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…

DVD REVIEW: CAFE SOCIETY

  It seems that La La Land is not the only film to look affectionately at some halcyon days in Hollywood. Woody Allen’s Café Society manages to do this as well as celebrating the jazzy nightlife of New York. This is a light yet fun film that is like a love letter to old money and its trappings,…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES

  Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is not for the faint-hearted or the Jane Austen purist. The film is an adaption of the successful, mash-up novel by Seth Grahame-Smith. While it has some enjoyable and indeed agreeable moments, the basic ingredients are too much like chalk and cheese. This means they could never really combine…

BOOK REVIEW: JOSEPHINE MOON – THE BEEKEEPER’S SECRET

  The Beekeeper’s Secret marks a slight departure in style for Australian author, Josephine Moon. In her third novel the writer has once again put together a vibrant and easy-to-read story about love, loss, family and friendship but this time around also manages to thread in some extra twists of suspense and mystery to the…

DVD REVIEW: THE WRECKING CREW

For the record, The Wrecking Crew were an amazing group of musicians. It’s also the name of a group of artists you’re unlikely to have heard of, except in their music. The Wrecking Crew is a film that looks set to redress all that because it plays out like a love letter to some unsung heroes…