BLU-RAY REVIEW: ODDBALL

  They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but a certain Maremma certainly got a new job in the small, Victorian town of Warrnambool. The Italian sheepdog was used to guard the town’s dwindling population of penguins. It was such a success it was declared a modern-day miracle or fairy-tale and the…

DVD REVIEW: LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX SEASON 3

  The power of love is a curious thing, as the characters in the British television drama, “Last Tango In Halifax” know all too well. The show is set in the English countryside and features a strange, blended family of sorts. It also straddles the line between pure soap opera and realistic social observation about…

THEATRE REVIEW: THE RABBITS @ ROSLYN PACKER THEATRE WALSH BAY (14.01.2016)

Photo by: John Green The Rabbits is an Australian opera adapted from a picture book that is anything but child’s play. The original story was written by John Marsden, who penned the Tomorrow series, and was illustrated by Shaun Tan (The Lost Thing). It’s an allegorical tale that examines the colonisation of Australia with the…

DVD REVIEW: BATKID BEGINS

  Holy smokes Batman… On 15 November 2013 a viral phenomenon took place. It was known as “Batkid” and it’s a story that dominated the press and social media at the time. Now it’s also the subject of a documentary film called, Batkid Begins. It is ultimately one hopeful and uplifting tale that is overwhelmingly…

DVD REVIEW: DEEP WEB

  The documentary, Deep Web doesn’t have the right name. It really should be called “Silk Road” or “The Trial of Ross Ulbricht”. This tech documentary is a short, one-sided and interesting one that barely scratches the surface of digital privacy rights and the dark web as a whole. This film is narrated by Keanu Reeves…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: GIRLS SEASON 4

  Since it first aired in 2012, Girls has always been a divisive program. It comes as no real surprise seeing as the show’s creator, executive producer and occasional writer and director, Lena Dunham polarises people. Over the years Girls has inspired some heady debates and sent the characters on some emotional rollercoasters. Series four builds on…

DVD REVIEW: HALT & CATCH FIRE SERIES 1

  Harder, better, faster, stronger. These may be Daft Punk lyrics but they’re also applicable to a TV show called Halt & Catch Fire (named after computer processes that overload the CPU and typically require a restart of the computer). This series is set in Texas in 1983 as a group of fictionalised individuals tried to…

DVD REVIEW: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE HOLLOW CROWN SEASON 1

  How do you sum up a series like The Hollow Crown and do it justice? The program is an epic four part one that covers the Shakespearian plays known as the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV (broken up into two parts) and Henry V. The result is a lush, historic drama that is given some…