DVD REVIEW: THE LOVE HOTEL

  It’s not often that documentary filmmakers manage to capture their subject matter in an unobtrusive, fly-on-the-wall style manner. It’s even rarer for the filmmaker to achieve this while talking about sex, baby, and to show some explicit scenes of the deed without it all turning into sleazy voyeurism. But Love Hotel manages to achieve…

DVD REVIEW: BETWEEN US

  Between Us first found success as an off-Broadway play but it fails as a film. The story focuses on two key episodes in two pairs of couple’s lives and exposes the flawed relationships between themselves and with each other. It is supposed to be an arty, intense and cerebral drama but instead it feels…

FILM REVIEW: THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW & DISAPPEARED

  The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window & Disappeared (Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann) looks set to divide people. The reason for this is because your enjoyment of the film hinges on whether you warm to the centenarian lead character. Ultimately, this film is full of dark humour (which also…

FILM REVIEW: UNRAVEL SHORT FILM

  Unravel is a short film that lifts the veil on the recycled garment industry. It is produced and directed by Meghna Gupta and travels to the Northern Indian town of Panipat. It is here that over 100,000 tonnes of discarded clothes from the West wind up each year and are subsequently recycled. The film…

ALBUM REVIEW: FRENTE – MARVIN THE ALBUM 21ST ANNIVERSARY EDITION

  Frente’s Marvin The Album celebrates a significant milestone this year, its 21st birthday. To celebrate, the band have re-released their debut record and made it into a deluxe, remastered two-CD version as well as touring in support. Marvin is light, sweet and summery and looks poised to win some new fans, while there will…

THEATRE REVIEW: WOLF LULLABY @ NEW THEATRE

  Wolf Lullaby is a tragedy that is inspired by real events. In England in 1968 an eleven year old girl was convicted of manslaughter for the deaths of two boys aged four and three. Wolf Lullaby is a dark play that is set in a country town in Tasmania and asks a lot of…

FILM REVIEW: THREAD OF LIES (ELEGANT LIES) (우아한 거짓말)

  Death is often tragic. But it’s even sadder when a young person has died from their own hand. Korean film, Thread Of Lies (우아한 거짓말) deals with this taboo issue in a soft and tender way. It also slowly reveals the tragic set of circumstances surrounding the lead character’s passing and does so with…

ARTS REVIEW: INTERFACE: PEOPLE, MACHINES, DESIGN @ THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM SYDNEY

  Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum are no strangers to exhibiting information technology (IT) items and computers, as their permanent exhibition, Cyberworld proves. This collection has been joined by a temporary exhibition, Interface: People, Machines, Design. The latter looks at how computers and other IT products have been designed. It’s interesting to see how a handful of…

SINGLE REVIEW: THE VINES – METAL ZONE

  The Vines is a loaded name that can mean anything from the early successes of their debut album, Highly Evolved, all the way through to front-man and mainstay, Craig Nicholls’ tortured past. If we can set aside the bullshit and listen to ‘Metal Zone’, the debut single from their forthcoming, crowd-funded and independent record, Wicked…

ALBUM REVIEW: THE SUNNYBOYS – OUR BEST OF

  Sunnyboys’ Our Best Of sees 17 tracks hand-picked and remastered by the band and released in one tidy set. It is not the group’s first greatest hits and thanks to the quality of the music, it is also unlikely to be their last. The songs are the closest thing you’ll hear to guitar pop…

ALBUM REVIEW: SUNNYBOYS – SELF-TITLED

  The Sunnyboys’ debut, eponymous record is considered a classic Australian album. And listening to it in 2014 it is easy to see why. This perfect collection of 12 tracks is an absolute gem that is so deceptively simple and engaging and doesn’t sound at all dated. If anything, the music sounds fresh and exciting….

FILM REVIEW: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

  The Hundred-Foot Journey is the latest addition to the recent surge of food-related films (see: The Chef, The Trip To Italy, Julie & Julia, etc). This new film is a feel-good one which will no doubt curry favour with many members of the audience. But despite being a pleasant trip, the overall meal could…