DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY

  The story of the doomsday cult, The Family, is terrifying. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect from a scary horror movie, not from little old Ferny Creek in Mount Dandenong. The eponymous documentary about this notorious sect lifts the veil and attempts to look inside this mysterious group, and the miscarriage of justice…

BOOK REVIEW: JASON ARNOPP – THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS

  The Last Days of Jack Sparks boasts one unique and clever premise for a story. The book is written by British journalist and author, Jason Arnopp but is also presented as being the “final” book or epitaph by a controversial journalist and broadcaster named Jack Sparks. This is an unnerving and mysterious tale that…

DVD REVIEW: THE HECKLER

  The Heckler is an Australian film that is not just a comedy but one that’s also about the genre, or stand-up in particular. It’s a body swap film that is a bit like Freaky Friday meets Ghost. It’s a low-budget satire that fills some rather large shoes by managing to stand-out from most other comedy…

FILM REVIEW: THE PRICE OF FAME (La rançon de la gloire)

  The Price of Fame (La rançon de la gloire) has an interesting-enough hook. It is based on some true events that occurred in the seventies when two desperate crooks decided to steal the body of the legendary, Charlie Chaplin and hold it to ransom. The film is ultimately a letdown that is plagued by problems…

FILM REVIEW: THE GOLD SPINNERS

  Peedu Ojamaa once had the world’s greatest job. He was the founder and boss of the only commercial film studio in the Soviet Union at a time when the iron curtain ruled and there was a strictly planned economy. Advertisements were unnecessary as there was a shortage of goods due to government controls, but these…