Reviews

In Conversation with Vince Gilligan

Vince Gilligan, creator of the highly lauded AMC television show Breaking Bad, kicked off this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival with just over an hour of wine and storytelling with Adam Spencer. Spencer, always the vivacious host, brought out some gems of wisdom and insight from the genius behind the world’s …

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The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest EP

Last year’s full length Indigo Meadow wasn’t Austin psychedelic rockers The Black Angels’s most consistent work. Melodies fell flat on their faces, themes were cheap, and mid-tempo wanderings were corny but not self-aware. It was quite a few paces away from the 1960s inspired rebel yelling reverb and drone of …

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Live music review – Recondite

A renovated Club 77 played host to Berlin-based house, techno and acid producer Recondite. At home in the underground basement, the German took the stage right on lockout in front of a crowded 77. It’s a venue that has come and gone in the years, but it’s recently making an …

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Sex, Love and Rammstein – Nymphomaniac

Director Lars von Trier somehow manages to make a four-hour marathon of art-house porn not tedious in the slightest in his epic film Nymphomaniac.  The two-part, sexually explicit drama injects heavy emotion into telling the life of self-confessed nympho Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Broken up into chapters, the film explores the …

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House of Cards Season Two

The strangest thing about House of Cards is how it is even considered television. A more apt name would be: “A 14-hour cinematic drama delivered via a web-based platform”. There is nothing remotely “episodic” about it, especially when compared to the equally enthralling, long-form BBC original. Netflix’s House of Cards …

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Dark Souls II

Welcome to the land of Dark Souls. You will die. Get this in your brain. You will die, and die, and die, and die, and then die again. You will rage, throw your controller across the room in frustration, and then pick it up again and die some more. This …

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