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: ADAM HILLS – BEST FOOT FORWARD

  Adam Hills is the nicest guy in comedy. Thanks to his memoir, Best Foot Forward, he can also claim to be a “top bloke” in the world of publishing. In this book he reflects on both his personal life and his career, offering up lots of funny anecdotes and inspirational stories. As with his stand-up, it’s hard…

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…

BOOK REVIEW: MARCIA WILLIAMS – THREE CHEERS FOR WOMEN!

  Hip hip hooray. In Marcia Williams’ latest picture book she offers up lots of joyful jubilation for over 70 famous women from history. This book is a fine idea that is rendered in a bright and vivacious comic book style. This style will appeal to some readers but others might find it a tad…

BOOK REVIEW: STUART KELLS – THE LIBRARY- A CATALOGUE OF WONDERS

  A leading Australian bibliophile goes on a tour of thousands of libraries. The result isn’t a punchline but in fact a book called The Library by Stuart Kells. This volume is a fascinating text that draws together Kells’ scholarly essays on a range of different topics related to the storage of books, reading in general and different methods…

FILM REVIEW: ALI’S WEDDING

  It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world. The events depicted in Ali’s Wedding, the new Australian film and Muslim rom-com are based on true events. Unfortunately. This comedy is a funny and vibrant look at life in Australia for a family of Middle Eastern immigrants and like Looking For Alibrandi, The Family Law and Acropolis Now, it is another…

FILM REVIEW: THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES

  The Time Of Their Lives is a film about two unlikely friends getting a second chance at life. It’s one where you feel like if it had had its own second chance it could have been excellent, but instead will have to settle for being just good. This is ultimately a light, comedy caper and…

COMEDY REVIEW: AKMAL SALEH @ ENMORE THEATRE (19.05.2017)

  Akmal Saleh’s parting words to the audience of his Sydney Comedy Festival show, Transparent, were to go forth and “be silly and childish.” It’s fair to say that for an hour he had done just that. His stand-up show had been a casual and loose affair where he often made it appear like he…

FOOD REVIEW: TASTE OF SYDNEY

For four days the gorgeous Centennial Park in Sydney was transformed into a foodie lover’s heaven. From March 9 punters got to sample the best that Sydney’s food scene had to offer, thanks to some 12 restaurants cooking up 50 dishes, a marketplace with over 100 artisan producers, and over 80 masterclasses taught by this…