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…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: DETROIT

  Detroit depicts an ugly side of humanity. And what’s more staggering is that it is based on a particularly bleak chapter in American history. This docudrama is a brutal and observational traversal of the history books, which immerses the viewer square in the depths of the thick of it. The result is like a punch…

FILM REVIEW: THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET

Ringo Starr told people to stop and smell the roses. Ferris Bueller also reminded us that life moves pretty fast and encouraged us to stop or we’d miss it. Matt Green is someone who is doing just that. This 37-year-old former engineer is walking every street in New York City’s five boroughs. It’s a journey of over…

BOOK REVIEW: BETOOTA’S AUSTRALIA

  When you’re a kid from a small, country town, the prospect of leaving home and moving to the big smoke can be scary. The guys from The Betoota Advocate know all about this so they’ve written Betoota’s Australia – A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australia’s Oldest Newspaper (although in truth, it’s actually by…

FILM REVIEW: ALT RIGHT: ART OF RAGE

  In Australia we had John Safran playing provocateur and spending time with white nationalists in his book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist. In the US, a SXSW documentary takes a similar approach with filmmaker, Adam Bhala Lough embedding himself with some representatives from political extremes in Alt Right: Art of Rage. The film ultimately looks at a modern-day oxymoron,…

BOOK REVIEW: GRETCHEN RUBIN – THE FOUR TENDENCIES

  Many of us will be familiar with the idiom, “Different strokes for different folks.” While this quote could mean that people are varied and enjoy different things, it can also be used to justify people’s diverse habits and motivations. Gretchen Rubin is a habits expert who has developed a new framework for identifying and…

BOOK REVIEW: JANE BULL – THE BEST EVER BAKING BOOK

  The Best Ever Baking Book could also be called, “My First Ever Baking Book.” This colourful volume is written by Jane Ball who has penned numerous children’s books about crafts, cooking and activities, all of which make a good resource over the school holiday break. In this vibrant hardcover, she introduces youngsters to the world…

FILM REVIEW: GEEK GIRLS

Geek Girls is a documentary that plays out like a love letter from one person to members of their very own kind. It is a film that tackles a wide array of different subjects and does this with varying results. The story is commendable because it shares some relatable tales from a range of well-spoken…

BOOK REVIEW: HEATH O’LOUGHLIN – SONS OF GOD

Consider the famous trope, “I would love to tell you, but then, of course I’d have to kill you” made famous by the likes of Top Gun, American Psycho and Sherlock, to name a few. You get the sense that this is also applicable when you read the true crime title, Sons of God – Inside the Secret World of…

FILM REVIEW: BIG DREAM

  Microsoft have asked us, “Where do you want to go today?” The answer can be found in their new slogan, “Empowering us all” and in the film, Big Dream, which they helped fund. This documentary draws together the stories of several inspiring young women who are challenging the male-dominated STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) industries…

FILM REVIEW: ROCK N’ROLL

  Rock’ n Roll is a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The same can also be said about the film’s star, writer and director, Guillaume Canet. The result is an uneven French comedy and a satire that examines the worst of Hollywood and show business ego, and while it deserves points for originality, the script requires…