FILM REVIEW: THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY

  Most documentaries are good at providing observations about a subject. They are often unobtrusive and just like a fly-on-the-wall. But what do you do when you’ve chosen to chronicle an individual who is an illusionist and expert prankster by day? TV director, Ben Berman grapples with this as well as the notion of the truth in…

COMEDY REVIEW: DAVE HUGHES @ ENMORE THEATRE

  Comedian, Dave Hughes presents an interesting conundrum wrapped up in a larrikin drawl. He’s so famous we know him simply as “Hughesy.” This comic is also our favourite agony uncle with his own TV show, Hughesy We Have a Problem. He’s so down-to-earth and self-deprecating, that we’d love to drink with him (even though…

DVD REVIEW: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾

  The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ smells like teen spirit. The English TV series from the 1980s examined the trials and tribulations of an almost 14 going on 35-year-old. The program is now a fun slice of nostalgia for anyone who has ever felt teen angst and tried to grow up…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE MERGER

  Australians let us all rejoice for we all love our sports. The comedy film, The Merger, knows this and celebrates this part of our culture. The result is a well-intentioned look at how people from all walks of life can come together for a good game of footy. This film – directed by Backyard Ashes’…

FILM REVIEW: SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER

  Sometimes Always Never proves its only words. This UK dramedy is about a father and son’s complex relationship. It has an English sensibility and a profound love for the Scrabble board game. The result is a quirky and whimsical character study that feels like it pans out in real-time. This film at first was a…

DVD REVIEW: HERE COME THE CO-EDS

  Abbott & Costello were an America comedy duo who asked us, “Who’s on first?” The sketch was a hilarious baseball routine that continues to endure and entertain. These comedians made lots of films and television shows throughout their career. Here Come the Co-eds was one of their mid-career turns made in 1945. Even though it’s…

DVD REVIEW: DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?

It’s easy to dismiss Did You Hear About The Morgans? This rom-com is a predictable, fish-out-of-water tale. At times it also feels like a wasted opportunity insofar as a little extra finesse and polish could have meant that this film was better. This movie is written and directed by Marc Lawrence who also gave us…

FILM REVIEW: STAN & OLLIE

  Some acts come as a package deal. Bert and Ernie. Batman and Robin. Tom and Jerry. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy AKA comedy duo, Laurel & Hardy, can be added to this list. The two comedians made over 100 silent and talking films. They entertained audiences with their funny antics and slapstick for decades. The biopic, Stan & Ollie is a celebration…

THEATRE REVIEW: PETER PAN GOES WRONG

  Most professional theatre shows are polished, well-oiled machines. But what happens when things go haywire? Indeed, can many wrongs make a right? The comedic play, Peter Pan Goes Wrong, certainly knows about this because they make things so much fun with their heady mix of professional unprofessionalism. This farce is written by the same team…

COMEDY REVIEW: THE BETOOTA ADVOCATE ROADSHOW @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

  Most people wouldn’t know how to take a newspaper out on the road. But Clancy Overell and Errol Parker aren’t like most. These two, true blue Aussie blokes are the brainchild behind Australia’s favourite satirical newspaper, The Betoota Advocate. It’s one that shares a few things in common with The Chaser, The Shovel and The Onion. The Betoota Roadshow was a celebration of the…