FILM REVIEW: CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY

  The prospect of watching a documentary on town planning probably won’t have people tripping over themselves to watch it. But when you realise that the subject of the film, Citizen Jane: Battle For The City helped preserve some significant parts of New York, it’s a different story. This film is a brief but intriguing…

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: KATE KERRIGAN – IT WAS ONLY EVER YOU

  She loves you yeah, yeah, yeah! It Was Only Ever You is a romantic story about three strong, young women and their relationships with one charming man living in New York City. It’s an engrossing, light and sweet tale that will leave you wondering how it will end and who will wind up with…

BLU-RAY REVIEW: VINYL SEASON ONE

  A story clouded by lost brain cells, self-aggrandisement and bullshit. This is what the TV series, Vinyl sells you. It’s a heady dramatic turn through the sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and hedonism that was the music industry in New York in 1973. This ten part TV series is a slow-burning, nuanced one that feels…

FILM REVIEW: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: OUT OF THE SHADOWS

  It would be far too easy to dismiss the second instalment in the newly rebooted, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, Out Of the Shadows, especially with the glut of superhero/comic book films around at present. While this film is unlikely to win any major awards it does have some redeeming qualities over its predecessor….

DVD REVIEW: HOW TO BE SINGLE

  How To Be Single should be renamed, “Single White Female” or “Straight White Female”. The film is an episodic one about four single heterosexual pals in New York City (does this sound familiar?) It’s an unoriginal film that isn’t excellent but it’s also not as bad as you’d expect. The film was written Abby…

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: BEN LERNER – 10:04

  10:04 is Ben Lerner’s second novel, which is named after that important scene in Back to The Future. The book looks at the idea of time travel but it is only insofar as a lot of semi-autobiographical stories are told in a non-linear and circular way. In sum, 10:04 is the equivalent of peering…

DVD REVIEW: THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN

  The Angriest Man In Brooklyn could be dubbed “The Diary Of A Mad Man”. The film is a straight-to-DVD release directed by Phil Alden Robinson and stars comedian, Robin Williams as one obnoxious lawyer. After being told he has 90 minutes left to live the irate curmudgeon engages in a frenzied, amazing race around New York to make amends…

NEWS: A LOOK AHEAD AT STUDIO LOVES: THE BEATLES ON FOXTEL’S STUDIO 132

  It was 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Not quite. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles only visit to Australia and the year that Beatlemania hit. In 1964 the band performed to 73 million viewers on The Ed Sullivan Show, played multiple overseas concerts, met Bob Dylan, recorded Beatles For Sale,released A…

BOOK REVIEW: DIANE MARINA – IMPERIAL HOTEL

  American author, Diane Marina’s short story, Imperial Hotel is like the lesbian’s answer to Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook. It is one gorgeous and classic love story set in New York City in 1948. Imperial Hotel is told from the perspective of one of the lead characters, Joan Blackstone. She is an 18-year old, unmarried society…