All posts by David Hunter

Collectables Review: Transformers Studio Series toy line rolls out in fine form

This month, we’re trying something new on The Iris. We’re gonna take some toys for a spin. And not just any toys, we’re taking a look at a selection of Hasbro’s new Transformers: Studio Series line. Are these the robots in disguise you remember from your childhood? Hit the jump to find out. Continue reading Collectables Review: Transformers Studio Series toy line rolls out in fine form

Interview: Pitch Perfect 3 star Hana Mae Lee on working with Ruby Rose, DJ Khaled & the art of kissing with Starburst Wrappers

Pitch Perfect had such a great reception when it was first released in December of 2012, it has now spawned a triliogy. But perhaps it’s of little surprise; it was such a fun concept that bought some great stars like Anna Kendrick to the forefront and showed us a slightly different take on the musical genre (remember Cups?). It took what was usually a drama-centric category and punched it in the face with some upbeat musical Capella standoffs and mostly cringe-worthy, but hilarious comedy. Much of this comedy came from the likes of Hana Mae Lee’s extremely shy but aggressively eccentric character of Lily… and of course the Aussie fan-hit “Fat Amy” played by Rebel Wilson.... Continue Reading

Games Review: A Way Out (PS4, 2018): Greatness through simplicity

“Fuck the Oscars! This is the real shit, right here.” At least that is what creator and director Josef Fares said loud and clear regarding his new title A Way Out at the 2017 Game Awards. Given his enthusiasm, it wasn’t a stretch to believe that this experience would not be an extremely good one, especially after some of the team from StarBreeze Studios’ excellent Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons all seem to have followed Farez to new developer Hazelight. Continue reading Games Review: A Way Out (PS4, 2018): Greatness through simplicity

TV Review: Santa Clarita Diet’s second helping is a funny treat of blood, bone and heart

The Undead, Serbian vile, Nazi Lobsters and an ancient taskforce against the supernatural are all stories we hear about on a day to day basis, (are they not?) but when watching Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet‘s second season, they make so much more sense than that entire paragraph I just wrote. Check out the trailer!... Continue Reading

Film Review: Tomb Raider (UK, 2018) is the video game to film curse lifted?

Alicia Vikander embodies Tomb Raider, Alicia is Lara Croft! There’s no pushing it aside and it must be said it’s miles above Angelina Jolie’s attempt at the character (it may have been Simon West‘s direction at the time, who knows?).  Here, we have a more grounded, fierce and believable action heroine in Vikander. A woman that doesn’t need to be hand fed the riches or the handout her father may have left her, but not invincible enough on her own just yet either (at least to begin with), Lara can just barely stand her own in a rundown gym’s MMA match. Not that most of us would last much longer either.... Continue Reading

Games Review: Bravo Team (PSVR, 2018) Shooting for the Bargain bin!

Supermassive Games are throwing out the releases in the last few months, we have had the moderately delightful Hidden Agenda via the Play link games on the PS4 and before that was their Until Dawn Spin-off Until Dawn: Rush of Blood as a PSVR launch title. It was a blast to play and really showed the promise of a great future for Supermassive, but then came The Inpatient on PSVR (reviewed here) it was not the best step forward from the developer that brought us the brilliant Rush of Blood, but every now and then we get a bit of a dud and all is forgiven and now comes Bravo Team VR, let us hope that the third times a charm right? Wrong. Continue reading Games Review: Bravo Team (PSVR, 2018) Shooting for the Bargain bin!

Games Interview: Katrina Garsten talks Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire‘s release and sailing the seas of Eora

With Obsidian Entertainment‘s the upcoming sequel Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire approaching its May 8th release, we got to chat with Katrina Garsten on all the big changes that have been made since their original Pillars of Eternity title going into the second, the huge open world that we are able to sail into and the fans that truly helped bring this highly anticipated game into fruition, that and Sharkboys!... Continue Reading