Film & TV posts

Our top picks for MIFF 2014

Here are our top picks for what to see at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this year!

Nina Kenwood has a thing for American indies.

I love indie films from the USA so my initial reaction when I first saw the MIFF program was to circle all the films I already knew about and was dying to see: Richard Linklater’s extraordinary Boyhood, filmed once a year over the course of twelve…

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Movies and books that made us cry more than The Fault in our Stars

The crying hangover that follows reading (or watching the film of) The Fault In Our Stars has been described as epic. Here are some other books and films that have also left our staff puffy, splotchy and teary. Amy Vuleta, Assistant Manager at Readings St Kilda:

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell made me cry more than TFIOUS. I bought a copy when travelling in the US a couple of years ag…

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A first glance at MIFF 2014

The Melbourne International Film Festival has released First Glance and their sneak peek at this year’s festival program reveals a wide-ranging array of incredible narrative features, documentaries and short films - not to mention a fantastic Next Gen program specially curated for younger viewers.

Here are ten films that have already made their way onto our shortlists…

20,000 Days on Earth: Br…

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Our thoughts on the The Fault in Our Stars movie

Thanks to Penguin, several of our staff members were invited to attend a special preview screening of The Fault In Our Stars film. Here, two staff chat about their reactions.

Nina: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much did you cry in this movie? (1 being eyes glimmering with unshed tears, ten being full-on sobbing)?

Bronte: A 7? I think I started crying about 20 minutes in. Possibly the whole cinem…

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Why we love Orange is the New Black

Based on Piper Kerman’s acclaimed memoir of the same name, Orange Is the New Black is a sharp, blackly-funny series set in a women’s prison. Here, our staff tell us what they think of the show. Nina says:

I adore this show. It hooked me from the pilot episode, and only got better and better as it went along.

The show’s greatest strength is its huge cast of talented women. Over the course of…

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Crime books to read post True Detective

by Fiona Hardy

If you were a True Detective devotee and you’ve been feeling a bit bereft since the finale, then we recommend you turn to literature (as you should in all difficult situations). We’ve asked our crime specialist Fiona Hardy to recommend five books that would appeal to True Detective fans. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker (translated by Sam Taylor)

For those who enjoy …

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Our 2014 Oscar Predictions

With the Oscars due to be announced on Monday 3 March (Australian time) we’re making our predictions of who will take out this year’s top awards. You can view the full list of nominees here.

Nina Kenwood, Online Manager

Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave
Best Directing: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Suppor

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Matching TV Series to Books

If you love Borgen

The story of charismatic politician Birgitte Nyborg who unexpectedly becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark was our bestselling DVD of the last year - and justifiably so! This fast-paced political drama is an excellent, addictive show which touches on issues that are very close to the surface in our own homegrown politics as well. For an Australian spin on the s…

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The 10 bestselling DVDs at Readings in 2013

Here are our 10 bestselling DVDs from the past year.

Reflecting an enduring thirst for crime and politics, the following list is predominantly populated with smart, savvy television dramas, some of which have very dark undertones. A stellar list of writers, actors and directors is featured here including Jane Campion for Top of the Lake, and Aaron Sorkin for The Newsroom: Season 1.

The list als…

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On being a Lord of the Rings fangirl

by Bronte Coates

Inspired by her recent visit to the cinemas to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Bronte Coates reminisces about her youthful obsession with The Lord of the Rings.

I’d already read, and fallen in love with, the books so by the time I saw the first trailer for The Lord of the Rings in a dark cinema as a naive and impressionable youth – so I was pretty much primed for a life-altering cinem…

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