My Prometheus Review (without spoilers)

2 06 2012

The stakes are high with Prometheus. It’ 33 years since Ridley Scott made Alien (and 30 years since Blade Runner). Anyone with the slightest interest in Sci-Fi will be waiting with baited breathe to see what’s going on with this movie. It’s the most highly anticipated movie of a genre since George Lucas announced he was making the first 3 Start Wars movies, and we all know how that went.

As a movie, I’d go as far to say Prometheus was very good but the story is soooo much bigger than the movie in this case. The story is quintessential. It’s the most important aspect of the film by a long shot and everyone wants to know the bigger picture. By now most of us know Prometheus is a ‘prequel’ to Alien, or reboot might be a better word and make no mistake, the story is amazing, it’s absolutely brilliant.

It’s visually stunning, the photography beautiful, as is the technology. This is where Ridley Scott really comes into his own. He’s a superb graphic artist and always delivers the goods on the screen.

Michael Fassbender plays a brilliant synthetic human, as do the two archaeologist characters. I was glad to see another strong female protaganist in Dr Elizabeth Shaw. But some of the characters were wishy-washy. They weren’t that strong (bad Scottish actress) and lacked development. We could have heard more from the other members of the crew. Even just a few extra lines would have helped (see Dallas, Lambert, Kane from Alien. Corporal Hicks, Vasquez, Hudson, Drake et al from Aliens). There’s a lack of intensisty from the crew that could have been explored a bit futher. It would have played better into our primal fears, and Empire was right, there’s no ‘accumulation of dread’. And turn up the suspense a bit too, while you’re there!

All-in-all I liked it, and I’m still buzzing off the story. It really hit the mark. Thank you for laying the mystery to rest in such a cool way, I’ll let you off the characters for that!

Final score: 8.2/10

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Skype you Beauty

30 10 2009

Do yourself a big favor. SAVE SOME BUCKS!

How often is it we can say, these days, that you have total faith in a product or service? Well, never actually. BUT, I am well exited about Skype. Skype In, Skype Out, Skype Shake It-All-About. Skype Whatever-ever-you-want-to-call-it, there’s not a whole lot I can find wrong with this product. I mean service. I mean… does anyone know exactly what it is? Ok, it’s both!

I’ve spent some time. I’ve done some research. I don’t work for Skype. I’m not affiliated with Skype. As VoIP providers go IT IS A HANDS-DOWN WINNER. Fact: AT&T bill: ~$100 per month for local, long distance, and international including a couple of quick calls to friends and family in the UK from LA during the average month. FACT: Skype Unlimited World- $12.95/month, SkypeIn (your own number, mine’s a Santa Monica #) – $30.00/year (PER YEAR). Call charges are miniscule. Except when you calling, for example, British mobile networks. It’s only here that things start to heat up, but only just a bit, with calls averaging around $0.25 per minute.

A quick piece of advice regarding using “hard” Skype phones as a convenient alternative to the downloadable software client:

STD1_skypeDO NOT BUY THIS ONE: The Belkin Wi-Fi Phone for Skype. It’s a piece of crap. I got mine from Amazon.com for $132.55. Much to my frustration when I saw in Fry’s the  next day for $100.00 (Belkin.com wants $179.99 for it!!!) Anyway, this “Wi-Fi” phone drops it’s Wi-Fi connection consistently every 5-10 minutes. Even when you are in a call! Not very convenient. That’s why mine is on it’s way straight back to Amazon.

YOU COULD TRY THIS ONE: The Belkin Internet Phone for Skype_Desktop_Phone_1Skype. Knowing better this time, I got it from Fry’s for a knock-down price of $65.84 ($99.99 at belkin.com) due to an open box and no  manual (big deal). It’s kind-of-cool actually. It’s not wireless so it’s  impossible to drop the connection. There are some issues though like having trouble calling 800 #s and traversing call menu systems like when you call the bank. Fry’s gives you a full money back guarantee so let’s see how it goes.

The fact of the matter is, Skype is a superb innovation-type product. And a real cash saver. I haven’t seen a cash saver like this since Tony and I discovered the monorail in Las Vegas. As a systems engineer, I’m trying to get it to work flawlessly with another superb innovation-type product called 3CX. A software based VoIP PBX phone system for Windows. I may write about that later too.