DVD REVIEW: BODYHACK 2.0

  There is television that is the viewing equivalent of eating fairy floss. And then there’s Todd Sampson. The Gruen panellist and adventurer has been pushing the limits of documentary filmmaking with his television programs, Redesign My Brain and Body Hack. The latter is now in season two or version 2.0 and it is showing no signs of…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK SEASON 5

  For the past few years viewers of Orange Is The New Black have enjoyed this show because it is a comedic look at the realities of prison life. Season five however, takes a slightly different turn. This is predominantly due to the brutal death of inmate, Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) in season four. The result…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE CHAMBER

A lot of human behaviour is explained by the combination of nature vs. nurture. That is, the role of our DNA compared with the environment we are raised in. The Chamber is a film that focuses solely on the latter by examining a violent crime committed by a racist who comes from a family of bigots….

BOOK REVIEW: GRETCHEN RUBIN – THE FOUR TENDENCIES

  Many of us will be familiar with the idiom, “Different strokes for different folks.” While this quote could mean that people are varied and enjoy different things, it can also be used to justify people’s diverse habits and motivations. Gretchen Rubin is a habits expert who has developed a new framework for identifying and…

BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTOPHER PAYNE PHD & ROB BARNETT – THE ECONOMISTS’ DIET

  The Economists’ Diet was written by two men who practice what they preach. Christopher Payne PhD and Rob Barnett are two formerly obese economists. They discovered and formulated some principles for weight-loss and diet and this resulted in their shedding the excess weight and keeping it off for several years. Their book is ultimately a…

LIVE REVIEW: IRVINE WELSH: THE SEX LIVES OF SIAMESE TWINS @ SYDNEY WRITERS’ FESTIVAL (25.05.2014)

  The Sydney Writers’ Festival may have been described as “Thinking season” but at the beginning of Irvine Welsh’s event the host and journalist, Angus Fontaine declared it, “Drinking season”. The pair originally met some 17 years ago at the same festival where the Scottish author read from his novel, Filth. The two started drinking bloody Mary’s and smoking spiffs…