DVD REVIEW: ROUGH NIGHT

Rough Night is a film starring a group of women. But this group of dames ain’t ladies. This film is a patchy comedy that borrows heavily from The Hangover and Weekend At Bernie’s and flips the gender stereotypes on its head. This itself is a good thing; even if the same cannot be said about the remainder…

FILM REVIEW: VICTORIA & ABDUL

  Dame Judi Dench has played Queen Victoria before in Mrs Brown,which showed the grieving monarch’s relationship with John Brown. In Victoria & Abdul Dench reprises her previous role and plays the Queen when the latter is a tad older and wiser. It also focuses on the monarch’s unlikely friendship with an Indian servant. The result is an uneven…

BOOK REVIEW: HAIRY MACLARY & FRIENDS LITTLE LIBRARY

  Hairy Maclary is a classic character from children’s books. The stories were always wonderful reads in that the language was simplistic but extremely well-crafted. The text featured excellent rhymes and delightful and whimsical prose. The Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library stars these same beloved characters, but the stories are condensed down to a single sentence…

FILM REVIEW: HAMPSTEAD

  Hampstead is a film that is based on a true story. But you get the sense that it’s a glossy, feel-good version of reality. The film is a pleasant rom-com that is a nice way to wile away 102 minutes so long as you don’t expect any surprises or social realism. The film is directed…

DVD REVIEW: ROBOT & FRANK

  In the wrong hands Robot & Frank could have been “Grumpy old man gets a slave.” But this film actually has a lot of redeeming qualities and is handled with a deft touch. It’s quite a sweet little buddy movie and caper about two unlikely friends working together to cook up some mischief. The film…

DVD REVIEW: PERFECT STRANGERS (PERFETTI SCONOSCIUTI)

  In the Italian film, Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) the question, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is asked. The answer is seven close friends who find out they don’t know each other as well as they thought. The film is a light comedy that looks at how technology has affected our lives for better and…

FILM REVIEW: TO STAY ALIVE – A METHOD

  Some people subscribe to the theory that you’ve got to suffer for your art. Two such individuals include the Godfather of Punk, Iggy Pop and the best-selling French novelist, Michel Houellebecq. In To Stay Alive – A Method the pair share a meeting of minds in a film that is artistic, experimental and semi-autobiographical…

DVD REVIEW: ROSEHAVEN SERIES ONE

  Rosehaven is a comedy show that finds the funny in lots of things. It’s a fish-out-of-water comedy, a buddy comedy and a sitcom set in rural Australia. This eight-part series debuted on the ABC in 2016 and it was a hit with audiences. This is because it’s a funny show about two rather unlikely…

BOOK REVIEW: RACHAEL JOHNS – THE ART OF KEEPING SECRETS

  Rachael Johns knows how to tell a good story. The author has written numerous romance novels and chick lit books. Her latest novel, The Art of Keeping Secrets is a well-crafted and emotional piece of fiction. It’s also a story that is a testament to the power of female friendship. The story is about…

DVD REVIEW: POH & CO SEASON 2

  Poh & Co. is a cooking and reality TV show starring Poh Ling Yeow, the former runner up of MasterChef Australia and the presenter of Poh’s Kitchen. This program has a homely, old school feel. In it Yeow spends time cooking and laughing while in the company of her family, friends and Scottish terrier…

BOOK REVIEW: JOSEPHINE MOON – THE CHOCOLATE PROMISE

  The second novel from “foodie” fiction writer, Josephine Moon lives up to its title as it contains a lot of chocolate and promise. This light and romantic comedy is an easy read that will make you think about chocolate as many times as the film, Julie & Julia made you want to eat French…