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’…

DVD REVIEW: EVERY DAY

  If you were to take a soppy teen love story written by Nicholas Sparks and add a twist of body-snatching last seen in the likes of Freaky Friday then the result would be Every Day. The film is based on an average, everyday girl who falls in love with an extraordinary being named A. The result…

FILM REVIEW: ALT RIGHT: ART OF RAGE

  In Australia we had John Safran playing provocateur and spending time with white nationalists in his book, Depends What You Mean By Extremist. In the US, a SXSW documentary takes a similar approach with filmmaker, Adam Bhala Lough embedding himself with some representatives from political extremes in Alt Right: Art of Rage. The film ultimately looks at a modern-day oxymoron,…

BOOK REVIEW: WARREN MUNDINE- IN BLACK + WHITE

If anyone knows the definition of the word “tough” then it’s Warren Mundine. This businessman and advisor to five Australian Prime Minsters grew up in poverty in Grafton. He faced racism and discrimination but he was also buoyed by the success of boxer, Lionel Rose. Mundine managed to rise above all of this and become a leading…

BOOK REVIEW: JOHN SAFRAN – DEPENDS WHAT YOU MEAN BY EXTREMIST

  John Safran channelled the late Truman Capote for his true crime debut, Murder in Mississippi. For his follow-up, the TV documentarian and prankster takes a leaf from Louis Theroux by casually observing and telling the stories of some extraordinary individuals. In Safran’s case these people are extreme characters like evangelical Christians, anarchists, nationalists, Islamic converts and…

BOOK REVIEW: HARMONY VERNA – DAUGHTER OF AUSTRALIA

  Daughter of Australia is an epic love story and slice of Australiana. But it’s also amazing to note that the author is not even an Aussie. The novel is actually Harmony Verna’s debut one and she has beautifully captured our land of boundless plains with her gorgeous and evocative prose. Daughter of Australia is…

DVD REVIEW: BLACK OR WHITE

  The film, Black Or White poses some good questions but the answers are undone by its half-cooked and underwhelming execution. The film plays the race card through a messy custody battle between two grandparents from opposing sides of the family. And while it should be applauded for raising such important and timely issues, it…

DVD REVIEW: THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN

  The Angriest Man In Brooklyn could be dubbed “The Diary Of A Mad Man”. The film is a straight-to-DVD release directed by Phil Alden Robinson and stars comedian, Robin Williams as one obnoxious lawyer. After being told he has 90 minutes left to live the irate curmudgeon engages in a frenzied, amazing race around New York to make amends…

FILM REVIEW: BELLE

  The name, Belle brings to mind a beautiful, English rose. But Dido Elizabeth Belle, the real-life woman and beauty at the heart of Amma Asante’s second feature is a little more complicated than that. The illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is sent to live with her distant, aristocratic family at their estate, Kenwood House, after her father…