FILM REVIEW: SERENA

  Serena is an adaptation of a Ron Rash novel that at times is considered even too strange to be fiction. This period drama starts off as a sumptuous, romantic tale set in North Carolina during the Depression. It is a slow burn to begin with but in the final act it turns into a…

TV REVIEW: THE MOLLY MELDRUM STORY

  If he’s not the King then Ian “Molly” Meldrum is undoubtedly the Queen of Australian music. The broadcaster, raconteur, producer, TV presenter, journalist, band manager and passionate music fan has seen and done it all. To celebrate some 50 years in the music industry as well as his upcoming induction into the ARIA Hall…

DVD REVIEW: WAY OF THE WICKED

  The Way Of The Wicked is the film version of a dead-end. At first glance it offers some promise as it’s a story about a satanic, teenage boy who has telekinetic powers. But it’s not long before the proceedings go from haunting to staid and the drama becomes predictable and forgettable. The story begins…

FILM REVIEW: MY OLD LADY

My Old Lady is a family melodrama that proves there’s no such thing as a free lunch. When a down-and-out American inherits a large apartment in Paris from his late father he thinks all of his pay days have come at once. But the residence comes with some strings attached, namely an old lady, her…

THEATRE REVIEW: BRAZOUKA @ ENMORE THEATRE

  Brazouka made it feel like the Rio Carnival had come to the Enmore. It saw comedian, Billy Connolly acting as the voice of authority and it had the promise of dusky temptresses plus colour and candour from the get-go. It was also a setting where gyrating uncontrollably wasn’t frowned upon but in fact actively…

DVD REVIEW: SPIKE ISLAND

  Imagine The Inbetweeners if they were an aspiring jangly rock quintet living in Manchester in 1990. The result would be Spike Island.The film tells the story of a gang of lads who just want to get off with girls, be in a band and meet their idols, The Stone Roses at the latter band’s…

FOOD REVIEW: GAZZI RESTAURANT & BAR IN WORLD SQUARE, SYDNEY

  Gazi is a former gasworks site located in Central Athens that has been transformed into a popular café, bar and restaurant precinct. It’s also the inspiration behind Gazzi, a new modern Australian restaurant that has launched in World Square shopping centre. Located in Liverpool Lane and open for breakfast, lunch, dinner plus lighter meals…

FILM REVIEW: GET ON UP

  The James Brown biopic, Get On Up captures the very essence of the legendary, Godfather of Soul. It is a frenzied account that goes through story arcs like some people change clean clothes. But first and foremost is the amazing music by a true vanguard and the electric and infectious performance by Chadwick Boseman…