I am not a gambler nor have I ever been even remotely interested in learning the trade. It is not that I deem it sinful but rather I have no interest in it whatsoever. For entertainment I’d rather curl up with a book, watch a movie or play video games till my eyes bleed. That is not to say I can’t guess what it might feel like to win big or to beat the house. I’m sure gamblers get a natural high and who wouldn’t be elated if they risked and won.
Stone of Destiny is yet another one of those “hidden object” offerings that seem so prevalent in casual gaming. The concept whereby the player finds certain items that have been skillfully superimposed onto a drawn or digital piece of art is harmless enough but there comes a point when one wonders if this constitutes more than a rudimentary level of gaming.
Many moons ago when I was in high school my friends and I regularly went to the movies and in some years that was as often as once every week. Now that I am older and beholden to more aspects of my life I have come to the conclusion that while going to the movies is still the only and correct way to view them that thankfully Blu-ray and DVD have saved me from wasting my time on too much drivel. This is not a rant on the current state of Hollywood as I have always surmised that most movies were not of “Citizen Kane” caliber but merely there is no reason to haul myself out of my house just to watch what’s new in the local cinema just for the sake of it.
As one of the highest profile titles to be released on the iPhone, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, has been subjected to much scrutiny. Will this be the iPhone’s killer app? The pedigree of the license cannot be called into question although there have also been many games based on this franchise that have suspect quality.
Watching Innocent Love I can’t help but recall that hoary old Hollywood cliché that child actors have it tough when they attempt to transition to more mature subject matter. I’m sure you could start a list of famous kids who earned much praise and kudos for their earlier work only to find their careers careening into the abyss as they start to age. For every Ron Howard, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor or Drew Berrymore there’s a Macaulay Culkin, Edward Furlong, Gary Coleman or Dana Plato. I could go on for hours but you get the point.
Mumbai, 2006. Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees. How did he do it? A: He Cheated B: He’s Lucky C: He’s a genius D: It is written
Made for a paltry, by Hollywood standards, 15 million dollars, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is the feel good movie of the year that has seemingly come out of nowhere to entice and charm audiences from around the world. Boyle, most noted for his past work on science fiction thrillers 28 Days Later and Sunshine as well as the critically acclaimed Trainspotting staring Ewan McGregor is a surprise candidate for such subject matter but he pulls it off imbuing the movie with a near perfect recipe that is at times biting social commentary, tragic melodrama and gritty realism all enveloped in an age old parable of the powers of love and destiny.
Love him, hate him. Adore him, despise him. No matter what you may think of America’s 43rd President there is no doubt that he has become one of the greatest polarizing figures in contemporary world history. Oliver Stone, no stranger to political movies, has taken it upon himself the unenviable and unheard of task of creating and releasing a biographical portrait of a then sitting President.
Reminiscing about the past might be spurred by nostalgia about a certain place or event that happened in one’s life but it sometimes does have a negative side effect of re-evaluating said event. It happens to everyone. Things that you remember liking suddenly become sour with the passing of years. I vividly recall playing some video games that I thought had photorealistic graphics and proclaiming to the world that it would never be beaten in my lifetime! How could it get any better than Pac Man? Thankfully, I was very wrong. Playing those old games again made me realize the rose coloured glasses I had been wearing. I will always cherish those old memories and feelings but at least I can be more analytical now.