Reviews: Iron Man; Armored Adventures – Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

While Iron Man; Armored Adventures isn’t strictly canon, with the storyline of the series altering Tony Stark’s origin story beyond recognition, it is strictly entertaining. Featuring an experienced cast and a solid production team, the series takes us back to Stark’s youth. Despite being an animated series, the tone of the show takes its cues from … Continue reading

Reviews: Doctor Who Series 5: Volume 1 (DVD & Blu-ray)

DVD Doctor Who Series 5: Volume 1 returns the Doctor to our screens with a whirlwind of frenzied brilliance. That’s right! Better than fish and chips, more comforting than afternoon tea, bigger than Prince Harry, the Beatles and cricket combined, the Doctor is the greatest export the UK has to offer. This is no understatement! … Continue reading

Reviews: Micmacs (DVD)

Micmacs is the latest highly imaginative and slightly delightful release from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessan, City Of Lost Children and Alien Resurrection).  Micmacs features Jeunet’s trademark saturated oranges and greens, eccentric characters, big-face camera angles, weird recycled mechanical contraptions – oh, and it’s French. Set in Paris (with French dialogue), you can choose your … Continue reading

Reviews: The Mission in Motion – New Skin (single)

The Mission in Motion are a Sydney based five-piece band who are relatively new to the music scene, having released their debut EP The Window in March 2007. The band has just released their debut album Somewhere Safe, which they have followed up with a single titled New Skin. This single shows off the bands … Continue reading

Reviews: Agatha Christie: Poirot – The Clocks (DVD)

Hercule Poirot is an iconic character – many avid readers will be familiar with the peculiarities of this particularly persistent private eye. Pow! Poirot is Christie’s version of Sherlock Holmes, the classy, aloof intellectual with a gift for observation and amazing powers of deduction. While we (in my humble opinion) are yet to witness the … Continue reading

Reviews: Timothy Nelson & The Infidels – Nothing’s In Tune (Single)

At the tender age of twenty, Perth singer/songwriter Timothy Nelson already has an impressive string of achievements behind him. In 2007, Nelson formed his second band, The Infidels. Their talent was quickly recognised as the group took home the West Australia Music Industry (WAMi) Award for ‘Song of the Year’ in both 2007 and 2009. … Continue reading

Reviews: After.Life (Blu-ray)

After.Life is a murky, mysterious melodramatic horror film that was co-written by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo and Paul Vosloo, and directed by the former. The film stars Christina Ricci as Anna Taylor, a cold, distant woman whose relationship with her boyfriend Paul (Justin Long) has seemingly lost the spark. After an argument at a restaurant, Anna leaves Paul behind … Continue reading

Reviews: Youth In Revolt (Blu-ray)

When I saw the trailer for Youth In Revolt I wondered if we were about to see Michael Cera play against type. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be – luckily, he plays the uncomfortable, awkward and slightly geeky guy very, very well. Youth In Revolt (based on the acclaimed best seller by C.D Payne) centres around … Continue reading

Reviews: Misfits – Season 1 (DVD)

The first time I heard the storyline for BBC’s new teen drama, Misfits (written and created by Howard Overman), I pulled the “um, what?” face. A group of five teenagers doing community service get struck by lightning during a freak electrical storm and develop super powers. I know, right? But I ask you not to … Continue reading

Reviews: The Good Ship – Avast! Wretched Sea (album)

The Good Ship’s Avast! Wretched Sea has tunes that will put you in the mood – whatever the intended mood may be – anytime you hear it. Influenced by “gin, rum, brandy, fair maidens and not so fair maidens”, this band’s debut album brings up all those emotions with incredible passion. The album cover prepares you … Continue reading

Reviews: Alice in Wonderland (DVD)

The BBC’s 1966 production of Lewis Caroll’s layered, kaleidoscopic dream-world novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – almost universally retitled when adapted as Alice In Wonderland – is a darkly fantastical exploration of the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Starring Anne-Marie Mallik (in her only screen appearance) and featuring such giants of stage and screen as Peter … Continue reading

Reviews: Brothers (Blu-ray)

Brothers is a 2009 drama starring Tobey Maguire (Spiderman), Jake Gyllenhall (Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain) and Natalie Portman (Garden State, Closer). The film, an intense examination of the effects of war on family, was written by David Benioff (writer of the excellent 25th Hour and The Kite Runner, as well as the abysmal X-Men Origins: … Continue reading

Reviews: Babar – Volume 1 (DVD)

Babar was an absolute cornerstone of my childhood television-viewing experience. Beautifully animated and cleverly written, the show combined heart, whimsy and serious ethical and social issues in the kind of seamless way that children’s shows have to to be successful. The series is presented in a split-timeline format, with present-day adult Babar (King of the … Continue reading

Reviews: The Optimen – The Out of Money Experience (Album)

The Optimen are, like many Australian hip hop groups, a venture built on a history of hard work. They released their debut album Boomtown in ’05 and followed it up with extensive touring. 2007 saw the release of The Optimen present Red Tape Renegades Vol1, a  compilation featuring artists from their independent label Red Tape … Continue reading

Reviews: Perfume Genius – Mr Petersen (Single)

Perfume Genius is a one man band.  It seems he’s become an indie music super-Jesus of late and the attention he’s received is certainly due. Mr Petersen is a beautiful, pensive song.  It’s a simply stunning piece of musicianship. The tune evokes an ambience that is reminiscent of films like The Virgin Suicides or maybe Donnie Darko. The song … Continue reading

Reviews: Spriggan (DVD)

Time to get your Sprig on! While this pun may be ludicrously crass, it is, at the same time, a warranted directive. If you have not seen Spriggan, you should! This Madman release takes a staple of anime cinema and revamps it perfectly for the Western eye. Spriggan is what anime is all about: scintillating … Continue reading

Reviews: Ninja Scroll 10th Anniversary Edition (DVD)

Ninja Scroll is one of the absolute classics of anime. While Akira was probably the trailblazer in terms of Western appreciation of anime, Ninja Scroll was without doubt one of the three main breakthrough pictures (along with aforementioned Akira and sci-fi masterpiece Ghost in the Shell). Despite having been released in 1993, Ninja Scroll remains … Continue reading

Reviews: Naruto Shippūden Collection 2 (DVD)

While Naruto may have been a fleeting pleasure tailored specifically for that before school, Cheez TV (for those of us old enough to remember Cheez TV!), heavy lidded, pre-pubescent audience, the good people of Madman have brought the next instalment to our wanting shores.  Naruto Shippūden continues the story of Naruto and his friends, only … Continue reading

Reviews: Taylor – Gemma (single)

So there’s Swift, Lautner, and, for those who managed to survive the sugary pop of the 90s, Hanson. However, there is a new Taylor in our midst. Hailing from the Gold Coast, this folky six-piece comprises songwriter, guitarist and vocalist David Taylor, bassist Crick Beau, and two founding members of ARIA award-winning band George: guitarist … Continue reading

Reviews: Inception

Inception, the latest film from master of mystery Mr. Christopher Nolan, is a spinning, convoluted maze of psychological story and inspired imagery driven by an incredible script and dead-on performances. Famously written by Nolan over the course of 10 years, the film follows Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream-thieves through a series of increasingly … Continue reading

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