STACKNZ - July 2014 Issue #53
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Last Update: AUGUST 2014

One suspects that Michael Hutchence would have been turning in his grave when the woeful Rock Star: INXS – in which his surviving band mates turned their search for a new frontman into a reality talent series – first aired back in 2005. Fortunately, a more fitting televisual tribute to the charismatic Aussie singer arrives this week in the shape of the TV mini-series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, with Luke Arnold making a pretty good fist of portraying the INXS frontman. As well as reviewing the DVD, this week we also revisit their music library and come up with the definitive ‘how-to-buy’ guide to INXS.

Other exclusive new content added to the website include interviews with Beau Willimon, one of the lead writers of the hit TV series House Of Cards, and EA Sports’ Brad Hilderbrand, who takes us through the latest edition of Madden NFL 15. In addition, you can check out reviews of the final season Californication, the British mini-series The Escape Artist and Francis Ford Coppola’s latest Twixt.





Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies

Game of the Month: Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies

One year on, the online battles of Company of Heroes 2 have pitted gamer against gamer, causing untold loss of time and personal hygiene. But the toll is only set to grow now that the standalone The Western Front Armies package has dropped like Fallschirmjägers from the sky, bringing US troops and the German Oberkommando West into the fray...


DVD:BLU [Latest Reviews]

Bonnie & Clyde

  Given their notoriety, there’s been surprising few films and TV productions based on lives of the... more»

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

  You get three Marvel baddies for the price of one disc in this busy sequel to the 2012 Spidey... more»

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete Fourth Season

  In the aftermath of the Atlantic City gang war, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is back in control... more»


Metro Redux

According to Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novel Metro 2033, the world went all nucular (sic) kaboom last... more»

Madden NFL 15

It’s footy Jim, but not as we know it!  NFL is, however, how millions of Americans know it, and... more»

Sniper Elite III

War is hell – just ask Karl Fairburne.  Yep, the crack American sharpshooter is still battling on... more»


Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock, a psychedelic waif for these modern times, always wanted to make a folk album... more»

The Bug

Angels and Devils is veteran UK producer Kevin Martin’s follow up to 2008’s critically acclaimed... more»

Ty Segall

  The kid does it again. At only 27, and with seemingly thousands of songs under his belt, Mr.... more»

DVD:BLU [Latest Features]

Knaves in Pinstripes

Ruthless senator Francis Underwood has reached the White House in the second season of House Of... more»

There Will Be Flood

Darren Aronofsky eschews discussion about his own spiritual beliefs and asserts that his biblical... more»

Raiding Berandal: Part 2

Gareth Evans on the anatomy of a car chase, Dredd and V/H/S 2. The Raid 2’s show-stopping action... more»


4K Ultra High Def LED Monitor is a Game Changer

Advertorial   It's game on. In a brilliant combination of clarity and colour, Samsung provides... more»


With more tactics employed in a three hour game than Napoleon probably used in 20 years of battle,... more»

Return to the Underground

Developed by Ukrainian studio 4A Games, the Metro series garnered rave reviews for its effective... more»


The Essentials: INXS

With the TV biopic INXS: Never Tear Us Apart out this week, STACK takes a look back at their back... more»

Going For Gold

Kiwi songstress KIMBRA talks about her eclectic line-up of collaborators and styles on her... more»

A Day In The Life

Graham Reid considers the reissue of A Hard Day's Night and the Beatles' film career At the same... more»