DVD REVIEW: HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT

  How To Make An American Quilt is a film that is written by, directed by and starring women. It’s a dramatic story that looks at a group of women and the love, hurt, lies and betrayals they have experienced in their course of loving men. The story isn’t’ an overly preachy one but it does…

DVD REVIEW: THE HUNTING GROUND

  The Hunting Ground is not an easy film to watch but it is an important one. The documentary looks at the epidemic of sexual assaults taking place on American university campuses. It also shows the victims that are silenced, ignored or discouraged to report the cases to the authorities. This film is ultimately a…

DVD REVIEW: REGRESSION

  Regression is a film that lives up to its name because for you to recall any of it you’d have to go back and watch it again and again. The film is a dark one set in 1990 in rural Minnesota. It’s also one that is based on real-life events. But the story and characters…

DVD REVIEW: POH & CO SEASON 2

  Poh & Co. is a cooking and reality TV show starring Poh Ling Yeow, the former runner up of MasterChef Australia and the presenter of Poh’s Kitchen. This program has a homely, old school feel. In it Yeow spends time cooking and laughing while in the company of her family, friends and Scottish terrier…

DVD REVIEW: THE RIVER COTTAGE COLLECTION 3

  Some people may be fans of River Cottage Australia set in Central Tilba in NSW. But what they may not know is that the man behind this fabulous idea is English celebrity chef, food writer and activist, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The latter has presented a number of different River Cottage specials in the UK. In Australia we…

DVD REVIEW: CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES

  Cancer is a cruel disease. It’s also a very common one. It’s estimated that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with it. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a comprehensive and informative documentary series that offers us a history of cancer (including how researchers came to understand the…

ITUNES REVIEW: THE SWEET ESCAPE (COMME UN AVION)

  There has been a lot said about the importance of the journey over the destination. Sometimes the trip teaches you more than the end point and some people have likened life to a journey. The French film, The Sweet Escape (Comme un avion) seems to capture all of this. It’s a rather aimless romantic comedy…

BOOK REVIEW: MICHELINE LEE – THE HEALING PARTY

  Micheline Lee’s debut novel, The Healing Party is so intense and personal, it almost feels like a memoir. The story is about a dying mother and how her evangelical, Christian family rally around to support her while they wait for God to grant them all a miracle. The book is ultimately quite a rich…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS – MIDNIGHT AT THE PLUTONIUM

  The John Steel Singers are no strangers to producing bright, poppy sounds. But on their third studio album, Midnight at the Plutonium their venue of choice is a disco in the seventies and a soundtrack punctuated by smooth basslines, sweet melodies and hypnotic synths. Single, “Weekend Lover” boasts local champions Donny Benet on keys…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: CONCUSSION

  Concussion is an inflammatory story that is told in a subtle and benign way. It’s a film that covers the real-life events of a Nigerian-American pathologist’s discovery of a brain disorder called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). It’s one that is caused by repeated trauma to the head and was initially discovered in the brains of…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES

  Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is not for the faint-hearted or the Jane Austen purist. The film is an adaption of the successful, mash-up novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. While it has some enjoyable and indeed agreeable moments, the basic ingredients are too much like chalk and cheese. This means they could never really combine…