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…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE

  There are a lot of films about writers and their lives. Consider: Capote, Salinger, The Man Who Invented Christmas and more. An Angel At My Table fits into this tradition. It’s a biopic devoted to New Zealand’s most famous author, Janet Frame. This bio-pic is a very detailed and slow-burning account of her life. This…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE CARETAKER

  The Caretaker focuses on three men in their natural habitat. The renowned, Harold Pinter play is a character-driven one that explores the relationship between a homeless man and two brothers. The story is a dense, dialogue-driven piece that unfolds within the confines of a West London flat. Some viewers may enjoy its clever lines, but others may…

BOOK REVIEW: JANE HARPER – THE LOST MAN

  Jane Harper created a literary storm with the release of her debut thriller, The Dry. In her third novel, The Lost Man, Harper continues her masterful storytelling. You get the sense that she is like an astute calligrapher because all the “I’s” are dotted and the “T’s” crossed. The ending is also a satisfying one, similar to a…

FILM REVIEW: STORM BOY

Storm Boy was originally a beloved and classic novel by the late Colin Thiele. Older audiences may have studied the text in school, as well as the 1971 film adaptation. You could argue that a new film version is rather unnecessary, but the latest offering does try to reach new audiences by contemporising some things….

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…

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: PAMELA HART – THE DESERT NURSE

  Pamela Hart takes a leaf out of Natasha Lester’s book in her latest novel, The Desert Nurse. Hart once again sets her story during World War I and has a strong, female protagonist at the centre of the proceedings. The result is a pleasant and engaging romance about two unlikely and reluctant lovers. To read the…

DVD REVIEW: AGATHA CHRISTIE’S CROOKED HOUSE

  We all know the story where the butler did it. But Agatha Christie’s Crooked House isn’t like that. Published in 1949, the novel was one of the author’s favourite stories. This is also a beautifully-shot period film. It’s an adaptation that leads you down the garden path and around the maze of an eccentric family’s country house….

FILM REVIEW: THE INSULT (L’INSULTE)

  Ziad Doueiri’s Oscar nominated film, The Insult (L’insulte) could be called Pride & Prejudice. This isn’t because this Lebanese drama has anything to do with Jane Austen. Rather, it is because this film is all about how one minor conflict between two men escalates because of a combination of hubris and hatred. It seems that even in a modern…