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Zootopia (spoiler free review)

05/20/2016 Leave a comment

Wow. I just saw Disney’s CGI movie Zootopia and damn it was good. I didn’t have high expectations but I didn’t have low either. I knew from the trailer and the fact that it’s Disney that it wasn’t going to be trash. But now that I’ve seen it I can say I loved it. It might be the best CGI movie I’ve ever seen. The best before this was definitely The Incredibles. Have to watch that one again to make up my mind. The best Disney movie and animated non-CGI movie to me is still Mulan though.

First, let’s get the stuff I didn’t like or understand out of the way first. These are very small things I noticed. For example, the cord for Judy’s headphones when laying on the table were way too short. Another animation related thing. The sloth’s mouths looked off to me. Was that done on purpose? They move slow and they speak with long pauses between words but they didn’t speak the words in slow motion. Still their mouth didn’t move with the words a lot so it looked like their mouths were just speakers. Something I didn’t like.

I really don’t understand what she meant with it being ok for bunnies to can call other bunnies cute but not for other animals to call bunnies cute… Can someone explain this to me?

Why did they not take pictures of the evidence in that one scene!? No excuse for them not to. It should be common sense to a police officer. The movie was dealing with recording of evidence the whole time. Just didn’t make sense to me. I guess she was just too confident.

And one big thing I didn’t like was how predictable a certain thing in one later scene was. They gave too much away before it happened and it didn’t come as a surprise and I was left out having the feeling of uncertainty.

WHY is Judy so small?! The main rabbit character. I think she was just too small in this, it just looked weird. But then again, there are much smaller animals around in this world. And I guess that makes sense when looking at the real world.

Speaking of the real world, not only does this movie have a social commentary on the real world and a strong message that I really like. But it gives it in another metaphorical way that I don’t think we’ve seen that often before. Also, what would the world have looked liked if there were no humans? Would another animal or several animals have evolved into something with human like intelligence? I’m very interested in this sort of thing. Maybe the question sounds stupid to the people who know much more about that sort of thing than me. But unlike other talking animal movies, this one  could have a somewhat logical explanation. While still being a cartoony fantasy movie. And at the same time it’s not set in a wonderland where only one specific and powerful villain is the source of all problems.

The length of this movie is perfect. It was over 1.5 h, not too long and not short like a lot of these movies. I wouldn’t complain if it was longer though. The pacing was perfect. The movie never goes too goofy or too crazy just because it’s a cartoony movie. It never goes cringe at any moment. It’s not even very cliché. At once scene I cried. A lot because I know that feeling. I loved the main characters, the fox and the rabbit , Nick and Judy. Especially Nick. (Seems like they should really be more than friends) Liked a lot of the other characters as well. The plot was interesting and not predictable. Shakira having a role was a nice tough as well. This movie I think is very balanced and can be enjoyed by so many people, kids and adults. And it could get a lot of people to think.

Oh and of course the animation is AMAZING.

flex_tablet_zootopia_selfie_c781d089They better make a sequel.

9/10

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Vlog: Wii U launch day

12/13/2012 Leave a comment

Here’s a long video about me buying Wii U on launch day in Sweden.

 

Categories: gaming, review, sweden

More Ninja gaiden 3!

11/14/2012 Leave a comment

I do want this game. But it’s one of those games that I probably wont buy, or wont buy in a very long time, because there simply are too many games that I want more. Here are two videos regarding the improved Wii U version of the game.

Video review by IGN

Team Ninja made the game look worse? Except from being a lighter game, IGN says it looks worse. They improved on almost anything else but the graphics. That’s weird. And it’s gonna give fuel to the Nintendo haters. Also I don’t understand why the pro controller would be so much better, the gamepad is light, comfortable and has the same buttons. And the “unforgiving” nature of the game being a minus is just stupid. Not only did he say in the review that the game isn’t unfair, you also of course can choose the difficulty level…

Some of the differences between the versions

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Hotel review: New Hotel Bandung

11/04/2012 Leave a comment

In Japan, Tokyo I stayed in what must be the cheapest hotel in Tokyo. I stayed in New Hotel Bandung in Asakusa. In this video I show you what my hotel room was like.

It must be the cheapest hotel in Tokyo, it was 56.000 yen for 14 nights. Wifi is uncluded (though the signal is pretty bad, there are also an ethernet plug in the wall). Free TV and every day they clean the room around 11 in the morning, and you always get new soap and shampoo if it’s out. As well as clean towels. There’s a hair dryer in the room and an extra pillow. A fridge and AC with a window you can open. You always pay upfront and of course you can pay with a credit card. If it wasn’t for the weak wifi connection then I’d be very happy with it, but it’s ok for that price and a good hotel despite of it.

Don’t forget to check out my Japan videos on Youtube! I got 5 videos up so far, new one coming the following week.

Categories: Japan, review

Product video review

07/18/2012 Leave a comment

I wanted a new camera for my trip to Japan. Something with more space than my iPhone 4. But now I got another problem, I can’t upload whatever I record on this camera until I get home. I might be able to use a internet café if you’re allowed to transfer via USB. Watch my video review of my new camera below.

More info here.

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My opinion on the E3 2012 press conferences (and Wii U games)

06/05/2012 Leave a comment

E3 just started a day ago. And all the press conferences have been taking place. I’ve seen all except EA’s so far, just recently Nintendo’s. And wow I am very disappointed. I’m a huge Nintendo fan and I usually don’t need much to feel happy about what they do at E3. Usually I can understand Nintendo’s short comings. I’m not a Sony fan, and hardly an Xbox fan either. Though I do own an Xbox 360. And I actually think that SONY had the best conference! Microsoft’s wasn’t very good and Sony’s was ok. So Nintendo REALLY had this one in the bag, or so we thought. They didn’t have to do much to “win” this E3. But they completely dropped the ball this time.

It’s been a year since they announced the Wii U. So a year of preparation and this was it? Watch the conference here.

 They had a few good looking and interesting games for Wii U and 3DS, but it was just too much “casual” and too much focus on small games. And not many games at all. Almost nothing new, almost no new games and no new info. No showing of Retro studio’s game. No new IP from Miyamoto. No F-Zero or Star Fox. No 3DS redesign. No Metroid or Zelda for any platform. No Resident Evil 6 or anything like that. And no info like Virtual console or a walkthrough of the OS! 

Why did they spend so much time on unimportant  talk about stuff we either new or stuff not fit for a showing like this? Why when they could have won so easily after two lackluster conferences from the competitors did they not give us something better/more? I’m not asking for much! Nintendo says they listen to their fans, they say they wanna focus more on hardcore games. But they DID NOT show that now. I really don’t understand Nintendo on that point.

On the third party side we saw some highlights like Mass Effect 3,  Scribblenauts unlimited  and Zombi U. Mass effect 3 is an old game but it was news that it’s coming to Wii U. Zombi U is a new exclusive game,  Scribblenauts unlimited is a new game but a sequel. Others like Rayman Legends, Assassins creed III, Batman: Arkham City and so on are and can be great games but they are old or we knew they would be on Wii U.

Here are some new coming Wii U games.

Nintendo Land: I like mini-games. But when I saw the title I thought “oh finally Nintendo is making a real theme park!”, but no. It’s a mini-game collection featuring Nintendo themes. Could be really fun, but it’s not what we were hoping for and it defiantly got too much time in the conference.

New Super Mario Bros. U: I love 2D Mario games. But the New-series isn’t as good as the best Mario game ever, Super Mario world for Super Nintendo. But this new game is looking better than the last one and has many similarities to World. I like that. But at the same time the graphics should look better, best would be all 2D. Also with 4 games that are so similar, it’s almost a saturation. Almost, cause I love them and they at least have some time apart.

Pikmin 3: We finally got to see this game. It’s looking great. Even though I have never played a Pikmin game, I really want the second game for Wii. But I might hold off for the third game. This was the biggest game of the conference and what made the conference start off so damn good, it was all down hill from there.

Wii Fit U: The only game that makes sense with the U in it’s title. I like Wii fit, I got Plus and it’s really fun. I don’t really like the differentiation that’s being made with the word “casual”, but in that sense this is one of the casual titles. And while I really like Wii fit, yet again it’s more of the same, and not with much difference. Can’t blame them for making it though considering how well the last games sold.

SiNG: I like karaoke and I would want something better than Guitar hero or Rock band, but it didn’t look very interesting. I don’t really get why u would rather hold the controller and read the lyrics on it than see the lyrics on the TV…

LEGO City: Undercover: I don’t get the Lego games… I find them really unnecessary. This is at least not based on any franchise. And it looked to have very high production value and had great graphics. But obviously I’m not interested at all, will be a good kid’s game.

Project P-100: Platinums new game. Should have been at the conference but wasn’t… I’m not really interested in this game but it’s by a liked developer and looks like a futuristic Little king’s story.

Game & Wario: Another game that should have been showed in the conference. A new Wario game! That’s awesome, but it does seem like it’s more a mini-game collection rather than micro-games… I don’t know what to say about that.

Tank! Tank! Tank!: This game is really ugly… I hope it’s a downloadable game only. Do not want.

Zombi U: Ubisoft is the biggest third party supporter for Wii U and this game is the one I’m interested in except from the gorgeous Rayman legends. It’s survival horror game in first-person with an interesting twist. Each time you die you get to play as a new survivor in the zombie apocalypse.  Graphics look good and I like the gameplay. But I hate the fact that this game is the replacement for their comedic horror game Killer freaks from outer space!

See more about these games here

E3 2012 isn’t over yet, the show floor has just opened and later there is a 3DS showcase from Nintendo online. But the big excitement is much lower because of bad Nintendo were at giving us an exciting show. My body wasn’t ready for this…

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Acer Aspire One 722 video review

04/02/2012 Leave a comment

 Just wanna complement my written review of the Acer Aspire One 722 mini-PC with a short video review I made of it a while back. It’s also one of my most viewed videos by the way. 

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