FILM REVIEW: LEFTOVER WOMEN

  Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. But what do you do if you’re a single woman who is over a certain age living in China? The documentary, Leftover Women, is an illuminating look at three individuals who grapple with various stigmas and expectations, in a society where women are encouraged to marry…

FILM REVIEW: MARTHA: A PICTURE STORY

  They say if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. American photographer, Martha Cooper fits this to a tee. She has had a long and storied career capturing some fine images of urban landscapes, and changing towns and communities. Martha: A Picture Story is like a love letter to this accomplished septuagenarian….

FILM REVIEW: TOLKIEN

  There is no question that author, J.R.R Tolkien is worthy of a bio-pic. The writer is responsible for some of the most beloved fantasy epics including: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This bio-pic is a rather pedestrian telling of some of his life events and as such, is unworthy of such a creative and lauded mind as…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: LA BAMBA

  La Bamba is a big bopper. The film is a music bio about the late, great artist, Ritchie Valens, whose death has become known as the “Day the music died.” This film is a rather rose-tinted and fitting tribute to the golden child of rock ‘n’ roll music. This eighties film was written and…

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…