BLU-RAY REVIEW: WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY

  What We Did On Our Holiday will make you laugh and cry. It’s a pleasant, English comedy/drama with a big heart. This is ultimately a modest film that has no airs and graces about it and it feels very authentic and accurate in its depictions of a short family vacation. The film is written and…

DVD REVIEW: GRANTCHESTER SEASON 1

  Grantchester is a quintessentially English crime drama set in an idyllic, small town. You’d be forgiven for thinking that with a description like that it must have a lot in common with Broadchurch. But while the latter is a gripping, dramatic success, the former is a painfully slow period piece that covers too much…

BOOK REVIEW: TRICIA STRINGER – HEART OF THE COUNTRY

  Heart Of The Country is a historical fiction novel that lives up to its name. The book is by Tricia Stringer who has lived in rural Australia for many years and really gets at the heart and core of this great, Southern land. This novel is the first in what should be an extremely…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: FOCUS

  Focus is a smoke and mirrors game. The film is all about misdirection and cons and it tries to pack a lot of twists and turns into the plot in order to keep the audience on their toes. This in itself would make an exciting film but here, the flimsy plot is over-stretched and the…

LIVE REVIEW: TIM ROGERS & THE BAMBOOS @ THE METRO (19.06.2015)

  Collaborations aren’t supposed to work. They’re generally naff or cringe worthy otherwise you wouldn’t have people like Franz Ferdinand and Sparks going and singing about the fact. When Tim Rogers and The Bamboos came together in 2012 and made ‘I Got Burned’ more than a few people would’ve dismissed this as a happy accident…

DVD REVIEW: WILD

  A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and so too does a journey of 1770 kilometres and one through a path of self-discovery. The latter is also known as Wild or a film that has been adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir from 2012. One things for certain, this journey…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: BIG EYES

  Big Eyes tells the story of the most unbelievable fraud in art history. It’s also a sad and dark tale that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is directed by Tim Burton (who is a fan of the actual artist) and here he throws out his familiar clutches and styles to present a mature,…

DVD REVIEW: KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK

  You’d be forgiven for thinking that Kurt Cobain’s life has already been looked at from every possible angle. The late, Nirvana frontman and icon has been the subject of at least two feature films (Last Days and Kurt & Courtney) not to mention countless biographies and magazine articles. But Brett Morgen’s Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is quite…

FILM REVIEW: HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

  It is only in 1970s Canada where an over-abundance of hippies, draft-dodgers, Buddhists, vegans, nudists, musicians, writers and tree-huggers could meet and create an organisation like Greenpeace. The documentary, How To Change The World looks at the origins of this grassroots, activist movement and shows how it became the enduring institution it is today. The…

FILM REVIEW: THE PRICE OF FAME (La rançon de la gloire)

  The Price of Fame (La rançon de la gloire) has an interesting-enough hook. It is based on some true events that occurred in the seventies when two desperate crooks decided to steal the body of the legendary, Charlie Chaplin and hold it to ransom. The film is ultimately a letdown that is plagued by problems…

BOOK REVIEW: SARAH WINMAN – A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS

  Sarah Winman’s A Year of Marvellous Ways has a lot in common with Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant. Both novels are beautifully written and blend fantasy with a kind of understated realism. And in Winman’s case, there may be some nice writing to be savoured but it is also a frustrating read overall. Marvellous…