Adam Sandler and his film ‘Jack and Jill’ made Razzie history yesterday by winning all 10 categories of the Razzies. The Razzies are the opposite of the Oscars and celebrate the worst films of the year or in this years case film of the year. Adam Sandler plays two roles in the film playing himself and his sister for which he won worst actor and actress. This is one hell of an achievement when you consider what a terrible year it has been for films. I have said this before but I think it was the weakest Oscars line up in years. The old adage ‘All publicity is good publicity’ will come into play and I can imagine people will want to watch the film now to see just how bad it is. Does anyone have a film they consider worse or awards they would have given to other actors/actresses?
Cathedral or ‘Katedra’ is a short film based on a short story by Polish science fiction author Jacek Dukaj back in 2000. It was nominated for the Oscar in 2002 in the Animated Short Film category. Tomasz Bagiński made this, and at 6 minutes and 28 seconds manages the considerable feat of being both watchable and intelligent. I highly recommend you check it out:
If, after watching that, you are hungry for further information, Kuriositas.com has a great feature on this under-seen piece.
I didn’t think I would ever call a printer ‘cute’ but then again I never thought they would bother re-releasing titanic, so what do I know? Watch the video to see what I mean.
Click on the link to see the company behind this little beauty.
Last night, the first episode of the second season aired in the UK on Sky Atlantic (a day later than our American cousins) and has subsequently been met with strong praise. The second series retains the trademark dark, cynical and complex take on the fantasy genre and rode into town on its monstrous televisual warhorse, slaying all unbelievers with the power of HD visuals projected onto liquid crystals.
That said, I have to admit that Game of Thrones is a difficult sell to someone who is a fantasy-sceptic (read my piece about genre snobs here), but nonetheless appears to be gathering viewers. Hoping to emulate the Lord of the Rings film series’ mainstream crossover success, it has had strong numbers already, evidenced by this article at The Guardian that throws out there that GOT had almost 5 times as many viewers as Mad Men in the first episode of their respective new seasons.
When a fantasy series rates so strongly against a critically-lauded, viewer-beloved series such as Mad Men, you know that this is more than the sum of its parts. What am I saying though? You should know this already, after all, it is an HBO show, it has talented actors (who previously plied their trade in film, stage and screen), and an eye-wateringly high budget, which is the envy of many feature films…I should say that I’m not directly comparing Mad Men and Game of Thrones though, they both have their own considerable merits.
So, after all that fawning foreplay, you probably want to know what the first episode was like? I hate to be so predictable, but I can only say positive things about this hour of televisual delight. A hell of a lot of plot, scene-setting and characters were introduced with minimal ham-fisted exposition, and they even found time for some violence and nudity (hey, it is HBO after all), best of all though, was the welcome return of Peter Dinklage, who brought his wry take on Tyrion Lannister back to our TV screens. If you haven’t watched the first series (as a certain Guardian critic confessed before uncharitably criticising this episode), go back, watch that first. Like The Wire, The Sopranos and Mad Men, the dense plot and character relationships only make an iota of sense with the proper set-up. I’m looking forward to the next ten weeks of screen-based delight.
I haven’t read the books, but if the series continues in this vein, we could be talking about the Television Event of the Year. In April.
These look great but this quote from John Gruber says it best:
The designs in these concept videos are free from real-world constraints — technical, logical, fiscal. Dealing with constraints is what real design is all about. Institutional attention on the present day — on getting innovative industry-leading products out the door and creating consumer demand for them — requires relentless company-wide focus.
This will never see the light of day in this form once the reality of getting the interface right and making it fit into a pair of glasses that people will wear. Still it is good to dream.
I found this video about a year ago and as a manager of people it has come in handy, but as with all these things I would take some of it with a pinch of salt. I love the way it was made though, take a look I think you will enjoy it.
The first PC shooter to have a proper story and a good one at that. One of the first games I can remember that maintained the fourth wall and kept you in the game from the POV of Gordon Freeman the whole way through. Also one of the best opening title sequences of all time.
My first home computer was a C64 and this tape was permanently in the deck. For the younger readers old games came on tape and you had to wait sometime up to 30 minutes while it loaded to play a game. I loved this little platformer and I still think I could remember the patterns of the birds around the screen and get through at least the first 10 levels without issue.
Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare
I loved Call of Duty 1,2 and 3 but it was 4 that blew my mind and stole days of my life to the multiplayer. Great graphics, explosive set pieces and great balancing in the multiplayer made it very compulsive playing and possibly threatened my marriage.
Mass Effect 2
I have never really been in to RPG’s but Mass Effect 2 changed that and opened my eyes to a new genre of gaming. I must admit I tried Mass Effect 1 and didn’t like it so I was surprised when I got so sucked into the second game. Great story telling and characters make this possibly the best sci fi RPG of all time.
Created as a mod to Half Life which put it on my radar straight away. This game I believe was the first game to be played professionally feature televised league matches. It is a perfectly balanced multiplayer experience. Practice is essential to master it, but the time you put in to it is paid back with the satisfaction of a victory against the odds.
This is only my opinion and there maybe games I have forgotten. Let us know what your top 5 games would have be.
This is the second of my fathers commercials from the 90’s I would like to share with you. This particular one is part of a series he did for Harp Larger. The more famous ‘Lionel Blair Cut’ is available on youtube through this link. This is my favourite though as I know how much trouble they had trying to get that dog to jump through the window. Hope you enjoy it.