It'd been a very long time since I'd seen a movie that made me feel ANYTHING. (This is being written before The Hunger Games movie). Sure, there have been several that have kept me entertained. After all, that is the primary intent of a movie, right? Still, I feel that lately character development in movies has been exceptionally weak. I didn't even come to that realization until I made a discovery. This discovery has quickly become an addiction, and I've discovered there are many topics that American films wouldn't dare go near.
The movie I watched recently (which wasn't necessarily a full-length movie at all, but cinematics and cutscenes) was Crisis Core, of Final Fantasy VII. I wasn't expecting much, despite the fact I knew the FF series is EXTREMELY popular. (I was temporarily shunned at my high school for having never played/s I mean, it's video game cinematics/cutscenes, and the ones I'm used to are Tekken, COD, and SC.
Crisis Core was MINDBLOWING.
I NEVER expected that kind of character development from a game. Honestly, I have learned to not even expect that level of it in movies!!! The story is one I can't even explain. It's something one must experience on their own. Zack Fair goes on my Best Characters list for sure! I don't think any film maker in Hollywood would dare go near a story like Zack's. It was one of the deepest, most emotional stories I've ever experienced. Art? Gorgeous. Music? Lovely. Story? Powerful. There have been rare occasions (very, very rare) that I have almost shed a tear in movies. Almost. Yet I cried at the ending (which I will warn is not happy), despite the fact I had already known what would happen.
I'm just speechless.
Perhaps this AMV will help express what I'm trying to say. With well over 2,000,000 views, it has surpassed the real music video for the song. In this video are clips from Crisis Core and what I'll call its sequel, Advent Children (which I will be watching very soon).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmboX6ncqjM

What an impressive feat these gamemakers have accomplished! They've accomplished what AT LEAST 90% of today's writers (books, movies, games, etc.) could never.

Some other related (AMAZING) content :

http://hel999.deviantart.com/art/Zack-Fair-162490904  Zack Fair, Angeal

http://konoe-lifestream.deviantart.com/art/Oh-you-Zack-and-Aerith-278660180

http://konoe-lifestream.deviantart.com/art/Don-t-step-on-the-flowers-258312412?q=gallery%3AKonoe-Lifestream%20randomize%3A1&qo=3 Yes...I'm a major Zerith fan...

http://arkoniel.deviantart.com/gallery/23390520#/d2bukzr  Genesis

http://vampguyz.deviantart.com/gallery/25431843#/d2qntvp  Cloud Strife

http://phoenixfury666.deviantart.com/art/Zack-and-Cloud-106369132 I personally would have titled this "Legacy" but whatever. =)

http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=sephiroth&order=9&offset=24#/d8zjh9 Sephiroth



 
 
I've got a severe case of it. I don't understand where it comes from, but it is unbelievably stressful! How can I have so many ideas - full stories even - floating around my head like full-length movies and not put a single decent paragraph onto paper?! It makes no sense that I shouldn't be able to write something down that is as if I'm sitting in a theater watching it.
I'm not the best writer in the world, I get that. Nothing I write will ever be perfect, but the fact that I can't even write one decent PARAGRAPH is driving me insane. On top of that, there really isn't anything that sparks my interest as far as choice of majors. Of course I would be cursed with having unrealistic dreams, like being a best-selling author and a Hollywood movie big wig.
I don't understand why it's so difficult to write my own story. I've been patient for years; I've accomplished nothing. I've tried several times to give it up, but I can't. This should not be taking this many years. I don't even have anything to show for it. I'm not stupid. I know that if I don't figure something out soon - get something written for real or select a major (preferably both) - things are not going to go well for me. I'm at a loss. I have no idea what to do. The writers' block is never ending, and it makes me sick.

On a lighter note, others have not had such a problem. Kindly observe the BRILLIANCE that is Thousand Pounds Action Co., who have taken so many loves of mine and mashed them together in one epic short film! I've been playing Tekken since I was eight years old, and though this guy isn't Japanese, I've never seen anyone portray Kazuya Mishima so flawlessly!!! I never really played Street Fighter, but I am familiar enough with it to have a ridiculous level of appreciation for Ryu and Ken!!! I mean WOW!!! THESE GUYS CAN FIGHT!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn_HaEf62h4&list=FLA6NYjRou2IGaSP0J9k1zIA&index=7&feature=plpp_video

 
 
What I consider to be one of the most philosophical and beautifully written stories has now modernized. What was a beautiful art form and defense mechanism, (also a spiritual quest of a sort), has become a fictional precursor to sport martial arts. Will I love it? Probably, but I don't know due to other connections I made with the story. Will I love the original purposes more? ABSOLUTELY. Even in the real world I myself would only do forms in competition.
What was a pure human quest and a spiritual connection of humans and nature - freedom of mind and spirit - tainted by open competitiveness rather than competition with one's own goals. Entertaining? Yes, but that is all.
Ugh. Stree