‘My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn': Film Review

It’s safe to say that Only God Forgives, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn‘s follow-up to his international success Drive, is no Apocalypse Now. Similarly, My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, his wife Liz Corfixen‘s behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of that ill-fated film, is no Heart of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, another spousal-made depiction […]

‘American Crime’ and ‘Secrets and Lies': TV Review

In the span of five days, ABC will air two ambitious limited-run television series, both involving a crime, deception and the unraveling of numerous characters’ lives. ‘House of Cards': TV Review‘The Slap': TV Review‘The Book of Negroes': TV Review Secrets and Lies and American Crime are both strong and welcome efforts, even if they come […]

‘Dragon Blade’ (‘Tian Jiang Xiong Shi’): Film Review

Beyond its fantastic premise of a Hun-Chinese fighter befriending a Roman warrior in English in Central Asia in 48 BC, Daniel Lee’s Dragon Blade is perhaps one of the more measured Jackie Chan blockbusters to have emerged in recent years. While the star’s acrobatic action sequences remain eye-catching as ever, the film’s narrative also positions […]

Daily Press Briefings : Daily Press Briefing

1:51 p.m. EST MS. PSAKI: Hi everyone. Hello. Happy Thursday. I have a couple of items for all of you at the top. QUESTION: Do any of them have to do with the International Women of Courage? MS. PSAKI: No. But we can come – QUESTION: I just got a note – MS. PSAKI: We […]

Knox head ‘lied’ about arrest: inquiry

A FORMER headmaster of Knox Grammar lied to students about police arresting a balaclava-wearing sexual predator at the school, one of his assistants has told an inquiry. STUART Pearson, former general duties master at the prestigious Sydney school, said Ian Paterson, the principal at Knox for 30 years, discouraged investigations of sexual misbehaviour by teachers. […]

Illegal workers targeted in NSW

IMMIGRATION officials have detained 22 people for working illegally in NSW. THE people were found working or admitting to working at regional farms, restaurants and small businesses in places such as Bathurst, Forbes, Lithgow and Orange. They have been transferred to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, according to Senator Michaelia Cash, the Assistant Minister for Immigration […]

Fortune shines on Perth’s sun bear pair

FOR sun bears Jamran and Bopha, life at Perth Zoo is a far cry from their cruel beginnings in Cambodia. JAMRAN was found with his paws bound to a stake in front of a restaurant, where he was used as an advertisement for bear paw soup, a delicacy that can reach up to $1500 a […]