Archive for July, 2007

Movie Review: The Simpsons

July 31st, 2007

As you may (possibly) have heard by now, there’s now a movie version of the The Simpsons TV series.

The plot is pretty simple: Homer does something stupid, it was horrible consequences for the town, and as a result Marge and the family get very annoyed by him.

But The Simpsons has never really been about the brilliance of the plot. It’s about the writing and the jokes. And the strength of the writing is unlike anything seen on TV for some years – I suspect there’s been a lot of writers saving the good jokes for the movie. There isn’t a lot of the movie taking advantage of the things that can’t be done on television, but a few jokes do make good use of the big screen in one way or another.

The animation is fantastic, with some amazing visuals at various points. It’s not up to the quality of Pixar, but it’s still pretty good. The best thing is that it takes the larger-than-life quality of the designs in the TV series and scales them up, rather than trying to make them more realistic.

This movie is exactly what you should expect: a really good episode of The Simpsons. Nothing more, nothing less. If you’ve ever enjoyed The Simpsons, go and see it.

Where does the money go?

July 31st, 2007

A guide to exactly why political campaigns cost so much.

Impratical clocks

July 31st, 2007

A Japanese designed table clock that works by tilting

It’s not just Hollywood

July 31st, 2007

Ten ripoffs of American culture by overseas studios. My favourite: the Bollywood jaws with musical shark attack scene.

More watches

July 31st, 2007

The most accurate watch ever made.

Weird sculpture

July 31st, 2007

A kinetic giant squid sculpture.