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« on: May 19, 2005, 08:53:44 PM »

Found an article on Uwe Boll through Wikipedia. I've italized the best bits...

Uwe Boll
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Uwe Boll (born June 22, 1965 in Wermelskirchen, Germany) has come into public light as a director of films based on video games, such as House of the Dead, Alone in the Dark, the forthcoming BloodRayne, and several others he has acquired the film rights to.

Boll has been a target of criticism by film critics and in online forums for plot incoherence, lack of character development, and bad dialogue. The criticism is almost universal and many people are very emotional about Boll's films. However, Boll, an avid gamer himself, claims to be quite passionate about his work. He argues that not many people want to make video game adaptations and fans should be grateful he is at least trying. His Boll KG company slogan declares itself to be the "World Market Leader in Video Game Adaptations."

Boll claims that the script to House of the Dead was included with the movie rights and he could not change it. Reportedly, early scripts to Alone in the Dark were rejected several times. Boll, apparently disappointed by the lack of gun battles, car chases and sex scenes, re-wrote the script personally. [1] (http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2649&p=)

His films have achieved neither critical acclaim nor box office success (though House of the Dead managed to break even thanks to a moderately good opening weekend) and are often considered "worst of the year." Despite the criticism and detractors, however, Boll has a small cult following which often calls him a modern-day Ed Wood...a director with evident zeal and honest love of movies and movie production who ultimately makes movies that are generally thought of as being some of the worst ever made and unintentionally humorous.

Boll essentially is a modern-day B-movie director. He's able to secure the investors (mostly German, in Hollywood often derisively referred to as "stupid German money"), secure the rights for cheap, picking games with only moderate brand recognition, does all of the actual production himself, and swiftly cranks out a film. While under normal circumstances a director's movies could gross so little he's eventually shut out from every operating studio, Boll is exempt because he funds them under a loophole in German tax law that is supported by contributors and actually rewards films that perform badly, via a writeoff at the end of the year.

Boll earned a doctorate in literature from the University of Cologne in 1995. He has written two books, the film industry exposé German Fried Movie & Barschel-Mord in Genf. Oder wie man in Deutschland einen Film drehen muss (How to make a movie in Germany) and Die Gattung Serie und ihre Genres, on themes of serial television.

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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2005, 05:44:04 AM »

I say keep Boll in business!  I absolutely love his films.  They are stupid, badly acted / scripted but a hell of a lot of fun.

Alone In The Dark really wasn't too bad.  My wife and I were the only ones to go see it at the local theater.....on a Friday night......it's opening night.  It was good for a laugh, and was actually better than House Of The Dead.

Bring em on Boll!  I'll sit through whatever crap you put out at the theater with a smile on my face!

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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2005, 07:11:57 AM »

I have no problem with him. Sure his movies are stupid but they're entertaining. They're poorly written and cheaply done but at least they're fun and not boring at all. I laughed through House of the Dead (how about that springboard scene?) which many people hated but I found highly entertaining. It's all in the way that you look at it.

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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2005, 07:26:03 AM »

While under normal circumstances a director's movies could gross so little he's eventually shut out from every operating studio, Boll is exempt because he funds them under a loophole in German tax law that is supported by contributors and actually rewards films that perform badly, via a writeoff at the end of the year.

So in other words, he's working a real-world version of The Producers.

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2008, 04:28:05 AM »

I say keep Boll in business!  I absolutely love his films.  They are stupid, badly acted / scripted but a hell of a lot of fun.


+Karma. I see a Boll film (except House of the Dead, that one sucked IMO!) and it's like the 80s all over again, and that's a very good thing in this day and age of depressingly serious movies being the only things recognised.
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