Friday, March 30, 2012

Epic Android App: Simsimi is Really Funny and Sometimes Also Annoying and Dirty


Once in a while we get some really good apps from the Android market. Sometimes we do also get some useless ones, some of them were even featured on the Ellen Show. But there are some apps also that we could not understand cause it would sometimes work, some times it wouldn't. But for some of us there is nothing more than a unique app that sometimes makes us laugh, but for the right reasons. Take Simsimi, for example:

Simsimi is a chatting robot created by SimSimi, Inc. This app intends to exceed the "limitation of technology of natural-language processing system by collective intelligence." This is usually useful when you have no one to talk to and this app will give you a virtual company, fun, and of course, hilarity.

Try to have a conversation with Simsimi here:

If you really think that you should have Simsimi on your Android device, you could download the application from its official website or you could scan this barcode to directly download the app to your device:

There are some really great apps in the market out there, all we need to do is discover them. A little play of words and a lot of industry will not yield us empty handed. If you ever find one -- or many -- please do share and lets enjoy the perks these apps could offer.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Must See Avatar Sequel: The Legend of Korra and The Promise Comic Book Trilogy

The Legend of Korra

Everyone would agree that Avatar: The Last Airbender is the only Non-Japanese animated series that we could consider as "anime." Maybe because it tackles martial arts and Kung Fu that only stream from Asian way of thinking. No matter the reason behind this exception I can say that the series is a great hit among viewers that when it ended on the third book we couldn't get enough of it and wanted to have some more. So thanks to the creators of this series they are giving us a new perspective of the Avatar world through its futuristic sequel: The Legend of Korra.

In order for us to have a glimpse of its story, here is the synopsis of The Legend of Korra from Nickelodeon:
Republic City is everything that Avatar Aang and Fire Lord Zuko fought for when they ended the Hundred Year War. With balance restored to the four nations, benders and non-benders can live together in peace, in this thriving metropolitan area. But even the steampunk paradise of Republic City has its problems, as the next Avatar discovers. When Avatar Korra arrives in Republic City to master her airbending, she comes face to face with criminal bending gangs as well as members of a vocal anti-bending revolution. Before long, Korra's Avatar skills are put to the test when she encounters a group of Chi-blockers led by the charismatic and mysterious Amon, who threatens the city and all the benders in it. Despite the immense danger, Korra vows to fight the growing anti-bending revolution. But will she be able to stop Amon before he rises to power and makes his vision of a bending-free world a reality?

Watch the trailers of upcoming tv series:

But before we delve into the sequel of this amzing series I suggest you buy and read the comic novels of Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise (Book Four) Parts 1 and 2 so that you would not miss anything that might have happened in between the end of Avatar: The last Air Bender Book Three and the beginning of The Legend of Korra. We wouldn't want to be lost on some story lines and future references now, would we? Click on the images below if you want to buy them over

The Promise Part 1The Promise Part 2The Promise Part 3

The Promise is a trilogy comic series with the last installment still not yet released. Updated: Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise, Part 3 is now available.

If you wanted to discover who are the new set characters in this series, you could visit The Legend of Korra's official page on Nickelodeon.

I am all too excited for the The Legend of Korra, but we still have to wait until April 14, 2012 before we could watch its pilot episode entitled "Air."

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wait No More for Game of Thrones Season Two, Plus New Featurettes and More

Game of Thrones Season 2

With April 1st, 2012 fast approaching, all George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire's fans are in for a treat as the Season 2 of The Game of Thrones premiers with a blast. The second season of the highly appraised TV series will definitely pick-up where Season one ended on how the beheading of one of the main characters affects the lives of each and every character in the succession of the story.

Personally I am excited of how the Dragon sub-plot will turn out. But since this season is based on the second book called A Clash of Kings of the 7-part series, those who have read the novels will surely have a fair idea of what's going to happen and who will become the victor among those who vie for the Iron Throne in King's Landing.

Each season is based on a whole book and from what I have gleaned from the books we could expect for tricky new characters, fantastic locations, and an even grander scale of story-telling this time. But before we can actually watch the first episode of the season, here are some trinkets that might whet your appetite and ebb the excitement and anticipation that is present in all of us:

TV Spots

For more Game of Thrones Season Two TV Spots, visit here.


For more Game of Thrones Season Two Featurettes, visit here.

And More...

There are more from here.

Make sure not to miss the first episode of the season and I can definitely say that you will be hooked till the last episode and then we will have to wait for too long again for the third season to come.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

24 Vocalists Move On To The Voice Live Performance

The Voice

On the previous episodes of The Voice Season 2, we witnessed the grueling and exciting of auditions of hopeful singers and artists that were eventually highlighted on the battle rounds. Twenty-four out of more or less fifty contestants will move on for the Live Performances after the famous coaches -- namely Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green -- chose who are best suitable for their teams.

During the Live Performance the vocalists from two teams compete against each other. And out of these duet competitions only one will be chosen from each set until only twelve vocalists plus four second-chance takers remain. So without dragging you on, here are the list of hopeful contestants that will move on the Live Performance of The Voice Season 2:

Team Adam

Tony Lucca

Kim Yarbrough


Katrina Parker


Karla Davis

Team Blake


Jordis Unga

Charlotte Sometimes

Jermaine Paul

Erin Willett

Naia Kete

The Christina

Chris Mann

Jesse Campbell

Sera Hill

Lindsey Pavao

Ashley De La Rosa

Moses Stone

Team Cee Lo

Cheesa Laureta

Juliet Simms

Jamar Rogers

Erin Martin

James Massone

Tony Vincent

Who do you think will win on the live performances. Make sure not to miss their performances on April 3, 2012.

(Images courtesy of Mitchell Haaseth / NBC)

Hunger Games: Jennifer Lawrence on Fire for Esquire

Jennifer Lawrence

Check out my Hunger Games movie review.

Dubbed as the Girl on Fire, Katniss Everdeen or Jennifer Lawrence on real life sets the thermometer on all time high. She doesn't have to prove to us that she really is indeed on fire, because her Esquire photo shoot simply proved it well for her. See how this innocent-looking woman will surely melt your candles.

I am warning you that the following series of pictures and video are not suitable for the conservative and the faint-hearted:

I am not sure, this just feels so wrong for the fact that she is marketing a movie for children and the children at heart and she already graced us with her fiery side. If you really wanna see more you could watch her photo shoot here:

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Complete Jessica Sanchez American Idol Season 11 Performances

Jessica Sanchez

This half Mexican, half Filipina power ball has definitely captured the attention of millions of people. Who would have thought that this 16 year old Diva would have made it again in the big scene after being accepted in American Idol Season 11. Jessica Sanchez, short for Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez, was once a contender also for first season of the America's Got Talent. Lucky she didn't win, for she may have not the chance of being accepted on the running season of the American Idol.

So far she has made it through the top seven and I believe there is no stopping her. We have seen her in highs and lows (but I can say there are more highs than lows), and last week she has awed the judges and the viewers alike once again.

So for your delight and satisfaction let us have a recap of her previous performances that brought her to where she is now:

Songs from the 1950sGroup Performance - It Doesn't Matter Anymore

Final Solo - The Prayer

Personal Choice - Love You I Do

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

Year They Were Born - Turn the Beat Around

Billy Joel - Everybody Has a Dream

Their Personal Idols - Sweet Dreams

Trio - Like a Prayer / Borderline / Express Yourself

Songs from the 1980s (Solo) - How Will I Know

Songs from the 1980s (Duet) - I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

Songs from the 2010s (Solo) - Stuttering

Songs from the 2010s (Trio) - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)

Save - Nobody's Supposed to be Here

Songs from Now & Then (Now) - Fallin'

Songs from Now & Then (Then) - Try a Little Tenderness

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Contestant's Choice - Dance with My Father

Songs from the 1960s (solo) - Proud Mary

Songs from the 1960s (trio) - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher

British Pop - You Are So Beautiful

California Dreamin' (solo) - Steal Away

California Dreamin' (duet) - Eternal Flame

They Wish They'd Written - And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

Chosen by Coach Jennifer Lopez - My All

Personal Choice - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

Chosen by Jimmy Iovine - I'll Be There

Simon Fuller's Choice - I Have Nothing

Favorite Performance - The Prayer

Winner's Single - Change Nothing

Whew that was a mouthful of performances. John certainly can't wait for the next performances. Don't forget to vote for her in their coming performance this week.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Movie Review: Hungry for More of The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Updated: Check out the latest movie news on Catching Fire, The Hunger Games sequel.

And may the odds be ever in your favor! We have seen a lot of books that were turned to movies. John, being an avid reader and book collector, knows most of them and he can surely say that there are misses and hits. Lucky for this year we had a full serving of The Hunger Games and it's surely a certified hit.

Let's digest what made this movie a great one and worthy of our attention:

The Adaptation From Book

It is always hard to adapt a book into a movie, most especially if it has a legion of die hard followers who wanted to hear every line of dialogue incorporated into the movie. This is not possible, of course. But with The Hunger Games it has made ways to be faithful to the book despite a few alteration. It would have been very dragging should Katniss's monologue on the book were translated as is in the movie, but by doing how it was done exactly in the movie: it was amazing artistically and very effective at that.

A viewer would certainly be bored, even if he is an avid fan if each and every thought that the main character had will be blurted out in the screen. Instead it was done in a sport commentary kind of way that Stanley Tucci, playing the your-friend-your-enemy host Caesar, effectively conveyed. All in all, even the most avid fan would agree that the book was best adapted as we see it in the movie. I dare say there could be no better way to do it.

The Cast of Actors and Their Acting

The cast of actors, having been involved in some adaptations before, are familiar and more likely relatable. After seeing how sincere Jennifer Lawrence's acting was I can't imagine should the role have landed to other actors that were considered for the role. Josh Hutcherson's Peeta Mellark is as supposed as he should be, portraying a very strong guy that still emanates a complexity of vulnerability and weakness. Elizabeth Banks's Effie Trinket was also a bonus.

We don't get the usual cheesy combination of actors who can't barely act the way I wanted them to, but these actor being fans of the book themselves surely put there passion on every acting they did in order to give as a unique and very convincing portrayal of each characters. Except one, Woody Harrelson's Haymitch could have been better, I believe.

The Special and Physical Effects, and Production

Who would have not felt the dread of seeing District 12's dilapidated condition as opposed to the majestic living of the Capitol? There, we can already see the contrast of living between two opposing locations. One would surely sympathize on the conditions of the district people: how they suffer, how they have barely something to eat and how those devil may care Capitol people seem not to notice all these.

We see the big difference even in the color palette. The Capitol enjoys the colorful and extravagant collection of fizz and dills on their garments and make up showing how they can spend dearly on ornaments that they could live without, while the extreme districts, slurp the crumbs on the mud and have barely nothing to protect them from the harsh weather. It's as if I could almost say that this is not a movie, but a "documentary on poverty."

The movie has an effective way of rendering physical effects, but I can say that they could still improve on the special one. I mean I was expecting the girl on fire to be truly on fire. And after seeing the fiery attire the District 12 champions wore during the parade I was like, "Is that it?" On the other hand, the futuristic architecture was certainly CGI and I commend the movie for that convincing and creative feel on it,.

The Creatures and the Mythology

In the book, we see creatures and other beings that only reside on this story. They are unique and have the right of their own to express their existence. But in the movie we barely even know of their backgrounds and the mythology behind their existence. We have a very fast glimpses of mockingjays and tracker jackers and they were not really given a hundred percent justice.

And the genetically modified wolves? What happened to them? In the book they were even given the spirit and characters of the victims that died during the game. Why did they have to be showcased like some automaton and brutish creatures without showing the hatred and the feeling of revenge of the victims that should have been there.

Only a few areas of the book has not been given much emphasis and this is one of them.

The Relationship and The Love Affairs

Everyone in the cinema was crying over the fate that Rue has to go through. One annoying viewer even has the guts to wail and let the whole viewers know she is really affected. This is a manifest that the relationship between Katniss and Rue, played by Amandla Stenberg, was really at its best portrayal. And this goes back to the cast's good acting. I can clearly state that there is a chemistry between the two characters: one remembering her younger sister with the other and another needing a mature guidance showing how vulnerable she is during the entire competition.

But who would forget Katniss's and Peeta's love affair? We may have not heard Katniss say each and every thought to feel that she really is confused about the matter, but we still have the feel of it by how the two star crossed lover interacted all the time. It was awkward at the moment since Katniss is undecided by then, but when the time they have to show they are intimate they did there best, and how lovely and convincing it was on screen. And the best part of all this is the remorse that Gale Hawthorne (played by Liam Hemsworth) has to feel seeing his most loved girl being caressed by another man.

The Overall Impact of the Movie

I say, after having lost fate on books turned to movies, I have disappointed my self again on this negative expectation, because simply this one is very good. From the technicalities of movie making up to the visual area of it I can say the the movie has made a very good job. It may not have been very perfect, but who cares there is no perfect movie out there (and if there is it's not many, I guess). What matters most is for the two hours and 20 minutes that I spent watching the movie is a an equivalent amount of time that I feel I have been transported to a world which is very different from what we have now. It was a convincing movie that I  felt I was almost trapped into that distant dystopia.

I praise the director and the cast and all the people behind this movie, because they have given us something good, something worthwhile. All these were achieved, because of their passion and dedication in satisfying this not-so-die-hard fan among many others.

Rating: 4.5 / 5, Still have more room for improvement.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The One That Got Away, the Great, the So-So and the Winner


It's almost a month since my last post. My tiny head was kind of busy processing gigantic realities that a corn kernel could even handle. Once in a while though some realities are so good that I have to share them to John and his whimsical mood. Just these past days he has been to a lot of adventures: leaving me lying alone on my tiny nook and hoping that I would not rot to death and boredom.

So once in a while, to spare me the boredom, I surf around the net to look for something that would spark my interest and here are some of the ones that never got away my mind:

The One That Got Away With Numerous Awards

Adele at the 2012 Grammy Awards
During the 2012 Grammy Awards, Adele owned the night by garnering six awards which included Best Album, Record and Song of the Year. I am sick of Adele with all those heart wrenching songs, but John couldn't say the same cause he adores her and drinks every word of her songs.

The One That Got Away With So-So Box Office Sales

John Carter Movie Poster
John always thought that this movie will reach No.1 Box office hit on its peak, but I guess it would never really come to light. As much I would like to pray to boost this movie's sales I wouldn't dare to cause I am not just built for this kind of things.

The One That Got Away With Most Votes

Jessica Sanchez of American Idol 12
After wowing the Judges last week, Jessica has somehow lost the top spot to a fellow contestant. The judges wasn't quite amazed with her recent performance singing the song Turn the Beat Around by Vicki Sue Robinson. But despite all that Jessica is still reining in polls gaining 28% out of total votes.

So that's for today folks. See you next time should there be a chance I could escape John and this well guarded prison cell.