All posts by Natalie Salvo

Film Review: Love At First Child (Ange et Gabrielle) (France, 2015) is a pleasantly throwaway rom-com

Love At First Child (Ange et Gabrielle) is a film where a baby brings a man and woman together. And we’re not talking about its parents. This film is a light, French rom-com that is a little like eating a sweet soufflé, it’s fluffy and nice at the time but utterly forgettable shortly afterwards.... Continue Reading

Five things we learned from Chris Gethard’s HBO special Career Suicide

Chris Gethard is an American comedian and talk show host. He has written jokes for an NFL player and completed a writing stint on Saturday Night Live. His HBO special, Career Suicide is presented by the one and only, Judd Apatow and it’s a funny and sobering look at depression, addiction and suicide. We put together the top five things we learned from Career Suicide:... Continue Reading

Six things we learned from the first episode of Genius of the Modern World on Foxtel’s History Channel

Historian Bettany Hughes is presenting a new series on Foxtel’s History channel called Genius of the Modern World. It’s a three-part series about Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. It also follows on from her previous television shows about the Ancient World where she covered Buddha, Confucius and Socrates. We have put together the top six things we learned from episode 1.... Continue Reading

Six things we learned revisiting Riding In Cars With Boys (USA, 2002) in its new Blu-Ray release

Riding In Cars With Boys is a bittersweet drama/light comedy about one woman’s teenage pregnancy, married life to a drug addict and some other periods when things did not go according to her grand plan. It’s an adaptation of a memoir by Beverly D’Onofrio that was adapted for the screen by Morgan Ward. It’s also a film that sees Drew Barrymore playing the main character at the ages of 15 to 37 and some other points in between. ... Continue Reading

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review: Placebo Alt.Russia (UK, 2016) is a fascinating documentary about Russia’s art & black market music

Placebo have always been a band that proudly sit outside of the mainstream. So it’s not a giant leap for this group of alternative musicians to want to seek out like-minded individuals when they are on tour. Placebo Alt.Russia is partially an arts and political documentary and part travelogue as the band traverse through different cities in Russia (sometimes on the Trans-Siberian Express) to investigate whether the country is as oppressive to its creative minds as the Western press would have us all believe.... Continue Reading

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review: The Slippers (Canada, 2016) is unbelievable, whimsical and charming

In the film, The Wizard of Oz Dorothy taps her ruby red slippers and says, “There’s no place like home.” But have you ever wondered where was home for those striking shoes? The documentary, The Slippers is a fascinating film that covers what became of this beloved slice of movie history in a story that is sometimes so strange and bizarre that you couldn’t make this stuff up. It’s a tale that has everything in it from romps through history to thefts, betrayals, conflicting emotions and obsession.... Continue Reading

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review: Play Your Gender (Canada, 2016) is an inspiring music documentary that encourages female producers & engineers

Artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are some of the biggest names in the music industry. But in the shadows of these successful women you will see lots of men. When you look behind-the-scenes at the music business it is one big old boys’ club but does it have to be this way? The documentary, Play Your Gender asks why there aren’t more female producers and sound engineers and answers this in a very interesting, well-constructed and engaging way.... Continue Reading

Seven things we learned from Director Sofia Coppola at a special The Beguiled Q & A in Sydney

Writer and director Sofia Coppola recently became the second woman to win the best director award at Cannes. She won the gong for her latest film, The Beguiled, a gothic story about a group of isolated, Southern girls who take in a wounded solider during the American Civil War. It’s a remake of the 1971 drama/thriller but this time around it is told from the female perspective.... Continue Reading