Life of Pi

Cinema, Review

Great visuals. That is by far the most commented and notorious quality of this touching movie. This film have several common qualities with Cast Away. The main character, because of an disaster, is isolated to the world. Alone, he enters into a routine in order to maintain sanity. But from external eyes, it seems that they are in fact becoming lunatic.

This piece is beautiful not only for the eyes, but also for the heart. The main message is tolerance. Tolerance specially towards religion choices. It is very linked to religion theme, while not a sermon.

The main problem of the film is the somewhat long sequence of loneliness. While important to give motive to the religion, it is long enough to make some people sleep.
In the end, I recommend you to watch to reflect. Probably the book that inspired the film is more deep, but this piece is strong enough to provoke some thinking about religion, personal choices and differences.
My grade: 7
Metacritic: 79%

Game of Thrones

Cinema, Review

This year i watched several TV shows. Battlestar Gallactica (which i hated), Downton Abbey (which i loved), Breaking Bad… But Game of Thrones, oh my… Game of Thrones is an amazing show!
I’ve read the book as soon as I’ve heard that it would become a show produced by HBO. HBO series are generally very well conceived. I still remember Rome. The book is very good, with a great environment and great characters. I still have to read the others books from the A Song of Ice and Fire series (A Game of Thrones is only the first book), but that one is great enough to make me happy.
Back to the TV show…

There are several characters that you can empathize – you can understand their motives and actions. No one is purely good or purely evil. The show does a great job by presenting them with a reasoning depth. This is a great achievement because the story uses dozens of characters.

The cast is great. It’s natural to question some cast choices when we read the book first. When reading, we only could imagine their faces and quite often we did not pay attention to some details that the author really put there. But in Game of Thrones, I liked all the choices. I was particularly afraid to see the implementation of my favorite characters: Arya, Tyrion and Ned Stark. But all 3 impressed me.

The first and second episodes exaggerate a bit in sex scenes. I liked 😉 but some people might complain. Violence, that I thought would be pure gore, was quite moderate. The adaptation took the advantage of one of the book’s greatest features: the cliffhanger ending on each chapter. We finish a chapter or a episode wanting more.

Most of the critics are a bit correct about the difficulty on following some parts. It’s due the rich and complex universe created for the books. The producers had to choose if the series would or not contain the deep ambient. And they chose yes. I agree, but there are several other films and shows that are much worse (ex Matrix trilogy).
I really really recommend to see Game of Thrones. The opening sequence will be enough to you embrace this amazing series.

2010 Art Review

Cinema, Game, Review

2010 was a great year. This was a not typical year for books. The list is quite short. This list is what I could remember.

Games

  • Most, but not all, I finished
  • 3 Cards To Dead Time
  • Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None
  • Agatha Christie: Murder On The Orient Express
  • Amnesia
  • Assassin’s Creed 2
  • Borderlands
  • Cities XL
  • Civilization V
  • Darwinia
  • Dawn Of Discovery
  • Democracy 2
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns
  • Dragon Age: Origin
  • Epic Mickey
  • Europa Universalis III: Heir To The Throne
  • F1 2010
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Fifa 11
  • Gratuitous Space Battles
  • Harvey Teh Attorney
  • Kirby: Epic Yarn
  • Little King Story
  • Mafia 2
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
  • New Super Mario Bros
  • No More Heroes 2
  • Rock Band Beatles
  • RUSE
  • Settlers 6
  • Settlers 7
  • Shatter
  • Super Matio Galaxy 2
  • The Saboteur
  • The Secret Files: Tunguska
  • Thief
  • X-Com: AI

Movies

  • 2012
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Alien 3
  • Aliens
  • Angels & Demons
  • Avatar
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Brüno
  • Clash Of The Titans
  • Crazy Heart
  • Escape From New York
  • Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Funny People
  • Ghost Writer
  • Gosford Park
  • Green Zone
  • Halloween
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Pt 1
  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
  • Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
  • Hot Tub Time Machine
  • Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus
  • Inception
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Kick Ass
  • LA Confidential
  • Law Abiding Citizen
  • Murder On The Orient Express
  • Near Dark
  • Paprika
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Prince Of Persia
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Pulp Ficiton
  • Robin Hood
  • Shanshank Redemption
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Shutter Island
  • Taxi Driver
  • Terminator Salvation
  • The A Team
  • The Blind Side
  • The Fisher King
  • The Silent Warrior
  • The Sound Of Music
  • Time Bandits
  • Twilight
  • Up
  • Up In The Air
  • Where The Wild Things Are
  • Zombieland

TV Series

  • Death Note
  • Fullmetal Alchemist 1-10
  • House S6
  • Lost S6
  • Naruto 1-20
  • Mad Men S01 S02
  • Breaking Bad S01

Books

  • Some of them I used the audiobook
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Butcher’s Hill – Laura Lippman
  • Dramatica
  • Screenplay – Syd Field
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • The Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim And Renée Mauborgne
  • The City And The City – China Mieville
  • The Comic Toolbox: How To Be Funny Even If You’Re Not – John Vorhaus
  • The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  • The Murder On The Links – Agatha Christie
  • The Naked Face – Sidney Sheldon
  • Y: The Last Man – DC Comics

2009 Art Review

Cinema, Game, Personal, Review

2009 was a great year. I had the opportunity to watch/play/read/listen several great games, films and books. This list is what I could remember.

Games

Most, but not all, I finished

  1. Braid – PC
  2. Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – Wii
  3. The Beatles: Rockband – Wii
  4. Dawn of Discovery – Wii
  5. de Blob – Wii
  6. Dragon Age – PC
  7. Drakensang: The Dark Eye – PC
  8. Machinarium – PC
  9. Neverhood – PC
  10. Planescape Torment – PC
  11. Race Driver: GRID – PC
  12. Torchlight – PC
  13. The Witcher – PC

Movies

  • 5cm Per Second
  • Akira
  • Amadeus
  • Army of Shadows
  • Citizen Kane
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Doctor Zhivago
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Ghost in The Shell
  • The Hangover
  • Helvetica
  • Home
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Lady Vengeance
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Oldboy
  • The Sinning
  • Star Trek
  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  • Tokyo Godfathers
  • Up

Books

Some of them I used the audiobook

  • David Allen – Getting Things Done
  • David Allen – Making It All Work
  • Malcolm Gladwell – The Tipping Point
  • Malcolm Gladwell – Blink
  • Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers
  • Peter F. Hamilton – Fallen Dragon
  • Peter F. Hamilton – The Dreaming Void
  • Peter F. Hamilton – The Temporal Void
  • Raymond Kurzweil – The Age of Spiritual Machines
  • Stephen King – The Dark Tower: The Waste Lands
  • Stephen King – The Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass
  • Umberto Eco – Foucault’s Pendulum

And 2010 might be even better.