In the golden era of video games, Tetris was one of the cornerstones. The film by Jon S. Baird (Filth, Stan & Ollie) captures the moment of the creation of this iconic video game and the legal battle over copyright that arose from its commercialization. Tetris (2023) is conceived in the form of a historical drama with touches of comedy. With that tone, we plunge into the 80s to witness the fortuitous birth of a game that to this day has sold more than 200 million copies and has maintained its status as one of the most important video games of all time.
It seems incredible that 30 years have passed since the Super Mario Bros video game was first adapted until a new attempt came to the big screen. The disappointment of 1993 was indeed a major one, but it’s still intriguing that such a strong and highly-ranked character was in the on-deck circle for so long. The Super Mario Bros Movie (2023) is the new bet from Illumination Studios. Under the umbrella of Universal Pictures Illumination has created franchises such as Despicable Me, Minions, and Sing. Now with the character of Super Mario, they seek to establish a new franchise in the realm of animated films.
Otto Preminger was a craftsman of cinema. His absolute control of the details and the impeccable staging always accompanied him. Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) has, in effect, that trademark that made Preminger a master of the seventh art. Whether from the stand with his Anatomy of Murder (1959) or immersed in the dark world of addictions in The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Preminger was always poignant when it came to telling his stories. Common stories that mutated until they became unusual chronicles.
The John Wick franchise has created a modern action hero. A throne for which few have paraded in the more than 100 years of the Hollywood industry. In the era of superheroes, television series, and social networks, the grim character in the black suit, with an unfocused look and superhuman skill in handling weapons, has managed to prevail and challenge any form of entertainment that comes out to the public. This John Wick is not a character engendered from the codes of the Instagram and TikTok generation, he is a protagonist conceived almost anachronistically. It could well have been a John Wayne, a Stallone, an Arnold, a Van Damme, or a Bruce Willis. His feat is only compared to what Tom Cruise does these days, where a suit and cape weigh more than anything else.
As if another example were needed that reality is always stranger than fiction, now comes the story of a bear under the influence of cocaine. What Cocaine Bear shows is the result of fiction, but the idea is inspired by a fact as real as that water is wet. In December 1985, a short piece appeared in The New York Times with the headline: “Cocaine and a Dead Bear.” The note referred to the discovery of a black bear that had apparently died of an overdose. In the final part, it was remarked that the substance was cocaine that had been thrown from a plane by a well-known trafficker who had also died trying to complete a parachute jump from the same plane.