THEATRE REVIEW: CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY @ CAPITOL THEATRE SYDNEY

  It didn’t matter if you were six, one hundred and six, or somewhere in between. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory made us all act like little kids in a candy shop. This was a joyous musical based on the beloved Roald Dahl book and one that successfully straddles the lines between lightness and darkness. It also looks poised…

FILM REVIEW: STORM BOY

Storm Boy was originally a beloved and classic novel by the late Colin Thiele. Older audiences may have studied the text in school, as well as the 1971 film adaptation. You could argue that a new film version is rather unnecessary, but the latest offering does try to reach new audiences by contemporising some things….

DVD REVIEW: OF MICE & MEN

  The world can be a cruel place, as Of Mice & Men shows. The film is a faithful adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novella. It isn’t the first time this was adapted for the screen and it may not be the last; but this taut, emotional film is one that grabs you by the scuff…

DVD REVIEW: VANITY FAIR

  Shakespeare may have said that all the world’s a stage. In William Thackeray’s case it was all a game, at least for his character, Becky Sharp. The story has been adapted many times over the years and the latest mini-series is another fabulous romp through the classes. Think of The Great Gatsby in Regency England…

FILM REVIEW: LEAN ON PETE

  Lean on Pete is about a poor boy in more ways than one. This troubled teen was abandoned by his Mum and lives with his selfish father in poverty. His saving grace comes in the shape of an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. This slow-burning drama sees this teen fall off his horse, only…

FILM REVIEW: BEAUTIFUL BOY

  We always hurt the ones we love the most. This is certainly the case with Beautiful Boy. The film is an emotional drama about a father who is grappling with his son’s drug addiction. It’s a very human and poignant story. This film is the English language debut for director, Felix Van Groeningen. The plot is inspired by…

DVD REVIEW: AGATHA CHRISTIE’S CROOKED HOUSE

  We all know the story where the butler did it. But Agatha Christie’s Crooked House isn’t like that. Published in 1949, the novel was one of the author’s favourite stories. This is also a beautifully-shot period film. It’s an adaptation that leads you down the garden path and around the maze of an eccentric family’s country house….

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….

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: 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…