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…

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…

DVD REVIEW: CERTAIN WOMEN

  Certain Women is a film about four ladies, three stories and one small town. This drama is a naturalistic, character study set in an American microcosm. People who enjoy these kinds of films might like this unique window into such a personal lot of stories, but others may be left wanting something – anything…

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…

A Boy Named Charlie Brown/Snoopy Come Home 2 DVD Set Review

  He is one of the world’s most famous dogs and our oldest little boy. The beloved Snoopy and his hapless owner, Charlie Brown, were created by Charles M. Schulz almost seven decades ago. The two characters starred in the Peanuts films: A Boy Named Charlie Brown and Snoopy Come Home which are released together in…

DVD REVIEW: TO CATCH A KILLER

  They say you should watch out for the quiet ones. The same thinking applies to a well-respected man named John Wayne Gacy. The guy was one of America’s most notorious serial killers. The biopic, To Catch a Killer is about how this arrogant, cold-blooded murderer was uncovered. This film was made in 1992 when…

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….

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…

DVD REVIEW: MYSTERY ROAD

The secret’s out about the excellent drama/thriller series, Mystery Road. It’s actually a gripping, Australian detective story that sees the character, Jay Swan reprised from Ivan Sen’s films, Mystery Road and Goldstone. This time around the crime takes place in the small outback town of Patterson where the locals are elusive and tight-lipped about what is really going on. This makes…