My first exposure to the work of my newest interview subject, Lois Burwell, came when I saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit as a young child. Ms. Burwell worked on the movie’s makeup, and although it would be a long time before I knew her name, I was impressed with what I saw. A few years ago, I befriended Lois on Facebook. I knew I wanted to interview her someday, and that someday came on June 11th, 2021. We talked about the many films she’s worked on, as well as some big picture concepts. I hope you all enjoy reading this interview.
ready player one
It’s rare that I’m ever truly moved by a film, and yet, I have been honored by two films now in two years that have moved me to my core. The first was Wonder Woman, which I gave a perfect score. And now, I’m honored to be giving a very similar honor to Ready Player One. For this film is NOT just a nostalgia trip, but a look into what it means to be a gamer, as well as what it means to live your life to the fullest.
We are less than two weeks away from the release of Steven Spielberg’s next film, Ready Player One. As such, the movie has been getting a lot of trailers and teasers for what players can expect from it. The final one (presumably) is labeled “The Dreamer”, and it speaks to both the main character, Willie Watt, as well as a key character in the story of the film itself.
Guy-Roger Duvert has delivered an award-winning sci-fi experience with his film 2047 Virtual Revolution. In my recent review I found Duvert’s take on the morality of virtual gaming to be quite unique, while at the same time evoking the look and feel of the Blade Runner universe in an expertly executed homage. I decided to pick the brain of this talented French composer, writer and director for more on how his vision came to be.
Let get right to it, I really enjoyed 2047 Virtual Revolution. I’ll also admit that Blade Runner 2049 was one of my favorite films of 2017, despite its lackluster box office performance and theatrical run time.
In the future, everybody lives in crummy shantytowns and escapes into a VR cyberworld to have fun. Also in the future, everybody is really really obsessed with licensed characters that were popular well before they were born, but today’s target audience would have a more realistic affection for. Funny coincidence.
The Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic Con is in full swing, and with it comes a lot of news and views of upcoming films. The first film to get the spotlight was the highly anticipated Ready Player One, which shows humanity diving into a virtual world to get away from the problems of the real one.
While video games are my chosen hobby there are times when I somehow (between being a dad, a gamer, full time employee, and a writer for the site) find a way to sit down with a good book. Unlike video games reading is one of the greatest escapes and the graphics are powered by imagination where the budget is limitless and the possibilities boundless. Recently I got a chance to read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and I was pleasantly surprised. Usually I read nothing outside of fantasy or a good Star Wars book (which is fantasy in space), but I received Ready Player One as a gift and am pleased to say the book is a genre busting success that delves deeply into nostalgia while also being witty and original.(more…)