DVD REVIEW: THE WAY WE WERE

  The Way We Were could have been named, The Odd Couple. The film is a love story about two individuals who form an unlikely partnership. This is mostly because they are both so different. But in spite of this, their relationship feels like a real and authentic one due to the obvious on-screen chemistry between…

FILM REVIEW: THE YOUNG KARL MARX

  The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) is a bio-pic that feels authentic because it captures the period well in a visual sense. But you also get the feeling that it is only telling a part of the story and not least because it is all about Karl Marx’s youth. This dramatic film…

FILM REVIEW: A MODERN MAN

  A Modern Man is a documentary about a handsome, contemporary classical violinist named Charlie Siem. But who is Messer Siem? Unfortunately that question is not really answered in this film because this British-Norwegian musician puts up a wall that is largely impenetrable. This film is directed by Eva Mulvad (The Good Life). It begins…

FILM REVIEW: HANDSOME DEVIL

  Handsome Devil is cut from the same cloth as Sing Street and Dead Poet’s Society, but it also leaves a few things deliberately ambiguous. This is a pleasant, coming-of-age tale set in a private, all-boys boarding school in Ireland. The story ends on an encouraging and positive note where you should be yourself because…

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…