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January 14, 2008 | Sam Adams, Special to The Times
Uwe Boll isn't the worst director in the world, but "In the Name of the King" might be more enjoyable if he were. A prolific producer of video-game adaptations, Boll has become a favorite whipping boy of Internet critics, who have cast him as a contemporary Ed Wood. But "In the Name of the King" fails to live up -- or down -- to Boll's reputation. Its convictionless competence is merely dull, denying the pleasures of an outright howler without providing much else.
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May 23, 2008 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
UWE BOLL is a German-accented party crasher at the gates of legit Hollywood product. His movies are reviled on the Internet by video-gamers and genre movie mavens -- people incensed that Boll is tarnishing the movie-making art with titles such as "BloodRayne," "House of the Dead," "Alone in the Dark" and "In the Name of the King," movies whose ancillary purpose, Boll will tell you, is to offer a tax benefit to his high-end German investors.
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May 23, 2008 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
UWE BOLL is a German-accented party crasher at the gates of legit Hollywood product. His movies are reviled on the Internet by video-gamers and genre movie mavens -- people incensed that Boll is tarnishing the movie-making art with titles such as "BloodRayne," "House of the Dead," "Alone in the Dark" and "In the Name of the King," movies whose ancillary purpose, Boll will tell you, is to offer a tax benefit to his high-end German investors.
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January 14, 2008 | Sam Adams, Special to The Times
Uwe Boll isn't the worst director in the world, but "In the Name of the King" might be more enjoyable if he were. A prolific producer of video-game adaptations, Boll has become a favorite whipping boy of Internet critics, who have cast him as a contemporary Ed Wood. But "In the Name of the King" fails to live up -- or down -- to Boll's reputation. Its convictionless competence is merely dull, denying the pleasures of an outright howler without providing much else.
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May 10, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Blackwoods," a glum psychological horror picture, opens today for what will surely be a quick stopover on the way to video store bins. Director Uwe Boll and writer Robert Dean Klein fail to generate any interest in an unsympathetic hero caught up in an intricate plot that while cleverly worked out, cannot overcome blah characters. Matt Sullivan's (Patrick Muldoon) girlfriend of three weeks, Dawn (Keegan Connor Tracy), wants to introduce him to her family.
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January 28, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
As silly as it is stylish, "Alone in the Dark" has a preposterous premise, but since the film is based on the Atari video game of the same name, it also has much to appeal to headbangers: fast pace, lots of gadgets, monsters, explosive special effects, plenty of inscrutable plot twists and turns. Beyond that, director Uwe Boll, cinematographer Mathias Neumann and production designer Tink have created a striking-looking world for their film -- one that's shadowy, brooding and menacing.
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January 6, 2006 | John Anderson, Special to The Times
The only thing left unsliced is the ham in "BloodRayne," yet another video game adaptation by German genre specialist Uwe Boll and a movie with more fading -- or faded -- talent than an Italian basketball team. Star Kristanna Loken does a lot for a leather bustier but very little for the Rayne of the title, a dhampir -- half vampire, half human -- who thirsts for the blood of the undead. A sip here, a slurp there. The next thing you know, you're a Veg-O-Matic with hips.
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January 11, 2008 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Matthew Lillard is working on a book, which he describes as advice to aspiring young actors from someone in the middle of a long haul. He means to offer perspective from someone "in the middle of a fight," neither speaking from on high nor from the sidelines of the acting game. For the book, Lillard said, he is interviewing contemporaries like Efren Ramirez, who is Pedro from "Napoleon Dynamite." Lillard has similarly managed to lodge himself in the firmament of movie trivia.
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October 13, 2003 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
There's scarcely a whiff of originality in the zombie horror picture "House of the Dead," but Uwe Boll has directed it with enough energy and style that it adds up to passably mindless if grisly fun. Dave Parker and Mark A. Altman's serviceable plot finds five University of Washington students missing a party boat for a spring break rave on a remote island in the strait of Juan de Fuca.
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October 18, 2007 | Susan King
Not only did the French coin the phrase "film noir," but they also made some extraordinary examples of the genre, several of which are screening during the American Cinematheque's Crooks in Clover: Noir, French Style series opening Friday at the Egyptian Theatre.
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January 11, 2008 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Matthew Lillard is working on a book, which he describes as advice to aspiring young actors from someone in the middle of a long haul. He means to offer perspective from someone "in the middle of a fight," neither speaking from on high nor from the sidelines of the acting game. For the book, Lillard said, he is interviewing contemporaries like Efren Ramirez, who is Pedro from "Napoleon Dynamite." Lillard has similarly managed to lodge himself in the firmament of movie trivia.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2006 | John Anderson, Special to The Times
The only thing left unsliced is the ham in "BloodRayne," yet another video game adaptation by German genre specialist Uwe Boll and a movie with more fading -- or faded -- talent than an Italian basketball team. Star Kristanna Loken does a lot for a leather bustier but very little for the Rayne of the title, a dhampir -- half vampire, half human -- who thirsts for the blood of the undead. A sip here, a slurp there. The next thing you know, you're a Veg-O-Matic with hips.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
As silly as it is stylish, "Alone in the Dark" has a preposterous premise, but since the film is based on the Atari video game of the same name, it also has much to appeal to headbangers: fast pace, lots of gadgets, monsters, explosive special effects, plenty of inscrutable plot twists and turns. Beyond that, director Uwe Boll, cinematographer Mathias Neumann and production designer Tink have created a striking-looking world for their film -- one that's shadowy, brooding and menacing.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2002 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Blackwoods," a glum psychological horror picture, opens today for what will surely be a quick stopover on the way to video store bins. Director Uwe Boll and writer Robert Dean Klein fail to generate any interest in an unsympathetic hero caught up in an intricate plot that while cleverly worked out, cannot overcome blah characters. Matt Sullivan's (Patrick Muldoon) girlfriend of three weeks, Dawn (Keegan Connor Tracy), wants to introduce him to her family.
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May 23, 2008 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
Director Uwe Boll has fashioned himself into a half-baked Internet celebrity by sheer force of will, assuming with odd pride the mantle of "most hated" and "worst filmmaker ever." Having made his name with a series of dubious video-game adaptations such as "BloodRayne" and "Alone in the Dark," Boll has fashioned a persona so zestily without taste that the element of Andy Kaufman put-on shines through a little too clearly. This makes "Postal," another gaming adaptation and erstwhile commentary on the state of post-9/11 America, all the more suspect.
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May 18, 2008 | Denise Martin
We all will be talking about: Wii Fit. Who knows? Your little brother might soon be asking you how to master downward facing dog. With the arrival of Wii Fit, Nintendo's hotly anticipated exercise video game, gamers can now squeeze in aerobics, muscle toning and yoga between rounds of Mario Kart. But this should all be old news to you by now. Amazon.com is already backed up with pre-orders. Hope you thought ahead! (Wednesday) -- Please talk about: "Square Pegs."
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