Joker film review

DC Comics have decided to go down a different route again and compared to anything done before, Joker was surprisingly grounded.

The film is set in the 1980s era, there is the slight sunniness of Gotham city, which slowly darkens and the subway scenes give the grimness a different colour. During the course of the film you do see the city changing from some level of peace to utter dystopia.

We follow Arthur Fleck (Joker) played by Joaquin Phoenix who already seemed mad, descend in on himself in a psychotic way. He wants to be a stand-up comedian and gets his chance. His actions not only make a fool of him but puts his life in danger. We fellow Arthur back at his home were his mother is not in the best of health. Home live revolves around the TV where the pair watch a popular talk show hosted by Murray Franklin (played by De Niro) who is some what of a hero to Arthur and later gets a chance to meet him.

The slow but well-paced structure of the film works well with the background music. However I never quite felt the intensity grow too out of control. There are aspects that are thrown out there, what I would call Easter-eggs and homage to Tim Burton’s original 1989 Batman movie.

I did enjoy the film, if I said anymore I would be giving it away. I am not sure if action junkies will like this. But I am going to give a score of 4 out of 5.

Mobile gaming obsession and addiction

When Nokia first introduce Snake on their mobile phones, lots of people got hooked. As phones got smarter, the games evolve, people habits, have they changed?

I was just playing a little bit of a game called Star Trek Fleet Command started to talk to someone on there in a private message about game addiction. What amazes me is how much people are now invested in a slightly more complex game.

Five years ago a game came out called Star Wars Commander, this follows the same formula as other games like Clash of Clans. You build, create an army, attack other players and defend your base. There is a way to boost yourself forward in the game. All you have to do is spend real life money to acquire those packs to boost your standing.

This is real world money on a small video game on a mobile. It might seem innocent at first to say, spend £5 here for a pack, some players spend £10 a month for a pack. I asked one person, how many people spend money, they took a guess at 1 in 3 to 4 people will spend something.

Then you have the top end players, by the time I decided to quit player Star Wars Commander I knew a good number of usernames spending £1200 a month to stay at the top. That’s £24,000 a year, that’s more than what a lot of people work towards just to feed their family, pay the bills and survive. Not to mention the time needed to play these games, the biggest killer is time. Once you start playing in your free time, it will easily overlap into work time. Family time! Will you be at the dinner table with your family, out in a restaurant and try and sneak in that extra bit of game at the dinner table?

So I eventually quite Star Wars Commander and moved over to Star Wars Heroes, this was a different type of game, but in the end it had those “packs” you can buy, a ranking system, clans. And like the previous game, those players that wanted to stay on top, spending their money, building that gap between the rich and the poor! I didn’t hear it so much there, but I knew a few people that had spent a few £100 on the game. But it was all time consuming again.

I managed to quite gaming on my mobile for at least six months. But by Christmas 2018 I had a bit more free time and this time a new game had come out, Star Trek Fleet Command.

To start with, this felt different, you had missions to do, galaxies to explore, by the time I got into the game a bit more, I found out about the clans, but here they called it “Alliances”! After a while you get to a certain point where in order to progress you need certain materials, where you need to mine on these rocks.

When you realised in order to progress you need to do a lot of mining to get the materials to build all the upgrades… I got up to a point where I managed to quite the game for a whole month. But I ended up returning to what I call Star Trek Farmville!

The same flavour is here also, the top players I have spoken to, had my base raided by them, had a mining node, (floating rock in space!) taken off me by these players. They too are spending a lot of money, one player a woman from Germany has spent over £17,000 on the game just to be on top of everyone else, others have spent a few thousand, one member of the alliance I am in is spending £100 a month on the game.

Like life, there seems to be a balance of the wealthy people, those that spend the money on top, the elite of this social society, then you have those that are time rich, these are the players in the middle, then you have those that don’t spend any money in the game and are time poor.

But if you turn this on its head, those who are time poor and don’t spend the money on a mobile game have the most to gain from real life. They are the people we should all be emulating.

Getting to go out and socialise with people face to face instead of this digital construct that has appeared in our hands over the last ten years. This new world gaming culture has diminished wallets, our time and is taking what we hold dear. And these companies that make these games, they are the digital vampires bleeding us dry. It’s time for people to make a stand against their weaknesses and turn those into their strengths.

 

 

War against the ants

For the past month I’ve had ants coming into my home near the front door. They seem to have nested in the smallest of places. Mainly coming through the gap between the floor and the wall, this small little gap appears to be their home.

It first looked like bits of brick dust, masonry being pulled out from underneath.

So the war begins! I have the granular stuff already brought from past years. That powder stuff is horrible, messy and doesn’t work well in my opinion and feel that it should be banned because it is so useless.

So I spread around Ant Stop! granules, maybe my pack is a bit old now, didn’t seem to be effective as it normally is. So on to the ant traps, boy how these fellas crawl out and die!

With granules you can hoover them up along with the ants while i like to say, die you little bustards die!!

Nescafé Gold Caramel Latte review

I have to say, I brought this because I like caramel lattes from places like Costa Coffee and Starbucks. However this is not like those! As you pour the near white powder into a cup I could tell there isn’t much coffee in the product. It froths up well enough, but the taste…

It has this powdery artificial taste you can’t really taste any coffee, I hardly taste any caramel! Even the ingredients doesn’t specify that it even has any caramel in it!!

I went and put a spoon of normal coffee in to try and strengthen it up, but no, still thought this wasn’t very nice at all.

I really do like their cappuccino know, so I don’t know why this is such a fail, maybe I will give the rest to my dad to see if he likes it!!

Meeting Shae Sterling and Alien Addiction review.

When I was in Los Angeles in March I was with my brother at a café in Abbot Kinney Blvd, as soon as we had finished we came out and started speaking to two people who just turned up there in a taxi.

One was a girl who was a video blogger from New Zealand, the other was a film director also from New Zealand. This director went by the name of Shae Sterling and said in a few months that his film Alien Addiction would be showing at the London film festival at the Prince Charles Cinema in London.

Well, sometime later! When I was back home in London I got myself a ticket online to go see the film.

It was an interesting film, it started off very B movie with the introduction of the main character and his friends mouthing rather crass humour. The intro also supplied overhead drone video capture of a quite scenic peaceful part of the world.

For me the film didn’t really start until the introduction of the aliens as they crash land to Earth. Enter two aliens rather reminiscent of the film Coneheads with Dan Aykroyd. They came with some device that could convert objects to a smokable substance. It got even weirder when the aliens started to convert shit, smoking it and getting high. I couldn’t quite get my mind around this trip, but it did make me laugh.

The next part of the film was an investigative reporter obsessed with alien hunting. He and his companion find and try to capture the aliens, but his already failing reputation takes a hit. No need to say anymore, you will have to watch the movie if you want to know the ending which has a bit of a twist.

After the movie finished there was a Q&A then I went over to say hello Shae Sterling remembered me and gave me a big bear hug.

Staying at the Bellagio

Last week we arrived at the Bellagio, after checking in a bit of gambling we then ate at 12 midnight local time. I don’t think I had much sleep in the next four days. We went to different hotel casinos ate in Hakkasan restaurant, STK steak house and the restaurants in the Bellagio.

My worse meal has to be in Hakkasan, a Chinese fusion food restaurant, didn’t really think it was all that. My favourite meal was in Spiro in the Bellagio, where we had an amazing view the of fountain.

I played some Top Golf at a very trendy golf range and pretty much had a good time. Walked through Caesars Palace shopping mall went into the Apple store there and brought myself a new Apple iWatch.

Visited some of the original old part of town. That had a more grimy feel, money lasts longer in the casinos down there.

I even tried my hands at a poker tournament in the poker room at the Bellagio. Now that was a deep end experience! Felt like everyone but myself were professional players.

I wasn’t so great on blackjack, roulette I won a load and lost it all. The three card poker tables, you seem to have higher odds to win and if you play on a full table of people the odds also become stacked against the dealer meaning everyone can win a lot more, unlike blackjack you’re only playing with one desk.

My only qualm was the cigarette-cigar smoke. Got in all my clothes, but other than that, had an awesome time.