Monday, August 27, 2012

"Ecstasy Of Order - The Tetris Masters" DVD (director: Adam Cornelius)

This feature-length documentary examines the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship, and the personalities behind it. Yes, it's a film about serious video game nerds, to put it bluntly. These are the people who obsess, and even lose sleep over video games. And they are the best in the world.

The World Championship was an anxiously-awaited meeting of some nearly-mythical names in the Tetris world, each with a different explanation for their devotion and obsession. Director Cornelius allows us to meet some of these gaming legends, and using cool 8-bit graphics, he even illustrates the game itself for "newbs". We get to see parts of the actual competition, behind-the-scenes interactions, plenty of interviews, and gobs of bonus footage. "Ecstasy Of Order" is a fascinating experience, even for non-gamers, and that makes this one easily recommendable. (Reclusion FIlms)

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