LIVE REVIEW: REGINA SPEKTOR @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (09.07.2018)

  There have been people who have wanted to put Regina Spektor into a neat, little box and dismiss her music as “quirky.” They might even add anti-folk to the list. It’s also undeniably cute. But that is certainly not the full story, as her show at the Sydney Opera House proved. Spektor is one…

FILM REVIEW: CAFE SOCIETY

  Woody Allen’s latest film should be renamed “High Society.” This beautifully-shot comedy is a nostalgic but throwaway look at the glitz and glamour of some halcyon days in Hollywood and the smoky nightlife of New York. It’s ultimately like a pleasant and lightweight dream that celebrates money even though the thirties was synonymous for…

BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER – A KISS FROM MR. FITZGERALD

  “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. Jane Austen summed things up well for the menfolk but the question remains, “What is to become of a single, middle class woman living in New York in the roaring twenties?”…

DVD REVIEW: GRANTCHESTER SEASON 1

  Grantchester is a quintessentially English crime drama set in an idyllic, small town. You’d be forgiven for thinking that with a description like that it must have a lot in common with Broadchurch. But while the latter is a gripping, dramatic success, the former is a painfully slow period piece that covers too much…

FILM REVIEW: BIG EYES

  They say the eyes are like a window to the soul. And the story of Big Eyes and specifically artist, Margaret Keane would show one sad and sinister tale. The latest film by director, Tim Burton (a Keane fan) throws his familiar clutch and styles away to instead present a biopic that is rich, honest…

FILM REVIEWS: PAUL MCCARTNEY: LIVE KISSES & BBC ELECTRIC PROMS: PAUL MCCARTNEY

  Paul McCartney: Lives Kisses and BBC Electric Proms: Paul McCartney see the former Beatle performing songs, having fun and getting nostalgic. They also show two very different sides of Macca. The former sees him taking a leaf out of his parents’ songbook and doing covers of the easy-listening tunes that featured on his Kisses On The Bottom album. The…

EP REVIEW: BELLTALK – LIGHTS

  Brisbane four-piece, Belltalk should be called “Beautiful”. Their sound is gorgeous, the members are young and attractive and the lyrics are personal and evocative. On their debut EP, Lights, they offer a varied sound across five tracks that will hook the listener in from the first breath. It should come as no surprise that this set of songs…