Category: Reviews

  • The Exasperated Calculator Game of the Year 2007

    Yes, I’m aware it’s 2009 now. But I still need to cover the games that I played in 2007, before I can move on to the 2008 edition. The rule is that it has to be a game that I played for the first time in 2007 – not paying too much attention to the […]

  • Game Review: Mirror’s Edge

    [Mirror’s Edge](, by DICE, published by Electronic Arts. I don’t play a lot of games all the way to the finish. The current pile of unfinished games includes *Assasin’s Creed*, *Oblivion*, *Fallout 3*, *Mass Effect*, *Super Mario Galaxy* and *Psychonauts*. So the first thing to note about Mirror’s Edge is that I actually finished the […]

  • 2007 Game in Review

    For some reason, I played quite a few computer games in 2007. Aftering buying a [Wii]( in 2006, I got an [XBox360]( and [PS3]( to go along with it. And a few games as well. Over the next few months I’ll do a series of game reviews (and there’s likely to be a fair gap […]

  • TV Review: The Palace

    [The Palace](, a new series from ITV in the UK. The setup is pretty simple: *The West Wing* meets *The Queen*. That’s a difficult premise to live up to – one of the best TV series of all time, and one of the best films of recent years. Inevitably, it doesn’t live up all the […]

  • Book Review: Hyperion Cantos

    I just recently re-read an old favourite of mine, the *[Hyperion Cantos](* by Dan Simmons. The *Cantos* is a sequence of four books: * [Hyperion]( * [The Fall of Hyperion]( * [Endymion]( * [The Rise of Endymion]( These were well received novels when they first came out – the first won the Hugo award, and […]

  • Movie Review: Cloverfield

    This weekend I went to see the new movie from JJ Abrams, [*Cloverfield*]( I went in with fairly low expectations – I enjoy monster movies, but don’t really enjoy Abrams’ work very much. I’m happy to say that I was completely blown away. This is a superb film, which anyone who can stomach it should […]

  • Movie Review: No Country For Old Men

    [*No Country For Old Men*]( Directed by Ethan & Joel Coen. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin. In West Texas, June 1980, a drug deal has just gone very badly wrong. A case containing two million dollars ends up in the hands of Llewlyn Moss (Brolin) when he comes across the aftermath. […]

  • Move Review: National Treasure: Book of Secrets

    [*National Treasure: Book of Secrets*]( Directed by Jon Turteltaub. Starring Nicolas Cage, Justin Bartha, Diane Kruger, Jon Voight, Helen Mirren and Ed Harris. Treasure hunter Ben Gates (Cage) sets off on a new hunt, this time looking for proof that his ancestor was not involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. With only a page […]

  • Movie Review: Hitman

    [*Hitman*]( Directed by Xavier Gans. Starring Timothy Olyphant, Dougray Scott, Olga Kurylenko, Robert Knepper and Ulrich Thomsen. A mysterious, powerful organisation (known only as “The Organisation”) has created a series of genetically engineered super-assasins. Trained from birth, they are killing machines who complete the contracts the organisation takes from outside. The best agent, known only […]