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…

FILM REVIEW: LOVING

  Loving is a film that shares a few things in common with A United Kingdom. They are both based on true stories and at the centre of each film you have a married, interracial couple who just want to live together as husband wife and leave the politics out of the bedroom. Loving is…

iTunes Review: The Escort (Film)

  If you combined parts of Pretty Woman’s plot with two characters using each other not unlike those in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days then chances are you’d get The Escort. The film is a rom-com about two unlikely people finding each other. While the film is not an original one and it is…

INTERVIEW: NZ PLAYWRIGHT & SCREENWRITER ROCHELLE BRIGHT ON DAFFODILS

  Punk band, The Scavengers once sang about true love being beautiful. You could also say that Daffodils is a gorgeous romance story set in New Zealand where the aforementioned are from. The play is actually a Kiwi cabaret based on a real life love story between two teenagers, a farm girl named Rose and…

BOOK REVIEW: JOSEPHINE MOON – THE BEEKEEPER’S SECRET

  The Beekeeper’s Secret marks a slight departure in style for Australian author, Josephine Moon. In her third novel the writer has once again put together a vibrant and easy-to-read story about love, loss, family and friendship but this time around also manages to thread in some extra twists of suspense and mystery to the…