FILM REVIEW: TOLKIEN

  There is no question that author, J.R.R Tolkien is worthy of a bio-pic. The writer is responsible for some of the most beloved fantasy epics including: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This bio-pic is a rather pedestrian telling of some of his life events and as such, is unworthy of such a creative and lauded mind as…

BOOK REVIEW: JANET MALCOLM – NOBODY’S LOOKING AT YOU

  If there were a title for Grand Master of narrative fiction then the undisputed champion would be Janet Malcolm. This American author has been writing since the 1960’s when she first began with The New Yorker. The author of several books, her latest one, Nobody’s Looking At You, focuses on recent times by drawing together an eclectic collection of her…

BOOK REVIEW: ROBERT WHEELER- HEMINGWAY’S HAVANA

  The acclaimed author Ernest Hemingway has been the subject of many books. The famous writer has inspired so many words that the world probably doesn’t need anything more written about him. But Hemingway’s Havana takes a unique approach because photographs are used to evoke the legend’s spirit and time spent in Cuba. The result…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE

  There are a lot of films about writers and their lives. Consider: Capote, Salinger, The Man Who Invented Christmas and more. An Angel At My Table fits into this tradition. It’s a biopic devoted to New Zealand’s most famous author, Janet Frame. This bio-pic is a very detailed and slow-burning account of her life. This…

INTERVIEW: STUART COUPE

  Stuart Coupe is part of the (black t-shirt) fabric of Australia’s music industry. In a career spanning four decades, he has worked as an author, journalist, promoter, artist manager, publicist and broadcaster. Coupe has written several books about Australian music. His latest one, Roadies, features stories from the hard-working men and women who toil behind-the-scenes to ensure…

BOOK REVIEW: LIONEL SHRIVER- PROPERTY- A COLLECTION

  Lionel Shriver is a renowned storyteller and the author of We Need to Talk about Kevin.She’s also a brilliant observer and one could argue that she missed her calling as a psychologist. As a writer, she has made some bold choices by exploring and making sense of the darker facets of the human psyche. She…

FILM REVIEW: BAD REPUTATION

  Joan Jett’s documentary, Bad Reputation had me from the moment she was told girls can’t play rock and roll music and she went ahead and did it anyway. The leather clad rocker has had a brilliant career, which this film celebrates. Bad Reputation is ultimately a fun and rollicking watch about a strong woman who is proud to…

FILM REVIEW: THE WIFE

  The title of the film, The Wife, gives away about as much as the titular character. Is she a good one? A bad lady? The answer is a mystery for a large portion of this slow-burning character study. One thing’s for certain, this wifey is brimming with conflicting emotions in this bittersweet, character-driven drama. Glenn Close stars…

BOOK REVIEW: AURA LEWIS- GLORIA’S VOICE- THE STORY OF GLORIA STEINEM- FEMINIST, ACTIVIST, LEADERS

  It is encouraging to see the recent increase in the number of non-fiction picture books dedicated to inspiring women and men from history. While Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader fits into this category and is well-intentioned, this unofficial biography is ultimately overly simplistic in summing up its legendary subject and Steinem’s life…