Well, the day every Windows Phone 7 fan has been waiting for has finally arrived with the launch of Nokia’s Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 smartphones that debuted today at Nokia World 2011 in London. After a ridiculously bad year that has seen its share of the mobile phone market plummet Nokia is in serious need of a turn around and judging from today’s initial reviews it certainly seems as if the company at least has a shot to stop the bleeding and stabilize itself. People who have been following Nokia will probably remember current CEO Stephen Elop’s rather grim yet frank email leak earlier in the year where he outlined in fine detail just how he thought that Nokia was standing on a burning platform and in serious danger of becoming irrelevant.
My current obsession with playing hidden object games continues but as I proceed I’m quickly finding out that many of these titles are not only mediocre but some are downright abysmal. Rangy Lil’s Wild West Adventure is one of those from the latter camp and is just a horrid example of what the genre has to offer. I have never been so agitated that I have felt the need to rush through the game as fast as possible merely so that I could finish it and get the hell out of there. Yes, this is one frustratingly annoying experience that just about merits nothing positive to say.
At the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides the first thought that came to me was one of nonchalance and as I start this review I am reminded that the original blockbuster film in the series premiered more than eight years ago and that this last instalment was seriously labouring with franchise fatigue. To be fair director Rob Marshall has attempted to breathe new life into the series but each success is paired with an outright sense of failure. In short, the magic that gave birth to the series is still present but its heartbeat is in serious danger of flat-lining.
Unlike last year when I made the horrible mistake of lining up….five unsuccessful times to buy an iPhone 4 (a feat I will never allow myself to partake in ever again!) this year I decided to do the less-stressful activity and order my iPhone 4S online right from the Apple store. In fact I stayed up till 3AM, which got delayed to 4AM, just to be one of the first in line to place my order. Thankfully that went through without a hitch although being delayed is always aggravating.
On paper Green Lantern must have sounded like a sure-fire hit that had studio executives chomping at the bit wondering how much money would roll in with this new superhero franchise. How could it go wrong? Here was a cocky wisecracking hero more in the vein of Spiderman rather than Batman’s borderline psychotic dual personality; a politically correct love interest who fit the feminist banner to a T as she is not only a crack fighter pilot but higher ranking than the hero; a sympathetic villain who is suffering from daddy issues; a staggering budget set in the hundreds of millions of dollars and finally a hot director coming off the successful reboot of James Bond in the movie Casino Royale which actually was nominated for eight BAFTA awards. To say that expectations were high would be an understatement yet the final product is inherently flawed filled with bizarre narrative jumps, less than state of the art special effects and a general lack of enthusiasm that finally sends the film right into the scrap heap of superhero also-rans.
I’ve chosen to reply to Shennie’s comment in a new post as I ended up writing far more than I thought. Here is what she wrote regarding my previous post on the iPhone 4S:
“I have to honestly say that I was a bit disappointed too. I was expecting an iPhone 5 with bigger screen, because all the other smart phones are trending towards bigger screens. I wonder why Apple has decided to stick to the current screen size instead of upgrading it… Is it because of cost issue? Or is it a design issue? I’m sure Apple fans are willing to pay a premium price for it. Oh well, I guess some people just have to wait for their iPhone 5, but some people will still get the iPhone 4S as a placeholder till the iPhone 5 is released.”
The Next Three Days initially begins with some great character drama and a setup that is about as emotionally pitch perfect as seen in recent years yet the high expectations established in the first act don’t pan out and instead of pushing the film into a higher gear director/writer Paul Haggis accomplishes the near impossible feat of slamming the brakes and grinding the movie to a complete halt so much so that I suspect many viewers will be sent to Never Never Land. Russell Crowe manages to turn in a solid performance but is undermined at every step by a wonky narrative that is darn near insulting and it also doesn’t help that the supporting cast might just as well have been better served by hiring extra department store mannequins.
Apple Inc. has just announced that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has passed away today leaving a gaping hole in the tech industry that will take a long time to be replaced. There is no doubt that Jobs was one of if not the best CEO of the past few decades and transformed the world as we know it.
Steve Jobs once said that he wanted to put a dent in the universe and I think it is easy to proclaim – mission accomplished.
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