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Can 3-D save the cinemas?

written by owen, published 2011-May-27, comment

Avatar is the best 3d movie I've seen and most people will a test to that. Its not the amount of 3d shots but the quality of the shots IMHO. eitherway 3d is not going save the theatres if they continue to be greedy. People who watch movies every week (sometimes several times a week) will continue to do that no matter what happens but I personally will not be affected by the new influx of 3d movies because 3d doesn't add much value to the movie. In fact they just use it as another means of price rape. The theatres now have crazy ads before, during and after the movie. Its just a matter of time before they have scrolling message bars at the bottom of the movie. Movie theatres need to release that movies are no longer important to the general population. They have other stuff to distract them.


CINEMA group Palace Amusement has tripled its capital expenditure amid a Digital 3-D build-out project earmarked as a saviour in an industry ravaged by pirates, even while the firm continues to operate in the red.

-Observer

If you triple your expenditure in a single year, how can you expect to re-cope that money during the same year?

They should work on keeping their loyal fans who love them and leave the rest of us alone. They should realise no matter what they do some of us just want to see one good movie every month or every quarter, we just want to watch the movie, we don't want to see advertisements or buy expensive snacks. We want to watch movie trailors before the movie starts, not cellphone advertisements. If we cannot watch trailors then tell us exactly when the movie is going to start so that we can come to the theatre at that time.

If they want to drive a bigger Benz then they should charge more for the movie but of course they know they cannot do that without making their regular weekly customers angry so I guess they are in a between a rock and a hard place. I have no problem waiting 2 years for a movie to come out on cable but I know movie buffs love their movies and I think that the movie buffs are the ones who suffer most in this period. I am the type of movie watcher that can see a worthless movie coming from just the name alone, even before I see the trailor. And worthless movies are EVERYWHERE. I have been punked by a dubious trailor before but it is a rare occasion. The movie industry is running out of ideas and they need us as much as we need them. 3d movies, superhero movies, remakes of old movies and explosions not enough to get me to come to the theatre every week, sorry, I have video games, internet and cable.

My suggestion is that they should enjoy their monopoly while it lasts and cater to their core audience who watch movies on a regular, treat then right and they will remain loyal and encourage their friends to fork out the money. But right now 3d is not going to make encourage other people give theatre more profit. If its more profit they want then they need to invest into more local movies and directors instead of sending all that extra profit overseas. Heck the local movies may suck in the beginning but with social media as it is, a good local movie will draw a crowd and ensure the continued improvement in quality. Better mus come - eventually.

Side Note on Bootleggers

Bootleggers really don't care about 3d and what makes matters worst is that 3d will never become the defacto standard of watching a movie at anywhere because it seriously gives some people headaches and adds very little to the movie experience. Advertise more and offer better deals in order to get more people to choose the theatre over bootleg, otherwise, watching a movie at the theatre will continue to be the exception as opposed to the norm for most people. You could always try banding the importation of flat screens into Jamaica, lol.

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owen commented: yeah the plot was pretty weak but I think there are some people who cannot see in 3d ( or the movie version of 3d ) ... read 3 more

iPhone 4 sucks - a Rant

written by owen, published 2010-Jun-08, comment

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RANT BEGIN ---

So yesterday Steve Jobs bust the place with the new ihone 4.0. And as usual I am pissed but I am not the only one. The Iphone 4 does nothing but disappoint me at every possible turn. As I was discussing with Camille of fyrfli.net/ the iphone 4 is more of the same with a better screen and still no SD card slot. To add insult to injured we now have to which to something called a "micro sim card". Which in itself is total BS. A micro sim cock maybe good in the customer driven garbage dump with is the USA. But in poorer nationals we can't just throw shit away for no reason and god knows how long before our local cellphone provides upgrade their systems.

Camile: Why you need an SD card slot? ...

if it had a SD card slot they wouldn't need to keep selling you the same 32gigs of memory over and over for a $100. But I guess its all part of apple's evil plot. No, of course you don't need it. :!

The current prices for apple products usally look something like this;
Ipad - 16GB - $499.00
Ipad - 32GB - $599.00
Ipad - 64GB - $699.00

I am sure many apple uses have several iphones that are either old or broken but still have 16gb of good memory in them that you have to keep buying over and over again. I'm sure the Ipad uses the same storage medium as the iphone. The storage thing is simply a retarded, money grabbing scheme by apple.

So called "Innovation"

I could go on and on about their so called "innovation" but I don't want to be a killjoy. Major feature is that it looks good (better than 90%). Everything else is bait.

Apple products just work

There are millions of things that "just work", toasters, refrigerators, but the iphone is special. The iphone just works for a time. How long it "just works" is totally dependant on apple. A SD card slot basically doubles the lifespan of any device that has one. After a year of use stability and reliability go out the window. It is designed to be constantly replaced.

Iphone 4 changes Everything Again! Hells yeah.

Retina Display

Last years iphone screen was the shit, now the new iphone 4 screen is the shit and last years phone is REALLY the shit. You can't improve something that is already standard and call it a feature. Talk to somebody about having a problem with the original iphone and they will simply laugh in your face. Of course this may seem to the reader as alittle thing compared to the awesome "Retina" screen and the "porn Facetime". But a hi-res screen is only going to make you use up more memory storing/looking-at big-ass images.

HD recording

OMFG. If I hear the HD Acronym again I'm going to flip out and spill oil in the gulf of mexico. Seriously, who has time to be recording and upload those big-ass HD movie files? Can you simply just give me 480 widescreen resolution? Or is that impossible?

IMproved Battery Life

OMFG. Putting in a bigger batter is not improving batter life.

Multi-Tasking Done the right way

I have no complains about this. They can do whatever they want. Why the old iphones can't do it is very puzzling.

IAds

So now I have to be always connected to the net so I can use my free applications? Now every free application will come hooked up with this iAD bull? so I have to be connected to the net to use the free apps? Sadness. I don't like this very much either.


---- RANT END

Well now my choices are either to get the iphone 4 or the windows 7 series phone series. But the WP7SS has had basically no information in the press recently. If I get the iphone 4 I will certain be selling my soul and wasting my money to "try-out" for a year (hopefully without breaking the screen) and be forced to sell it when the battery dies or i run of space.

Don't even mention and android phone. I like a phone that I can update without waiting on my carrier. What the crack head? Eclipse development? No thank you. The Android phone suffers from the opposite problem of the iphone; the android software stack sucks.

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JB commented: "A SD card slot basically doubles the lifespan of any device that has one." – Why the hell should that be??? "But a hi-res screen is only going to make you use up more memory storing/looking-at big-ass images." – Not necessarily. That also depends on how the images are compressed. "Seriously, who has time to be recording and upload those big-ass HD movie files?" – Obviously more than you think! "Why the old iphones can't do it is very puzzling." – They can, soon as the new OS comes out. For free. "So now I have to be always connected to the net so I can use my free applications?" – Who told you that? Nobody. My head almost explode while reading this uninformed bullshit. Let's get to the point: You're just pissed off because you can't afford it. Right? ... read 5 more

So Fly with my MicroTac

written by owen, published 2010-May-20, comment

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I was looking for cellphone forever then I got this as a gift from my grand mother when I went to Mandeville. It is in pristine condition and has a removable battery. I tried charging it at first but that didn't work. Only after bringing it back to kingston did I get it to charge and the monochrome display came on like a video game arcade box. It keeps saying "NOSRVC". I guess I need someone to unlock it so I can use it on LIME. So fly it doesn't even have a sim card slot, probably using Bluetooth. So when you see me rolling, don't be hating.
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No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle Review/Rant

written by owen, published 2010-Mar-26, comment

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NMH2 is what I refer to as "a gamer's game". It ridiculously hard in some places, unforgiving in others. Highly repetitive while at the same time being new and refreshing in its simplicity. You get better as you play it - which is surely lacking from the games being released nowadays People will look at the television and wonder what kind of madness you are playing. All they will see is blood, flashing lights and exploding bodies. I totally love it.

It is probably the best "new IP" in years. Call of Duty 2 is the same game in different locations with more cutscenes. Mario is Mario you've played it a thousand times but its the same-o-same-o. NMH2 is not mario and it will never be. You chop heads off and you turn into a tiger and bite people while calling them losers and eating pizza for health. NHM2 is a NEW game in every sense of the word. The music is new, the characters are new, the graphics are new, the clothes are new, the story is new. Million dollars worth of games are released everyday and nobody buys them because most of them simple other ways to waste time.

Its M Rated

Its a M rated game. You cannot buy it for you 5 year old because they may grow up to be a serial killer or an assassin or maybe not but we never know with these kids nowadays. And there is no feature to turn off the blood. There will be no feature to turn Mario into a "M rated" game which is why I wonder why people keep asking for content filters on games. Vegetarians don't eat meat, asking meat producers to sell vegetables that look like meat is not very productive. The quality of the game is in its pure M-rate-d-ness, and edginess, not in its mass G-rated dumbed down appeal. Its almost like asking scientist to make space rockets easier for people to fly. You are an idiot, embrace your destiny. There are things that you cannot do.

Video Games as a Sub-Art

People compare NMH2 to Kill Bill, its a movie with lots of blood, turned in a video game. The Avatar movie is a Billion times better than all of the Avatar games because games nowadays have no soul - they convey no emotion.

Video games as a industry are always treated as a sub-art. You would never hear a person say that I wish that violent Friday the 13th movie had a E rated version. the very concept is ludacris. OR better yet a version of shakespeare in which the lovers don't drink posion at the end.

A game like NMH2 is like heavy metal music. It only makes sense in its context. Of course you could take out the voilent content and put Barbie as the lead guitarist. But I am sure there is are Barbie sword fighting games already on the selves - so why do we need to make 2?

Its the game that your parents said was going to rotten your brain. Its like eating too much sugar. You go into the in game clothes store and you buy a t-shirt that he wears throughout ALL THE CUT-SCENES. I wonder why more games don't let you buy clothes. Its just a texture swap. Its adds a certain substance to the cut-scenes.

Conclusion

My only complaint is that its not long enough. 10 hours of fun, 3 hours of annoying boss battles. Games like this should go on forever with auto-generated dungeons and death matches.

All gamers should buy it. However Moms and Pops should rent it because it can get really hard in some places and it can take along time to memorize boss patterns enough to kill them. Good reflexes and thumbs are required.

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Little pig, little pig, let me in

written by Karl, published 2010-Feb-17, comment

Does anyone have a Google Notebook account? For most of you the answer is probably 'No'.
I've gotta say that of all the services Google offers, my most prized is Notebook for the simple fact that they're maintaining the service but are no longer taking new sign ups.

Everyone loves an exclusive club.

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