BOOK REVIEW: J.D. BARRETT – THE SONG OF US

  In popular music your sophomore album is often labelled the “difficult” one because you’ve had a lifetime to write and record the first and are under pressure for the follow-up. This is not the case for J.D. Barrett’s second novel, The Song of Us. This sunny slice of chick-lit deftly weaves together the power…

BOOK REVIEW: MARK HOLDEN – MY IDOL YEARS

  The majority of us know Mark Holden thanks to reality television. He was the touchdown-loving judge of Australian Idol and he made a number of infamous performances on Dancing With The Stars. But there are many feathers to Messer Holden’s cap and his memoir, My Idol Years touches on all of this and more,…

DVD REVIEW: THE WAY WE WERE

  The Way We Were could have been named, The Odd Couple. The film is a love story about two individuals who form an unlikely partnership. This is mostly because they are both so different. But in spite of this, their relationship feels like a real and authentic one due to the obvious on-screen chemistry between…

DVD REVIEW: PERFECT STRANGERS (PERFETTI SCONOSCIUTI)

  In the Italian film, Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) the question, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is asked. The answer is seven close friends who find out they don’t know each other as well as they thought. The film is a light comedy that looks at how technology has affected our lives for better and…

FILM REVIEW: SONG TO SONG

  A song is as song except when it’s a Terrence Malick film. The famous director’s latest experimental offering is an absolute waste in that it is all show and no substance. It weaves together cameos from famous A-list creatives and a cast of Hollywood’s finest actors and then it does nothing. Absolutely nothing. For…

FILM REVIEW: THE YOUNG KARL MARX

  The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) is a bio-pic that feels authentic because it captures the period well in a visual sense. But you also get the feeling that it is only telling a part of the story and not least because it is all about Karl Marx’s youth. This dramatic film…

FILM REVIEW: THE GO-BETWEENS: RIGHT HERE

  The story of The Go-Betweens had previously been largely untold save for Robert Forster’s autobiography, Grant & I. But the film, The Go-Betweens: Right Here is set to change that. It’s a wonderful music documentary that plays out like a love letter to a seminal, Australian band. It also dives head-first into the melodrama,…

FILM REVIEW: TO STAY ALIVE – A METHOD

  Some people subscribe to the theory that you’ve got to suffer for your art. Two such individuals include the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop and the best-selling French novelist, Michel Houellebecq. In To Stay Alive – A Method the pair share a meeting of minds in a film that is artistic, experimental and semi-autobiographical…

FILM REVIEW: RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD

It seems that American Indians have been erased from the history books, including the chapters relating to contemporary music. Until now. The documentary, Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World looks set to change all of that by celebrating the contributions of these individuals and finally giving credit where it’s due. The film is directed by…

FILM REVIEW: THE PUBLIC IMAGE IS ROTTEN

  This is not a love song- it’s a review of Public Image Limited’s (PiL)documentary. The film, The Public Image Is Rotten is one that focuses on John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten AKA the band’s one mainstay (just like The Cure’s Robert Smith). It shows an outspoken and spiky man who has tempered through age…