Also, Teleport City’s first video game review, and Timur Bekmambetov gets more use out of that special effect of a car driving up a building he used in Daywatch.
As well as legendary martial arts epics, the brothers Shaw also produced comedies, thrillers, musicals, Peking operas, sci-fi and horror flicks. Slightly less well-known is the studio’s extensive back catalogues of more adult fare, of which 1976′s The Sexy Killer is a pretty characteristic example. From the title you probably already have a good idea of what the film is like, and when I reveal that in some territories the movie was released as The Drug Connection your mental picture should be further reinforced. Yes, it’s those old exploitation favourites: sex and drugs, so on that note, let’s rock & roll!
There were three games in particular that initially made me decide I wanted to get a slightly more up to date game system: Resident Evil 5, Mass Effect, and Mirror’s Edge. Of the three, two were runaway hits; one is considered one of the greatest video games of all time. And one was a total flop that, despite boasting numerous flaws and poor financial performance, garnered a small but dedicated cult following. Guess which one I chose to review for our first video game article?
I assume you’re familiar with Sam Raimi’s excellent 2002 adaptation of Spider-Man. But in case you’re not or just need reminding, here’s a quick recap of the plot. Peter Parker sees the girl of his dreams being wooed by a wealthy jock with a flash car. Deciding what he needs is a cool set of wheels, he uses his recently acquired spider powers to enter a wrestling contest for money, only to see through his inaction, his beloved Uncle Ben shot and killed. The 2009 Russian film Black Lightning (produced as all Russian movies apparently are by Night Watch’s Timur Bekmambetov) uses the same plot, but asks the one important question Spider-Man left dangling; ‘what about the car? What about the car??’