Mister Dom Hemingway


The one… the only… Dom Hemingway!

An… interesting movie to say the least. To say more, it is quite an adventure, following Dom (Jude Law) on his quest for payment and redemption after 12 years in prison. The obvious star is Dom, he is a fantastic character and perfectly acted by Jude Law, I loved his portrayal of the dynamite Dom Hemingway. The story is a decent one, but it felt like a way to show the different antics of Dom, this movie was built to show us Dom not necessarily to tell a story, or at least thats how it feels. The movie is ridiculous and wild, the first few minutes are Jude Law from the waste up discussing how amazing his penis is, while getting a blowjob. This sets the tone for the whole movie, which is a romp. It felt almost like a Guy Richie movie, although I think this is because of the character Dom, he would fit right in with Snatch or Lock Stock.

Even with a seeming lack of story the movie is still great, and I really enjoyed it. Dom is just way to much fun to watch, and this is true even when he isn’t doing something outrageous. The film is wonderfully written, the dialogue is awesome, listening to Dom spit slurs and insult is perfect. The way Dom talks is great, his accent mixed with a style of language that simply doesn’t suit him is most likely the reason for this. “I’m a peasant at heart, a petty serf, with nice hair and a strong liver” Dom claims, a perfect summation of the man, his eloquent speeches are beautiful and disgusting at the same time.

This mixture of language and brashness is somewhat representative of the whole movie, there are scenes of violence as well as scenes of hilarity and even some which are heartwarming (those come in the latter half). The story didn’t speak very strongly to me but that is simply my opinion, I think I was too caught up in the main character, he really does steal the show and it is so fun to watch him and applaud him for it.

The Secret Life of Who?


 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, ever heard of it? I did a while back when it came to theatres, I didn’t give it much thought, I saw the trailer and wasn’t terribly impressed. I noticed it was out, so I watched it, and low and behold it was actually quite a good movie. I’m not the biggest fan of Ben Stiller, but this movie was great and he was great. It was an awesome adventure and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good entertaining movie.

Even though it is a bit of a slow start, trust me it gets better. Some of the scenery and nature shots in this movie really got to me. I wanted to get up and travel, this movie makes you want to have adventures and see the world, to stop living a boring life. I think this was the main point Stiller was trying to get across but at least for me it really resonated.

I also didn’t realize this was directed by Stiller, DAM! He can f”*king direct, I don’t know if it is his first time but he did a great job. If this movie is any indication of his skill he should stop acting altogether and start directing. I honestly never thought he was much of an actor anyways.

How I Met Your Mother’s Final Goodbye


How I Met Your Mother concluded this week. It was a decent ending to what used to be a fantastic show. I used to love HIMYM, it was my favourite show, then came the 6th season… ever since it has steadily gone downhill, I still watched every episode and I wanted to love it, but unfortunately I was disappointed an awful lot. This series finale was supposed to bring everything to a close and answer all sorts of questions, but honestly it felt a bit silly in the end. The mother was a great character and she fit in with the gang so well but then she was taken away so quickly it felt stupid. I wanted Ted to be so happy and find his true love and all that stuff, then he finally finds it after 9 seasons, and then she gets taken away in that same episode. I don’t want to say I felt betrayed but it honestly made it feel silly. Ted was meant for Tracy not Robin.

How I Met Your Mother used to be such a great show, unfortunately it made a mistake I think is too often made by American TV, it went on too long. I have watched a lot of different TV shows, and I find with British television often there are too few episodes and seasons, one of the greatest shows ever in my opinion is Faulty Towers, it only had two seasons, two amazing seasons. American television on the other hand, seems to go on too long, The Office came dangerously close to this, HIMYM clearly did this and others. HIMYM was an offender more than most because it had such a clear direction, since the very first episode we knew it was about a guy who would eventually meet the love of his life. This clear sense of direction became muddied as the seasons dragged on and more and more episodes felt like filler, to keep the story from finishing too quickly.

I want a mix, TV shows that don’t drag on, they know when they are done and finish properly, but at the same time, they go on long enough to reach their full potential instead of finishing too soon. That is in a perfect world however… who knows if that will ever happen.

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Next Generation


Next Gen Gaming has been all we have been hearing about in the last few months especially in gaming circles. Next gen has been on the radar for a long time, the Xbox One has had rumours swirling around it for more than a year, remember when it was called Durango? Anyways, I thought I would share my opinions on Microsoft’s new console. I would like to be able to do something similar for the Playstation 4 but alas I could not afford to buy both, however I did play the PS 4 for about an hour at a friend’s house and all I can say is that they fixed the controller! Otherwise I do not really have an opinion on the PS4.

Obvious no?

The Xbox One or as it is commonly referred to the Xbone, is Microsoft’s newest piece of gaming hardware. First off I would like to say that yes it does share a certain resemblance to an old VCR but that is the only similarity it has with old technology. This is a state of the art gaming machine. Even though it looks bulky the outer finish says sleek and when the console is turned on you forget about the bulky black box. The menu and operating system is sleek and snappy, everything works very well, everything is all about efficiency and simplicity. The console turns on and off quickly, when turned off the console goes into a stand-by mode allowing it to be turned on by simply telling it to, and when it does turn on it only takes a few seconds. The dashboard is obviously inspired by Windows 8 but this is not a bad thing, the home screen is easy to read and understand, and with the help of the Kinect’s voice commands it is very fast to navigate. Yes that’s right, the voice commands which were a huge part of the advertising campaign actually work, and work well! I turn my Xbone on with voice commands, I often use it to navigate the menus and I turn the console off with my voice as well, that’s how easy/well it works.

Now the controller, this is the key component of any console, this is the way the player interacts with almost every game. We hold it in our hands for hours and hours so even a tiny insignificant problem can make or break a controller. Luckily the greatest controller ever made (Xbox 360 controller) has been improved, yes I said it, Microsoft managed to improve the best controller. The Xbox One controller is in a word, fantastic! The 40 plus changes that were made to the controller have made it perfect, the sticks are slightly smaller and much more comfortable, the triggers are more comfortable and have rumble motors in them, the d-pad finally works and works really really well, and personally I think it looks cooler than the previous iteration. I could go on, but in the interest of time I will simply say that it is a wonderful controller that you can hold for hours.

The ‘Perfect’ Controller, courtesy of the Xbox One

Xbox live is still working well, and now updates download while you play and even when the console is in stand-by (when it’s not turned completely off). I have had no problem downloading new apps or updates or anything. To me live is worth paying for.

There are a few small problems I have come across, the Xbox One I bought came with a semi-broken Kinect, the dashboard and menu system can be slightly confusing, and there are a few things that were on the Xbox 360 dashboard that weren’t included on the Xbox One. So about my Kinect, the one I had would work when the Xbox was first turned on but in a few minutes it would simply stop working for no reason. This was very frustrating, so I got in touch with Microsoft and they sent me a replacement right away, suffice to say it was hard to stay angry with such excellent customer service. Now about the dashboard, it is confusing at times, and overly complex, in order to get to the settings you have to go to the home, then apps, then settings and then finally you have a list of different settings to change. However there is one thing missing from this menu… the status of your hard drive. To me it seems like common sense to include something like that, so you know how full it’s getting as you install more and more games but nope, it’s not there or anywhere. The menu system can also feel redundant, everything is accessed from the home screen, so you are continuously going back to it. The other thing missing is the status of your controller’s battery, on the Xbox 360 you could simply tap the home button on the controller and the battery status would come up with the dashboard menu. Of course these problems will likely be fixed soon, Microsoft has confirmed that dashboard updates are not far away, and based on previous experience with the Xbox 360 the dashboard will keep being improved over the course of the Xbox One’s lifespan.

Xbox One’s Dashboard

The Xbox One is a great step forward for Microsoft’s gaming franchise, it is an awesome system with some awesome games and more on the way. It has had a much smoother launch than its predecessor; there has been little talk of machines dying unlike the days of the red ring of death. The Xbone is an great system and if you want to play Halo or Titanfall you’re going to need to get one. I can promise that you will not be disappointed with the console, I can’t make that promise with the games however.