Day: 1 April 2015

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Album Review: Death Cab For Cutie – Kintsugi(2015 LP)

April 1, 2015

The term Kintsugi is a beautiful one (the Japanese word for the art of mending broken pottery) and as the title of Death Cab For Cutie‘s eighth studio album it’s a good indication of where the band stands in both sadness and heartache. 2011’s Codes and Keys, brought an upbeat indie rock style but now, since the many changes […]

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Album Review: Fictionist – Fictionist (2014 LP)

April 1, 2015

There’s something about Fictionist that is promising and to have that potential makes their music something to look forward to. Unfortunately, their self-titled album doesn’t highlight their best work as some songs are of mediocre quality. The band have succeeded on their own terms by being part of the SXSW festival and for them to get that kind of […]

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Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie (USA) tells all about Kintsugi and songwriting process

April 1, 2015

Having a strong catalogue of albums and reigning success in the indie/alternative rock scene, Death Cab For Cutie are clearly great at what they do. With their eighth studio album, Kintsugi just released, we chat to bassist player, Nick Harmer about the meaning of the term “Kintsugi”, the details behindChris Walla‘s departure and how the band have evolved using both experimentation […]

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the AU interview at SXSW: Mew (Denmark) talk about their long awaited new record " +-", working with Kimbra and Australia!

April 1, 2015

Last month, Danish group Mew played their first US shows in six years at SXSW in anticipation of the release of their long awaited sixth full length record +- (Plus Minus). Larry Heath had the opportunity at the festival to sit down with Johan Wohlert and Jonah Bjerre of the group to talk about getting the band back together – with bassist Johan returning to the band for the first time since departing in 2006. We talk about working with American Producer Michael Beinhorn again – the pair having previously worked with him on the acclaimed And the Glass Handed Kites (2005). We talk about working with Kimbra and Russell from Bloc Party. But perhaps the most important question of all was: when will the band finally be coming to Australia?

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Exclusive SXSW Interview: Brendan Toller talks about directing his second music documentary Danny Says

April 1, 2015

Brendan Toller is a rock and roll maniac. Having directed his first film, I Need that Record: The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store, he came into contact with many of rock and roll’s greatest figures, including the lesser known Danny Fields, who was responsible for the success of many iconic bands […]

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Film Review: The One Eyed Girl (Australia, 2015)

April 1, 2015

“In the land of the blind the one eyed girl is queen”. So goes the premise to director, Nick Matthew’s feature debut, The One Eyed Girl. The winner of the Dark Matters award at Austin Film Festival in 2014 is a raw, experimental and plodding look at how and why a psychiatrist descends into the […]

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Explosive Mad Max: Fury Road trailer now live!

April 1, 2015

There has been a few Mad Max: Fury Road teasers but today the full length trailer has exploded across media and it’s a dirty, gritty, fiery and frenzied 2 minutes and 30 seconds. With explosions, scavenged steam punk-esque vehicles flipping all over the place, an electric dust storm tornado and a guitar flame-thrower. Director George […]

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Exclusive SXSW Interview: Director Anna Zlokovic talks about her SXSW featured Music Video “The Empty House”

April 1, 2015

The Iris had the opportunity to chat to Anna Zlokovic, the director of the music video, “The Empty House,” for musician Jack Kovacs. In our exclusive interview, we talk to Anna about SXSW, recognising music videos as art, the challenges of the shoot and what it’s like working with Jack Kovacs. Anna also shares her […]

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The Iris Interview: Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway talk about working on Interstellar.

April 1, 2015

Ahead of its release on DVD and Blu-Ray next week (April 8th), Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain sat down to talk about working on Christopher Nolan’s epic Insterstellar – from the space suit to the film’s strong female characters – plus Matthew’s Academy Award and space exploration. Read on: What were the challenges of […]

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Exclusive SXSW Interview: NCIS: Los Angeles‘ Renee Felice Smith talks about her short film Baby, PIXAR and more.

April 1, 2015

While at SXSW, Larry Heath sat down with NCIS: Los Angeles actress Renee Felice Smith to talk about her new short film Baby, which she served on as star and Executive Producer. The project, which premiered as one of the shorts in the Narrative Shorts Competition at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of a […]

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Film Review: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (PG) (USA, 2015)

April 1, 2015

Avast, mateys! Here be SpongeBob with another cinematic adventure. This time he voyages out of water, out of time, out of earth and out of his dimension. Whatever it takes to restore the cornerstone of civilisation ­the Krabby Patty. The secret formula for this highly addictive burger has mysteriously disintegrated into thin water, and the […]

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Our 13 favourite episodes of The X-Files

April 1, 2015

With the news officially breaking last week that cult hit 90’s TV show The X-Files would be making a come-back we decided to take a look back at the show and pick out some of our favourite episodes. One of the things we discovered is that over the course of the 9 seasons picking favourites […]

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First Look Images Released For The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials!

April 1, 2015

Four first look images have just been released for The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. To say that we’re excited is a gross understatement. In this next chapter of the epic Maze Runner saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known […]

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SXSW Film Review: Mavis! (USA, 2015)

April 1, 2015

When it comes to true music icons, it’s fair to say they’re a rare breed – but anyone who knows Mavis Staples will tell you: she’s in a league of her own. With some sixty five years of performances behind her – and more still to come (she’s touring Australia as we publish this piece) – […]

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SXSW Film Review: Spy (USA, 2015)

April 1, 2015

Earlier this month, ahead of its May release in Australia and in the US, the new action-comedy Spy had a premiere screening at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Though seemingly unorthodox for a major release (and a mainstream comedy at that) to see a public screening so far in advance of its release, […]

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TV Review: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 2, Episode 1 “Undercover” (USA, 2014)

April 1, 2015

When we left the Nine-Nine precinct at the end of Season 1, Det. Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) was asked to go undercover for the FBI, his unrequited feelings for fellow detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero) were still, well, unrequited, Terry Crews was still a large mass of comedic dynamite and Gina Linetti (Chelsea Peretti) had […]

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