BOOK REVIEW: SUSAN JOHNSON – THE LANDING

  In Susan Johnson’s latest novel, The Landing, the journalist and writer shows that she is very accomplished at her craft. Johnson has a way with words and the ability to observe and write about things that other people take for granted. The only problem is that this slow-burning, nuanced book could do with some…

FILM REVIEW: IRRATIONAL MAN

  Woody Allen is quite possibly the only living director who could make a dark comedy film about a perfect crime. Heck, he has kind of already done that with his previous film, Crimes & Misdemeanours.But in 2015 Irrational Man is a wry, tongue-in-cheek story about an older professor’s relationship with a younger woman. Sound…

DVD REVIEW: BLACK OR WHITE

  The film, Black Or White poses some good questions but the answers are undone by its half-cooked and underwhelming execution. The film plays the race card through a messy custody battle between two grandparents from opposing sides of the family. And while it should be applauded for raising such important and timely issues, it…

DVD REVIEW: A LITTLE CHAOS

A Little Chaos is a royal affair set in the 17th century in the grand gardens of the Palace of Versailles. It was a period when The Sun King decided he needed an outdoor ballroom and by George did he get one. This sumptuous period drama is a beautiful and exquisite visual feast but it…

FILM REVIEW: SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY

  She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a little documentary with a big, important message. It chronicles the second wave of feminism in the United States from 1966-1971. It was a tumultuous time that saw some radical changes. This film is an illuminating one that tackles one key part of a complex social movement. This…

BOOK REVIEW: C J DUGGAN – PARADISE CITY

  C J Duggan’s Paradise City is about the best kind of love, young love. The eighth novel from this best-selling author and the first in her new series of young adult books is a fun and easy read. This teen romance has some things in common with both Puberty Blues and Grease and is…

FILM REVIEW: COLIN HAY: WAITING FOR MY LIFE TO BEGIN

  Who can it be now? The documentary, Colin Hay: Waiting For My Life To Begin is about the affable Men At Work front man-turned-solo troubadour who is now known for his appearances on the TV show, Scrubs. The film is a fascinating and honest one that is a little in-cohesive at times but still manages…

FILM REVIEW: HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO

  How To Dance In Ohio is an intimate documentary that allows viewers to see the world through the eyes of a young person on the autistic spectrum. It’s an uplifting film that shows three young women who are coming-of-age and the challenges and triumphs they experience. The story is a gentle, subtle and uplifting…

DVD REVIEW: STEPTOE & SON RIDE AGAIN

  A sequel or the second film instalment in a franchise is often not very good. But Steptoe & Son Ride Again is actually far superior to their silver screen debut. In film number two the classic rag and bone men characters (or junk dealers) are restored to the former glories of their TV show by…

DVD REVIEW: STEPTOE & SON – THE FILM

  Steptoe & Son is a British, comedy classic. The TV series ran from 1962 to 1974 and fans were entertained by the hijinks of its beloved comedy characters, Albert Steptoe and his son, Harold. In 1970 a spin-off film was produced with the same name and while it wasn’t as good as the TV show,…

DVD REVIEW: CITIZENFOUR

  It’s not often that a documentary film manages to capture a moment right in the eye of a storm. But Citizenfour is no ordinary documentary. This Oscar-award winning film tells the amazing story behind the Edward Snowden whistleblowing affair that is well-timed, haunting and gripping. The film is directed by Laura Poitras who was part…