All posts by David Hunter

Film Review: Fifty Shades Darker (MA15+) (USA, 2017) is a better film, but does it go anywhere?

“Are you just going to stand there and stare Christian Grey”? Anastasia Steele asks a tall well-dressed Christian Grey. “Yes”, he replies. Cue another sensually slow, but saucy scene where the two embrace and then another few roughly edited scenes later, we’re back at Steele’s work office, or a bar with her friends, as we cut back to Grey waiting for her to return.... Continue Reading

Five reasons you should be excited for Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet

So, you’re looking anxiously through your Netflix list to find the next binge worthy show to eat up. You’ve already had a massive meal with some great sci-fi (Sense 8), comedy (Brooklyn Nine Nine), drama (The Queen) and of course Stranger Things. But now you want something fresh, a little bit of all of the above: funny, surreal, bizarre and gruesome, with a bit of science fiction thrown in for measure. Well I think after all that, it’s time you enjoyed a Santa Clarita Diet.... Continue Reading

Leo Birenberg on composing the new series Son Of Zorn and the influence of “Barbarian percussion” (EXCLUSIVE)

The Iris have been lucky enough to speak with a great many composers in the past and Leo Birenberg is a notch above most. His rising star status comes from being a man of many flavours. Along with his great friend and mentor Composer Christophe Beck, he tries not to be glued down to one specific genre for his projects.... Continue Reading

Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl on dreams becoming reality in The BFG (EXCLUSIVE)

Watching Steven Spielberg’s magical little masterpiece The BFG was something, I admit, I tried to avoid for longer than I should have. I had so many fond memories of reading Roald Dahl’s The BFG growing up as well as Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James & The Giant Peach and so many more. I didn’t want to lose those memories with a sub-par film. But, I am so glad I did. Every bit of the movie made me smile and yes, I admit, cry just a little.... Continue Reading

British composer Joby Talbot on bringing Illumination’s new animated film Sing to life (EXCLUSIVE)

It’s not often you wonder about a composer after you watch a film, but British composer Joby Talbot is certainly the sort to warrant that reaction. Joby has helped bring the Minion-crazy animators over at Illumination Entertainment their new film Sing to the big screen with his crafted musical genius.... Continue Reading

Iconic Producer & Director Frank Marshall talks Jason Bourne, Sully, Assassin’s Creed, being married to Star Wars and… DJing? (EXCLUSIVE)

I recently had the honour of meeting legendary producer and director Frank Marshall. Across a career which started in the late 1960s, Mr Marshall has produced and directed some of the biggest movies in the history of cinema, from Batteries Not Included to Gremlins, Indiana Jones, Back to The Future, Jurassic Park, Jurassic World and even the upcoming Assassins Creed film.... Continue Reading

Video Game Review: Here They Lie (PSVR, 2016)

Here They Lie has you thrown into the first person perspective of a seemingly tall and lanky middle aged man. You aren’t given anything to go on other than a beautiful woman in a yellow dress to follow through a creepily quiet ghost town and for some reason. I can’t quite fathom why I felt the need to follow from the start, but I’m glad I did. Continue reading Video Game Review: Here They Lie (PSVR, 2016)