem to be voluntary at first in Portal, you're one person and you have what is arguably the coolest gun in the world.
Trailer uses GLADoS BRILLIANTLY, as well as uses the right clips from Cube to really make it seem as desperate, frustrating and clausterphobic as a Portal movie really would be.
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