BLU-RAY REVIEW: DEAD MEN DON’T WEAR PLAID

  A film with a title like Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid was always going to be a strange beast. It’s a black and white parody that was made in 1982. It spoofs 1940s noir and detective films and it’s a collaboration between Steve Martin and Carl Reiner. It’s also a zany lot of weird, old…

COMEDY REVIEW: SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA @ ENMORE THEATRE

  The Sydney Comedy Festival turns 18 this year and is officially an “adult” in comedy terms, according to one Jerry Seinfeld. So no surprises that the Enmore Theatre’s all-star gala included lots of grownup themes and occasional coarse language. MC Harley Breen helmed what was a great taster of a show featuring 15 other local and…

DVD REVIEW: DUCKMAN – THE COMPLETE SERIES SEASONS 1-4

  Duckman is a cartoon schlub who isn’t your average duck. Or man. He’s a funny, angry and crude cat who is a single Dad and rubbish private investigator who is routinely saved by his loyal sidekick. Duckman is no superhero but he certainly has a smart and irreverent take on the world and walks to…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID SEDARIS – THEFT BY FINDING DIARIES 1977-2002

Reading someone’s diary is an intimate, voyeuristic experience. This is even more apparent in the case of author, humourist, and professional people-watcher, David Sedaris’ diaries. Theft by Finding – Diaries: Volume One is named after something an Englishwoman told Sedaris where finding money on the street and pocketing it without searching for its rightful owner is called,…

BOOK REVIEW: DANIEL H. PINK – WHEN

  There are some people who believe that timing is everything. American author and speaker, Daniel H. Pink is someone who appreciates the importance of timing, as he describes in his new book – When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Pink believes that timing is not an art but a science, and has created a highly accessible volume…

BOOK REVIEW: BETOOTA’S AUSTRALIA

  When you’re a kid from a small, country town, the prospect of leaving home and moving to the big smoke can be scary. The guys from The Betoota Advocate know all about this so they’ve written Betoota’s Australia – A Guide to the Great Southern Land by Australia’s Oldest Newspaper (although in truth, it’s actually by…

BOOK REVIEW: JANE BULL – THE BEST EVER BAKING BOOK

  The Best Ever Baking Book could also be called, “My First Ever Baking Book.” This colourful volume is written by Jane Ball who has penned numerous children’s books about crafts, cooking and activities, all of which make a good resource over the school holiday break. In this vibrant hardcover, she introduces youngsters to the world…

FILM REVIEW: FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

They say that film stars don’t die in Liverpool but this bio-pic of the same name just might. Okay, that’s a bit harsh but the fact is the story is quite a basic one that could have been realised in a much better way. While the performances are top-notch you can’t help but feel like…

DVD REVIEW: FRIDAY ON MY MIND

  Friday On My Mind is a musical rags-to-riches story. It was originally a telemovie that aired on the ABC in 2017. It told the story of The Easybeats, a band of five guys who rose to prominence in Australia in the 1960s before taking on the world with a series of popular singles. Their biggest…

BOOK REVIEW: EDITED BY LINDA PICONE – QUOTES FOR NASTY WOMEN

  When Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman” during the last political debate in 2016, he was trying to demean his fellow presidential candidate. But some women decided to adopt this phrase as a badge of honour and reclaim it as a tool for empowerment. This is the perspective that the book, Quotes…

BOOK REVIEW: DR KARL KRUZELNICKI – KARL, THE UNIVERSE & EVERYTHING

  If Iggy Pop had a “lust for life” then Dr Karl Kruszelnicki has a “lust for science.” This loud-shirt wearing man is a beloved Australian institution and our very own, “Science Guy.” He has recently penned his 43rd book, Karl, the Universe and Everything, an all-encompassing volume where the worlds of science, facts and studies into…