The more I play hidden object games the harder it becomes for me to put pen to paper and write reviews especially when it comes to developers like Anuman who seem to have graduated with honours from the cookie-cutter school of game design. While it is understandable that companies stick to formula in order to save costs the real losers are the thousands of paying customers who have to wade through a sea of mediocrity to find the real gems.
Woody Allen returns to form here with a charming adult fairy tale that manages to touch upon many of his favourite themes yet feels fresh and engaging enough for most of its run time. At one point in the film Owen Wilson playing essentially the prototypical Woody Allen character asks, “Is it possible to love two women at the same time,” which is certainly a sound inquiry but unfortunately, Allen does fall into a time-worn cliché of essentially cheating since he completely eviscerates any chance that the protagonist will ever decide to choose one over the other. Although the film has other underlying messages to present this lack of real choice basically makes large sections of the movie unwatchable merely because there is no suspense as to which woman the hero will eventually shack up with.
We all knew this day would eventually arrive but alas it seems altogether too soon. Whatever prompted Steve Jobs to resign this is certainly one of those sad days as a true visionary has stepped aside. However, let’s don’t make this into some sort of mourning as the man is essentially still pulling the strings at Apple although it certainly calls into question Apple’s long term strategy. In the short term there’s going to be next to no impact as whatever the company releases will undoubtedly have been approved by Steve Jobs himself. There’s also no doubting that whatever Apple currently has cooking in its labs also has his blessing.
Ever since I purchased the original iPad I’ve had a weak spot for hidden object games (HOGS) since I initially figured that I could easily breeze through them in one sitting. As time passed I quickly realized I was kidding myself since many good HOGS masked the intended objects very well within the graphics although some titles featured ridiculous item placement such as having a massive giant paper clip flying through the sky. Additionally, while some HOGs had decent stories it was obvious that most had asinine plots, risible dialogue and a total lack of logic that made me laugh at how anyone even thought such trite up in the first place.
You know, I’ve been working on my HP Touchpad review for the past few weeks now and I still intend to finish what I started but with news coming out today that HP has effectively killed all its webOS hardware and possibly divesting itself of its PC hardware division I find my enthusiasm for finishing my review fading away. The IT landscape is undergoing massive tectonic change right now as we probably move into the “post-PC” world as Steve Jobs wants to phrase it and as such former giants are now finding it much tougher to adapt to the new paradigm.
Now here is a movie which harkens back to grindhouse movies of yore that includes just about every element you would expect from excessive violence, graphic sex/nudity and bad one-liners but feels as listless as a beached whale. In fact I am dumbfounded that those involved could actually make something so inherently mundane since the individual ingredients are certainly included yet there I was at the end of the movie thinking more about whether or not my laundry had completed a rinse cycle more so than worrying if Nicholas Cage’s career had finally hit rock bottom. It then dawned on me exactly why Drive Angry 3D is such a miserable failure – for a movie that advertises its inherent excesses the final product is actually shot with no sense of style, rhythm or overabundance of energy that this genre clearly warrants.
As A Girl in the City: Extended HD opens, it has been a year since Laura graduated from journalism school but she has had no luck obtaining a job in her chosen field. Going to New York she hopes to turn her career around while finding the meaning of true love. Okay, this plot is not going to win any awards but it does set up the game which tries to emulate Hollywood romantic comedies except that it fails completely and ends up making something like Sex and The City seem like a masterpiece on the level of Shakespeare.
When I first heard that Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford were teaming up to film a movie named Cowboys & Aliens my first reaction was to do a double-take and reread the news again. Visions of Wild Wild West or even Jonah Hex filled my head as I attempted to reconcile how a serious action movie could be made by some sort of Frankenstein shotgun marriage between the Western and Science Fiction genre. To say past genre mish-mashes were less than spectacular would be a severe understatement. Nevertheless, starting a film with the best James Bond since Sean Connery and having Harrison Ford aka Han Solo/Indiana Jones around is a foundation that many a director in Hollywood would kill for. In this case the director is Jon Favreau hot off his success in both Iron Man movies while the script was written by the team who wrote the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot. Oh, and before we forget the executive producers include Ron Howard (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind) and Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List). With so much talent on hand how can this go wrong?