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WE LIKE TO WATCH: EPISODE FORTY NINE - SFF WEEK 2 AND TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

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Episode 49! Stu and Billy are back at the flicks having attended the the second week of the Sydney Film Festival, and also managing to watch Transformers: The Last Knight.

Transformers: The Last Knight is the 5th installement of the live-action Transformers film series. The films sees Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime nowhere to be found after the events of the previous film. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

Now, it's up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.

Also in this weeks episode we also recap the films we've seen from the second and final week of the Sydney Film Festival.

These include: Mifune: The Last Samurai, Graduation, Barbecue, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, On Body and Soul, Kedi, A Fantastic Woman, Call Me By Your Name, The Promis…

Get Even (PS4) Review

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To say I've been excited for people to finally check out Get Even is somewhat underselling it. Smartly mixing psychological horror with Bourne-style action, it was something of an oddity which greatly enthused me during the time spent with its demo. Now the full thing's out, I can rave further, and hopefully some of you will now get where I'm coming from.

Be warned, though, that the biggest, most daring thing I loved about Get Even is something I absolutely refuse to talk about. But I'll get to that.


I first checked out Get Evenmany moons ago, so I'll borrow from myself in terms of outlining the plot:

"You play as Cole Black, a Sean Bean-accented mercenary who starts the game tracking down a kidnapped young woman in a dilapidated house filled with armed men. After seemingly setting off a bomb whilst rescuing her, Cole wakes up four years later outside an abandoned mental asylum, with no memory of the time in-between. A mysterious figure named Red informs C…

IT COMES AT NIGHT DOUBLE PASS GIVEAWAY, IN CINEMAS JULY 6

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Attention Aussie film fans! To celebrate the release of It Comes At Night on July 6th we're giving away 5 double passes, thanks to Roadshow. To find out how to win, just head over to our Facebook page and find the It Comes At Night post. It's seriously that simple!

The film is a psychological thriller written and directed by Trey Edwards Shults and stars Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr and Riley Keough.

Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous order Paul (Joel Edgerton) has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer.












WE LIKE TO WATCH: EPISODE FORTY EIGHT - SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

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Episode 48! Stu and Billy are back at the flicks as they attempt to watch everything on offer at the Sydney Film Festival!

Running from the 7th till the 18th of June, the Sydney Film Festival has over 400 sessions and 288 films on offer.

Trying to pick a film can be a little overwhelming, so we have put together a top 20 list of the festival here

In this weeks podcast episode we delve into the films we've seen from the first week of the Festival so far.

These include: Ana, Mon Amour, The Ornithologist, Waiting for Giraffes, The Nile Hilton Incident, Manifesto, 78/52, Whitney: Can I be Me, Taste of Cherry, My Year with Helen, Happy End, Ingrid Goes West, The Wall, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo, Ama-San, I Am Not You Negro

As well as the films, Stu and I 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 show.

Enjoy!




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Interview with Ricky Whittle, Star of American Gods and The 100

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To celebrate the upcoming Supanova Comic-Con and Gaming exhibition in Sydney this weekend, I sat down for a phone chat with the cheerful and charming Ricky Whittle earlier this week. You may have seen him as Calvin Valentine on Hollyoaks, Lincoln in The 100, and as protagonist Shadow Moon in the new series based on Neil Gaiman's beloved book, American Gods (it has been blowing up just a tad lately).

Below we talk about Australian time zones, Ricky's fandom, some of the American Gods cast's interesting on-set pranks, and some hints about where Shadow might be headed next year for Season 2 of the acclaimed drama.



Chris: First of all, thank you so much for sitting down to talk with me. It's morning here, but I gather it's late night there for you in Los Angeles?

Ricky: It's just come into the evening, yeah. It's not too bad. I was just saying that the time difference isn't too bad when I come to Australia. Because you're so far ahead it's almost lik…

WE LIKE TO WATCH: 20 FILMS TO WATCH AT THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2017

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It's that time of year. Where Sydney cinephiles maddeningly scratch their heads trying to fit as many movies into a day as possible, and go slightly mad trying.

That's right, it's Sydney Film Festival time!


The Festival runs from the 7th till the 18th of June and the full list of movies can be found here: http://www.sff.org.au/

To help you out Billy and Stu have put a list together of the 20 films they are keen to see over the festival.



1. The Beguiled by Sofia Coppola
Set during the American Civil War, the film follows a young girl who decides to take an injured soldier into her house after finding him. Once in the house, the dynamic of the house and it's all female residents changes as sexual rivalry and jealousy interjects.The film stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, and Colin Farrell.


2. 78/52 by Alexandre O. Philippe
An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), the "man behind the curtain", and the…

The Surge (PS4) Review

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You may have noticed that my game reviews draw heavily on comparisons to past examples of other games. This isn't meant as a condemnation of quality or a signalling of the lack of originality in these newer experiences. When I say that Yooka-Laylee is heavily reminiscent of Banjo-Kazooie or that Little Nightmares evokes Limbo, it's intended more to signpost that there is acknowledgement - and, in some cases, improvement - of previously published work in the game I'm reviewing.

This notion has its limits, though. For instance, when I talk about The Surge it is almost impossible to do so without drawing a parallel to Dark Souls (a parallel which, it's worth noting, the producers set out to make). That's not necessarily, in this case, a mark of quality.


Where Dark Souls was a tough-as-nails action-RPG set in an eldritch world bereft of cogent life and riddled with monsters the way Corrimal beach is riddled with bluebottle jellyfish, The Surge instead airlifts the firs…

WONDER WOMAN - REVIEW

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DC fans your champion has finally arrived! Huzzah! No longer will you lament what could've been. Wonder Woman breathes urgent life into a franchise which has withered like a slowly deflating balloon. I've got a few niggling complaints, but Wonder Woman is a tonne of fun.


Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was our introduction to Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman; sadly her role was limited to a bit of banter and the climatic fight scene with Doomsday. For such an iconic character, it was an underwhelming debut. All is forgiven now that director Patty Jenkins (Monster) has delivered such an entertaining film. Mind you it's another origin story, and I’m almost done with origin stories, mostly because they follow rigid templates where seemingly minor details are substituted depending on the hero’s specific journey.

That being said in the case of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, she’s an Amazonian Princess from the mystical land of Themyscira, which is exclusively populated by women. Train…

May at the movies

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Get Out reigns supreme at the end of May. Michael Winterbottom's Trip to Spain waltzes into the Top 10 thanks to the loveable bickering of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Sadly Alien: Covenant, Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 haven't been able to muscle their way in despite solid efforts. Next week sees Sydney Film Festival come to town, so hopefully my Top 10 hits some enjoyable/terrifying turbulence.

Also please check out my lists for January, February, March and April. Always happy to hear your feel back, so sound off in the comments below. 
Top 10 as of May

1. Get Out
2. Moonlight
3. Land of Mine
4. Loving
5. The Salesman
6. Trip to Spain
7. A Man Called Ove
8. Colossal
9. Jackie
10. Edge of Seventeen

Films watched this month:

Get Out
The Trip to Spain
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Alien: Covenant 
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Get Out
John Wick: Chapter 2 
The Mummy 
Wonder Woman 
Baywatch 

- Stu