DVD REVIEW: FRIDAY ON MY MIND

  Friday On My Mind is a musical rags-to-riches story. It was originally a telemovie that aired on the ABC in 2017. It told the story of The Easybeats, a band of five guys who rose to prominence in Australia in the 1960s before taking on the world with a series of popular singles. Their biggest…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: RIVER

  River deep, mountain high. This song lyric could apply to the TV series River because it’s an ambitious crime show. It’s one that is made by the same production company as Broadchurch and it should impress fans of that crime drama. River is ultimately a thought-proving and complex series that will keep you guessing about its titular…

FILM REVIEW: THE TRIP TO SPAIN

  The Trip To Spain follows the same route at the previous instalments. Not literally. This time around Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon traverse Spain in a film that does not hold any real surprises but it does make for one funny and entertaining trip. This film is directed by Michael Winterbottom who also helmed the previous films and two TV series….

DVD REVIEW: AN INTERVIEW WITH A MURDERER

  We’ve had TV shows about Making A Murderer and a series where someone actually admitted to killing (The Jinx) and now there is one that’s simply, “An Interview With A Murderer.” This three-part true crime series focuses on the unresolved mystery surrounding the brutal slaying of a newspaper boy named Carl Bridgewater in 1978 in…

DVD REVIEW: FORCES OF NATURE

  In Forces of Nature Professor Brian Cox answers the questions a child is likely to ask you. Why is every snowflake different? Why are honeycombs made up of hexagons? What is motion, etc.? This documentary series takes a leaf out of David Attenborough’s book by combining stunning natural scenes (where the high-definition video alone is…

DVD REVIEW: INDIAN SUMMERS

  The chapter in India’s history when it was subject to colonial rule has been shown on our screens before. It was the theme in The Jewel in the Crown television series and there have been countless films and things about Mahatma Ghandi. Indian Summers is a TV series that covers this well-trodden path. It may not…

DVD REVIEW: THE STORY OF GOD

  Morgan Freeman has played God before. In the documentary series, The Story Of God it does what it says on the tin. It sees Freeman travelling to a number of different countries to explore religion and God. It’s a respectful and informative series that suffers because it is rather short for such a big subject….

FILM REVIEW: DAVID BRENT: LIFE ON THE ROAD

  We all know a David Brent. The original Brent (played toe-curlingly well by Ricky Gervais) was the major reason for The Office’s success, and though it’s been over 13 years since the program’s Christmas special aired and tied up all those loose ends, Brent the “entertainer” has resurfaced. The world might have changed, but…

DVD REVIEW: QUEEN VICTORIA’S LETTERS

  The thing about famous people is that you should probably leave your expectations at the door. The royal family is no exception. The two-part series, Queen Victoria’s Letters attempts to show a more intimate and personal view of this long-reigning monarch and the quote, “Grandmother of Europe.” The show is ultimately a rather intriguing one…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: VINYL SEASON ONE

  A story clouded by lost brain cells, self-aggrandisement and bullshit. This is what the TV series, Vinyl sells you. It’s a heady dramatic turn through the sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and hedonism that was the music industry in New York in 1973. This ten part TV series is a slow-burning, nuanced one that feels…