The Lego Movie Review | Sarcastic, Random and Hilarious

An ordinary LEGO minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together.

Lego Batman | The Lego MovieThe Lego movie is sarcastic, random and downright hilarious. Okay, so you could have gathered that much from the title. Usually, I like to end my posts with the “bottom line” but this time I’m going to start off with it — watch this movie!

The Lego Movie is so much more than you would expect. Instead of being a plain-Jane children’s movie, The Lego Movie is hilarious for the whole family. In fact, the movie may be geared towards an adult audience, if anything. Of course, it still has plenty to keep the kids entertained.

The movie combines sarcasm and randomness to create a comedy that defines the Millennial generation. If you are a fan of Family Guy-style comedy, you will love it. However, there is much more to it than that — with plenty of story depth and diverse witty comedy as well. It is this slathering of wit that keeps many parts above the young one’s heads, but the lego and animation keep them enthralled, so they don’t seem to mind.

The writing is nothing short of powerful, but I don’t mean that in the traditional sense of the word. This movie probably won’t bring you to tears or have you contemplate modern day race relations. Instead, your eyes will be glued to the screen so that you do not miss a joke because they come at you rapid-fire. The pace of witty jokes and one-liners was very impressive.

The Lego Movie is shown in 3-D, so be prepared to pony-up the extra $$$ but know that it will be worth it in the end because the animation is truly incredible.

That is about all I want to say. Just go see it and report back.

P.s. talk about an amazing idea from a business point of view. The movie stands as the longest piece of advert-tainment ever. 100% of the movie is product placement for a single product. Not to mention that the movie is actually great so it stands to make a decent chunk of money on its own. Here’s an interesting article on Lego’s ridiculous licensing domain.

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Google+ Hangouts are Great for Business (and Hilarious)

Not too long ago I ran into a problem at work: I wanted to have a meeting with someone that I couldn’t meet with in person. Of course, given today’s business environment, there are a number of options to meet with people remotely. Many of these options are rather cumbersome and costly.

For example, here at Blue Link we use GoToMeeting for our remote meetings. It’s a great piece of software that certainly serves this purpose but it is really not as simple to get started with as it should be. You need to install software on your computer before you are up and running and when you want to have a meeting right then you don’t want to be bothered with installations.

That is when I decided to try Google+ Hangouts. Needless to say I was very impressed with Hangouts. There is a plugin to be installed, if I remember correctly, but it does not take long to get started. Of course, the major problem with Hangouts is that you need Google+, but I’m not sure. You can access Hangouts from within Gmail but it is unclear if you have to have a Google+ account first.

Hangouts are really intuitive and surprisingly reliable with great audio and video connections. A neat feature is how the main video section changes to show the person speaking at the moment which encourages people to take turns and give the speaker the floor. Hangouts are great for businesses, not just for fun, as you can share your screen and easily show off documents to the group as well.

Screen Shot 2012-07-31 at 4.06.38 PMGoogle didn’t take Hangouts too seriously though – they included some hilarious features, like the ability to add funny video masks that follow your face. These masks can help lighten the mood and keep things upbeat during what might otherwise be another boring business meeting.

If you haven’t tried  Hangouts yet, give it a try and let me know what you think of it below.


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