Category: Reviews


An open letter to Network 10

Why I believe they should either be taxed more, or engage much more in CSR, if they intend to profit off this season of the Bachelor.


Dear Network 10 management,


On episode 10 of the Bachelor, I watched as Richie and Alex had a single date based around the idea of ‘chocolate’. Now, for once, I shan’t make it a priority to critique the date or the women or the outfits as per usual. Today, my issue is that of the abuse of chocolate propagated by this bachelor Richie Strahan, by the ditz of a date of his, Alex, and by the colossally lousy asshats producing this show.


Why am I calling them lousy asshats today? Because they let this pair of morons waste hundreds of millilitres of chocolate on ‘cutesiness’ and a chocolate bath.

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Review (Translates to “This Youth is Crazy”, abbreviated as YJHD).


The story starts off with a flashback of Naina Talwar (Deepika Padukone) when she is reminiscing about her days in high school and remembering her friends.  An encounter with an old classmate, Aditi Mehra (Kalki Koechlin), makes her realise that she wants more from life than high marks. Thus, she makes an impulsive decision to go on a trip to Manali in Kashmir with her friend Aditi after leaving a letter for her mother.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Beaumaris Theatre’s “Avenue Q”

Remarkably unprepared I walked into the Beaumaris Theatre having not so much as googled the synopsis of “Avenue Q”. Billed as a twisted version of Sesame Street for adults, the show takes place in a street of the same name in which puppets, monsters and humans live together in harmony, more or less. Our central character Princeton, played by the incredible Josh Pratt, arrives on the street having recently completed his BA in English and at a point of cross-roads in his life unsure of where his life will take him. “Avenue Q” explores the life of your typical 20-something graduate entering the real world, a first look at real adulthood, navigating love, money and finding a purpose in life. The musical teaches us that sometimes life sucks, through plenty of painfully relatable misfortunes presented as humorous musical acts, puppetry and a hilarious script. Read more …

DC Heroes and Logos

The End of the Decline for DC?

DC Comics has published the most iconic superhero characters for almost a decade, but has an erratic track record at transferring those characters to the big screen as feature films. For the past decade DC movies have struggled against fan reprobation and rapid drop-off in ticket sales. An impartial review of the changes in the DC movies over this period indicates the blame lays squarely on Heath Ledger… or, more accurately, on studio execs completely misinterpreting the cause of a particular movie’s success.

DC/Warner Bros were already looking to change the tone when they rebooted their universe. For those who came in late, movie series based on DC characters tended to start strong and then get progressively weaker as the studios tried to cash in on the hype of the previous movies rather than craft something great. Read more …


Harry Potter & the Cursed Child review

Some spoilers ahead – each with individual warnings, chill


Three weeks ago on Friday I practically skipped into Dymocks to grab my copy of the new Harry Potter book, the eighth, an addendum to a series I have adored from my childhood, and will likely continue to love throughout my adulthood and long past the time old age will make me both wrinkly and potty.

I got home, and in the manner of Hermione Granger buried my nose in the book, barely looking up so that I could finish it as quickly as conceivably possible.

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The Intern Review.

The classic movie starring Robert De Niro as Ben Whittaker, Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin Rene Russo as Fiona and Anders Holm as Matt is about the challenges for different people in a workplace. Jules Ostin is the owner of a company called “About the Fit”. The online clothing store went from a start-up founded in her kitchen to a 220-employee juggernaut in only eighteen months. Jules’ friend Cameron (Andrew Rannells) puts up a local ad that hires senior interns to work for the company. Ben, who is seventy and a widower, had a hole to fill in his life that couldn’t be filled by anything else other than a decent job. Ben later gets an interview and is assigned to work with Jules, who is somewhat skeptical at first. Initially frozen out by her, Ben slowly wins over co-workers with his likeability and gets into Jules’s good graces. Ben heads to work early one day to unclutter the messy desk in the office which Jules was frustrated by. After work, Ben notices Jules’ chauffeur drinking, convinces the driver to leave and drives Jules home himself, a role he retains in days to come.

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Violet Femmes : Debut Album Review

-Violent Femmes-  is the debut album by the folk-punk band Violent Femmes. It was recorded in July 1982 and released by Slash Records on vinyl and cassette in April 1983 and on CD in 1987 with the two additional tracks Ugly and Gimme the Car. The band consisted of Gordon Gano (Singer/Guitarist), Brian Ritchie (Bassist) and Victor DeLorenzo (Percussionist).  The album recently achieved a gold certification without even making the charts. In 2002, Rhino Records remade the album for its 20th anniversary with an additional disc of demos and linear notes by Michael Azerrad. Read more …


Train to Busan: No Ordinary Zombie Movie

An estranged father and daughter find themselves caught in the midst of a zombie outbreak on a high speed train in South Korean horror film Train to Busan.

Recently divorced Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) is taking his daughter Su-an (Kim Su-an) from Seoul to his ex-wife’s house in Busan. At the same time, a zombie virus spreads rapidly across the country and Seok-woo must keep his daughter safe from the zombified passengers on board until they reach Busan, supposedly the last city standing. Read more …


Review: Aussie Indie Comics Scene

These days comic books are all the rage, mostly through blockbuster movies based on superheroes, with the occasional Alan Moore adaption thrown into the mix. TV has also seen some great adaptations beyond children’s cartoons, again mainly focusing on mainstream superheroes. These often include great stories, but they are limited in their need to appeal to a mass global audience, and their creation by a small number of people in the restriction of a few companies.

There is far more to the comics genre than that, of course. The big publishing companies have their odd-ball imprints, such as Vertigo. Independent publishes release some fantastic stuff that isn’t deemed commercial enough to be put out by the bigger guys – or offer better terms to the creators. Then we get right down to the truly indie stuff, the self-published comics that, traditionally, have a distribution area that lies within public transport distance of the creators. Read more …


Snarky Puppy Blows the Roof Off The Forum

If you have seen my earlier reviews, you will know that I am a massive fan of US jazz fusion supergroup Snarky Puppy. Too many times in previous years have I seen them headline the Melbourne International Jazz Festival or tour their latest album, and been unable to attend due to my age. But this year, I vowed to see them, at last an adult. Within a minute of receiving the email that Snarky Puppy had announced a new concert in Melbourne, I had the ticket booking page bookmarked to my laptop, and the opening time for tickets added to my phone’s calendar. I was not going to miss out this time!

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