Sandy McMurray
reviews toys, games, gadgets, and media
for SEVEN magazine.

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About Sandy

Sandy has been writing about tech stuff in plain language since 1994.
He knows why your computer does that weird thing, and how to stop it.

Sandy is passionate about his faith, his family, strong coffee, apple pie, potatoes (all kinds), and that cool thing Apple announced recently.

Posts tagged movies

9 year old Caine Monroy, who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, is about to have the best day of his life.

Watch this great short film (11 minutes), enjoy how it makes you laugh and think, then go to cainesarcade.com and add a few bucks to Caine’s scholarship fund. You’ll be glad you did.

I hoped The Muppets would be good. It was better than good.

The Muppets is a love letter to The Muppet Show and the best of the previous Muppet movies. It’s charming, funny, and entertaining, both for kids and adults. There are no PG-13 moments — it’s pure G-rated fun.

Can you tell I loved it?

The producers have managed a minor miracle: they have rebooted a successful business franchise by putting on a great show.

Run, don’t walk, to see The Muppets.

Congratulations to Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, the Canadian directors/producers of Indie Game: The Movie. Their documentary about making video games will make its world premiere in January in the World Cinema Documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Check out the trailer. This looks like a terrific doc.

Indie Game: The Movie is a feature documentary about video games, their creators and the craft. The film follows the dramatic journeys of video game developers as they create and release their games to the world.

The film tells the emotional story of friends Edmund McMillen & Tommy Refenes, as they craft their first Xbox game: “Super Meat Boy”.

It follows Phil Fish, the creator of the highly-anticipated game: “FEZ”. After 4 years of working in near solitude, Phil reveals his opus to the public for the first time.

And, the film tells the surprising story of one of the highest-rated video games of all time: “Braid”.

The film is about making video games, but at its core, it’s about the creative process, and exposing yourself through your work.

In short: Making fun and games is anything but fun and games.

Holiday films advent calendar

Here’s an interesting idea for an iPad app: an advent calendar.

The National Film Board of Canada, famous for animated film classics like The Sweater, The Cat Came Back, and Noël Noël, has launched an advent calendar app for iPad.

Each day in December, the app will reveal a holiday-themed film. The NFB iPad app promises a mix of Oscar winners, classics, and new films. Check it out.

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