Category Archives: Features

First impressions of Animals‘ second season from two first time viewers

Animals, what can we say about HBO’s crazy animated show? To give you a quick rundown, Animals is an American animated comedy television series created by new talents Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano. The first two episodes were independently produced and presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and HBO picked the series up after its success at the festival.... Continue Reading

Ten things we learned about pregnancy from the BBC documentary series The 9 Months That Made You

The 9 Months That Made You is an informative and entertaining documentary series. It traces how we grow from a single cell and form into a human baby. This series is presented by Dr Michael Mosley and is produced and directed by Nicola Cook (Horizon). Through a series of excellent animations and case studies we can learn more about the amazing processes that are involved in creating the gift of life. Here are ten lessons we learned from this thought-provoking and insightful program, airing Thursdays on BBC Knowledge.... Continue Reading

First Impressions: Girls still has a lot to learn in its sixth & final season

The fifth season of HBO’s Girls – in many ways – raised the bar for the popular but divisive series. Both as a writer and an actress, Lena Dunham cleverly and effectively built on all the aspects of the show that have worked in the past and dropped what didn’t. Efforts by everyone involved helped refine the show into a series of evocative 30-minute vignettes.... 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

Video Games Preview: Sniper Elite 4 benefits from a larger scale and Italian setting

It’s been almost 12 years since Rebellion Developments released the first title in what would become the Sniper Elite series, a franchise which was has improved in ways both noticeable and welcome as the years have gone on. The franchise continues this February with Sniper Elite 4, the follow-up to 2014’s Sniper Elite 3, which came closer to perfecting the tactical, sniper-focused gameplay but fell short of greatness due to a few niggling issues. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Sniper Elite 4 benefits from a larger scale and Italian setting

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