BOOK REVIEW: JAMES PHELAN – THE HUNTED

  Jed Walker is a man on a mission. The ex-CIA agent first appeared in James Phelan’s suspense thriller, The Spy. This fiction story chronicled his first encounter with the shadowy, terrorist group, The Zodiac. The forthright, American operative was out to prove himself and clear his name but also to ultimately make the world a safer…

DVD REVIEW: THE CULTURE HIGH

  The Culture High takes one side of a polarising, public debate. It argues that marijuana should be legalised. This crowd-funded documentary is from the makers of The Union: The Business Behind Getting High and takes up where the latter one left off by giving a detailed but rather weighted perspective. Director Brett Harvey shocks…

FILM REVIEW: THE WEDDING RINGER

  The Wedding Ringer is a kind of terrible fun. The film has a direct-to-DVD feel that isn’t as enjoyable as The Wedding Singer but it’s also not as torturous as seeing your enemy get married. Ultimately, it’s a high-octane series of silly shenanigans that help redeem some of the film’s flatter moments. The movie…

INTERVIEW: THE LONE BELLOW’S KANENE PIPKIN

  The Lone Bellow are a trio from Brooklyn, New York who produce country and alt-rock music. They’re also a band that boasts no less than a former star footballer, a French culinary chef and a former member of a barbershop quartet in their ranks. This sounds like the set-up to an odd joke but…

DVD REVIEW: GIRLS SEASON 3

  Girls isn’t a glamorous show and in many ways that’s what makes it feel so brutally honest and real. In the third season the characters are the most fully developed and realised versions of themselves to date. It’s also one that is full of the kinds of stories and things that will challenge, enthral,…

BOOK REVIEW: REBECCA STARFORD – BAD BEHAVIOUR

  Bad Behaviour is Rebecca Starford’s debut book and memoir. Starford is well-known as the co-founder of the Kill Your Darlings journal. She is also a publisher at Affirm Press, a current contributor to The Age and The Australian newspapers and the former deputy editor of the Australian Book Review.   This book is a…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: THE PIANO

  The Piano was one big success story in 1993. It was the winner of three Academy Awards (Best Screenplay, Actress and Supporting Actress) and the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes, as well as being the darling of critics and fans alike. This beautiful and haunting film has recently been digitally remastered and released on…

DVD REVIEW: FAMILY GUY SEASON 14

  Family Guy is one of those shows where you either love it or loathe it. And for some people Season 14 may also cause the same kind of reactions. It’s because this season sees characters like Stewie (Seth MacFarlane) becoming less like the evil and murderous child genius he was at the beginning of…