Before you write that scathing online review, beware of defamation

Michael Douglas, University of Western Australia

Having suffered some terrible product or service, there is something darkly satisfying about publishing a scathing online review. This may not be virtuous or kind, but it can be cathartic. However, if your online review is disparaging of a person’s reputation, that person could sue you for defamation.

The rise of the keyboard warriors

Keyboard warriors like me have benefited from an explosion in the number of review websites and apps in recent years. These cover everything from food, to travel, to medical professionals.

Platforms like Facebook and Google make it very easy to leave a scathing online review. Mobile technology enables customers to vent, or compliment, even while they are still in the store.

Review websites keep consumers informed while letting the market know what works and what does not. In extreme cases, consumer reviews can even move corporate giants to change their policies.

For those on the other side of the equation, online reviews can be terrifying. I know from experience – anonymous student evaluations are part and parcel of being a university lecturer.

Bad reviews can be disastrous for small businesses. Understandably, some reviewees will be motivated to silence negative reviewers. In extreme cases, they may even go to court.

You can be sued for a scathing review

In Australia, freedom of speech is not as free as some might think – even when “spoken” on the internet. Although we have an implied freedom of political communication in our constitution, we do not have a US-style right to free speech. Defamation law places significant limitations on our freedom of speech.

Courts have the power to force a person to remove content from the internet, or pay damages to the plaintiff for harm done to their reputation. Failure to comply could mean prosecution for contempt.

Professional reputation is highly valued by defamation law. Damages can be significant if defamation causes an actual loss of business, or even a loss of opportunity. In the absence of proven economic loss, substantial “general” damages may still be awarded as a consolation for hurt and distress.




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When defamation occurs online, damages awards may increase to account for the “grapevine effect”: the way salacious content tends to be shared and repeated on the internet.

However, there are a couple of barriers that could make it harder to sue.

Firstly, some “persons” cannot sue. Under Australia’s uniform defamation laws, certain corporate bodies – that is, companies – do not have a cause of action in defamation. Unlike overseas, large companies like McDonald’s can’t sue under Australian defamation law, but this does not apply to not-for-profits, or small businesses with 10 employees or less. Hotheads should proceed with caution before slagging off their corner café.

Secondly, a review must identify a person directly or indirectly in order for someone to be able to sue for defamation. A generic Facebook rant about “how bad restaurants are in blah suburb” will not meet the requirements of “identification”.

These barriers are not insurmountable. In 2014, a group of restaurateurs were awarded more than A$600,000 in damages for a defamatory review in The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax stood by the critic who made the harsh review, which remained online for years. While the average rant on Zomato won’t cause a restaurant to close down, this case illustrates that an expression of opinion about a business can have very serious consequences.

What to do if you’re sued

Take it seriously. See a lawyer.

In 2017, Sydney surgeon Munjed Al Muderis was awarded A$480,000 damages for a defamatory online campaign of abusive reviews by a former patient and the patient’s brother. There was no evidence of any medical negligence or wrongdoing, and the size of the damages award was partly attributable to the poor conduct of the defendants – they failed to participate in the proceedings.

Having been served with a defamation claim, a lawyer may advise that you’re protected by defences to defamation. For example, a defence is available if your review is substantially true; or if you have expressed an honest opinion on a matter of public interest, and your opinion is based on proper material.

These defences might allow you to defend a trial, but they will not necessarily prevent you from being sued. They also come with practical challenges: for example, the reviewer, rather than reviewee, must prove the substantial truth of the publication. While your lawyer is dealing with those challenges, you will be dealing with your lawyer’s bills. Defending defamation is expensive, even if you win.

What if your review was anonymous?

Not all review platforms require you to disclose your identity. A recent example is Rate My Boss, a website created by union United Voice, which allows workers to review their employers anonymously. Anonymity makes sense from the workers’ perspective.

From the employers’ perspective, the anonymity problem may be avoided by pursuing the publishers of the website rather than the reviewer. This is the standard model for a lot of defamation litigation; media organisations will often defend defamation on behalf of their writers.

A disgruntled reviewee may go one step further and go after the internet giants that link people to defamatory content. These intermediaries have much deeper pockets and the practical ability to prevent something from being accessed. Whether Google should be responsible as “publisher” of its search engine content is about to be tested in the High Court.




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As for you, the reviewer: if you have been particularly nasty in an anonymous review, the reviewee may litigate to find out who you are. It may be tricky, but a would-be plaintiff has options: a couple of years ago, movie pirates were threatened with the prospect of a court order compelling iiNet to reveal their identities in a copyright dispute. The context is different, but the anxiety felt by those Matthew McConaughey fans demonstrates that online naughtiness is not as anonymous as we might think.

Play nice and none of this matters

If you play the ball, not the man; if you focus on what you actually experience, rather than making grandiose claims; and if you focus on the truthful aspects of a product or service in a harsh but fair review, you are less likely to fall afoul of defamation law.The Conversation

Michael Douglas, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Western Australia

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

What to Watch? Reviews of New Films, September 2018

Wondering what to watch this month? Take a look at some of the reviews of the most recent releases – a flick might just be something up your alley!

A Simple Favor

“Whether you work it all out early or not, A Simple Favour‘s biggest strength lies in its two winning lead performances from Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. They spark off each other instantly and know exactly the tone that Feig is going for – a quirky and heightened thriller, shot through with pitch-black humour.” – Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy

“…a late-season entry into the race of summer’s biggest “guilty pleasure,” a film that is both very entertaining and exceedingly stupid. No surprise here: The final moments all but scream, “Greenlight the sequel!”

And perhaps they should, because for all its bonkers plotting and knee-slapping line delivery, “A Simple Favor” is compulsively watchable, a downmarket spin on “Gone Girl” and “The Girl on the Train” that is enthralling mostly because it’s never clear what the hell is going to happen next.” – Kate Erbland, IndieWire

 

BlacKkKlansman

““BlacKkKlansman” presents racism as a dichotomy between the absurd and the dangerous; the film’s intentional laughs often get caught in one’s throat… This is not only one of the year’s best films but one of Lee’s best as well. Juggling the somber and the hilarious, the sacred and the profane, the tragedy and the triumph, the director is firing on all cylinders here. “BlacKkKlansman” is a true conversation starter, and probably a conversation ender as well.” – Odie Henderson, RogerEbert.com

“[Director Spike] Lee keeps the film’s tone seesawing between knockabout adventure and deathly serious political polemic, which won’t be to everyone’s taste. But for the most part, the moments of levity serve to keep the bleakness at bay. Evil is among us, hidden — or not so hidden — in the hearts of ordinary-looking people. As the film’s final moments make clear, we need a new fight back against it.” – Helen O’Hara, Empire

 

Christopher Robin

There’s a scene in “Shadowlands,” the 1993 portrait of novelist C.S. Lewis, in which a young boy is excited to discover the giant wooden wardrobe that inspired “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” He throws open the door and reaches through the coats hoping to find Narnia … only to feel cold, hard wood at the back of the armoire. Disney wouldn’t dare undermine one of its franchises with such a scene, and yet, with “Christopher Robin,” it’s made a movie that feels similarly disenchanting — the latest and least of the studio’s live-action reboots of a widely adored cartoon.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

“If absence makes the heart grow fonder, the corollary must be that abundance creates antipathy — which is exactly what happens with the characters in Christopher Robin, Disney’s latest cash-in on characters that have served the company well for over half a century. Lushly made in a British tradition-of-quality way that’s the cinematic equivalent of comfort food, this is a honey-sweet but increasingly aggravating tale of how A.A. Milne’s storybook animals come to make the title character value his own neglected human family. Adults possessing even a small trace of the curmudgeon in them will risk a potentially serious Pooh overdose from excessive exposure.” – Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

 

The Nun

“A screenplay by Gary Dauberman (It) jerks awkwardly between terse thriller and campy comedy. While watching The Nun, it’s possible to envision multiple versions of this film—slow-burning gothic thriller; bloody gore-horror; action-comedy—layered atop one another, like transparencies stacked on an overhead projector. Like the demon Valak, we never actually get to see this movie’s true shape, just whatever form it chooses to take on in any given scene.” – Dana Schwartz, Entertainment Weekly

“…there’s nothing in this film that’s nearly as suspenseful as the horror sequences in The Conjuring, or even in its sequel. (It doesn’t help that The Nun herself, with her glowing yellow eyes, becomes sillier the longer you look at her, and we get some nice long looks.) If you lose your breath during this movie, it’ll probably be from laughter. But if you adjust your expectations and go in expecting something loud, lurid, and frequently utterly ridiculous, it’s good for an adrenaline rush all the same.” – Katie Rife, AV Club

 

Sierra Burgess is a Loser

Sierra Burgess is a reminder of all the work that teen movies and shows still have to do, but like The Kissing Booth before it, this movie thinks it’s accomplished something. In reality, it’s created more work for the next film that follows, which will have to earn the trust and respect of an audience – and, ideally, also contain some more convincing texting.” – Proma Khosla, Mashable

“…in addition to being a Loser, Sierra Burgess is also a drip and a creep, and a late-stage lashing out against Veronica feels like a pretty bad offense to come back from for a last-act redemption. It’s the kind of screenplay event that gets toned down over a few drafts, but — from the script to the music to the unfinished-feeling sound edit — nothing about Sierra Burgess feels like it got past a first draft.” – Emily Yoshida, Vulture

Choosing Scented Candles: Tips and Tricks

Whether you want to make the room brighter and warmer, set the mood for relaxing or just smell flowers throughout your house, scented candles are always a good idea. But candle shopping can be quite overwhelming, with the plethora of fragrances to choose from and confusing descriptions (what even is amber?). Here are a few tips for the next time you buy candles online or in store.

Consider the Wax and Wick

A few common types of wax are used to create candles. Soy wax is natural and biodegradable, providing a clean burn and strong, long-lasting scent. Paraffin wax is more commonly used beyond scented candles and produces more soot when burning. Beeswax has a high melting point, making it more long-lasting and less prone to dripping. However, beeswax also has natural honey smell, which can clash with the scents inside.

The material and number of wicks also matter. Cotton wicks will burn more evenly and require less maintenance (e.g. cutting) than wiry wicks. If you want stronger smell or brighter lights, candles with double wicks will serve your needs better.

 

Understand the Scents

If you’re unfamiliar with fragrances, a thing that can help is identifying your favourite “fragrance family”, as Tim Rossi from Nest Fragrances calls it. Common families include floral (rose, jasmine, geranium, lavender), fruity (berries, peaches, figs), citrus (lemon, grapefruit, orange, bergamot), clean/fresh (linen, cotton, rosemary), gourmand (vanilla, almond, chocolate), spicy (cinnamon, pepper, cardamom) and more.

 

Read the Room

Done getting to know your preferred scents? Now is the time to place them around your house. Consider the space and the activities you’re doing in each room, so that you can choose a suitable candle scent. For example, it is commonly recommended to put on relaxing candles in the bedroom to help you relax and wind down, while having fresh, clean scents in the bathroom helps evoke a sense of hygiene.

 

Experiment

Scented candles create a multi-sensory experience that is different for each person – so to find your best choice, you may need to experiment and try out a few scented candles before finding your signature. Take your time and have fun!

Review: RoachKill

Remember my last venture with pesticides? Well, a new batch of German cockroaches has arrived in my house, and Mortein couldn’t stop them all – in fact, I think its effectiveness has gone down with time. So I tried out other methods, all without success: borax (didn’t really work – cockroaches seemed to avoid it) and Chinese poison (same case).

So when I came across RoachKill in a local supermarket, I thought: might as well. Sold at $7-8, RoachKill is a gel bait that comes in a syringe packaging. The active ingredient is Imidacloprid, an insect neurotoxin which I later found to be dangerous for bees – more on that later.

It works in a similar way as the Mortein baits: attracting cockroaches to eat it, and then killing them. The instruction prescribes one to three spots the size of a small pea per every meter square, in places where roaches congregate such as under the sinks, around door hinges, behind the dishwashers and more.

I found it quite easy to apply, although it’s very easy to go overboard – so just press on the plungers softly. The gel is white and, as advertised, odourless.

It worked. It did a great job in killing the roaches. The night after a fresh batch of application, there were three to five cockroaches lying on their backs on the floor and by the window. More dead roaches surfaced in the first week, and after that, the house was relatively free of the pest. If they reappeared, I would apply more RoachKill in several spots. Sometimes I could see the roaches convulse before falling to their deaths.

Effectiveness is less of an issue than the environmental impacts. Imidacloprid has been linked to bird and bee deaths due to its nicotine-like effects on the nervous system of these animals. Other than that, imidacloprid has largely been declared safe for human – but it is indeed not the most environmentally friendly insecticide. Personally, I would buy it again – the cockroach infestation in my area is just too much, unfortunately.

+:

  • Most effective among all DIY pesticides
  • Very affordable
  • Non-invasive – doesn’t smell or take up space

-:

  • Not environmentally-friendly
  • A bit difficult to find – only available in select stores

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

What to Watch? Reviews of New Shows and Films, August 2018

So many shows and movies, so little time to watch. To make deciding easier, we’ve collated reviews for the most talked about new films, shows and content. Choose wisely and spend your weekend right!

Crazy Rich Asians

“It’s no secret that there’s a lot riding on this movie, which seems to have anticipated the call for wider representation in Hollywood, but comes with the added pressure that one bomb is all it takes for skittish development executives to nix future projects featuring nearly all-Asian casts. Don’t worry: “Crazy Rich Asians” won’t bomb, and while it won’t beat “Black Panther” either, the film is every bit as exciting in the way it takes an ethnic group that is seldom given more than one or two supporting roles per movie and populates an entire blockbuster with memorable, multidimensional Asian characters.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

“Of course, because of Hollywood’s shoddy history with Asian actors, the movie’s mere existence is being heralded as a breakthrough. After stereotypes, best-friend roles and white actors playing lead Asian characters, seeing a major U.S. studio throw its resources behind a film with a virtually all-Asian cast brings with it an added dimension of trailblazing scrutiny.

That’s a lot of baggage, but like almost everything else in this meticulously appointed film, “Crazy Rich Asians” wears it well. And while those who know a bit about Chinese culture will recognize that the review embargo corresponds with an auspicious date, by crafting such a broadly appealing movie, the filmmakers have seemingly made their own luck.” – Brian Lowry, CNN

 

The Meg

“The Meg is a big, dumb shark movie that takes itself a little too seriously, and that’s the point. Jason Statham is perfect for the material, the shark attacks are entertainingly broad, and the supporting cast brings personality to the otherwise straightforward script. Maybe it could have been even bigger and dumber, in a good way, but then again, maybe a 90-foot shark is big enough.” – William Bibbiani, IGN

“If the shark-versus-Statham bout doesn’t tickle you, the shark-versus-Pekinese sidebar might. Not quite killer, but it’s rare to see a 21st-century blockbuster having this much fun – right through to its sign-off – with its premise.” – Mike McCahill, The Guardian

 

The Spy Who Dumped Me

“McKinnon is never not engaged, but this is more a film of scattered laughs than sustained set-pieces: a handful of jokes, like an exchange about the fetal position, are so weak it’s inexplicable they made the final cut.

Still, beneath the film’s pop feminism bubbles an anger that might potentially have more than one target – and which leaves you wondering what this genre will look like in another couple of years.” – Jake Wilson, The Sydney Morning Herald

“This is a movie about women, by women, for women (though that doesn’t preclude anyone else from enjoying it — everybody has a best friend, even if it is an inanimate object, and the film has some killer action sequences). It doesn’t punish its female characters for behavior that might be considered “girly” or stereotypical; rather, it embraces and celebrates them.” – Karen Han, Slashfilm

 

Insatiable

“The biggest problem with this show is not that it’s crazy or offensive. It certainly is obnoxious in its treatment of all kinds of people — on top of the insulting fat-suit stuff, it contains other tropes and types best avoided: an awkward and unsexy Asian-American boy, a magical sassy godmother who is fat and black and a lesbian who exists only to educate thin white girls on how to live their best lives, and so forth.

But it’s so much more than that. Story elements are introduced and then abandoned. Jokes fall flat, flatter, flattest. Patty swerves without reason or nuance from eye-narrowing, vengeance-swearing vixen to lip-quivering, damp-eyed waif. A character who loves someone in one scene will hate them in the next. Characters who have been kind will be cruel and vice versa, without any explanation or motive.” – Linda Holmes, NPR

 

“I just felt sad. Sad that I’d sat through 12 episodes of the new Netflix drama, waiting for some moment of triumph that would supposedly redeem all the problematic and fatphobic messages that had come before. Sad that what I was being given instead was a weak throwaway line and a lazy visual metaphor that undid none of that damage, and rather reinforced the same tired old jokes about fat people’s toxic relationship to food. Sad that it’s 2018 and fat people are still treated as less than human, as something monstrous, as the villains in our own stories.” – Jenna Guillaume, BuzzFeed

Reviews: Facial Cleansers – QV, Sukin, La Roche-Posay, CosRX

Skincare products are tricky to review, because everyone’s skin reacts differently to every ingredient and your mileage may vary. However, with the overwhelming number of products available out there, it might still be useful to share my experience to narrow down your list. For your reference, I have combination, acne-prone skin.

QV Face Gentle Cleanser and Gentle Wash

Both washes are soap-free, fragrance-free, and pH-balanced. The colour is white and the texture runs a bit thick and milky. They don’t quite lather up, which could be a plus for people who dislike foaming cleansers. As the name suggests, they do feel gentle on the skin – but for me, this gentleness renders them quite ineffective to cleanse my skin thoroughly. They wouldn’t remove the thin layer of foundation that I got. Furthermore, they broke me out in whiteheads, which is a shame.

 

Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser

The most memorable thing about this cleanser is the scent. It is hands down the best-smelling facial cleanser I’ve ever tried – it’s citrus (I suppose from the Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil and the Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil) in the most sophisticated way, like something that other brands would sell for $35 a bottle. It’s great for people who are looking for natural ingredients in their cleanser; it’s got chamomile, aloe vera, witch hazel and green tea with macadamia and evening primrose oils. Furthermore, it’s free from sulphates and parabens.

However, as a facial cleanser, it doesn’t feel like it’s working for my acne-prone skin. It gave me little bumps in some spots. I now use it mainly as a handwash.

 

CosRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser

Some people believe active ingredients in cleansers are useless since they’re only on your skin for 20 seconds, while others claim the salicylic acid will be too potent and harsh for your face. Either way, I feel like this cleanser didn’t do a lot for me. It didn’t really reduce pimples or blemishes, and despite its promise, left my skin feeling a bit tight and stripped. Given how impractical (and expensive) it can be to get Asian beauty products in Australia, I won’t be repurchasing this.

 

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Gel

This is what I’m using now. The soap-free, paraben-free gel is clear, and a little goes a long way – though you do need more if you’re wearing makeup. It does leave that squeaky-clean feeling that some dislike or find alarming, but I find the practicality to be worth it. Best of all, it doesn’t break me out despite containing some possible irritants like SLS and fragrance (it doesn’t really smell like anything though).

 

What’s your go-to facial cleanser?

Lush Slap Stick Foundation: How Do People Like It?

Recently Lush came out with a new line of vegan, solid foundation sticks. Slap Sticks, as they are called, come in 40 different shades for cool, neutral and warm skin undertones. The Slap Stick is described as “medium-coverage”, formulated with 14 percent pigment and 45 percent Indonesian coconut oil, promising “mask-like foundations a thing of the past, keeping your complexion looking fresh all day long at no compromise”.

lush slap sticks Here is the list of ingredients:

To top it, the brand says the Stick is made from artisan ingredients from community co-operatives that directly benefit locals, and not tested on animals.

But how does the actual product compare to the promises of merits above? Here are some reviews from people on the Internet.

Isha Bassi, Buzzfeed

“The thought of foundation made with coconut oil scared and excited me. I have combination skin, which gets both dry and oily around the t-zone. The foundation itself was incredibly creamy and blended out like a dream. Application-wise – it’s a bit messy! Your hands are all over the product, and it definitely needs its own storage or container to place it in.

“The coverage is definitely on the minimal side. I tried building it to cover some redness I have around my cheeks and nose, but I still found it to be quite sheer overall. After a couple of hours of wearing the foundation, my face was INCREDIBLY shiny and greasy. I do prefer more of a matte finish, which makes me think that the Slap Sticks may not work the best for oily skin.”

 

Lovette Jallow

“I’ll probably give this foundation an eight out of 10 – I give it such a high number simply because the ingredient list is on point, it’s good for the environment, it’s good for the skin… coconut oil, that’s my jam.”

 

Bronwyn (bonbonzz)

“I do find that it takes longer to blend out than a regular liquid foundation – in the morning, when I’m getting ready and I just want something really quick, this is not going to be the one that I reach for. However… it is looking really nice and even, it’s looking nicely radiant but it doesn’t look like I’m oily.”

Review: YesStyle

YesStyle is one of the most well-known retailers out there for Asian beauty, fashion and lifestyle products. How good and trustworthy is the site, though?

The catalogue boasts an impressive range of products with wide variety, from Korean-style fashion and jewelleries to cult Japanese skincare products and cute stationaries. Many items could be shipped in 24 hours, but some would take up to 21 days, so take that into account! There are also a lot of special offers such as free gifts.

The price is alright – it’s certainly not the cheapest you can get on the Internet land, but with the reputable site and the vast range of products that you can get in a purchase, I would say the price is worth the convenience. But don’t be fooled by the discounts, though – the price would always be around the same level from time to time regardless of the “flash deals”. The site also has tiered memberships – each time you grade up, they would give out e-coupons worth US$5-10. You would also gain extra discount (3-10%) off your purchases, but again, the prices seem to be hiked up accordingly anyway so it doesn’t really matter.

The package arrived 12 days after I placed my order. The shipping was free because I met the minimum purchase requirement. As of now, the requirement is AU$48.

What about the quality of the products? The clothes are fine – I think they’re more durable than Forever21, but certainly not as sturdy and long-lasting as Uniqlo. This striped short-sleeve blouse, for example, feels quite paper-like and doesn’t have the most flattering fit, but the colour and design are quite spot-on. The cropped wide-leg pants also come with loose threads, and the elasticised band could be slightly improved, but the spacious pockets and breezy model make the purchase such a bargain (it helps that they’re just under $15). Some of the brands’ names didn’t match the description on the website, but I personally don’t mind. The earrings look flimsier in real life too – but again, you get what you pay for. I didn’t buy anything over $50, and this purchase made me doubt if the quality of those items would make the price tag worth it.

I would order from YesStyle again – probably just for the under $50 items.

+:

  • Impressive variety of products
  • Affordable prices
  • Apparels have acceptable quality
  • Reliable shipping (and free shipping option)

-:

  • You get what you pay for
  • You can find cheaper individual items in other sites

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

What to Watch? Reviews of Movies Showing Now, June 8-10, 2018

Going to the movies this weekend? Check out the reviews for the flicks showing now below.

Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s 8 is a heist caper that looks gorgeous, keeps the twists coming and bounces along on a comic rhythm that’s impossible to resist. What more do you want in summer escapism?” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

It may have a glittering A-list cast, but Ocean’s 8 is as disappointing as the fake diamonds used to replace the real thing in the film’s big heist.” Jason di Rosso, ABC

 

Deadpool 2

“While the action is brilliantly shot and executed, the comedy smartly doubles up as a social commentary on racism, sexism, body shaming and sexual harassment. Boasting of some great unsuspecting cameos, the story humanises Deadpool, without letting go of what makes him different — deviant ways, indulgence in gory violence, sarcasm and narcissism.” Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India

“From its smug but dated pop culture references (there’s a recurring joke about dubstep, hinged on the 2012 Skrillex track Bangarang) to the frantic, barely comprehensible cutting, there’s very little to enjoy here. Dispensing with the brightness of the MCU but clinging to the franchise’s self-referential quippery and fan pandering makes for the worst of both imagined worlds.” Simran Hans, the Guardian

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story

““Solo: A Star Wars Story” gets the job done with little fuss, but also with precious little finesse. It might arguably succeed in teeing up the cinematic narrative that would change movies forever. But in both substance and execution, it bears but a whisper of the revolution to come.” Ann Hornaday, the Washington Post

“For [director Ron] Howard’s part, his greatest concern seems to being making sure everyone hits their mark and says their lines. It’s the bare minimum of direction as the score does the heavy lifting rather than injecting an actual personality into this movie.” Matt Goldberg, Collider

 

Hereditary

“Forget the ‘scarier than The Exorcist‘ line (whatever that means) that Hereditary has been tagged with – this is a movie that lives up to the hype on its own terms. Just don’t go to see it at the end of a stressful day. We’re only trying to look out for you.” Hugh Armitage, Digital Spy

“Don’t see this film expecting a thrill — and think twice about seeing it if there’s particular trauma in your past you’d prefer wasn’t evoked — but strongly consider seeing it. Hereditary pushes the horror genre to a different extreme than the one we’re used to, reminding us of the immense gulf between mere “scary” and “horrifying”, and the result is like nothing you’ve ever seen.” Sam Langford, Junkee

 

Which one will you see?

Review: SweetCorea

If you’re an Asian beauty fan, you might have heard about SweetCorea. The shop is well-known for affordable K-beauty and skincare products. However, is it as good as it sounds?

While the website is quite simple, the user experience is not too bad. You can just put in the keyword for the product you’re looking for, and chances are they will have it. The stock ranges from make-up and accessories to skincare, including serums, essence, moisturisers, cleansers and many more. There are also a lot of samples for sale, so if you want to try a product, this could be a good option.

Although the price is often a lot cheaper than RRP, the shipping cost could be quite steep. The heavier your haul is, the higher the shipping fee will be. You can choose to ship via DHL (the most expensive), EMS or registered air mail (the cheapest).

I ordered around nine items and paid through Paypal. In the same day, I received an email from the shop saying one of the items was out of stock, although it was listed as in stock on the website. They gave me an option to get a replacement or a refund. I opted for a refund, and after a follow-up email the next day, they sent the refund, no fuss.

The shipping was really fast, considering it was an international order and I picked the cheapest delivery option available – I ordered on Wednesday, and the parcel arrived on my door on Monday. The products were well-packaged, and I also received a lot of free sample-sized packs of eye mask. While I couldn’t 100 per cent be sure, the products do seem and feel like they are original, and the expiry dates are a while away, which is nice.

I found it a little weird that the out-of-stock products were advertised as in stock (although the shop representative said in an email that they would be restocked in two weeks). However, I found the experience to be positive, and I would definitely order at SweetCorea again for my next K-beauty haul.

+:

  • Affordable, competitive price
  • Responsive customer service
  • Quick turnaround time
  • Large range of products

-:

  • High shipping fee
  • Ordered products may turn out to be out of stock

Rating: 4/5 Stars