Categories
Reviews

Review: West Side Story (2021)

West Side Story won 10 Academy Awards in 1961 and its original stage musical from 1957 is still beloved by many people.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Jagged Little Pill, Theatre Royal, Sydney (2021)

Jagged Little Pill is without a doubt one of my favourite albums of all time and began my love affair with Canadian singer Alanis Morissette.

Categories
Feature

Hermes and their ultimate loyalty program that isn’t a program

It turns out that being able to buy a Birkin or Kelly bag from Hermes is part of a loyalty program customers don’t know about.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Last Night In Soho (2021)

It’s easy to reminisce on the older periods of civilisation and the thrill of the Swinging 60s in London is front and centre in Last Night in Soho, the latest from director Edgar Wright.

Categories
Reviews

Review: No Time To Die (2021)

No Time To Die is simultaneously the most Bond film and anti-Bond film in the series canon to date.

Categories
Feature

Should brands consider paid loyalty programs?

The paid loyalty scene has long been an arena that many retailers have been hesitant to get involved in. But is this framework the future of loyalty and rewards? Should brands consider a paid loyalty program?

Categories
Feature

Six Ways to Make the Most of Sydney’s New Winter Arts Festival (From Free to Fancy)

Check out luminous projections, party with sharks and make your own burrata.

Categories
Feature

Seven Go-To Bars and Restaurants Where You Can Catch a Sydney Solstice Show This Winter

Wine, dine and get a big ol’ dose of culture with dazzling drag shows, early morning rave sessions and swingin’ country tunes.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Cruella (2021)

Reimaginings are all the rage and it was only a matter of time for 101 Dalmatian’s villain Cruella de Vil to get the reinvigorated treatment.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Darlinghurst Theatre, Sydney (2021)

The visual of a body being dragged along the ground and buried beneath the stage is the first scene we are exposed to in Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner and immediately sets the scene for the rest of the play.

Categories
Reviews

Review: La Traviata, Handa Opera, Sydney Harbour (2021)

The long tradition of Opera Australia’s annual Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour opened after a year long delay and reminded us why this seminal event is a highlight of the year.

Categories
Reviews

Review: The Father (2021)

To overly explain The Father is to take the joy of watching the film for the first time.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Minari (2021)

Few coming-of-age films are as delicately directed as Lee Isaac Chung’s deeply personal Minari.

Categories
Feature

Classic Rock, Cold Ones and Camaraderie: Why You Should Catch Returning Hit The Choir of Man

For Concrete Playground: Head to Sydney Opera House for a night at the pub with nine affable — and wildly talented — blokes.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Words On Bathroom Walls (2020)

Mental illness hasn’t always had the best representation on screen. Whether its exploitative, melodramatic or underplaying its severity, sometimes highlighting a specific illness on camera does more harm than good for breaking down social stigmas. That is why, surprisingly, Words on Bathroom Walls is so good.

Categories
Reviews

Review: The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020)

From the outset, The Broken Hearts Gallery is a winning formula

Categories
News

Where to Shop Like a Local In and Around Rose Bay

For Concrete Playground: Get all of the essentials — bread, bedding and burgers — plus a few treats in this harbourside suburb.

Categories
News

OzHarvest Has Opened a Second Pay-What-You-Can Supermarket for Sydneysiders Doing it Tough

For Concrete Playground: Located in Waterloo, the new market has a “take what you need, give if you can” philosophy.

Categories
News

Sydney Institution Frango Has Opened Australia’s First Charcoal Chicken Drive-Thru

For Concrete Playground: Drive, don’t walk or run, to get your charcoal chook and chilli sauce fix in Edmondson Park.

Categories
News

Carriageworks Has Officially Been Saved — and Plans to Restart Events As Early As August

For Concrete Playground: You could be shopping at the multi-arts centre’s popular Saturday farmers market as early as next month.

Categories
Reviews

Review: The Current War (2020)

Is the history of electricity interesting?

Categories
Feature

Six Healthy Changes You Can Make To Your Working Day

For Concrete Playground: How are your new year’s resolutions going?

Categories
Reviews

Review: Downhill (2020)

The premise of Downhill takes after Ruben Ostlund’s Force Majeure, telling the story of a couple on a family ski vacation that sees their relationship come to a breaking point after a certain event shapes what each other consider important in the face of a crisis.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Onward (2020)

If you’re talking Pixar, you’re talking high quality, heartfelt, premium animation with a standard unsurmounted by other animated feature films.

Categories
News

Four Mardi Gras Events to Hit at This Surry Hills Pub to Make the Festivities Last All Month

For Concrete Playground: From watching ‘The Birdcage’ under the stars to joining outrageous bingo nights.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Honey Boy (2020)

It’s hard to make a movie about your life without seeming overly indulgent or seeking empathy at every turn.

Categories
Reviews

Review: A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (2020)

My first peek into this American TV legend from 1968 to 2001 was in the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? which took a peek at the man, Fred Rogers and his life before and during his hugely successful TV program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Bombshell (2020)

Bombshell’s story is a perfectly manicured version of sexual harassment allegations against Fox New CEO and Chairman Roger Ailes.

Categories
News

Eden Caceda’s Top 10 Films of the 2000s

Wow, a decade has passed.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Spies in Disguise (2019)

I attended a screening of Spies in Disguise, a Blue Sky Studios – maker of Ice Age franchise and Rio – I went in with low expectations. And with such a lazy title, I expected the worst.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Jojo Rabbit, based on the novel Caging Skies by Christian Leunens, is directed and written by Taika Waititi, and is most likely the first Nazi comedy that’s as subversive as it is boundary-pushing.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Little Women (2019)

Little Women retains the spirit of the story but also makes it feel fresh for new audiences.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Knives Out (2019)

The whodunnit renaissance is upon us!

Categories
Interview

Interview with Drew Livingston

Actor Drew Livingston is taking out the role of Tony, Billy’s brother in an emotional role that sees him acting and singing in a number of performances every week.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)

I quite enjoyed Terminator.

Categories
Reviews

Review: KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, Sydney Entertainment Quarter (2019)

Cirque du Soleil is hit and miss.

Categories
Reviews

Review: School Of Rock, Capitol Theatre, Sydney (2019)

I love School of Rock. The 2003 film written and starring underrated Mike White is a fun, music-filled romp that is inspirational to kids everywhere and teaches them about “sticking it to the man”.

Categories
Reviews

Nine Sydney Festival Experiences You Can Have For Less Than $40

For Concrete Playground: Lay down and listen to a historic organ in Sydney Town Hall, see an energetic display of youth in western Sydney and explore a light-filled inflated labyrinth in Darling Harbour.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Hustlers (2019)

“This is a story about control” starts the opening scene of Hustlers, as Janet Jackson’s hit plays while we meet Dorothy, now Destiny, (Constance Wu), the apparent new girl at a strip club in New York back in 2007.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Ready Or Not (2019)

Woke horror-thrillers appear to be the thing of the moment after the successes of Get Out and Us, and the new Ready Or Not plays off a lot of similar concepts and narrative structure in this comedic take on a classic slasher film.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Billy Elliot, Sydney Lyric Theatre (2019)

Opening with black and white footage of the UK in 1984, with clips of the nationalisation of the coal industry and the ensuing miner’s strike in an attempt to prevent colliery closures, sets the stage for Billy Elliot’s return to Sydney 12 years after its last visit.

Categories
Reviews

Review: The Politician: Season 1 (2019)

First there was Popular, a teen drama in the 90s, then there was Nip/Tuck, then a return to teen drama with Glee.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Sweetbitter: Season 2 (2019)

Sweetbitter is just as the misnomer suggests, a bittersweet show.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Ad Astra (2019)

Tackling space in film is a frontier I think has been well exhausted in recent years.

Categories
Reviews

Review: The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

I was pleasantly surprised with The Angry Birds Movie 2.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Brittany Runs A Marathon (2019)

Every star needs its vehicle and Jillian Bell runs a marathon performance (and more) in Brittany Runs A Marathon, her breakout film and one of the best crowd-pleasers of the year.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Animal (2019)

Off the bat, the script for Animals is excellent.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Blinded By The Light (2019)

This year seems to be a big for jukebox musicals in the form of Rocketman, Yesterday and now, Blinded By The Light.

Categories
Reviews

Review: Booksmart (2019)

There are lots of excellent things about Booksmart.

Categories
Reviews

Review: The Lion King (2019)

As the third Disney remake to hit the silver screen this year after the critical failings of Dumbo and Aladdin, all eyes are on the classic “re-imagining” of the classic 1994 animated feature The Lion King