Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Yet Another D&D Documentary Coming...

Continuing my string of lazy posts here, today's is about how I discovered (probably after all of you) that there's another documentary coming out about D&D. This one's called "The Dungeon Masters". Maybe this is the one Christian was thinking of in the comments for my earlier post, as yes, it does look like it might be a little exploitative based on the trailer. Or maybe it was just precognition. Still of a DM from the movie above, promo text below...

"An evil drow-elf is displaced by Hurricane Katrina. A sanitation worker lures friends into a Sphere of Annihilation. A failed supervillain starts a cable access show involving ninjas, puppets, and a cooking segment.

These are the characters, real and imagined, of The Dungeon Masters: Against the backdrop of crumbling middle-class America, two men and one woman devote their lives to Dungeons and Dragons, the storied role-playing game, and its various descendants. As their baroque fantasies clash with mundane real lives, the characters find it increasingly difficult to allay their fear, loneliness, and disappointment with the game's imaginary triumphs. Soon the true heroic act of each character's real life emerges, and the film follows each as he or she summons the courage to face it.

Along the way, The Dungeon Masters reimagines the tropes of classic heroic cinema, creating an intimate portrait of minor struggles and triumphs writ large."

7 comments:

Akrasia said...

Wow, this sounds awful. Thanks for the warning.

Christian said...

Yay. Another film that points a finger at gamers and says, "Look! Freaks!"

Dungeonmum said...

can't be as bad as the dungeons and dragons film with jeremy irons from a few years back. does sound pretty painful to watch though

kathulhu said...

I'm curious to see how they "devote their lives" to D&D. Do they quit their day jobs and play D&D 24/7? Do they give up table top gaming and go LARP? I'll give it a chance as long as the people who are documenting the game are giving it a real chance and not just doing it to make fun of those who play D&D or try to stereotype them by featuring these 3 people.

Daddy Grognard said...

@dungeonmum - I remember that film. We went to see it at the cinema and people actually cheered when Marlon Wayans' character died.

@Christian - "Freaks", you say it like it's a bad thing.

richard said...

it was actually really good...

ze bulette said...

thanks for the update Richard - I'll have to check it out one of these days.

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