FILM REVIEW: 20TH CENTURY WOMEN

  20th Century Women is a slow-burning dramedy about humans of Santa Barbara. Or put that another way, a pseudo-family of five individuals living amidst the social and cultural changes taking place in America in 1979.   This semi-autobiographical film by writer/director Mike Mills (Beginners) reads like a love letter to his mother.   Annette…

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…

FILM REVIEW: THROUGH THE REPELLENT FENCE: A LAND ART FILM

  As Donald Trump continues promoting his idea of building a wall between the US and Mexico it’s heartening to see that there are some people taking a different approach. Through The Repellent Fence: A Land Art Film is a documentary about a land art installation that attempted to reinforce the notion that borders are…

BOOK REVIEW: EMILY REYNOLDS – A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO LOSING YOUR MIND

  English freelance journalist Emily Reynolds was a teenager when she first developed bipolar disorder. It proved a hard diagnosis because it took around a decade of visits to health-care professionals and a cocktail of different medications in order to settle on the right ones. While on this journey, Reynolds researched and read the books…

DVD REVIEW: FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

  Meryl Streep is no stranger to singing. The loveable actress has sung pop on the silver screen in Mamma Mia! and was recently a rock chick in Ricki and the Flash. In Florence Foster Jenkins Meryl puts in a fabulous performance by singing opera but doing so badly. It’s one of those things where the singing…

BOOK REVIEW: MICHELINE LEE – THE HEALING PARTY

  Micheline Lee’s debut novel, The Healing Party is so intense and personal, it almost feels like a memoir. The story is about a dying mother and how her evangelical, Christian family rally around to support her while they wait for God to grant them all a miracle. The book is ultimately quite a rich…

BOOK REVIEW: TONI JORDAN- OUR TINY, USELESS HEARTS

  David Bowie may have sung about modern love but it is author, Toni Jordan that has written a book about it. Her fourth novel, Our Tiny, Useless Hearts is set over the course of a single weekend in suburban Melbourne and it shows how three different relationships implode. This well-written and witty book is…

DVD REVIEW: THE FAMILY LAW

  For too long, Australian TV shows have been white-washed and white bread but a series like The Family Law looks poised to change all of that. The SBS dramedy feels authentic in its depiction of the Law family living in Queensland in the nineties. The show has real heart and it will make you laugh…

DVD REVIEW: THE HECKLER

  The Heckler is an Australian film that is not just a comedy but one that’s also about the genre, or stand-up in particular. It’s a body swap film that is a bit like Freaky Friday meets Ghost. It’s a low-budget satire that fills some rather large shoes by managing to stand-out from most other comedy…

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…