FILM REVIEW: A MOST WANTED MAN

  A Most Wanted Man is an espionage thriller about terrorists. But despite this genre, the film contains no explosions, gun battles or high-tech special effects. Instead, it has more in common with The Ides Of March, in that it is a tense and dramatic labyrinth of power plays where rivals with competing agendas use…

THEATRE REVIEW: A DOLL’S HOUSE @ SEYMOUR CENTRE, SYDNEY (22.07.2014)

  Photo credit: Seiya Taguchi   Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House was met with controversy when it premiered in 1879. It led many to question whether the lead character, Nora Helmer, was a heroic feminist, a rapid neurotic or a selfish runaway. When watching this play in 2014 the answer seems to be that she is some…

THEATRE REVIEW: BEAUTY & THE BEAST @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE, PARRAMATTA (18.07.2014)

  The world of Disney is magical and the story of Beauty & The Beast is enchanted. It was originally a book written by Linda Woolverton and has since enjoyed success as a Broadway musical and animated film with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The Riverside Theatre in Parramatta is currently hosting a new adaptation of the show,…

DVD REVIEW: THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN

  The Angriest Man In Brooklyn could be dubbed “The Diary Of A Mad Man”. The film is a straight-to-DVD release directed by Phil Alden Robinson and stars comedian, Robin Williams as one obnoxious lawyer. After being told he has 90 minutes left to live the irate curmudgeon engages in a frenzied, amazing race around New York to make amends…

FILM REVIEW: DEPARTURES (OKURIBITO)

  Departures (Okuribito) is a simple, Japanese film about some big subjects: love, life and death. This existential family drama was the winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2009. It is also a subtle and nuanced story where a Zen-like air means that even though the final message is poignant and meaningful, it is…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 9 SONGS

  Director Michael Winterbottom is no stranger to showcasing sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll in his work, as one of his most famous films to date is 24 Hour Party People. Four years after that was released came 9 Songs, a movie once described as the most explicit one in British film history. The controversial flick met the ire of…

DVD REVIEW: TWO MEN IN CHINA

  One country. Two men. Three cities. Two Men In China sees friends- comedian and writer, John Doyle (who is best known as “Rampaging” Roy Slaven) and scientist and activist, Tim Flannery once again taking a trip. This is the pair’s first overseas sojourn as the two have previously travelled across the Great Divide as well as visiting the Murray River and…