TouchMyApps » movie http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:31:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Ultimate Movie Buff In Review – Cinematic Trivia Excellence http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/16/ultimate-movie-buff-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/16/ultimate-movie-buff-in-review/#comments Wed, 16 Jun 2010 10:37:22 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34422 I would consider myself to be a fairly big movie fan. I’m pretty much willing to go see anything. As a result I would also consider myself to be a fairly learned person when it comes to movie trivia. Usually this would only come in handy during portions of trivia games, not any longer though. … Read more]]>

I would consider myself to be a fairly big movie fan. I’m pretty much willing to go see anything. As a result I would also consider myself to be a fairly learned person when it comes to movie trivia. Usually this would only come in handy during portions of trivia games, not any longer though. The developers at Super Monko Studio have just what I need in their app Ultimate Movie Buff. A movie specific trivia game aimed at answering the pressing question “Are you a movie buff?”. Read on to find out how I did.

I’ve always thought that “trivia” apps are a risky venture in the App Store. They usually have a set number of questions and depending on how well thier programming is, the chances of repitition can increase which both lowers the fun and value of the app. I was surprised to see that you get almost 5000 different questions right off the bat, spread amongst 15 different categories. I said before that I was a fan of movies, but even I couldn’t come up with 15 different categories that you could ask questions about movies. Kudos to the developers for starting off with such a large number. As of now I still have not yet had a duplicate question, which to me speaks volumes.

I am really impressed by Ultimate Movie Buff’s design. It’s creative and eye catching. Questions are layed out in a way thats easy to read without getting boring or drab. I love the color choices and the use of shading and mixing tones. I know this is a little short compared to my usual speeches about design but that’s because it’s just simply a great design done well. As they often say, less is more.

The premise of Ultimate Movie Buff is simple. You start with a set amount of time and must answer various trivia questions relating to movies to increase/maintain that time as well as raising your score. Rather than just throw random multiple choice questions over and over though, they even incorporated images AND video. Definitely a lot of work went into this and it shows.

As far as game options go, you have 3 to choose from. Single player, head to head and turn based. The first is obvious, head to head has you and a friend fighting with the same device to see who can answer faster. Answers to questions are laid out on each side of the device and who ever is fastest gets the points. The last mode turn based, is also multiplayer but you just go back and forth with your opponent rather then at the same time. A great set of play options, however it would have been nice to see some sort of multiplayer/online mode. If you can do it with games like charadium I don’t see why you couldn’t do it here.

Another great feature of this game is the social integrations aspect. Trivia is one of those areas that friends will battle over all the time. The quest to find out who knows the most about “x” is probably one of my favorite quarrels with my friends. Having the ability to post to Facebook or Twitter aides me in that battle, and for that I am thankful.

If posting to your favorite social networks isn’t enough there is also a link that allows you to email your score to someone. After challenging all your friends, also be sure to check out how you sit in the hall of fame both globally and locally. All of this is as well as some instructions for the game are tucked neatly away in the options page.

As far as trivia games go, this one may be my favourite so far. If you are looking for a trivia style game and are as big a “Movie Buff” as I would like to think I am, then I think you will enjoy this app. I know I do. Hell, if you still don’t believe me at this point, check out their first movie trivia app just called Movie Buff. It’s in the appstore AND it’s free. Afterwards I’m sure you’ll take the leap and grab this version as well.

App Summary
Title: Ultimate Movie Buff Developer: Super Monko Studio
Reviewed Ver: 1.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $1.99 App Size: 22.0 MB
  • Great design
  • Tons of questions
  • Good variety in game play
  • No online play

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From the iPod Screen to the Big Screen – Cory Doctorow’s ‘Little Brother’ Option Sold to Don Murphy http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/21/from-the-ipod-screen-to-the-big-screen-cory-doctorows-little-brother-option-sold-to-don-murphy/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/21/from-the-ipod-screen-to-the-big-screen-cory-doctorows-little-brother-option-sold-to-don-murphy/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2009 00:40:25 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13861 I will not camouflage the process in which I discovered Cory Doctorow‘s books. Unfortunately, it was nothing so romantic as stealing into a used book shop and thumbing through bins of old books only to discover an interesting cover. eReader’s initial pre-App Store, Jailbreak-only release got me browsing its online shelves for good science fiction … Read more]]>

news-littlebrother-bigscreenI will not camouflage the process in which I discovered Cory Doctorow‘s books. Unfortunately, it was nothing so romantic as stealing into a used book shop and thumbing through bins of old books only to discover an interesting cover. eReader’s initial pre-App Store, Jailbreak-only release got me browsing its online shelves for good science fiction in late 2007 and early 2008 – that is where I discovered Doctorow’s Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom.

Of course, most copyrighted works are not available for digital download unless purchased at online shops which are sometimes hard to get at with a Canadian Credit card. Saying that, until discovering ‘Magic Kingdom’, I had come across the Creative Commons Licence naught but several times and did not expect it to encompass books that I wanted to read in my leisure. To my surprise, the annals of the Gutenberg Project server housed thousands of books that I could curl up to including Cory’s. In fact, most of his novels have been published simultaneously by large publishers and under the Creative Commons Licence. What that means for someone like me, who rarely stays in the country longer than a year is that my library can easily be transported in my pocket rather than braving the high seas and months of rotting in a box next to my winter clothes.

Finding Doctorow’s novels was a bit of luck that hinged on my first love of the American science fiction grandmaster, Isaac Asimov. I, Robot has been a favourite collection of mine that, with Asimov’s Robot series, helped shape my definition of science fiction along with The Foundation series and the grand daddy of them all: Frank Herbert’s Dune. Had Cory Doctorow not chosen to title one of his short stories, “I, Robot”, I probably would not have found the delicious Down and Out. And by parenthesis, I would not have found Little Brother, the option to which has been sold to Don Murphy of “Natural Born Killers” and “From Hell” fame. Options are of course, sold all the time and do not secure movies themselves, but at least in this case, have proven the interest of a rather famous moviemaker.

Little Brother, in just a few words, is a story that contrasts innocence and involvement as it traces the lives of several high school students who, along with all of San Francisco, were in the wrong place at the wrong time after a terrorist attack that destroyed the Oakland Bay Bridge and BART transportation system. Without ruining the story, I will merely mention that it escalates into a no-holds barred military state that suspends the rights of all citizens and the Constitution of the United States of America.

Indeed, Little Brother would make an excellent film if Murphy is up to the task. It is clever, perfectly timed and, with issue-founded conservatism of the founding laws of a country, is ripe for moral debate. Above all, it reads like an adventure that could very well happen today and to your child or to you.

Cory Doctorow’s Book can be downloaded from his webpage, or bought from online retailers.
Novels Amazon: Little Brother, Eastern Standard Tribe, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

Short stories and other compilations: Wasteland: Stories of the Apocalypse, Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present, Content: Selected Essays, A Place So Foreign and Eight More

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Star Trek Movie – Boldly Going Down that Lane Again http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/19/star-trek-movie-boldly-going-down-that-lane-again/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/19/star-trek-movie-boldly-going-down-that-lane-again/#comments Wed, 20 May 2009 05:02:12 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=11037 My love affair with Star Trek began about the time of Star Trek the Next Generation when, in between series, I needed something sci-fi to keep up with. Thus, I got my hands on re-ran 1966-1969 Original espisodes, screenplay-adapted novels and plastic models. It wasn’t long before I dreampt of sidling to others of my … Read more]]>

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My love affair with Star Trek began about the time of Star Trek the Next Generation when, in between series, I needed something sci-fi to keep up with. Thus, I got my hands on re-ran 1966-1969 Original espisodes, screenplay-adapted novels and plastic models. It wasn’t long before I dreampt of sidling to others of my kind at Star Trek conventions and lost my discomfit at being called a ‘Trekkie’ or ‘Trekker’.

Today, my past revisits me, haunting my steps at home as I fill up on Earl Grey and contemplate watching Star Trek movies 1-10 again. I just saw the simply titled Star Trek, the series’ 11th movie, with my wife who is about as familiar with Star Trek as I am with Biology (I am not familiar). We both enjoyed it very much. There is much to laud from the intense action to nicely placed comedy and well-known actors such as Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto. However, in the end, the Mrs. enjoyed the movie much more than I.

With a new Star Trek app at the App Store and plenty of recent movie hype, I just have to spill my beans, albeit shortly. In a word, Star Trek, renewed though it is, tells the same old derivative story that has held the series back since its dawn. There is a bad guy, a good guy and there is a fragile world in between that only the good guy can save. It amounts to high-production overly melodramatic dross that begins and ends with revenge.

The weapon? Sure, a bit of Red-matter that can implode whole planets or reverse the devastating effects of a nova. But that is nothing in comparison to a devastating mega-phallic mining drill that is far more the super-weapon than the Genesis project in The Revenge of Khan and The Search for Spock. The bad guy? a tatooed freak with a strong jaw-line and fewer facial expressions than Nicholas Cage (who would make an excellent Vulcan). The bad ship? Something out of Babylon 5 or Wing Commander Prophecy.

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I am sure I saw this in Star Trek (from Bablyon 5)

Despite nearly 30 years of movie making history, the Star Trek franchise has delivered a freakishly familiar story in almost every movie: the destruction of a planet (or the Federation) because of some big, bad force. While it is easier for me to critique Star Trek’s writing than it is to create a new and enthralling movie, I think my disappointed is not unfounded. It is particularly uncanny at how simplistic the universe of Star Trek is in contrast to the rather provocative manifesto to which Gene Roddenberry created the original series; in his own words “I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and fortunately they all got by the network” . (Wikipedia Entry, quoting Gene Roddenberry in Johnson Smith’s book, American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate and Beyond.)

Yet, despite his burdensome mission, each ‘classic’ movie hosted some destructive alien or humanoid force that harnessed too great a power and would stop at nothing until either answered or beaten. It is true that the powers themselves had different agendas; Star Trek 1′s Voyager wanted to complete its mission, 2′s Khan wanted to destory Kirk and create a new world and from its piggyback, we confront the building or destruction of one form of planet or another until Star Trek 4 where an alien cigar that only speaks humpback does a tsunami number on earth’s oceans. The point is that, though some important issues at least get air-time in Star Trek, their application as stories is far too linear.

A Gaian utopia, earth of the future is fundamentally only the Federation. There is nothing else. Humanity’s goal is to seek out new life and new civilisations. Yet in doing so, they more often than not, end up destroying the something important. In the most recent release, Spock, a distinguished member of the Federation is blamed for the destruction of Romulus and in turn, his home planet of Vulcan is destroyed. In Star Trek 6, Planet Klingon is destroyed in a freak environmental disaster and in every movie after, some disaster or other happens to either either Earth or another planet.

As for the decision to create an alternate reality from before the time that Kirk entered Starfleet, the writers of Star Trek were smart. Not only, do they now have an open pitch to play any game they want (and hopefully shoot a few goals), but they also won’t be subject to tread on the older canon. Considering that to our standards, so much of the technology from the TV series and older movies may seem tamer than a microwave by our contemporary standards, an alternate universe also gives good reason to fit the Star Trek universe into a more modern uniform. I expect that in 20 years when the present cast are aging and the current technology starts to go microwave, another space/time/continuum fluctuation will happen so that Kirk two can meet Kirk three for a whole new generation of movie goers. In other words, has the Star Trek franchise lost hope in being able to creatively write new material that will awe audiences and critics alike? Probably.

Of course the special effects were good and the cast superbly fit the shadows of their ancestors. Uhura was hot, but Star Trek had too many cartoon-esque one-liners and rather unengaging acting moments to be anything but a sci-fi action movie.

castI enjoyed the move – that is no lie. And probably, had I not also watched every other Star Trek, read the books and watched the TV series, I would have nothing but praise for the film. As it is, I was a Trekkie and used to debate with mates about the science and fiction of Roddenberry’s creation. But, in the new movie, I was expecting something different. I was expecting that in its new clothes and accompanied by a new cast, the story could be changed, the writing would be unique. I was wrong. The newest movie is fun, frantic and has some hot faces and sometimes fun humour, but ultimately, it is a work of fluff.

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A Look at Hot PopCorn – A Must Have for Movie Junkies http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/30/a-look-at-hot-popcorn-a-must-have-for-movie-junkies/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2008/12/30/a-look-at-hot-popcorn-a-must-have-for-movie-junkies/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2008 05:31:36 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=2973 Don’t we all love movies? It seems just about everyone I know with an iPod Touch or iPhone has a Movie app installed to find out show times, new releases, ratings and more. While most of them are free, I have yet to come across one that I would consider a must have. Enter Hot … Read more]]>

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Don’t we all love movies? It seems just about everyone I know with an iPod Touch or iPhone has a Movie app installed to find out show times, new releases, ratings and more. While most of them are free, I have yet to come across one that I would consider a must have. Enter Hot Popcorn, a newly released Movie app by Boctor Design that could very well blow the competition right out of the water. Not only is the interface well designed, it comes loaded with features that even includes purchasing tickets right within the app. Nice.

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The first thing you will notice about Hot Popcorn is an interface that is very polished and user friendly. Once you select a movie, a quick glance at the screen will reveal its vital stats without the need of opening sub-menus. Users will find ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and MRQE.com (much like Metacritic) , an amazon link where you will find more user reviews and a ‘BUY TICKETS’ stub that will allow users to order tickets without leaving Hot Popcorn. One thing I should stress: whatever it is you are trying to look up (RT ratings, amazon or buying tickets), you will NOT have to leave Hot Popcorn. With a built in browser, everything can be viewed from within the app. Very very cool indeed. Personally, any app that closes up just to open a link in Safari is downright annoying.

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Under the ‘Movies’ tab found at the bottom of the app, users will be able to scroll through films according to Box Office hits, In Theaters, Opening, and Upcoming. For those interested in DVDs, users will find sections in Top Rentals, Current, New and Upcoming releases. Having browsed through both ‘Movie’ and ‘DVD’ sections extensively, I find looking up movies/dvds on the iPhone has never been this easy and intuitive. The presentation is top notch and users can easily read through reviews and ratings without resorting to Safari.

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‘Search’ and ‘Trailers’ are two other features that can keep users busy for hours. While I am not certain if Hot Popcorn will find every single movie ever made, it did find every movie I threw at it, including Casablanca (1942), Some Like it Hot (1959) and Shall We Dance (1996- Japanese version).  If Watching trailers is your cup of tea, there are 80+ (that I counted) you can enjoy.

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Purchasing tickets is essentially done through movietickets.com. You can manually enter your credit card info, or better yet, login to MovieTickets to retrieve your card numbers. ( for this to work, you must have an account set up at MovieTickets and registered a valid Credit Card via their Quick Checkout section). I went as far as logging into my MovieTickets account and my Mastercard info indeed found its way into Hot Popcorn. Very handy for those who don’t want to re-enter CC numbers every single time.

As much as I enjoyed using Hot Popcorn, there is one major issue I had with the app, and that is stability. Hot Popcorn crashed more often than I would have liked, resulting in some frustrating experiences. Peter Boctor (developer for the app) has been great in answering any questions I had and let me know he is looking into this issue. Once an update is released to remedy this problem, it will be smooth sailing.

Hot Popcorn is by far the best Movie App I have tried at the App Store. With a well designed interface and easily accessible features that put other similar apps to shame, anyone who is looking for a better alternative than what’s currently available should definitely give Hot Popcorn a chance. $1.99 is a great price for the admission, especially if you are a movie junkie.

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