Hosted by cheeky duo Luke & Wyatt, the Fan Factor, an online exclusive that gives you an all-access pass to the world of The X Factor,  is is where YOUR thoughts, opinions and musings can be heard. Just use #fanfactor to get all your opinions heard.

With new episodes are available every Wednesday night during live shows at www.yahoo7.com.au/fanfactor, we had a sneaky chat with the lads about Luke Jacobz, pasta bake, Luke Jacobz, fist fights and Luke Jacobz.

Gents, I've been loving the show so far and it seems like you're enjoying yourselves too. What's been a highlight of this season?

Wyatt: Getting to eat the same catering as Luke Jacobz. He's such a dreamboat! Sometimes we lock eyes over the pasta bake. Hi Luke, if you're reading this.

Luke: I just wish I was enough Luke for Wyatt, but I understand if I can't satisfy his needs. 

You guys obviously bounce off each other really well but who else has the most wicked sense of humour?

W: I really like Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim sense of humour. And Zach Galifinakis. 

L: I love heapsof great stand ups - Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel, Sam Simmons. Other Aussies like Matt Okine and John Conway are phenomenal.

Do you ever try and slip inside jokes or references into your shows?

W: Ideally we try to do loads of jokes, but most of our references are obscure and from the nineties. 

L: We did some sweet Paul Keating zings at the crowd warm up for the show last week. They went down like cold porridge.

If you were both on the X Factor as contestants, what song would you choose?

W: I reckon it's time to bring back the classic Tub-thumping. Good, family, drunken sing along fun. That, or anything by C & C music factory.

L: Maybe the French national anthem to really confuse people.

Now the inverse, which song would you choose for each other?

W: Luke should sing "Christmas in the Scrub". He knows all the words and does cool actions along with them.

L: Wyatt should sing "I'm too sexy for my shirt" coz his abs are off the hizzle. Fully ripped one hundred and ten percent. He's a unit.

Have you been surprised by any of the eliminated contestants? As though they left before their time?

W: It's really hard saying goodbye every week to such talented artists. I'm so glad we don't have to make any decisions on that!

L: I'm pretty glad when any of them go. More pasta bake for me.

I'm not sure if you can answer this yourselves but who do you think is the hottest contender to win?

W: I'm not really allowed to be so clearly biased, but there is a real triple threat this year - he can talk, he can stand, he looks great in a suit - I reckon Luke Jacobz is going to surprise everybody!

L: I'd keep your eyes peeled for another Luke. He's not as good looking but hot dang, he does a great "Christmas in the scrub".

Now purely hypothetical, who out of the X Factor judges would win if they competed against each other?

W: Oh man. That's a real tough one. Maybe it should be in a slam poetry contest rather than singing.

L: Yeah, and then it would be Ronan because his lilting Irish tones would win anyones heart.

W: Or Luke Jacobz. Dream. Boat.

And finally, who would win in a dust up between Redfoo and Ronan? I mean, Ronan does sound like a masterless samurai but Redfoo sounds like a martial art for gingers.

W: Do they have to fight? Why can't everyone just be friends? Isn't there enough violence in the world? Come on guys. Let's give peace a chance.

L: I think it's hypothetical

W: Oh. Redfoo. 

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is one hell of a cinematic achievement considering that it was filmed over the course of twelve years whilst maintaining the same cast. As the title suggests, the film focuses on the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from age five to eighteen. It’s rather compelling to watch someone grow up on screen over the course of a few hours, something I guess we’re more used to seeing in television series or film franchises like Harry Potter; although in those cases we tend to get instalments usually spaced out over a few years. Boyhood is an outstanding film for both the technical excellence and dedication required to produce it and the touching story which is being told, few films of late have left me as moved when I emerged from them as this one did.

We first meet Mason when he’s lying on the ground staring up at the clouds waiting for his mum (Patricia Arquette) to pick him up after school. Mason’s an adorable little guy who even at a young age is part day-dreamer part rebel; mischievous yet good-natured. Mason lives with his mother and his older sister Samantha, who is played by Richard Linklater’s own daughter Lorelei Linklater. Samantha lives to make Mason’s life hell but then that’s what sisters do … except my sister who is lovely of course … Mason’s mostly absent father is played by long time Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke, in a performance which should convert even the most steadfast of Hawke doubters out there.

In a strange way there isn’t much a plot to this film, the story kind of meanders along through a random set of experiences which have been lined up for us to view one-by-one, the result of which is that we see the very moments which make Mason the person he is when he’s eighteen. This is exactly what growing up is like. It’s a series of events some significant others less so which all go into what makes us in fact us. Few of us actually lead extraordinary lives but our experiences make us individually unique and special in a kind of extraordinary way. This film beautifully captures this idea and presents it so well. It’s an idea that Terrence Malick explored to great effect in The Tree of Life (2011), except he presented the random moments as gentle whispers and brief flashbacks to childhood, whereas Boyhood takes its time to explore these events in much more detail, meaning it’s arguably a more satisfying experience. It’s only when we start to bring the snippets of Mason’s life that we've seen together, that we get a sense of who he is.

Linklater really took a gamble when casting this film but luckily it’s one that paid off. Assessing Ellar Coltrane as an actor is somewhat difficult given the nature of the film, that being said the performance is just what the film requires. He’s brash and playful as a child and grows into a slightly jaded and cynical teenager who wants to blaze his own trail in life, I think we can all relate in our way to that kind of progression. It’s a typical trajectory for young males and it’s thanks to how Ellar handles the role especially later in the film which conveys the idea. In a similar vein, Lorelei Linklater also develops as the film progresses, but her involvement in the story does start to wane towards the final third of the film. She’s fantastic in her first few scenes, especially her teasing of Mason and her interactions with Patricia Arquette that had me in stitches. Arquette is fantastic as the single mother doing everything she can to provide for her family whilst carving out a piece of the world for her own. She’s truly frightening when she dishes out the tough love yet is the mother we all wish we had the rest of the time. Ethan Hawke is in his element as the rocker-cool-guy father who over times embraces his responsibility as a parent instead of just getting his children to like him. Hawke’s arc is probably the most interesting and the changes which occur in his life over the twelve years are the most significant.

Not only does this film document how the actors change physically and emotionally over the twelve years, it also serves as a time capsule as it were for the social, pop culture and technological influences of the early 2000s through to the past few years. There are plenty of nostalgic goodies to be spotted throughout.

I hate to use the expression ‘must-see-film’ but unfortunately my hands are tied on this one, Boyhood was a near perfect cinematic experience for me. This is the kind of film which you’ll more than likely see topping most ‘best-of-the-year’ lists and will hopefully feature quite prominently at next years’ Academy awards. I implore you to go see this when it comes out, in fact it’ll be your loss if you miss it.

If you see the film and agree or disagree with my thoughts feel free to drop a line below or come over and kick around some ideas on our facebook page.


- Stu





To celebrate the release of SWORD ART ONLINE: HOLLOW FRAGMENT on PlayStation®Vita handheld system, we've got a download code for the game PLUS a copy of Sword Art Online volume 1 and 2 on your choice of Blu Ray or DVD thanks to Bandai Namco Games and Madman.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is a Role Playing Game (RPG) based on the novel, manga and anime, Sword Art Online, and reflects the charming characters and breathtaking environments from the virtual reality world called Aincrad. In a simulated Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) setting, players find that they are trapped within the game and must explore and defeat enemies until they reach the highest levels of Aincrad to beat the game and free themselves from the fantasy world.

This competition requires a little bit of effort to weed out those truly committed to Aincrad! But think of it this way, if only a few enter, your chances of winning are all the more greater!

What you need to do is take a photo of yourself holding your PS Vita AND a piece of paper with the words "I <3 Geek Of Oz" on it. Post this picture to our Facebook page and TELL YOUR FRIENDS because the image with the most likes WINS!

EDIT: In the event of a tie, a 24 hour like-off will be held with the tied images on the Geek Of Oz Facebook page to determine a clear winner. 



Entries close 11:59pm on Sunday 14th September 2014. Your details will not be used in any way other than for the delivery of your prize. Geek of Oz, Bandai Namco Games and Madman do not take any responsibility for the loss, damage or delay of/to prizes sent to winners (blame Australia Post for that one). The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered upon. One entry per person, subsequent entries will be void. Prizes are not redeemable for cash or any other kind of trading currency such as creds, latinum, sen, kan, zeni, double dollars or Ankh Morpork dollars. Geek Of Oz take no responsibility for head explosions caused by utter awesomeness. This competition is only open to Australian residents. Any questions or queries can be submitted through the comment section at the bottom of screen. Good luck!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is shaping up to be the must have next (current) gen game and a fantasy romp unlike anything ever seen. Whether or not you grab a plain old vanilla copy or the sexy as Collector's Edition, you're all but guaranteed an epic adventure. 

CD PROJEKT RED and NAMCO BANDAI GAMES have released full details of the exclusive Xbox One Collector's Edition as well as a 35 minute gameplay video and a look at "Downwarren", a clip that showcases the gorgeous 3D engine, landscapes and Geralt's abilities in combat. One thing is certain, February 2015 can't arrive quick enough!

The Xbox One Collector's Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt now contains:

· The standard edition of the game, containing: the official soundtrack, a beautiful and detailed map of the in-game world, unique stickers, and the developer-created "Witcher Universe - The Compendium"
· A giant, 33x24x26 cm, 100% hand painted, Polystone figure of Geralt of Rivia battling a Griffin
· An exclusive, collector grade Witcher medallion
· A one of a kind SteelBook™
· A two-hundred page artbook, containing breathtaking art from the game
· A cloth map of the game world
· Two Gwent card decks
· Huge outer and inner Collector’s Boxes you can store your Witcher merchandise in!



I've said it before and I'll say it again; Naoki Urasawa is the greatest living manga creator. In my earlier review of Pluto volume 1 I praised the series for its sense of pace and the way in which it speeds along due in no small part due to its brevity. At three times the length of Pluto, if you include the 2 issue sequel, you'd think that the story would have a lesser sense of urgency. You'd think, but you'd be wrong. Even with a total of 24 volumes at it's disposal, 20th Century Boys moves along at a cracking pace, offering an incredibly immersive and multi-faceted universe in the very first volume.


Mankind would not have made the new age, encountering the crisis at the end of the last century, that almost wiped them out... if it weren't for "them". In 1969, "they" who were still in their youth, created a symbol. In 1997, as the footsteps of the disaster slowly starts to show out, the symbol revives. This is the story about several boys, that save the world. - Madman


This story is both beautifully recognisable and frighteningly surreal all at the same time. Set between 1969 and 1997 Japan, references to Japanese history, locations such as quintessentially Japanese convenience stores and American rock music all assist in setting a foundation which is well known to manga readers. This well known setting also assists in making an impending threat all the more real and imposing. Instead of the setting being a whimsical far off land, this is happening in somewhat modern Japan. When reading this story in 2014, as a 30-something year old, I found myself reminiscing of post-bubble Japan and post-war Japan, the latter of which took place long before I was even a glimmer in my father's eye. Such is the power of Urasawa.

With the passage of time comparisons between the pseudo-religious cult featured in 20th Century Boys and the infamous real-life cult Aum Shinrikyo, responsible for the Tokyo subway sarin gas attacks of 1995, doesn't seem to be quite so prominent. That said, this series premiered in "Big Comic Spirits" in 1999 with Aum Shinrikyo having already plagued Japan since the 1980's. The sarin gas attack was just the final performance in what the group hoped would be a forcible reformation of humankind. Sound familiar? Well, that's kind of the backbone of 20th Century Boys. The enigmatic leader "Friend" could be seen as a representation of Aum leader Asahara with both leading pseudo-religious cults filled with blind faithful, all willing to kill on their masters command. Whether or not you see or even care about the parallels, this series is filled with intrigue, mystery and constant menace.

Of course it goes without saying that Urasawa's art is fantastic. His characters seem to be both lifelike and cartoony at the same time. With such a vast cast of characters, each being shown as a child and an adult, you'd think that you'd start to run out of individual looks but somehow, Urasawa manages to make each character look individual without resorting to just putting a hat on one guy or bucky teeth on another. They're all individual, just like us. Another fantastic design is that of "Friend". This enigmatic, faceless leader sports a nondescript suit and a material mask which covers his entire head. The symbol which adorns this mask is a simple in its design as it is effective. Somewhat of a mix of The eye of Horus from Ancient Egyptian mythology and the Middle Eastern Hamsa hand, its simplicity and seeming innocence belie the sinister undercurrent of this very dangerous group of individuals.

At its core, this story is about one mans journey from youth to adulthood and beyond. After years of forcible responsibility, Kenji finds that he can be more than he ever thought possible. He can be a hero. But how can one man possibly take on an entire doomsday cult? With the power of rock 'n' roll.

While I may not rate this single volume quite as highly as that of Pluto Volume 1, it's still among one of the best single volumes of manga that you're likely to read. 20th Century Boys volume 1 is available now from Madman with subsequent volumes being released on a monthly basis.

- Ryan


Thanks to our pal at Warners Bros, we've got 5 copies of Batman: Assault on Arkham on Blu Ray to give away. The latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie focuses lest on the Bat and instead follows the exploits of everyones rabble rousing ragtag bunch of big bad baddies, the Suicide Squad.

For your chance to get your hands on a copy, all you have to do is read Christof's review of the film and fill out the form below.

Don't forget, you can get yourself a bonus entry just by following us on Twitter or liking us on Facebook!




Entries close 11:59pm on Sunday 7th September 2014. Your details will not be used in any way other than for the delivery of your prize. Geek of Oz and Warner Bros do not take any responsibility for the loss, damage or delay of/to prizes sent to winners (blame Australia Post for that one). The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered upon. One entry per person, subsequent entries will be void. Prizes are not redeemable for cash or any other kind of trading currency such as creds, latinum, sen, kan, zeni, double dollars or Ankh Morpork dollars. Geek Of Oz take no responsibility for head explosions caused by utter awesomeness. This competition is only open to Australian residents. Any questions or queries can be submitted through the comment section at the bottom of screen. Good luck!
Guardians of the Galaxy may have cemented Marvel's domination of comic book films on the big screen, but on the small screen it's a totally different matter. Since 2007 DC Universe Animated Original Movies have been wowing audiences with movie adaptations of some of the most beloved comic book runs as well as original stories starring some of DC Comics' most iconic characters. Where Marvel never really seemed to get their act together in this area, DC kept producing hit after hit.

Then in late 2013 the legendary Bruce Timm, who brought us the revered Batman: The Animated Series, stepped down as DC's animation supervising producer and things began to take a turn for the worse. Post-Timm animated features such as Justice League: War, Son of Batman and Flashpoint Paradox all lacked the quality and attention to detail that Timm had brought to his productions. I was beginning to lose hope, and then I watched Batman: Assault on Arkham...

Although by no means a perfect film, Batman: Assault on Arkham is a very strong step in the right direction. For everything wrong this film does, it does about five things right. The characters are interesting, the story is somewhat surprising, the action is explosive and over the top, but most importantly it's a truckload of fun. Heh, ain't that refreshing, a superhero story that actually wants to be fun instead of dark and brooding.

Well technically, it's a super-villain story. Yessir, don't let the name fool you, Batman; Assault on Arkham, ain't about no caped crusader. It's very much a suicide squad tale with the 'B word' thrown in the title to sell more copies. Sure, Batman does appear quite a bit, but the focus is never really on him. He's more of this foreboding unbeatable obstacle that the Suicide Squad have to constantly avoid.

The story revolves around the aforementioned Suicide Squad, a team of incarcerated supervillains assembled by Amanda Waller to run black ops in exchange for time off their sentence. The squad is a veritable buffet of B-grade villains, composed of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, King Shark, Black Spider and rounding out the team is Captain Boomerang complete with a highly cliche 'Australian' accent.

To keep them on mission, each member has been implanted with highly explosive nanites allowing Whaller to remotely 'terminate' anyone who misbehaves. A bunch of super-powered criminals forced to work together under threat of death - what could possibly go wrong?

Well a lot. Obviously. What starts out as a simple mission to break into Arkham Asylum to steal a thumb drive hidden in the Riddler's cane soon goes to hell. Queue lots of shooting, punching and over-the top villain shenanigans.

And believe me, these characters are villains, as the film constantly reminds us. At every critical decision point or chance for redemption Deadshot and the gang prove that they are totally morally bankrupt. So if they are such terrible people,  why should we care if they live or die? Well, the answer is simple: against the faceless spooky government organization Amanda Waller represents, you can't help but have some level of pity for the suicide squad. Especially when they are brought to life so vividly with solid animation and stellar voice acting.


At this point I should admit that I'm a voice acting snob, in my opinion it's even more important than the animation. A good voice actor is the difference between whether you see an actual character on screen or just a bunch of moving pictures with a voice over. Fortunately, Batman: Assault on Arkham has assembled an impressive voice cast (and yes before you ask, Kevin Conroy voices Batman) that brings plenty of personality to the rag-tag group of villians making up the Suicide Squad. Notable mentions include Jennifer Hale as Killer Frost, Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn, C.C.H Pounder as Amanda Waller, and Troy Baker as the Joker. 

Also worth a mention, although unfortunately for the wrong reasons, is Matthew Gray Gubler who provides possibly the worst rendition of the Riddler I have ever heard. Gubler's Riddler sounds irritating, nasally and very, very forced. Seriously, if the Riddler played a big role in this film he would have killed it for me, fortunately his role is rather small.

This one gripe aside, I have nothing but affection for Batman: Assult on Arkham. What could have been a half-baked attempt to translate the success of the Arkham series of games into animated movie sales, instead stands out on its own as a strong and unique addition to the DC animated film family. This one is a strong recommend from me.

- Christof
Batman: Assult on Arkham is available both digitally and on DVD and Blu Ray.