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The Amazing Spider-man Movie Review

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Comics, Movies, My Take, Reviews, Superheroes, Trailer

The Amazing Spider-man Movie Review

The Amazing Spider-man Movie Review

Finally, I managed to watch “The Amazing Spider-man” and it is not amazing as expected. This movie has serious issues that I hope the team would be able to avoid in the upcoming sequels.

First off, the cast are surprisingly great, but having two major characters killed off is nonsense and surely leaving a huge void in the sequels.

The Amazing Spider-man Movie Review

The Amazing Spider-man Movie Review

.. But what went wrong? [Spoilers ahead]

Peter Parker doesn’t have a specific goal in this movie. At first it was to figure out what happened to his parents, which isn’t explained as well. We know nothing other than that “They were scientists.” So what? That’s not even 10% of what I needed to find out. I know the staff are keeping this for the next movies but they kept teasing us with the tagline “The Untold Story” and what we got is less satisfying.

Peter’s second goal is to control his new powers. The scene in the subway train when a random loser puts the beer bottle on his head for no or a strange reason, Peter jumps off and sticks to the ceiling begins climbing walls and beating up some innocent guys, and guess what? Almost a dozen witnessed him doing such spectacular abilities and no one seems to care about that or reporting what they saw to the authorities.

Now Peter’s goal is to bring uncle Ben’s murderer to justice, after several trials he just stops doing this, with no reason! The only thing he would do is crying one time and kissing the girl in another.

Later, Peter’s new goal is to confront the new villain, The Lizard, which is more like a CGI version. This thing is horribly written and executed, it has confusing motives, in the human form he looks good while in his alter ego he becomes violent, angry and in one scene knocking cars off of a bridge for no obvious reasons! Maybe it was just to tell someone that the vaccine isn’t ready yet? This is ridiculous and not satisfying.

There were a confusion and inconsistencies in this movie that totally spoiled this experience. Peter seems to be very comfortable being in the sewers to the point enjoying himself there. Police trying to stun Spider-man with Laser rifle while shooting the lizard using live rounds?! Really! In one scene, where Spider-man rescues a boy from a burning car, he wastes almost 5 minutes trying to convince the boy to be brave, climb up and hold his hand. This is boring and unneeded details at all.

Apart from some amazing POV scenes that unfortunately were spoiled in the trailers, most action scenes were non-thrilling at all, taking place at night or visually uninteresting. Guys, CGI and the sky at night do not make good fellows.

The climax does not work because we have seen that in a dozen movies before. The chemical missile that needs charging, again, for no reason (actually for the hero to come and rescue) and guess what, there is an antidote for that! You know the thing Gwen has been working on for the past 5 minutes. Really? Since when kids study advanced genetics in school?

Finally, Spider-man keeps removing his mask almost to every major character in this movie, This really isn’t the spider-man I wanted to see.

Rated: 6/10

Watch the trailer below:

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Early Reviews Round-up

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Gadgets, iPad, Microsoft, News, Rants & Raves, Reviews, Tech.

Microsoft's Surface Tablet Early Reviews Round-up

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Early Reviews Round-up

And the early reviews for Microsoft’s new Surface tablet have begun stacked up, giving us a glimpse of whats Microsoft has its up sleeves in the tablet business. Judging by the hands-on, it seems the Surface is not going well for Microsoft primarily with the obvious lack of apps, buggy software and other awkwardness:


My 48-year-old eyeballs have no trouble telling the difference between iPad Retina text and the Surface’s ClearType — but overall, the Surface’s screen is one of the best I’ve seen on a tablet.

The screen, incidentally, is 16:9, an aspect ratio designed with Windows 8′s panoramic interface in mind. It lets you see more apps without panning, and is well suited to the feature that allows you to snap a widget-like version of one app on the side of the primary program you’re using. Microsoft thinks Surface buyers will use the tablet mostly in landscape mode; it works in portrait orientation too, although the aspect ratio leaves it looking like a small-but-tall magazine.

NY Times:

Yes, keyboard. You know Apple’s magnetically hinged iPad cover? Microsoft’s Touch Cover is the same idea — same magnet hinge — except that on the inside, there are key shapes, and even a trackpad, formed from slightly raised, fuzzy material. Flip the cover open, flip out the kickstand and boom: you have what amounts to a 1.5-pound PC that sets up anywhere.

This is nothing like those Bluetooth keyboard cases for the iPad. First, the Touch Cover is much, much thinner, 0.13 inches, cardboard thin. Second, it’s not Bluetooth; there’s no setup and no battery hit. The magnet clicks, and keyboard is ready for typing. Third, when you want just a tablet, the keyboard flips around against the back. The Surface automatically disables its keys and displays the on-screen keyboard when it’s time to type.

The Verge:

It does the job of a tablet and the job of a laptop half as well as other devices on the market, and it often makes that job harder, not easier. Instead of being a no-compromise device, it often feels like a more-compromise one.

There may be a time in the future when all the bugs have been fixed, the third-party app support has arrived, and some very smart engineers in Redmond have ironed out the physical kinks in this type of product which prevent it from being all that it can be. But that time isn’t right now — and unfortunately for Microsoft, the clock is ticking.


Imagine booting up an iPad for the first time, seeing the OS X desktop exactly as it appears on a MacBook, and then finding out you cannot run any OS X software on the device. As odd as that scenario sounds, that is exactly the situation Microsoft is facing with the next-generation Windows OS…

…At 1.5 pounds, the Surface’s weight falls very close to that of Apple’s iPad despite the tablet’s larger display, and Microsoft says that the 10.6-inch display size is perfect for a device that is as much about content creation as it is content consumption.


In the end though, this is nothing more than Microsoft’s tablet. And a buggy, at times broken one, at that, whose “ecosystem” feels more like a tundra. There’s no Twitter or Facebook app, and the most popular 3rd party client breaks often. The Kindle app is completely unusable. There’s no image editing software. A People app is supposed to give you all the social media access you’d ever need, but It’s impossible to write on someone’s Facebook wall through the People app, Surface’s social hub; the only workaround is to load Internet Explorer. Blech. Something as simple as loading a video requires a jumbled process of USB importing, dipping in and out of the stripped-down desktop mode, opening a Video app, importing, going back into the Video app, and then playing. What.

PC World:

The Surface RT’s 1.4GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor and 2GB of system memory handle their workloads without drama. Gesturing through the OS itself is fast and fluid. Ditto browsing in Internet Explorer. Websites load extremely quickly, and when you scroll rapidly down pages, screen redraws have no trouble keeping up…

…Regardless, performance in hard-core applications probably won’t even matter, because the Windows RT desktop is locked down: You will never be able to install Photoshop, traditional PC games, or any other code we typically define as “PC software.”


I’ve been waiting a long time for somebody to produce tablets and phones that are lock, stock and barrel better than what Apple’s been making since the first iPhone. Every year, somebody gets closer. Surface doesn’t get close enough. The thing is, Surface is supposed to be so much more than just Microsoft’s iPad alternative, the Other Tablet. It may very well be one day. It has everything it needs to be that. But today it’s just another tablet. And not one you should buy.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review Round-up

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Consoles, Games, Poster, Rants & Raves, Reviews

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Here’s what everyone had to say about the game:
  • OXM UK: 9/10 – Like it or not, it’s heartening to know that the most popular game on the Xbox 360 is also one of the best.
  • Edge: 9/10 – Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare trilogy stands as this generation’s defining FPS series – and Modern Warfare 3 is an emphatic, feature-packed and sometimes stunning final act.
  • OXM: 9.5 – When everything here is this well-executed and offers so many enduring thrills, it’s hard to knock it too much. MW3 absolutely delivers.
  • GamesRadar: 9/10 – If you’re looking for a new kind of shooter, look elsewhere. Modern Warfare 3 succeeds by doing more – much, much, much more – of what’s always worked spectacularly for the series. We still can’t get enough.
  • Guardian: 5/5 – The Infinity Ward engine is far from cutting edge – the overall look of the game has not moved on enormously since MW2. But the vision, the choreography, the sense of scale and detail – they are awe-inspiring at times.
  • Telegraph: 5/5 – Modern Warfare 3 is a shining example of refinement and improvement. It’s familiar, sure, but here familiarity doesn’t breed contempt, just respect and reward for those who’ve dedicated so much time to the series. And for new players, it’s the perfect starting point, more accommodating and encompassing than ever.
  • AusGamers: 9.6/10 – Don’t go hating on this because it’s Call of Duty. This is Modern Warfare 3 – the final chapter in an epic tale, and part of a series that changed the first-person shooter landscape forever. It’s an absolutely solid title, the best entry in the series and something that should keep you playing for some time to come. More than worth the investment.
  • Destructoid: 9.5/10 – Whether you like what it does is a matter of personal taste, but the skill and experience brought to the table is hard to refute. Modern Warfare 3 gets it done, and it gets it done damn well.
  • GameTrailers: 9.3/10 – If you’re expecting a huge departure from what’s come before you’ll be disappointed, but fans will get exactly what they’re looking for. World War III shouldn’t be this fun.
  • 1UP: A- – I’m glad to say the multiplayer remains addicting and is more balanced than ever.
  • VideoGamer: 9/10 – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 doesn’t do anything new, but it also doesn’t do anything wrong. For better or worse, this is a slick and well-metered trio of modes that make an entertaining package, but Sledgehammer Games and Infinity Ward are simply looking to augment previous games rather than expand the series into pastures new
  • Joystiq: 4.5/5 – Modern Warfare 3 is a great Call of Duty game, just as every other entry in the franchise is a great Call of Duty game. However, it shares more than quality with its predecessors – it, like its forefathers, leaves you waiting for something perfect.
  • IGN: 9/10 – Despite its flaws, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 takes the fantastic series we’ve come to love over the years and iterates on it with great success. The multiplayer is hands-down the best it has ever been, with more features, more modes and a ton of new levels and ways to interact via Call of Duty Elite. The singleplayer campaign and Spec Ops mode add value to the overall package, creating something that may not be perfect, but is too damn addicting to pass up.
  • GameInformer: 9/10 – When it comes down to it, Modern Warfare 3 meets expectations. The core elements of multiplayer and the campaign remain fundamentally unchanged, but the game serves as a great example of how many subtle tweaks can add up to an improved overall product.
  • GameSpot: 8.5/10 – This is some of the best online shooter action around, and with the daunting challenges of Spec Ops and the exciting, globe-trotting campaign, Modern Warfare 3 stands tall as another great descendant of the game that changed a generation.
  • GiantBomb: 4/5 – Modern Warfare 3 feels split between the great excitement of its time-tested multiplayer and the feeling that this whole style of game has just gotten old.
  • Eurogamer: 8/10 – That the single-player story brings the Modern Warfare saga to a fairly definitive end is, then, cause for celebration. Whatever next year’s entry brings, some measure of reinvention will be essential. For now, its exuberant blend of testicular bravado and blockbuster gloss ensures that Call of Duty retains its crown as the shooter genre’s biggest, boldest rollercoaster ride for at least one more year.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon First Reactions

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Live Blogging, Logo, Movies, News, Poem, Poster, Rants & Raves, Reviews, Sony, Superheroes, Tech., Trailer

Here are some of the first reactions to the new Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie have been released, and the verdict so far is overwhelmingly positive.

Check out the video below following the one-line reactions to the movie from various film critics

Scott Mantz – Access Hollywood “The best 3D since Avatar.” Mike Wilber – NBC “The best Transformers ever!” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the summer movie to beat!” National/Canada Teddy Wilson – Host, InnerSPACE “Blockbusters don’t get any bigger than this! National/Canada Danielle McGimsie – Etalk CTV “Transformers: Dark of the Moon defies gravity.” Chicago/4 Bill Zwecker – FOX-TV or FOX Chicago News or (FOX-TV Chicago) “The absolutely best Transformers yet! Bigger, better, best! Terrific storytelling and non-stop action from start to finish! This is the movie event of the summer!” “This is why we go to 3D films!” Washington DC/7 Kevin McCarthy – FOX-TV Washington DC or CBS Radio “Finally, a 3D experience that will blow your mind. Best 3D since Avatar.” Dallas/8 Sandie Newton – CBS Dallas “Absolutely mind blowing! ?This is what going to the movies is all about!” Dallas/8 Nancy Jay – Daybreak USA (Syndicated Radio) “Dark of the Moon delivers. It’s bigger, better, badder. This is the one you’ve been waiting for.” Phoenix/10 Lisa Fuller-Magee – KTVK Phoenix “See it in 3D! It’ll transform your summer.” Houston/11 Jake Hamilton – FOX-TV “The perfect summer movie. This is what going to the movies is all about. They’ve saved the best for last. You’ll be left in awe.” “One of the most incredible things your eyes will ever see. You won’t breathe. You won’t blink. You’ll just be blown away.” Seattle/12 Kim Holcomb – KING-TV NBC Seattle “The best Transformers movie, by far.” “This is why 3D exists.” Miami/14 Shireen Sandoval – FOX News, Miami “Visually stunning.” “Summer fun at its finest.” Detroit/15 Lee Thomas – FOX 2 Detroit “Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the most action packed adventure of this summer…crisp transformations. Clean fun. “They’ve reinvigorated the franchise.” “The must see summer film.” San Diego/16 Kelli Gillespie – XETV CW6 – San Diego “Best Transformers film yet!” “Action-packed. “ “Heart-pounding.” “The most fun you’ll have at the movies this summer.” “This is what a summer movie is meant to be! Go see Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Denver/17 Chris Parente – FOX KDVR 31 or CW 2 “A heart stopping, eye popping masterpiece.” Minneapolis/21 Rusty Gatenby – ABC TV Minneapolis “Biggest action movie of the summer? How about biggest action movie EVER!” “You’ll need the BIG bucket of popcorn for this one!” “Not just the best Transformers movie, the best summer movie in years!” Cleveland/24 Chris Van Vliet – WOIO, Cleveland “Buckle up for the action thrill ride of the summer!” “The biggest movie of the summer.” Las Vegas/26 Rachel Smith – FOX 5, Vegas “By far the best of the three!” “The hottest cast of summer” “2 hours of pure fun” “The most action packed film of summer” Kansas City/29 Shawn Edwards – FOX-TV “The summer blockbuster has been transformed forever!” “Phenomenal! The most exciting movie of the year. ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ is total awesomeness. It’s a bigger and better experience. You’ll be blown away.” “This is the 3D experience you have been waiting for! It’s amazing. The 3D is like nothing you have ever seen before. You just won’t see the movie. You’ll actually feel like you are in the movie.” RATING: “* * * *”

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