BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR 2: THE KLUMPS

  In Nutty Professor II: The Klumps Eddie Murphy has lost something and it isn’t Sherman Klump’s weight. It’s actually the charm and other things that made the first film so enjoyable. This unnecessary and unfunny sequel is one that dials up the gross-out gags and crude humour and this is at the expense of the…

DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY LAW

  The Law family have returned bigger and brighter than ever. That dysfunctional band of Chinese-Australians based on writer, Benjamin Law’s actual family and chronicled in his 2010 memoir of the same name are up to some of their usual hijinks. The second season of The Family Law picks up where the first one left off…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: JASPER JONES

  When a young woman’s dead body is found by two boys their lives are irrevocably changed. This is the premise for Jasper Jones, an Australian story that borrows a few things from the classic book, To Kill A Mockingbird. The film is a beautifully-shot, family drama about small-town prejudices and lies. Jasper Jones was originally a…

BOOK REVIEW: BRIGID DELANEY – WELLMANIA- MISADVENTURES IN THE SEARCH FOR WELLNESS

  A lot of us aspire to be well. It’s estimated that the wellness industry, which sells everything from day spas, retreats and yoga classes to supplements and detox diets is a multibillion dollar one that’s rising. Guardian journalist, Brigid Delaney is well-acquainted with this alternative church having been a devotee of various health and wellness fads over the…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS

John Lennon famously sang that “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” The film, Riding In Cars With Boys also touches on this same theme as it shows how the course of one young woman’s life is dramatically changed after she falls pregnant at the age of 15. The film is…

BASTILLE FESTIVAL AT CIRCULAR QUAY

The words “wine” and “cheese” are two of the most delectable in the English language. They’re also two very good reasons to celebrate France’s national holiday, Bastille Day. Sydney is host to a four-day Bastille Festival to celebrate all things French at Circular Quay. The Bastille Festival is a warm and vibrant one that’s also free. It…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE NUTTY PROFESSOR

  Eddie Murphy is a chameleon actor. Never was this more apparent than in the film, The Nutty Professor. This comedy would see him playing seven different roles in a story that was a remake of the Jerry Lewis film from 1963. It is ultimately a fun, crude and vibrant tale. Professor Sherman Klump (Murphy)…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: BOWFINGER

  Bowfinger is a film where one man’s silly idea actually pays dividends. It’s a comedy written by and starring Steve Martin and is about a wannabe Hollywood producer who goes to some extreme lengths to create his magnum opus. What ensues is a wild and often funny ride through the glitz, glamour and gaucheness of…

DVD REVIEW: THE STORY OF GOD SEASON 2

  The Story of God Season 2 provides the next chapters in Morgan Freeman’s documentary series about religion. The first season was so popular it was the most-viewed series for the National Geographic channel and this one looks poised to do the same. The follow-up touches on some similar elements that were presented in the…

COMEDY REVIEW: EFFIE THE VIRGIN BRIDE @ ICC SYDNEY THEATRE

  I was cordially invited to a big, fat Greek wedding also known as Effie the Virgin Bride. Effervescent, Greek-Australian Goddess, and virgin mother Effie Stephanides is finally becoming a bride, marrying her skip (Australian) fiancé, a plastic surgeon dreamboat named Shane Bradley Cooper. Mary Coustas‘s one woman show is funny, action-packaged, and a multi-media extravaganza….

DVD REVIEW: ROBOT & FRANK

  In the wrong hands Robot & Frank could have been “Grumpy old man gets a slave.” But this film actually has a lot of redeeming qualities and is handled with a deft touch. It’s quite a sweet little buddy movie and caper about two unlikely friends working together to cook up some mischief. The film…

BOOK REVIEW: HANNAH WITTON – DOING IT! LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

  For the majority of people “sex education” – if they even receive it from parents or schools – is scant at best. It typically involves telling young people to wait for as long as possible and informing them about contraception and how to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Writer, vlogger, and online sex educator,…