FILM REVIEW: THE DIVINE ORDER

  Suffragette was a film that covered the British women who protested in order to gain the right to vote. The Divine Order (Die göttliche Ordnung) is a film that covers things from a Swiss perspective. Whereas the suffrage movement happened in the UK in the early 20th century, for Switzerland it was 1971 before the women’s right…

FILM REVIEW: ROCK N’ROLL

  Rock’ n Roll is a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The same can also be said about the film’s star, writer and director, Guillaume Canet. The result is an uneven French comedy and a satire that examines the worst of Hollywood and show business ego, and while it deserves points for originality, the script requires…

BOOK REVIEW: KERRI-ANNE KENNERLEY- A BOLD LIFE

  Kerri-Anne Kennerley is a blonde bombshell and the Queen of Australian TV. She has lived a rich and charmed life as she describes in her autobiography, A Bold Life. The book is ultimately a pleasant and rollicking little read, and it drips with optimism as she takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey through the highs, lows,…

BOOK REVIEW: DR NICK FULLER – INTERVAL WEIGHT LOSS

The world is dieting itself fat. This is an assertion that obesity researcher, Dr Nick Fuller, makes in his book, Interval Weight Loss – How to Trick Your Body into Losing Weight the Scientific Way – One Month at a Time. Dr Fuller has worked with hundreds of patients over the years at Sydney University and he…

BOOK REVIEW: HAIRY MACLARY & FRIENDS LITTLE LIBRARY

  Hairy Maclary is a classic character from children’s books. The stories were always wonderful reads in that the language was simplistic but extremely well-crafted. The text featured excellent rhymes and delightful and whimsical prose. The Hairy Maclary and Friends Little Library stars these same beloved characters, but the stories are condensed down to a single sentence…

DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY LAW

  The Law family have returned bigger and brighter than ever. That dysfunctional band of Chinese-Australians based on writer, Benjamin Law’s actual family and chronicled in his 2010 memoir of the same name are up to some of their usual hijinks. The second season of The Family Law picks up where the first one left off…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS

John Lennon famously sang that “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.” The film, Riding In Cars With Boys also touches on this same theme as it shows how the course of one young woman’s life is dramatically changed after she falls pregnant at the age of 15. The film is…

BOOK REVIEW: ERIC CARLE – I LOVE DAD WITH THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

  Eric Carle is the children’s author and illustrator who famously introduced the world to the Very Hungry Caterpillar. In I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar this endearing little critter is back in a new picture book that goes hand in hand with the previously released, I Love Mum. It is a sweet little story that will…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: COLLATERAL BEAUTY

There are some things that are bigger than the sum of their parts. And then there’s Collateral Beauty. The film is one that tries to ask some important existential questions about the why and how of it all. But the reality is something that is far too contrived and all-over-the-shop to amount to anything more than…

FILM REVIEW: HANDSOME DEVIL

  Handsome Devil is cut from the same cloth as Sing Street and Dead Poet’s Society, but it also leaves a few things deliberately ambiguous. This is a pleasant, coming-of-age tale set in a private, all-boys boarding school in Ireland. The story ends on an encouraging and positive note where you should be yourself because…