Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Movie Review: Stories We Tell (2013)

A fascinating, extremely personal documentary from director Sarah Polley.

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News: Economist Says Xbox One Price is 'Too High'

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Economist and author Rafi Mohammed told Bloomberg TV last week that he feels the cost of the Xbox One is still “too high”, even if it’s bundled with the new Kinect peripheral.

“The goal of consoles is to use price to sell as many units as possible,” he said. “You want to get that console in consumers hands, and then where you really make the money is off of the games.”

Mohammed went on to say that he was surprised Microsoft decided to give the new Xbox a $499 price tag, “especially when they had a lot of negatives, like…the very restrictive DRM – which they did retract on”

Offering his advice on how Microsoft could decrease the price of the console, Mohammed suggests making the Kinect an optional purchase, stating that it’s something “not everyone uses”.

He added that this error in pricing should have been caught early on, saying that the price as it stands has “the potential to really derail the Xbox One for the upcoming holiday season”.

Source:  Bloomberg

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Movie Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is now a shadow of his former self. He’s overwhelmed by the reality of seeing aliens; he’s struggling with the fact that he nearly died during Marvel’s The Avengers; and he can no longer seem to to put himself in his Iron Man suit. He’s a manic, depressed man, suffering from crippling panic attacks and insomnia. Even his relationship with the woman he loves, Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), is on the rocks. This should have been the most interesting take on Iron Man ever; Tony Stark in denial that he’s a good person, obsessed with making sense of the inexplicable things he’s been through over the last few years, and coping by constantly trying to improve his Iron Man alter ego.

But this is not the most interesting Tony Stark we’ve seen – far from it. With one line of dialogue Tony is reminded he is a “mechanic” who fixes things, and all of a sudden he goes from being in desperate need of therapy to a competent hero in seconds. And herein lies the problem with Iron Man 3 – none of its good ideas ever seem to pan out into anything substantial, making this outing feel hollow when compared to its predecessors. This is a bad way to start off the second round of Mavel films, which presumably will culminate in another Avenger’s flick sometime in the future — and that future is looking bleak.