Watch the fun-filled, action-packed first trailer for Kingsmen: The Golden Circle

If you cast your mind back to 2015, you might remember a film by the name of Kingsman: The Secret Service that became a surprising box office hit and as well as becoming a box-office hit, was regarded as a revival of the spy genre.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Certain Women (USA, 2016) proves Kelly Reichardt the master of quiet filmmaking

Proving to be the master of quiet filmmaking, Kelly Reichardt has established quite a name for herself within the independent cinematic industry. With slow-burning, patient films like Old Joy and Wendy and Lucy, her newest picture follows the style of her preceding work. Certain Women, an adaptation of short stories by Maile Meloy, shows Reichardt provide contemplative and powerful observations on the lives of women.... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC, 2017) ties itself in knots to be the RTS fans want

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III seems to want to be all things to all people. Did you miss the base building from DoW2? Good news, bases are back. Heroic units? Large-scale armies? All present and accounted for. It wants to be all things to all people (specifically fans of the DoW series and tabletop game), and it damned near pulls it off.  Continue reading Video Games Review: Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III (PC, 2017) ties itself in knots to be the RTS fans want

For Film’s Sake Festival Review: Dust Cloth (Turkey, 2016) is a subtle and well-intentioned character study

Dust Cloth (Toz Bezi) is the sort of film you’d get if you crossed Phil Collins’ “Another Day in Paradise” with Radiohead’s “No Surprises.” It’s the subtle, everyday story that shows the poverty that two working class women in Istanbul endure. While it is a well-observed and well-intentioned tale, this is also a character study that is a bit too meandering and slow for its own benefit.... Continue Reading

What is Australia’s Future in the Games Development Industry?

Earlier this month, I attended Xbox Academy’s games design workshop, and had an absolute blast learning the basics of the industry. The class was led by Jennifer Scheurle, a multi-talented games designer working alongside AIE, one of the best educators for game development in Australia. Throughout the three-hour course, we explored a range of techniques for developing and creating game ideas, ultimately leading to each of us pitching our games to the whole group, of which there were about 15 people. What struck me most was the enthusiasm of the younger kids taking part in the workshop, who had clear passion for the industry and their future in games design. Their excitement had me thinking – what future are we leaving for budding games designs, and are we doing enough for the industry?... Continue Reading

Netflix Review: Dear White People (USA, 2017) is a binge-worthy treat

Dear White People directed by Justin Simien, was a 2014 indie hit film that went wild, from word of mouth at Sundance Film Festival. Critics applauded it and it garnered a massive fan base – so why wouldn’t we want to see it back as a hit Netflix series? Well, it’s here and it could be the new generation’s wonderfully culturally divisive version of Freaks and Geeks (cancelled way too soon)!... Continue Reading

Film Review: Below Her Mouth (Canada, 2016) is a steamy lesbian love story

Put in simple terms, Below Her Mouth is a story about a girl meets a girl except that the latter is engaged to a boy. It’s a tender lesbian romance that showcases the sexual awakening of one of its lead characters. But it’s also one that could do with a lot more conversation and a little less action, because these two lovers get very busy to the point that they do very little else.... Continue Reading

Event Review: Supanova Comic Con & Gaming – Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre – 21st-23rd April 2017

Supanova has had a little bit of a makeover, now rebranding themselves as Supanova Comic Con & Gaming. And their first convention of the year hit the sunny Gold Coast on the weekend of Friday 21st through to Sunday 23rd April 2017. The convention brings with it guests from film and television, comic artists, book authors, gaming exhibitors as well as a huge number of cosplayers showing off their best dressed character costumes.... Continue Reading

Australian Box Office Report: The Fate of the Furious retains no. 1 spot

It seems there’s no roadblocks for The Fate of the Furious, which remains in the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row.  This week, it earned $4.96m, down considerably from its opening week last week when it earned $10.07m.  This is also due to the overlap of the school holiday period, and the Easter long weekend.... Continue Reading

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