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2009/06/22

Uwe Boll's Birthday Today

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Uwe Boll was born on this day in 1965, in Wermelskirchen, Germany. He turns 44 today.

Uwe Boll is an independent film director, producer and screenwriter of films often adapted from video games. They tend to be rubbish, too.

He is often ridiculed as the worst director of all time, although his earlier films, or those not based on video games, were received better than those of the last decade or so.

Some have gone as far as to suggest that Uwe Boll is the Antichrist, and several thousand people have started a petition to get Boll out of the movie business.

In April 2008, The Guardian ran an article claiming Boll had promised to retire if an online petition at PetitionOnline.com, "Stop Dr. Uwe Boll", asking him to do so received 1,000,000 signatures.

As of June 22, 2009, there are 336381 signatures. Sign Here! Happy Birthday Uwe!

Boll still holds out for a pro-Boll petition. There are two that I know of, "Long Live Uwe Boll", and "Pro-Uwe Boll petition". They have 6826 and 74 Signatures respectively.

He is also known for challenging his critics to boxing matches, the series known as Raging Boll, a play on a film starring Robert DeNiro, called Raging Bull, which is ironically a good film.

Filmography

Director

The Storm (2009)
Darfur (2009)
Stoic (2009)
Far Cry (2008)
1968 Tunnel Rats (2008)
BloodRayne II: Deliverance (2007)
Postal (2007)
Seed (2007)
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2007)
BloodRayne (2005)
Alone in the Dark (2005)
House of the Dead (2003)
Heart of America (2002)
Blackwoods (2002)
Sanctimony (2000) (TV)
Amoklauf (1994)
Barschel - Mord in Genf? (1993)
German Fried Movie (1991)

Producer Only

Alone in the Dark II (2008) (producer)
They Wait (2007) (executive producer)
Angels Don't Sleep Here (2001)
Fíaskó (2000)

Uwe Boll was also interested in making a Metal Gear Solid movie, but was tricked by someone claiming to work for Konami. When Konami learned of this, they claimed they would never make a film with him.

The only movie I recall seeing of Uwe's was In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Such a great cast, and yet the movie tanked. It was one of his worst commercial failures.

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