BLU-RAY REVIEW: INCEPTION

  Inception is one of those films that feels like a riddle, wrapped up in an enigma and smothered in rhyme. This ambitious and busy film is not one for the faint-hearted because it’s something that requires your full, undivided attention. The end result is something that is visually sumptuous and a delight for the eyes…

FILM REVIEW: LOVE AT FIRST CHILD (ANGE ET GABRIELLE)

  Love At First Child (Ange et Gabrielle) is a film where a baby brings a man and woman together. And we’re not talking about its parents. This film is a light, French rom-com that is a little like eating a sweet soufflé, it’s fluffy and nice at the time but utterly forgettable shortly afterwards. The…

FILM REVIEW: THE TRIP TO SPAIN

  The Trip To Spain follows the same route at the previous instalments. Not literally. This time around Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon traverse Spain in a film that does not hold any real surprises but it does make for one funny and entertaining trip. This film is directed by Michael Winterbottom who also helmed the previous films and two TV series….

BOOK REVIEW: MANDY LEN CATRON – HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE

  In 2015 writer and academic, Mandy Len Catron went viral when an article she wrote was published in The New York Times. It was called, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This” where she described her recent date with a new acquaintance. They had answered 36 questions together from a research study designed to make people fall…

FILM REVIEW: THE WHARF REVUE 2015 PRESENTED BY THE ACTORS BENEVOLENT FUND

  The Actors Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, charitable organisation who has been providing financial and practical assistance to professional performers since 1944. They support individuals who are unable to work due to illness, injury or disability. This charity recently held a fundraising night at Dendy Opera Quays where they screened a recording of the 2015…

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)…