BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE MERGER

  Australians let us all rejoice for we all love our sports. The comedy film, The Merger, knows this and celebrates this part of our culture. The result is a well-intentioned look at how people from all walks of life can come together for a good game of footy. This film – directed by Backyard Ashes’…

FILM REVIEW: SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER

  Sometimes Always Never proves its only words. This UK dramedy is about a father and son’s complex relationship. It has an English sensibility and a profound love for the Scrabble board game. The result is a quirky and whimsical character study that feels like it pans out in real-time. This film at first was a…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES @ LANE COVE

  The Female of the Species feels like a strange beast. Writer, Joanna Murray-Smith set out to write a serious piece of biting feminist commentary but somewhere along the way this transmogrified into a modern farce. The result is a how that at times encourages debate on some important topics while also poking light-hearted fun at other…

BOOK REVIEW: ADAM COURTENAY – THE SHIP THAT NEVER WAS

  James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay’s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay’s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers overjoyed and scratching their heads at…

BOOK REVIEW: PARKER POSEY – YOU’RE ON AN AIRPLANE

  Parker Posey puts the ‘me’ into memoir. In her debut book, You’re on an Airplane, the indie actress uses the conceit that she and the reader are sitting side-by-side on a flight. It’s a novel and interesting idea in theory, but in practice this makes for one self-absorbed and disorienting tale. To read the rest of…

BOOK REVIEW: PETER SPEARITT – WHERE HISTORY HAPPENED

He loves a sunburnt country; a land of sweeping plains. Okay, that was actually Dorothea Mackellar. But the same also applies to Peter Spearritt. This historian, emeritus professor and author shows a real enthusiasm for the wonderful land of Oz in Where History Happened: The Hidden Past of Australia’s Towns & Places.This is one personal, colourful and quirky book. As…

LIVE REVIEW: NEW WORLDS FEATURING BILL MURRAY, JAN VOGLER & FRIENDS

  Bill Murray and Jan Vogler could be the odd couple except that that name was already taken. Okay, “odd” is probably too strong a word. An unlikely pairing seems more appropriate because Murray is a Hollywood actor, comedian and occasional bartender, and Vogler a world-renown cellist. New Worlds saw both men making their Sydney Opera House debuts and this…

THEATRE REVIEW: BEAUTY & THE BEAST @ GLEN STREET THEATRE

  It’s a tale that is – by its own admission – one that is as ‘Old as time’. The story of Beauty & the Beast has inspired two-hit Disney films and the stage production has played all over the world. Stage Artz reprise their production to deliver an entertaining and family-friendly charity event. Stage Artz are a theatre…

BOOK REVIEW: JAMES O’LOGHLIN- THE NEW KID: UNPOPULAR ME

  We all know what it’s like to be the new person, whether it’s starting a new job or going to a different school. It is this fish-out-of-water scenario that serves as the premise for James O’Loghlin’s new book. The New Kid: Unpopular Me is a novel aimed at kids aged eight and over. It’s an absolute…