BOOK REVIEW: KELLY DOUST – PRECIOUS THINGS

  Oh you pretty things… Kelly Doust’s debut novel is a celebration of all things precious. It’s a rich, historic fiction book that intricately threads together the stories of the owners of a beaded coronet. This fashion piece is like a cat with nine lives because over the course of the book we learn that…

BOOK REVIEW: VANESSA DE LARGIE – DON’T HIT ME!

  Trigger warning: This post includes information about domestic violence and may be distressing for some readers. Vanessa de Largie’s book will leave you torn. It’s a diarised account of the domestic violence she suffered from 2001–03. On the one hand you wish this book didn’t exist (and that de Largie didn’t have to live…

BOOK REVIEW: SUZANNE MONDOUX – HOW I BECAME A DRAGON

  How I Became A Dragon is a book with a good premise but it seems like the author was a bit too close to the subject matter. Suzanne Mondoux is an explorer, writer and environmental professional and she has penned a story that is supposed to be told from the perspective of an elephant…

BOOK REVIEW: HARMONY VERNA – DAUGHTER OF AUSTRALIA

  Daughter of Australia is an epic love story and slice of Australiana. But it’s also amazing to note that the author is not even an Aussie. The novel is actually Harmony Verna’s debut one and she has beautifully captured our land of boundless plains with her gorgeous and evocative prose. Daughter of Australia is…

DVD REVIEW: 7 CHINESE BROTHERS

  There’s a joke in Wayne’s World about the main character having a large collection of name tags and hair nets. In 7 Chinese Brothers the filmmakers have taken that scene as inspiration and dragged it out into a 76 minute movie.  The film is a slacker-driven, character study that seems as aimless as its leading…

FOOD REVIEW: MOVENPICK SYDNEY

  The days of going out for ice-cream and eating a scoop in a cone or a cup are over thanks to Mövenpick. The Swiss brand (owned by Nestlé) has recently launched their 25th Australian store in Sydney. This is a flagship store; a dessert boutique that offers customers a full dining experience including an…

COMEDY REVIEW: THE DOUG ANTHONY ALLSTARS @ ENMORE THEATRE (15.05.2016)

  If you assumed The Doug Anthony Allstars would mellow due to the passing of time, you were wrong. Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott were sans nice guy Richard Fidler for their comeback show at the Enmore Theatre, but this just made the performance more sharp-tongued and edgy as ever, as they provided an evening…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: FORREST GUMP

  It’s been over 20 years since audiences were introduced to an idiot-savant named Forrest Gump. The whimsical dramedy was like Gump’s own telling of this one American life. It was ultimately an extraordinary story told in a magical way and was a well-deserved recipient of the Best Picture Oscar at the 67th Academy Awards….

BLU-RAY REVIEW: BARFLY

  Barfly isn’t set in a bar where everybody knows your name. It is set in a seedy, LA pub where a group of regulars congregate while nursing their drinks in between fights. The 1987 film is a character study that looks at three days in the life of the late American poet, Charles Bukowski….

FILM REVIEW: THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY

  The Man Who Knew Infinity is a film where the numbers don’t quite add up. This is a biopic about a genius mathematician set in picturesque Cambridge in 1914 and boasts a stellar cast (including Stephen Fry). But the sum total isn’t greater than the individual parts for this drama. The film is ultimately…