Saturday, 21 June 2008

Superman - The Last Son!

Just finished reading Superman - The Last Son. The five part story arc's first three parts were published in Action Comics #844 through #846. The next parts were delayed to give Kubert sufficient recovery time from health problems he did not wish to disclose. Because of this, the fourth part was delayed and released with issue #851. The eleventh annual of Action Comics, released in May 2008, completed the story-line. Because the better part of 19 months passed between the publication of the first part and the final installment of the story, much criticism has been centered on the creative team and DC Comics in general.

I read the first part in Gotham Comics, published in India, last year. I liked it, but after that issue, Gotham Comics stopped publishing comics in India. They have done it earlier and they did it again! We in India don't have any other option but to get the comics online, if you want to read it. An all Indian creative team is creating comics like Ramayana Reloaded, Devi, Saadhu, India Authentic, Budha etc for the international market, and we are deprive of reading these. I think such issues are responsible for piracy initially. Well, that's not what I wanted to write about today.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Wii - The new era of Infotainment!

Today Wii is just the very first version! But like PS and XBox, they will also come out with new versions, could be Wii2 and Wii3 or maybe the next version of this revolutionary console should be called Wii-Online! Most of the people surely having a wish list of Wii next version, here is mine:

  • Great graphics capabilities
  • 3D realistic Mii to represent you not only in games, but also on online communities, virtual worlds like Second Life!
  • Mii Plaza should grow to becomes a new virtual world of its own, where we (our Mii) can communicate with each other, like Second Life!
  • IPTV compatibility, with different channels can be added to main menu, for quick access. BBC has already started its video service for Wii, more to follow.
  • Wiimote and nonchok is good, but offers limited virtual reality. More gears to offer complete virtual reality gaming, like something to wear on your head, for head movement, a knee pad for leg movement. Wii Fit is already in market, but more gears are required!
  • Individual login and profile management for each member of family
  • A Music / Radio channel for listening to your favorite music from SD Card / internal memory or internet!
  • More internal memory required! Much more required! Current 512MB is nothing these days!
  • More educational game titles are required! Big Brain Academy is not the only one which a child or family needs, we want more innovative ways to let the kids learn!
  • Online or saved Comics reader! I can read comics on my PC/Laptop, on my mobile, why not on TV using Wii?
  • Demo games channel to let me play demo and decide if I want to buy it or not!
  • A revamped news channel, where I can customized the news sources, like Google News!
The list can go on and on! But with current Wii constantly out of stock at major international market like US and UK, I don't think Nintendo is planning for a new release at the moment. But, once the technology has been showcased, and people start carving for more, its bound to happen. If Nintendo is not going to do, someone else will do.

What I see is that the new era of merger has began! We have seen Mobile and PDA merger earlier, and very soon, the PC and TV will merge to start the new era of entertainment, or should I say Infotainment!

Monday, 9 June 2008

Sarkar Raj! - Awesome Movie!

Watched Sarkar Raj yesterday! Its Sarkar all over again, and more! If you have seen Sarkar, and liked it, go and watch Sarkar Raj, its more intense, more shocking and I think one of the finest creation of RGV!

After AAG, I was not very sure about this one, but RGV has again proved me wrong! He has delivered a masterpiece one more time! I will not take much of your time, and get down to business.

The best of the movie--

Amitabh Bachchan! Should I say more ? He is same character you saw in Sarkar, with more intense look and some great dialogues which you can remember after watching the movie, something like old AB movies, after a long time. He is the central focus of the movie, like the original. There is a change from the original. Here, you get to see an angry AB, taking charge of the situation and killing people. The Sarkar AB was taken a back seat and ABjr was doing the killings. His GOD like persona is simply awesome!

Abhisek Bachchan! He has deliver a great performance. I think after his performance in Yuva and Sarkar, this comes next, before Guru! Some of his dialogue deliveries with AB are great! I loved the part when he replied to AB "Aap kahate hai, nazdeek ka phayda dekhne se pahale door ka nuksaan soch chahiye, waise he ye bhi sach hai kee nazdeek ka nuksaan dekhne se pahale door ka phayda soch lena chahiye!". There are some part which I will not mention here due to spoilers, but look out, ABjr is coming in big way!

Ram Gopal Verma! Awesome! Simply great script! great direction! great camera work! its a dark movie! Quick pace of the movie didn't let you think about the next turn, it happens and you just get shock! He has delivered another great masterpiece!

Now the not so good part---

Aishwarya Rai! No need for her in the movie! Yes, she was part of the story, but the transformation of her from a business women to a crying.. falls in love for ABjr is too quick and need more character building! Her father dealing with AB jr and movie without her could be a better one I think. But anyway, I think she is part of the packaged deal!

Villains! I hate to say that there is no impact in this movie from the villains side! None has been worthy of standing against AB duo! Thats the weak part of the movie. It could be a better one with some better villains.

Climax Explanation! I personally think it was a bit different approach of RGV, but in my opinion, the explanation should have been shown in a different way, rather than someone just explaining it!

Overall! Its a great movie! Go and watch it!