Thursday, December 01, 2005

XBox 360 commeth

It's XBox360 day at midnight tonight (Friday 2nd December 2005).
300,000 units for Europe, so around 50,000 in the UK. Pre-orders won't be met, let alone shelved machines...

Good luck to anyone going to try and find one!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Last night I took my mum (ahhh) to see the above film.
At nearly 3 hours, it continues the HP trend of keeping your bum in a seat and yet seeming only 90 minutes long. A clever trick indeed.
I can honestly say that this is the strongest Potter film yet - even if it feels like they've missed a good 70% of the book out (and I dare say, it was necessary too).
The film is pretty unrelentless throughout - hardly stopping for any real dialogue or character development. Simply plowing through one action scene to the next - and it's quite the ride!
If you've read the book, you may feel cheated. I did not; it's fabulous.
I'd give it a 9/10. Easy. My only concern would be for the littleuns. It's pretty scary for a childrens film and at 180 minutes it's also very long - but if they are like me (a big kid) then there should be no problem!

Ironically - looking at the films on at the moment, Harry Potter is not the longest. Nearly every movie on at the cinema is 2 hours long. Narnia is 160 minutes and King Kong is 210! Madness.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Play Quake 2 in a Java app

Right here. Clever eh?

Okay, I'm still downloading it (and it'll run like poo on this box) but I like the idea. I expect one day, all apps will be web-driven (installed/run from the host). Other than 3.6gb games of course... but then again... :p