O, Donna!

April 27, 2016 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Fiction |

We at TVC are prone to elegiac reveries from time to time, against which we struggle man-and-womanfully.  But we here, assessing Donna Tartt, must raise a flag of salutary concern about what appears to be the author’s not-so gentle decline. Exhibit “A” – The Secret History   Look, it’s a tad superficial, a smidge orotund, and so rich in faux classicism that one clutches the stomach, but this is arguably a wonderfully entertaining and evocative novel, rich, romanticist and vivid.  But its also a pudding full of cliches and second hand tropes, which may be why no film-maker has ever managed to re-heat…

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Machu Picchu

April 21, 2016 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | THEATRE, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

"I swear too much" (Lisa McCune as Gabby)

(Dir. Geordie Brookman) (SA State Theatre Company, 16 April 2016) (written by Sue Smith) By Guest Reviewer Emma Machu Picchu, a destination dreamt about at Uni and never realised.   Two young architects, who are madly in love with each other and the possibilities of life ahead, see their dream shattered and their love tested. The play starts with the couple projected about 25 years forward. Conversing while driving home from a health retreat, they reveal the complacency & irritation that comes with time spent together, the competing directions of their architectural interests, and the stresses of life. The romantic beginning and…

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Rams (dir. Grímur Hákonarson)

April 11, 2016 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Documentary, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

This is a review by our perceptive guest reviewer Melanie.  Thank you Melanie! Bleak but beautiful, amusing yet gut wrenching, this simple tale of running sheep on the harsh and barren rocky highlands of Iceland is a deeply moving experience.  Two brothers, both sheep farmers on the same land but with one brother in the family farm house and the other next door – haven’t spoken for 40 years.  But their competitiveness gives way to compassion when a disaster forces them together.  It’s slow and atmospheric but that just adds to the beauty of the piece. It’s hard to identify…

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An Evening with Oprah

December 6, 2015 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | LIFE |

Oprah (photo by Alan Light)

Oprah Winfrey, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 4 December 2015 (reviewed by Lynette Pugh) Advertised as ‘An Evening with Oprah’, there should have been no doubt that it would be all about Oprah,  but in anticipating the evening I kept thinking ‘Oh God’ I hope she tones the narcissism down for the Australian setting – or she will face walk outs and tut tuts from the Adelaide crowd. I need not have worried! She had the delivery down pat, with the balance of celebrity, egoism  and humble authenticity, exactly right. I was totally engaged for the whole 2 hours, with her story…

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July 21, 2015 | Posted by Guest Reviewer | Opera |

Anna May Wong as Turandot, 1937

(Opera Australia, Sydney Opera House, 18 July 2015) By Guest Reviewer The majesty of the Chinese culture is a background piece when put against the heart and soul of Puccini’s Turandot. Saturday night at the Sydney Opera House, amidst coats scarves and freezing conditions, we were engulfed by the warmth and escapism of this story. Being directed and choreographed by Graeme Murphy, the production was full of flowing moves, giving us moments of not knowing where to look. So much, so many and so… well at one moment I thought ‘opening ceremony’ meets mardi gras..but that is harsh. It may…

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