FILM REVIEW: THE AMAZING JOHNATHAN DOCUMENTARY

  Most documentaries are good at providing observations about a subject. They are often unobtrusive and just like a fly-on-the-wall. But what do you do when you’ve chosen to chronicle an individual who is an illusionist and expert prankster by day? TV director, Ben Berman grapples with this as well as the notion of the truth in…

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…

DVD REVIEW: MYSTERY ROAD

The secret’s out about the excellent drama/thriller series, Mystery Road. It’s actually a gripping, Australian detective story that sees the character, Jay Swan reprised from Ivan Sen’s films, Mystery Road and Goldstone. This time around the crime takes place in the small outback town of Patterson where the locals are elusive and tight-lipped about what is really going on. This makes…

BOOK REVIEW: SHELLEY DAVIDOW – SHADOW SISTERS

  Shelley Davidow is an author and academic who grew up in South Africa during the apartheid era. Davidow is white, and looking back she knows that during her formative years she experienced privilege and certain allowances due to her skin colour. This theme of race relations and how one family negotiated this oppressive arrangement is…

FILM REVIEW: MISS SLOANE

  Miss Sloane could be renamed, “Ms Stone.” The film is about an ambitious and icy woman who acts as a lobbyist for a firm that is advocating on behalf of a gun control bill in the States. It’s a tense, political drama with as many power-plays, twists, turns and slights of hand as The…

FILM REVIEW: THE WILL TO FLY

  Australia needs more women like Lydia Lassila. The Olympic gold-medal winning aerial skier is nothing short of an inspiration. She’s also the subject of a new documentary film that is about her ascent to the top. Ultimately, this is one strong and informative sports feature film that should encourage more women to participate. The…

DVD REVIEW: HALT & CATCH FIRE SERIES 1

  Harder, better, faster, stronger. These may be Daft Punk lyrics but they’re also applicable to a TV show called Halt & Catch Fire (named after computer processes that overload the CPU and typically require a restart of the computer). This series is set in Texas in 1983 as a group of fictionalised individuals tried to…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: FOCUS

  Focus is a smoke and mirrors game. The film is all about misdirection and cons and it tries to pack a lot of twists and turns into the plot in order to keep the audience on their toes. This in itself would make an exciting film but here, the flimsy plot is over-stretched and the…

DVD REVIEW: BROADCHURCH SEASON 2

  When Joe Miller confessed to killing school boy, Daniel Latimer at the end of Broadchurch Season One many viewers thought it was case closed. End of story. But the popular, award-winning TV show came back with a highly-anticipated follow-up which saw some of the old stylings combined with some new ideas. Overall, it was…