Day: 15 March 2015

Games Review: Hand of Fate (Xbox One, 2015)

March 15, 2015

Created by Defiant Development, an indie studio in my home town of Brisbane, Hand of Fate strives to be different. It combines elements of a deck-building CCG, a roguelike dungeon crawler and action RPG’s to come up with something entirely new and, while it doesn’t always completely succeed, there’s still a lot to like here.

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SXSW Film Review: The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (UK, 2015)

March 15, 2015

In January 2013 musician, Wilko Johnson was told he had ten months to live. In The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, English filmmaker Julien Temple (The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, The Filth & The Fury) chronicles Johnson’s humble farewell tour and album as well as how the patient refuses chemotherapy treatment in order to live […]

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Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan and a wedding proposal mark the North American Premiere of Lost River at SXSW

March 15, 2015

A surprise appearance from Eva Mendes and a wedding proposal helped make for a memorable Q&A at the SXSW Film Festival tonight following the North American Premiere of Ryan Gosling’s film Lost River. Following a disappointing response to actor Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut at Cannes last year, it proved to resonate better with American audiences […]

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SXSW Film Review: Ex Machina (USA, 2015)

March 15, 2015

It’s not a new concept by any means, but films about artificial intelligence can still cut deep into the human psyche. Ex Machina is no different – following the narrative of Caleb, a computer programmer who wins a mysterious competition at his work, and is rewarded with a week long stay in the secluded and […]

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What to Watch: The Iris’ Weekly TV Picks (16th – 18th March 2015)

March 15, 2015

Kimberley gives us her take on what to watch in the coming days, including a couple of drama shows, and some thought provoking films… Monday 16th March 2015 Sherlock Holmes: Elementary – Ch. 10 – 10:00pm AEST Have you been watching Sherlock Holmes: Elementary? In a modern twist on the classic British detective story, it takes […]

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SXSW Film Review: Petting Zoo (USA, 2015)

March 15, 2015

To the untrained eye, Petting Zoo presents itself as your typical coming-of-age story told through the perspective of a pregnant teenager – a trope that has been documented countless times in today’s cinema. However, this film explores the issue of teenage pregnancy through an impoverished Texan youth, delivering a perspective that is separated entirely from […]

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SXSW Film Review: Twinsters (USA, France, South Korea & UK, 2015)

March 15, 2015

Two young women from two continents live apart for a quarter of a century. Twinsters is the story of these two identical twin sisters who were separated at birth, adopted by different families and their subsequent reunion. This documentary is heart-warming, emotional and unique. In February 2013 LA-based actress, Sam Futerman received an odd Facebook […]

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SXSW Film Review: For Grace (USA, 2014)

March 15, 2015

For the love of food. For Grace is a documentary that follows world-acclaimed chef, Curtis Duffy as he embarks on a journey to open his dream restaurant called Grace. The film is an insightful look at the highs, lows and the meticulous and determined attention-to-detail that is required in opening a fine dining establishment. It […]

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SXSW Film Review: Ned Rifle (USA, 2014)

March 15, 2015

Ned Rifle is the final instalment in an American, satirical trilogy by writer and director, Hal Hartley. It fails to stand up as its own separate film and it is difficult for newcomers to follow (as Hartley gives little away and it has been so long between the release of this and the earlier instalments, […]

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SXSW Documentary Short Review: unmappable (USA, 2014)

March 15, 2015

How do you look at someone that’s committed a reprehensible act? Can they be forgiven, are they the devil and what do you do if they’ve achieved great success prior to this event? These are the sorts of questions that are raised in the documentary short, unmappable, which is about Denis Wood. The film is […]

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