All posts by Chris Singh

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

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 8 “How It’s Gotta Be”

I’m not quite sure what I just watched, and I find it hard to imagine a team of writers turning that script in and thinking that it would make for a satisfying, entertaining or even reasonable Mid-Season Finale. I love The Walking Dead, honestly, but “How It’s Gotta Be” was truly poor form for a show that desperately needs to win back viewer confidence. Let’s first start with the big reveal in the final seconds of the episode. Spoiler warnings are implied.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 7 “Time for After”

Eugene is a broken man. With his loyalty and decisions a major focus of “Time for After”, the penultimate episode before the Mid-Season Finale, we get to explore this character in a much more meaningful way than before. There’s some real depth here as he visibly struggles against his own conscious and deals with the decision he has made to stay loyal to Negan; it’s a surprise something like this didn’t come sooner – it certainly would have made more sense to – but Josh McDermitt sold it all incredibly well, portraying a man who is clearly trying his damn hardest to convince himself that he is Negan despite appeals by a feverish Father Gabriel and memories of his friends “travelling companions”.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Only the Brave (USA, 2017) is a heartfelt tribute to heroism and integrity

Given his capable work on Tron: Legacy and Oblivion it was interesting to see what Joseph Kosinski would do with a rugged autobiographical drama like Only the Brave. The true story upon which this human versus nature story is based is rife with strong emotion; dark and inspiring with a tale of redemption embedded within, and all of that is framed very well here, despite some slight melodrama – a credit to the excellent cast led by Josh Brolin and including Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly.... Continue Reading

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8 Episode 6 “The King, The Widow and Rick”

“The King, The Widow and Rick” is an episode title that suggests a clear and deep focus on all three leaders of the war against Negan and The Saviours. I mean, at least that’s the logical interpretation, right? Wrong. This sixth episode in The Walking Dead’s eight season took certain liberties to slow things down a little and move a few chess pieces around without attempting anything drastic (that’ll be saved for next week, I’m sure).... Continue Reading