BOOK REVIEW: NINA GEORGE – THE LITTLE PARIS BOOKSHOP

  The Little Paris Bookshop could be re-named, “Poulet Soup (Chicken Soup) for the Soul”. The latest novel by the prize-winning author, best-seller and newspaper columnist, Nina George, is a beautifully-written and wistful look at love, loss and regret. It’s a finely-detailed and nuanced story with believable and likeable characters who express real feelings and…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: A THOUSAND TIMES GOODNIGHT

In A Thousand Times Goodnight, the main character, Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) faces an important dilemma of whether to work or be a wife and Mum. These roles are mutually exclusive because she is employed as a war photographer and she’s had a number of brushes with death. This film is ultimately a beautifully-shot family drama…

FOOD REVIEW: KAZBAH DARLING HARBOUR (SYDNEY)

Kazbah is the exotic jewel in Darling Harbour’s crown at Harbourside Centre. Except that with it’s fusion of Middle Eastern, Moroccan and Mediterranean food perhaps a more appropriate analogy is to a sultan and his wares. Kazbah Darling Harbour is the sister restaurant to the one that originally opened in Balmain in 1998. It is…

DVD REVIEW: AN INVISIBLE SIGN

  An Invisible Sign paints with numbers in the worst possible way. This quirky film could have been an engaging look at a young woman who grapples with her father’s illness. But instead it has an unlikeable lead character and is an unrealistic and confused movie that meanders and plods along. The film marks the…

INTERVIEW: MICHAEL COHEN CO-CURATOR OF DARLING HARBOUR’S NOMANSLANDING

  Nomanslanding is a world first, a 120m interactive floating artwork installation on Sydney’s Cockle Bay. It is part of public program of events commemorating the centenary of the ANZACS that was produced by Australian, Dutch and English artists: Robyn Backen, Andre Dekker, Graham Eatough, Nigel Helyer and Jennifer Turpin. Darling Harbour is also the…

BOOK REVIEW: JOSEPHINE MOON – THE CHOCOLATE PROMISE

  The second novel from “foodie” fiction writer, Josephine Moon lives up to its title as it contains a lot of chocolate and promise. This light and romantic comedy is an easy read that will make you think about chocolate as many times as the film, Julie & Julia made you want to eat French…

DVD REVIEW: SEX ED

  Sex Ed is an uneven and low-budget comedy. The feature debut by director, Isaac Feder and writer, Bill Kennedy is a coming-of-age caper that is easy to watch even though it attempts to be too many things at once. It weaves together a romantic comedy subplot with a more serious “safe sex message” where…

BOOK REVIEW: BERNHARD AICHNER – WOMAN OF THE DEAD

    Revenge is a dish best served cold in Bernhard Aichner’s crime novel, Woman of The Dead. The book was a huge success in Europe and Anthea Bell has done a good job in translating this story from its original, German text. But something may have been lost in translation because what’s left behind…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW @ THE LYRIC THEATRE, SYDNEY

  Welcome to the jungle. No, welcome to the camp science experiment that is The Rocky Horror Show. The play debuted in London in 1973, made it to Australia in 1974 before it was a cult movie favourite the following year. Now over forty but certainly not fat or fired, this show is still flirty,…

FILM REVIEW: THE AGE OF ADALINE

  The Age Of Adaline requires a suspension of disbelief as we witness a woman who has supped at the fountain of eternal youth. This fantasy/romance story from director Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever) is one for the hopeless romantics. It asks the question, ‘Is it a burden or a gift to never…

DVD REVIEW: LAGGIES

  “Laggies” are immature people who trail behind as their friends mature, get jobs, get married and have children. It’s also the name of a rom-com and family dramedy from director, Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) and writer/novelist, Andrea Seigel. The story is implausible and forgetful but the film is redeemed by its pleasant-enough execution and…