In the late throes of 2016 I discovered Crazyhead waiting unassumingly in my Netflix recommended list. Apart from two female leads and some sort of supernatural element, I really didn’t know what to expect from this quirky horror-comedy. What I found was a uniquely British take on Buffy, only with way more swearing and dick jokes.


Cara Theobold, who you might know as the voice of Overwatch’s Tracer, stars as Amy, a dead-end-twenty-something who realises she can see demons, who as it turns out, have been hiding in plain sight amongst humans for centuries. In a not at all surprising turn of events she finds herself caught up in stopping a demonic conspiracy to open the gates of hell. Who would have thought?

Aiding her in this cliche quest is the socially-awkward Raquel, Susan Wokoma, who prefers to beat demons with a night-stick first and ask questions later. Raquel fancies herself Amy’s demon-hunting mentor, although it quickly becomes apparent she’s got as much to learn as Amy. Rounding out the team and acting as a sort of foil to all the supernatural goings-on is Jake, Amy’s work friend and all around doormat who plays driver for the two girls.  

Yep, it’s a pretty stock standard starting point for the supernatural monster hunter genre, and as an entry into the genre it doesn’t really contribute anything new. Demon’s are for the most part just normal thugs with creepy faces, possession works the same way it does in every other show involving demons and exorcisms feature plenty of unholy screeching and cryptic faux-Latin. Apart from adding the rule that you have to urinate on someone in order to exorcise a demon possessing them (which makes for some great, albeit cringe worthy, comedic moments) Crazyhead doesn’t really add anything of substance. To put it bluntly, if you are looking for deep and engaging lore this is not the show for you.

What you will find, however, is crude humour and plenty of it. This is all courtesy of Howard Overman, the guy behind Misfits and the creator of Crazyhead, who seems to delight in filling his shows with us many cringe worthy sex jokes as possible. Ball grabbing, sleeping with your geography teacher, arse-poles; it’s all fair game.

But apart from keeping the show light, this barrage of immature humour draws attention to the inherent awkwardness of navigating sex, sexuality and relationships in your early 20’s, a recurring theme of the show and easily its biggest strength.

Where Crazyhead succeeds where many other shows in the genre fail is in its portrayal of the dynamic between Amy, Requel and Jake. Instead of getting caught up in detailing what circle of hell the demons come from or chasing intricately choreographed fights and supernatural spectacle, Crazyhead instead focus on character relationships. Sure, some of the scenarios our three heroes find themselves in are pretty out-there, but the sentiments feel real and grounded. Particularly Raquel and Amy’s friendship, which is hands-down the best part of the show.

Look, It won’t be the next Supernatural (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing) but Crazyhead certainly has an undeniable charm. Instead of getting lost in genre it fights hard to have it’s own voice, and it really is a stronger show for it. While it might not be for everyone, if you can handle a bit of blue humour and lacklustre prosthetics, Crazyhead is well worth a watch.  






Presented herein are the five (subjectively) best readables from novels and comics which Chris breezed through in 2016, whilst pretending he has a real job (he doesn't).

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5 - Batman, Volume 9: Bloom (Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, Yanick Paquette & FCO Plascencia)

As the DC Universe headed for its sixty-billionth reboot with the "Rebirth" event last year, the few beloved series left in the New 52 started winding down. At the top of that count-on-one-hand list of good books still going was Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman, a superlative run for the character which will undoubtedly stand the test of time (especially when some of it's collected in such swanky hardcovers).

The penultimate volume of their run, Bloom allowed Snyder and Capullo to start firing off climaxes for a story five years in the making - and fire off, they did. The bulk of their swan song for Batman takes place here, as he battles the eldritch villain Mr. Bloom beneath a weird black hole thing which threatens to destroy all of Gotham. As stakes-raising threats go for the conclusion of one of superhero comics' best ever runs, that hits the mark pretty well.

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4 - Crooked Kingdom (Leigh Bardugo)

Though it didn't quite reach the giddy heights achieved by its predecessor, Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo's latest Grishaverse novel was nonetheless a tense and enjoyable thrill ride in the aftermath of a successful heist. After spending the first book fleshing out six amazingly well-rounded characters, it was excellent to see how Bardugo stuck them all into one hell of a pressure cooker as the criminal forces of Ketterdam seek to murder them horribly.

I'd also strongly recommend you have Kleenex handy, because damn, that ending.

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3 - The Vision, Volumes 1 and 2 (Tom King & Gabriel Hernandez Walta)

Androids might dream of electric sheep, but it turns out they dream of a fulfilling family life, too. Long-time Avengers member Vision sets out to create his own android wife, son, daughter and family dog, in order to make the perfect life for himself. Unfortunately, their software still has a few ghosts running around the machine, so things don't go according to plan.

Combining the best of Marvel superheroics with a distinctly Phillip K. Dick/William Gibson-inspired flavour, Tom King's written a surefire Eisner winner with his Vision duology. A darkly philosophical tale which ain't for the squeamish.

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2 - Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (Brandon Sanderson)

Those of us who've been on the Brandon Sanderson bandwagon (the Sanderwagon, if you will) have been waiting for this since the first inklings of a crossover started popping up back in 2010's The Way of Kings. Simultaneously a short story collection and a Silmarillion-style look at the history of the Cosmere, Arcanum Unbounded is a treasure trove both for Sanderfans and fantasy readers in general. From the short, snacky glimpses into strange new worlds through Sixth of the Dusk and Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, to the longer-form explorations of existing Sanderson worlds through The Emperor's Soul, the Mistborn: Secret History and the new Stormlight novella Edgedancer, there's rarely a dull moment in this universe-spanning assortment Sanderson's work.

Now to endure the long wait until November for the next Stormlight Archive book.

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1 - Mockingbird: I Can Explain (Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk & Ibrahim Moustafa)

As controversial as it is comedic, Chelsea Cain really has a winner with her feminist snarkfest Mockingbird run. Sad though it is to read in light of the series' unceremonious cancellation, what we do have is a nonetheless exciting, hilarious and just damn fun little comic. As a nice bonus, remembering that feminism seeks to equalise genders rather than prioritise one over the other, Mockingbird follows in the footsteps of similar works like the recent Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and Mighty Thor books by being specifically concerned with egalitarianism, empowerment and intelligent character development for our heroine.

This really is the kind of book superhero comics should be making as much as possible, with smart authors writing for smart readers by striking a great balance between action, political commentary, equality and fun times. That's not too big an ask in 2017, is it?

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And now, a brief look at a few things we can look forward to this year:


Keep reading!

- Chris

With M. Night Shyamalan’s Split hitting theatres in a few weeks, now is the perfect opportunity for you to catch up on Wayward Pines.

Wayward Pines, last summer’s No. 1 scripted series on broadcast television, returns for a second season. From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, The Visit), the 10-episode, psychological thriller is based on the rich world created by author Blake Crouch in his international best-selling series of books. Starring Jason Patric (Rush, Narc), two-time Academy Award® nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America) and Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® nominee Hope Davis (American Crime, The Newsroom), the 10-episode, second season will pick up after the shocking events of Season One, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation.

Wayward Pines Season 2 is available on DVD from January 18

Fans of the show or M. Night Shyamalan's work we'd love to here from you in the comments below. Please come over and play with us on Facebook. We don't bite, well, not too hard.

- Stu










Episode 30! Stu and Billy are back this week to discuss Jackie!

Jackie is biographical drama following Jackie Kennedy, when she was still First Lady, and her life in the week after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The film is directed Pablo Larrain (Neruda, The Club, and No), written by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner and The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 1) and focuses on Theodore H. White's Life magazine interview with Jackie Kennedy at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

The film stars Natalie Portman (Jackie Kennedy), Peter Sarsgaard (Robert F. Kennedy), Greta Gerwig (Nancy Tuckerman), Billy Crudup (Theodore H. White), as well as many other stars.


As well as the film, Stu and I discuss what else we've been watching this week, including the new M. Knight Shyamalan film Split, and look over the latest in movie news.

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With 2016 behind us I thought I would take a few minutes to count down some of my personal highlights from everyone's favourite procrastination.
-Christof

5. Daredevil Season 2


Before it descended into a convoluted mess of supernatural ninja shenanigans, Daredevil’s second season achieved what few other superhero shows or films have; it was objectively good. I can proudly say that season two’s Punisher arc is compelling television without having to follow it up with a ‘...if you like that sort of thing’ or ‘you know...for a superhero show’. As someone constantly making concessions to defend the often lacklustre big and small screen adaptations of my favorite costume clad heroes, it was a relief to not have to.

It was clear from the moment Jon Bernthal appeared in the fleeting minutes of episode one that season two would belong to The Punisher. His fury, pragmatism and instability made for a refreshing counterpoint to the bloodless optimism of other cape media. There was genuine danger and whenever he clashed with ol’ hornhead the stakes seemed dizzyingly high. It all felt very intense, very real and dare I say it… very relevant. Plus for a second there we almost had a meaningful discussion about gun violence in a Marvel show. Almost.

4. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency




Apart from the Douglas Adams connection, I didn’t really know much about Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency going in. Having just finished the final episode I’m still not convinced I know anything more about it; I mean this in the best possible way.

Dirk presents like Dr who, only if he was an idiot-savant. He’s energetic, enthusiastic and most of the time he has absolutely no idea what’s going on. Grounding Dirk is his reluctant assistant Todd, Todd’s sister Amanda and the kick-ass Farah. This supporting cast of characters manages not only to make up for Dirk’s incompetence, but also keeps the show emotionally complex.

Dirk Gently is a series that delights in disorienting the audience. Dozens of cogs move independently of each other as the series progresses only to converge and interact in bizarre ways that seem to somehow make sense. It’s an exercise in confusion, not at all aided by the show’s titular lead, who manages to navigate the whole season without knowing much more than the audience.

It may not be perfect but Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency does manage to be genuinely interesting and disarmingly weird, and for that it’s well worth a watch in my books.

3. Bojack Horseman season 3


For those not yet acquainted, Bojack Horseman is a melancholic take down of celebrity culture masquerading as a throwaway cartoon comedy. It’s like that Jim Carrey quote “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.”, only with anthropomorphic animals. Sure there’s plenty of fun animal gags as well as some hilarious slow-burn humour, but at it’s core Bojack Horseman is a brutal exploration of fame and fortune.

Season three sees Bojack’s adventures in self loathing continue as he finally breaks free from his identity as a sit-com actor to become a legitimate movie star. What unfolds is a self-inflicted fall from grace as the titular horse slowly, and continually, realises fame and success can’t fix him.

Three seasons in and Bojack Horseman still has a way of shattering expectations, leading you to believe Bojack is finally clambering his way toward redemption only to reveal he has actually been sinking down to rock bottom the entire time. It’s neurotic. Frustrating. Heartbreaking. And I can’t stop watching.

2. Stranger things


Who would have thought a show that starred four child actors and opened with a Dungeons and Dragons game would become one of the biggest hits of 2016?

Although it’s popularity shocked me at first, it really isn’t surprising that Stranger Things is as huge, or as good, as it is.  It’s weaponized nostalgia. Your childhood fantasies brought to life and repackaged for adult consumption. Yep, Netflix finally decided to tap into that whole ‘child inside every grown-up’ thing that Disney has been exploiting for decades. Well played.

Stranger Things really is everything good about 80’s movies coupled with what we expect from modern storytelling. Arc storytelling, character development and high stakes are doused with all the charm of an Amblin film to create this irresistible kids-own adventure.

1. Bo Burnham: Make Happy


Make Happy was the best thing on Netflix nobody was talking about. In the onslaught of comedy specials released by the streaming service it was easy to overlook, especially if you haven’t been a fan of Burnham’s past work. Burnham’s comedy has a  fairly well-earned reputation for being smug, arrogant, a little bit mean, and at times descending into crass shock comedy. He also happens to be one of the sharpest comedians out there with an incredible skill for satire and deconstruction.

Make Happy manages to masterfully balance all these elements, bringing Burnham's finely honed comedic skills to bear on the entertainment industry and our unhealthy relationship with it. Through his repeated attempts at ‘observational’ comedy, his clearly manufactured audience participation segment, his country music parody, or endless fake anecdotes about his life, Burnham begins to shine a light on the insincerity of performance and celebrity.

Of course it wouldn’t be a Bo Burhnam comedy special without his brand of musical comedy. Highlights include ‘Kill yourself’, a song that uses shock comedy to warn of the dangers of looking for answers to life’s complex problems in pop music; ‘Straight white man’ in which Burnham succinctly deconstructs white privilege with the line “We used to own all the money and land; we still do but it’s not as fun now”; and ‘Eat a dick’, a seemingly heartfelt break-up song which degenerates into Burnham angrily singing ‘Eat a mother-f***ing dick’.







Episode 29! The first podcast episode for 2017 and it's a big one!

There is no film being watched and reviewed this week as Billy and Stu have gathered to go over their personal choices for Top 10 Films of 2016, which were mentioned the other day.

Joining them this week is friend of the Show, Tim with his Top 10 picks of 2016 as well.

As with all discussion about favourite films there is some agreeing and disagreeing.

Please feel free to tell us in the comments below what we go right, but more importantly what we got totally wrong. We’re looking forward to 2017.

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Hooray!! We've finally navigated the craziness which has been 2016. There's been tonnes of highs, some crippling lows; but most importantly we’ve had so much fun discussing films all year. Without further ado, we present our top 10 films for 2016. Please feel free to tell us in the comments below what we go right, but more importantly what we got totally wrong. We’re looking forward to 2017.


Stu's Top 10
- Embrace of the Serpent dir - Ciro Guerra
- Paterson dir - Jim Jarmusch
- Swiss Army Man dir - The Daniels
- La La Land dir - Damien Chazelle
- The Neon Demon dir - Nicolas Winding Refn
- Nocturnal Animals dir - Tom Ford
- American Honey dir - Andrea Arnold
- Everybody Wants Some!! dir - Richaird Linklater
- Hail, Caesar! dir - The Coen Brothers
- 13th dir- Ava DeVernay 



Honourable mentions:
Hell or High Water, Chevalier, Carol, Rams, Mustang, Nerve, The Vvitch, Queen of Ireland, Arrival, Rogue One, Elle and The Fits

Billy's Top 10
- Arrival dir - Dennis Villeneuve
- Rogue One dir - Gareth Edwards
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople dir - Taika Waititi
- The Queen of Ireland dir - Conor Horgan
- Deadpool dir - Tim Miller
- The Nice Guys dir - Shane Black
- The Neon Demon dir - Nicolas Winding Refn
- La La Land dir - Damien Chazelle
- High Rise dir - Ben Wheatley
- The Little Prince dir - Mark Osborne



Honourable mentions:
Sing Street, Sherpa, Captain America: Civil War, The First Monday in May, Zootopia, and The Red Turtle


(Unable to catch/or not yet released in Australia - The Handmaiden, Certain Women, Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, The Wailing, Tower, Jackie and OJ: Made in America)