Category Archives: Reviews

Join the Circus — A review of BARNUM The Circus Musical (2019)

Live at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre Starring Todd McKenney, Rachael Beck, Suzie Mathers, Akina Edmonds, Kirby Burgess and Joshua Reckless The story of BARNUM The Circus Musical (which has, by the way, been around a lot longer than the magnificent 2017 film The Greatest Showman) is one of a dreamer who will stop at nothing to achieve his […]
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My eyes adored you — A review of Jersey Boys (2019)

Live at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre Starring Ryan Gonzalez, Cameron MacDonald, Thomas McGuane and Glaston Toft I was fortunate enough to be gifted with a front row ticket to see Jersey Boys at Melbourne’s beautiful Regent Theatre this month. I went in knowing and loving a handful of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ songs, and […]
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Just blew in from the Windy City — A review of Calamity Jane (2019)

Live at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre Starring Virginia Gay, Laura Bunting, Anthony Gooley, Christina O’Neill, Rob Johnson, Matthew Pearce and Tony Taylor I love musicals. I love musicals a lot. Most of my favourites come from the “golden age of musicals” — think Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra et al. One of my favourites from […]
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Comic Review: Cellies, vol. 1

I was perusing the comics available on NetGalley recently when this cleverly named collection jumped out at me. Cellies follows a group of retail employees at a cell phone store through midnight launches, parental drama and store romances. Volume one of Cellies is a fun introduction to some interesting and varied characters. The staff feel […]
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The best of 2018

I’d like to restart the tradition of posting my opinion on the best of the movies and TV shows I watched, and books I read in the past year. So I will! None of the items on these lists are required to have been released in 2018, but I had to have watched or read […]
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Castlevania: Season One

Review by CJ Director: Sam Deats Writer: Warren Ellis, Hitoshi Akamatsu (based on the series created by) Starring: Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso, Matt Frewer, Tony Amendola Other notable appearances: Graham McTavish, Emily Swallow Running time: 22-25 minutes per episode Number of episodes: 4   After humanity burns his wife at the stake, Dracula […]
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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season Eight

Review by CJ Judges: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Ross Matthews, Carson Kressley  Contestants: Acid Betty, Bob the Drag Queen, Chi Chi DeVayne, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Dax ExclamationPoint, Derrick Barry, Kim Chi, Laila McQueen, Naomi Smalls, Naysha Lopez, Robbie Turner, Thorgy Thor Guest judges/special guests: Bebe Zahara Benet, Tyra Sanchez, Raja, Sharon Needles, Chad Michaels, Jinkx Monsoon, […]
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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

Review by CJ Director: David Yates Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Zoë Kravitz, Ezra Miller, Claudia Kim Running time: 134 minutes Watch this if you liked: The Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them   As the dark wizard Grindelwald (Depp) rallies his followers, […]
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Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Review by CJ Director: Bryan Singer Starring: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Lucy Boynton Other notable appearances: Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers, Aaron McCusker Running time: 134 minutes Watch this if you liked: The Greatest Showman, The Doors, Rock of Ages   The story of rock legends Freddie Mercury […]
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The Outsider by Stephen King (2018)

Review by CJ Page count: 561 pages ISBN: 9781501180989    When an 11-year-old boy is horrifically murdered, all of the evidence points to the small town’s Little League coach, Terry Maitland. It is only after Terry is publicly arrested that strong evidence is discovered that also proves his innocence. With solid evidence indicating that Maitland […]
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