FILM REVIEW: MY COUSIN RACHEL

  For most things in life we are encouraged to leave our judgements at the door. But this is not the case for the thrilling, gothic romance, My Cousin Rachel. In this case the lady is a woman of mystery wrapped up in a riddle and topped off by an enigma, which means you are…

BOOK REVIEW: CATHERINE FOX – STOP FIXING WOMEN

  For years society’s “fingers” have been squarely pointed at women. We’ve been told what to do, what to avoid, to lean in, speak up, support each other and back ourselves. But has this information – which is sometimes contradictory – actually helped achieve anything? The gender pay gap remains largely unchanged and the percentage…

FILM REVIEW: JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY

  Most people were introduced to James “Jim” Foley when he appeared in a bright orange jumpsuit and reports (and video) confirmed that he had been the first American citizen to be murdered by ISIS. It was a moment where the Islamic State had stripped away his humanity and reduced Foley to a casualty. In…

BOOK REVIEW: GAYLE FORMAN – LEAVE ME

  It’s interesting that in her debut novel specifically written for adults, award-winning Young Adult author Gayle Forman has picked such a mature and relatable topic. Leave Me is the story of an over-stressed, over-worked and under-appreciated mother of four-year-old twins who is forced to stop and re-evaluate her life. It’s a book that is…

FILM REVIEW: HELP US FIND SUNIL TRIPATHI

  Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi is an excellent documentary and cautionary tale. It tells the story of a Brown University student who went missing in 2013 and how he was wrongly accused of being one of the Boston Marathon bombers. The film is a sensitive one about an amazing character and a sad indictment…

DVD REVIEW: CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES

  Cancer is a cruel disease. It’s also a very common one. It’s estimated that one in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with it. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is a comprehensive and informative documentary series that offers us a history of cancer (including how researchers came to understand the…

BOOK REVIEW: BAMBI SMYTH – BAD HAIR YEAR

  It was John Lennon who once sang that, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. This quote is especially relevant to children’s illustrator, artist and businesswoman, Bambi Smyth. Just a few days before Christmas in 2010 she went to a specialist where they discovered she had a large brain…

DVD REVIEW: DEEP WEB

  The documentary, Deep Web doesn’t have the right name. It really should be called “Silk Road” or “The Trial of Ross Ulbricht”. This tech documentary is a short, one-sided and interesting one that barely scratches the surface of digital privacy rights and the dark web as a whole. This film is narrated by Keanu Reeves…

FILM REVIEW: FREEHELD

  Freeheld is a story about justice that was withheld from two strong women in New Jersey. This film is based on the real-life events that happened to Stacie Andree and Laurel Hester. It’s also inspired by the Oscar award-winning documentary film of the same name and features a great cast and scriptwriter. But despite…

BOOK REVIEW: ASNE SEIERSTAD – ONE OF US

  One of Us is a 21st century horror story that chronicles a tragic event from actual history. It’s a book about Anders Behring Breivik and the terrifying acts he carried out on 22 July 2011, which saw 77 Norwegians die and many more injured. This is a detailed and horrific true crime story about…

FILM REVIEW: PEACE OFFICER

  Peace Officer is one scary film and it’s not even a horror movie. This documentary is a timely and important one about the militarisation of police in the United States. It’s a fascinating, informative and balanced look at a complex subject and one that manages to hit all of the right notes. The story…

FILM REVIEW: SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY

  She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a little documentary with a big, important message. It chronicles the second wave of feminism in the United States from 1966-1971. It was a tumultuous time that saw some radical changes. This film is an illuminating one that tackles one key part of a complex social movement. This…