I love a good crime drama, be it based on reality or totally fictitious. There’s just something so compelling about this genre and, done properly, it can be a wonderful human case study as well as an unforgettable story. Mostly I find myself watching these shows in just a matter of days, something the ability to binge whole seasons on Netflix makes possible. These next six shows are ridiculously easy to get totally hooked on and impossible to stop thinking about, so save them for a rainy day when you’ve got time to get cosy and watch all day. Read More
Other bloggers have been telling me to read Liane Moriarty for years. I bought a couple of her novels second hand in 2013 and, as is the way with most of my books, I haven’t actually read them yet. I couldn’t help but see the hype around her later releases Truly Madly Guilty and, of course, Big Little Lies. And yet, I still avoided the hype. Finally, I’ve given in and listened to the audiobook as well as watching the Emmy-award winning HBO mini-series. Read More
I’ve loved Jessica Marais ever since Packed to the Rafters, so of course when I saw the advertisements for The Wrong Girl, it was on my must-watch list. My best friend Caitlin and I started watching this when it was on television, but when she went to Cuba and Mexico last year we couldn’t keep up with the episodes. Of course, this just gave us the perfect excuse the binge watch when I bought the DVD. At only eight episodes, it’s easily watchable over a weekend (although we watched it over a couple of weeks, two episodes at a time). Read More
I’ve never been one for horror films. I’m the easiest person to scare and until last year, the creepiest movie I’d watched was The Others. But scrolling through Netflix one evening, I decided to watch Carrie. After all, I’ve read the book. Yes, I still may not be a seasoned horror fan, but my enjoyment of this film definitely sparked an interest. Then someone suggested American Horror Story, a show I’d heard of and thought “yeah, like I’ll ever watch that”. Oh, how wrong I was. Read More
Reading Jasper Jones with a bunch of other people on Goodreads was my first introduction to the Aussie blogging community, so in many ways it’s always held a special place in my heart. But it’s also a damn good book. Since I read the novel and was lucky enough to meet Craig Silvey in Brisbane, I’ve been waiting for this film. First, there was a stage play, but living in regional Queensland I was realistic about my chances of ever getting to see it. Even when the movie was announced and the release date drew nearer, I didn’t want to get my hopes up about being able to see this story on the big screen. Cue my extreme ALL CAPS excitement when I saw it was scheduled at our cinema. Of course, I had to bring my book blogger bestie Caitlin along for the ride.
I’m not usually one for watching movies over and over. But since it was released at the start of the year, I’ve watched Spotlight at least five times. That is definitely a record for me. This film, this story, is incredible. In all my re-watching, it’s never failed to leave me feeling completely inspired.
There’s a brilliantly dark and harsh quality to many of the British crime dramas I’ve come to love. The somewhat softer Heartbeat and New Tricks will always be favourites, there’s something undeniably gripping about those shows which aren’t afraid to go deeper, no matter how unsettling it may be for the audience.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr promote Eight Days a Week. Photo: MPL Communications/Charlie Gray
There are few cinematic releases I have been quite so excited for, such is the extent of my enduring love for the Fab Four. I spent months counting down to this documentary’s release, bought my tickets a week out and dragged my two best friends along with me. Judging by their reactions, this isn’t just a movie for Beatlemaniacs (although they both don’t see the need to watch any other docos on the group again).
Generally I try to avoid the ‘it’ books everyone is raving about, but when the movie adaptation comes out I end up caving. I ignored Me Before You for most of the year, despite the super-sized hype and seemingly endless stream of reviews and Instagram shots. But what did grab my attention was the snippets of criticism I started seeing on social media.
I haven’t read the book and I’m not going to, so I can only judge the movie adaptation, but I must admit I went into the cinema with very low expectations and disapproval in mind. Watching it left me feeling pretty conflicted so I wanted to try and sort out my thoughts in this review. It’s going to include plenty of spoilers, so if you haven’t read the book/watched the movie and don’t want it ruined, don’t keep reading. Read More
I have a habit of stumbling across fantastic television shows on the ABC and No Offence is the latest unexpected delight. I’m both pleased and relieved to hear a second season has been commissioned because I couldn’t stop thinking about the conclusion to this dark and utterly compelling crime drama. Read More