Saturday, 24 October 2009

1st ever Crasher Movie Awards

After weeks of delays, the show is finally here. The show is dedicated to movie makers for making nice and entertaining movies for the general public to enjoy for this summer (according to American seasons). Let's get it started shall we?

Best Actor:
Chris Pine (Star Trek)
Sharlto Copley (District 9)
Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)
Zachary Quinto (Star Trek)

Best Actress:
Sienna Miller (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)
Zoe Saldana (Star Trek)
Lynn Collins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Amy Adams (Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian)
Jordanna Brewster (Fast & Furious)

Best Supporting Actor:
Marlon Wayans (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)
Owen Wilson (Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian)
Josh Duhamel (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation)
Simon Pegg (Star Trek)

Best Supporting Actress:
Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)
Julie White (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation)
Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious)

Best New Actor/Actress:
Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation)
Ramon Rodriguez (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Chris Pine (Star Trek)
Sharlto Copley (District 9)

Best Director:
Neil Blomkamp (District 9)
Michael Bay (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
J.J. Abrams (Star Trek)
Pete Docter (Up)
Stephen Sommers (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)

Best Story:
District 9
Star Trek

Best Effects:
Star Trek
District 9
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Terminator Salvation

Best Voice Actor/Actress:
Reese Withespoon (Monsters vs. Aliens)
Peter Cullen (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Ed Asner (Up)
Seth Rogen (Monsters vs Aliens)
Ray Romano (Ice-Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs)

Best Animation:
Monsters vs Aliens
Ice-Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
G- Force (plus live action)

Movie of the Year:
Star Trek
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
District 9

P.S. After all this summer, the contenders of Movie of the Year fight very closely. It is really hard to choose the winner. But the choice is made, District 9 is the movie of the year. When I stepped out of the screenings of Star Trek, I said this is my movie of the year. But in the end of the summer, District 9 surprised me. It is one of the most original movie of the year in the year dominated by sequels, prequels and spin-offs. District 9 offered us emotions, story, character developments and entertainment all together. Star Trek and Up is not far behind though, these two are tied in No. 2 because Star Trek is the most entertaining movie of the year and Up is the best animation of the year. I didn't like Star Trek series, but after watching the new movie, I got sucked into the world of Star Trek. As for G.I. Joe and Transformers: ROTF, they didn't offer a compelling package for movie of the year, but they did offer entertainment and fun into it. Transformers could be a disappointment for movie goers who want a good story, but for people who are in for graphics and robots and hot chicks, this is the movie...

Monday, 19 October 2009

Video Games Now and Then: How big are the Differences?

Since video game created more than 30 years ago, a lot have changed over the years. From the Bubble Bobble my sisters love to the latest Uncharted 2 that has 96% average score from worldwide critics, and the legendary Mario to LittleBigPlanet. Things just keep changing...

Another video game I wanna let people see is Racing Game from my sisters' childhood, Pole Position from Atari and Gran Turismo 5 from PS3. No words can describe the changes over the years.

Pole Position:

Gran Turismo 5 featuring Ferrari 458 Italia:

Sunday, 18 October 2009

What I want from Transformers 3...

Well, I love Transformers motion picture, I really do, with amazing CGI and awesome action sequences. But even giving 4.5/5 for the sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, I think the movie is really a failure. Because I'm for the works of people at Industrial Light & Magic (kudos to them), without giving actual ratings on other stuffs.

With Transformers 3 announced to be released in July 4th, 2011, director Michael Bay can make even better with certain point I want Transformers to change as of below:
  • Better story line - Come on, the story is really, I mean REALLY! Abysmal to look at. I never seen a mega blockbuster earning $800 million worldwide had such a horrible storyline. It features no developments and no emotional at all(I don't care at emotion but critics' review is can influence the mind of the audience). Even with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the pair behind the highly praised 2009 Star Trek can't make a story decent enough, the Revenge of the Fallen failed in storyline in a big way.
  • Kill Megan Fox's ccharacter Mikaela early in the movie - She's sexy, I admit, but she just ruined the host lead actress thingy, she is boring, bad acting, unfunny, and rude. Come on, many actress can do that and beat her easily. When I said to my friends during a conversation about Transformers, I said I want her dead in the sequel, some agreed, some don't. For those who don't, are you so desperate for a sexy girl? You can watch some chick flicks or even sit at Borders Bookstore and read FHM or Galaxie and you can find even more sexy girls, or even sexier than Megan Fox.
  • No more jokes with sexual suggestions - I mean it... For a movie to attract general audience, the jokes of the movie, especially Revenge of the Fallen, had stepped over the limit. Many parents and cinema goers, including me, will not take children to the cinema to watch it because of sexual suggested contents inside. If I'm the parents and plan to watch it with my children at the cinema, I would have scrapped the plans if the reviews of the movie has 8 complain about the sexual content out of 10. Even you put it on a male robot humping on female and show its testicles hanging around, Michael Bay in the end defended the film because the audiences are mostly 20s man. If a man crazy in this kind of stuff, he would rather watch pornography right? Who needs it in a blockbuster?
  • Use common sense DUDE!!! - Ya, I know this might be controversial but this is error is too big to ignore it, it is minor problem but it is a bit stupid. After all those Autobots and Decepticons fighting at the city in the first one, how come everyone don't know their existences after all those damages? Another US government conspiracy? It is a bit too huge to hide from the public eyes... During the 2 years in the story time line , no one has ever capture a full video or a full photo of the robots. They have, but they only captured the feet of the robots after the whopping 2 years!!!
These suggestions above could be rejected by people, but I think that is what I think Transformers (especially Revenge of the Fallen) is lacking. I hope Michael Bay make at least some of the changes and make the movie more epic.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Gran Turismo PSP Review

It's been five years since the first announcement of the game was made. Along this years with no updates or anything whatsoever, many media already consist this game is a vaporware. In June 2009, a new announcement was made, Gran Turismo PSP has finally arrived. But, is the game worth the wait after all this year? Crasher Khoo here think yes, it is...

Every time we say about this game, we always say the graphics. No racing games, or any other games can rival the photorealistic graphics of the series. In PSP, it is one of the best portable graphics out there. It may not rival PS3 with its superior graphic capability, it is certainly look a lot better in PSP's tiny widescreen. It certainly look gorgeous on Sony's portable platform. THUMBS UP!

The Corvette ZR-1 makes a very good impression here, and it is sexy!

With more than 800 cars and 35 tracks to choose from, Gran Turismo is not a game to get bored easily. It does feel a bit boring at the beginning, with only a slow and uninspired BMW 120d in your garage and 10k of credits available. Classic company marques like Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini made debut here, the car list has ever more cars than the upcoming release like Forza Motorsport 3 for the XBOX 360, which only have a mere 400 cars available.

Lamborghini finally made its debut in the GT series

The car dealers format in Gran Turismo Mobile (unofficial name) has its advantage and disadvantage, with only 4 dealers available every time you play. The good things is the players will always play the game to wait for the car they want. The main problem is you might miss the car you want if you don't have enough credit for the car you really want and will always skip if you don't want the car. I played the game until I have 1,500,000 credit and I miss my chance for a 8 million credit Ferrari F2007 F1 car. Geez...

The game also lack a proper career mode. In old GT, you'll need to obtain licenses from driving school to get your racing career up and running. Now the driving school is just a mere bonus game for extra credits. According to its creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, the game new format is to suit the portable platform as people will only play for a short time, in contrast to the console version.

Nothing to praise about here, the game features a lot of sounds effect for each and different cars. I am curious with the Toyota Prius, because it is a hybrid car, it doesn't make a lot of sound, so does the game only have tires sounds when the car is running? hehehez

No Money no Talk, 8 million or walk away

One of the bad points of the game is the soundtrack. How on earth the soundtrack is created, repetitive lyrics, bad groove and it doesn't help you into RACING MODE!!!

Lasting Appeal
I think the game will have an incredible lasting appeal, with more than 800 cars available, and a variety of tracks. This game will not get bored very easily, it will certainly call out to its owners, "COME BACK FOR MORE!"

This is just the virtual tracks, there's more

GT certainly makes a very good and competitive debut at the PlayStation Portable. And it is a very good Gran Turismo 5 PS3 appetizer.

Pros: Godzillion of cars available, classic virtual and real world track remains and lots of varieties to choose from, warm up to PS3 Gran Turismo 5, Ferrari, Bugatti, Lamborghini makes it into the game

Cons: Still no damage, car dealers might not suit some people, no proper career mode, license mode is now an bonus game, Porsche is still not here, repetitive soundtrack

Verdict: 4/5

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Prototype Review

I finished the game last week and I have a lot of fun in the game's fallen New York City. The game offers tons of fun for you to enjoy in the city.

You play as Alex Mercer, a mutated human who can shapeshift and "consume" human. In the game, New York has been attack by a virus that turn everyone into zombie-like and Alex Mercer has no memory of himself. With his power and connection to the virus, he must find out the truth.

Playing the game is absolute fun for me. For starters, Alex has a lot of power than shapeshift and consuming, it also have claws like Wolverine, whip, giant blade, musclemass for you to transform into. In the game, using this power is fun, slashing the infected and Hunters, killing military personnel. Like any games set in New York, fighting is fun!

One of the major flaw of the game is combat sometimes feels too easy, especially military personnel and Hunters. Boss fight is a bit too hard consider the combat with other enemy is easy, making the game somewhat unbalanced.

Verdict: 4/5

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Movie Awards delayed

Sorry, the movie awards that I promised weeks earlier will not be finish on time, due to schedule conflict...

Try my best possible to release it on next week

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

The new AE-86 finally previewed

Do you remember the original AE-86 from Toyota? Well, it is popular in manga culture because it is the main character's car in Initial D... Now, there's a new one on the horizon, and it looks aggressive, could be a Nissan GT-R beater!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 2nd trailer

Well, this year most hyped first-person shooter game of the year is nearly here, and the 2nd trailer is released... Nice narrating.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

2nd Crasher Music Awards

Behold, the 2nd version of Annual Crasher Music Awards is here. The award is dedicated to artists who entertained Crasher and his friends throughout the year. The winners are announced, they are:

*Winners are in orange, bold and Italic font

Best Rock Artist:
Green Day
Linkin Park
The All-American Rejects

Best Rock Hits
Ignorance by Paramore
New Divide by Linkin Park
Second Chance by Shinedown
Know Your Enemy by Green Day
Come Back to Me by David Cook

Best Hip-Hop Artist:
Flo Rida
Kanye West

Best Hip-Hop Hits:
We Made You by Eminem
Right Round by Flo Rida
Dead and Gone by T.I.
Paranoid by Kanye West
You Know You Want Me by Pitbull

Best R&B Artist:
Jordin Sparks
Kevin Rudolf

Best R&B Hits:
Part of The List by Ne-Yo
Battlefield by Jordin Sparks
Welcome to the World by Kevin Rudolf
Halo by Beyonce
F**k You by Lily Allen (censored for viewership friendly)

Best Pop Artists:
Miley Cyrus
Katy Perry
Colbie Caillat
Mariah Carey
Cobra Starship

Best Pop Hits:
Waking Up in Vegas by Katy Perry
Obsessed by Mariah Carey
Falling For You by Colbie Caillat
Good Girls Go Bad Cobra Starship
The Climb by Miley Cyrus

Best Country Artist:
Rascal Flatts
Kellie Pickler
Jessie James
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Best Country Hits:
Best Day of Your Life by Kellie Pickler
Wanted by Jessie James
Here Comes Goodbye by Rascal Flatts
You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift
She Wouldn't Be Gone by Blake Shelton

Best Dance/Electronic Artist:
Lady Gaga
Black Eyed Peas
Little Boots
Britney Spears

Best Dance/Electronic Hits:
Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas
If You Seek Amy by Britney Spears
Don't Trust Me by 3oh!3
Lovegame by Lady Gaga
Remedy by Little Boots

Best New Artist:

Pixie Lott
Kevin Rudolf
Jessie James
Hey Monday

Best Comeback:
Kelly Clarkson
Black Eyed Peas
Green Day
Boys Like Girls
The All-American Rejects

Best collaboration:
Beautiful - Akon ft. Colby O'Donis & Kardinal Offishall
Run This Town - Jay-Z ft Rihanna & Kanye West
Takin' Back My Love - Enrique Iglesias ft. Ciara
Two Is Better Than One - Boys Like Girls ft. Taylor Swift
Be On You - Flo Rida ft Ne-yo

Hate It but Love It Hits:
That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings
Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas
Fire Burnin' by Sean Kingston
Hotel Room Service by Pitbull

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Michael Jackson

Album of the Year:
The Fame by Lady Gaga
Fearless by Taylor Swift
R.O.O.T.S. by Flo Rida
21st Century Breakdown by Green Day
All I Ever Wanted by Kelly Clarkson

Song of the year:
Love Story by Taylor Swift
Know Your Enemy by Green Day
Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas
Good Girls Go Bad by Cobra Starship
We Made You by Eminem

Artist of the year:
Lady Gaga
Green Day
Taylor Swift
Black Eyed Peas