BOOK REVIEW: PAUL DOLAN – HAPPY EVER AFTER

  I’ll have what she’s having. Or will I? When it comes to “Happy Ever After” many of us believe we all want the same things. But Paul Dolan’s latest book challenges us to think otherwise. He does this with some myth-busting and some clear-eyed, intellectual arguments. Paul Dolan is known as a happiness expert. He’s a…

BOOK REVIEW: MELINA MARCHETTA – THE PLACE ON DALHOUSIE

  Some people read books to escape their lives. For other readers, they want to consume a story that mirrors their own. Author, Melina Marchetta certainly fits into the latter camp. Her latest novel – the third in her Inner West trilogy, set in the suburbs of Sydney – is a close examination of the sorts of…

BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT WHEELER- HEMINGWAY’S HAVANA

  The acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway has been the subject of many books. The famous writer has inspired so many words that the world probably doesn’t need anything more written about him. But Hemingway’s Havana takes a unique approach because photographs are used to evoke the legend’s spirit and time spent in Cuba. The result…

FILM REVIEW: RAISE HELL

  The Titanic had the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Texas meanwhile, had the unstoppable Molly Ivins. This tall, flame-haired woman was an outspoken, political commentator with a razor-sharp wit. Raise Hell is a documentary that covers every inch of this larger-than-life character. This film is the first documentary to be made about this formidable subject. It’s hard to see why,…

FILM REVIEW: HUMAN NATURE

  At SXSW 2017, American biochemist, Jennifer Doudna was telling everybody about CRISPR. Allow me one last Human Nature reference… Doudna was telling the last ones to know about a new technology that has the potential to alter genes. Human Nature is a documentary that takes a deep dive into this fascinating scientific world, and chronicles both its incredible…

BOOK REVIEW: SCARLETT CURTIS – FEMINIST’S DON’T WEAR PINK- AND OTHER LIES

  When writer and journalist Scarlett Curtis was told feminists don’t wear pink she was undeterred. In fact, she decided to challenge this thinking head-on. The result, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & Other Lies, is an anthology in which 52 inspiring women describe what feminism means to them. The collection is complicated and multi-faceted and proves that…

BOOK REVIEW: SARAH VAUGHAN – ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL

  He’s a well-respected man around London town. Or is he? In Sarah Vaughan’s third novel she examines a rape trial involving a charming, family man who works as a Tory politician. The result is a well-written and timely look at betrayal, power, and passion. To read the rest of this review please visit: https://100percentrock.com/book-reviews/201902/248523

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…

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…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE CLIMBING TREE

  When you’re a teenager you often feel like the world is against you. You’re too mature to be a child but not yet independent enough to be an adult. This is often a period associated with angst and growing pains. The Climbing Tree examines these existential problems while framing them around a nation’s past and the…