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Friday, October 31, 2014

WATCH: Final Trailer For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Unleashed!

By: Shahbaz Malik
With only a few weeks to go, Lionsgate has officially dropped the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingly Part 1!


In the new final look at the film we see a furious Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) now bent on destroying President Snow and his oppressive government.
"If we burn, you burn with us" pretty much sums up the new Katniss.

The trailer also includes the upped-anti within the Districts, and the battle to save Peeta (Josh Hutchinson).

Take a look at the mouth-watering trailer below:


Mockingjay: Part 1 hits theatres internationally on November 21st.

- Shahbaz Malik

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Arrow Recap Season 3 Episode 4 'The Magician'

By: Clare Belshaw
Ok, before I get to the re-cap I feel the need to say... enough fooling around guys. Where's the real Ra's al Ghul?


You better be setting up some kind of Iron Man 3 twist with this guy and he's just an actor while the real Ra's is off doing important evil sinister things.

Just had to get that off my chest first.

Now, back to the episode. This one picks up where we left off with Nyssa (still not Talia) confronting Oliver about what happened with Sarah.

Awkward...

Nyssa goes to mourn Sarah at her grave and runs into Laurel, they chew each other out for a bit. Nothing much is accomplished.

Thea and Oliver meet up  and we find out that she is trying to get her bar back up and running, which is great as she was doing really well managing Verdant. Aside from this not much is accomplished.

Nyssa and Oliver agree to team up and find Sarah's killer, I'm surprised how much seems to be happening without much actually... happening. Seems to be a very character development heavy episode. Which I'm a little bit disappointed after last episode.



Oliver FINALLY learns that Malcolm Merlyn is alive and they track him down, throughout the episode there seems to be some idealogical debate going on about whether or not Oliver should break his vows about killing and if allowing Nyssa to kill is breaking them.

This is a really great little dilemma for Oliver to face, the execution however feels a little clunky. After Merlyn outwits Oliver (although there is no explanation to how) and swears on Thea's life that he didn't kill Sarah Oliver lets him go. Nyssa doesn't take this well and decides to kidnap Thea to force Merlyn into the open. Oliver, Nyssa and Malcolm all in their hoods fight, it's a great fight although I wish the camera would let us see more of it.

Merlyn suggests that Ra's is the one who had Sarah killed and Oliver makes the decision to not only let him go but declare that as long as he is in Starling City he is under his protection. Nyssa... does not take it well.

Thea is letting Roy back into her life as a friend however is still keeping her knowledge about Merlyn secret. Nyssa appears to give Laurel her blessing to take on Sarah's mantle despite she had already claimed her unworthy of Sarah's leather Jacket.

Nyssa then returns to her father... and. we. witness. the WORST MOMENT OF ARROW.



THE FUCK IS THIS?
It was odd enough when the Australian Deathstroke sounded Kiwi but now we have the Middle Eastern Ra's al Ghul sounding Australian???


So many levels of does not work with this, not to mention the fact that he really just doesn't have the stage prescence to carry of Ra's The Demon.

Perhaps he will get better in latter episodes, but for now, this was an episode with a whole lot of nothing and one really, really frustratingly underwhelming reveal.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sextape (2014) - Movie Review

By: Maggie Doonan


It's almost as if Jake Kasdan, the director of Sextape, knew about the iCloud storm about to rain down on Hollywood. Sextape is a premonition, an eerie glimpse into the future for a number of young starlets: a couple's raunchy romp is recorded on an iPad which syncs to a Cloud network and releases the video to every connected device. That’s so close it's freaky. 

Starring Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz as the couple in question, Sextape starts with an insight into a familiar marriage-with-two-kids scenario. Knowing their relationship needs a bit of a zing, the couple start the night with shots which leads shooting (footage, that is) their attempts at every position  in the 1970s classic, The Joy of Sex. The next day, the video is released via the sync and chaos ensues as the couple gets into a myriad of mischief trying to save their modesty, dignity and jobs.

A star-studded cast does a fantastic job supporting Segal and Diaz while amplifying the hilarity, featuring Rob Coddroy and Ellie Kemper as cringe-worthy best friends and new fans, and Rob Lowe, who’s performance as a drug-using, lonely and nostalgic new employer is unexpectedly entertaining.

While not the most intellectual of films, Sextape is still a good time for anyone looking for a laugh and proof sextape woes are not just for the rich and famous. A quick heads up (in case the title didn’t give it away): if uncomfortable with  nudity, avoid this film. Segal and Diaz toss shyness to the wind, the latter as svelte as she was in her Mask days, the former cutting a refreshingly relatable figure. Kasdan’s clever camera angles go understated and wholly appreciated throughout the film as there is more than one instance where Segal bends over in front of the camera leaving little more than a shadow between him and absolute exposure.


Sextape is a light-hearted, adults-only reminder that in even with all the conveniences of today’s technologically-infiltrated world a person could end up wishing for the good old days, when a dirty video went mouldy before anyone got time to watch it. 

Seven stars out of ten. 

Late to the Party - Sleepy Hollow S1E2

By: Clare Belshaw


Another week another supernatural villain. This week however the horseman seems to be taking a sabbatical apart from a quick dream appearance.

Ichabod is being chased by all four horseman giving us our first look at the others, the designs are more then a little underwhelming if I'm honest, however the camera work and special effects are still excellent. As Ichabod runs from them he is trapped by tree branches and dragged into some underground tunnels. There his wife Katrina waits, still dressed fabulously, who warns him that several dark spirits are coming to pave the way for Death. The first of you will bee 'one of us', so obviously a witch.

OH LORD THAT NECK! So Andy Brooks (dead Sulu) is back and umm... alive? No, clearly still dead and I like that they have the flesh around his neck sagging from were his head was snapped back 'like a pez dispenser' (Abbie has a real way with words).

Our faceless demon tells him to resurrect someone and Brooks coughs up a medallion. I really like when this shows embraces moments of horror, it can have some really unsettling visuals. It seems as through Brooks will be the welcoming comity for each of these dark spirits.

Dark spirits paving the way for a boss fight? I hear filler episodes!

However is every filler episode has Ichabod being so adorably indignant about a 10% levy on baked goods then I am ok with it.


Ichabod, strict and uptight but also smouldery. I'm fairly certain Tumblr exists just for characters like this (and any character played by Benedict Cumberbatch)

Ichabod and Abbie discuss his dream and that he needs to stay a bit more under the radar as although Captain Irving is willing to give them a bit of room to work simply because he has no other options, no one really believes there is a headless horseman. Which I really can't blame them for, however I appreciate that they also aren't dismissed completely by Irving.

We then see the funeral of Sheriff Corbin, Abbie's mentor and resident Apple Pie aficionado, during which Ichabod stands with his hair blowing in the wind by his wife's grave... does a fan just follow him around? Working out Katrina's incredibly difficult clue of 'she's one of us' he exclaims 'We are looking for a witch!'



Speaking of the witch, Brooks now goes to resurrect her from the stake she was burnt on, and I love the make up work with her. Seriously this witch just has a fantastic burnt doll like face.


This witch is after the ashes of those who convicted her in order to regain her own flesh. As such Brooks helps her track down one of the descendants who she burns alive in his car... while Witchcraft by Frank Sinatra plays. Seriously show? Have you no subtly?

 Abbie and Ichabod have some bonding time before being brought to the scene of the burnt out car, a scene that Ichabod recognises and identifies as a witch from his time Serilda of Abaddon. They go hunting for more information in the archives, which introduces us both to the nifty scooby shack or batcave for their investigations as well as Ichabod's photogenic memory. A decent excuse for how he is going to be a walking encyclopedia for lots of plot details through out the series.

Oh we also meet Abbie's ex...but he doesn't really seem to have any character yet so I'll talk about him when he becomes interesting.

We quickly reach the climax as Serilda manages to gather the last ashes she needs after a decently successful bait and switch were we think she's going to kill a kid for their ashes. The clock clicking Abbie and Ichabod are trying to stop Serilda from completing her resurrection at which point she will be pretty much unstoppable.

They don't make it.

I love this image.

Despite her being immune to bullets they do manage to blow her up with some centuries old black powder... It's a little anti climactic if I'm honest. This show seems like a lot of great set up for not much pay off, then again it is only episode 2. I gave Arrow a whole season to find it's feet.

This show is made by the moments of character development and the occasional sprinkling of horror.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Arrow - S4 E3 Recap - Corto Maltese

By: Clare Belshaw



So still not having forgiven the show Arrow for the death of Sarah (proto Black Canary in the show) it appears they are trying to win back my forgiveness by bringing back Miss Thea Queen. It's a start show, but that hurt still runs deep.

This episode is all about showing the paths characters are heading down, Laurel going to be taking up her sister's mantle and Thea following down Malcolm's path.

Oliver and company travel to Corto Maltese to track down Thea, who has been training with Malcom Merlin to no longer fell pain. However they have a side mission, an Argus agent has gone dark and Diggle is trying to track him down.

As that gets underway we see Felicity FINALLY get the office and respect she deserves, I am totally on board with Oliver no longer being CEO. He's a great superhero but a shitty businessman and should be responsible for a company that no doubt employees around a thousand or so people. (Bruce Wayne I'm looking at you too for that).

So Felicity now has Oliver's old office and her own EA, while Laurel has decided that she is going to use her self defence training to stop a domestic abuse situation which the law can't touch because the information came from an AA meeting.


Unfortunately it doesn't end well for her.


Diggle and Oliver manage to catch the rogue agent who brings up some serious questions about Argus. Considering how un-wall-like Amanda Waller has been the last two seasons I'm glad it looks to be building to some Argus revelations as she was always an 'ends justify the means' kind of person.

Thea is also convinced to come home with a final act of honest by Oliver, hearing that their father killed himself to save Oliver when there weren't enough supplies. However we see that as she is able to ignore a burn her training with Malcom has taken hold somewhat.

I'm excited to see Laurel continuing on her path to become Black Canary, as well as what happens to Thea. Considering her relationship with Roy I'm wondering if they are taking her in a villain direction towards Cheshire.

Oh and Nyssa al Ghul shows up at the end, angry at trying to find Sarah, my guess is she'll be even angrier when she finds out what happened.

Taylor Swift - 1989 (Album Review)

By: Shahbaz Malik
Taylor Swift goes full pop on fifth studio outing



After her previous album effort Red, it was only a matter of time before Taylor Swift went down the full pop route.

1989 is just that, as it comes equiped with an array of catchy pop anthems. Taylor is still herself at heart, as she manages to maintain her artist integrity despite the different sounding style. It's effortlessly catchy and everything you'd want from Taylor, with hit anthems such as "Shake It Off", "Out of the Woods", "Bad Blood" and more!

"You took a Polaroid of us, Then discovered the rest of the world was black and white" is a line which proves that Taylor is dedicated to sticking with the 80's theme on this record in which the title embodies, and "Out of the Woods" is certainly one of the most iconic songs that particularly channels the era quite swiftly.

I also must applause the structure of the album as each track flows carelessly. Particularly the smart move of placing the New York ode, "Welcome To New York" as the first track. It subtly is a welcoming message for fans to a brand "new soundtrack". Plus props to Taylor writing alongside Imogen Heap on "Clean".. only The OC fans know how awesome this is.

And for all those guessing lovers, 1989 is yet another fun game of decoding who she may be talking about. This includes decyphering the public feud with Katy Perry on "Bad Blood"... But who really needs to know though? With quality this good, just enjoy the music for what it is peeps.

While the album is a full pop outing there's also some nods to her old style, especially on "This Love" and "Clean" as it strips back the pop synthesisers and showcases the emotional side to Swift.

VERDICT: While Taylor may have gone full pop with 1989, she still manages to retain truthful to her roots. It's fresh, pop-tastic, catchy and pretty much everything you'd want from Taylor!

Best Tracks: Bad Blood, Style, Out of The Woods, Welcome To New York, All You Had To Do Was Stay, I Know Places, New Romantics.

Overall Rating:
9/10

- Shahbaz Malik
Image: Big Machine Records

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Veronicas Release Brand New Promo Single "Line of Fire"

By: Shahbaz Malik
The Veronicas are back in full swing, with the girls dropping a new track to coincide with their upcoming self-titled album…


Veronicas fans rejoice, the time has finally come to pre-order their long awaited third studio album.

While the tracklist is yet to be released, the girls have treated fans with a pre-order single titled 'Line of Fire'. It featured in the teaser trailer for 'You Ruin Me' and is now available to listen in all its glory.

The track is more on-par with the girls old style rock on The Secret Life Of... and Hook Me Up as the girls belt out the lyrics "Standing in your line of fire. Sorry I'm a real bad liar".

Listen to the catchy track below:


The Veronicas will be available to purchase November 21st.
Pre-order it here.

- Shahbaz Malik


Image: Sony Music Australia

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WATCH: Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer Is Finally Here!

By: Clare Belshaw


On the Internet few things can stay secret for long. Marvel had planned to release the heavily anticipated trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron during the next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on the 28th. However a recording of the trailer was released, and after taking to Twitter to blame Hydra, the enemy of freedom (but now hero of anxious fans), Marvel have since released the HD trailer early.


eeeeeEEEEEEEE!!! (I'm excited!)

Fans are thrilled to see the return of their favourite heroes along with new-starts Scarlet Witch, Quick Silver and James Spader as the villainous Ultron. As well as a few moments to demonstrate how much Avengers 2 could shake up the Marvel Universe, a wild uncontrolled Hulk, Thor (who also appears shirtless) dropping his hammer and the biggest Ohhhh Shiiiiii!!! moment. Seeing Captain America's shield split in two.

Could this all mean the rumours of the original Avengers wrapping up to welcome in a new team for Avengers 3? Or is it just an amazing trailer?

Unfortunately we'll have to wait for the 1st of May 2015 to find out.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FIRST LISTEN: Taylor Swift's new track 'Welcome to New York'

By: Stephanie Paglia

Taylor Swift has been releasing songs one by one to tie fans over until the release of her fifth album on the 28th October, and the third track to be released from 1989 hit iTunes today. 

‘Welcome to New York’, the first song on the album inspired by Swift’s own move to the big city in April of this year, continues in the new pop sound Swift seems to be exploring on 1989, following the already huge hits ‘Shake it Off’ and ‘Out of the Woods’. 




My immediate reaction from the first few bars of Welcome to New York is that its not a sound we’re used to hearing from Swift – a pop drum pattern and synthesiser melody opens the song where we would usually expect acoustic guitar in former albums.  It is however, in true Taylor Swift style, a seriously catchy song, one that could very well become the hit single off the album. 

‘It’s a new soundtrack I could dance to this beat’

As well as reflecting her move to the big city, Swift in ‘Welcome’ is aware of this new experiment in the pop genre, and presents the clichĂ© of ‘moving to New York’ as a mirroring of her moving between genres from past country albums which have formed her brand.  It’s almost as if Swift is starting the album with such a huge change, a move to a big new city as well as a transition into a new genre with a pop album as a new chapter in her life. 

"I wanted to start the album with this song because New York has been an important landscape and location for the story of my life in the last couple of years," Swift told Good Morning America.

The titles released so far can also be read as a story.  So far we have seen Taylor Swift ‘Shake it Off’ right ‘Out of the Woods’, and now she is ‘Moving to New York’.  This album is definitely going to mark a new stage in Swifts career, and so far the titles have told the narrative of her moving away from the critics and country roots to a new city to produce an album completely in a new genre. 

After Moving to New York, I can’t wait to hear what the next chapter of 1989 has to tell in this new stage of Swift’s career.

Listen to the track below:

Revenge 4x04 "Meteor" Recap

By: Shahbaz Malik
The long awaited reunion finally happened.. well kind of


To mark this superb episode, I have broken it down into the range of emotions and events fans were succumbed to this week.

The Reunion…. David finally saw Victoria's lies for what they were. His trigger was the phrase that 'she'll handle it', which was the exact line she told him before he was framed for crimes he did not commit.

What looked clearly like David had planned, he went to a nearby store and stole something which then led him to conveniently end up at the Hampton's county. Emily's new love interest also managed to somehow connect two and two in that he was the one to break into Emily's humble abode.

Anyway i'll forgive the writers for messily trying to get Emily to see David.

The Emotions…  The reactions were EVERYTHING and more though, with Jack first shockingly noticing that it was David in line. Jack of course tried to warn Emily, but was interrupted. Emily's tears were right on the nail. Props to Emily VanCamp for truly connecting to the character and her emotions.

Also loved Nolan's calm reaction and contained excitement over David being alive.

The Self-Hate… Okay that was some serious Da Vinci Code shiz right there when David whipped himself. It was actually quite gruesome for Revenge nature.. but then again what about Pascal's gory death last season?

The reasoning was to frame his innocence over Conrad holding him captive… but did he really have to go to extremes like that? Is there more to his actions?… We will have to wait and see.

The Ruining… While happy to see her father, Emily ran to comfort him when making his public statement on being clear of his crimes. It was of course only to be ruined by Victoria and Charlotte's appearance. The look of Emily's face was priceless as she finally learned Vic's secret weapon.

Poor Emz. I somehow have faith in David though, after he confronted Vic over her lies… I'm sure his planning something we won't see coming. After all he is Amanda's father right?

Also, on a side-note I have a feeling Charlotte will join her sister's side very soon. She's mad at her mother and is fed up with being used by her.. so maybe (just maybe) she will finally see that Emily only has her best interest at heart.

The Manipulation… Daniel is setting himself up for disaster with his new business deal with newcomer Louise. But hey people do silly things when it comes to money.

Seriously though.. what is this young lady planning? Is it revenge, or does she just want a proper mother figure?

One thing four sure is when two ladies surround one man, it's never a good sign. Plus, I really enjoy having Margaux and Daniel together, so please keep them together writers!

Overall Rating:
5/5

Will Emily win back her father's affection? Watch the promo for next week below:


-Shahbaz Malik

Image: ABC

Late to the Party - Sleepy Hollow recap S1E1

By: Clare Belshaw
It’s always a little awkward being late to the party, or late to a TV show.  So join me as I hurriedly try to jump on bandwagons before they pull away.


First up, Sleepy Hollow.



I’ve heard very good things going into this show, about how it balances an incredibly campy premise with smart character decisions and sincerity.


On the negative side I’m told the headless horseman is not played by Christopher Walken…


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Disappointed.


We start episode one in the Hudson Valley, New York 1781.


The British are coming! The British have odd freaky mercenaries in face covering leather masks.


We see our hero Ichabod fighting and searching the Red Coats for someone, unsurprisingly he is look for the guy head and shoulders above everybody else... Make that shoulders above everybody else. Ichabod however also dies, falling in battle to what, really doesn't seem like it should be a mortal wound. Seriously mate…

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He then wakes up in a strange cave and goes wandering. Emerging from his cave near a beautiful dam and water feature… good thing they didn't discover the cave while making that.


I’m surprised that time traveller getting confused by a road and almost hit by a car is a cliche to me. Perhaps I just watched Hocus Pocus too much as a kid. Hey, Sympathy for the Devil, solid music choice show, if a little unsubtle. Speaking of unsubtle we then move to young cop and old cop talking about unsolved crimes and how the young cop should stop running from her past.


Waiter, I’ll take my cliche’s a la mode.


This is Abbey, our other main character, and her partner who I just get such a ‘one day away from retirement’ vibe from. Money on the table now, he isn’t making it out of this episode alive.
They head off, totally not going to die this episode cop making eyes with a priest as he goes. Is the priest going to kill him? Suspicious priest is suspicious.


So our cop buddies head off smiling and laughing to investigate a totally routine call in. Probably just some wild coyotes or something. This will in no way result in his death. Nope. Certainly won't die right now.


Surprise!

Old cop really should have kept his head… *ba* *dum* *tss*

So Ichabod is arrested, and I must say I'm a little confused as to why, yeah he was running down the street dishevelled but he hasn't done anything. Abbie confirms he isn't the headless horseman, and what follows is our first glimpse of how wonderfully British Ichabod is. I love the interview scene. So far, I just love this show.

Abbie offers to take him to the psyche ward, oh hey! It's the volleyball coach from Evolution!



So Abbie and Ichabod finally meet properly, which is hilarious and cute. I hope there is a lot of fan art of these two in the same way of Bruce and Tony Stark or Homes and Watson. *quickly checks google* yay! And now is where the premise goes from silly to full on mad-libs ridiculous. Not only is there a headless horseman terrorising the town but he is in fact Death, the first horseman of the apocalypse... Because sometimes if you are going play, you need to go all it.

Speaking of silly, suspicious priest is actually from the past and can magic whip chains... which is pretty cool. I hope we get to see more of the priests powers.

... Never mind.


There has been some really creative camera shots and perspectives, as well as some top notch editing. Occasionally it becomes a little distracting, such as the rolling head camera from the decapitated priest, still I appreciate the creativity. Ichabod is lead by an eagle (of course) to the grave of his wife Katrina, who it appears was burnt for witchcraft. While being in Abbie's custody does clear Ichabod of suspicion of committing the crimes, it's pretty clear he's crazy for coco-puffs by any reasonable standard so he's still off to the psyche ward.

We finally get Abbie's back story, and I like it. Seeing something that can only be explained as supernatural and having no one believe you, it would cause enough of an emotional scar to affect you but still let you get ahead and live your life. Plus it's not the tragic dead family.

As Abbie investigates into the occult files that her ex partner Corbin was keeping locked away, we see Ichabod visited in his dream by Katrina. Dressing far more modern gothic then her actual time period. Has she been watching the passage of time from her imprisonment, flipping through fashion magazines, are her clothes created by her thoughts or magic? Or does the devil go out and buy her knew clothes when the old ones become out of date? Maybe that's what he was saying when he appeared to Abbie and her sister... 'excuse me girls, where might I find the nearest mall?'

However, now we are into the real plot of this episode. The horseman is after his head, not sure why, he seems pretty effective without it. But if he gets it back then the other three horseman will arise. However there are bigger problems, the headless horseman now has a shotgun and one of the police officers is a traitor... AND THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN HAS A SHOTGUN!

They find the skull and we have a big old shoot out, traitor cop Sulu gets captured and as the sun rises the headless horseman retreats. However now, we have other witnesses to the headlessness of the horseman, and Abbie learns that she and Ichabod are the first and second witness, destined for seven years of trials before judgement day. (Sounds like this show is gunning for seven seasons).

A little bit of an unexciting ending, I mean the headless horseman just pieces out, there isn't really any horror... oh. Oh wow.

So, I wasn't really expecting Sulu to get axed so soon, recognisable actors tend to stick around. And that sounds when the demon just knocks his head back, gave me chills. The last thirty seconds of the show was incredibly effective, and cutting back through to sympathy for the devil. Loved it.

Join me next week for episode 2.

Orphan Black Season 2 Review

By: Charlotte Bouchereau
Sci-fi fans who haven't yet heard of this TV show are missing out big time. The star of Orphan Black, Tatiana Maslany, plays a variety of clones who decide to band together to find out their origin in order to survive.

In season 2, even more clones are revealed, but are not quite what you expect. Also, the plot is pretty unpredictable, with twists and turns in every episode. We see more of Sarah's acquaintances and her daughter, Kira, plays a pivotal role.

Undoubtedly, the relationship of Delphine and Cosima is explored further, and we even see Sarah reconnecting with an old flame. The dynamics of families and romantic relationships is examined as battle lines are drawn and erased rapidly.

There is still a good smattering of light-hearted moments in an otherwise sinister show, including a dance scene.

This epic season has a truly shocking finale that leaves fans desperately awaiting season 3, rumored to be aired in Spring 2015. We can hardly wait!