Wes Studi on the significance of Penny Dreadful‘s Kaetenay and portraying iconic Native American leaders on film

After a multitude of powerful performances on the big and small screen over the last three decades, renowned Cherokee actor Wes Studi is amassing a new legion of fans as the enigmatic Kaetenay on John Logan’s critically lauded gothic drama Penny Dreadful; a show teeming with literary horror characters including Dracula, Dorian Gray and Victor Frankenstein.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Orange is the New Black Season Three (USA, 2015)

When we were first introduced to the inmates of Litchfield Penitentiary in the 2013 debut season of Orange is the New Black, it was quite clear that we were supposed to be introduced to this new environment through the show’s protagonist, Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling). The upper-class NYC dweller’s transportation to a world completely different to the one she is used to and her tumultous relationship with ex-girlfriend Alex Vause (Laura Prepon) and fiance out the outside (Jason Biggs) was the crux of the narrative and it was used as a good tool to loosely learn about the other inmates Piper came into contact with. By the end of Season Two however, the show had become less about Piper and more about exploring the complexities and sensitivities of the other women serving time. The comedy, romance, dark drama and honest writing turned OITNB into a fully fledged powerhouse series for Netflix and it’s no surprise that when the third season dropped a day early this year, fans began their binge watching sessions eagerly.... Continue Reading

E3 2016: Here’s your complete livestream guide (in local time!)

It’s almost time for the greatest show in video games, the video game Christmas in June, the great yearly pilgrimage of our people. E3 2016 is just around the corner, is what we’re saying. Want to catch all the action live, as it happens? Look no further. Hit the jump to see every single livestream in local Australian time.

Pro tip: Be prepared for a few early starts. Also, we’ll be updating this list as the big week approaches.

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Top ten horror films that you really haven’t seen (Part 1)

In an assault on horror, popular critic and academic Morris Dickstein wrote that the genre had become a “routinized way of playing with death, like going on the roller coaster”. It’s not impossible to see where his criticisms are founded, given the whole genre has been so formulated; mathematicians have actually developed a generic horror equation.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Pawno (Australia, 2016)

A film this intrinsically Aussie must exist as an enigma to international audiences. Something very alien, and as I thought once before, about what those people distant from the Antipodes would have made of Crackerjack, I again think for Pawno, and wonder whether subtitles could comprehend or merely transcribe the dialogue of a film so particular.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 (USA, 2016)

It’s hard to know what to make of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the landscape of superhero television. It lacks the allegorical nuance of Jessica Jones, the gritty hyperviolence of Daredevil and the comic-book stylings of The Flash and Arrow. The show has always been a bit of a hybrid with an appeal of its own – though one that’s shifted over time.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Parrot Zik 3.0 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Long gone are the days of simple headphones that keep the everyday consumer largely ignorant of the listening experience they often miss out on. That’s changed drastically in recent times, with more consumer headphones designed to bring the same power and quality as professional devices, and Parrot are among the biggest and trendiest of this higher-end bunch. We take a look at their recently released Zik 3.0 headphones, an evolution of the popular Zik 2’s with a AU$600 pricetag and a whole heap of impressive features.... Continue Reading

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