BOOK REVIEW: PAUL DOLAN – HAPPY EVER AFTER

  I’ll have what she’s having. Or will I? When it comes to “Happy Ever After” many of us believe we all want the same things. But Paul Dolan’s latest book challenges us to think otherwise. He does this with some myth-busting and some clear-eyed, intellectual arguments. Paul Dolan is known as a happiness expert. He’s a…

COMEDY REVIEW: THE PHONE HACKS LIVE PODCAST

  There aren’t many situations where you’re simultaneously glad something’s not happening to you and yet you can’t look away. But The Phone Hacks podcast isn’t like most things. Nick Capper and Mike Goldstein’s show is undeniably brutal. It’s all about technology and the love of a good prank, where the results are some rough…

COMEDY REVIEW: DAVE HUGHES @ ENMORE THEATRE

  Comedian, Dave Hughes presents an interesting conundrum wrapped up in a larrikin drawl. He’s so famous we know him simply as “Hughesy.” This comic is also our favourite agony uncle with his own TV show, Hughesy We Have a Problem. He’s so down-to-earth and self-deprecating, that we’d love to drink with him (even though…

FILM REVIEW: ALL IS TRUE

  It’s fair to say that most people know Shakespeare and his plays. But very little is known about the old Bard himself. All Is True is a bio-pic about ye olde William i.e. the writer in his twilight years. The result is a story that relies on some speculation and doesn’t always live up to its…

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…

DVD REVIEW: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾

  The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ smells like teen spirit. The English TV series from the 1980s examined the trials and tribulations of an almost 14 going on 35-year-old. The program is now a fun slice of nostalgia for anyone who has ever felt teen angst and tried to grow up…

FILM REVIEW: WAITING- THE VAN DUREN STORY

  The name “Van Duren” may not mean much to most people. But to Greg Carey and Wade Jackson this Memphis musician is king. The pair went on a journey to discover more about this artist. The result, Waiting: The Van Duren Story is like Searching for Sugar Man, because it sees some fans searching for a creative genius and the format allows…

BOOK REVIEW: JANET MALCOLM – NOBODY’S LOOKING AT YOU

  If there were a title for Grand Master of narrative fiction then the undisputed champion would be Janet Malcolm. This American author has been writing since the 1960’s when she first began with The New Yorker. The author of several books, her latest one, Nobody’s Looking At You, focuses on recent times by drawing together an eclectic collection of her…

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’…

BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT WHEELER- HEMINGWAY’S HAVANA

  The acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway has been the subject of many books. The famous writer has inspired so many words that the world probably doesn’t need anything more written about him. But Hemingway’s Havana takes a unique approach because photographs are used to evoke the legend’s spirit and time spent in Cuba. The result…