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Book Review: The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White


Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up. Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal. Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Great Gatsby’ Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack


The Great Gatsby Book by F. Scott Fitzgerald Film by Baz Luhrmann Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey McGuire, Carey Mulligan, & Joel Edgerton Rated: PG-13 English was (almost) always my favorite subject when I was in high school. I truly loved the fact that every other week I was specifically told to transport myself into, to get fully enveloped by, to really experience, a world outside of my own.See, my high school world was that of ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ starring Daniel Radcliffe

Cripple Radcliffe

Dark comedy, so celebrated amongst British audiences, is no easy achievement. The on-the-nose content can often be too hard hitting for the comedy to fly but this is of no concern for director Michael Grandage as the latest production in his star-studded West End season proves an enormous success. The Cripple of Inishmaan, starring Daniel Radcliffe, is an outrageous comedy set in 1934 and based on the small Aran island of Inishmaan, off the coast of Western ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘The Moment of Truth’ starring Bonnie Wright

moment of truth

The revival of little known plays by highly regarded playwrights is always an interesting affair. On the one hand, it is great to blow away the cobwebs and bring back to life old texts whilst on the other, is the wonder as to whether there was a reason the play never took off in the first place. For Peter Ustinov’s The Moment of Truth, last produced professionally in 1951, the latter doubt isn’t an issue. Exploring warfare ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘The Hothouse’ starring Harry Melling

THE HOT HOUSE by Pinter,

Arriving second in Jamie Lloyd‘s highly anticipated Trafalgar Transformed season at the Trafalgar Studios, The Hothouse doesn’t relax the intensity set by its predecessor, the apocalyptic Macbeth starring James McAvoy. Shocking and at times, offensive,The Hothouse depicts the sinister workings inside an undefined mental institution. Yet despite the outrageously immoral practices and some utterly unforgiving characters, this revival of one of Pinter’s early plays is unrelenting in its comic intentions. In shedding the pauses and other habits of Pinter plays, Lloyd’s production breathes new life ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Smack Family Robinson’ starring Harry Melling

smack family Harry Melling

One thing that can certainly be said for Smack Family Robinson is that it is not for the faint hearted! Set entirely within the family’s lounge, the play centres upon the Robinsons, a drug dealing, money laundering family full of community spirit. F-bombs and mild threats fly easily from the mouths of the parents who are spread luxuriously across white leather sofas, beer and wine in hand, casually informing their children of the adult channels’ password. Gavin, ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘Seminar’ starring Alan Rickman


“Class. Is. Over,” he said with sharp pauses between words, in the deep, tight-jawed, monotone voice that could only belong to Alan Rickman; a spot-on impression by co-star Jerry O’Connell as he walks out from backstage after receiving a standing ovation for Seminar‘s preview performance. “I could understudy for him,” O’Connell jests. “I’d put a couple gray streaks in my hair, it’d be so much fun.” Seminar stars veteran stage actor Alan Rickman as Leonard, an international ... Read More »

Theater Review: ‘The Boy Who Was Woody Allen’ starring James Phelps

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Anyone looking to broaden their awareness of the work and mind of film director and actor Woody Allen has a more than modest selection of documentaries and biographies to choose from. Film makers, critics and academics are regular seeking to impress upon us their knowledge of this notoriously private man and on this point, The Boy Who Was Woody Allen, is no different. However this production offers an original and alternative story of the iconic filmmaker, ... Read More »