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PostSubject: Movies about board games?   Tue May 26, 2009 9:32 pm

Movies about board games?

This one comes straight from some fresh circle of corporate-synergy hell: Universal Pictures and Hasbro are teaming up for at least four big-budget feature films about board games. ("At least"!) The first mega-ad is either going to be a Michael Bay-produced popcorn flick about Ouija boards, or a Monopoly movie potentially directed by Ridley Scott. I get that American Gangster's Oscars snub probably has Scott in a pretty bad headspace right now, but c'mon!

Oh, and the outrages don't end there. These people also have the nerve to trash on a bona fide cult classic, and quite likely the only good movie which will ever be adapted from a board game: "Universal and Hasbro said they were unconcerned that a 1985 Clue film (starring Tim Curry, pictured) disappointed at the box office. 'Because Clue was once done badly, the right way of doing Clue would be fantastic,' [Universal chairman Marc] Shmuger said." Badly? Is Shmuger out of his board-game-playin' mind?

Besides, the other Hasbro products included in the Universal deal — Candy Land, Battleship, Magic: the Gathering, and Stretch Armstrong, which is totally not a board game but whatever — aren't even very good choices for this abysmal genre. A fleet of war boats getting sunk one by one by incredibly slow trial and error? Snooze. A bunch of sugar-crazed kids trekking back and forth between a computer-generated Gramma Nutt, Mr. Mint, and Plumpy? Pass.

If Hollywood is really dead set on making blockbusters out of board games, the least they could do is explore some other options. Perhaps a war epic based on Risk or Stratego, or a fast-paced chase caper from Sorry!? (Hidden advantage: The name of the movie doubles as an apology for making it.) Then again, I'm obviously biased on this subject. Anyone who doesn't reflexively hate the idea of a board-game movie want to pitch some better examples of the form? Universal Pictures is listening!

And people say Hollywood has no original ideas left. crazy

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PostSubject: Re: Movies about board games?   Tue May 26, 2009 9:59 pm

and just for curiosity sake, I started entering game names into imdb... here's the list I'm coming up with:

1. Candy Land. apparently it's in production and will be out 2011. (I'm hoping it's not a porno)
2. Shoots and Ladders (2009) haven't seen it.... probably don't want to
3. Jumanji (1995) I LIKED THIS MOVIE!!
4. Dungeons and Dragons (2000) I liked this one too
5. Mazes and Monsters (1982) Propaganda to get kids away from RPGs. HILARIOUS
6. Clue (1985) Loved it
7. Yahtzee (1988) XD
8. Scrabble (1984) HAHAHAHAHAHAA
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PostSubject: Re: Movies about board games?   Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:37 pm

Very Happy I got so excited when I first read this post but just hadn't gotten around to getting to post until now!!!!!

Tv Show & Movie Info! clap

Although it did present them as being bumbling and not too bright, it was a Tv show that featured these horror ledgends and at the time it was good just to see them on Tv. I blame it all on faulty re-awaken conditions! frank Sadly I haven't seen the movie.
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PostSubject: Re: Movies about board games?   Sun Jun 14, 2009 8:20 pm

How weird. Movies about board games.
I know they have a couple about ouija boards but that's not really a game....I don't think.

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PostSubject: Re: Movies about board games?   Mon Jun 15, 2009 2:58 pm

They should make one about Atmosphere!

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