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The Wii U (The Wii’s Sexier Cousin)

The Wii was made to bring the whole family together to play games and have fun, which it did.  Then fifteen minutes later they all got bored with it and left.  However, it did have a lot of selling power and some pretty good ideas, so naturally it’s getting a sequel.

The Wii U is like the Wii’s sexier cousin.  They have a lot in common, but you know which one you want to play with.  Though it was originally known as Project Café, the new title and the first trailer for the console were shown at this year’s E3.  The Wii U makes use of some of the features from the Wii, for example the remote, but it also brings a lot of new material to the table.

The trailer is all about the new controller and for good reason as it’s the most prominent difference between the consoles.  As well as a controller it also acts as a handheld console, giving players the option to take games from the TV and play them on the controller.  The level of interaction between the controller and other Wii devices is pretty impressive, even allowing players to use the controller with the balance board and the Wii remote.

Players can use the new controller in so many different ways, as you’ll see from the trailer below, some of which are reminiscent of the augmented reality feature on the Nintendo 3DS.  It really seems like Nintendo are making something really good, or at least something with a lot of cool technological applications.  I imagine that it would be a lot of fun just playing around with the different features, but Nintendo are trying to aim the console at serious gamers as well as casual gamers.  This means that we should be getting a nice blend of action and miscellaneous games, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

 Before you get too excited you should note that, in the two days after it was announced, shares in Nintendo had dropped by nearly 10 percent, which shocked the president of the company and me.  It’s strange, expensive new consoles in a recession seems like such a good idea, though hopefully the recession will be over, and we’ll all be rich, by the time it’s released which isn’t until sometime after April 2012.

What do you think?  Do you like the new features?  Are you excited about the Wii U?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and if you like this post feel free to click the like button it does bite but you’ll get over it.

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Classic Movies, Serious Illnesses and Almost Funny Pictures

It’s a strange feeling when you realise you don’t have to apologise.  I’ve struggled and pushed myself to write on this blog everyday for over eight months.  There have been bumps, college work has gotten in the way, but it has been a really great experience and I’m hoping to continue on with it.  However, the last two days have no posts.  I know that I will most likely fix this with a trick I’ve picked up, but for now there is a two day gap.  I was sick and actually completely forgot about the outside world, but I’m not apologising.

Recently the blog has been a bit of a mess and I am putting that write, but with two deadlines left to meet and the decision about which college to go to next year, it is hard to get back on track.  Anyway enough of that, let’s get to today’s post.  Last night I saw a movie that I’d never seen before so I thought I’d talk about it today, also it fits into my neglected ‘classics’ tab.  Yeah I remember promising to watch Jaws, but really who has the time these days?

The movie I watched was Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I’d wanted to see it for a while actually.  I had to read the book last year and I really wanted to see the differences between the mediums.  Though I wasn’t a huge fan of the novel, I’m still going to have to say it was much better.  For anyone who hasn’t read the book, or seen the movie, I’m going to explain the plot.  Writer falls in love with a crazy woman.  The plot has also been used in films like Misery.  Okay maybe it’s not the exact same thing, but Misery was also a book before it became a movie.

Naturally the book goes into more detail, but it was actually details added by the film that I found annoying.  Why make the narrator, who they’ve also named, a prostitute?  Maybe it’s just me, but it seems a little unnecessary, plus they named him Paul.  The writer in Misery is also called Paul, just saying.  I also noticed how racist the portrayal of Mr Yunioshi was, but it’s safe to say that this mistake has been pointed out many times before.  I really did think he was played by an Asian actor though, it was a very racist portrayal, but I thought it was done by an Asian man.  It was not, it was an American actor and it’s one of the biggest falls of the film.

The ending and other plot points were changed to make the film more Hollywood appropriate.  I was really disappointed by the new ending actually.  I liked the whole ‘in a bar years later wondering’ aspect of the book and I would have liked to see that in the movie.  This is the first film I’ve ever seen with actress Audrey Hepburn and I’m just going to point out that Truman Capote, the author of the book, wanted them to cast Marilyn Monroe, but she turned it down.  Monroe was probably a lot closer to Golightly in personality, but I think there is something to be said about playing a part that is so different from who you are and playing it well.  So for that reason I’m glad Hepburn got the role.

I think the book is much better and found the movie a bit boring.  Then again I am a horror movie guy at heart.  What did you think?  Did you prefer the book or the film?  Are you glad Hepburn played the lead?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Final Destination 5 trailer review

A trailer for the upcoming movie Final Destination 5 has been released and it looks as though producers have taking fan criticism onboard.

Many people have been complaining that the Final Destination series has gotten stale, seriously how many times can you make the same movie.  The first too were great, because they had a link to each other, the third one introduced the photos which was a fun way to get the audience guessing, but the fourth just ditched the cleverness and went for 3D instead.  The result was an overly bright example of how bad some actors are.

The trailer for Final Destination 5 shows that the franchise is going back to its roots.  It’s darker and the deaths are less comical and more cringe worthy.  The opening deaths are always one of my favourite parts.  However, the writers try to make each opening better than the last and number three’s rollercoaster was hard to beat, four failed, but I think five might have succeeded.

Number five’s premonition takes place on a wire bridge.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it looks great.  There’s so much going on and so many characters to choose from, I’m already wondering who survives.  Those that do survive will have a good chance of clinging on to their survivor status, because this movie will see the return of Bludworth (played by actor Tony Todd) who was last seen in Final Destination 2 and last heard in Final Destination 3.  I was worried that he would appear for a few seconds, but from the trailer I can see he gives a whole speech to the survivors.  I’m excited to see how they find him considering that all the survivors from the movies that featured him are dead.

Another good point about the trailer is that, and I could be wrong here, but it looks like the actors can act.  I know I’m as shocked as you are.  I never had a problem with the actors in the original trilogy, I hate to keep picking on it, but it was only four that I thought had really bad actors.  Other people think the bad acting goes back furthered, but I think we can all hope that it ended with number four.  We won’t really know until we see more though, but enjoy the trailer and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Water for Elephants

Robert Pattinson goes from an animal eating vampire to a circus veterinarian as he attempts to take his career in a more serious direction.  Will his plan work or will he always be haunted by Edward Cullen?

Water for Elephants started out as a book by Sara Gruen.  It was Gruen’s third book and was initially turned down by her publisher.  Since publication, in 2006, it has become a bestseller and can be read in 44 different languages.  The story is narrated by Jacob Jankowski, a 90 something year old man living in a nursing home.  Jacob reminisces about his life as veterinarian in a circus.  While working at the circus, he met, and fell in love with, a married woman named Marlena, as if that wasn’t bad enough, her husband is a paranoid schizophrenic.

The movie follows the same plot and stars Robert Pattinson as Jacob, Reese Witherspoon as Marlena and Christoph Waltz as August, Marlena’s Husband.  Both critics and movie goers have criticised the chemistry, or lack of chemistry, between Pattinson and Witherspoon.  It seems that the 11 year age gap may have taken a toll on their performances, which, to be honest, isn’t surprising.  Besides that there isn’t much criticism to be said, but chemistry between characters can make or break a movie.  It really makes me wonder if, when casting for the movie, they were looking for chemistry or just big names.

Though not my type of movie, I have to say that, from the trailer, the movie looks very well put together.  If you’re an animal lover you should be warned that there are some scenes of animal cruelty.  The cruelty toward animals was also present in the book, because it was very common in circuses back then, but no animals were actually hurt it’s all just Hollywood magic.

What do you think?  Does this movie help Robert Pattinson become a more serious actor?  Is the book better or worse than the movie?  Did you think there was chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Project Café aka The Wii 2 aka Nintendo Stream

If, like most people, you got tired of the Wii after the first five seconds, you may be hesitant to fork out money on the sequel, but don’t worry this time Nintendo is aiming the console at serious gamers, oppose to the casual gamers that the Wii targeted.

The console has been operating under the codename ‘Project Café’, which, as far as codenames go, sucks.  Now, it is rumoured that the official name, for the Wii 2, is the Nintendo Stream (as ign said, let’s hope they don’t call it the Wii Stream).

This new console will run faster than both the PS3 and Xbox 360.  It will have HD graphics.  Each of the games controllers are also handheld games, yeah that’s right it’s a console in a console.  Seems amazing right?  Of course all this means nothing if they don’t release any good games for it.  A lot of people are still waiting for good Wii games to hit the shelves, but it looks like that isn’t going to happen.

The console may be released near the end of this year, if not it should come out early 2012.  You should also note that it isn’t only the target audience that has gotten more serious, it’s the price too.  The price is expected to be around $400.  A European price has yet to be announced.  Just remember Nintendo is hesitant to confirm all the details so they may change.

What do you think?  Are you ready to buy another Nintendo console?  Do you think it sounds cool?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.