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Monday, 17 August 2015

Lack of updates...

Sorry for the lack of updates, dear friends. :(

The reason is that I've been too busy at the moment, especially now that I've joined the Swedish movie database and community MovieZine.

After Pixels, I've also watched Jurassic World (in 3D), Kung Fury and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. I've written reviews of them in Swedish for MovieZine. In due time they'll be translated into English and uploaded to this blog.

If you can read Swedish, then you're welcome to visit my profile at MovieZine where you can find all of my reviews of movies I've watched since I joined the community, including older movies shown on TV.

In the meantime, if you like Pixels as much as I do, then you'll love this promo website: Pixels Photo Bomb. In that website, you'll be able to add the alien characters from Pixels to your photos of choice.

Have fun, and see you later! :)

Thursday, 6 August 2015

[Game review] Pixels Defense (Android) (2015)

This game was tested on a Lenovo A10 tablet.

A gameplay video of Pixels Defense. (TouchArcade / Bandai Namco)

Pixels Defense is a short and easy Tower Defense game which is loosely based on the movie Pixels.

In the game, you help the protagonists from the movie (Sam Brenner, President Will Cooper, Ludlow Lamonsoff, Toru Iwatani and Lady Lisa) protect the cities New York, London, Paris and Sydney from the invading aliens (which have taken the forms of various video game characters from classic arcade games of the 80s).

Despite the fact that the game only had 12 levels, the dialogues sometimes came in wrong places, and it was sometimes difficult to control the protagonists, I enjoyed the game as much as I enjoyed watching Pixels.

In fact, Pixels Defense has become my favourite game developed by Bandai Namco!

Unfortunately, the game can't be played on either iPad 2 or Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus.

Score: Full Star YellowFull Star YellowFull Star YellowFull Star YellowHalf Star Yellow

[Movie review] Pixels (3D) (2015)

Pixels' first international trailer. (Columbia Pictures)

I'll first summarize this review with four words about Pixels: I love this movie!

Many critics felt the movie was bad, including the absence of a proper plot and a dangerous villain; bad acting, sexism and stereotypical offensive image of gamers and nerds. These critics have done everything in their power to persuade moviegoers to avoid watching the film at all costs. A journalist from the gaming blog Kotaku e.g. has spoilt the entire story for its readers. Another journalist felt that Pixels was worse than Super Mario Bros. from 1993. A third journalist recommended moviegoers to re-watch the video game movies Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children or Wreck-It Ralph instead since they, according to him, at least respected the source material.

Personally I don't agree with the critics. But instead of boring you with my arguments, let's put it this way: Pixels is not a conventional video game movie. It's a sci-fi comedy which pays homage to the classic arcade games of the 80s. People either love the movie (like I do) or hate it.

I guess the little child inside of me was awakened during the movie, because I felt the same wow-feeling like when I watched different adventure movies and series (e.g. Digimon) when I was younger.

I think Chris Columbus (the director of the first two Harry Potter movies) and the actors have done a great job. The acting may not convince everyone, but it convinced me anyway. Pixels obviously can't be compared with Columbus' Harry Potter films, but it had its own magic. The movie lacked vulgar humor etc. and I'm very grateful for that.

Since I liked Pixels so much, I just had to download the tie-in mobile game Pixels Defense directly after watching the movie. So this is only a positive sign that the movie succeeded in entertaining me greatly.

What about the 3D effects? Were they any good? Unfortunately, like Terminator: Genisys and Ant-Man, the 3D effects only felt at some places in the movie.

ScoreFull Star YellowFull Star YellowFull Star YellowFull Star YellowEmpty Star