Category Archives: Free Time

All kind of things I do in my free time

Movie of the Week: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

As Silke and I both really enjoyed the first two Ice Age movies we were looking forward to watch the third part as well. Thanks to recent upgrades to two cinemas in Cambridge we would even be able to watch the 3D version of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

The movie was just what he had hoped for: hilarious cartoon characters, breakneck action and a lot of humour presented in dizzying 3D. We had a really good time watching the film.

I’m only wondering how much of the fun will be lost when the 2D version is released on DVD or Blu-Ray …

Movie of the Week: Star Trek

The last two Star Trek movies were quite disappointing. When I heard that the newest movie would be about the young crew of the original Enterprise I thought it would be even worse. But a very favourable review by Spiegel Online whose critics normally despise any remotely entertaining movie sparked my interest.

And Star Trek didn’t disappoint me: action, humour and drama presented at Warp speed. The actors playing the crew of the enterprise are excellent, in particular Chris Pine. He plays James T. Kirk as a daredevil who you hate and love at the same time. He even manages to remind you of William Shatner without being sappy. After two hours which seem to pass in an instant a whole new universe opens up in front of you.

So far Star Trek is definitely the best movie I’ve seen this year.

Game of the Month: Mario Kart Wii

A lot of people told me that Mario Kart Wii is a must-have. As usual I grew suspicious and wasn’t sure whether I wanted such a hyped game. But after playing Mario Kart Wii with my nephew I had to agree. When we were back home Silke browsed through a lot of shops in Cambridge until she managed to find the game in the last shop where it wasn’t sold out.

Mario Kart Wii is a comic style racing game. You pick a character from the Mario universe (e.g. Mario, Toad or Bowser) and either a kart or a motorbike and race over imaginative race tracks. The gameplay is simple, you only need to steer, accelerate and use extras. The extras are what makes the game so interesting. You can e.g. get extra speed boosts, missiles, temporary invulnerability, shrink all your opponents or turn into a cannonball which dashes along the race track. But some amount of fairness is maintained nevertheless. The racer in the lead e.g. never gets powerful extras. The real fun starts when you play the game with multiple players. Up to four people can play in split screen mode if you have enough Wii Remotes at hand.

I can highly recommend this game because it is very entertaining, a single race doesn’t require much time and you can play it with your friends. My advice is however not to buy the Wii Wheel. It only makes steering more sluggish compared to using just the Wii Remote. Overall I prefer to use the Wii Nunchuk anyway.