FILM REVIEW: TEDDY PENDEGRASS- IF YOU DON’T KNOW ME

  If you don’t know artist, Teddy Pendergrass by now, you certainly will. In the documentary, If You Don’t Know Me we learn all about this R & B singer who was often referred to as “The Black Elvis.” This film is an illuminating look at the life and legacy of this legendary soul man. Pendergrass’ story is one…

FILM REVIEW: TOMMY EMMANUEL: THE ENDLESS ROAD

  He’s Australia’s very own finger-picking, boogie-woogie man. Tommy Emmanuel is a guitar icon and one of only a handful of people who can say they’re a certified guitar player. Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road is an entertaining look at many facets of this charismatic musician and artist. This film is written and directed by Jeremy Dylan who has made…

FILM REVIEW: THE CHILLS: THE TRIUMPH & TRAGEDY OF MARTIN PHILLIPPS

  Martin Phillipps is a brave, post-punk poet. The leader of the New Zealand band, The Chills has had a long and varied career writing heavenly pop tunes that are filled with dark undercurrents. The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps is a revealing look at an eccentric protagonist in his own tragicomic story. Phillipps is an artist…

FILM REVIEW: ALL IS TRUE

  It’s fair to say that most people know Shakespeare and his plays. But very little is known about the old Bard himself. All Is True is a bio-pic about ye olde William i.e. the writer in his twilight years. The result is a story that relies on some speculation and doesn’t always live up to its…

BOOK REVIEW: PHILIP NORMAN- SLOWHAND- THE LIFE & MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON

  To some people, Eric Clapton is god. But for author and journalist, Philip Norman, the Slowhand guitarist is unquestionably human. A talented star sure, but also a fallible guy. Slowhand: The Life & Music of Eric Clapton is a detailed biography covering Clapton’s extraordinary career. Clapton’s life has been chronicled before. The legendary artist has published his own memoirs (with…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVE ITZKOFF – ROBIN

  Robin Williams was a contradictory star. He had a larger-than-life stage persona even though he was an introvert at heart. A hilarious man who could improvise with lightning-fast speed, he was also wracked by depression and addiction. Robin is the first biography about this late, great genius and while it covers a lot of territory, you…

DVD REVIEW: CAMILLE CLAUDEL

  Auguste Rodin and his muse and lover, Camille Claudel have inspired various bio-pics. Juliette Binoche starred as the titular character experiencing despair in Camille Claudel 1915. Vincent Lindon meanwhile, played the famous sculptor in Rodin. Camille Claudel is a detailed and uneven film examining her tortured relationship with the master artist. This 1988 French film was…

FILM REVIEW: WHITNEY

Whitney may not be the most necessary film but it’s certainly an entertaining one. This documentary comes hot on the heels of Whitney: Can I Be Me, but where this latest offering differs is in its unprecedented access to Whitney Houston’s family and friends. The result is an intimate and bittersweet portrait of her meteoric success and her equally tragic…

DIGITAL REVIEW: BIRTHMARKED

The debate over nature versus nurture has long been an important one. The best piece of art to explore this issue was undoubtedly Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. The same cannot be said about the dark comedy, Birthmarked. This film is one that feels as though it is half-cooked on the petri dish….