Monday, November 26, 2012

Top 10 Most Popular Christmas Movies for Christmas 2012

Just following the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays, the most popular holiday of the country is coming. Christmas, being widely welcomed around the world, is just around the corner. Needless to say, the 2012 Christmas must be very special to human beings, as it signifies the fake of the earth’s demise. Just like other popular holidays, watching Christmas movies during Christmas holiday by no means a good idea for people to enjoy the holiday. I have written a post on some wonderful choices for Thanksgiving movies to watch on Thanksgiving Day. Now, in this post, I would like to introduce some 10 most popular Christmas movies to watch for Christmas 2012.
Merry Christmas 2012
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Based on the original story of The Greatest Gift, written by Philip Van Doren Stern, this five-time Oscar-nominated drama, directed by Frank Capra, is revived every year in time for Christmas. The story of George Bailey (James Stewart), who comes to understand the importance of his existence and the true meaning of the love of his family and friends - with a little help from his guardian angel (Henry Travers) - was initially regarded as flop, due to high production cost and limited box office return. But with its universal themes and uplifting spirit it has truly become a Christmas classic.

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1993)

In 1992, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol received Jim Henson’s Muppet treatment. Michael Caine excels as grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, with Henson’s puppeteers pulling the strings, Kermit the Frog steps into Bob Cratchet’s shoes, while Gonzo (and mate Rizo) joins the fun as one of the film’s narrators. Like It’s a Wonderful Life, it failed to ignite the box office upon its release – failing to compete with Home Alone 2 and Aladdin - but had tremendous success on VHS (and continues to do so on DVD).

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1993)

In 1992, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol received Jim Henson’s Muppet treatment. Michael Caine excels as grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, with Henson’s puppeteers pulling the strings, Kermit the Frog steps into Bob Cratchet’s shoes, while Gonzo (and mate Rizo) joins the fun as one of the film’s narrators. Like It’s a Wonderful Life, it failed to ignite the box office upon its release – failing to compete with Home Alone 2 and Aladdin - but had tremendous success on VHS (and continues to do so on DVD).

Scrooged (1988)

The second A Christmas Carol adaption on this list, Scrooged sees a cold-hearted Bill Murray getting to grips with the ghosts of his past, present and future, only this time there’s a modern twist. While The Muppets version retains the traditional settings and characters of Dickins’ novel, Scrooged relocates to New York where television executive Frank (Murray) is working himself into an early grave, until he learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Home Alone(1990)

The two-time Oscar-nominated Home Alone is a firm Christmas favourite. This action-packed adventure deserves its place on the list for its family-orientated fun and cheeky humour. The story sees an eight-year-old (Macaulay Culkin) left home during Christmas time, to fend off two burglars. Writer John Hughes enlisted friend and former colleague John Candy for his comedic input into the film – with a Planes, Trains & Automobiles inspired performance.

The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton’s stop motion fantasy film, The Nightmare before Christmas, shows off imaginative storytelling and captivating animation. Burton’s story, takes place in “Halloween Town” filled with ghosts and ghouls, who embrace the idea of transforming their settlement into “Christmas Town”. Disney decided to release the film under Touchstone Pictures due to its darker themes. Burton discouraged the idea of a follow up, remaining very protective of this film as a standalone original.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The original Miracle on 34th Street, written and directed by George Seaton, is a classic Christmas tale about the existence of Santa Claus – however, unlike his mythological persona the actual Kris Kringle is living in New York and working in a department store. Starring Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn, this iconic film has spawned several remakes – most recently the 1994 adaptation, starring Richard Attenborough. Seaton’s film is ninth on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.

The Snowman (1982)

This British classic makes its way onto this list accompanied by a famous song. Based on a children's book by author Raymond Briggs, The Snowman was adapted into 26 minute animated film by Dianne Jackson for Channel 4. Absent of any dialogue, the film is famous for its haunting rendition of Walking in the Air, scored by Howard Blake and sung by choirboy Peter Auty. The Snowman was nominated for an Academy Award in 1982.

Gremlins (1984)

Inspired by scuttling mice in his loft, writer Chris Columbus caught the attention of producer Steven Spielberg with his idea of Gremlins. When a boy receives a pet at Christmas he breaks three simple rules, unleashing these hellish little critters on an unsuspecting town. Gremlins accompanied Ghostbusters at the box office, as a new genre of comedy/horror films introduced in the 80s. It is a staple for Christmas viewing, offering an alternative to the stereotypical festive films shown.

Elf (2003)

In 2003 Will Ferrell stepped into the oversized shoes of his alter-ego Buddy the elf. An overzealous Buddy soon realises he’s not like the rest of Santa’s little helpers (his adult size, is a pretty big hint), and heads for the big apple to find out where he’s from. Elf’s jovial sense of humour and slapstick comedy garnered favourable reviews. The film greatly exceeded its production value making over $200 million at the box office, worldwide.

If you want to watch these Christmas movies on your own portable handsets, like iPhone, iPad, Sony Xperia J, etc. you can use a professional video converter to help you convert these Christmas movies to your devices easily.

Friday, November 16, 2012

5 Must Watch Thanksgiving Movies for 2012 Thanksgiving Day

Again, the annual Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. I seemed to have smelled the appetite Thanksgiving turkey and other delicious food. Needless to say, I would tuck into the wonderful Thanksgiving food and have a very enjoyable celebration with my family. Also, I’m sure I would have the chance to watch some wonderful Thanksgiving movies together with my family again, as watching the best Thanksgiving movies has been a part of our family tradition since we bought our first television decades ago. Here I would like to recommend some Thanksgiving movies that I have watched in the past years and thought worth watching. Maybe you would get one for your family.
Thanksgiving turkey

Home For The Holidays

Jodie Foster's directorial debut gets it just right: dinner with the family can be a nightmare -- and also hilarious. The stellar cast includes Academy Award winner Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes, and Anne Bancroft.

The Ice Storm

Oh, the Seventies in suburban USA, when married couples had key parties to beat away the boredom and despair. Ang Lee adapted Rick Moody's novel in 1997, and the tragic climax comes down on Thanksgiving Day. Starring Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and young rising stars Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci.

Hannah and Her Sisters

Woody Allen's 1986 drama about three sisters is one of his very best. The film's set piece is Thanksgiving, where Hannah's (Mia Farrow) clan gathers together in a tremendous Central Park West apartment for the holiday celebration. The black maid polishes the silver, Mia's mother drinks too much and plays the piano, hearts are broken and mended in startling ways. Barbara Hershey, Michael Caine, Diane Wiest, Carrie Fisher, and Woody Allen also star.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Two men must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, every vehicle, including ane, train and automobile, they have tried is out of work. It is funny story about friends and family. It is very suitable for your Thanksgiving night.
Happy Thanksgiving

Miracle on 34th Street

What is Thanksgiving for, if not to get hyped up about the coming of Christmas? Nowhere is that more joyously clear than in the 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street, starring Mareen O'Hara, John Payne and the super adorable, six-year-old Natalie Wood. The film starts at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and heads straight into the venerable department store. Let the shopping begin!

Of course, there are still many other wonderful Thanksgiving movies suitable for the holiday, like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, What's Cooking?, etc.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

HTC's 1080p Droid DNA Available Nov 21 on Verizon to Greet Thanksgiving Day

HTC's One X+ and Droid Incredible 4G LTE are both solid Android phones, but neither of them really did Anything Samsung wasn't already doing at least as well in its Galaxy series. The Droid DNA, announced today and available on Verizon beginning November 21st. The device may help HTC in its battle against arch-rivals Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc, to which it has heavily lost ground in recent years.

Every major hardware and software improvement HTC has come up with lately are also thrown in there, like Beats Audio and dedicated speaker amplifiers, wide-angle front camera, the ImageChip ISP and latest Sense 4+, plus HTC has wrapped it all up in a very slim and elegant for this screen size chassis.
With a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 (1080p) Super LCD 3 display, a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM, LTE, NFC and built-in wireless charging, the Droid DNA's specs match or exceed its competition in just about every category.

The phone barrels through the Android churn with the highest density display in the U.S. market, a HD display that sports 440 ppi (pixels per inch). To put that into perspective, the iPhone 5 has a pixel density of 326ppi. HTC shoved a S4 Pro quad-core 1.5Ghz processor and 2GB of RAM into the Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) phone. And because it’s HTC, it has Beats Audio for all your jams. For no reason, it would be a quite amazing device to enjoy HD movies on HTC DNA.

The Droid DNA will cost $199 to customers who sign a two-year contract and goes on sale November 21, the day before Thanksgiving, the un-official start of the shopping season. The phone will be exclusive to Verizon Wireless in the United States. A similar device is being sold in Japan under the Butterfly brand, HTC said.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sharp exposed new smartphone with up to 440ppi and 1080P IGZO screen display

Nowadays, the brightest spot, also the most competitive point, of smartphone is the hardware configuration, among which the screen display is commonly a big concern for various smartphone manufacturers. Sharp is one of the screen display manufacturers to release 5-inch full HD screen display for smartphones. Though the 5-inch display screen is premiered on HTC Droid DNA, it doesn’t mean Sharp would give up this advantage on their upcoming smartphones.
Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W
Sharp recently exposed its first IGZO screen smartphone with codename Aquos Phone SH930W. As claimed, the IGZO screen on Sharp SH930W would provide better image quality and longer battery duration. The screen pixel density of the new IGZO screen would reach up to 440ppi, far higher than iPhone 5 Retina display.

As explained by Sharp, IGZO is the abbreviation of the initial words of Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide. Compared with the traditional LCD screen, the new technology supports up to 40X electronic mobility, less occupation required for pixel and less backlight. It improves screen brightness, and at the same time reduces power consumption. For people who prefer to watch 1080P movies with smartphones, this phone would produce amazing effect.
phone performance test
Sharp didn’t expose the detailed specs of this new smartphone. But according to the leaked testing news from GLBenchmark, the Aquos Phone SH930W might disappoint people in its other specs, including: Qual-comm 8260A dual-core processor, 1.5GHz RAM and Adreno 225 GPU, which would be a strain to the 1080P screen. Besides, Aquos Phone SH930W will be coming with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, microSD card slot for maximum 32GB memory expansion, built-in 2G/3D modules, but no support for 4G LTE network. Sharp also claimed that Aquos Phone SH930W will be available in Russia on November 8th, with price unknown. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Smartphone Size Comparison- Galaxy S III vs One X vs Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5

Desgined by Google and manufactured by LG, the recently released LG Nexus 4 has nearly the same features as that of LG Optimus G, but differs only in the appearance. Maybe under the request of Google, the Nexus 4 is designed with rounded corners and clean surface, quite similar to other popular smartphones like HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III and iPhone 5. Such design makes the device feel smaller and easier to hold.
Nexus 4 vs. iPhone 5 vs. Galaxy S 3 vs. One X

It's actually a tad smaller in length and width, while its rivals have just a slight advantage in terms of thickness. If we have to compare it to the iPhone 5, it's evident that the Nexus 4 is a significantly larger smartphone in all dimensions. Anyways, we're glad that the LG Nexus 4 will not fare worse in the comfort department, compared to its competition, and it may even be a tad better. There isn't anything particularly striking about their appearance of the Nexus 4, but LG and Google have done a good job keeping its overall size on the reasonable side.


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