There Will Be Geek

Cav, Chani and Mike wittering about geek stuff.

Battletech Review – Doublejump

If there were ever a franchise that has become popular in the mainstream by stealth, it’s BattleTech. The now thirty-year-old tabletop war game is rarely remembered these days, but it has endured in geek hearts thanks to a multitude of spinoffs, be it through its almost seventy published novels, pen-and-paper RPG, insanely cool networked LAN cabinets or the hugely popular MechWarrior sim series on PC. […]

Avengers: Infinity War Review

Dir. Anthony Russo/Joe Russo Released April 27th, 2018 Ten years. Nineteen films. Some twenty lead characters. Enough money spent, and especially earned, to float a fistful of small countries. Avengers: Infinity War is not your average event movie, but the momentum point for one of the grandest experiments in cinema history. Today, with Marvel films being a regular, to some […]

Old Hands, New Breed: Mad Max: Fury Road and Evolving Gender Roles

When George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road was released in May 2015, few expected it to be the commercial and critical triumph that it went on to become. The film was in development for twelve years – facing problems finding a leading man (Mel Gibson having become too old and possibly too controversial), and with studio-level cold feet delaying production […]

Manic Street Preachers: Resistance is Futile Review

  The Manic Street Preachers have always seemed to revel in being a fiendishly tricky band to describe, at least succinctly. Their history has been punctuated with extreme stylistic turns, often inspired by tumultuous moments in their careers and lives. Their early career was guided by the personal troubles of guitarist/lyricist/band mouthpiece Richey James, the Guns-n-Roses-meets-The-Clash stylings of their first […]

Gandalf the Green and Gold: The Wizards of Aus as Immigrant Story

The Wizards of Aus may, at first glance, seem like an unlikely candidate for the SBS stable. A broad-humoured parody of fantasy pop culture, stuffed with impressive (and commercially appealing) special effects and created by a YouTube wunderkind (writer/director Michael Shanks), it sounds like the kind of thing that would be deemed far too mainstream for Australia’s most ‘alternative’ free-to-air […]

No Spandex Required: Cleverman, Indigenous Stories and the New Superhero

Note: This is an archival article, and was originally published in Metro just after the release of Cleverman Season 1. It does not reference any later events in the show. ‘With great power, there must also come… great responsibility.’ This simple sentiment – made famous in its original form in a Spider-Man comic published in 1962, then in Sam Raimi’s […]

Midnight Oil: 1984 Review

Dir: Ray Argall Released May 10th, 2018 Time has a way of distancing us from a band’s true power. Albums stack up; bands break up, reform then break up again; fans get old and settled, and music moves on, rendering what was once deemed intense and daring, quaint at best. Midnight Oil has long passed into this realm, its music’s […]

Star Wars Battlefront 2: Six Months Later – Doublejump

DICE’s take on the much-loved Star Wars: Battlefront series has been fraught with problems. Its first attempt, released among the hype maelstrom accompanying 2015’s The Force Awakens, was an aesthetically spectacular but unsubstantial effort, disappointing both fans of the original games and those eagerly anticipating the Battlefield creator’s take on such a rich, storied universe. Source: Star Wars Battlefront 2: […]

Kingdom Come: Deliverance Review – Doublejump

Kingdom Come: Deliverance (KCD) has been an anomaly in modern gaming in a few ways. While many studios have attempted to create AAA-level games through crowdfunding, Warhorse Studios has pulled off the rare feat of actually doing it (Unlike some…. CoughStarCitizencough). Source: Kingdom Come: Deliverance Review – Doublejump