Twelve Boredom-Busting School Holiday Hits Kids Will Love!

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As far as school holidays go, the third term holidays are pretty much the worst of the lot. Not only are they frustratingly close to the end of the year, but the weather’s still a little too unpredictable for making plans outside.

Librarians, we know you’re superheroes all year round, but here’s your chance to save the day yet again for busy parents and bored kids. We’re declaring these school holidays a boredom-free zone – and we’ve selected twelve of our most popular movies and TV shows, just for kids.  Continue reading

Top Ten September New Releases

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Fast Five Review: Adult Life Skills

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Comedy | 2016
Reviewed by Michelle

Whether she’s ready or not, Anna is about to turn thirty. She lives in her mum’s garden shed, works at a depressing adventure camp for kids and spends her free time making videos of her thumbs with faces drawn on them, providing the voices as they bicker about life, the universe and everything in a rocket ship hurtling through space. As her life spirals out of control, Anna’s mum issues her an ultimatum: she needs to get her act together and move out before her thirtieth birthday. Or else.

1) Did you like this film?

I most certainly did! I had no idea what to expect from Adult Life Skills and was pleasantly surprised. This British indie film completely won me over.

2) Why?

This is a delightfully warped film about grief that’s genuinely funny, and sad, and weird, and thought-provoking – and all at the same time. Jodie Whittaker is captivating in the lead role (it took me ages to work out why her name seemed vaguely familiar…) and the film’s soundtrack is just perfect. Sure, there are a few narrative loose threads, but as a whole, Adult Life Skills is a little film with a giant-sized heart.

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3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

You don’t mind comedy that makes you laugh one moment and cry the next.

4) This film made me think about…

Last week, I reviewed (and loved!) a feminist film written and directed by a guy, and I had a bit of a rant about how we need more female film critics. But I think I got it wrong. It’s not that we need more female critics – there are heaps of them already out there, working away. What we do need is to place a greater value on the work of female critics, female producers, female writers…and female creators in general. Like Rachel Tunnard, the writer and director behind Adult Life Skills. I’m already looking forward to whatever she does next.

5) Overall rating?

Two thumbs up from me, as well as four stars.

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4-stars

Fast Five Review: Colossal

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Science Fiction | 2017
Reviewed by Michelle

Gloria is an unemployed, thirtysomething blogger living in New York and teetering on the verge of alcoholism. When her over-it boyfriend kicks her out of his apartment, Gloria moves back to her hometown and reconnects with Oscar, an old friend who now owns his parents’ bar. Also, in the meantime, a giant monster begins to appear in Seoul, South Korea at the same time every morning, laying waste to entire neighbourhoods. Eventually, Gloria becomes convinced that she and the monster are somehow connected…

1) Did you like it?

I have to admit, I’d never heard of Colossal, but the brief description I read intrigued me and I decided to give it a watch. I’m so glad I did, because I loved this film!

2) Why?

Giant monster movies have been done to death. And, let’s face it, so has the “odd but troubled woman moves back home to get her life together” genre. But this movie is something different. It mashes these two completely disparate stories together – and the result is totally unique. And just when you think you have an idea where Colossal is going, the plot kicks into overdrive and it goes somewhere else entirely. And in the best possible way.

colossalThat’s all I’m going to tell you about Colossal. It’s funny, terrifying, quirky – and probably a cult classic. Just watch it.

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

Hmm. It’s difficult to say. If you’re expecting something along the lines of Godzilla/Pacific Rim/Cloverfield/Kong – you’re probably going to be disappointed.

4) This movie made me think about…

We need more female film critics. I looked up a few reviews before writing this, and pretty much every professional review I encountered was written by a man. I’m not saying that guys won’t, or don’t get this film – it was written and directed by a man: Spanish filmmaker, Nacho Vigalondo. But so many of the reviews of Colossal I read missed the point entirely, while the reviews I found by women saw this film for what it is. Female critics, represent.

5) Overall rating?

Yep, it’s that good…

5-stars

The Digitales Digest – Edition Ten

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Fridays are perfect for catching up on all the interesting things you missed during the week. That’s why, every Friday on the Digitales blog, we post some of our favourite social media discoveries of the week. After all, we pride ourselves on posting fun, interesting links and we wouldn’t want you to miss a single one!

(Just a reminder – you should totally follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you don’t already!)

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