Screen Junkies » war games http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:11:59 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The ‘War Games’ Reboot Now Has A Director In Dean Israelite http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-war-games-reboot-now-has-a-director-in-dean-israelite/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-war-games-reboot-now-has-a-director-in-dean-israelite/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:54:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262518 The good news is that hoodies have come back into style since then, so the costumes will be largely the same.

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It’s hard to wrap my head around the “Dean” as a proper noun rather than a job description for some old dude with patches on his sleeves, but I will do my best to suspend disbelief and acknowledge that Dean Israelite is a real, human boy man, and will be directing the new War Games.

The original War Games was released in 1983, and taught a generation to hate and fear computers when Matthew Broderick managed to somehow hack NORAD and convince the world that it was going to declare global thermonuclear war on itself.

I’m not exactly sure why someone feels this needs to be retold. I mean, the protagonist could now do it from an iPad, but that’s not a great reason, is it?

The director, Israelite, just made his debut helming Project Almanac, so this will probably get him a fair amount of exposure. Let’s hope he can do something a little different here.

 

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‘King of Kong’ Helmer, Trapped In The 80′s, Reboots ‘War Games’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/king-of-kong-helmer-trapped-in-the-80s-reboots-war-games/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/king-of-kong-helmer-trapped-in-the-80s-reboots-war-games/#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2011 01:05:35 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=217756 In this one, a game of 'Angry Birds' will expose all the covert ops we have in hostile nations.

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MGM, convinced the Russians could pounce on us at any minute, have launched yet another reboot (following Robocop and Carrie), announcing that Seth Gordon will be directing War Games. Gordon made a big name for himself with the video-game documentary King of Kong, and is on the verge of more mainstream success with his upcoming Horrible Bosses.

For those of you who are horrible people and don’t know the premise of the original, War Games stars Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy as two hackers during the nascent computer era of 1983 who log into a system, thinking they’re playing a game, but turn out to be manipulating the country’s nuclear arsenal. One of the charms of War Games was the simplicity of the computers. With a monochromatic display, the film depended on the characters to sell the story. With technology now, it will be hard to resist the temptation to blind the audience with effects, rather than a decent story and characters. However, as Gordon proved with Kong, he’s got a knack for extracting the humanity from technology, so hopes are high. (Deadline)

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