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Wed 31 December , 08

The Films of 2008

It’s that time of year again, where I post up my list of films that I’ve seen throughout the whole of the past 12 months.
For those not familiar with the concept, basically I keep track of all the films I watch (I’ve been doing this since 2006) on a monthly basis over the course of the year, just so I can post the list up on my blog at the end of December.

Last year there were calls for some form of ratings, so this year I’ve given each film a score out of 5. Now this score is based entirely on my enjoyment of the film at the time of watching.
It’s entirely possible that my mood at the time could give an otherwise great film a mediocre score, but I have tried to be fair with the marks.

Highlights of this year were Across the Universe, Waitress and Á Travers la Forêt, the latter of which was the most enjoyable film I saw all year.
Lowlights include Max Payne and The Golden Compass.
I was really quite enjoying The Golden Compass, but they seemingly forgot to film the ending of it, or at least forgot to include the ending with the rest of the film. I’d feel very cheated if I went to pay for this film at the cinema.
Best title of the year goes to Chan-woo Park’s I’m a Cyborg, but that’s OK.

Just glossing over the list now, it appears that I never saw any films for the months of February, March and April. *shrug*

Next year I really would like to see more films at the pictures, I’d also like to see more science fiction/science fiction related films than I did this year.

Follow the link below to get to the film listings for 2008.
Happy New Year to all my readers.

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Sat 20 December , 08

On the skids.

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , — SFG @ 14:24

Due to increased attention from certain quarters, this posting has had to be removed for my own good.

Mon 1 December , 08

Nikon D3x

Filed under: 1051 — Tags: , , , , — SFG @ 19:23

The rumours and speculation had been circulating for a while. Originally rumoured to have an anouncement on the 20th of November, that date was pushed back to the 1st of December, and today Nikon deivered.

The much rumoured D3x is here, in all it’s 24.5 megapixel glory. It’s not all about the big numbers though. ISO is down from the D3, as is the maximum FPS – which isn’t really a surprise given the amount of data that has to be written for each file.

There’s also no mention of the anti-dust mechanism being present in this camera either, which is a bit of a big ommission. I think the D3x is being aimed at the studio photographer, but as a mate of mine observed, “why deliberately limit your camera’s appeal?”. I can see their point.

For all intents and purposes this is simply a D3 with a beefed-up image sesor and a couple more bells and whistles. It’s not so much an upgrade to the D3 as it is a complimentary stable mate.
After a year of owning it, I’m still very happy with my D3.
There’s nothing in the release of the D3x which makes me want one.

For some of the specs on the D3x and sample images click the link …

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