Sunday, November 19, 2006

Casino "Sony" Royale

The wife and I saw Casino Royale last night. This will show how young/old I am, but I've been very familar with the Pierce Brosnan Bond since I first saw Goldeneye. Yeah I've seen other Bond movies (they are all in my queue in Netflix at this point) but other than Sean Connery none of the other Bonds seemed believeable.

Daniel Craig I had my reservations about since he was in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, but I was willing to give him a shot.

The Good: Casino Royale is a combination of amazing action and a really long game of Texas Holdem. Trust no one and just hang on for the ride. The first chase scene alone had amazing jumps that I had a hard believing anyone could do - but still found myself believing.

The Bad: Every electronic actual product made in this movie was made by Sony and they made a point of showing it. Every laptop - a Sony Vaio. The digital camera - Sony. The phones - Sony Ericson. The dvd player - Sony. The DVD-R that shows security footage - Sony brand. I know it is Sony Picutures but lets just say it was a little distracting. I think I saw Sony tattooed across Daniel Craig's ass - or wait, maybe that just would have fit in.

If you haven't seen it yet, I'd recommend seeing it in the theater. It is a little bit long at over 2 hours, but the action makes a lot of it go by quickly. If you a woman, I'm sure you'll drool over Daniel Craig - and if you are a guy, I mean - c'mon - it's a James Bond movie. The movie has an actual plot since it was the first book by Ian Fleming about James Bond that was never made into a movie. Its definitely the best Bond flick in years.

And on a side note - did anyone notice that some of the scenes shot in Italy were the exact same locations used for Star Wars Episode II - like where Anakin and Amidala get married?

Don't forget "The Fountain" comes out this Wednesday. It looks amazing.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Still working too much

So, all I have to report is tech stuff.
The coolest tool I've seen all year is VMWare Converter. Basically this program will take a live computer while it is running and virtualize it into a VMWare Machine. It will be instantly bootable and all you have to do is install VMWare tools and it is will be instantly usable.

Did I mention that since it is in beta still it is free?

The steps are practically so self explanatory there is very little to even mention. That is, if you have used VMWare before.