TV REVIEW: GIRLBOSS

  Girlboss is a series that may leave viewers feeling conflicted. While it’s great to see an underdog making good and pursuing her passion it’s also hard to root for a lead character who is so inherently unlikeable. This Netflix series is ultimately like a fun ball of fairy floss, it’s pleasant enough at first…

FOOD REVIEW: TASTE OF SYDNEY

  For four days the gorgeous Centennial Park in Sydney was transformed into a foodie lover’s heaven. From March 9 punters got to sample the best that Sydney’s food scene had to offer, thanks to some 12 restaurants cooking up 50 dishes, a marketplace with over 100 artisan producers, and over 80 masterclasses taught by…

DVD REVIEW: QUEEN OF KATWE

  Queen of Katwe is a rags-to-riches tale involving chess. The story is based on the real-life events involving an aspiring chess master. This story is ultimately a nice, diamond-in-the-rough tale from Disney however, it’s hard to kick the sense that some of the grittier elements have been buffed out of this movie. In Katwe,…

FILM REVIEW: ALONE IN BERLIN

  Alone in Berlin is a story from the Second World War and the recent film adaptation means it is likely to be condemned to the history books. The film is based on the international best-selling novel, Every Man Dies Alone, a book about real-life Berliners Otto and Elise Hampel. The film is a slow…

DVD REVIEW: CAFE SOCIETY

  It seems that La La Land is not the only film to look affectionately at some halcyon days in Hollywood. Woody Allen’s Café Society manages to do this as well as celebrating the jazzy nightlife of New York. This is a light yet fun film that is like a love letter to old money and its trappings,…

BOOK REVIEW: NADIA MARKS – AMONG THE LEMON TREES

  Love is a wonderful thing. We all want to experience it. Many musicians, artists and writers have used it as inspiration, but it was perhaps Darren Hanlon who put it best when he sang, “Love is just a lazy generalisation that we use for a hundred different feelings and as many situations.” Journalist and author,…

BOOK REVIEW: TRICIA STRINGER – A CHANCE OF STORMY WEATHER

  A Chance of Stormy Weather was originally self-published in 2004 by Australian, rural romance writer, Tricia Stringer. It was also one of her most requested books, as some readers thought it was good at distilling what life in the country is really about. This fictional story is not Stringer’s best work but it is…

DVD REVIEW: INDIAN SUMMERS

  The chapter in India’s history when it was subject to colonial rule has been shown on our screens before. It was the theme in The Jewel in the Crown television series and there have been countless films and things about Mahatma Ghandi. Indian Summers is a TV series that covers this well-trodden path. It may not…

BOOK REVIEW: ZOË MARRIOTT – BAREFOOT ON THE WIND

  Many of us are familiar with Disney’s version of Beauty & the Beast. The film shows the cursed Beast who captures the beautiful Belle, and it is only after Belle sees the creature’s inner “goodness” and falls in love that the spell is broken. Some people may consider that the Beast is actually rewarded…

FILM REVIEW: CAFE SOCIETY

  Woody Allen’s latest film should be renamed “High Society.” This beautifully-shot comedy is a nostalgic but throwaway look at the glitz and glamour of some halcyon days in Hollywood and the smoky nightlife of New York. It’s ultimately like a pleasant and lightweight dream that celebrates money even though the thirties was synonymous for…

BOOK REVIEW: ANTHEA HODGSON – THE DRIFTER

  If Anthea Hodgson’s debut novel were a song it would be John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over.” The story is a rural romance set in Western Australia and it’s about two free-spirited individuals and a wise old aunt. The two former characters could be classed as “drifters” and they are thrown together and forced…

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…