Wreck-It Ralph (Blu-ray release 2013-3-5) is not a Toy Story-level masterpiece, but it is more entertaining than I expected. In this movie, video game characters instead of toys come to life. They can go to visit other games, but can only be regenerated in their own games, and will vanish if they die in other games. There are references to classic video game characters that can be understood by adults. Recommended to anyone who know what is “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left Right”.
Brave Hearts: Umizaru (Blu-ray release 2013-1-18) is the 4th movie in the Umizaru series about some Japan Coast Guard rescue divers carrying out various different types of rescue missions. Although it still follows its own formula, I’m pleased to see that this one is a little different – it spends a significant amount of screen time in the preparation of the rescue. The actual rescue part of the story is done very effectively, even if it feels shorter than the previous movies. If there is one thing that is bad about this movie, it’s the really fake CG showing the plane crashing into the sea.
Last update: 2013-4-17
While there are hacks for Candy Crush Saga on the web that are complex, risky, need to install a hacked apk on your phone, or requires you to enter your facebook e-mail, this simple method to restore lives requires none of that. Do this every time when you run out of lives. This moonlightknighthk’s method is verified for Candy Crush Saga for Android version 1.0.10:
DISCLAIMER: I’m not responsible if this goes wrong and causes you to permanently lose all your game data.
0. You must have a good connection to Internet via WiFi or cellular data network to invoke this procedure.
1. Make sure your Android Candy Crush Saga game completed a sync operation to Facebook, i.e. shows a tick in the bottom right hand corner.
2. (Optional) If your Android is rooted, you may use Titanium Backup to back up the game data
3a. On Android 4.x: Open the app drawer. Long press Candy Crush Saga icon, then drag it to App Info.
3b. On Android 2.x: Settings -> Applications -> Manage Applications, find Candy Crush Saga.
4. Force stop it if this button is enabled.
5. Clear data, then click OK.
6. Start the game and click Facebook Connect.
7. Wait for the sync to complete and the prompt of Success. Click OK and see that you have 5 lives again, at the same level as before.
If for any reason this procedure is not working for you, and you have done step 2 previously, use Titanium Backup to restore the app data.
Note: There is no guarantee that this will work for future versions. Doing a Titanium Backup is much safer when playing an unverified version of the game.
(I’m sure there are others who have discovered this before me, but I did a bit of google and could not find the same method, only the more complex ones. So either they did not make it public and/or I did not spend enough time on google searches.)
A Late Quartet (Blu-ray release 2013-2-5) is about things that happen to four musicians, nearly breaking their quartet apart. Even if it is mostly melodrama, its really strong acting keeps me interested. [SPOILER] However, I don’t understand how just before the ending scene, everything went wrong, then suddenly they act as if no problem ever occurred and played the ending concert fine.
Sinister (Blu-ray release 2013-2-19) is a horror story about a crime fiction writer who moves into a house where murder toke place, and discovered disturbing videos. Within the first minutes I guessed who killed the family, and half way through the movie I knew how it would end. The scares come from some boo moments, dark scenes, and the disturbing videos. Although not especially scary, I like the story, excluding how it ends. This movie reminds me of Skeleton Key (2005).
血滴子 (The Guillotines) (Blu-ray release 2013-2-7) is a Chinese movie about a team of royal secret assassins who use a legendary weapon known as 血滴子 Guillotine (which is unrelated to the guillotine in the real world) during the Qing dynasty of China. The basic concept is okay, but the script and the pacing are not. To make things worse, there are too few martial arts action scenes for this type of movie. Strangely there is a lot of crying for characters with little background for the viewers to care about. This is a very disappointing movie from this director.
In A Good Day to Die Hard, John McClane (Bruce Willis) goes to Russia because his son Jack is going to prison there. His son turns out to be involved with a political prisoner and the CIA. John’s presence unintentionally interfered with a CIA operation, then all hell breaks loose.
In a mindless action movie like this, the plot is not too important as it is only an excuse to string together breathtaking action scenes, during which we hear John saying “I’m on fxxxing vacation!” multiple times. In the beginning car chase scene, we see real money is spent there because so many cars get destroyed. Even if car chases have already been done to death in movies, this one is still exciting and offers something I’ve not seen before. I like seeing the protagonists getting shot at by a helicopter. Other than the first rate action scenes, I also like the humorous dialogue between John and his son. The final plot twist does not seem very reasonable to me, but that’s fine. [Possibly a SPOILER] Now if someone can explain to me why there is a swimming pool in that place…
The Thieves (Blu-ray release 2013-2-12) is Korean movie about a group of Korean thieves, teamed up with a group of Chinese thieves, attempting to steal a diamond from a casino in Macau. Although the set up of the group contains a contradiction, the movie is still interesting in that everyone has his/her own plan. When all things go wrong, and before an important plot point is revealed, what happened on screen is a little confusing. The plot is not flawless, but I imagine no movie about thieves stealing from a casino is. I like this story, and I’m glad that it stays away from the Korean video tradition of being a tearjerker.
Robot & Frank is a movie about relationships, including one between a human and a robot. This topic is usually seen and deeply explored in Japanese animations. In this movie, however, it feels completely different, because the focus is really on the human, not the robot. I like the idea that the robot helps Frank steal in order to improve his health – I don’t think I have come across any similar idea before.