Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So we just announced the slate for this years festival. I have to say that this is def the best slate that we have ever had. Nice films. Law Abiding Citizen to Open. Very excited about that. And lots of nice stuff. If your going get your passes quick cause they are going fast.
I will check in shortly. www.urbanworld.org
I will check in shortly. www.urbanworld.org
Thursday, July 16, 2009
So I got an email from Google that Google Voice was finally available and ready to run. All I can tell you is that this is a hit. Seamless and easy. It amazes me how Google comes out with things that you are thinking. It moves with great intuition. I am excited to see how it does under the pressure of real life.
Keep you posted.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Just came back from seeing Transformers 2. I have been waiting for this for 2 years. Have blogged about the dope cars coming even took my daughter to the auto show and got a picture with BumbleBee. Oh and did I mention I have never missed a Michael Bay film. Good Ol'Fashion Fun Right?
Well here goes... First after we go through some opening sequence we get a history lesson. Many years ago Decepticons were here on Earth. Well suddenly there are some spear carrying, bone in the nose, war paint brothers standing on a mountain and in the next scene getting killed by Decepticons. Ok gonna let that go.
Get a little deeper in my popcorn and here comes two jive talkin, cursing up a storm twin chevys, Mudflap and Skids. Oh ye Gold Teeth included. This is so sad and so unnecessary. And to add insult to injury they can't read. One scene there getting President Obama to a bunker and the next Mudflap and Skids. Mike you know that's wrong. And what is with the response from Huffington Post Interview ..."I purely did it for kids," the director said. "Young kids love these robots, because it makes it more accessible to them." Michael Bay. That's just a lame excuse. Funny, Dark Knight, Iron Man and Terminator did not seem to need to play to such low levels for success.
So the only language that people can here is money. DON'T SEE THE FILM. Yes this is a call for a Boycott. If you gotta give them your money wait till after opening weekend. Let's send Mike a message.
Also... Mike a suggestion. At least add voiceovers for the DVD release.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Pixar does it again. The imagination coming out of this shop is just fantastic. I took my daughter to see UP 3D and she kept trying to touch the screen. So amazing to watch. I can't say much about it but just that it is worth seeing. Taking whole family to see again tomorrow.
Up, Up and Away.
Papa Johns Pizza is experimenting with a Hologram Pizza Box that displays image when held up to a computer screen. I feel Obi-Wan Kenobi spirit in the room. Check out WSJ full article.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
HP launches new beta sight MagCloud that promises to bring printing costs down for the Magazine business. Claims are that you load a PDF, the magazines are printed made to order at a fraction of the cost. Sounds like an idea that might work. I see it run into problems for real magazines that have special features for key advertisers unless HP can allow you to specify that. But if the costs are reduced you can give that favorite advertiser more space or something new will come to take the place of inserts and the like.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Ron Howard's follow up film of Dan Brown's book Angels and Demons reunites us with Symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) who has to save Rome from Biblical annihilation in 8 Hours. No Problem. A&D has all the usual bells and whistles. It's a fun ride and the energy from newcomer Vittoria Vetra (Ayelet Zuer) is refreshing. If your looking for anything other than summer popcorn fun you might be disappointed. But, ease expectation and you'll have a fun ride. This film swells in all the right places and has many fun twists and turns that remind you of a James Bond film.
It has more of a National Treasure feeling when it comes to Biblical fact compared to the first film. The Da Vinci Code dealt with a much more volatile subject. This version steers clear of any such potential conflicts and takes a safe road of a straight thriller.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
If you have been under a rock and have not seen Star Trek yet. Tyler Perry has a special cameo as Admiral Richard Barnett of Star Fleet. Can't miss him. And there is no truth to the rumor of a Madea in Space, sorry. Was this a cheap ploy to lure people to the theater. Is Admiral Richard Barnett the new Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams)? Well from several interviews it appears that JJ Abrams respects and admires Perry and wanted him in the film. That's all.
Star Trek opening this past weekend to $75 Million. Slightly less than expectation and $10 Million less than Wolverine with week before. Some are scratching their heads behind the wondering what may have been the difference for the softer opening. It is believed that Paramount may have missed the boat on Women. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) while clearly a guy film had a hunk in the lead that had a female following. While Star Trek on the other hand had a crop of stars that were unknown and the ensemble was pushed more than the young Kirk (Chris Pine). It is believed that ST will fare better over time given it's strong reviews and possible repeat business.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Just got out of Star Trek and saw on IMAX.... WOW! It was amazing and will not disappoint.The 10am shows were already sold out. I think it will break $100 this weekend. Enjoy and Live Long and Prosper. Let me know what you thought.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
This review is a little late in coming but alas here it is. Wolverine I am sad to say has an itch that it just can't scratch. All the ingredients are there, but it just doesn't leave you with that mmmmmm good feeling. For almost a week I have been trying to put my finger on it and I think it falls into the same trap that Watchmen fell into. They try to pack everything into the film. Almost to satisfy die hard comic purist at the expense of a good film.
It's as if they did the film by checking off boxes rather than by making a movie. There were too many cooks in the kitchen and the belief is that the formula is too good to fail. Underneath all great comics is a love story and the love story with Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins) is never fully developed between her and Wolverine. So when tragic things happen we just don't seem to care. The film is more of a Bro-love story between two brothers. Liev Schreiber is a good Sabertooth. I know the heavens are going to open up on this but...I did not care for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. I want someone who's off screen presence would fit. Hugh looks the part, but something is missing. Also I think Wolverine needed a side kick to add some comic relief. There is no humor in the film. In the way that characters play off of Hellboy's temper. A guy with a short fuse whose always ready to blow. Such seriousness all through Wolverine caused it to be melodramatic.
Now about the score. It just did not do it's job properly. There was never a memorable theme and that's critical to pulling in the audience.
Its very sad to see such a great potential lost and these big comic films have to be very careful not to fall for their own hype. Story, story, story. We lets hope Star Trek makes up for it. Live Long and Prosperous. \\//.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Wall Street Journal reports Burger King and Paramount Pictures have struck a 3 picture deal. Films included Star Trek, Transformers and G.I. Joe. full story
"Kingon" Ad part of the new deal.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Soloist is a good film but, has issues. Joe Wright's Los Angeles feels slightly set in the future with polished concrete reminiscent of Gattaca (1997), where the disparity between have and have not screams. The worlds are set so strong in black and white figuratively with classes meeting between these two characters in under freeway acoustic worlds. The world has gone mad. Newspapers are dying, people are off their meds and the future looks bleak. Most of all Soloist spends too much time in madness. The story feels laden with heaviness that it can't escape. All of the people in Nathan's (Jamie) World are so crazy that it just does not feel balanced as a movie. Feels more like a bad acid trip.
Not that movies need to have all the answers, but Solo falls short of brining anything new to the table after 2 hours. You finish at a slightly different point from where you started. Soloist does not know what issue it is trying to tackle and gets confused, poverty, mental illness, classism, the economy. You want Nathan to be victorious some how but the film never quite gets there. Still I would recommend for your Netflix account.
There is a beautiful gift in the center of the film. For a moment inside of Nathan's head and we get to see music the way he sees music. This catches you completely off guard and takes you back to the first time you saw and a laser light show set to Pink Floyd, but dare I say better.
What did you think?
I have been meaning to write about shaving with straight razors for a couple of years now. I got into it about 3 years ago and I have to tell you that it is fantastic on so many levels. 1. Financially inexpensive, 2. Environmentally sound, 3. One of the best shaves you'll ever have and 4. Shaving becomes a deep meditation.
If you decided to try shaving the #1 thing is buy a great razor. Make the worthwhile investment. The best in the business is Dovo. www.dovo.com. And the smartest man about shaving is Lynn Abrams of the Straight Razor Place. www.straightrazorplace.com Lynn is an incredible resource. Skip all others. There is a lot of bad information online. Some of Lynn's talks are online. Here is another how to link about... shaving
The proudest moment is to know that in about 2 months your razor pays for it self and you never have to put another piece of trash in a land field ever again.
Let me know about your straight razor experiences.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
If you are odd like me and love listening to air traffic control while flying now you can listen to live feeds. It is great if you are learning to fly. Helps train your ears to flight commands. United Airlines is the only airline that lets you listen to ATC (Air Traffic Control) while flying. Channel 9. Helps also if you have a fear of flying. Takes some of the mystery out of it.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Confederate F131 Hellcat Combat. Just leaves you speechless. Confederate Machines built some of the bikes featured in the upcoming Terminator. Wildest looking thing on 2 wheels.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Alex Mercer is a Prototype in a Military experiment gone wrong. Or maybe gone right depending how you look at it. Alex is on a hunt to find out who did this to him and get revenge. You are Alex in this wild first person vengeance game. Check out the behind the scenes clip setting up the game plot.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I just started reading PW Singer's book on the future of Robotics Wired For War. Really well written book that takes a historical journey from the beginning of man's thoughts and ideas about robots to the future and possible drawbacks to how we use robots in warfare. Have not been able to put it down.
Good positioning given the upcoming Terminator release.
Posted by Stacy Spikes at 11:24 AM
Friday, April 3, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Cisco launches cross promotion with 24. The show uses product placement Cisco's new Webex Conferencing services that also allow for Signatures as well as dynamic conferences.