December 29, 2009

Handpicked 2009: iPhone and iPod touch Games

The App Store has come a long way this year as Apple expanded the capabilities of its software yet again, so while it's not going to be too far-off to see Bluetooth multiplayer as a standard game feature, there are still a lot of single-player games that are very well-made, and for others, also compatible with older models and firmware.

Racing Games
1) Real Racing

Firemint's racing sim has an amazing cockpit view (although the recently released Need for Speed: Shift for the iPhone does have a good cockpit view as well as far as I know) and the flexible controls are what probably set the standard for control settings in iPhone racing games. I advise you to turn off the Break Assist though.

For $5, you get a lot of courses, cars and multiplayer as well as video replay upload which is very cool.

2) Asphalt 5
Gameloft's recent competitor also features some very good graphics, good controls, lots of licensed cars and tracks, and multiplayer.

Also 5 dollars, it's a pretty hard choice to pick between the two best racing apps in the App Store, but graphics-wise and controls-wise, I think I prefer Asphalt's. Still, there is no cockpit view.

But damn, the graphics are sight to behold, especially for 3rd gen iDevices.

Strategy/Puzzle Games
1) Geodefense Swarm
Tower defense games are nothing new on the iPhone, but Mission Critical's Geodefense series is a very addicting tower defense game that features a unique wiry aesthetic.

And contrary to the screenshot above, the game also features tons of weapons so you can defend against the creeps.

Still, the game can get pretty hard. Heck, I'm stuck in level one on Medium.

2) Flight Control
I know I'm featuring another Firemint game, but the popular, but cheap path-tracing game is an addictive one.

While the game can prove to be inane for some, it quickly ratchets up the pace and makes everything hectic.

3) Cooking Dash
This addictive game is easy at first as it literally handholds you through the relatively frustrating process that is the whole game, but when the game progresses, it releases you from its grasp and increases the difficulty to the point of insanity.

It's a near perfect port of the PC game, and also contains all 50 levels. Just added recently was a Challenge Mode as well.

The gameplay is also the same and goes along in a step-by-step process. However, I won't really go into detail about that for now.

Really, just the process of being able to achieve an Expert score is one of the game's most rewarding aspects. It also has an addictive upgrade system though.

4) Peggle
Peggle is a brilliantly addictive puzzle game from the makers of Zuma and Bejeweled, and the iPhone translation is pretty solid.

It's not as fast as I'd like it to be, but the core gameplay elements and modes are still there to make for a game of much replay value. Damn, it's addicting.

5) Labyrinth 2
A very well-made puzzle game, Labyrinth 2 is what all people want in a sequel. It manages to mesh the strengths of its predecessor to the new concepts it introduces.

It can be frustrating and hard sometimes, but for the price, it offers a load of features that make the offer irresistible.

Arcade Games
1) Canabalt

One of the best indie games of the year, Canabalt is a simple, yet exhilarating game that only requires you to jump by tapping anywhere on the screen. Avoiding obstacles as you go faster requires some adjustments to your timing, and attaining the highest score you can achieve is basically the biggest factor of the game's replay value.

When I'm bored, this is the first game I boot up, and it entertains me every time. And for 3 dollars, you're basically encouraging the developers to work more elements into the game, as it already has more features than its free Flash counterpart.

2) Geospark

A really simple quest to high-score-dom, Geospark is an addictive game that you'll definitely like to play during a commute or while waiting in line. The soundtrack is great and the presentation is simple yet effective.

The game goes like this: tap to make a symbol vanish, and combine multiple quantities of the same symbol to rack up your score. That's it. But I'll be damned if I didn't say that it didn't waste hours of my time.

3) Doodle Jump
This basic, but addictive iPhone game relies on tilt and your hand-eye coordination to rack up a high score.

Featuring a basic "doodly" aesthetic, the platformer-cum-high-score-focused game has next to no end ala Canabalt, and you have to tilt the iPhone to the direction you want the thing to jump, otherwise, you fall.

To liven up the gameplay, the game also features some power-ups like shields to defend yourself from monsters and black holes, springs, trampolines, jumping boots, and even a jet pack.

4) Dragon's Lair
This legendary relic of 80's arcade gaming started the laserdisc game craze that caused people to drop quarters 'til dawn- and for good reason: it looked awesome to control the fate of a star in an animated cartoon, hand drawn by former Disney cartoonist Don Bluth.

Aside from the classic American style of the interactive damsel-in-distress story, the game features some of the most frustrating gameplay known to man. While people have finished the game without the Move Guide or whatnot, playing the game in its real style involves much memorization, as well as your reflexes, in order to progress.

It does recycle a few scenes here and there, but the main thing about this game is that it's just a frigging great port.

And quite frankly, the death scenes are half the fun in the game anyway so, even if you have to guess a lot in the game, you'll still have a lot of fun dying.

Hope you make it to the dragon in this massive 5 dollar game!

5) Space Invaders: Infinity Gene
This brilliant re-imagining of the decades old Atari classic features a basic look, but a pulsating electronic soundtrack.

With different kinds of weapons to choose from, and a whole slew of well-made stages, this Space Invaders is of much value. Not to mention, it has a crapton of unlockables.

While some people will be turned off by the auto-fire, the newbies will embrace it. It's addictive, fun and your head will bob as you pulverize those aliens.

6) Stair Dismount
It's kinda hard to categorize a game that's essentially an elegantly designed push-your-friend-down-the-stairs theory simulator. But anything that demands your psyche to get more points by being more creative with your sadistic pursuits is, in my book, a classic example of an arcade game.

Just recently updated to include some online leaderboards and new levels, Stair Dismount is an excellently riotous time especially when played with friends.

Rhythm Games
1) Tap Tap Revenge 3
Tapulous' long-running (well, for the iPhone's whole lifespan anyway) and flagship rhythm series takes a focus on the online aspects and introduces a premium store where all the known artists are. Still, there are tons of free tracks to download from the store, as well as some avatar clothing.

It's pretty robust all around, and even a score multiplier higher than 8x is introduced. So yes, great times. (Not to mention, it's free now.)

2) Rock Band
This iPhone translation of the plastic instrument game is well-done, even though the actual game uses pre-rendered footage instead of real-time graphics, and the songs are kinda low quantity-wise.

But just thinking about the way the developers were able to preserve the Rock Band experience on a tiny phone is kind of awesome, and by connecting to Bluetooth, up to 4 players are able to play together in one song. I know, I've tried and it works pretty well.

Platforming Games
1) Rolando 2
A significant improvement over its predecessor, Rolando 2 is an excellent platforming adventure through and through, featuring much more variety, much more levels and much more "exotic-ness" level design-wise.

While it features a lot of the same mechanics found in the first game, this sequel amps everything up and goes crazy with great ideas and more action-oriented sequences that are tons of fun. This game can rival any PSP or DS platformer any time.


2) Soosiz
Inspired heavily by Super Mario Galaxy, Soosiz is a gravity-based platformer that consists of tons of levels, nice controls and head-spinning gravity-based platforming.

If you've played the aforementioned Wii game, you'll get a good idea of how to play this one.

It's really that simple, but it can get really hard at time. Just pure platforming fun.

First Person Shooter Games
1) NOVA
This high-profile Gameloft title, while ripping off a lot of high-profile shooter properties, is actually a pretty ambitious romp through space that's a lot of fun to both control and play.

It has excellent graphics, nice controls (but a randomly placed and uncomfortable Jump button) and a pretty generic story. Still, that shouldn't stop you from enjoying this title and it's worth every penny.

It benefits from newer hardware though, so the mileage of people with older iPhones or iPod touch's will vary.

The graphics just look so awesome...

2) Doom Resurrection
Also looking awesome is the debut of the venerable shooter franchise Doom on the iPhone, but this one is on-rails. True, Doom Classic is available for anyone who wants a fix of true-blue classic hell spawn shooting, but I haven't played that title enough to warrant it a nod for this post.

3) Wolfenstein 3D Classic
But if you really insist on getting that fix of retro shooting, look no further than the granddaddy of them all: Wolfenstein 3D.

Considered the father of the first-person shooter, you can't go any more retro than this game. But the more compelling part is the fact that the game also features what is probably the best control scheme of FPS's on the iPhone.

(And, of course, the fact that you can defeat the Fuhrer in his Mecha form applies)

Adventure Games
1) Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
One of the best games on the iPhone platform, this graphical revamp of the legendary LucasArts videogame is a joy to look at and play.

True, the game is a point-and-click game, but the thing that makes the whole shebang special is how funny it still is despite the pop cultural references.

Well-voiced, well-drawn, and well-made, this revamp is an essential game that everyone must play, because everything in it will charm the pants off of you.

Oh, and... it has pirates!


Handpicked 2009: Movies I Haven't Seen

A lot of the movie buffs will notice how large a gap my list of recommended movies has, I mean, it doesn't even have District 9 or Inglouorious Basterds for crying out loud. Well, it's simply because I have yet to watch them, and here's a list of those movies that have been recommended by many but I've yet to watch:

Coraline - looks really good; I have a DVD

I Love You, Man - looks very funny

Adventureland
- looks like a decent teen comedy

The Soloist
- the true story has received a lot of attention

The Brothers Bloom
- many people have gone on the record to say that this movie is great; I also think Rachel Weisz is adorable in this

Drag Me To Hell - I like horror-comedies

The Hangover - the low-budget raunchy comedy turned unlikely hit makes me curious to see if it is as good as they say

Moon - David Bowie's son's directorial debut looks like a good ride around the moon. Sam Rockwell's character is also of interest.

The Hurt Locker - This Golden Globe nominated flick looks like a great war film. Period.

Funny People - The premise sounds great and mature, but the jokes probably are gonna consist of immature raunchy ones. Still, it looks good.

District 9 - I want to watch this sci-fi film... I can't think of anything else to say.

Ponyo - Hayao Miyazaki films are usually worth watching.

Inglourious Basterds - This film looks badass. Quentin Tarantino seems to deliver the goods in this twisted take on World War 2.

World's Greatest Dad - It's been ages since I've liked a Robin Williams film, and this flick while not perfect, looks like it's right up my alley.

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs - This quirky film looks like solid entertainment.

Paranormal Activity - A lot of hype around this film. Before Avatar, this movie was the talk of the town for months on end.

The Invention of Lying - While it looks like a conventional rom-com, I still want to watch it for its high-concept premise.

Zombieland - Looks awesome. Plain and simple.

This Is It - Shun me now for I have yet to watch this "documentary" of rehearsal footage.

Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wes Anderson's stop-motion flick is a dark horse for the Best Animated throne.

Me and Orson Welles - I just want to see the film solely based on claims that Zac Efron finds his inner actor in the film.

The Princess and the Frog - Many have longed for Disney to return to the old 2D formula and it looks like this comeback delivers.

The Road - A Cormac McCarthy novel adaptation that isn't faring as well as No Country for Old Men, The Road still looks like a good depressing sit through post-apocalyptic, cannibalistic America.

Up In The Air - I have no doubt that this movie will only see the light of day in the Philippines next year, but it probably still counts as a 2009 film. It's leading the Golden Globe nominees right now, so there's not much of a good reason not to watch this film about the recession.

The Lovely Bones - It's not faring very well with the critics, but I still want to watch it for its images and story.

Invictus - I'm not really a big fan of football, but this biopic is pretty much a take on Nelson Mandela and his establishment of peaceful relations through the famous sport.

Sherlock Holmes - Another film that'll see release on January 2010, Sherlock looks like a decent romp through old England. Still wary about the Guy Ritchie factor though.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - While I have yet to see a Terry Gilliam film (in full, at least), he's known for bringing trippy visuals to the screen, kinda like Tim Burton. This film is also notable for being Heath Ledger's last role though.


December 28, 2009

Handpicked 2009: Movies I've Watched

2009 is going to be remembered as the year James Cameron redefined our perspective of "3D", and while Avatar is not exactly the best movie of the year story-wise, it's the best movie the year when you talk about the moviegoing experience. It's not gonna be an experience that's reproducible on home video, so if you haven't already watched this movie in a 3D theater, you're missing out on life.

But of course, 2009 isn't all about Avatar; below I've compiled all the movies I reviewed this year (that were released in 2009 and not prior to it) and put links to them for your reading 'pleasure':

Dragonball Evolution (May 1, 4/10)
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (May 2, 4/10)
Star Trek (May 10, 9.3/10)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 21, 7.5/10)
17 Again (July 31, 6.5/10)
BFF: Best Friends Forever (August 2, 5.5/10)
Duplicity (August 6, 8/10)
Up (September 7, 9.8/10)
The Proposal (October 26, 7/10)
Orphan (November 22, 6.5/10)
Julie and Julia (November 24, 7/10)
Ang Tanging Pamilya (December 23, 7/10)
Kimmy Dora (December 25, 4/10)
Avatar (December 26, 8/10)

For some reason, I've reviewed more stinkers than good movies, but there are some movies I've watched that I didn't review for, and these are (with corresponding ratings and comments/rants):

Bride Wars (4/10) - Anne Hathaway tries her darndest, but the movie ends up devolving into a really bad catfight

Push (7/10) - While unoriginal, there is a captivating element to this superhero drama. Needs to lighten up a little though.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2/10) - So cringe-inducingly bad I walked out on this movie. Seriously not the best time for a movie like this.

Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li (1.5/10) - Laughable acting, plot, physics, cast, everything. Just horrible, even though one can watch for laughs. They're simply too serious, really. Even worse than the original Street Fighter movie with the Van Damme (and you thought people can learn).

Watchmen (7.5/10) - Overlong, but it has riveting visuals and interesting characters that really aren't fully fleshed out. A reasonably well-made film in the technical sense.

Monsters vs. Aliens (7/10) - A very light adventure that doesn't need a brain to appreciate. There are some smart moments, but all in all it is a decent timewaster that's also tolerable for the adults. Nothing too deep here.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (4.5/10) - Mediocrity at its best. Has a pretty good concept that's not utilized too well. Some funny moments here and there, but generally predictable and cheesy.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (3/10) - Not the movie a character like Wolverine deserves. Some cool moments here and there, but nothing special.

He's Just Not That Into You (4/10) - A movie that features a tad too many storylines, He's Just Not That Into You is a cringe-inducing time for the dudes. A chick flick in the purest sense.

Sunshine Cleaning (7/10) - Has a quirky story that is darkly funny. A bit pretentious though.

(500) Days of Summer (8.5/10) - It's a story about love that isn't a love story as it reflects the nature of a human relationship, as well as its ups and downs. Well-acted, well-edited, well-directed, well-paced, I can do this all day.

In My Life (9/10) - This Filipino movie is a pleasant surprise. Despite the presence of over-the-top melodrama which the audience loves, the film is still able to remain down-to-earth and subtly funny. Vilma Santos and John Lloyd Cruz particularly shine in this part-armchair-travel-show, part-family-dramedy.

Out of all of these movies I've watched, I feel the need to select some of the standouts that you simply need to watch immediately.

Up
Up is better than a lot of these movies for a lot of reasons, and the thing about this movie is that it doesn't even require 3D to be entertaining, nor does it feel the need to throw pop culture references at every turn. This is a timeless flick that epitomizes the meaning of "family entertainment" as it offers a mix of entertainment that will captivate all audiences. It's even also one of those movies where you pick up something else when you watch it a second time.

I was so blown away by this movie that I just didn't even comment too much on my review due to the risk of giving information away. It is simply a powerful work of art even if, like Wall-E, the first part is the most powerful, and the powerful-ness isn't sustained throughout the duration of the film.

Star Trek
Star Trek is the prime example of the reboot done right. It offers a lot of exhilarating moments that will appeal to the audiences who aren't really into the geek phenomenon, but it doesn't dumb itself down for the existing base of rabid fans. And while it features the original crew of the USS Enterprise, the story is a mix of both old and new as it gives hints to the old storyline and turns the entire shebang into a fresh alternate reality that's unlike a lot of movies I've seen this year. Still, the villain isn't too fleshed out (and from the looks of the Deleted Scenes that have been uploaded to the Internet, it may be that Abrams was forced to cut a scene that does flesh Nero's character out), but that's just a minor problem in an otherwise excellent summer flick.

In My Life
I KNOW! I was surprised too!

In a cinema scene filled to brim with rom-coms, cheesy fantasy flicks, forced comedies and funny horror movies, a gem from the big studios sometimes shows up to blow convention out of the water, and this Vilma vehicle does not disappoint.

Featuring great performances from each of its big stars and dramatic moments that, while overly sentimental, are convincingly real, In My Life is a dramedy that features a relatable story that'll appeal to a lot of people- and more people than you'd think.

(500) Days of Summer
Zooey Deschanel is back with her hypnotizingly blue eyes to bring an indie circuit favorite (500) Days of Summer. Its tagline rings true, "This is not a love story, but a story about love." as it analyzes the daily compromises a relationship faces, and how one finds "the right one". It's full of emotion and personality, but it's also not without its share of comedy.

Worth the price of admission alone is a sequence that shows a view of "reality" and a view of "fantasy" that goes on simultaneously. It's such a great sequence that while flashy and creative, is also sad because of how true it feels. It's grounded in reality as it is primarily an amusing portrayal of a relationship doomed for failure.

Avatar
While the storyline is the epitome of generic, there's absolute nothing generic about how vivid Pandora is, especially in 3D. The technical value Avatar holds for the land of Hollywood is huge, and the moviegoing experience that can be had with this flick is just intensely eye-popping. This is one of those films that lives up to the hype and delivers on a new experience, but one will definitely shout "Overrated" and that's because of the story which, compared to Cameron's other work, is crappy.


December 26, 2009

Avatar Review

Avatar
Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana
Directed by James Cameron

One could say that Avatar is like Spore in the sense that it has been developed and worked on for more than 5-10 years, and the PR people keep giving out huge, nearly impossible promises that simply raise the hopes of many a tad bit too much. In Spore's case, the game never really delivered its lofty promises, but in Avatar's case, well, the scenario is actually quite the opposite (although it kinda helps that the promise emphasizes on the 3D rather than the overall story).

Leaving the theater, I was literally out of breath and gasping for air because of the sheer spectacle I just witnessed. The special effects alone were enough to blow my mind out of its place, but couple that with a final battle of epic proportions and you just might end up speechless.

The imaginative world James Cameron made up in his head a decade ago actually dares to be bright and colorful, especially in a time when movies that have dark tones are considered edgy and cool. This entire world, especially in 3D, is just full of luscious life, and the entire biosphere that surrounds the planet of Pandora is just teeming with beauty and near-photorealism. Hell, even before the planet of Pandora is revealed to us, the effects already become rather perplexing and eye-popping, I was literally opening my eyes wide and looking left, right, up and down as the movie coursed through its 2 hour and 45 minute running time. And the performance capture utilized in the Na'vi? It is close to perfection. The faces of these blue people are impressively expressive, yet the people themselves don't even look creepy ala the people that populate recent Robert Zemeckis films. Long story short, the effects just literally put the 'awe' in awesome, and with such a great world and great performance capture, there's no doubt that WETA's gonna win the Oscar for Best Special Effects.

But the 3D, while a compelling part of the movie, isn't really a point of focus when you review a movie that'll eventually get a release on DVD without the 3D effects. So ignoring the aesthetics and digging into the plot, well, there's actually not much new to dig into. But if you insist: Jake Scully is a paraplegic ex-marine whose scientist brother passed away, and since they both share the same DNA, Jake is tasked with controlling the Avatar his brother left behind so they can pursue academic research and establish diplomatic ties. Basically, an Avatar here is a body made from the DNA of a human fused with the DNA of a Na'vi.

But a certain Colonel wants Jake to help them get a rare multi-million dollar mineral Unobtanium, and while Jake opts in at first, the things he learns from the tree-hugging Na'vi (courtesy of his teacher-slash-love-interest Neytiri) get the best of him so he ends up siding with the blue aliens. Will they win the war to protect their planet?

Now, I can go on about how insanely generic and unoriginal this plot is, I mean, the movie draws inspiration from a lot of other flicks like... -deep breath- Dances With Wolves (which Cameron directly admitted), Ferngully, The Matrix, Pocahontas, by jove, the list goes on. But when all is said and done, it doesn't really matter: it's a James Cameron film, so the action that occurs is always entertaining, and learning about the culture of the Na'vi is actually kind of absorbing even though it shouldn't. James Cameron's ability to tell any story and make anything riveting is at full display here, and it's just undeniably effective.

Fine, the characters, especially the humans, are kinda two-dimensional (and at some point, one-dimensional too), and the themes of "the big bad corporation" or "the big bad military" are simply James Cameron staples, really. Ever seen the second Terminator?

And to the film's credit, at least it doesn't overstate the importance of protecting nature. I mean, the mention of "we're connected to everything that grows in the land" isn't the most subtle hint to this 'lesson', but everything just feels right enough for this obvious concept to be a bit more understated, thus making the film less than preachy.

In James Cameron's defense, he's usually credited for being a pretty good screenwriter, I mean, just take a look at his filmography: most of them are written (or at least, co-written) by Cameron himself. Did anyone argue about the Terminator or Aliens? He wrote those iconic movies, so it's really a mystery as to how such a man can merely rely on making such a crappy script compared to his older work. My guess is that he also considered that advertising a movie about blue people would prove to be too risky if it had a plot that was too inaccessible for the mass audience. I mean, it kinda makes sense: he's advertising a technology that's named after him, but the only way to recoup all that money the studio spent on the film is simply by making it very accessible to more people. It's like going back to basics.

The world James Cameron made has much potential, so it wouldn't be much of a shocker to see it get a sequel, and knowing Cameron, it'll be bigger, better, and more compelling story-wise, especially now that more people have a feel for the basics of the culture he has created. Simply put, if there's a sequel for this, the first one will pretty much be exposition in the purest sense.

Alas, I'm veering far from the point of reviewing the movie as it is, so I'll just call it a day from here and beckon you to watch it, in 3D ideally. This is spectacle in its purest form, and really, isn't the bulk of the theatregoing experience heavily reliant on spectacle?

Rating: 8/10


December 25, 2009

Kimmy Dora Review

Kimmy Dora
Starring Eugene Domingo
Directed by Joyce Bernal

When one sees a film where an actor plays two roles, there's something about it that makes a person think that the movie is gonna be pretty bad- I don't know, blame Eddie Murphy- so when I got into the world of Kimmy Dora, I had my share of prejudices.

And my preconceived notions were almost dead-on.

So it's set in the corporate world and Eugene Domingo's characters' family is a very influential one in this world indeed. Basically, Kimmy is the dragon lady of the establishment who maltreats her employees but gets things done well. Dora on the other hand is the very slow sister sister so you can see how different their personalities are at the get-go. The Go Hyun-Dae company is at the risk of collapse when a misunderstanding occurs, will the day be saved?

First off, I'm gonna comment on the portrayal of Dora which has had its share of fire and controversy. The movie has its good intentions, but the portrayal does have potential to rile up some of the groups that advocate the well-being of the people who are of less mental capacity. The film does depict 'normal' people (Kimmy) mistreating and cursing the 'slower' people (Dora) but I can also see the direction they were headed with this: this wasn't supposed to be offensive, it was supposed to be for comic relief that they can take advantage of (ala Aling Dionisia's appearance and background in Ang Tanging Pamilya), the whole movie, in this way, is a throwback to the slapstick comedies of old that depicts stereotypes and gets away with it. When appreciated in that angle, it all becomes a bit funnier, a bit less offensive, a bit more preachy.

I mean, the movie is mostly full of slapstick and unsophisticated suggestive jokes, but at the end of the day, it also has its share of lessons like appreciating a family member, appreciating the things you have in life, and appreciating the people around you, but this feels so phoned in and tacked on that it just kinda borders on preachy. There is an effort to make the lessons rather seamless, but I'm not too convinced.

Also, what the hell is up with those pointless cameos? Seriously. Piolo, Vhong, Ruffa Mae, Christian, Erik... the list goes on... WHY ARE YOU THERE? Aiza Seguerra's appearance makes a lot of sense in the context of the story but... all of you guys? I don't get the point. All I know is that these 'tips' are just friggin distracting. Maybe they were just passing by and the crew said, 'Oh, hey, we had a lot of money to spare so why don't you wear this waiter's dress, serve some food and call it a day?' Fine, I understand if Piolo's in there because he's a producer but how about all the others?

Okay, I have to confess, I laughed a few times. It's hard not to laugh with the Three's Company-esque situations presented in the movie, but that may just be the thing as to why I think that some of the scenes here are funnier than they should be: I'm reminded of all the classic comedies that inspired this movie. Perhaps, one can enjoy this movie best when it's thought of as a little throwback to the 60's or the 70's era of slapstick/screwball comedies.

And that's also the thing that makes my feelings mixed about most everything in this movie. Is my judgment of the comedic quality of the movie influenced solely by my appreciation for some of the older comedies, or is it just because I laugh at the smallest things? Judgment of the funny factor will be up to you, really. But of course, there are still a lot of times when the comedy just falls flat, and the love interest factor just makes the mood worse by making it awkward (as if his character wasn't socially awkward enough).

Overall, I have a lot of mixed feelings about this movie, but for the most part it is kind of decent, but it's hard to expect that the comedy is gonna be subtle and fluid and more importantly funny. Watch with caution, but try to appreciate it as if you're watching an old Three's Company episode with its tried-and-true misunderstanding approach, so you can at least get a laugh or two out of it.

And the theme song! Horrible excuse of a theme song! It's not even a 'so-bad-it's-stuck-in-my-head' kind of song, it's just... bad. You have frigging Aiza Seguerra, use her!

Rating: 4/10

Apple tablet to be called iSlate?

MacRumors just dug up a historic 2007 record of a domain purchase made by Apple, and the purchase points to the name "iSlate.com".

MarkMonitor, a domain registrant which protects the trademarks of companies like Apple, may have covered up this little slip-up quickly but since this is the Internet, there's no doubt that the document would become available for all to see eventually, and this is one of those cases.

So it's a bit hard to get skeptical of the tablet itself, as well as its moniker. iSlate though? What do you think?


 
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