Category Archives: TV

TV Review: Sherlock “The Final Problem” Season 4, Episode 3

In last week’s episode ‘The Lying Detective’ came the revelation that the Holmes boys have a sister, a shocking bombshell that had eluded us all. Mainly because Mycroft had purposefully kept her existence a secret from Sherlock (and us the viewers). In this week’s episode, those long buried secrets come to the surface, and Sherlock and John have their greatest challenge to date, facing off against the smartest Holmes sibling of all. Spoilers henceforth of course. ... Continue Reading

The Iris names the 21 Best TV Shows of 2016

2016 will go down in history for many reasons – but one of its more positive spins was the sheer quality of television that came out of it. Where you could once count the number of great series at any given time on one hand, it’s now impossible to keep up with everything that’s coming out of networks around the world – opened up extensively by the streaming capabilities of Amazon Prime, Netflix, Stan and more.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Sherlock “The Lying Detective” Season 4 Episode 2

Last week’s episode ‘The Six Thatchers’ (Series 4 Episode 1) received some mixed reviews in the media. Some were praising, others were less positive. The Guardian’s review even resulted in co-creator and the episode’s writer Mark Gatiss rebutting their critique in verse. The episode for most felt like a step away from the format we’ve been used to seeing, whether this was deliberate or accidental, in the end it doesn’t matter as what’s done is done. The biggest shockwave, the death of Mary Watson, will now result in tidal wave ripples that affect not just the characters but also where the story goes. This week’s episode ‘The Lying Detective’ has us entering into much darker territory, particularly with Mary’s ominous posthumous message “Go to Hell, Sherlock”. Tread carefully, for ahead there be spoilers.... Continue Reading

La La Land becomes the most awarded film in Golden Globes history

The 74th Annual Golden Globes was held in Los Angeles today, with Jimmy Fallon hosting the awards for the first time. The event, which is voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has the unique distinction of celebrating both Film and Television, as well as breaking apart many nominees into “Drama” and “Musical/Comedy” categories.... Continue Reading

First Impressions: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (USA, 2017) is enchanting, but needs time to find its footing

Right from the opening credits, A Series of Unfortunate Events consistently reminds you this tale is not for the fainthearted.  Author Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) reiterates as the narrator of the series that the story is dreadful, melancholy and not for those looking for a happy narrative – but for Netflix, the self-aware entertainment bodes a mysterious and enticing streak that is enough to keep you hooked.... 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

TV Review: Sherlock ‘The Six Thatchers’ Season 4 Episode 1

Ready the tea and make sure you’ve got your shock blanket handy because BBC Sherlock is back and here to emotionally ruin you all over again with a brand new series. Thanks to streaming service provider Stan, Australia gets each episode of Season 4 within hours of it airing in the UK. Obviously this review is going to have spoilers, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, maybe get cracking on that before you read all of this.... Continue Reading

DVD Review: Rosehaven Series One (Australia, 2016) is a funny comedy misadventure about two unlikely friends

Rosehaven is a comedy show that finds the funny in lots of things. It’s a fish-out-of-water comedy, a buddy comedy and a sitcom set in rural Australia. This eight-part series debuted on the ABC in 2016 and it was a hit with audiences. This is because it’s a funny show about two rather unlikely friends and their lives in the fictional town of Rosehaven.... Continue Reading