Sunday, 30 June 2013

Film Review: Man of Steel

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner
Running time: 143 minutes

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the obligatory bird/plane reference that any movie reviewer feels the need to cram into a review of Man of Steel. Now, with that out of the way, let's get on with it shall we?

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Film Review: World War Z

After lengthy delays, re-writes and put-offs, Marc Forster's zombie/action epic World War Z finally hits cinema screens this week. With edge-of-your-seat tension and apocalyptic destruction, World War Z aims to satisfy the appetite of an audience who enjoyed 2012 and I am Legend. So, how does it stack up? 

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Film Review: Monsters University

Pixar rewind the clock and send the loveable stars of Monsters Inc., Mike and Sully, off to university so that they can get educated before they are incorporated. The big question is, how does this latest Pixar feature stack up? Has the studio got their mojo back or are they just treading water?

Thursday, 20 June 2013

My PS3 Highlights #1: Uncharted 2 - Among Thieves

"I did not tell half of what I saw, for I knew I would not be believed" - Marco Polo

With the fourth incarnation of the PlayStation due to hit stores this holiday season, I thought it was a good time to reflect upon some of my own most cherished and memorable gaming experiences with the PlayStation 3. 

Each entry into this brand new column will give you my thoughts on some of my favourite PS3 games and the enjoyable and grabbing gaming experiences they have brought me. 

First up in this new series is a game that every PlayStation owner should be more than familiar with; the brilliant, gorgeous and action-packed, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Rank the Films: Pixar

As any regular reader of feeling fuzzier will know, lists are pretty darn nifty. We have a profound appreciation for straight-up lists. This is the thinking behind Rank the Films, a regular feature that pulls apart the pros and cons of a series of films, ranking them in order of bad to good. 

With Monsters University hitting cinemas at the end of June, we thought it was a great chance to take a look at Pixar's back catalogue of films (from Toy Story to Brave) and settle upon which is best and which is worst. 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Beady Eye - BE

Beady Eye are back in the spotlight for the release of their second album, BE. It's a record that bursts forth from the off, announcing its arrival with surging guitars and blaring horns; literally. 

Album opener 'Flick of the Finger' kicks things off in great fashion. It's the kind of song that makes you want to walk away from explosions in slow motion and without a doubt one of the best tracks I've heard this year. The spoken word part over the final 30-seconds only adds to this sense of arrival, poetry and 'revolution'.

This is followed up by a cracking track, 'Soul Love'. A relatively tender love-song, 'Soul Love' is particular highlight that sees Liam croons 'come into my world' and 'everything I do, it's all for you'. The lyrics aren't the most original thing in the world but I really liked the hushed and tranquil melody underneath; the final minute of this track fades away into a void, almost like you'd hear from The xx.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Film Review: After Earth

From director M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth is a futuristic science-fiction adventure that stars Will and Jaden Smith. Set 1000 years in our future, the father-son duo crash land on a dangerous and hostile planet where they are no longer the apex predator. With danger around every corner, the duo must survive against the hordes of vicious animals that have evolved to kill humans and send out a distress beacon. For they are stranded; stranded, on Earth.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Verdict: Modern Family Season 1

Originally premièring on American TV station ABC in 2009, Modern Family is a situation comedy that centres around a family living in Los Angeles. I recently sat down with the complete first season to deliver a verdict on one of television most hyped and popular shows.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Film Review: Fast and Furious 6

This week on America's Funniest Home Videos...

The sixth instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise zooms into cinemas for another slice of high-octane, car-destroying mayhem; in this film, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of their crew join forces with Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs to bring down a dangerous and malicious villain played by Luke Evans.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Miles Kane - Don't Forget Who You Are

You've only got to listen to the opening minute of the title track to Miles Kane's second solo album to discover a new found sense of confidence and swagger for the former Rascal/Last Shadow Puppet. 

After releasing The Colour of the Trap in 2011, Kane has developed and honed his sound to something a lot more defined and striking on this second record.

Remember 'Rearrange' and 'Come Closer'? Well, meet 'Taking Over', their dirtier, grungier and fuzzier cousin. The clackity-clack of drum sticks, the gentle stroking of Kane's vocals and then, wham, in kicks the drums. "I think I'm brewing up a storm" croons Kane; why yes, yes you are. It might not be the best track on the record, but it does set the scene well.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

60 Second Film Reviews #5

Quick movie reviews, without the waffle. 60 Second Film Reviews is a regular feature where I compile together brief reviews of recent films I've watched at home or at the movies - and generally couldn't be arsed didn't find time to write a proper review for. 

This month, we have Snitch, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wrath of the Titans and Drive.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Film Review: The Great Gatsby

The new judges for Strictly Come Dancing

Set across one hot New York summer, The Great Gatsby is a film that always eluded one definitive and quintessential big-screen adaptation. Enter Australia's Baz Luhrmann, known for colourful extravaganza's Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet and Australia. Big, brash and bursting from the screen, Baz Luhrmann's take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a film that most viewers with either love or love to hate. 

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Doctor Who: Who Should be the Twelfth Doctor?

So there's good news and there's bad news. The good news? The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special is one day closer to airing that it was yesterday. The bad news is that The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, has announced his departure from the show. After three seasons at the helm of the show, Smith has decided to hang up the fez and bowtie and move on to Gallifreyan pastures new.


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