FILM REVIEW: Clarity (2017, Raz)

Peyv Raz’s Clarity jumps straight into the action: Maggie (Dana Melanie), daughter of a wealthy, American family, arrives at her surprise party – only to collapse due to a rare hereditary kidney disease that threatens her life. The conflict is set-up just as quickly, as it is revealed that Maggie wasn’t born into her American family at all. Sharon (Dina Meyer) and Malcolm (Tony Denison) … Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Clarity (2017, Raz)

Brief Words: War of the Planet of the Apes (Reeves, 2017)

Words before the opening title preordain the sequence of events that have been set out in the first and second movies – it began with the Rise, and then the Dawn. And now it is War between the Humans and the Apes. The third act of this franchise sees director Matt Reeves, bringing to the forefront his protagonist Caesar’s struggle between revenge and peace – … Continue reading Brief Words: War of the Planet of the Apes (Reeves, 2017)

FILM REVIEW: Okja (2017, Joon-Ho)

In Bong Joon-Ho’s newest film, Okja, it is a tale that delights with an undying friendship between a child and a giant-pig that reminisces off the imagination of Spielberg’s most beloved films, but never without fails to interweave it with dark undertones that commentates on our burgeoning capitalist society that profits horrifyingly off a meat-industry, fuelled by human consumerism. Opening up in the mountains of South … Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Okja (2017, Joon-Ho)

THEATRE REVIEW: The Chapel Perilous (New Theatre, 2017)

This review was originally published on AussieTheatre.com.au A need for strong female representation arrives at the forefront of today’s entertainment context; to pursue well-rounded characters, and not reduce them to plot tools (the Bechdel Test is an example of how character tests are frequently applied to films/TV shows). It is a real testament to Dorothy Hewett’s 1972 play, The Chapel Perilous – with its sexually-liberal … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: The Chapel Perilous (New Theatre, 2017)

THEATRE REVIEW: Big Fish (Hayes Theatre Co, 2017)

Musicals that pull on your heart-strings are not an easy find, but the Hayes production of Big Fish – a modified 12-chair version of the 2013 Broadway musical – proves that imaginative but humble stagings can ignite the magic of storytelling equally, if not better than the often rife efforts of a full-blown spectacle. Based on 1988 novel by Daniel Wallace (also adapted on screen … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: Big Fish (Hayes Theatre Co, 2017)

FILM REVIEW: The Zookeeper’s Wife (Caro, 2017)

This review was originally published at ImpulseGamer.com.au Blockbuster movies set during the Holocaust are not a rare specimen; but The Zookeeper’s Wife offers a unique unfolding of an untold story in wartime Poland, where zookeeper of the still-standing Warsaw Zoo, Jan and his wife, Antonia – transform their zoo into a hiding refuge for over 300 Jews during World War II. At the risk of … Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Zookeeper’s Wife (Caro, 2017)

FILM REVIEW: Hidden Figures (Melfi, 2017)

This review was originally published at ImpulseGamer.com.au Important women of influence are often excluded or forgotten from the history books. This is why Hidden Figures, a biographical film that seeks to reveal the story of three influential, African American women, is so integral. With its garnering of awards attention and financial success, it is a joy that audiences are able to finally learn of these … Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Hidden Figures (Melfi, 2017)

THEATRE REVIEW: Cabaret (Hayes Theatre Co, 2017)

“Life is a cabaret, old chum!” It’s one of the most recognisable lines in the history of musical theatre. Even the title, Cabaret, rings a bell to those unfamiliar with musicals. Opening on Broadway in 1966, the musical became a cultural sensation, captured forever in the 1972 film adaptation starring Liza Minnelli. It was further invigorated by Sam Mendes’ Donmar production in 1993, which cemented … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: Cabaret (Hayes Theatre Co, 2017)

THEATRE REVIEW: The Taming of the Shrew (Montague Basement, 2016)

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is easily subject to criticism about its misogyny and therefore its relevance in contemporary society. Montague Basement’s production, however, is a fresh interpretation that revitalises its outdated predecessor, forefronting victims of domestic violence and transporting Shakespeare’s comedic play to a dramatic platform. Staged initially on a blank stage with black curtains draped on the wings, director Caitlin West has … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: The Taming of the Shrew (Montague Basement, 2016)

THEATRE REVIEW: Heathers the Musical (Sydney Opera House, 2016)

Heathers: The Musical features a great score and talented cast but the flashy direction falters, making it too often vapid. “Freak, slut, loser, short bus,” sing the majority of teens in the opening number of Heathers: The Musical, a sharp dark comedy about the effects of teen bullying, suicide, and violence — set to a rock-pop score. Based on Michael Lehmann’s 1988 film, Heathers: The … Continue reading THEATRE REVIEW: Heathers the Musical (Sydney Opera House, 2016)