FILM REVIEW: THE SECOND

  When you think of words like “The Second” it’s easy to be dismissive and consider it something sub-par. In the context of the new Australian film, it’s all about a writer grappling with penning her sophomore novel. But this plodding, psychological drama ultimately comes off as second-best due to some issues with its pacing…

FILM REVIEW: I FEEL PRETTY

  The average woman is said to criticise herself around eight times each day. It is in this headspace and society that a rom-com like I Feel Pretty exists. The film had the best of intentions and tries to tackle some complex topics like how hard we women can be on ourselves and the feelings…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: AMERICAN ULTRA

  American Ultra is a film with a good premise and it could have been a sleeper hit. Instead, it’s just a rambling snoozer. This dramedy and stoner-action flick is a bit too ambitious for its own good. Some unbelievable parts in the plot and a schizophrenic tone let down the whole show and stop…

FILM REVIEW: MR. HOLMES

  Have you ever stopped and considered what you would get when the world’s greatest detective lost his mind? The answer is Mr. Holmes, a character study about the clever sleuth who had the finest nose and mind for solving a mystery. It’s not a bad pretend biopic but it’s also a bit too dull to…

BOOK REVIEW: SARA GRUEN – AT THE WATER’S EDGE

  On paper, Sara Gruen’s novel, At The Water’s Edge holds a lot of promise. The book is by the same, famous author who penned Water for Elephants and Ape House. Plus, the plot itself has an original premise, three socialites travel to Scotland to find the Loch Ness Monster during World War II. Unfortunately…

FILM REVIEW: THE ONE EYED GIRL

  “In the land of the blind the one eyed girl is queen”. So goes the premise to director, Nick Matthew’s feature debut, The One Eyed Girl. The winner of the Dark Matters award at Austin Film Festival in 2014 is a raw, experimental and plodding look at how and why a psychiatrist descends into…

FILM REVIEW: MANNY LEWIS

It’s lonely at the top and much-loved Australian comedian, Carl Barron is all too aware of this. In his feature film debut he takes a leaf out of his book of life spent on the road for the past two decades. The film is brave and has an interesting enough premise, but it is let…