Category Archives: TV

TV Review: Netflix’s Girlboss sees a caustic hustler-turned-throwaway-fashion success story

Girlboss is a series that may leave viewers feeling conflicted. While it’s great to see an underdog making good and pursuing her passion it’s also hard to root for a lead character who is so inherently unlikeable. This Netflix series is ultimately like a fun ball of fairy floss, it’s pleasant enough at first bite; but it’s also a little bit throwaway and lightweight.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Girls‘ sixth & final season bows out with unexpected grace

Though it started on what seemed like uneven ground, the final season of HBOs Girls manages to not only pull the series strengths together and end on a high note but also manage to do so while remaining as imperfect and messy as it’s ever been.... Continue Reading

Giancarlo Esposito talks about Gus Fring’s return in Better Call Saul

While he was in Australia last week for a pop-up Los Pollos Hermanos in Sydney, we sat down with the fast food chain’s proprietor Gus Fring – expertly played through Breaking Bad‘s fourth season by Giancarlo Esposito – to talk about the character’s anticipated return in the third season of the Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul. ... Continue Reading

TV Review: Netflix’s The Get Down (Part Two) is filled with sensational, bombastic and breathtaking musical numbers

The second part of The Get Down first season (the story of the rise of Hip-Hop and reign of Disco in the 70s’ created by Baz Luhrmann) is an over-dramatic affair, hampered by an occasional inconsistent narrative and schmaltzy performances and yet, the latter half of its five part run is some of the best TV I’ve seen in some time. It’s almost as though it’s aware of its weaknesses and instead of trying to rectify them, it wears them on its sleeve, somehow twisting them into the show’s most charming and effective elements.... Continue Reading

Film Review: HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a vital bio-pic about the most important woman in medical history

The name Henrietta Lacks may not mean an awful lot to some people but in reality it should be one of the most famous names in history. Lacks is responsible for revolutionising modern medicine and contributing to every recent major medical breakthrough from vaccines for polio, HPV and the flu-shot; to IVF and treatments for cancer and AIDs. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an excellent bio-pic that gives some long-overdue credit to where it is due.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Outcast Season 2 Episode 2 “The Day After That” adds more questions

Episode two of the FX series Outcast‘s second season hits the ground running with a crash outside of town being discovered by a local police officer. It seems that rather than following the original fabricated alibi Giles had created (Mark taking his own life), due to Maggie’s wishes of her husband not seen giving up on his family, Giles has set it up so it looks as if Mark was killed in a car crash instead.... Continue Reading