BOOK REVIEW: MANDY LEN CATRON – HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE

  In 2015 writer and academic, Mandy Len Catron went viral when an article she wrote was published in The New York Times. It was called, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This” where she described her recent date with a new acquaintance. They had answered 36 questions together from a research study designed to make people fall…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS

John Lennon famously sang that “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” The film, Riding In Cars With Boys also touches on this same theme as it shows how the course of one young woman’s life is dramatically changed after she falls pregnant at the age of 15. The film is…

BOOK REVIEW: HANNAH WITTON – DOING IT! LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

  For the majority of people “sex education” – if they even receive it from parents or schools – is scant at best. It typically involves telling young people to wait for as long as possible and informing them about contraception and how to avoid sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Writer, vlogger, and online sex educator,…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: COLLATERAL BEAUTY

There are some things that are bigger than the sum of their parts. And then there’s Collateral Beauty. The film is one that tries to ask some important existential questions about the why and how of it all. But the reality is something that is far too contrived and all-over-the-shop to amount to anything more than…

BOOK REVIEW: J.D. BARRETT – THE SONG OF US

  In popular music your sophomore album is often labelled the “difficult” one because you’ve had a lifetime to write and record the first and are under pressure for the follow-up. This is not the case for J.D. Barrett’s second novel, The Song of Us. This sunny slice of chick-lit deftly weaves together the power…

BOOK REVIEW: MARK HOLDEN – MY IDOL YEARS

  The majority of us know Mark Holden thanks to reality television. He was the touchdown-loving judge of Australian Idol and he made a number of infamous performances on Dancing With The Stars. But there are many feathers to Messer Holden’s cap and his memoir, My Idol Years touches on all of this and more,…

DVD REVIEW: THE WAY WE WERE

  The Way We Were could have been named, The Odd Couple. The film is a love story about two individuals who form an unlikely partnership. This is mostly because they are both so different. But in spite of this, their relationship feels like a real and authentic one due to the obvious on-screen chemistry between…

DVD REVIEW: PERFECT STRANGERS (PERFETTI SCONOSCIUTI)

  In the Italian film, Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) the question, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” is asked. The answer is seven close friends who find out they don’t know each other as well as they thought. The film is a light comedy that looks at how technology has affected our lives for better and…

FILM REVIEW: SONG TO SONG

  A song is as song except when it’s a Terrence Malick film. The famous director’s latest experimental offering is an absolute waste in that it is all show and no substance. It weaves together cameos from famous A-list creatives and a cast of Hollywood’s finest actors and then it does nothing. Absolutely nothing. For…