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Novastream Reviews - September by Kian West

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MOVIE × LucyThere is an annoying trait in some films that when the ending is so heinously bad it ruins everything you thought was once good about the whole film. This is mostly true for Lucy, except the rest of film was not all that great, which makes the terrible ending seem so much worse. I really wish I had better things to say. But does Lucy really deserve it? Well, yes for ScarJo, but no for everything else. Review by Ben Turner MOVIE × Deliver Us From Evil Deliver Us From Evil doesn’t know quite what it wants to be – it’s not the horror it was marketed as, rather it’s more of a crime/thriller with a healthy dose of exorcism. And a family drama. And there’s a bit of action… Even though it’s a little disjointed, Deliver Us From Evil is still a good time for those who enjoy a bit of a scare, and is far from schlocky. Forgettable, but an entertaining bit of fun for those who enjoy films of a similar nature. Review by Elizabeth Muir

MOVIE × Hercules Yes, it’s bloated. Yes, sometimes all you can see is dollar signs in the studios eyes. Yes, The Rock’s biceps are so huge they should have their own moon orbiting them. Despite all of its stereotypes and ‘Hollywood-ness’, Hercules does actually have some redeeming qualities – and was better than the mainstream mess this reviewer was anticipating. You don’t get to the end of Hercules and feel like the time dragged, which is always a good sign that entertainment was lurking in there somewhere, but it’s certainly not intellectually stimulating content. Could have been worse, could have been better. Review by Elizabeth Muir Game × The Last Of Us Remastered [PS4] Naughty Dog have delivered their first next gen game with a remastered version of the highly praised, highly sold and highly played The Last Of Us, which came out towards the end of the PS3 life cycle. I guess what you want to know is the game the same as the PS3 version? Yes. Does it come with all of the DLC, maps etc? Yes. Review by Alaisdair Dewar

Game × Gravity Rush [PS Vita]Gravity-Rush_grey Is it too early to call it retro? Well, maybe… but never the less this stunning PS vita launch title shows the power and simplicity of the Vita all in one. A fully-fledged adventure title on a handheld device, in a comic-esque art style with an interesting central character and pinpoint controls. The game launched alongside the Vita back in 2012 and has many early adopters excited yet skeptical, the latter quickly flushed away as reviews and impressions started to flow in. Review by Jamie Heeley tv × The Strain [FX/Foxtel] FX premiered its much-hyped TV horror series The Strain, following on from the mammoth success of American Horror Story from Ryan Murphy, the studio has invested with the master of horror Guillermo Del Toro to adapt the books he wrote to a cable television series The Strain. A mixture of drama and horror, this show is full of scares, gore and good old-fashioned Del Toro humour resulting in one of the best pilots I have seen this summer. For the full reviews and all your pop culture info head over to http://www.novastream.com.au

Single Track Mind - December by Kian West

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When he isn’t rocking dance floors at places like Argyle House for their 80s/90s/00s ‘Almost Famous’ student night, or killing it on street level at King Street Hotel, he is normally found listening to one of the most eclectic of musical selections. This is what makes his DJ style so unique; the ability to pull inspiration from such a vast selection and not being afraid to drop the most cheesy of pop hit. You know you’ll love it! James Arthur / You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You

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Somewhere between the crooner smooth of Michael Buble and the off kilter flow of Plan B lives the vocal talent of James Arthur. This is a stand out track off his self-titled debut album. I think he won some TV competition, but I’m not going to hold it against him, the track is that great.

For Fans of: Michael Buble, Daniel Bedingfield, or Plan B.

Lily Allen / Hard Out Here

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Not one to shy away from telling people what she is thinking, this fresh new tune from Lily is exactly what she is renowned for. Biting lyrically but at the same time sexy, smooth, and commercially viable, it is incredibly hard to write a great pop song, so it must be harder still to write something so well wrapped in anti-pop sentiment with a big F You to those groups she decides she hates. Some controversy surrounds this videoclip (like much of what Mrs Allen does). You should look it up.

For Fans of: Amy Winehouse, Professor Green or Pink.

Kanye West / Bound 2

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I’m not listing to this for the track, but for the video clip that has had the internets in a tither since it was released. Kanye loves a bit of controversy and this is just the kind of hype that man loves. Complete with Kim, this video is amazing and it’s so quirking. Google it.

For Fans of: Kim Kardashian, horses, or motorbikes.