Occasionally a book comes along that seems as though it was written just for you as a reader. As though the author looked into your mind, saw all things that you wished for and set about the task of putting it on the page. Susan Orlean’s The Library Book is one of these. I happened… Continue reading Review: The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Before watching this documentary I had heard of Nina Simone but I didn’t know much about her (other than she was a jazz/blues singer) or her career, and I had only heard one of her songs previously (My Baby Just Cares For Me). So I was intrigued when I stumbled across this while searching through… Continue reading Review: What Happened, Miss Simone?
I love reading about New York and life there both past and present. I often go searching the internet for books that might be of interest and sometimes, just sometimes I hit the jackpot. If there is a little quirkiness to the tales told then that’s even better. This book is the result of one… Continue reading Review: Strange and Obscure Stories of New York City by Tim Rowland
I had been waiting to see this film for some time and was very lucky to discover it was showing at The Embassy in Wellington as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Wellingtonians are always enthusiastic supporters of such festivals and this particular screening was no exception. The theatre was packed - not… Continue reading Review: The Farewell
Let me begin by saying that I fully understand that this movie takes place in a ‘musical hyper reality’ - a fantasy version of Baltimore in the 1960’s. All the events and storytelling decisions have to be viewed with that context in mind. This ‘hyper reality’ works for certain aspects of the movie but pushes… Continue reading Review: Hairspray