One Million StrongComplications Ensue
Complications Ensue:
The Crafty Game, TV, and Screenwriting Blog

Baby Name Voyager graphs baby name frequency by decade.

Social Security Administration: Most popular names by year.

Name Trends: Uniquely popular names by year.

Reverse Dictionary Search: "What's that word that means....?"

Facebook Name Trees Match first names with last names.


April 2004

May 2004

June 2004

July 2004

August 2004

September 2004

October 2004

November 2004

December 2004

January 2005

February 2005

March 2005

April 2005

May 2005

June 2005

July 2005

August 2005

September 2005

October 2005

November 2005

December 2005

January 2006

February 2006

March 2006

April 2006

May 2006

June 2006

July 2006

August 2006

September 2006

October 2006

November 2006

December 2006

January 2007

February 2007

March 2007

April 2007

May 2007

June 2007

July 2007

August 2007

September 2007

October 2007

November 2007

December 2007

January 2008

February 2008

March 2008

April 2008

May 2008

June 2008

July 2008

August 2008

September 2008

October 2008

November 2008

December 2008

January 2009

February 2009

March 2009

April 2009

May 2009

June 2009

July 2009

August 2009

September 2009

October 2009

November 2009

December 2009

January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

April 2010

May 2010

June 2010

July 2010

August 2010

September 2010

October 2010

November 2010

December 2010

January 2011

February 2011

March 2011

April 2011

May 2011

June 2011

July 2011

August 2011

September 2011

October 2011

November 2011

December 2011

January 2012

February 2012

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012

June 2012

July 2012

August 2012

September 2012

October 2012

November 2012

December 2012

January 2013

February 2013

March 2013

April 2013

May 2013

June 2013

July 2013

August 2013

September 2013

October 2013

November 2013

December 2013

January 2014

February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

May 2014

June 2014

July 2014

August 2014

September 2014

October 2014

November 2014

December 2014

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

April 2015

May 2015

June 2015

August 2015

September 2015

October 2015

November 2015

December 2015

January 2016

February 2016

March 2016

April 2016

May 2016

June 2016

July 2016

August 2016

September 2016

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

October 2017

November 2017

December 2017

January 2018

March 2018

April 2018

June 2018


Monday, April 07, 2008

Uwe Boll is the director of such cinematic masterpieces as BLOODRAYNE and RETURN OF THE KING: A DUNGEON SIEGE ADVENTURE. Last year he made news by challenging his critics to a boxing match. He clobbered all of them, which shows that for a director, he's a pretty good boxer. He has now apparently offered to quit making movies, but only if one million people sign a petition asking him to. I'm not sure he has reckoned with the awesome power of the interwebs...

Meanwhile, he's prepping BLOODRAYNE 3.



I'm torn. He makes awful movies, but it's always nice to have him around to make fun of.

By Blogger Tim W., at 1:06 PM  

This is actually a terrible thing and anyone who thinks about signing this should seriously look inside themselves first before doing so. Really? A petition to thwart the menace of Boll? I agree this man is an atrocious filmmaker, and lord knows -- who the funk finances this guy -- but to put pressure on him to stop "creating"... It just seems so high school and juvenile.

As bad as this man's movies are... do we not believe in his right to make "something?" Okay, none of his pictures contribute to mankind or shed light on the human condition... but it's his right to make films... good, bad, or piece of shit...

I would rather be him and make shit films in my life, than simply dream of making films while working as a janitor literally cleaning up someone else's shit.

Who's the fool? He, for making the movies? Or us, for watching them ...

I never watch his pictures...but I believe in his right of free speech and the right to make "something"...

We all should champion this...

What if in ten years from now, we have a whole society of internet freaks who create a petition to stop writers from working... what studio or production company would ever want to hire you then? I'm not saying that's where we are ... but it's heading there... So your writing produces a turd for the studio, but the screenplay was solid, yet filmmaking-by-committee turns out too many cooks in the kitchen, and what worked as a script, fails as a film, and we the writers take the blame... then hate campaigns spread and beg the writers or the studios to never let them work again...

Sheesh. C'mon people. Hate all you want, but respect the right to make films, good, bad, and the boll.

Alex, you are a wealth of wisdom and I read your site daily for insight and inspiration, (I even bought your book) but seriously, you should reconsider this posting.


By Blogger Ryan Covert, at 2:18 PM  

Oh, for God's sake, Ryan, have a sense of humor! No one told Uwe Boll to say "I'll stop directing if a million people ask me to," and I'm not asking you to sign the thing. I didn't, either.

All's I'm saying is, you gotta hand it to the guy. For a director, he's a really great publicist.

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 2:48 PM  


fair enough. I guess this was a shoot the messenger type of thing... and shouldn't have been directed towards you as a personal issue.

Holy shit, did I come off as some radical militant type or what? Not necessarily my intention. My real concern is with internet snobbery... and it seems my post embodied this in my fight for resistance. Ironic, and remarkable peripetia... worse, it's quite humbling. (Isn't it odd when we write something we believe in, yet upon re-reading you have to ask this really what I was thinking? Alas, I digress...) I suppose Boll did open his mouth first... and continues fostering his own ill repute. This is also a case of "reaping what you sow..."

And if he was faulted for trying to say "too much" with his films rather than creating drivel, this debate would be apropos...

As is... I'll just shut up and exercise the right to simply not watch...

All in good fun.


By Blogger Ryan Covert, at 3:12 PM  

I briefly met him at the After Dark Film Festival here in Toronto. It was the premiere of Dungeon Seige and he actually stood around on stage to chat with us all after the movie.

I've gotta admit, as a human being, I like the guy. He's funny and open and completely lacking in tact. It's refreshing to hear him say things, confirm things, we may have already suspected (He was not kind to Micheal Madson).

As an avid gamer, well, I have to say 'go nuts'. Realistically, the games that he's 'adapted' are nothing special. I certainly wasn't playing through BloodRayne or House of the Dead and chomping at the bit for a theatrical experience.

And I mean, sure, Alone in the dark was amazing for its time, it was a fantastic game - then. Try playing it now.

All in all, at least with Dr. Boll you know what you're getting. He hasn't tried to hide it. Sure, maybe one day he'll learn to do more than one take, but chances are, he won't.

If you really don't like his work then protest in the most effective and telling way: Don't go. Don't pay to see his flicks.

Still, in person, he's funny as hell. If he quits directing I hope he goes into stand up.

By Blogger Brandon Laraby, at 3:26 PM  

I actually signed the petition. The franchises that he has currently abused are not my favorites but I would hate to see one of my favorite games despoiled in that fashion. So in solidaroty with other gamers, I feel the need to encourage Dr. Boll to find a new outlet for his "creativity".

By Blogger Hawise Gadarn, at 8:40 AM  

Obviously his genius is in self-promotion, rather than any talent for film-making. I'm in awe.

Most directors of his abilities would self-destruct from mortification after the first turkey. He's become kind of a po-mo Ed Wood, only more successful, at least in terms of career and notoriety.

By Blogger Jack Ruttan, at 9:58 AM  

Post a Comment

Back to Complications Ensue main blog page.

This page is powered by Blogger.