July, 2012

Zulu Winter, Howler and Friends @Corner Hotel, Melbourne

My ticket said “Howler [USA] with Zulu Winter [UK]”. It was only once at the door that a last minute headliner had pushed the other two down the billing, as American blues pop outfit Friends had been announced as the main event.

Film Review: The Lorax

The Lorax is a grumpy but charming deity, a stumpy orange human shaped being with a huge yellow moustache for which Danny DeVito has been perfectly cast (sorry Danny). His enthusiasm and gruffness steals every scene he is in, supported for maximum comedy effect by a number of charismatic woodland creatures and fish.

Mad Catz and an Englishman

If you’ve got money in the bank just waiting to be spent on taking your gaming experience up a notch, and you haven’t heard of Mad Catz, you’re missing out.

Tech Review: Pop Phone

It’s rare these days that you see an advert for something claiming to fulfill a certain need in your life, stating that it is the next big thing and that it actually ends up doing the job. Well the Pop Phone from Native Union is one of those rare products.

The Russian Standard Tasting Evening

Russian Standard kindly invited a group of us to enjoy their range of vodkas in the hope of educating us to have more of an appreciation of vodka and its spiritual (excuse the pun) home of Russia. They figured the best way to achieve this was to get us drunk as sailors on shore leave but with enough class to convince us we were proud members of a private yachting club.

Record Review: Gojira – L'enfant Sauvage

Every now and again you come across a metal album that makes you sit up in your chair and listen that bit closer, an album that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Live Review: Queen – HMV Hammersmith Apollo

I am pretty sure that the remaining members of Queen, guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, would be the first to admit they aren’t the band they used to be. They even make a point of calling themselves ‘Queen + ’ to make it perfectly clear that it isn’t Queen ‘as was’.

Film Review: Batman – The Dark Knight Rises

Nolan completely (and very successfully) rebuilt the Batman franchise into the titan it is today. I just wish he could have also invented a few words to go along with it, to help us describe just how epic and truly awesome this all is. I’m starting to believe that quite a few notches above the word ‘epic’ lies the word ‘Nolan’. The Dark Knight Rises is Nolan!

Car Review: Audi TT RS 2.5 TFSI Quattro

Yes, the RS TT is visually splendid, it manages to be showy, without being overly ostentatious. Its curved body is graceful and sexy, not vulgar or tacky. The beautifully simple design demands your attention, without needing to thrust its spoiler in your face.