DVD REVIEW: TO CATCH A KILLER

  They say you should watch out for the quiet ones. The same thinking applies to a well-respected man named John Wayne Gacy. The guy was one of America’s most notorious serial killers. The biopic, To Catch a Killer is about how this arrogant, cold-blooded murderer was uncovered. This film was made in 1992 when…

THEATRE REVIEW: MARGARET FULTON QUEEN OF THE DESSERT @ BONDI PAVILION

  For some people food is fuel, and then there’s Margaret Fulton. This food icon has been teaching Australians how to cook for seven decades. She’s also the subject of the rollicking musical, Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Desserts. The show had its Sydney premiere this weekend and is every bit as tasty and kitsch as Fulton and her…

FILM REVIEW: OF FATHERS & SONS

  Of Fathers & Sons should come with a warning. This is likely to induce nightmares even though it’s not strictly a horror film. It is however, a horrifying documentary that chronicles a religious zealot and his young, jihadist-in-the-making sons. The result is a visceral and eye-opening look at this largely-unknown world. Filmmaker, Talal Derki is no stranger…

FILM REVIEW: DISOBEDIENCE

  The Beatles sang that love was all you need. But what do you do if that passion is forbidden by your culture or religion? The dramatic film, Disobedience explores this idea. The result is a slow and heart-wrenching character study, which looks at the difficult point where love and faith intersect. This film marks the…

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…

BOOK REVIEW: SANDER L. GILMAN – STAND UP STRAIGHT! A HISTORY OF POSTURE

  Sander L. Gilman has become an authority on the human body. The professor has written and edited over 90 books, including ones that examined our attitudes towards obesity and cosmetic surgery. Stand Up Straight! A History of Posture does what it says on the tin and covers elements of anthropology, medicine, theology and culture. It is…

BOOK REVIEW: NICKY PELLEGRINO – A YEAR AT HOTEL GONDOLA

  They say you’ve never been to Venice until you’ve gotten lost there. Nicky Pellegrino’s breezy romance novel does offer some opportunities to do just that. She captures the real Venice – from the hustle and bustle of the tourist hotspots to the places the locals love. A Year at Hotel Gondola is the tenth novel from…