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WE LIKE TO WATCH: EPISODE FORTY - GHOST IN THE SHELL

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Episode 40! Stu and Billy are back this week to discuss Ghost In The Shell!
Ghost In The Shellis a science fiction crime drama based on the Japanese manga by Masamune Shirow. It is directed by Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) and stars Scarlett Johansson as The Major.

In the near future Major is the first of her kind; a human who has been cybernetically enhanced to be the perfect soldier. She and her task force Section 9 are devoted to thwarting criminals and terrorists.

They must now face a new enemy; one with the ability to hack people's minds and control them, and enemy who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotics' artificial intelligence technology.

The film also stars Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbaek, Ng Chin Han, Juliette Binoche, and Peter Ferdinando

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

As always it would make our day if you could take a couple of minutes to rat…

Justice League trailer

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Big week for DC fans; not only is Lego Batman coming out on Thursday, but here's a new Justice League trailer! We get a much better look at what Jason Momoa as Arthur 'Aquaman' Curry will be bringing to the team, plus there's a tonne of new shots of The Flash, Cyborg, Wonder Woman and Batman.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on the trailer and DC films in general in the comments below. Play nice Marvel fans.

Justice League hits Australian cinemas on November 16, 2017

Directed by Zack Snyder and stars Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Connie Nielsen, Amber Heard and J.K Simmons.


- Stu


Poster corner...Couldn't think of a better title

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We here at Geek of Oz love a good film poster. So we thought we highlight some our favourites we've spotted around the inter-webs of late. Hope you enjoy. What are some of your favourites?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (dir James Gunn)


Kong: Skull Island (dir Jordan Vogt-Roberts)




Free Fire (dir Ben Wheatley)




Logan (dir James Mangold)




Alien Covenant (dir Ridley Scott)




Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (dir Martin McDonagh)



The Love Witch (dir Anna Biller)




Rogue One (dir Gareth Edwards)

WE LIKE TO WATCH: EPISODE THIRTY NINE - POWER RANGERS

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Episode 39! Stu and Billy are back this week to discuss Power Rangers!
Power Rangersis a film based on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series. It is directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and written by John Gatins (Coach Carter, Real Steel, Kong: Skull Island).

In the film five teenagers with attitude come together by coincidence/destiny to become the Power Rangers, warriors who are to defend the Earth from any threat.

The world rest in these teenagers hands as Rita Repulsa, an intergalactic witch and former Green Ranger, launches an attack on Earth seeking the Zeo Crystal with her army of Putties and giant gold monster Goldar.

Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, and Ludi Lin star as the Power Rangers. Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston, and Elizabeth Banks also star as Alpha 5, Zordon, and Rita Repulsa.

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

As always it would make our day if you could tak…

Strange the Dreamer - Review

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Back when Wonderland Sydney was still standing, I went on a rollercoaster. It was good, but on reflection maybe a bit basic. The way it worked was it plodded up a peak, then went down quite smoothly before going up another peak, then it entered a fast decline all the way to the exit.

In many ways, Strange the Dreamer feels a lot like that rollercoaster. It starts a bit slow, gets better as it heads to the first peak (in this case, an end-of-first-act plot payoff), then quickly and decisively goes straight down all the way to the end. But while the rollercoaster's downward slope was exhilarating and energetic, Strange the Dreamer's decline is rather the opposite.

Long ago, a war between gods and men ended with the former getting slaughtered by the latter. In their death throes, the gods stole the true name of what is now known as Weep, a mystical city of fantastic creatures and powerful magic. Seemingly lost to history, Weep is now only important to historians, archivists, and …

Nier: Automata (PS4) Review

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THE SHORT VERSION Comparisons between Nier Automata and Horizon Zero Dawn may be inevitable, but not wholly accurate. Though the two games emerged at roughly the same time, the former is a tightly-focused and coherent single character journey across a well-paced and thoughtfully written plot.

Nier: Automata is...a little different.



THE SLIGHTLY LONGER VERSION 
In a post-apocalyptic future with the drabbest colour palette ever conceived, humanity is attacked by aliens. The resulting conflict wipes humanity from the face of the Earth, relegating the survivors to a colony on the moon. To defend them, the humans commission a number of androids in the YoRHa initiative to reclaim Earth from the aliens and their swarm of robots who now occupy the planet. One of these androids, 2B, teams up with another android, 9S, to defend humanity and learn more about the alien threat. The plot quickly spirals out from that point.


To call the story of Nier: Automata absolutely loopy is to call the Gran…

WE LIKE TO WATCH: EPISODE THIRTY EIGHT - A CURE FOR WELLNESS

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Episode 38! Stu and Billy are back this week to discuss A Cure For Wellness!
A Cure For Wellnessis psychological horor/thriller film directed by Gore Verbinski (The first 3 Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Lone Ranger, The Ring remake).

In the film Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is a Wall Street stockbroker who has been to retrieve his company's CEO, Pembroke (Harry Groener), from an idyllic but mysterious wellness center in a remote location in the Swiss Alps 

Lockhart soon suspects that the miraculous treatments the patients are receiving and the center's Dr Heinreich Volmer (Jason Isaacs) are not what they seem. He sanity is soon test when he begin to unravel the mystery surrounding the Wellness Center.

The film also features Mia Goth, Adrian Schiller, Celia Imrie, Ashok Mandanna, Tomas Norstrom, Carl Lumbly, and Lisa Banes.

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

As always it would make our day if you…

WE LIKE TO WATCH: EPISODE THIRTY SEVEN - GET OUT

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Episode 37! Stu and Billy are back this week to discuss Get Out!
Get Out is a written, produced, and directed by Jordon Peele (Key & Peele) in his Directorial debut.

In the film Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), are preparing a weekend trip upstate to meet her parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener). 

Chris initially reads the family's overly accommodating behaviour as nervousness about Rose being in an interracial relationship. However as the weekend progresses a series of increasing disturbing occurrences leads him to question things.

The film also features Caleb Alndry Jones, Lil Rel Howery, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, LaKeith Stanfield, Stephen Root, and Erika Alexander.

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

As always it would make our day if you could take a couple of minutes to rate and reviews us on iTunes or drop us some feedback …

Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) Review

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THE SHORT VERSION
Gorgeous post-apocalyptic vistas, unique creature designs and an engrossing, personal plot combine to forge one of the best games of the last decade, and certainly the best exclusive offering for the PS4.


It's pretty, it's got a good story, and you fight robot dinosaurs with a spear.

THE SLIGHTLY LONGER VERSION
Horizon Zero Dawn's concept ultimately boils down to a strong, intelligently-written female protagonist killing bandits whilst battling mechanical beasts in a tribal, "Mad Max by way of that post-apocalypse story in Cloud Atlas" setting. I've certainly heard worse elevator pitches.


Humanity has slowly grown in the shadow of an apocalypse, now living in segregated pre-medieval tribes across the world. These tribes are threatened by deadly robot creatures, which infest the wild and spawn from an unknown source. Aloy, a motherless, martially-proficient young warrior born as an outcast to the Nora tribe, sets out into the world to unrave…

Will Save The Galaxy For Food - Review

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Way back in 2010, celebrated video game critic, acerbic host of Zero Punctuation and permanent cynic Yahtzee Croshaw released Mogworld. His first published novel through Dark Horse Books, Mogworld was a delightful, parodic send-up of MMORPGs like World of Warcraft coupled with a surprisingly emotional "what measure is a man"-style plot about the life of a video game NPC. This welcome debut was followed two years later by Jam, a black comedy involving a bunch of everyday schlubs who had to navigate government conspiracies, a devastated inner city Brisbane and a flood of carnivorous, man-eating strawberry jam. Both books had heart, even if the jade-coloured glasses were still wrapped around them like cars on oak trees.

Yahtzee's third novel, Will Save The Galaxy For Food, is a decent enough successor to the above two novels. The book's - and, by extension, the author's - cynicism, however, is a bit off-putting.

In a future where instantaneous space travel has large…

WE LIKE TO WATCH: EPISODE THIRTY SIX - LOGAN

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Episode 36! Stu and Billy are back this week to discuss Logan!
Loganis a directed by James Mangold (Identity, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuman, The Wolverine) and is the third and final Wolverine film which was spun off from the X-Men film series.

Set in the year 2029, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hide out on the Mexican border. Logan's attempts to keep away from the world are thrown up in the air when a young mutant, Laura (Dafne Keen), arrives on his doorstep pursed by dark forces.

The film also features Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Eriq La Salle

The discussion about Logan has some spoilers in it so please be warned.

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

As always it would make our day if you could take a couple of minutes to rate and reviews us on iTunes or drop us some feedback below! Really keen to have your input in the …

February at the movies

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Well February has come and gone; not only has Moonlight taken out the Academy for Best Picture, it’s also still atop my top 10 list for the year. Quick, someone let Barry Jenkins know! My top four remains unchanged, however Hidden Figures, Toni Erdmann, T2 Trainspotting and Miss Sloane have all muscled their way into consideration. Just a reminder I’m running a rolling Top 10 list this year, with the results posted monthly. You can check out my list for January here
Love to hear how your year at the cinema is going. What’s the best film you’ve seen lately? Sound off in the comments below or come play along with us on our Facebook page.
- Stu
 February Top 10:

1. Moonlight
2. Jackie
3. Manchester by the Sea
4. Edge of Seventeen
5. Hidden Figures 
6. Toni Erdmann 
7. Rosalie Blum
8. Perfect Strangers
9. T2 Trainspotting 
10. Miss Sloane 

Films watched this month:

Gold
Silence
Singing in the Rain (1952)
Hidden Figures  
Fences
The Love Witch (2016)
Toni Erdmann 
Fences
The Great Wall
Silence
David Stratton: A …

Pawno giveaway

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Pawno is a character driven ensemble film set in the diverse and multicultural suburb of Footscray. It revolves around one day in the lives of twelve characters. The film is set in an ageing Pawnbrokers shop and at the core of the story beats a romance, yet love is rarely simple. Within a day, lives intersect and motives are examined. It is a multi-layered story that celebrates the rawness of humanity and challenges audiences to see the world from a different view
To celebrate the film's release on DVD and digital platforms, we're giving away 3 copies! To find out how to win, all you have to do is click here and head over to our Facebook page. It's that simple.

AVAILABLE ON DVD AND DIGITAL 1st March 2017
- Stu