DVD REVIEW: CAMILLE CLAUDEL

  Auguste Rodin and his muse and lover, Camille Claudel have inspired various bio-pics. Juliette Binoche starred as the titular character experiencing despair in Camille Claudel 1915. Vincent Lindon meanwhile, played the famous sculptor in Rodin. Camille Claudel is a detailed and uneven film examining her tortured relationship with the master artist. This 1988 French film was…

LIVE REVIEW: REGINA SPEKTOR @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (09.07.2018)

  There have been people who have wanted to put Regina Spektor into a neat, little box and dismiss her music as “quirky.” They might even add anti-folk to the list. It’s also undeniably cute. But that is certainly not the full story, as her show at the Sydney Opera House proved. Spektor is one…

BOOK REVIEW: ARIEL LEVY – THE RULES DO NOT APPLY

  The John Lennon lyric, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans” is applicable to Ariel Levy’s book, The Rules Do Not Apply. The New Yorker writer has penned a memoir about her life and when she had a fleeting glimpse of having it all before tragedy hit. This is…

BOOK REVIEW: PETER POLITES – DOWN THE HUME

  When we think of an “Australian story” the ones that typically spring to mind are predominantly about the country, bush or the past. So what is a reader to do when they want something that reflects their own modern life in the Western suburbs of Sydney? Thankfully, Peter Polites has answered this in his…

ALBUM REVIEW: BUFFALO TALES – ROADTRIP CONFESSIONALS

With varying degrees of success, Wes Carr attempts to shake off the Australian Idol tag with his debut album as Buffalo Tales, Roadtrip Confessionals. It’s a conscious step away from the pop-rock sounds that he’s known for that too often sounds hollow and measured . The album is supposed to feature his most personal material to date with lyrics about heartache, yearning…

ALBUM REVIEW: BUFFALO TALES – ROADTRIP CONFESSIONALS

  Wes Carr has released his first album under the moniker, Buffalo Tales and simultaneously pulled a Matt Corby and a Bob Evans. The former parallel comes courtesy of shaking off the Australian Idol tag and turning your back on pop by following the folk troubadour route. The latter is because this is Carr’s most personal record to…