Mini-review – The Best of Me

The Best of Me is a film by Michael Hoffman based on the Nicholas Sparks best seller of the same name. It stars James Marsden as Dawson and Michelle Monaghan as Amanda. Dawson and Amanda were high school sweethearts before they parted ways and the film focuses on them reconnecting years later at which point Amanda is married with a family.

Like previous Nicholas Sparks books that have been turned into films, we see the usual template emerge. Love, angst and heartbreak.

By the time the film has ended it has all of those areas covered. I haven’t read the book, so I cannot say whether or not the film stays true to it, but if you like romantic dramas then this film will interest you!

Q & A – Virginia Gay

Australian performer Virginia Gay has been a presence on our screens since she graduated from WAAPA. Not content with acting only on screen, Virginia has excelled on stage too including writing some cabaret shows.

Virginia was kind enough to do a Q & A for this site. She can currently be seen on Winners & Losers on Channel 7 whilst at the same time trying to perfect the art of Twitter.

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The Babadook Q&A with Jennifer Kent

I became aware of the Australian film The Babadook back in 2012 when it was in pre-production. A few months passed before a Kickstarter campaign was launched for the film. Around this time, I managed to arrange a Q&A with the writer/director Jennifer Kent to be conducted for my site once the film was released.

My thanks to everyone involved in the making of the film and in particular Kristina and Jennifer for arranging this Q&A.

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Mini-Reviews: Carlotta and Edge of Tomorrow

Carlotta

Performances are top notch in this telemovie that depicts the life of Richard Byron who would later be known to the world as Carlotta.

Jessica Marais and Eamon Farren’s performances in particular are outstanding to watch. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Eamon Farren on stage a couple of times and am glad that a bigger audience gets to see his talent present in this telemovie.

On top of the telemovie, the DVD contains a number of extras, which are definitely worth watching.

Airs on ABC1 on 19 June 2014 at 8:30pm and will be released on DVD on 2 July 2014.

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Resurrection soon on Seven Network (Australia)

Resurrection will be premiering soon on Seven Network in Australia

Credit to Seven Network Australia

  •  13.3 million watched US premiere, highest rated show of the night
  •  Best premiere for any new mid-season drama on broadcast television since 2012
  • 2nd most-watched new drama debut this season (behind INTELLIGENCE, also soon on Seven)
  • Averaged a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, and increased viewers from its first half hour to the second

 

Subscribers’ Section

Since the Subscribers’ Section will be closed on 30 June 2014, I have cancelled any recurring payments that would have been activated after that date.

Instead what I am offering for those people who would like a short-term subscription until 30 June 2014, $5 for 3 months ($10 for 6 months until closing date).

You’ll still come out cheaper than buying a year’s subscription at Showfax, etc.

The Blacklist earns a second season

Credit Seven Network:

Following a strong ratings finish for its 2013 run in the US and Australia,

The Blacklist has scored an early second season renewal with a 22-episode order.

The series will return to Seven after the tennis with all-new episodes.

  • Australia’s No.1 US Drama in 2013
  • Australia’s No.1 new overseas Drama in 2013
  • Ranked in Australia’s Top 5 Drama programs in 2013
  • 2013 Series Average – 2,014,000 Combined (Metro + Regional); 1,350,000 (Metro)

In the US, The Blacklist is the No.1 drama and No.2 scripted series in 18-49s and No.1 new show in 18-49s and total viewers.