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Being GenX, I didn’t think I’d see this monumental change in my lifetime: so many brave women standing up and saying #MeToo in our own version of ‘I’m Spartacus!’  …...

Red Handed made it into: 17th Shriekfest Horror Film Festival – Official Selection 13th Halloween Horror Picture Show – Official Laurels Melbourne Underground Film Festival – Officia…...

Terminator 2 Judgement Day has a rare status of immunity to sequelitis. There aren’t many sequels that are as good as the original – T2 surpasses T1 on every front – narrative, chara…...

This is the shortlist.I have seen all of these movies, some several times over and I love each of them for various reasons. THE LION KING          …...

This page is updated with links to some of my articles.Ocean Media - Sails and Offshore Magazine: 'Home & Away' 7 Star Luxury Catamarans With Ever-Changing Stunning ViewsI was happy to write the…...

A client of BlackBox Voice Productions had audio-visual segments with non-professional narration and wanted to refresh the content with a professionally produced, polished voiceover. I was rapt my voi…...

It’s the 50 year ‘anniversary’ of The Battle Of Long Tan that happened in August 1966 during The Vietnam War aka The 2nd Indochina War aka The Resistance War Against America aka The …...

Tarzan is still portrayed as an oxy moronic 'sophisticated Neanderthal'.He’s an educated, urbane aristocrat who can get all physically Philistine in a loincloth and speak another lan…...

I was an innocent bystander to Ghostbusters.Now I am an eye witness to a crime against cinema. Who is the audience for this?Kids under 10 who love the sliming of stars at the Nickelodeon Awards? …...

Here is a snapshot of the Australian stats for spinal cord injury (SCI).Mostly young people, mostly car accidents and the fiscal cost is $4b but on a personal level, the true cost is too immense to me…...

I chatted with director Jon Favreau in Sydney about his CGI 3D masterpiece The Jungle Book for Disney with the only live action from Neel Sethi – the actor playing Mowgli.Here are the trailers s…...

On April Fool’s Day, private health cover premiums rose again - this time 5-6%. BUPA shafted me with my annual price gouge – this time 7.2% - with a healthy dose of ‘put up and …...

A Belgian, a Persian, a Maori, an American, a Samoan and I walk into a bar… It’s called The Ugly Mermaid (yep)… At Le Vasa on Upolu Island, Samoa, the chairs, roof and all fittings…...

The Revenant is a beautiful, brutal revenge masterpiece that will attract awards attention for many of the cast and crew, particularly the talented trio who gave us the awards-magnet, Birdman: I&ntild…...

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”         Kenneth Grahame, The Wind…...

Mad Max Fury Road is the most-anticipated movie of the year so far – more than Avengers Age Of Ultron – because it has a deeper, richer cinematic ancestry dating back to 1979 – …...

Who will win? Adaline VS Avengers – scientific guff Vibranium?  I thought they were calling it Fibranium which weirdly made sense to me because I ass-umed it was a nuclear-strength version …...

The Bliss Series - Daily Treatments Instantly Change Everything After having Balinese Customs officers go through all my belongings, ask me about the three boxes in my luggage (which did not exist) t…...

The Bliss Series - Stepping Outside Your Comfort ZoneBliss Sanctuary for women creates a wonderful comfort zone for guests and also offers opportunities to step outside that comfort zone too. I opted…...

The Bliss Series - Stepping Into A Comfort Zone.   Just days before heading to Bliss, my life was turned inside out with a monumental legal battle that involved a sudden expensive lawyer, an 11t…...

Pop Art was a frivolous flash in cultural pan – until it wasn’t.   Not ahead of its time but it did predict that the mundane and lightweight would be revered.  It was summed up b…...

What an enormous cock up. And I don't mean the good kind 😉 I’m talking about the latest Myer TVC. My brother Chris and I were chatting about weak ads today.  The Myer ‘Wonderland&r…...

Run by volunteers, supported by some precious sponsors, the Palestinian Film Festival launched in in Sydney last night with passion and a powerfully moving augmented reality app.   Download it th…...

Every now and again I like to take a risk and subject myself to a piece of art about which I know nothing.   It’s hit and miss.  But that’s the spirit of adventure.  Don&rsq…...

Without Boardwalk Empire, TV just became a bored walk.  This is how I feel about it coming to an end.      A favourite way to unwind is to time travel IE immerse myself in period d…...

Very excited to be selected as a Short+Sweet director for the 2015 theatre season!   Short+Sweet is the world's largest short play festival - home grown here in Australia and now in countries a…...

It's not often a film gets a Tomatometer rating of 95%.  Finding Vivian Maier is a documentary that feels like a quirky portrait of a humorless Mary Poppins-type character then it evolves into a…...

Lots of people and film critics bag Woody Allen movies.    Sure, some of his 40+ features are better than others.  The ones I enjoy most are his fantasy films because they bridge a gap …...

A Most Wanted Man, the film adaptation of a John Le Carre spy thriller might be the finest of Hoffman’s final films.   Complex human emotions and dramas are played out at an A grade level -…...

Will the MH17 disaster put powerful fingers on big triggers?       Events around the MH17 disaster are starting to resemble the triggers of war we've seen before. Look at the hist…...

I laugh at TV commercials trying to sell ‘oatmeal’ with a hero shot of a bowl of gruel the colour of a sick baby’s poo.    Not even Oliver Twist would ask for more.   …...

Lots of eateries invite you to have a drink at the bar while you wait for a table.   At Riley St Garage, the place to be is at the bar.   The BFFs [Best Foodie Friends photographer Bel…...

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes sounds better than Revenge Of The Chimps.  Glad they ditched the latter title.   Ever since I snuck into an R rated screening of George A Romero’s Dawn O…...

500 people in 250 cars worth less than $1000 each drove Perth to Darwin via the Kimberlies to raise money for Cancer Council in June 2014.  $1.4m was the target - $1.5m was reached.    …...

There was a wildly successful TV show last century called Cheers - the bar where everyone knew your name.   The bar in the show was a hit because of the intimacy.  Customers got w…...

DISCLAIMER If you need a spoiler alert for Godzilla, don't read on and don't blame me if you do.  I love seeing films with my movie-literate brother Chris aka Boonta.  He's a monster movi…...

Radio station Double J is back. I have missed you so much.  What's Rangoon To You Is Grafton To Me is still one of the greatest examples of creative radio ever made.    Rangoon V …...

I went to Cambodia to visit my favourite charity - Free The Bears - and wrote a story about it for Get Up And Go Magazine.   Free The Bears is an Australian organisation that resc…...

I've seen some footage of the new Tom Cruise big budget blockbuster Edge Of Tomorrow (EOT) and yes - there is a Groundhog Day element.  But EOT is not a comedy.  Neither does it star a grou…...

I've seen some preview footage of the 2014 Godzilla movie and it is great!  It hasn't been turned into something stupid that Michael Bay would make with a title like Revenge Of The Atomic Dinos…...

The Other Woman looks great - kinda like The First Wives Club but more like The First, Second & Third Mistresses Club.          Cameron Diaz is right at home in this …...

This week, I went along to the AFI AACTA Members screening of Tracks starring Mia Wasikowska directed by John Curran who kicked off his career with the screen adaptation of a book I liked called Prais…...

I think I may have seen a perfect film.  The Grand Budapest Hotel is the latest from Wes Anderson who seems to have hit a career high with this period caper comedy.  I now regard him as my g…...

If Free-To-Air (F2A) tv channels want to at least pretend they are having a serious go at moving with the times and if they value shareholders' investment, they need to ban ads during narrative TV co…...

"if you make a funny show about the making of a crappy show, you might just have a hit show.  Plonk is the latest in that proud pedigree of pisstake."  renée brack Josh Tyler |…...

When I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in Boogie Nights, I was astonished at his ability to perfectly realise an unpopular, tortured character on screen.  I loved his work in The Talented Mr Ripley. &…...

Nha Trang is overloaded with overweight, joyless Russians.  They look like extras from the movie Wall-E.  Despite communism teaching generations to queue for food, they don’t want to d…...

Riding pushbikes around Hoi An is the best.  It’s 100% fun and only unsafe if you’re a bit of an idiot.  They don’t legislate against stupidity in Vietnam so common sense i…...

GETTING TRAFFICKEDGetting around Hanoi has all the fun of any big city but without all the regulations and rules.  People are polite but assertive.  All kinds of vehicles share the entire ro…...

You''re damned if you see Salo and damned if you don''t.  In 2010 I was given a collector''s dvd edition legally, after decades of a worldwide ban.  But first, let''s set the scene of censor…...

Every now and again, you get a partner in life for a period of time who gives you gifts that echo into your future and shape who you are.  Already an avid movie buff since childhood, at age 25 I …...

Everyone else can unplug their blinking fairy lights and pack 'em up for next year.  This guy synced a xmas light show to his daughter's favourite song and nailed it.  The song is mildly a…...

A different education for a different way to view the world.  Not a holiday but an adventure.  Voiceover to text is below.  Enjoy 🙂  Excerpt from the audiobook version of:Vagabond…...

Have you ever been so in love with a person's art that you almost cannot stand it?  Have a look below at the preview of Wes Anderson's new film The Grand Budapest Hotel.  I love this filmm…...

There is bittersweet poignancy in this Gen X romantic comedy called Enough Said starring James Gandolfini in one of his final big screen performances.  There wasn't enough said by this man on sc…...

Twice nommed for an Oscar, Naomi Watts might get a third in 2014 if the Academy keeps awarding actors and actresses who portray real life people.  Helen Mirren won an Oscar for playing the queen.…...

Red Obsession sounds like a cryptic crossword clue for which the answer might be Kim Jong-un.  It's the name of a superbly engrossing documentary about red wine - in particular, Bordeaux.  …...

Every now and again - maybe a few times in any era or generation - a movie comes along that uses the technology of the day in a way that is insightful, human and prophetic.  The trailer for Ben S…...

Over a year ago, I was reporting on radio that an Oscar winning team of Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and director Steven Soderbergh couldn't use their combined weight to get an incredible movie releas…...

Beauty Brains Bodies and (am)Bition.  30 finalists in the DMK Miss Universe Australia Pageant need all four elements in just the right amounts in the hope to snatch the sash and land the crown.La…...

Martin Scorsese looks to have upadated his cinematic look with his new film The Wolf Of Wall Street.  Leonardo di Caprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and assorted others look like they are ha…...