The comics community is abuzz over the Watchmen movie’s recent legal snafu and the accompanying fan movement to make the film over 3 hours long—not to mention they’ve finally ironed out which movies in the Tintin trilogy will be directed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson (with Doctor Who's Stephen Moffat onboard as screenwriter). But let’s give something lesser known a little more play…
“Last weekend I saw an inspired and weird documentary that reminded me of the awkwardness of youth, the importance of family and my enthusiasm for geeks.
Drakmar: A Vassal's Journey follows 14-year-old Colin Taylor as he navigates high school and the medieval land Adria, a role-playing group where he works his way through the ranks.
Colin loves dragons, weapons and video games. He grew up without a dad, but he finds a father figure in his ‘knight’ at Adria. At school, he's failing every subject except ceramics. And, not surprisingly, he is ostracized by his classmates.”
Pop Candy also includes a funny, but somehow heartwarming clip from Drakmar, where Colin describes his perfect girl (“A girl who likes herself for who she is, likes me for who I am … and likes to go on adventures.”):
Apparently, there’s also a military LARP documentary called Darkon (winner of the South by Southwest Film Festival Audience Award).
I’m convinced that the market’s ripe for a feature-length film on the players behind RPGs and video games. It’s been, what, 20-plus years since WarGames? And Matthew Broderick still looks (almost) the same—hey, Bueller! It’s time for an update/ remake.
P.S. Did you think RPGs are only fun and games? I have an acquaintance who’s becoming quite the rising movie star. Where did he get his acting training? From playing D&D as a teenager. No joke.
[Image by Scott Fischer, used with permission.]