DVD REVIEW: FINAL PORTRAIT

  Final Portrait is a bio-pic that would appeal to people who have always wanted to take a walk into an artist’s studio. This is a quiet and understated story about a few short meetings that took place between renowned artist, Alberto Giacometti and his sitter, James Lord in 1964. The result is a thin tale…

DVD REVIEW: DUCKMAN – THE COMPLETE SERIES SEASONS 1-4

  Duckman is a cartoon schlub who isn’t your average duck. Or man. He’s a funny, angry and crude cat who is a single Dad and rubbish private investigator who is routinely saved by his loyal sidekick. Duckman is no superhero but he certainly has a smart and irreverent take on the world and walks to…

DVD REVIEW: TULIP FEVER

  In The Light Between Oceans Alicia Vikander starred in a period romance that posed some questions about maternity. There are some parallels with Tulip Fever because here is another lush period-piece adapted from a novel grappling with a similar problem. Tulip Fever is a well-intentioned film that certainly held a lot of promise but the…

DVD REVIEW: REBEL IN THE RYE

  There is a line in Rebel In The Rye where famous author, J.D. Salinger declares that fiction is “More truthful than reality.” The same can also be said of this bio-pic. The plot is all about the notoriously private and reclusive author of the classic novel, The Catcher In The Rye, and while much has…

DVD REVIEW: FRIDAY ON MY MIND

  Friday On My Mind is a musical rags-to-riches story. It was originally a telemovie that aired on the ABC in 2017. It told the story of The Easybeats, a band of five guys who rose to prominence in Australia in the 1960s before taking on the world with a series of popular singles. Their biggest…

DVD REVIEW: HAMPSTEAD

Hampstead is a charming little film provided you don’t mind your reality served with extra sugar. It is based on a true story but you get the sense that this is only loosely. It is a pleasant, neat and gentle rom-com about an unlikely couple of older people who find each other in some contrived circumstances…

DVD REVIEW: MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS

  Married By Christmas is a made for TV rom-com that features a race to the altar. As a piece of Christmas escapism it is adequate as long as you don’t think too hard about the premise. The idea is one that might have made a little more sense if it was produced several decades…

DVD REVIEW: A STAR FOR CHRISTMAS

A Star For Christmas is a cheesy holiday romance and a story that we’ve all heard a million times before. In fact, instead of “A star” for Christmas, most of us would’ve settled on “A new story” for the festive season. This film is supposed to be feel-good, fun and full of cheer but it…

DVD REVIEW: ROUGH NIGHT

Rough Night is a film starring a group of women. But this group of dames ain’t ladies. This film is a patchy comedy that borrows heavily from The Hangover and Weekend At Bernie’s and flips the gender stereotypes on its head. This itself is a good thing; even if the same cannot be said about the remainder…

DVD REVIEW: A FAMILY MAN

  A Family Man is a film about an ambitious, corporate-type who is forced to reassess his priorities. Sound familiar? It’s because this road to redemption is a well-trodden one. A Family Man continues along this journey of clichés without offering anything particularly original or endearing through the process. Gerard Butler (300) stars as Dane Jensen or the eponymous…

DVD REVIEW: WAKEFIELD

  Wakefield is a long, drawn-out rendering of a short story. It shows one man’s descent into madness and how he becomes a voyeur of his own family. The film is a dramatic one and while the central idea seems original enough, it’s something that was better in the written format than in a full-length, feature…

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…