BOOK REVIEW: HANNAH JEWELL – 100 NASTY WOMEN OF HISTORY

  Hannah Jewell is a former BuzzFeed writer you might know from such viral articles as 12 Historical Women Who Gave No F**ks and 14 Badass Historical Women to Name your Daughters After. These days, Jewell is a pop culture journalist at the Washington Post and the author of a debut book titled, 100 Nasty Women of History – Brilliant, Badass and Completely Fearless…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE UNBELIEVABLES @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Photo credit: Jacquie Manning Seeing is believing. Especially when you are watching a theatre show like, The Unbelievables. This variety show comes from the producers of The Illusionists and Circus 1903 and promises to be the “greatest” one on earth. The finished product is a grand assortment of different treats and tricks, with performers from multiple disciplines and presentations that left…

BOOK REVIEW: LILY TUCK – SISTERS

  When The Four Tops sang about “Standing in the shadows of love” Lily Tuck’s Sisterswasn’t quite what they had in mind. And yet, this novella by a National Book Award recipient feels like it could use that track as an anthem. This story is a tense piece about a second wife who is obsessed by the…

FILM REVIEW: JUST TO BE SURE (ÔTEZ-MOI D’UN DOUTE)

  Just To Be Sure (Ôtez-moi d’un doute) is a French comedy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It deals with some important and weighty issues like: family, identity and roots but handles these in a quirky and funny way. What could have been a self-proclaimed neo-Greek tragedy actually turns out to be a fun and…

BOOK REVIEW: JOHN BIRMINGHAM – STRANGER THINGIES

John Birmingham is a satirist, newspaper columnist, writer and blogger. He’s also a man who knows how to find the funny in most situations. The cover of his latest book, Stranger Thingies sees comedian, Wil Anderson going so far as to say that if laughter is the best medicine then he’s claiming Birmingham’s book on Medicare. Stranger Thingies draws…

BOOK REVIEW: NICOLE LARA – BULLET IT! A NOTEBOOK

The bullet journal or BuJo is a planning system that was created by designer, Ryder Carroll. It’s one that allows people to get organised, reflect on their actions and beliefs and to consider the future by combining a traditional calendar or planner with a diary/journal and notebook. Its aim is to eliminate the need for…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

The fourth wall is the imagined one separating actors from the audience. In Everything, Everything it feels like this is completely impenetrable. The main protagonist is a girl with an auto-immune disorder who has lived a life confined to her ultra-modern, sterilised house. The character seems like a nice-enough individual with a rich imagination but the…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: GIFTED

  Gifted is a film that asks some questions about how one should raise an exceptionally clever and talented child. Should the kid be pushed and have their abilities challenged in an environment where they may grow and excel or should they be simply allowed to be a “kid” and stay grounded? Gifted is ultimately a predictable…