Reviews

A saga of two wars
Rosalea Ryan
For Love of Country Anthony Hill Penguin $35.00 WHEN a story opens with an account of gassing on the battlefields of western France it’s a safe bet the ensuing chapters will also be gritty, honest and rooted in raw reality. So it is with For Love of Country, the latest ..
01-Jul-2016
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The highs and lows of Falls
Christine McGinn
BRAVING the elements and the compost toilets, The Falls Festival 2014 was a fiesta of music, food and campsite shenanigans. Cramming five days of festival fun into this space would not be fair to the ample artists, organisers and vendors piling into the festival. Thousands of festival reve..
09-Jan-2015
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Illy in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
ILLY, LA TROBE UNIVERSITY BENDIGO, SEPTEMBER 9 By JASMIN BRADSHAW It was the two drunk girls in the cubicle beside me that made me realise I was a little out of place. Clearly sitting on the ground, one of the girl’s feet was creeping under the cubicle wall, almost touch..
10-Sep-2014
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The Rubens take on Melbourne
Christine McGinn
Musical young guns, The Rubens, took Melbourne by storm, showcasing the very best of true-blue talent at the Forum Theatre. Raised in Menangle, NSW, the four lads played to a packed house on May 11 sounding their hard-hitting ballads soaked in soul. Emerging from the glow of stage lights..
14-May-2013
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Lincoln is a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Even for those who show little to no interest in American politics, Steven Spielberg’s latest Oscar nominee is worth watching. Two months after being elected to a second term, Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis, who won an Academy Award for this role) continues presiding over the American Civ..
01-Mar-2013
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On the Set List
Bendigo Weekly
By JAYDEN EDWARDS Set List- Stand-Up Without a Net, a show that has comedians scared witless the world over, is coming to our TV screens. The show invites willing comedians to jump up on stage and tackle a never- before-seen list of topics and spin out a fully improvised routine in fron..
25-Jan-2013
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Bendigo Weekly
By TOM O'CALLAGHAN THE problem with Middle Earth is that it is cruelly immersive. It is an all-engrossing, detailed world, yet too fleeting to spend enough time in. It’s a feeling that I despised when the Lord of the Rings trilogy first hit the screens and only recalled halfway th..
15-Jan-2013
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Woo Hoo Revue in the park
Bendigo Weekly
By JARVIS HOLT YO Bendigo Wind, hail, rain or in this case, extreme radiant heat could not have stopped the city of Bendigo from flocking to Rosalind Park to enjoy the Balkan/Gypsy/Swing/Brass extravaganza of Woo Hoo Revue. The crowd arrived in droves, equipped with picnic baskets, ..
11-Jan-2013
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South Pacific
Bendigo Weekly
Some enchanted evenings, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s award winning theatre production South Pacific lands in Melbourne’s Princess Theatre. Starring Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes, the three hour show is well worth your drive, dime and time. The colourful cast of 40 and dir..
22-Nov-2012
By ELLA TOLL
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Green Day: Uno!
Bendigo Weekly
Twenty-three years and still going strong; Green Day truly is a band that has managed to survive the many ups and downs of the rock’n’roll world. For album number nine, I’m sure plenty of people are wondering just what exactly they are going to do next that they haven’t a..
21-Nov-2012
By TOM WINSPEAR
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Stone Sour
Bendigo Weekly
Stone Sour have released four studio albums to date. Their latest effort House of Gold & Bones – Part 1 was released in October and Part 2 is set to be released early 2013. Former Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan was recruited after Shawn Economaki’s departure. The first tw..
07-Nov-2012
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To The Horses: Lanie Lane
Steve Kendall
THIS is one lively CD. Lanie Lane rocks onto the music scene with a bangity bang. Heavily drum-led, To the Horses has a beautiful live sound as if the whole album was recorded in one take. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not at all rough... quite the opposite, but it has the sound r..
06-Jul-2012
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06-Dec-2011
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My Big Fat Gypsy wedding encounter
Anthony Radford
INCREDIBLE over the top wedding and Catholic confirmation dresses have been the stars of Austar’s hit documentary My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. But the creators of these massive and expensive garments are surprisingly approachable and grounded dressmakers despite their new found celebrity. The..
01-Sep-2011
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: REVIEW
Anthony Radford
MY association with Harry Potter has been a long and entertaining journey that has finally concluded after the much-awaited release of The Deathly Hallow Part2. After 14 years of reading seven books and watching eight movies, I am at peace with the knowledge that Harry, Ron and Hermione..
05-Aug-2011
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Captain America – The First Avenger
Anthony Radford
THERE is an unusual and a disturbing component of the big screen comic adaptation of Captain America. Unusually, it does not become apparent until the very end that this is a franchise with more chapters to come. Disturbingly the screenplay writers Christopher Markus and Steph..
05-Aug-2011
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Cosmo Cosmolino: Bel Air
Anthony Radford
Cosmo Cosmolino is an eclectic mix of European sounds from Melbourne’s brilliant string and piano accordion quintet. The ensemble consisting of Helen Mountfort, Judy Gunson, Dan Witton, Andrea Keeble and Sue Simpson (replacing Hope Csutoros) deliver beautiful compositions of har..
03-Aug-2011
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Love Never Dies Review
Anthony Radford
Love Never Dies Andrew Lloyd Webber Regent Theatre, Melbourne THE Phantom of the Opera proves love never dies in the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster musical that has entertained millions for a quarter of a century. Australia should be very proud of its production of Lov..
05-Jul-2011
9.08
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Davidson Brothers - Here to Stay
Steve Kendall
Davidson Brothers - Here to Stay Musical mastery... and magnificent to boot. This new offering from Bendigo’s blugrass boys is more polished, tighter and more enjoyable than previous output. A great sound has become even better. Recorded during a whirlwind trip to Nas..
01-Jul-2011
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The Grates - Secret Rituals
Steve Kendall
The Grates - Secret Rituals Two piece band The Grates have made fun the driving force in Secret Rituals. Well it sounds fun with Patience singing in jaunty tone, but listen closer and you’ll hear a darker side. I’ll need to listen again as I lost some of the drift, i..
01-Jul-2011
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Bridesmaids
THERE is a bonus scene just before the credits in the American comedy Bridesmaids that is so shockingly gross that I involuntarily mentally blocked it and had to be reminded later as to its content. Like Quinton Tarantino and his use of over-the-top violence, some modern comedy experime..
27-Jun-2011
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
JACK Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise are like a friend — you know when you catch up with them that they are good for a laugh and that they are pleasant company for a couple of hours. It is a movie miracle that a fairly innocuous water ride at Disneyland, Los Ang..
09-Jun-2011
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Catfish 'not a ringing endorsement of Facebook'
CATFISH is an extraordinary movie in the documentary genre that will capture your interest from beginning to end. It was released in Australia in August 2010 as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival and then on limited release in art house cinemas last January. If you bl..
09-Jun-2011
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Jebediah
Jebediah – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne. May 5, 2011. Review by Emily Smith It is always slightly awkward when a band comes back from hiatus. Exhibit A, Perth rock band, Jebediah. On one hand, you’re delirious with joy, whipping out the old albums and, in this case, ..
13-May-2011
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Inside Job
INSIDE Job is perhaps the most important film to come out of the US for quite some time and should be on a ‘must see’ list of films. It is an excruciatingly brutal expose of the machinations of those who engineered and profited from the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in the United S..
28-Apr-2011
4.03
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CD review: Light After Dark
Artist: Clare Maguire Title: Light After Dark Review by Steve Kendall I FIND it worrying when I am told about the next great voice. Funnily enough I like to decide for myself. Clare Maguire’s press has given her such an accolade. With Irish roots and now living in England, Clare ..
28-Apr-2011
3.59
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Paul Kelly
Paul Kelly, Rod Laver Arena, Wednesday, April 20 Paul Kelly is at his best in a minimalist environment. Completely dwarfed by the looming Rod Laver Arena stands, and pressed in by the huge amount of people sitting impatiently in them, the stage and its two spotlights were made increasin..
28-Apr-2011
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He is Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan and his Band, Rod Laver Arena, Wednesday, April 20. In the lead up to this event, my friends and I took great joy in partaking constantly in our new favourite game. It was simple, and consisted only of one person yelling out rather obnoxiously to another in crowded areas; "Hey..
28-Apr-2011
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Adele 21
Artist: Adele Title: 21 English singer song writer and Grammy award winner Adele is back for another slice of cool contemporary adult tunes. We all thought she was a grown up when she released 19 two years ago but look at her now with the release of 21 offering a mix of musical styles p..
21-Apr-2011
4.2
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Beginning in Bendigo
Beginning in Bendigo - at the Post Office Gallery, a satellite space of the Bendigo Art Gallery, in the Information Centre, Pall Mall, Until August 14 As a small and stylish foray into Bendigo’s commercial history, Beginning in Bendigo is provocatively more-ish. We are enticed in..
08-Apr-2011
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Film review: Battle: Los Angeles
IF you had to pin Hollywood down as to what genre of film it does best it would have to be special effect-jammed action flicks and musicals. Battle: Los Angeles is definitely not a musical although it has an amazingly fitting musical soundtrack and sound special effects that play an i..
08-Apr-2011
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Battle: Los Angeles
Battle: Los Angeles Director: Jonathan Liebesman Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan IF you had to pin Hollywood down as to what genre of film it does best it would have to be special effect-jammed action flicks and musicals. Battle: Los Angeles is definitely no..
07-Apr-2011
10.53
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Hall Pass
Movie: Hall Pass (MA) Starring: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis THE majority of the romantic comedy Hall Pass follows the Hollywood formula of its genre that has worked and not worked for countless of similar movies. However, the only factor that makes this predominantly unexciting project diff..
24-Mar-2011
5.15
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