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List of All the Movies I’ve Watched in 2011

  • Point Break
  • True Romance
  • The Social Network
  • Zack and Miri
  • Raising Arizona
  • The Mist
  • Mystery Team
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • A Prophet
  • 4 Lions
  • Observe and Report
  • Easy A
  • The Other Guys
  • Transformers Revenge of the Fallen
  • Due Date
  • Salt
  • Extract
  • Three Kings
  • The Town
  • Splice
  • Chasing Amy
  • Master And Commander
  • Surrogates
  • Carlito’s Way
  • Legends Of the Guardian
  • Buried
  • Valkyrie
  • Predators
  • Mallrats
  • The King’s Speech
  • Away We Go
  • Inside Job
  • Machete
  • Knight and day
  • Good will hunting
  • Mother
  • Tron Legacy
  • The Kids are all right
  • Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • The fighter
  • The Black Swan
  • The green hornet
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Cyrus
  • Sin Nobre
  • Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Winter’s Bone
  • 127 hours
  • Trainspotting
  • Jane Eyre
  • True Grit
  • Date night
  • Road to perdition
  • The visitor
  • The station agent
  • The rock
  • Equilibrium
  • Rango
  • Too big to fail
  • Despicable me
  • Megamind
  • Sucker punch
  • Unbreakable
  • X-men first class
  • Thor
  • Robocop
  • Win win
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Fast 5
  • Red state
  • Bridesmaids
  • Best in show
  • The jerk
  • Drive angry
  • Owning mahowny
  • Airplane
  • Talented mr ripley
  • Source code
  • Step Brothers
  • Black Snake Moan
  • Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix Part 2
  • I Love You Man
  • Transformers Dark of the Moon
  • Minority Report
  • Step Brothers
  • Scream 4
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Hangover 2
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Solaris
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Cowboys and Aliens
  • Dinner for Smucks
  • Green Lantern
I watched 95 movies in total last year, a mix of recent stuff as well as catching up on movies from the 80s and 90s. Highlights of the year for me was watching Tom McCarthy’s 3 movies Win Win, The Station Agent and The Visitor, I really like the way he creates and portrays characters. I also re-watched a few movies last year which I usually don’t do, I watched Pulp Fiction and Minority Report again two of my favourites. And I caught up with some classics comedies such as Airplane and The Jerk with a whole lot more to catch up with.
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E3 2011 Nintendo – 3DS Games Galore and Wii Successor Revealed (Wii U)

 

 

 

At Nintendo’s E3 2011 press conference today Nintendo made a number of surprising announcements, much of which we already knew due to rumours over the last few weeks. But no one predicted the full scope and innovation of Nintendo’s approach to their next console. Appealing to core and casual consumers while maintaining the Wii brand they seem to have satisfied the skeptics doubting Nintendo’s future.

The biggest surprise to me is the use of the current Wii Remotes, it seems multiplayer games will be designed with one person holding the tablet while others use Wii Remotes. People who have had time to demo the system commented on the surprising comfort (light and easy to hold) of the tablet controller and fun while playing the various tech demos showing off new game play ideas and possibilities. Disappointments are the lack of other Wii game announcements (or English ports of Japanese games such as Last Story) or more  third-party games on the 3DS but the conference isn’t over yet and often more information trickles out over the week. Third party game developer support is not a problem for the Wii U with plenty of developers on board intially bringing out ports of 360/PS3 games such as Batman Arkham City and Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

Zelda Games

  • Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Celebration – Orchestra Worldwide Tour
  • Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures – Free for DSi owners
  • Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – Out on the Nintendo eShop
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword – Out at the end of this year

3DS Games Announced

  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 – Developed by Next Level Games.
  • Super Mario 3D – 3D mario platformer but with 2D gameplay elements.
  • Mario Kart – Underwater and air sequences, Retro Studios helping with development.
  • Kid Icarus Uprising – 3 on 3 multiplayer announced.
  • Star Fox 64 3D
  • Tekken 3D, Animal Crossing 3DS, Super Smash Bros, Lego City Stories.
  • Potential – Kirby, Rhythm Heaven, Paper Mario, Mario Party sequels.

Wii Successor Announced – Wii U

  • SPECS – Touchpad controller 6.2 inch in addition to traditional controls, camera, accelerometer, microphone, speakers, 1080P, HDMI, IBM designed CPU (same architecture as Watson), SD and USB HDD support.
  • Features – Backwards compatible with Wii games and all controllers (Wii Remote, balance board), full HD graphics, video calls, web surfing, stream content to and from tablet controller.
  • Wii U Games Teased – Super Mario Bros Mii, New HD Zelda, Super Smash Brothers, and various tech demos.
  • Third Party Wii U Games – Lego City Stories, Darksiders 2, Batman Arkham City, Tekken, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Ghost Recon Online, DIRT, Alien Colonial Marines, Metro Last Light and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. Various EA Sports games and potentially Battlefield and Army of Two.
  • Onboard Third Party Developers – EA, Ubisoft, Warner Bros Interactive, THQ, Irrational Games, Namco Bandai, Sega and Tecmo Koei.

E3 2011 Microsoft Announcements Round-Up – Halo 4, Ryse and Lots of Kinect Supported Games

Here is a list of notable announcements and details of Xbox 360 games and features announced today at Microsoft’s Press Conference for E3 2011 (plus a couple features revealed later on Major Nelson’s Blog).

  • Already announced games featured Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, Tomb Raider, Mass Effect 3 (Kinect voice support, dialogue and squad commands), Ghost Recon Future Soldier (Kinect support for all future Tom Clancy games), Gears of War 3, Forza 4, Star Wars Kinect
  • EA sports games to get Kinect Support – Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Madden, Fifa and one other.
  • New Game AnnouncementRyse for Crytek, a Kinect game set during the Roman Empire era.
  • New Halo games announcedHalo 1 remake 10 year anniversary and Halo 4.
  • New Game Announcement – Fable: The Journey, on rail magic shooter just for Kinect.
  • Other New Games Announced – Kinect Sports Season 2, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, Disneyland Adventures, and Dance Central 2.
  • New Dashboard with graphical and functional improvements. Search support with universal Bing search capability, youtube, live TV (i.e. UFC) capabilities, more Kinect support, Beacon feature (more streamlined game invite system) and the big one cloud support for game saves and profiles.

Playstation Store Back Up – More Free Games

The PS Store is back up today and immediately when you boot it up you’ll see the free PS+ games for download and the big surprise is Burnout Paradise. Since all PSN member get a free month of PS+ it is available to all members but access to the free games will disappear if you do not choose to renew your PS+ membership. The free games right now are (For EU & AUS regions):

  • Burnout Paradise
  • Magic The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers
  • PAIN
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • And the PS One game James Pond 2
  • And a couple of PS Minis, The 2D Adventure of Rotating Octopus and BABEL The King of Blocks.
It is a nice surprise considering this is in addition to the Welcome Back Program detailed last week.
I have Burnout Paradise on the XBOX360 as well as Streets of Rage 2 but they are such great games that I’m looking forward to playing them again. The Magic game is one that I’ve been wanting to pick up being a Magic CCG player back in the day. PAIN is one that I’ve never considered picking up but what I played in a demo way back was fun enough to warrant trying it out. I know nothing about the James Pond series but I’m curious to see what sort of game it is. And as always there are a bunch of wallpapers and avatars free to download in addition to whatever PS+ offers were up before the PSN downtime.

List of all the movies I watched in 2010

Here is a list of every movie I watched in 2010 –
  • Public Enemies
  • Eastern Promises
  • A History of Violence
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • The Bank Job
  • The Hangover
  • Cindarella Man
  • Ponyo
  • The Life Aquatic of Steve Zissou
  • Crimson Tide
  • Dororo
  • He Got Game
  • Moon
  • Thank You for Smoking
  • Before the devil knows you are dead
  • Elephant
  • Groundhog day
  • Breach
  • Thirst
  • District 9
  • The Hammer
  • Adventureland
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • War Games
  • Evil Dead 2
  • Jersey Girl
  • The Green Mile
  • The Conversation
  • Drag me to hell
  • Cloudy with a chance of meatballs
  • Let the right one in
  • Jackie Brown
  • Clerks
  • Up
  • Zombieland
  • Persopolis
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Iron Giant
  • The Informant
  • Fanboys
  • This is it
  • Coraline
  • Whip it
  • Cop out
  • 2012
  • Fantastic mr fox
  • Dogma
  • Daybreakers
  • Invictus
  • Red cliff
  • 500 days of summer
  • Prince of persia
  • Kick Ass
  • Hot tub Time Machine
  • The girl with the dragon tattoo
  • Up In the Air
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Exit Through the Giftshop
  • Shutter island
  • Paranormal activity
  • The road
  • Leaving las vegas
  • Hurt locker
  • A serious man
  • Dave chapelle’s block party
  • How to train your dragon
  • The A team
  • The book of eli
  • Crazy heart
  • Toy story 3
  • Food inc
  • Terminator salvation
  • Robin Hood
  • Batman
  • Casino
  • Iron Man 2
  • State of Play
  • Get Him to the Greek
  • Green Zone
  • Inception
  • The Karate Kid
  • Scott Pilgrim

A total of 83, which is about right since I rent 2 DVD’s a week.

Financial cost? $22 AUD for the 8 DVD/Bluray a month subscription at Quickflix, total for the year $264 AUD.

 

My Top 5 Movies of 2010

  1. Inception
  2. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  3. Kick Ass
  4. How to Train Your Dragon
  5. Exit Through the Gift Shop

And a list of 2009 movies that I only just watched this year –

  • Moon
  • District 9
  • Thirst
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • The Hurt Locker

My Top 10 Video Games of 2010

  1. Bayonetta
  2. Demon Souls (came out for EU and AUS this year)
  3. Super Meat Boy
  4. Pacman Championship Edition DX
  5. Starcraft 2
  6. Gran Turismo 5
  7. Splinter Cell Conviction
  8. Heavy Rain
  9. Need For Speed Hot Pursuit
  10. Final Fantasy 13

And a top 10 list of games I haven’t got to yet but pretty sure they would be on my list if I played them are –

  • Mass Effect 2
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Alan Wake
  • God of War 3
  • Halo Reach
  • Call of Duty Black Ops
  • Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood
  • Enslaved
  • DJ Hero 2
  • Fallout New Vegas

My Top 10 Albums of 2010

Here’s my top 10 albums for 2010 in alphabetical order –

  1. The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
  2. Teen Dreams by Beach House
  3. Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son of Chico Dusty by Big Boi
  4. Plastic Beach by Gorillaz
  5. The ArchAndroid by Janelle Monae
  6. Go by Jonsi
  7. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
  8. High Violet by The National
  9. Transference by Spoon
  10. The Five Ghosts by Stars

And below are another 5 that almost made the list –

  • My Dinosaur Life by Motion City Soundtrack
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game by Anamanaguchi
  • Super Meat Boy Soundtrack by dB Soundworks
  • Forget by Twin Shadows
  • Lisbon by The Walkmen

2009/2010 Europe Vacation – Part 3 Final Post

 

It’s almost the end of the year and I have still yet to completely post up the rest of my photos and list of places visited. To put an end to this here they are for Milan, Barcelona, Madrid and London, almost a full month.

January 8:

  • Train from Venice to Milan.
  • Stayed at the Enterprise Hotel

January 9:

  • Nearest station by bus was Lotto Station, metro to Duomo.
  • Duomo
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

January 10:

  • Santa Maria delle grazie
  • Castello Sforzesco
  • Pinacoteca

January 11:

  • Elipsos Train from Milan to Barcelona 7:30 pm

January 12:

  • Estimated arrival 9:30 am but massive delay, arrived at 1:30 pm.
  • Stayed at the fantastic Hotel Diagonal next to the Jean Nouvel designed Agbar Tower.

January 13:

  • Sagrada familia
  • Diagonal
  • Casa Batlo
  • Barceloneta

January 14:

  • La Ramblas

January 15:

  • Vueling from Barcelona to Madrid
  • Stayed in an apartment near Gran Via.

January 16:

  • Real monasterio de el Escorial (took a hour by train, probably shouldn’t have went since there are so many things to do in the city).
  • San Francisco el Grande Basilica

January 17:

  • Prado Museum
  • Piazza de Espana
  • Palacio real

January 18:

  • Madrid to London Gatwick Airport 11:35am delayed to 2pm.
  • National express bus to Victoria Station (better off taking a taxi).
  • Cab to hotel in Paddington (there are much better places to stay than in Paddington)

January 19:

  • Westminster abbey
  • Big Ben,  house of parliament
  • Horse Guards
  • Trafalgar Square
  • National Gallery
  • Chinatown for lunch.
  • Covent Gardens
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Wood lane Westfield Shopping Complex

January 20:

  • London Tower
  • Tate Modern
  • St Paul Catherdral

January 21:

  • Oxford st
  • Regent st
  • Bond st
  • British Museum

January 22:

  • Knightsbridge
  • Harrods
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Natural History Museum
  • Science Museum

January 23:

  • London Luton to Paris CDG
  • Hotel in Val d’europe (really far away from the city).
  • Cimeterie du Pere Lachaise
  • Champs Elysees

January 24:

  • Paris CDG to Singapore 11:30am
  • 12:30hr flight, Singapore Airlines full

January 25:

  • 6:15 landing
  • 9:40 flight to HK
  • Stayed at Metropark Kowloon Waterloo rd (only downside is location not near a station, 20+ min walk).

January 26:

  • Quantas 11:15 flight to Perth transit to Sydney, 7.5 hr flight

January 27:

  • 9:05am arrive at Sydney Airport

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Milan Barcelona Madrid London

Recommendations: List of ipad apps you should probably get

    Apps

  • ibooks
  • kindle
  • pages
  • sketchpad HD
  • numbers
  • remote
  • pcalclite
  • calculator
  • evernote
  • dropbox
  • goodreader
  • xe currency
  • bloomberg
  • new york times
  • time
  • wired
  • bbc
  • skype
  • imdb
  • epicurious
  • urbanspoon
  • airvideo
  • newsrack
  • comic reader mobi
  • comics

Games

  • Tilt to live
  • Real racing
  • geometry wars
  • Plants vs zombies
  • godfinger
  • dizzypad hd
  • mirror’s edge
  • n.o.v.a.
  • angry birds hd
  • zenbound 2
  • pinball hd
  • sam and max