All posts by Chris Singh

Total War will take gamers to ancient China with ‘Three Kingdoms’

Come Spring 2018, SEGA will be blessing Total War fans with a new entry into the long-established historical strategy series. Total War: Three Kingdoms will be the next major title up Creative Assembly’s highly successful sleeve, and for the very first time it will be taking gamers to explore ancient China. Continue reading Total War will take gamers to ancient China with ‘Three Kingdoms’

Film Review: All the Money in the World is compelling but flawed (USA, 2017)

Ridley Scott made a very tough, very challenging decision in direct response to last year’s accusations of sexual assault against Kevin Spacey; he decided to pull the actor from All the Money in the World entirely, even after most of the scenes had been shot (and a trailer was released), with only a month left to release. It had never been done before and many went on to doubt the viability of replacing such a pivotal role without having serious consequences for the film’s release date. The veteran director ripped those doubts to shreds; with a lot of help from his committed cast, Scott successfully pulled Spacey out of the role and re-shot all relevant scenes with Christopher Plummer as Jean Paul Getty, the real-life gazillionaire behind the renowned Getty empire. ... Continue Reading

Film Review: Francis McDormand is unstoppable in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (USA, 2017)

Fearlessness and eagle-eyed justice drive Mildred Hayes as she takes an entire town’s police squad to task for failing to properly investigate her daughter’s rape and murder in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Martin McDonagh’s black comedy is all it has been hyped up to be: sharp, wry, nuanced, clever, hilarious and utterly compelling as Francis McDormand, the unstoppable Hayes, gives a career-best performance in a film full of career-best performances. And that’s saying a lot; Hayes’ grief-fueled anger is meticulously molded by the veteran actor into something both effecting and poignant, cutting straight through to real-life frustrations with the ineffectiveness of those in power, but knowingly falling into the trappings of myopic outrage to deliver a strong, heartfelt message of pain and empathy.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Alexander Payne thinks a bit too big with Downsizing (USA, 2017)

There is no escaping a society defined by over-consumption, over-population, excessive stress and glaring inequality as Alexander Payne delivers a big message with a small scale, working his surrealist charm and far-flung sense of adventure into Downsizing. The long-gestating project, directed by Payne and written with frequent collaborator Jim Taylor, is a grand, and at times unfocused, tale that has a lot to say but very little time to say it.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Beoplay M3 features impeccable design and excellent performance, but is it worth the price?

Bang & Olufsen are often out of any reasonable price range for the casual tech consumer, and the company is usually off collaborating with other high-end luxury brands like Lamborghini – their latest partnership which has the reputable Danish tech company fitting the new Lamborghini Urus supercar with a bespoke 1,700 watt audio system. Their lifestyle division, B&O Play, is pushed as the more accessible off-shoot of the brand, but even still their products often reach into the higher price ranges. It’s for this reason that the Beoplay M3 has been well-received for being the company’s most affordable wireless speaker yet, a beautiful entry point to the careful balance of design and performance that B&O have struck so well in the past.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Bose SoundLink Micro is a top performer for something so small

Let’s get straight to it: Bose have struck excellent balance with their SoundLink Micro, released earlier this year, and it’s arguably the best sounding speaker of its size that you’ll find on the shelves this holiday season. The soft, rubbery square Bluetooth speaker with rounded edges is being pushed as the reliable audio company’s appeal to the rough and rugged adventurer type, presenting a device ideally designed for outdoor use with an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means it can be fully submerged in about 1 metre of water for up to 30 minutes without issue. ... Continue Reading

Tech Review: Microsoft’s Surface Laptop dominates its price range with superior battery life

At first it may seem odd Microsoft present such a standard-looking laptop following their run with the Surface Pro and Surface RT series, a wearily received but now beloved family of tablets that really reinvented the company’s image to the casual tech consumer. Their goal of creating new product categories is nowhere to be found with the Surface Laptop which isn’t really all that different to a regular laptop, though does sport a sleek, stylish design that falls in-line with top competitors and even nudges them out. Simply put, this is one of the best laptops released in 2017, with refined details that make the user experience that much more seamless, proving that Microsoft can still work with something so unremarkable and still come out on top.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Mick Taylor is as chilling as ever in the second season of Wolf Creek

The Australian outback has provided the Wolf Creek universe with a terrifying, swallow-them-whole landscape across both film and TV for the past 12 years now. When director, producer and writer Greg McLean first unleashed his horror concept (and debut feature film) to the world back in 2005, word-of-mouth was swift and excitable, championing Australian horror as a distinctive genre, built upon by equally chilling flicks like Snowtown and The Loved Ones. The bluntness combined with the terrifying unknowns of bleak remote towns or giant expanses of outback provided a unique canvas of terror through which to really communicate these feelings of helplessness and horror; in Wolf Creek’s case, this was taken a step further, accentuated by affable stone-cold killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt).... Continue Reading

Film Review: The Disaster Artist (USA, 2017) is a profound display of fearlessness

Tommy Wiseau’s laughably bad The Room has such a strong and passionate cult following that the “disasterpiece” is still being discussed, screened and dissected 14 years after its limited cinematic release. There aren’t many films that can boast that kind of staying power, existing in a singular universe where something is so bad it takes on a life that no other film in history (no, not even Troll 2) has, shifting it from self-indulgent melodrama to “quirky new black comedy”. Reframing a film’s genre based on audience reaction is unprecedented; The Room is unprecedented; Tommy himself is unprecedented, so of course when one of The Room’s actor, Greg Sestero, wrote a tell-all book about the bizarre making of this film someone had to come along and adapt it for the world to see.... Continue Reading

Interview: Greg McLean & John Jarratt talk Wolf Creek Season Two, survival horror and the Aussie outback

This Friday Australian viewers will dive right back into the chilling world of Wolf Creek as Stan plans the second season to their successful miniseries adaptation of the horror franchise. Director Greg McLean is back on board, creating this six-part outback horror epic exclusively for Stan with John Jarratt reprising his role as self-righteous backpack-killer Mick Taylor along with a diverse cast that includes Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant), Matt Day (Underbelly, Rake), and Laura Wheelwright (Animal Kingdom).... Continue Reading