Science fiction movies are fascinating for what they say about the present, as much as for what they say about the future, and the just-released Insurgent, the second movie adaptation of Veronica Roth’s young adult trilogy, is no different. It’s an intriguing dramatisation of our modern world, where the school exams we take as late teenagers threaten to determine our future forever, and where we … Read More In praise of the divergents of the world
First published by The Hoopla, 16 February 2015 The classic brat pack movie The Breakfast Club is now officially middle aged: on February 15 it turned 30. Does it stand the test of time? Does Judd Nelson? A brain. An athlete. A basketcase. A princess. A criminal. It’s Saturday at Chicago’s Shermer High School, and director John Hughes has summoned all the cliches to weekend detention. … Read More The Breakfast Club Turns 30
First published by The Hoopla, 20 January 2015 On the weekend I saw a hip hop artist, a contortionist, some jaw-dropping acrobatics, some nifty tap dancing, a pretty funny striptease and some spectacular fire breathing. No, I wasn’t flitting from show to show reviewing the entire Sydney Festival for The Hoopla: it was ALL IN THE ONE SHOW, the Limbo circus at the Aurora Spielgeltent. The … Read More Have we reached peak entertainment?
Gertrude & Alice Cafe Bookstore If Bondi could ever be accused of having a soul, it’s here in this narrow cafe, where the bibliophile is as revered as the barista. Pick up the latest Christos Tsiolkas, or an out-of-print Christina Stead, and settle in with your astringent single shot espresso ($3.30), a Campos blend with cinnamon and bitter chocolate notes. It’s a home-away-from-home for … Read More Selected reviews from Good Cafe Guide 2014
Pizza e Birra The charcoal and sepia fit-out, classic bentwood chairs and intimate bar instantly seduces. By the time you’re warmly welcomed and seated with complimentary olives, swiftly followed by authentically crisp pizzas or creamy gnocchi, you’ll be smitten. But when staff describe Italian wine in accents suggesting they grew up in the vineyard next door, and then don’t relax until they’ve freed up … Read More Selected reviews from Good Food Under $30 2014
Big Brekky It’s heat that makes Big Brekky cool. Everyone’s warmly welcomed (regulars are bestowed hugs and kisses) and sunlight pours through picture windows to a room painted warm blood red. Poached eggs with chilli fetta bruschetta might come accompanied by a Red Hot Chili Peppers soundtrack, and plates of corn fritters, eggs-any-which-way and berry pancakes arrive still steaming. Match a piping hot Campos coffee or … Read More Selected reviews from Good Food Under $30 2013
First published by The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 May 2006 The Treehouse By Naomi Wolf Virago, 320pp, $35 WHEN NAOMI WOLF turned 40, she and her father, Leonard, built a treehouse for her eight-year-old daughter, Rosa. Then she wrote a book about it. If this sounds dismissive, it’s at least partly so because I’d hoped for more from the woman who gave us The … Read More Naomi Wolf’s The Treehouse:The quest is for poetry but the outcome is prosaic