BOOK REVIEW: MELINA MARCHETTA – THE PLACE ON DALHOUSIE

  Some people read books to escape their lives. For other readers, they want to consume a story that mirrors their own. Author, Melina Marchetta certainly fits into the latter camp. Her latest novel – the third in her Inner West trilogy, set in the suburbs of Sydney – is a close examination of the sorts of…

BOOK REVIEW: ROSALIE HAM – THE YEAR OF THE FARMER

  Rosalie Ham is a country girl through and through. The author of the hit novel, The Dressmaker has written her fourth book, which is set in a small, country town. The Year of the Farmer is a timely story because it centres on a township struggling through the drought. To read the rest of this review please visit: https://100percentrock.com/book-reviews/201902/248102

FILM REVIEW: LEAN ON PETE

  Lean on Pete is about a poor boy in more ways than one. This troubled teen was abandoned by his Mum and lives with his selfish father in poverty. His saving grace comes in the shape of an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. This slow-burning drama sees this teen fall off his horse, only…

BOOK REVIEW: LIANE MORIARTY – NINE PERFECT STRANGERS

  A wellness retreat may instil images of green smoothies, yoga, some crystals, and a massage. But what if this setting was hiding something more sinister? This idea is covered in Liane Moriarty’s eighth novel. Nine Perfect Strangers is a dark and humorous look at a wellness world where all is not always, ahem, ‘well.’   To…

DVD REVIEW: AGATHA CHRISTIE’S CROOKED HOUSE

  We all know the story where the butler did it. But Agatha Christie’s Crooked House isn’t like that. Published in 1949, the novel was one of the author’s favourite stories. This is also a beautifully-shot period film. It’s an adaptation that leads you down the garden path and around the maze of an eccentric family’s country house….

BOOK REVIEW: LISA GENOVA – EVERY NOTE PLAYED

  Some people’s experience with motor neurone disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is confined to their knowledge of the late Stephen Hawking. Others may also know about the late baseball player Lou Gehrig, former American football player Steve Gleason, or the ice bucket challenge that became popular online. Author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova has…

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….

FILM REVIEW: RED SPARROW

Jennifer Lawrence may look like a black swan in Red Sparrow but this bird fails to fly. Red Sparrow is a tense, spy thriller that is so dark and brutal at times that it isn’t for the faint-hearted. While the action is more slow-burning in nature compared to other espionage-type films, the scenes involving torture, rape, incest and graphic violence…

BOOK REVIEW: SOPHIA NASH – WHISPERING IN FRENCH

  At university, a friend casually observed that those studying psychology tended to be people who seemed the most neurotic personalities themselves. The same rings true for the main protagonist in the novel, Whispering in French. Kate Hamilton is a French-American therapist who is trained to help her clients through their problems, but her own life is…