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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

NOVASTREAM - REVIEWS - MAY 2014 by Newcastle Discovered

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MOVIE × DIVERGENT Based on the young adult smash hit book series by Veronica Roth, director Neil Burger sets out to try and replicate the success of a dystopian future corrupt by the government with a lone teenage girl as the only hope to save the world. Within the first few minutes of the movie it is blatantly clear that this is a Hunger Games copy and whilst the books have broken away from that title and gained success in their own right, the movie was unsuccessful in doing so and felt repetitive and cliché. Review by Ellie Stuart

MOVIE × THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN : THE RISE OF ELECTRO The Amazing Spiderman 2 (The Rise Of Electro) packs 3 super villains from the Spidey universe on screen and combines some of the best special effects I have seen in a long time, combined with a funny and heart-warming script and top notch performances from all involved. Review by Alaisdair Dewar

MOVIE × CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the ninth entry and penultimate chapter to Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the ensemble crossover and superhero reunion party The Avengers: Age of Ultron this time next year. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo delivered an exceptional update to Captain America with genuine twists and far-reaching implications for the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe inside a tense political thriller. Review by Mark Halyday

MOVIE × MR PEABODY & SHERMAN Remember the Rocky & Bullwinkle show? Then you will recognise this loveable duo who have been updated for todays audiences and given their very own feature film. I will be honest and say when I heard about this and saw the trailer, I wrote it off as a forgettable kids flick, and then after seeing it I can say that I was completely wrong. P&S is a heartwarming and entertaining flick that is worthy of the DreamWorks stamp of approval. Read the full reviews online at http://www.novastreamovies.com.au

NOVASTREAM_2GAME × BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS : BLACKGATE [PS3, XBOX 360] This is one of the most difficult reviews I have had to write. Whilst the Arkham Games do the batman franchise a great deal of justice I don’t think the same can be said for Blackgate, not on console anyway. As I never played the 3Ds or vita versions of the game I can’t comment on how well it crosses over, but in terms of a console game it just doesn’t have the hooks, which as a long time lover of the series, leaves me disappointed. What Blackgate does do well is translate the combat system, it feels exactly like that of a traditional Arkham Game button for button and swing for swing. Our caped crusader certainly handles with every inch of precision that he does in the series other entries and you get that memorable sense of connecting with hard hitting punches and kicks.

NOVASTREAM_1 GAME × LEGO THE HOBBIT [PS4] The Lego Hobbit follows the story of the first two Hobbit Films : An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation Of Smaug. It pretty much sticks strictly to the storyline of the movies and mixes up the action with button mashing action combined with puzzles, lego building challenges and two new elements: buddy up fighting moves and through the game item collection to build bigger pieces. It all combines well to keep the combat feeling fresh, after what seems like a large influx of Lego games over the last few years. Review by Alaisdair Dewar Read the full reviews online at http://www.novastreamgames.com.au

60 seconds with - Alaisdair by Kian West

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IF YOU ARE A REGULAR MIRAGE READER YOU WOULD HAVE NOTICED ARTICLES FROM NEWCASTLE DISCOVERED AND REVIEWS FROM NOVASTREAM. WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN IS THERE IS A COMMON THREAD BETWEEN THESE TWO PIECES, A MAN BEHIND THE SCENES WHO MAKES THESE CONTRIBUTIONS HAPPEN MONTH AFTER MONTH. A GUY WITH PASSION AND ENTHUSIASM THAT MIGHT LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS. HE IS ALSO SOMEONE I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE HAD A FRIENDSHIP WITH FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS, SINCE STUDYING TOGETHER FOREVER AGO. SO IT SEEMS FITTING TO TAKE A MOMENT TO HIGHLIGHT A PERSON THAT ADDS SO MUCH VALUE TO OUR LITTLE ZINE. 1608762_10151817471897581_1569010664_n  

So Al, tell us how Novastream came to be? What’s it all about? Novastream started as my personal music blog back in 2009 when I was reading other music blogs and tired of the opinionated crap churning out online. I wanted to make a site that promoted music and great songs that people who only listen to the radio may not find out about. After I got a good following I turned it into a full blown website and then moved into movies, games and tv (and comics VERY SOON!) It is all about providing a uniquely Australian view on entertainment, we are not big on professional opinions and dissecting everything with academic references, we are purely about as an everyday person would you like this? Yes or no?

And where did Newcastle Discovered come from? Newcastle Discovered came from a similar place from Novastream, there was a Facebook page called Newcastle Name & Shame and all these posts just bagging out business, council and charities were just flooding this thing and it made me sick. It used to get me so angry so I wanted to do the opposite, create a page that talks about the good things that Newcastle has to offer and does. What do you do when you aren’t busy with Novastream and Newcastle Discovered? I work a full time job (I know sometimes I surprise myself at how little time I have) and any down time see’s me at the movies, beach or café with friends.

You have been kicking some pretty serious personal goals in the last 12 months, care to tell everyone about all that?    Ha ha oh sure thing! I completed my second year in HSM, Hello Sunday Morning is a group started by this legendary guy, Chris Raine, in which you don’t drink to the point of drunk for a year and basically watch what changes in your life. Waking up every Sunday morning with a clear and fresh head has been one of the best things I have done.ISSUE_9_Cov1

Aspirations? What is next? What is next…hmm I can’t give away too much but I can say that a possible actual physical business residence is in the talks, combining a café with music and movies. It’s all just talk at the moment so will see what comes of it. We are hoping to launch a full website for Newcastle Discovered at some stage this year and also NovastreamComics will launch at the end of this year, so it ensures a lot of sleepless nights to come! If you liked this interview, please take a moment to check out : novastreamgames.net facebook.com/novastreamgames facebook.com/newcastlediscoverd

Holiday Guide - Newcastle Discovered by Newcastle Discovered

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ISSUE_8_DRAFTStuck with a bunch of kids these school holidays? Nope me either, but just in case you are we have you covered! Look at our guide below to find out what to do this month! Blackbutt Reserve / Newcastle Permanent Junior Rangers Program Date: 23rd January 2014 Time: 10am – 12pm Cost: Free Location: Top flat, Richley Reserve Call 4904 3344 for more information Newcastle Art Gallery / ArtCart Dates: Every Saturday and Sunday in January Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm Cost: Free No need to book

Fort Scratchley / Historic Site Open every day except Tuesday Time: 10am – 4pm Book a family tour (two adults and two children) Cost: $30 per family. Sunday 26 – Special Australia Day special firing of the guns

Charlestown Square / Entertainment Pass Available anytime of any-day Here’s what the pass includes: 1 Children’s movie ticket at Reading Cinemas (excludes Titan XC and Gold Lounge movies) plus one small popcorn 1 game of Bowling or Laser Skirmish at Strike 30 minutes FREE play at Timezone – plus unlimited standard & ticket games and 50 pre-loaded Powertickets 60 minutes Quickplay at Megamania 1 Pie Face kids pack with 1 mini pie or 1 mini sausage roll & 1 cookie 1 Boost Juice Kid’s size juice or smoothie All of this for only $35 (Retail value of $58) save $23! You can buy the Entertainment Pass at the Customer Service Desk which is located on level 1 in front of JB HI FI.

Westfield Kotara Free movies every Thursday night at 6pm in the Food Court 2/1: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 9/1: Tangled 16/1: Finding Nemo 23/1: Bee Movie 30/1: Toy Story Hopefully there is something there that will entertain and amuse kiddies and the family to help get through the long summer holidays. Stay safe and have a great one ☺ Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook! NewcastleDiscovered