BOOK REVIEW: KITTY FLANAGAN – BRIDGE BURNING & OTHER HOBBIES

  Kitty Flanagan is an accomplished stand-up and regular on TV shows like Utopia and The Weekly With Charlie Pickering. She is a chronic over-thinker in the best possible way, and this is evident in her first book: Bridge Burning & Other Hobbies. A collection of funny anecdotes and personal stories, readers will find this book as relatable and enjoyable as her…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST

  Lionel Richie sang about the things that happened “All night long” but the film Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist certainly got there. This is a pleasant little teen rom-com. It’s one that certainly has its moments and while it can be a bit predictable and one-track at times, it’s still enjoyable enough and just…

FILM REVIEW: EX LIBRIS: THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

  The New York Public Library is one large institution. So it should come as no surprise that the documentary about it is also quite big and sprawling in nature. Ex Libris: The New York Public Library is like reading hundreds of chapters from various books; you might learn something but that doesn’t change the fact it’s…

FILM REVIEW: YELLOW IS FORBIDDEN

  Colours have different meanings. In Imperial China, yellow was reserved for the emperor. It was believed to be the centre of everything because it generated yin and yang. For fashion designer, Guo Pei it is a colour that has become a signature part of her colour palate. If you don’t believe us, you need look no…

FILM REVIEW: BAD REPUTATION

  Joan Jett’s documentary, Bad Reputation had me from the moment she was told girls can’t play rock and roll music and she went ahead and did it anyway. The leather clad rocker has had a brilliant career, which this film celebrates. Bad Reputation is ultimately a fun and rollicking watch about a strong woman who is proud to…

FILM REVIEW: MCQUEEN

  Fashion designer (Lee) Alexander McQueen was a true artist. He would say, “If you want to know me, look at my work.” The documentary, McQueen captures some of his enigma by looking behind-the-scenes at his extraordinary talent and story. While you get some sense of what this artistic genius was like you also get the feeling that some…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE CHAMBER

A lot of human behaviour is explained by the combination of nature vs. nurture. That is, the role of our DNA compared with the environment we are raised in. The Chamber is a film that focuses solely on the latter by examining a violent crime committed by a racist who comes from a family of bigots….

BLU-RAY REVIEW: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID

  A film with a title like Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid was always going to be a strange beast. It’s a black and white parody that was made in 1982. It spoofs 1940s noir and detective films and it’s a collaboration between Steve Martin and Carl Reiner. It’s also a zany lot of weird, old…

FILM REVIEW: THE CHILDREN ACT

  The Children Act is a drama that is wrapped around a moral quandary. It asks the question, “How old should someone be before they can refuse medical treatment?” This adaptation of an Ian McEwan novel is an emotive legal and moral drama that will give audiences pause to think. This film is directed by Richard Eyre (Iris) and stars Emma…

FILM REVIEW: THE WIFE

  The title of the film, The Wife, gives away about as much as the titular character. Is she a good one? A bad lady? The answer is a mystery for a large portion of this slow-burning character study. One thing’s for certain, this wifey is brimming with conflicting emotions in this bittersweet, character-driven drama. Glenn Close stars…