DIGITAL REVIEW: BIRTHMARKED

The debate over nature versus nurture has long been an important one. The best piece of art to explore this issue was undoubtedly Lionel Shriver’s We Need To Talk About Kevin. The same cannot be said about the dark comedy, Birthmarked. This film is one that feels as though it is half-cooked on the petri dish….

BLU-RAY REVIEW: JASPER JONES

  When a young woman’s dead body is found by two boys their lives are irrevocably changed. This is the premise for Jasper Jones, an Australian story that borrows a few things from the classic book, To Kill A Mockingbird. The film is a beautifully-shot, family drama about small-town prejudices and lies. Jasper Jones was originally a…

DVD REVIEW: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? (AUSTRALIAN EDITION) SERIES 7

Who Do You Think You Are? is such a personal TV series you almost feel like you’re sitting in someone’s lounge room having a cuppa. The Australian edition is modelled on the original one from the U.K. Both shows see prominent personalities retracing aspects of their family tree/history. It’s ultimately a fascinating program and in…

FILM REVIEW: BLINKY BILL: THE MOVIE

Blinky Bill may be a small koala but he has a big imagination. In the eponymous new film, this koala also embarks on a grand adventure through the Australian outback with a host of different animal friends. In all, this is a pleasant kid’s film that should appeal to some old and new fans of…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: LUCKY THEM

Lucky Them is like listening to a familiar song except that it is music that doesn’t really sing. The film is about a jaded rock journalist who is given an assignment that will basically dredge up the ghost of a boyfriend past. The premise itself seems reasonable enough but this film is let down by a…

FILM REVIEW: HECTOR & THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

  Hector & The Search For Happiness is about a psychiatrist who sets out on an overseas journey in order to find joy. The idea is hardly a new one, especially as the self-help genre has already seen the likes of Eat Pray Love and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, among others. Unfortunately, Hector’s…