Sunday, April 15, 2012

Movies Based on Board Games

With Battleship coming out, I have been pondering what other board games would make great movies.  And since Clue was a smash success, I think my movies wouldn't do so bad either.

Monopoly:  In 1920's New York City, a eccentric billionaire invites a group of millionaire business men to a dangerous game.  The men must buy up as mush of New York City property as possible.  The game gets out of hand when the millionaires take it too seriously and trick each other's families into staying at tourist trap hotels.  Who will survive the vicious game of buying and selling?  Starring Michael Douglas, Alec Baldwin, and Ryan Gosling as Thimble, Race Car and Yorkshire and Martin Sheen as Montgomery Moneybags.

Pass The Pigs:  A community of farmers in Soviet Russia learn to coexist in economic hard times by renting out (or passing) livestock to each other.  A warm heartfelt comedy about being a true neighbor and looking out for one another.  Guest cameo from Martin Sheen as Wilbert the talking pig.  Subtitles in English.

Apples to Apples:  Hilary Swank plays an OCD English teacher that tells her students to be brutally honest when confronted with different nouns.  Eventually all her students start yelling out "ugly," "creepy," and "Delicious" when confronted with family, girlfriends and Helen Keller.  Things go topside when the protagonist played by Shia Lebouf reveals that he thinks his girlfriend is "smelly," "rich," "disgusting," "beautiful," and "dazzling."

Connect Four:  Four government spies find out that one of them is a mole.  Now they have to connect how their fellow spy is entangled in this dangerous game of betrayal and sabotage.  How do they connect?  Will they connect before the whole government topples from its grid?

Don't Wake Daddy:  A psycho drama about an alcoholic father who is in charge of an estranged daughter.  Though he is very abusive to her, she dreams of a perfect life with him.  In a heart wrenching ending, the father gets into a coma and has the same dream as his daughter.  Billy Bob Thorton steals the show as Gordy, the retired Nascar driver, and Dakota Fanning is the daughter pining for a better life.

 Sorry:  Two Alaskan fishers get stuck on an iceberg.  Tensions flare as global warming melts the ice berg and they soon learn that they cannot coexist on the same space.  Who will survive and who will be sorry?  Harrison Ford and Topher Grace star as the Alaskan farmers.  Natalie Portman plays the mysterious voice from Aurora.

Parcheesi: A gold hearted musical about, Teddy, an old man who finds that his house is blocked off by a wall.  The only way he can get home is by going around the world and getting home from the other side.  Along the way he meets Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day and Jackie Chan.  A feel good movie about coming of age.

Operation:  Ryan Reynolds wakes up on an operating bed in Afghanistan to find that he has 8 bombs sewn into his torso.  It's a race against time as Kirsten Dunst, a retired doctor, must remove all bombs without moving them drastically.  Johnny Depp plays the sadistic terrorist doctor, Doctor Rednose.  From the director of Phone Booth comes this horrifying nightmare.

Jenga:  Michael Bay's finest science fiction piece to date.  Two demolition experts, Andy Sanberg and Jonah Hill, accidentally blow up a building created by an ancient race of aliens.  Now the aliens exact revenge by destroying popular buildings around the world.  Featuring unused CGI from Transformers.   

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