TV Review: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (USA, 2016) first season is too mad to miss

Among the landscape of the dark and ever-grim golden age of TV, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency deserves to be called nothing short of a caper. Based on the books by Douglas Adams (which I regretfully have not read) and brought to life by showrunner Max Landis, the series is a riff on the classic trope of a brilliant British detective and a reluctant sidekick solving the unsolvable.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Office Christmas Party (USA, 2016) delivers chaos but no comedy

Subplots run amok in Office Christmas Party, an overwraught holiday comedy that marks a return to the big screen for directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck, who are best known for the Will Ferrell and Jon Heder mishap Blades of Glory. Though unlike the 2007 sports comedy, the team’s latest feature doesn’t have the thick frame of oddly-aimed satire to anchor it, instead relying on an overcrowded cast of hit-or-miss comedians who are somehow roped into a script full of bad running jokes and stale archetypes.... Continue Reading

6th annual AACTA Awards reward Hackshaw Ridge, The Kettering Incident and more in Sydney ceremony

Now in their 6th year, and formerly known as the AFI Awards, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (or, AACTA Awards) recognises the talent of some of the nation’s best up-and-coming performers and creatives in the film and TV industry, alongside our most established stars.... Continue Reading

ABC and Screen Australia in search for new comedy talent for the next Fresh Blood initiative

It’s been announced today that both ABC and Screen Australia will be joining forces to bring back the initiative Fresh Blood. First introduced in 2013, the initial Fresh Blood call-out resulted in 72 new comedy sketches created by 24 teams. From those teams, five were selected to make their own TV Pilots for the ABC network.... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: The Last Guardian (PS4, 2016) is both a beautiful and deeply frustrating experience

The Last Guardian is the second of two games to release this month to boast a near decade-long development cycle. Where Final Fantasy XV feels like it’s used the time wisely and brings a sense of modernity to the franchise, The Last Guardian feels very much like a relic, stretched between the last two hardware generations and the current one. Continue reading Video Games Review: The Last Guardian (PS4, 2016) is both a beautiful and deeply frustrating experience

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