Review for UP in Disney Digital 3D

14 10 2009

Warning, this review may contain spoilers.

Just went to see UP in 3D with my girlfriend. First thoughts are that the glasses while providing some comedic moments of themselves are rather annoying, although I thought that I did look Ronnie Barker-ish with them on. Slick.

Well, enough with the glasses and onto the movie.

The movie begun with a short clip with some clouds delivering babies to storks to take to the lucky parents. Hmmm, i thought to myself, this may cause some sort of anatomical confusion for kids in the future.. Or perhaps not if people keep dressing their 5 year old like a slapper.

Ha, I diverge.

Anyway the movie soon started. I would warn you right now, perhaps most kids don’t have the same emotional development as me (although my girlfriend would disagree), but the start (while setting up the rest of the movie) is very very sad.

Firstly the main character, a young kid at the start, meets a young girl who he shares an interest in adventure for. Montage to the future where they fall in love, get married and grow old together. He swears to her (cross your heart) that he will take her to paradise falls. Paradise falls is a place in South America where their favourite adventurer brought back monster bones from.

The movie then sets off on a whirlwind adventure across the rain forests of south america with our main character, now an old man, constantly fighting his feelings of needing to do the right thing in favour of trying to fulfill his promise to his dead wife, awwwww.

The movie comes full circle when he finds a message left from his wife that says he should move on, he then stops fighting his will and forgets about paradise falls. He goes on to finish the movie with a fairytale ending.

Overall, I would give this movie a 8. Really really good, just not quite there, i think a 7 for the 2D version.

Not any particular bad points, although I did feel there was something wrong.

If you have any ideas on what that could be then add a comment

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I’m now on Twitter, gasp

4 10 2009

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Im now on twitter, the links in the blogroll on the right of the page. For more general sarcasm and ranting, bias nonsense.





Stephen Fry website and podcasts

3 10 2009

I am currently obsessed with reading and listening to Stephen Fry’s website and podcasts. Really excellent and I thought you might enjoy it. Links are provided below:

Website here

Podcast Links





I’m Back also Broadband is not fit for the future

3 10 2009

Hello and welcome back, I’m sorry to anybody who would have regularly checked this blog in the past for the long break in articles I have written.

Today I was reading through the bbc news website and I found this;

A study of the global state of broadband has put the UK 25th out of 66 countries in terms of the quality and reach of its networks. … The UK was listed among countries whose broadband is “meeting needs for today”.

As someone who uses the internet to a largely ludicrous degree in comparison to the “average” person, i realise the obvious paradox here, I find this article largely useless and without basis. The article as illustrated above claims the current British internet infrastructure to be fit for today, without meeting the needs for the future. In my strung out and hugely bias opinion I find this to be absurd.

The articles integrity is failed by the simple fact that it does not explain exactly what and how the current infrastructure is meeting the needs of today. Does this mean the internet in Britain is quick enough and can handle the bandwidth for everyone to check their emails and the bbc news website a couple of times a day, does it mean we can download movies within minutes at higher than HD quality. The problem with defining this yard stick of internet usability is that what is acceptable and usable to one person is not necessarily the same for another, and why would it be?

So for the people who conducted this study to tell me that my internet is acceptable is laughable considering the broad range of uses and users the internet currently has. I also find that they can predict how much bandwidth and speed we will require in the future to be absurd also as website designers and developers largely use the mean current internet speed as the yardstick for how rich the content on their websites will be, thus making it available to the 50%tile of users.

My conclusion to this is that the internet is a dynamic and ever changing entity, how can we predict how much bandwidth we will require in the future? Even to predict what is acceptable in the present day is difficult and unrealistic. In my opinion there could never be enough bandwidth and infrastructure.





The new Macbook Air. My first thoughts.

20 01 2008

Macbook Air


So it’s that time of the year again, macworld has just finished and the onslaught of new apple product reviews will ensue, grabbing some completely unearned reads comments and traffic for blogs … …
 
And I will be no different.
 
So I’ll start on looks. Well, what can I say. I didn’t think that they could improve on the macbook/pro design, but they have. I think the very thin form of the machine makes it very sleek, I also like that they kept the simplicity that the macbook has. And the black keyboard sets everything off nicely. 
 
 
Macbook Air Elevation 

Now onto features. 
 
Both laptops come with multi-touch. Multi touch is the same way the iPhone is controlled and has been given critical acclaim. 
 
Basic spec. is 1.6GHz core 2 duo and 2Gb memory with a 80Gb hard drive.
 
Ok, so for £1200 you could get way, way more.
 
The top end version gives you a 1.8GHz core 2 duo with 2 Gb of memory and a 64Gb solid state hard drive for £2028.
 
So, again the mantra is “wheres the money going?”.
 
Well. I have to say that whether this new computer is a bit rubbish and overpriced depends on the way you look at it.
 
I suppose they’ll be loads of people thinking those exact things. And I hear sony has been doing exactly this.
 
But you need to look at the way I see it (self involve much? . . . well, Yes).
 
The macbook air isn’t really a marketing laptop, designed to make money for the company. It seems more to me to be a push forward in development and technology.
 
After the macbook air it seems unreasonable for a laptop maker to make anything even close to the size they make right now. It would also be reasonable to assume that more laptops will become available with SSHD’s making accessing files and copying and moving large files alot faster than current disc based drives. 
 
Another way to look at  it is in about a year to 2 years time most other affordable laptops will have features like this and will be around this size.





Sony Ericsson K850i Review

29 12 2007

Watch the video review here.

Just got this on contract with T-Mobile. And I must say bravo to T-mobile for getting the phone to me so fast, I just ordered it yesterday and the person I ordered it with said it could take to monday for it to come.k850i First impressions are that it looks pretty nice. The way it lights up is excellent and it has a nice big crisp and clear screen. My first negative is that the buttons are a bit small and fiddly but usable. Second bad point is the 3 touch screen buttons on the bottom of the screen. I don’t know why they made them touch screen . There a bit unresponsive and a bit fiddly aswell.One of the best things about this phone is the camera. 5megapixel is pretty good especially as far as phones go. Below is a link to a picture I took of my dog (Trip), as you can see the quality is really good.

Trip

My last 4 phones have been SE’s and they’ve all been very good, thats why I went for this one. On the new one they have changed about the media player and made it look alot sleeker.

Overall I would give it 8/1oThe only reason I took 2 points off it is because of the fiddly bits. The rest is absolutely excellent and the camera is quite possibly the best one out for phones.

K850i Angles





I Am Legend Movie Review

23 12 2007

Before you read this review you should know that it may contain spoilers, or not as the case may be as I am Legend is garbage.

Well, before seeing this film I was pleasantly surprised to hear that it was a remake (of sorts) of Omega Man. (Which is one of my favourite Charlton Heston films and I might order it right now hmm.. 🙂 ) Although after seeing it I wish they hadn’t bothered.

The movie starts with Smith hunting some CGI deer, OMG!, why do the deer look so shit! Followed by another scene with some lions, again the same train of thought prevailed. Followed by the introduction of the ‘zombies’. I don’t know why they didn’t use actors for these guys as this cgi was also shit! Blade 2 proved that zombie/vampire creatures can look really good (although some of the acting in that movie was at best mediocre). I think they should have probably gone with prosthetics instead, or an actually good cgi company I am Legend Zombie Blade effects

From there on in I don’t think at any point did I think it was Smith’s best performance and did not strike the kind of emotions it could have.I think that the best bit of the movie is when Smith starts to go a bit mental and loses his best friend (dog).At the end of the day this genre has been well over done and I think that this movie could have been a bit more different from the rest. As I mentioned above I also think the effects were exceptionally shoddy and the person who created them needs to get some serious spectalage on.

Overall I would give it 4/10 and thats even a bit generous.In no way whatsoever does this deserve the no.1 revenue intake for first week sales, but then again neither did the return of the king. I think that if your going to the cinema over the holidays then Beowolf, American Gangster and The Golden Compass will all be better choices, so … you have been warned

What the video review here

I am legend