FILM REVIEW: SNATCHED

  A more appropriate title for the film Snatched would be “Botched” because this was a wasted opportunity. The movie is an uneven one starring comedian Amy Schumer and Hollywood’s own, the truly wonderful Goldie Hawn making her silver-screen comeback after a 15 year hiatus. It’s one that has some decent-enough ingredients but the overall…

BOOK REVIEW: NATASHA LESTER – HER MOTHER’S SECRET

  Her Mother’s Secret is a story about a strong female heroine, written by a woman for female readers. Natasha Lester, the author of the best-selling A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, brings us another historical fiction novel, once again telling the story of female protagonist making good in the man’s world, set in New York City in…

BOOK REVIEW: MARDI MCCONNOCHIE – ESCAPE TO THE MOON ISLANDS

  Ahoy, me hearties! Escape to the Moon Islands is a nautical adventure series starring two strong and resilient siblings. The book is an ambitious, speculative fiction one designed for young adult readers. It tackles some important topics like climate change, poverty, bullying and the misuse of power, and it handles this in a way…

ITUNES REVIEW: THE SWEET ESCAPE (COMME UN AVION)

  There has been a lot said about the importance of the journey over the destination. Sometimes the trip teaches you more than the end point and some people have likened life to a journey. The French film, The Sweet Escape (Comme un avion) seems to capture all of this. It’s a rather aimless romantic comedy…

FILM REVIEW: MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

  If you thought the teenagers from The Maze Runner were out of the woods because they escaped the labyrinth, you’re wrong. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials is the second instalment that sees the characters grappling with a fresh set of challenges and obstacles,  and with the energy and tension raised to 11. This film does not work…

FILM REVIEW: SPY

  A cat lady and a single mother are not the kinds of characters that immediately spring to mind as protagonists in a spy film. But Spy is no ordinary, espionage film. This action-comedy is much smarter than other movies that fit this genre and it’s a hell of a lot sweeter too. Spy sees…

DVD REVIEW: NORTHMEN – A VIKING SAGA

  Northmen – A Viking Saga is for people who like their battles to be played hard and fast. It’s also one for those fans who want a little less conversation, a little more action. Because while it’s an adequate and epic adventure/drama, this battle does fail to properly introduce the characters and their back…

FILM REVIEW: SHAUN THE SHEEP

  Shaun the Sheep is a simple but smart story. It also marks the big screen debut for the Aardman Animations’ character who was spun-off from Wallace & Gromit’s A Close Shave before he got his own popular TV show. This little sheep that could is as charming and engaging as ever and along with…

FILM REVIEW: CHEF

  If Jon Favreau’s film, Chef were a food it would be garlic. It’s a product adored by some, hated by others and is not rare. This light comedy with hints of drama does hit the mark, in some respects. But on other points it is a half-baked, lukewarm pie that will underwhelm fans of his other work. Favreau…

ALBUM REVIEW: GLASS TOWERS – HALCYON DAYS

WARNING: this is not an album for adults, unless they’re exceptionally young at heart. The debut from Sydney-via-Byron Bay youngsters, Glass Towers, does just as prescribed; Halcyon Days captures the adventures and mystery of youth. The band started as a one-man show in 2008 in Ben Hannam’s bedroom. Now he feels like a young man on the…