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30
Sep

Movie Review – Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a massive improvement over the disastrous second outing, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, yet that’s hardly much of an accomplishment since it is akin to saying losing one leg is better than losing both.  Still, at least Michael Bay seems to have toned down the ridiculous rapid editing so that we can better discern what is going on yet we are still forced to watch about one whole hour of non-stop action that actually becomes more of a distraction and bother rather than being exciting and fresh.  There’s just so much wanton destruction, machine gun fire and hot robot fighting one can take before tuning out completely.

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28
Sep

WP7 – Mango Is a Go

Just a quick heads up for all Windows Phone 7 owners that the Mango update that makes your phone essentially Windows Phone 7.5 is finally being rolled out across the US /Canada and the rest of the world today.  Unlike Apple though this is not a universal release to all phone owners as the individual carriers are the ones pushing it out.  Reports show that it is going to be a staggered release so don’t fret if you do not receive an update notification today as it might arrive in the coming weeks.  Of course you can just force install the update if you want but do so at your own risk.

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27
Sep

iPad – Imaginary Range HD Review

Square Enix, makers of Final Fantasy and other standout Japanese Role Playing Games, have never had a problem with their presentation as their games ooze high production values at every turn with gloriously realized graphics and melodic soundtracks.  Even small elements like menu select screens have an undeniable flair.  Nevertheless, Square Enix have been known to shoot themselves in the foot in areas such as gameplay and narrative, a rather common phenomenon that unfortunately plagues their recent work in the current console generation.  That said Imaginary Range shows that Square Enix is still eager to try new things out although the end result is decidedly mixed.

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22
Sep

Business – Who Needs Circus Tickets?

Okay this is just plain loony but it’s true.  With less than a year at the helm the HP board of directors have unceremoniously fired CEO Léo Apotheker and replaced him with former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman.  This move comes after Léo Apotheker’s much ballyhooed news about a month ago that he was shutting down the HP Touchpad and was looking to divest the company of its personal computer division.  Since those announcements HP’s stock has taken a beating as investors have reacted in a vicious fashion to voice their disapproval of HP’s total refocusing on Enterprise software.

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22
Sep

Movie Review – Detective Dee: The Case of the Phantom Flame (2010)

Any movie which features a talking deer, a towering Buddha figurine bigger than the Statue of Liberty, poisonous fire beetles and the most bizarre martial arts brawl featuring Andy Lau fighting against a herd of CG deer should be enough to at least pique the interest of most cinephiles especially those more inclined towards supernatural wu xia Hong Kong films.  Director Tsui Hark comes in from the cold after a string of, quite frankly, abysmal offerings including the terminally dull Seven Swords to recapture that elusive creative spark that makes a totally implausible movie such as this imminently entertaining.

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18
Sep

Anime/TV – Noir (2012) Update

I remember almost a decade ago when I was nearing the climax of the Noir anime series that an idea popped into my head that here at last was a candidate for easiest translation of anime to Western cinema as there was nothing in it that would take either a gargantuan budget to produce or a massive rewrite to make it palatable for American viewers.

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16
Sep

iPad – Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp: Extended Edition HD Review

You would think that after playing a ton of Anuman Interactive hidden object games that I would be running on fumes trying to think of new ways to write reviews and while Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp – Extended Edition – HD is more or less exactly the same game as every other Anuman title albeit with different graphics I have to admit liking this one a bit more than others due to the fact that the story had a twist plus for some reason or other I breezed through it all in one sitting.

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11
Sep

Movie Review – The Source Code (2011)

Director Duncan Jones and star Jake Gyllenhaal collaborate on this wholly implausible science fiction thriller that defies logic yet is filmed so earnestly and with great vigour that most will be willing to forgive its crackpot technobabble.  The film attempts to follow in the grand footsteps of Rashomon but doesn’t come anywhere close due to some wonky narrative inconsistencies yet it is reams above the lamentable Vantage Point.

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