Interview: Ed Westwick on his sadistic new thriller DarkGame, committing to an unnerving tone, and the new generational reaction to Gossip Girl

A dark twisted thriller in the same vein as Se7en and Untraceable, DarkGame is an unsettling feature surrounding a determined detective (Ed Westwick) in a race against time to stop a sadistic game show on the dark web, where captives are forced to compete for their lives and the losers are executed via live broadcast.  For…

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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Review: The Honolulu Resort You Won’t Want To Leave

In December last year, as Hawaiian versions of classic Christmas songs echoed across the busy streets of the tropical paradise, I spent two nights at the recently renovated Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. The US$80 million renovation has seen the iconic resort (with its origins dating back to the 1950s) reimagined with updated rooms, facilities…

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Film Review: The Rooster navigates its meditation on masculinity with dark humour and uncomfortable fragility

The opening imagery of Mark Leonard Winter‘s The Rooster is a nightmarish depiction of a body swinging in the wind.  It suggests a darker film than what transpires over the following 101 minutes, even though Winter’s script does indeed indulge in devastating themes. At the centre of The Rooster is Dan (Phoenix Raei, leaving no…

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Microsoft confirms the four games that are headed to the PS5 and Switch

Microsoft revealed last week that four exclusive games were finally making their way to other platforms, namely the PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. While they had not mentioned the games by name then, they did say that two of these games simply deserved more love on other platforms, while the two other games could use…

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Here’s every announcement from the Nintendo Direct February 2024 Partner Showcase

Nintendo came out yet again with a new showcase based primarily around third-party reveals, along with a few fan-favourite Xbox games that are on their way to the Switch. Here’s every announcement below: EPIC MICKEY IS BEING REMASTERED WORLD OF GOO 2 PENTIMENT IS ON ITS WAY TO THE SWITCH GROUNDED IS THE SECOND XBOX…

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Film Review: The Zone of Interest makes for a cruel and profound questioning of humanity’s dark underbelly

An idyllic family life juxtaposed with the genocidal holocaust horrors next door has made for one of the most gripping and intellectual cinematic gems in years.  The Zone of Interest is by far the most haunting and arresting depiction of Nazi family life and Holocaust bureaucracy you’ll get all year.  Directed by Jonathan Glazer, his…

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Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is a haunting, yet wonderful tale of love and loss

I’ll be the first to admit that Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden remained relatively low on my radar up until its release. It looked interesting but was yet to draw me in with anything I hadn’t seen before. I am now incredibly glad that I gave this a chance. Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden borrows…

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Film Review: Drive-Away Dolls is an unapologetic queer road movie that takes no prisoners on its journey

If there was ever an indication as to how separately the Coen Brothers think when they’re left to their own devices, one only needs to look at what Ethan Coen has concocted with Drive-Away Dolls.  Miles apart from Joel Coen’s ahistorical thriller The Tragedy of Macbeth, Drive-Away Dolls, a collaboration with Ethan’s wife, Tricia Cooke,…

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Photo Gallery: Dinosaur Jr – Enmore Theatre , Sydney (21.02.24)

Dinosaur Jr the American alternative rock legends celebrating 30 years of Where You Been album tour with their original lineup J.Masics (guitar vocals), Lou Barlow (bass vocals) and drummer Murph played to a raucous sold out Enmore Theatre. From the get go Where You Been was played in chronological order with a few classics thrown…

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Interview: The Rooster director Mark Leonard Winter on the undertaking for his feature debut; “It’s every phase of sheer terror!”

When the body of his oldest friend is found buried in a shallow grave, Dan, a small-town cop, seeks answers from a volatile Hermit who may have been the last person to see his friend alive. Such is the plotline for Mark Leonard Winter‘s intimate, psychological drama The Rooster, which is arriving in Australian theatres…

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You can now get Sydney’s famous Gidley burger at The Rover in Surry Hills

Sydneysiders, I know what’s on your mind when you book into The Gidley’s moody bar area. You want that superlative signature burger. You know, the one with such a strong cult following that the popular steakhouse sells around 500 of them each week. That winning combination hasn’t changed over the years. A classic bun with…

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Interview: The Rooster producer Geraldine Hakewill on navigating micro budgets, fragile masculinity and working with her husband

When the body of his oldest friend is found buried in a shallow grave, Dan, a small-town cop, seeks answers from a volatile Hermit who may have been the last person to see his friend alive. Such is the plotline for Mark Leonard Winter’s intimate, psychological drama The Rooster, which is arriving in Australian theatres…

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Photo Gallery: St Kilda Festival – Melbourne (18.02.24)

St Kilda Festival had another glorious year putting on the largest community festival in Australia, showcasing a great selection of local and national acts. Closed to cars for the occasion, the huge site boasts 8 stages for a whole day of family fun and music, with the sun beating down all day against the coastal boardwalk…

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Theatre Review: Rent’s narrative lacks impact, but the iconic songs stand strong

The streets of New York’s East Village are bustling with love, art, culture and spirit. Despite oppressive powers threatening to break friendships and crush dreams, this resilient group of friends celebrate the power of the human spirit, bringing people together to stand up for what they love. This is Rent. Jonathan Larson’s hit musical has…

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Qantas double status credits offer is back for 2024

Qantas has launched its popular double status credits offer today so you can each elite status much quicker in 2024. The promotion is the airline’s most popular year-on-year with many Qantas Frequent Flyers waiting patiently for the airline to launch the generous offer before they start planning their travel. It’s a smart way to fly…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: CIRCUS OF F[ACT]S is a fun-filled afternoon for the kids

The Adelaide Fringe is spread over several hubs around Adelaide, and indeed around the state. Fools Paradise in Victoria Square, in the city centre is one of those.  A couple of large circus tents, a trapeze school, food and drink outlets and some fun installations are dotted around. While it may not have the glamour…

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Adelaide Fringe review: The Maho Magic Bar is full of surprises

Recreating the feeling of the famous magic bars dotted throughout Tokyo, The Maho Magic Bar has set up shop in Adelaide Fringe‘s Garden of Unearthly Delights. The Garden itself is probably the best known hub of the Fringe, in the parklands east of Rundle Street in Adelaide. While the clientele relaxes in the outside bar waiting…

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Is Genie+ worth it at Disneyland California? And how do the Lightning Lanes work?

In December 2021, after more than 20 years of the “FastPass” system (which this feature length documentary will tell you all about so I don’t have to), Disneyland scraped their relatively groundbreaking – if imperfect – queue cutting system, in favour of “Genie+”. The system was to take advantage of new digital technologies and allow…

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Exclusive Video Premiere: Stacey Ann “Ripples” (2024)

Earlier this month, Boorloo/ Perth-based indie/pop/soul artist Stacey Ann released “Ripples”—a fabulous summer-laced infusion of joy and positivity. There’s a vitality and freshness to “Ripples” that gives off happy vibes. The track will be on Stacey’s debut album, A Change In The Wind, which will be released on the 14th of March. We’re thrilled to…

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Interview: Freya Allan on new horror film Baghead, the unexpected challenges of the genre, and her desire to work with A24

Following the death of her estranged father, Iris learns she has inherited a run-down, centuries-old pub. She travels to Berlin to identify her father’s body and then discuss the estate. Little does she know, when the deed is signed she will become inextricably tied to an unspeakable entity that resides in the pub’s basement –…

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Film Review: Baghead offsets its demonic horror with a strong female voice

Baghead – and for those deep-cut aficionados, this isn’t connected to the 2008 indie horror flick of the same name that starred Greta Gerwig and was directed by the Duplass brothers – leans into the trusted genre narrative of the boundaries between life and death being somewhat fluid.  Arriving several months after the similarly-themed Talk…

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Interview: Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan on their “horny” new film Drive-Away Dolls; “It was just a safe space to feel free”

Written by Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, Drive-Away Dolls is a comedy caper that follows Jamie (Margaret Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan), who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road…

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Persona 3 Reload is a refined journey into darkness

Persona 3 Reload ultimately delivers a masterful refinement of a beloved classic, offering a compelling blend of dark themes, stylish visuals, and streamlined gameplay mechanics that work well in the 2024 gaming landscape. As a reimagined version of the iconic Persona 3, Reload doesn’t just revisit the past; it revitalises it, bringing the game to…

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My Chérie’s single “Don’t Compare Yourself” is a positive affirmation of self

In a world filled with influencers and high-flyers, it can be overwhelming to constantly keep up appearances. In her latest single “Don’t Compare Yourself”, singer My Chérie has addressed this issue with warmth and understanding. My Chérie has exploded onto the scene with her pop tinged songs and captivating live shows. Her music has been…

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Adelaide Fringe review: Prinnie Stevens is back with Lady Sings the Blues Vol 2

After the success of Lady Sings the Blues at the Adelaide Fringe in 2022, Prinnie Stevens is back this year with the second instalment of her show. With such an incredible array of blues artists that have shaped today’s musical world, it’s only fitting that the music deserves a second chance. This year the show…

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Adelaide Fringe Review: The Inflatable Church is Europe’s quirkiest wedding venue

One thing that the Adelaide fringe is known for, is bringing strange and unusual events to the city. One of those is The Inflatable Church, which has come all the way from the European Fringe circuit. It’s like a giant inflatable jumping castle, but all the fun happens on the inside. It’s unholy matrimony, where…

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The 3 best cafes in Sydney right now (February 2024 Edition)

Remember when Devon Cafe and Three William Street were helping Sydney compete quite fiercely with Melbourne’s famously progressive cafe scene? All of the sudden laneway bars started to pop up over the city to take care of the night owls (at least until the lockout-law-mandated-cessation-of-service). But by day, these increasingly creative cities were taken good…

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Interview: Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke on their unapologetic road movie Drive-Away Dolls; “Your mind just gets anchored by weird somethings”

Of all the films to be shrouded in an air of secrecy, a lesbian road movie from a Coen Brother may not seem like the most obvious choice.  But, indeed, Ethan Coen‘s Drive-Away Dolls, an original, queer-thinking comedy created with his wife, Tricia Cooke, basks in certain narrative (and visual) reveals that made for certain…

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Interview: Bad Party talk new single “Pray”, local influences and romantic advice

Brisbane metalcore act Bad Party have been turning heads with their unique electro-punk style since their debut EP Beyond Repair in 2022. After releasing standalone single “Want It” last year, the band have recently shared the sultry single “Pray” – the first with newly appointed vocalist Dale Dudeson of Revoid. Produced, mixed and mastered by…

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Wertheim Evolution Stick Vacuum Cleaner Review: A dirt-busting all-rounder

I don’t have to recycle through vacuum cleaners quite often so always find it a surprise when I see just how many brands are out there. The range offered by Godfreys is wide and surprising, showing off just how nuanced vacuum cleaners are as a category and how it’s essential to shop around to find…

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