FILM REVIEW: THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY

  Most documentaries are good at providing observations about a subject. They are often unobtrusive and just like a fly-on-the-wall. But what do you do when you’ve chosen to chronicle an individual who is an illusionist and expert prankster by day? TV director, Ben Berman grapples with this as well as the notion of the truth in…

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…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE CARETAKER

  The Caretaker focuses on three men in their natural habitat. The renowned, Harold Pinter play is a character-driven one that explores the relationship between a homeless man and two brothers. The story is a dense, dialogue-driven piece that unfolds within the confines of a West London flat. Some viewers may enjoy its clever lines, but others may…

THEATRE REVIEW: GLASS ONION @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

The walrus was Paul, Clapton was God and Lennon is Legend. John Waters knows this because he’s had a lot of practice. Playing the tribute show, Lennon: Glass Onion since 1992, he sure knows how to live and breathe John Lennon. Oh, and that’s along with a little help from a friend called, Stewart D’Arrietta. The late John Lennon wrote hundreds of…

FILM REVIEW: STAN & OLLIE

  Some acts come as a package deal. Bert and Ernie. Batman and Robin. Tom and Jerry. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy AKA comedy duo, Laurel & Hardy, can be added to this list. The two comedians made over 100 silent and talking films. They entertained audiences with their funny antics and slapstick for decades. The biopic, Stan & Ollie is a celebration…

COMEDY REVIEW: JUST FOR LAUGHS ALL-STAR GALA @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

  Ten comedians walk into the Opera House. They deliver some cracking jokes. Hilarity ensues. Rinse and repeat. This is how you could sum up the 8th Just for Laughs All-Star Gala. Local and international comics came together to deliver some wonderful observational and improvisational comedy. Our nation’s very own Dave Hughes was MC for the night. His dry…

FILM REVIEW: LOST IN FRANCE

  What goes on tour stays on tour. Except if you’re the Scottish artists who feature in Lost in France. This music documentary is a boozy and breezy look back at a once-forgotten, 1997 Brittany tour. The artists reunite again in 2015 and in doing so, prove that some things – like friendship – never change. The…

THEATRE REVIEW: CANDIDE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Photo credit: Grant Leslie For years people have been perplexed by Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Is it an operetta? A comedy? Musical theatre? A little of all of the above? Perhaps the safest description is that of “comic operetta,” where the draw-card is some dynamic and electric music. Mitchell Butel directs this latest production, which coincides with what would have been Bernstein’s…

FILM REVIEW: JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN

  Johnny English Strikes Again is the third film in this popular franchise. This latest spy spoof follows its predecessors in once again offering audiences a funny romp with an unlikely secret agent. There are predictable scrapes and outrageous hijinks but one thing’s for certain, you are in for a fun ride. David Kerr directs this film,…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE WHARF REVUE @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE

  The Wharf Revue have been proudly entertaining audiences by skewering politicians since 2000. This year’s instalment was the troupe’s first without co-founder and musical director, Phil Scott, but the show remained strong and funny. The opening night at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatre was a rollicking one with a vaudeville feel that hit some really high notes….