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Category: Other Reviews

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MOVIE: NINE

MOVIE: NINE

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: NINE Shock Entertainment, June 2018 Directed by Rob Marshall Starring Daniel Day Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6/10 Based on the popular Broadway show by Mario Fratti (translated into English by Arthur Kopit and Maury Weston), Rob Marshall aims very high […]

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MOVIES: DARKMAN I – II – III

MOVIES: DARKMAN I – II – III

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIES: DARKMAN I – II – III Shock Entertainment, July 2018 Directed by Sam Raimi – Bradford May – Starring Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels – Larry Drake, Arnold Vosloo, Kim Delaney – Jeff Fahey, Arnold Vosloo, Darlanne Fluegel Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7 ½ – 5 ½ – 6 ½ After the runaway […]

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MOVIE: BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

MOVIE: BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: BETTY DAVIS – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018) Written & Directed by Philip Cox Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Betty Davis was the high priestess of raunchy Seventies funk – a black woman who sang about sex and wrote some of the dirtiest, most outrageous music of the […]

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MOVIE: TERROR NULLIUS (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

MOVIE: TERROR NULLIUS (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

| 19 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: TERROR NULLIUS (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018) Written & Directed by Soda Jerk Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 9 ½ /10 To call the Soda Jerk collective’s radical mashup of modern Australian film a rogue “unwriting of Australian national mythology” is to only tell part of the story. Literally hundreds of scenes from […]

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MOVIE: STOOGE (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

MOVIE: STOOGE (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: STOOGE (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018) Written & directed by Madeleine Farley Starring Robert Partiger, Iggy Pop Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Shot over several years, Madeleine Farley’s documentary follows obsessed Stooges fan Robert Partiger as he attempts to meet his hero Iggy Pop. In search of some kind of redemption after […]

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MOVIE: THE LAST DETAIL (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

MOVIE: THE LAST DETAIL (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018)

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: THE LAST DETAIL (as part of Revelation Film Festival 2018) Written by Robert Towne from the novel by Richard Ponsican Directed by Hal Ashby Starring Jack Nicholson, Otis Young, Randy Quaid, Carol Kane Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 Hal Ashby’s 1973 film The Last Detail shines an illuminating light on an America in a […]

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MOVIE: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

MOVIE: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari Directed by Peyton Reed Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Doulas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, Bobby Cannavale, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The years and nineteen mega-squillion-dollar blockbusters later, and the bottom shows no […]

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MOVIE: BROTHERS’ NEST

MOVIE: BROTHERS’ NEST

| 11 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: BROTHERS’ NEST Written by Jaime Brown with Chris Pahlow Directed by Clayton Jacobsen Starring Shane Jacobsen, Clayton Jacobsen, Kym Gyngell Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 The Jacobsen brothers team up for the first time since 2006’s Kenny to produce this darker-than-dark comedy thriller about two brothers attempting murder. On a misty country morning brothers […]

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MOVIE: THE BREAKER UPPERERS

MOVIE: THE BREAKER UPPERERS

| 6 July 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: THE BREAKER UPPERERS Written & Directed by Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek Starring Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston, Celia Pacquola Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8 ½ /10 Breaking up is hard to do, as we all know, so what a brilliantly simple concept Kiwi comedians Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek […]

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BOOK REVIEW: After the Fall by Dan Santat

BOOK REVIEW: After the Fall by Dan Santat

| 26 June 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: After the Fall by Dan Santat Lothian Children’s Books June 2018 Paperback, $16.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Picture Book 8/10 Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?  Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher […]

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REV FILM FEST REVIEW: OUR NEW PRESIDENT

REV FILM FEST REVIEW: OUR NEW PRESIDENT

| 7 June 2018 | Reply

REV FILM FEST REVIEW: OUR NEW PRESIDENT Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Bizarre, hilarious and jaw-droppingly WTF in turns, Our New president is a challenging new documentary from Maxim Pozdorovkin which cobbles together Russian State Television footage and YouTube/home movie-sourced snippets and songs from Russian people to tell the story of […]

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DVD: THE SOLOIST

DVD: THE SOLOIST

| 28 May 2018 | Reply

DVD: THE SOLOIST Directed by Joe Wright Starring Robert Downey Jr, Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener Shock Entertainment 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 6 ½ /10 Jamie Foxx delivers a striking performance as Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man ‘discovered’ playing 2-string violin on the sidewalk by LA Times columnist Steve Lopez. Based on a true story, […]

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DVD REVIEW: DEADLY BLESSING

DVD REVIEW: DEADLY BLESSING

| 28 May 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: DEADLY BLESSING Directed by Wes Craven Written by Glenn M Benest, Matthew Barr & Wes Craven Starring Maren Jensen, Sharon Stone, Susan Buckner, Ernest Borgnine, Michael Berryman Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 7/10 Ernest Borgnine is at his creepy and malicious best in this Wes Craven effort from 1981, which also features a young […]

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DVD REVIEW: THE FUNHOUSE

DVD REVIEW: THE FUNHOUSE

| 28 May 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: THE FUNHOUSE Shock Entertainment Directed by Tobe Hooper Starring a whole bunch of people you probably don’t know Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 4/10 Just because he made Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist, doesn’t mean everything he touched was gold. Tobe Hooper made The Funhouse, inexplicably, only a year before Poltergeist – and it […]

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DVD REVIEW: L.A.M.F. Live at the Bowery Electric

DVD REVIEW: L.A.M.F. Live at the Bowery Electric

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

DVD REVIEW: L.A.M.F. Live at the Bowery Electric MVD Entertainment December 2017 Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8.5/10 L.A.M.F. stood for Like A Mother Fucker, and was the only studio album by Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers – featuring former New York Dolls Thunders and Jerry Nolan, Billy Rath and Walter Lure – recorded in the […]

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MOVIE: BESIDE BOWIE – THE MICK RONSON STORY

MOVIE: BESIDE BOWIE – THE MICK RONSON STORY

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

MOVIE: BESIDE BOWIE – THE MICK RONSON STORY MVD Visuals, DVD & BluRay, Directed by Jon Brewer Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar 8/10 A fascinating and in-depth portrayal of the career of Mick Ronson, which paints the guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer as a lovely, down to earth guy, stellar influential musician not given his credit […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Folk by Zoe Gilbert

BOOK REVIEW: Folk by Zoe Gilbert

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Folk by Zoe Gilbert Bloomsbury March 2018 Hardcover, $35.00 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Short Stories / Speculative Fiction 8/10 Every year they gather, while the girls shoot their arrows and the boys hunt them out. The air is riddled with spiteful shadows – the wounds and fears and furies of a village year. […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Clutter Intervention – How Your Stuff is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris

BOOK REVIEW: Clutter Intervention – How Your Stuff is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris

| 22 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Clutter Intervention – How Your Stuff is Keeping You Stuck by Tisha Morris Llewellyn Publications, U.S. February 2018 Paperback, $35.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Non-Fiction / Mind, Body, Spirit 5.5/10 Writer, Benjamin Law once described his childhood home as like a “Lasagne of shit.” There are a lot of homes waging a war […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave

| 21 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave Quercus February 2018 Paperback, $29.99 Reviewed by Steph O’Connell Fiction/Speculative/Mystery 3/10 YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.  YOU CAN PRESERVE A HANDFUL OF SPECIAL MEMORIES FOREVER.  WHICH ONES WOULD YOU CHOOSE? True death is a thing of the past. Now you can spend the rest of eternity reliving […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis

BOOK REVIEW: Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis

| 20 May 2018 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Gloria’s Voice: The Story of Gloria Steinem—Feminist, Activist, Leader by Aura Lewis Sterling Publishing Co Inc March 2018 Hardcover, $24.99 Reviewed by Natalie Salvo Picture Books / Early Learning 6/10 It is encouraging to see the recent increase in the number of non-fiction picture books dedicated to inspiring women and men from history. […]

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