Month: March 2017

Review: Agent Carter: Season 2

Stepping away from the high-rise streets of New York, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) swaps her ruby hat for scarlet sunglasses and relocates to sunny Los Angeles. The case that warranted her move involves investigating how a murder victim was found embedded in a frozen lake during a heatwave. How odd and otherworldly that sounds… One part noir and two parts crime drama, this season continues the thrilling Carter/Jarvis heroics that made us love Agent Carter in the first place, while introducing a Big Bad that the previous season lacked. An exhilarating season, it’s a shame it marks Carter’s last....

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D – Season 3 on DVD and Blu-ray March 1

We have always suspected that taking fish oil tablets may result in superpowers, and now we have our proof. When we left our agents, a load of terrigen crystals had fallen into the ocean, resulting in tainted vitamins that cause some seemingly ordinary people to develop Inhuman powers. Daisy’s (Quake/Skye/how many names does one girl need?) duty is to find the ‘lucky’ few with gifts and recruit them before they are killed by an apoplectic Inhuman. After two shaky seasons the series has finally found its stride, and is now even more compelling with this insanely super-powered installment. Release Date:...

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A Veteran Leaves The Video Game Industry

Industry veteran Michael Ephraim has left PlayStation. To this day, I have no idea how STACK got invited to a PlayStation dinner in Los Angeles with the EB Games buying team, but in 2007 that’s exactly what happened. E3 was in full swing and, never one to turn down the opportunity of free food and alcohol, the director of STACK and I bundled into a private room of a high-end restaurant. Michael Ephraim was there, sitting with an entourage of PlayStation staff that has long since departed. Michael clearly had no idea who these two rambunctious English lads were...

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Review: Thundercat, ‘Drunk’

Thundercat’s prodigious bass playing appears on more critically acclaimed records than you can poke a Grammy at (Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus), but when it comes to his solo records, it feels entirely effortless. Drunk exhibits Thundercat’s typical eccentricities: on some tracks it’s astral lyricism reminiscent of Ariel Pink (one song has Thundercat repeating “It’s cool to be a cat/ Meow meow meow”) and others it’s introspective love jams calling back to pal Pharrell’s work with N.E.R.D. What saves it from unmitigated corniness is his production chops, spanning jazz fusion and R&B to New Wavey synth jams. Striking...

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