Sunday, February 8, 2009

A video game classic on the big screen.

Max Payne is a legend in my world. Max Payne was one bad ass detective in a video game that was overwhelming popular when I was a kid. Known for his foul mood, gritty almost black and white graphics, and slow motion shooting scenes. Though I've never been a huge fan of "shooting" games, Max Payne is different as he was as much about the plot as the action.

Max Payne is a pissed off detective working in the dead end cold case files unit. Angry and bitter about the unsolved murder of his own wife and daughter he sometimes allows his grief to overrun his judgement. Either way Max Payne gets his almost super human skills purely from his hate and will for revenge. The grief of a father and husband when things go wrong can be a nasty thing. Actually the unanimous response to the people around here about Max Payne when it was out in theaters was the fact that we'd finally get to see that slow motion bit on the big screen.

Max Payne is absolutely gorgeous on film and especially in bluray, gritty, dark, somewhat unsettling all the things you would expect from the game. The storyline is good your immediately drawn to Max and his story and the setup on how his wife died is perfect in my opinion. The story follows Max, he is miserable, pissed off at the world, and determined to find out who murdered his family even if that means breaking the rules and bending the lines. The only problem is he is just not pissed off enough to really fit with the Max Payne in the game.. and those slow motion bullet fight shots like the game was famous for.. um they are pretty lacking in the movie.

Max Payne got some pretty shotty reviews and honestly I think half the reason is the fact that the video game is was such an icon though it may not have been one of the most popular games of all time it certainly left a mark. Anytime a game has such a nostalgic value, or anything for that matter, its hard to live up to it. Max Payne is a great movie in its own right its beautiful it has an engaging story, but its certainly not the game and how could it be? Personally I enjoyed it but I was a bit disappointed with the lack of Max Payne style shooting scenes and I felt the Max Payne in the movie held back a bit too much.

The bluray edition is awesome as ever, and though I would have liked to see more special features there is one in particular that I really loved. Included is a Michelle Payne graphic novel detailing more info about Michelle, Max's wife, and the story behind her that the movie didn't necessarily cover. Its really usually that a movie really give you more information on its characters past the story itself.

Max Payne is available right now on DVD and Bluray and you can pick up your copy on Amazon.

I have three copies of Max Payne to give away to my readers!

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Max Payne and tell me what is your favorite classic video game or comic book.
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
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  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end Feb 30th at midnight!

146 Comments:

mar said...

My favorite video game is Laura. I know it is an oldie but I love it!

Kristie said...

I'd have to say Pac-Man is my favorite. It's the first game I ever remember playing on the old Atari.

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EllyBean said...

I loved Mario... and who doesn't? Hehe

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Kim said...

My fave classic is TETRIS... aw yeah

Kim said...

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Think about it said...

my hubby loves pac man, and i love pac attack!!!!
this movie looks good~~

clenna said...

Superman will always be #1.

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clenna said...

I subscribe
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VickeC said...

I loved Dr. Mario,I spent hours playing that game




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I am a subscriber



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Carolyn said...

I always like the Batman comics, thanks for sharing

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Carolyn said...

I am a subscriber

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DEBIJOT said...

My favorite game was Pong.

DEBIJOT said...

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Teresa said...

My favorite classic video game is Donkey Kong. TRigell at aol dot com

Teresa said...

I subscribe by email.
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Fangirl Jen said...

I loved Ms. Packman on my Atari.

Fangirl Jen said...

I'm a subscriber and your button is on my blog.

ezmerelda said...

I'm a Tetris girl.

Francine said...

Mario is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway

Francine said...

I am subscribed.

sito50 said...

I loved Super Mario Brothers 3. Ah, the thrill of rescuing the Princess -- finally!

sito50 said...

I am a subscriber.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

pac man

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

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Ellen C. said...

My son and husband would love this movie. Thanks for the chance.

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Ellen C. said...

I am a subscriber.

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CiCi said...

I still love Donkey Kong!

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agordon10 said...

Watchmen

abfantom said...

I'm a geek..... Asteroids

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mverno said...

donkey kong was a favorite at our house

yyeres said...

super mario bros. is my favorite video game of all time

valerie2350 said...

my guys like the original star wars comics

valerie2350 said...

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peg42 said...

Donkey Kong was my favorite.
Thanks so much.

peg42 said...

I'm a subscriber. Thanks again.

Pat Connors said...

You can't beat Pac-Man.

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susan1215 said...

Mario is my favorite

gkstratos said...

Centipede
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C and C girl said...

I have two favorites, PacMan and Mariocart. Love them both.

lupusgal said...

My daughter is fanatical about Max Payne and the Punisher. She has used both as subjects for high school and college art projects. I would love to win this for her.

Cory said...

Favorite has to be the good old blue hedgehog! Sonic!

mom2anutball said...

X-Men comics are my fave!!

mom2anutball said...

Im a subscriber!

Brenda S. said...

I'd have to say Pac-Man is my favorite.
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chromiumman said...

always loved ms. pac-man

lisagee said...

You can tell how old I am getting when I say my fav cartoon magazine was Little Lulu :o)

latishajean said...

My favarite classic game is super mario bros. Thanks for this giveaway! tishajean@charter.net

latishajean said...

Im a subscriber!

judybrittle said...

I use to love playing Pac-Man. That was a lot of fun. Thank you!

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Deborah Wellenstein said...

Really old-Space Invaders!

Carol Lawrence said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. jelly15301@gmail.com

Leona P said...

my favorite is mario

tarahsfoodreviews said...

I always loved the Archie Comics

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trippyjanet said...

I like MArio Brothers.

furygirl3132 said...

My favorite classic video game has to be a toss up between Centipede and Dig Dug. Thanks so much for such a wonderful giveaway, this movie looks really good!

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furygirl3132 said...

I am also a subscriber.

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Smooshy said...

tetris!

littlelatina said...

my fave is donkey kong. enter me please.

Andria said...

I loved joust

Sunnyvale said...

Pac Man

toughturtles said...

i was a thor fan growing up

Tiggerriffic said...

Wooo Hooo Make me a winner!

timothy l said...

mad magazine, Donkey Kong

Jenna said...

Pac man is my favorite game. I love to play it. Thanks!

Jenna said...

I subscribe!

Ed said...

Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Erica C. said...

I always loved sonic the hedgehog!

Belinda said...

I loved Bubble Bobble.
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TXsunlover said...

My favorite was Donkey Kong.
Thanks for the chance to win!
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TXsunlover said...

I subscribe!
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elkaye said...

I'm a fan of the old Super Mario Bros game.


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bongeezer said...

Defender

jen said...

I love Pac-Man always have been a fan and always will be!
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Nickolay said...

Resident Evil is my favorite video game series ever

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deidracox said...

my favorite classic is ms. pac man
i was an absolute pac man addict!!
thanks for the cool contest!!

Anonymous said...

Either the Thief series or Duke Nukem.

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Dave said...

My favorite classic video game was Legend of Zelda. I spent weeks finishing the whole game - drawing maps and taking notes. I'm surprised it's never been made into a film. Of course that was classic Nintendo, very primitive by today's standards, but for me it was lots of fun. Thanks for the great give-away.

redfuzzycow said...

super mario world is my fave video game

amweeks said...

My favorite classic game is still Qbert...that was such a fun game at the arcade! For Nintendo, though, it's always been Mario!

amweeks said...

I subscribe

azrosebud said...

My favorite classic game is PacMan - oh i love pinball too

Boston said...

PacMan is my favorite classic!

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh...Ms. Pac Man of course.


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Anonymous said...

Mad Magazine


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Anonymous said...

I'd have to say...Archie and His Pals



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Princess Golden Hair said...

i really love pacman. i used to throw so many quaters at that little round gooble machine.

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Babalu said...

Ms. Pacman. You go girl!

sachidewey said...

I used to love King's Quest!

nostrilb said...

Spiderman is the best, classic, and new!

Saoder said...

Tetris!

wigget said...

i loved pacman

Gabriel J. said...

I spent hours playing Tetris... Go Tetris!!!

Charlie said...

I have to say that I put more hours of my life playing Puyo-pop and its derivatives (Kirby's Avalanche, Dr. Robotnik's Funky Bean Machine) than any other video game.

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*~Dani~* said...

My favorite game was always Asteroids. I played it for hours as a child.

mommysweeps said...

Pac man definitely...many fond memories of playing that!

mommysweeps said...

subscriber too

deedleweedle said...

Asteroids was my first and favorite video game.

Anita Yancey said...

My favorite video game is Mario Brothers.
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denyse said...

Ms Pac Man!!!!

Ken said...

My favorite classic video game is the Twisted Metal series on Playstation. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

sherri419 said...

I am really dating myself here, but my favorite classic video game is Galaga! I played it until my fingers felt like they were going to fall off!!!

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tsslug said...

Mario is my favorite
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tsslug said...

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Tammy Marshall said...

My favorite classic video game is Tetris. It's still a family favorite.

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cdrury said...

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I am of the Pac Man generation!

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stupendousdan said...

Fav comic is xmen. Thanks.

knightcry said...

I would have to say Dig Dug.

kathy pease said...

i used to spend lots of quarters on donkey kong

kathy pease said...

im a subscriber klp1965@myfairpoint.net :)

huggr1960 said...

Anything Crash Bandicoot style.

leandrew said...

I'm a subscriber via Google Reader!

leandrew said...

I must be 'old school'! Because I'm still in love with 'Ms. Pac-man'

Thanks for the 'great' giveaway offering!

Good luck to all!

bison61 said...

Pac-Man is my favorite

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z. Smith said...

Tetris is my all - time favorite video game.

z. Smith said...

I am an email subscriber.

Jayfr said...

My favorite video game is Tutenkam. Played it till my arms about fell off.

prplrush said...

My favorite classic video game would have to be Contra!

tlcfromtn said...

Super Mario is my favorite. Thanks!

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ky2here said...

You want classic? How 'bout Space Invaders?

Anonymous said...

"The Legend of Zelda" video game!

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MAW said...

atari missile command...now theres a classic

Ardy22 said...

As a kid, we were the first on the street to get Pong! Loved it!

Ardy22 said...

also subscribe via email

Jinxy and Me said...

Donkey Kong was the best!

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I'm subscribed to your RSS feed.

Carolsue said...

Space Invaders was one I liked.
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I subscribe
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mommync3 said...

I love Tetris.

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mommync3 said...

I am a subscriber.

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jayne said...

Pac Man is my fav! Thanks

jayne said...

I'm a subscriber

amyd29 said...

pacman,first I ever played!!

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Tanya Wilson said...

Pac Man, of course! Munch munch the ghosts..

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Annemarie said...

Super Mario Brothers is my favorite!!

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Annemarie said...

I subscribe via email.

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Reyn said...

Zelda

Anonymous said...

My fave old school video game is the original Tetris. I could play that thing for hours. Thanks!
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Candie said...

My favorite classic video game is Super Mario Brothers. Thank you.

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Donna said...

I like centapede.
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Donna said...

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