DVD REVIEW: BROADCHURCH SEASON 2

  When Joe Miller confessed to killing school boy, Daniel Latimer at the end of Broadchurch Season One many viewers thought it was case closed. End of story. But the popular, award-winning TV show came back with a highly-anticipated follow-up which saw some of the old stylings combined with some new ideas. Overall, it was…

BOOK REVIEW: FIONA MCCALLUM – LEAP OF FAITH

  The capable, competitive and independent, Jessica Harrington had the world at her feet until she got injured doing a water jump with her horse, Prince. This accident sets off a series of events that causes her to re-evaluate her perspectives on things. Leap of Faith is ultimately a character-driven drama/romance which shows how one woman…

DVD REVIEW: SILICON VALLEY SEASON 1

  Silicon Valley is a TV show that takes a byte out of life in that American, computer wonderland, showing various male geeks working at large technological companies. The series is by Mike Judge (Beavis & Butt-head, King of The Hill) who actually worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley in the 1980s. This TV…

BOOK REVIEW: LI FENG – FORGED FROM SILVER DOLLAR

  Forged From Silver Dollar is a family memoir by Li Feng that could also be renamed, Who Do You Think You Are? The story focuses on four generations of women in Feng’s family (including the author herself). It is the ultimate, underdog tale that chronicles the deprivation, humiliation, hunger and homelessness that these strong…

BOOK REVIEW: SARA GRUEN – AT THE WATER’S EDGE

  On paper, Sara Gruen’s novel, At The Water’s Edge holds a lot of promise. The book is by the same, famous author who penned Water for Elephants and Ape House. Plus, the plot itself has an original premise, three socialites travel to Scotland to find the Loch Ness Monster during World War II. Unfortunately…

DVD REVIEW: THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON BEAR COLLECTION

  For such a little bear, the marmalade-eating Paddington sure has some big adventures. This kind-hearted, innocent and naive creature often finds himself as a stranger trying to negotiate his way through an odd land, even though this situation also fuels his sense of natural curiosity and enthusiasm (which is infectious). This means that what…

INTERVIEW: DIGIZYME COFOUNDER, DR GAEL MCGILL

Image courtesy of Destination NSW.   A picture tells a thousand words. And no one knows this better than Digizyme-cofounder, Gael McGill. Doctor McGill is an academic who has worked as a research fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. He has also specialised in producing scientific 3D and vector-based visualisations, something…

INTERVIEW: DAVE FAULKNER (HOODOO GURUS, PERSIAN RUGS & THE VICTIMS)

  Dave Faulkner is considered part of Australia’s musical royalty. The Hoodoo Gurus frontman and member of Persian Rugs, The Victims and other rock bands is a funny and articulate character who knows a lot about music. His hits, “What’s My Scene?” and “Like Wow-Wipeout” plus a larger overall discography including work on various film…

FILM REVIEW: SPY

  A cat lady and a single mother are not the kinds of characters that immediately spring to mind as protagonists in a spy film. But Spy is no ordinary, espionage film. This action-comedy is much smarter than other movies that fit this genre and it’s a hell of a lot sweeter too. Spy sees…

FOOD REVIEW: MARTIN PLACE BAR SYDNEY

You may know Martin Place Bar as the busy tavern or watering hole found right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. What you may not know is that this family-owned business has recently undergone a renovation and makeover and that they’re totally committed to selling good food. This is reflected in a menu that boasts…