Troll Hunter is the first Norwegian film I’ve had the pleasure of viewing. I’ll be honest and say that Norwegian cinema has pretty much eluded me, however there seems to be somewhat of an increasing interest in Norge cinema with Troll Hunter and Dead Snow releasing in close proximity outside of their country of origin.
I’m glad to say that after seeing Troll Hunter I’ll be investigating further Norwegian cinema, as I found it to be something of a nice surprise package; a found-footage movie that stands out from what is becoming an increasingly saturated crowd.
Troll Hunter starts off in the typical found-footage way with X-amount of footage discovered at a mysterious sounding location, there’s normally some degree of confidentiality wedged in there somewhere to try and build a “they don’t want you to see this” kind of effect, and a group of likeable normal-folk who created the video – in this case it’s a trio of university students chasing a journalistic story. So far so very typical and unimaginative, and the same can be said for the opening 10 minutes or so, with the exception of a nice amount of intrigue being built early on which helps lead us up to where the good stuff starts happening without … Read More
Excision is a US indie teen-horror-comedy that positions itself oddly – the demographic that will get the most from the film are adults that once were starry-eyed teens when the likes of American Pie appeared, and to a certain extent later movies such as Mean Girls and Easy A. Despite being the typical movie-goer who will watch this, teenagers most likely just wouldn’t understand it at all, or at very least feel that it’s not the movie they sat down expecting to see.
To clarify; despite the teen-horror-comedy genre classification, and the connotations along the lines of the pletheora of mediocre movies that attempt to cash-in on the teen slice-of-life genre, Excision is actually a satirical take on such movies and the “issues” they contain. It treads the controversial line of a cautionary tale regarding the very real existence of mental health problems, how dismissive of such issues society can be, and the consequences of such ignorance for the sake of keeping up appearances, however exaggerated for the purposes of making the point those consequences may be.
I don’t particularly want to say much more than this, as there is not much more that can be said … Read More
The next great area of potential in consumer technology is arguably wearable tech. With Apple heavily rumoured to be working on an iWatch of some description and Google openly pouring a fair amount of effort into their Glass project , the tech rumour mills are building up wearable technology as the next big thing.
The catch however is that no one is really sure if consumers are ready, or even want wearable tech, which makes forays into this emerging market very risky. Google’s Project Glass is arguably much more risky than any potential smart-watch, it just seems like the next logical step for time-displaying wrist-apparel, as with all other gadgets, nothing can perform just one task any more, so the idea of a watch that does nothing but inform you of the time seems like a great opportunity to teach an old dog new tricks. The risk however is well documented within gadget history, the first to market with a new type of gadget almost always fails. Take a look at the old PDA’s that were essentially smartphones before Apple stuck a beer in their hand and thrust them capacitive-touch-first into maturity; I would not bet against Apple managing the … Read More
The Tick-Tock development model was put to work by Intel in 2007 as a way of defining alternating stages of product development. The annual alternation can be simply defined as:
Tick year = revolution
Tock year = evolution
Intel uses this approach for its microprocessor product development because it could not hope to sustain yearly rewrites of microprocessor architecture (tock year), to attempt this would mostly be biting off more than it could chew, and secondly reduce profits overall. Instead it alternates between tick years of refining the manufacturing process, and tock years of introducing a new architecture.
The approach has also been adopted outside of Intel, by one of the largest consumer technology companies in the world – Apple, but for reasons other than realistic product development expectations. If Apple were to release evolution – tock products – every year such as the iPhone 4 and 5 they are at risk of a) running out of ideas, and b) running out of numerals all too quickly. The tick-tock model allows them to stretch out new ideas over 2 years, introducing an improved version of the tock devices – tick devices such as the 3GS and 4S. Apple’s profits suggest … Read More
Yesterday I guessed what I thought the S4 specs would be, or more specifically, some of the key specs and features I thought the new Samsung flagship would house, here’s what I guessed:
- 5 inch screen.
- Android 4.2.
- Touchwiz still looks crap.
- 2Gb RAM.
- Octa-core processor.
- 2600mah battery.
After starting 11 minutes and 8 seconds late (tut tut Sammy – the time was filled with suitably epic music though, so much so I wish I’d recorded it) an odd pairing appeared on stage followed by JK Shin, President of all things phone-like at the Samsung Unpacked event in New York, and brandished the latest in the incredibly popular, for good reason, Galaxy S range of Android powered smartphones.
Out of those predicted specs I got all but the camera correct (It’s 13MP rather than the 16MP I exaggeratedly predicted)….oh and it’s a 5 inch full HD Super AMOLED screen at 441ppi
Some additional specs and features I missed:
- Air-touch (interacting with the phone screen without actually touching it)
- Sound recording with camera photos (playback when viewing the photo – choose to record before or after the shutter button is pressed)
- 7.9mm thick
- Much loved MicroSD slot.