The Xbox 360’s Xbox Live is considered by many as the best online experience for any console gamer. It may not be free as Sony’s counterpart Playstation Network, but many say that the added premium of a monthly membership shows in how easy it is to navigate through it and how easy it is to go from store to game and back. One of the best ways to experience Xbox Live is by buying and playing games in its Xbox Live Arcade marketplace. A number of really good games can be purchased there and easily downloaded and played in your Xbox 360. Below are just some of the games that you should definitely check out. [Read more…]
Every year around September, TV addicts brace themselves for an onslaught of new shows and the return of old favorites, which signify the start of the Fall TV season. This is a time when a great number of new shows from all the TV networks in the US gamble with their timeslots by showing new, untested programs. Some will succeed and have a number of shows gaining audiences. Some will fail and will have new shows canceled in just a few episodes – or maybe even in just one! Then there are the really lucky ones who will have a runaway hit on their hands. These are shows that become water cooler topics and closely followed by millions all over the world. Below are some shows for Fall 2010 that may have the potential to become huge hits: [Read more…]
How safe is your car? Even if you’re a good driver, there are many idiots on the road, and one day, you could be in their path. And you can’t control things like weather conditions (which can significantly affect visibility or the efficiency of your brakes) or plain bad luck.
The key, then, is to not just drive safely, but to install safety gadgets into your car. That way if (knock on wood) something happens, you improve you and your family’s chances of getting out with nary a scratch. [Read more…]
The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, the best-selling book of Swedish author Stieg Larsson, has created quite a stir all over the world. The book, along with The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest (which comprise the Millennium Trilogy) are certified bestsellers that have propelled the late Larsson to the top of the most popular authors in the world. The books were such a success that they spawned movie adaptations in Sweden; Hollywood has followed suit and is now preparing their own movies based on the novels.
So what makes The Millennium Trilogy such a great read? Here are some reasons: [Read more…]
We watch movies mostly to be entertained. We go to the theaters or rent a video to escape from the vagaries of life. We have come to associate movies with escapist fare – light, shallow and generally an opportunity to stop thinking. But then there are movie fans that think more highly of movies – or ‘FILM’ as they love to call it. These people consider film an art form and, as the opposite of the regular movie watcher, expect movies to have a higher meaning and to be a wonderful form of modern artistic expression.
There are a lot of art films being made from practically all countries in the world. If your interest has been piqued and you want to experience a different kind of movie experience check out these fine art films:
1. What Time Is It There? (Taiwan)
Tsai Ming-Liang’s What Time Is It There? Is a testament to the power of silence. The film is understatement personified, which only reinforces the film’s theme, which deals with introspection, meditation and the inevitable movement of time. It’s a melancholic film that would unexpectedly surprise you with snippets of humor – like a ray of sunlight that peeks through an overcast and cloudy day, illuminating you with the powerful effect of such a well made film.
2. Je T’aime, Je T’aime
Another art film that deals with time, Alain Resnais’ masterpiece is one of those head-scratchers that could alienate audiences who do not want to give the film time to latch on to them. It’s a weird science fiction romp about a man – who failed in his suicide attempt – volunteering as a test subject for scientists who have been able to create a technology that would allow him to revisit a certain period in his life in the past for a few minutes. The experiment goes awry and he jumps back and forth in his life and in the end the audience begins to piece together the circumstances that would lead the man to suicide. It’s a mesmerizing piece of work, and a big part of this is the deft editing of the film as it successfully plays around with linearity.
When it comes to surrealism, one of the true masters of the genre would definitely be David Lynch. The maverick director has managed to carve a niche for himself in Hollywood without compromising his unique style and vision. Lynch’s unique point of view is best illustrated in his seminal film Eraserhead. As art films go, expect to see Eraserhead included in practically all lists. And rightfully so, Eraserhead is a triumph in surrealist filmmaking, throwing away the conventions of traditional narrative to tell the story of Henry in episodes that are driven mainly by absurd and head-scratching images. It’s a movie that should be seen because mere words will not give it justice.
Michelangelo Antonioni is a director that may not be immediately recognizable to the joe schmoe moviegoer, but nevertheless he is one of the most important auteurs of our time. Antonioni has made many memorable films, and one of his best is L’Eclisse. The film, which stars French superstar Alain Delon, is a study on the moral state of France during the 60’s. The film is deftly directed by Antonioni, and he craftily tells the story of the two protagonists with a firm hand and a great sense of visual poetry.
6. The Mirror
Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky may be most famous with his science fiction film Solaris, but the man is equally adept in other genres. The Mirror can be seen as moving poetry as Tarkovsky plays with the whole concept of narrative with different visual tricks and imagery. It’s pure joy to behold.