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Saturday, May 31, 2008

So I've finally played the most hyped game of the year (possibly ever) the somewhat eagerly anticipated Grand Theft Auto IV. Coming off of lots of declarations that it's 'The best Game Ever', and lots of perfect review scores. it had quite a lot to live up to. And my verdict? Meh.

I know it's controversial, but I was distinctly underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible. It's technically a marvel what they've achieved (although graphically it's not top of the pile) but it's not such a giant step up from GTA III, more of a evolution. Running amok in Liberty City will always be worth a giggle, but Best Game Ever? Hardly. Perfect scores? There's far too many niggling annoyances and there's a humongous list of classic games I'd rate higher. Think I'll stick to Super Mario Galaxy thanks. But I certainly do have to say- the little TV shows and radio ads you get to watch in the game? Genuinely very funny. So you know, I can be nice about it. But sheesh talk about Hype getting out of hand!

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

I've never been keen on the practice of remaking British shows for the US market (it's not like there's a language issue, well not much of one anyway). It might be fine to export formats like Pop Idol (yeah, sorry American Idol is kind of our fault) Who wants to be a millionaire?, or The Weakest Link, but remaking comedies of dramas rather than just showing the originals always seems as insult. Not only to the original show, but in the assumption American audiences can't accept something not homegrown- blatantly not true if you consider how many of the recent hit movie franchises- Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Pirates etc- have largely British casts and a distinctly Anglo flavour. The remake of The Office is the only success so far. Despite that, I'd remained curious about the US version of the wondrous Life On Mars, thinking that it might be enjoyable on it's own terms. Now I've seen the trailer though, and this has gone out the window. It looks quite frankly rubbish. Colm Meany as gene Hunt will never live up to the iconic performance of the original. And the guy playing Sam Tyler just looks bland. In the interest of fairness, I should wait til I've seen a full episode, but can't say I'm looking forward to it now.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The summer blockbuster season may have kicked off with Iron Man, but for most people the main event is Indy 4 (who said Sex and the City? Get out of my sight!) which is out this week! I'm getting the impression that crictial word isn't exactly great but I'm trying to avoid any reveiws. the thing is that for months I was convinced it was a bad idea, I may have even blogged on it. But then I saw the trailer and the hype started, and I got all excited. I can't help but wonder if I'm heading for a big disappointment. Not sure when I'll be able to see it, either. But know this- if it sucks, George Lucas I'm holding you personally responsible!

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

In case you haven't heard Gremlins are back! Not in the long-awaited (but non existant) Gremlins 3, but in a UK tv commercial for British Telecom. What's more they're the original rubbery 80's/early 90's version not some rubbishy CG update. Even features the original theme music. Just makes me pine for what could have been- surely a third movie would have made mucho moolah! For those who haven't seen the ad you can check it out here. And if you think that's odd, the legendary Jackie Chan has cropped up on British TV's in adverts for Woolworths.

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