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LOST: The Movie? Not Exactly.

In iTunes/iPod, TV on June 30, 2008 at 12:47 am

I said I wanted to. So I did. I turned the lights off, put my speakers at full volume and rented Cloverfield from iTunes. I told myself I had to watch it at least once since it was produced by J.J. Abrams : Mr. LOST himself. So how was it? Well let’s start off by putting it this way : The movie starts off by referring to the “Area formerly known as ‘Central Park.'” Yeah.

It’s a monster movie, the monster being known by its codename “Cloverfield.” But unlike what you might expect, it’s not about the monster. After watching you will still not know why it’s attacking New York, where it came from or even what happened to it. The movie is about a group of people trying to escape it, shown by the point of view of their video camera. It’s not a movie version of LOST, though, even if it takes some elements from it. You know nothing about the monster and, at the start, you only see it in a few frames. The characters were just having a good time at a party (much like enjoying a routine Sydney-LA flight) when all Hell breaks loose. Much like every week on LOST, the movie’s ending leaves you wondering. On the other hand, it lacks any mystery to develop. Cloverfield is simply shown to the audience after a while without any understanding as to what it is. And again, you’ll never know or be given any clues to know more. It’s just there so live with it, OK?

Regardless, the movie is enjoyable and worth renting (or buying, if you’re into that) but be warned : no one’s kidding about the camera work. I was able to stomach it, but then again, I wasn’t watching it on a big screen.

I whine a bit more about the movie and its predictable moments but it’s mildly spoiler-ish. To read it, just click on the link right here. Read the rest of this entry »

Can You Feel it? It’s People Power!

In Apple, iPhone on June 27, 2008 at 10:31 pm

Canadian Apple fans aren’t taking the Rogers iPhone plans standing down. Petitions have been started. Sites (with very eloquent names) have been launched. Contact info has been passed around. Is it working? Well…

Hey Look! An Apple Product I Want to See Fail.

In Apple, iPhone on June 27, 2008 at 12:26 pm

I’m not a cellphone person. I rarely use the one I have, but there was one cell that got me interested in wireless phones : the iPhone. Well, so much for that!

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Why I Love This Show : The Gruen Transfer

In iTunes/iPod, TV on June 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

I spotted a link for this show, of all places, on the iTunes Canada homepage. This is odd since it’s an Autrailian show all about advertising. The host chats with four people from the ad industry about how ads work and what happens if they don’t. They even get people to make hilarious mock ads for simply unsellable stuff such as Baghdad holidays or whale meat. The show’s fun to watch and it’s free. That’s easy to sell, isn’t it? Check it out on the iTunes Podcast Directory. It’s rated M and is, as they say in an Ausie accent, ” not recommend for persons under 15 years.”

Download Day – June 17th

In iTunes/iPod, Mac on June 16, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Tomorrow’s Download Day! And no, not just because of Firefox. While yes, the 17th is the day Firefox 3 will be available and is the day Mozilla will set a world record for downloads, it’s isn’t the only worthwhile download coming tomorrow. The demo of the Spore Creature Creator will also be available that day. Use it tide over until the September, joint PC-and-Mac release of Spore. Also available here (Canada) tomorrow is the new Coldplay album. If both Viva la Vida and Violet Hill are any indication, I might have to buy the whole thing… and I almost never buy entire albums.

Oh, God! Stop! NO!

In TV on June 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm

What’s worse than CBC losing the Hockey Night in Canada theme? Having CTV buy it and hearing it on anything that isn’t HNiC? Yeah, that’s bad. I’ll probably feel sad inside whenever that happens. But there is worse. And Stephen Colbert made it happen. View the clip here (starting at about 3:32) and feel your Canadian heart die a little. 

Slowing Down

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2008 at 12:55 am

I’m slowly becoming less and less busy these days. The secret project I’ve been working on for the past couple of months is almost done so I’m working on finishing the site redesign. It won’t be with Freeway but it’ll still be pretty.

It’s coming.

In Apple, iPhone, iTunes/iPod, Mac, TV on June 2, 2008 at 5:08 pm

It’s that time of year again. The time where you start counting the days not as weekdays, but as days before or after the Keynote. Yes, it’s WWDC time and this year should be fun. With 3G iPhones, the App Store, iPhone launches across the globe (Canada included), a new .Mac service, movies coming to iTunes on both sides of the Atlantic and whatever else Steve might have hidden in a pocket, an envelope or on a Mac, I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.