DVD REVIEW: RIVER COTTAGE AUSTRALIA SERIES 3

  There aren’t many shows you’d call “inspirational” but River Cottage Australia is one of them. The show is a spin-off of one created in the UK by former chef and food activist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The Australian series is hosted by former Vou de monde chef, Paul West. The series is an absolute corker as it…

DVD REVIEW: EDEN

  A good story doesn’t have to feature a big triumph or success. Nor does it have to include a spectacular fall from grace. But it’s also hard to turn one that features an unlikeable man’s life ebbing and flowing in some mid-range pool into compelling viewing. Sadly, Eden fits into this latter camp. It’s a…

DVD REVIEW: THE EX-PM

  In the TV series, The Ex-PM  the show’s writer, creator and star, Shaun Micallef is playing quite a subtle and straight, former Prime Minister of Australia. But the show itself seems to try too hard to make the audience laugh. The result is a program that feels too uneven, forced and stilted to have…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE BEAUTIFUL LIE

  When it comes to matters of the heart and love in general it’s often complicated. Never is this idea more apparent than in the fine, Leo Tolstoy novel, Anna Karenina. The classic book was written some 150 years ago and it still manages to resonate today thanks to its universal themes. The new Australian…

DVD REVIEW: WALT DISNEY – HIS LIFE & LEGACY

  The documentary series, “Walt Disney – His Life & Legacy” allows us all to jump into the wonderful and colourful world of Disney. It’s one that is extremely interesting and exciting. Plus, it’s not all about colourful fantasy lands and spoonfuls of sugar but rather, it shows a complex and captivating human being and…

DVD REVIEW: LIFE STORY (COMPLETE SEASON)

  Life Story is both real and magical. The six part series narrated by Sir David Attenborough and produced by the Emmy-award winning team that made Life tells one captivating story encompassing birth, survival, life, procreation and death. This is one informative and intense show where amazing insights are offered and the viewer can sit…

BOOK REVIEW: NATHANIEL PHILBRICK – IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

  In The Heart Of The Sea is a non-fiction book about an incredible, historic event that inspired the novel, Moby Dick, i.e. the downing of the Essex ship. The year was 1820 and whales were used to produce and supply oil to the world. But an unfortunate group of 20 men from Nantucket and…

DVD REVIEW: JOANNA LUMLEY’S TRANS-SIBERIAN ADVENTURE

  Joanna Lumley’s travel programs are like the TV equivalent of listening to some smooth, easy-listening music. It’s not that she herself takes it easy; it’s just that she delivers her shows with such a graceful and gentle calm. This very British demeanour makes for a very pleasant holiday indeed, sweetie darling. This series is…

DVD REVIEW: RUBEN GUTHRIE

  Ruben Guthrie is a film that’s supposed to be a thoughtful look at the drinking culture in Australia. But instead it feels hollow and fails to offer too many insights. Heck, You Am I’s song, “Heavy Heart” actually offers a lot more wit on the subject in 3:11 than this entire feature. One redeeming…

BOOK REVIEW: ELLIE O’NEILL – THE ENCHANTED ISLAND

  Ellie O’Neill’s sophomore novel, The Enchanted Island shares a few things in common with Marian Keyes’ work. The two writers are both Irish and they pen engaging chick literature that is easy to read and fun to immerse yourself in. The Enchanted Island also manages to combine some quirky Irish magic and humour into…