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A Review of Several Oscar-bait films by Caitlin McGrane

February 27, 2012

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It’s Oscar season. How do we know? Not only are there the huge self-congratulatory wank-fests (because that’s essentially what awards shows are after all) but also because actors are releasing films with PERFORMANCES. And yes, that does need capitalisation. Films like The Artist, Hugo, The Iron Lady, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are all about […]

‘It’s a great Tonight Show for America everybody … yes it is!’ by Braam Smith

February 24, 2012

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In my previous article “MasterChef or Wheel of Fortune?”, I suggested that I had won six hours of my week back by no longer humouring the big red ‘m’. Alas I must now concede that I was already five hours in debt, thanks to the outcome of some procrastinatory channel-surfing at or around the 10:30 mark […]

The Power of “Shame” by Will Kay

February 20, 2012

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The hype surrounding Shame was deafening, at least for me, so I went to see it for some peace and quiet. Oh… silly me. I left with a most garrulous and disquieted mind. All the accolades accruing weren’t the only forces that drew me; the confluence of Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, currently my two favourite […]

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2012 by Jake Robinson

February 17, 2012

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Like the very genesis of human life, the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Melbourne crawled out from the primordial laneway and evolved in the relative comfort of the Maribyrnong-side Footscray Arts Centre. While this move was forced by the destruction of its local habitat, St. Caledonian Lane, it has facilitated the remarkable growth of the […]

“Sherlock”: I <3 Benedict Cumberbatch by Matilda Dixon-Smith

February 13, 2012

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Sherlock is one of the latest of these appropriation experiments. Leave it to the BBC to take every piece of cherished literature and tart it up for the techno-savvy masses (forever scrambling to remain relevant). Thankfully, Sherlock is the complete opposite of a disaster, which one might infer it to be considering the rather dated […]

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”

February 5, 2012

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I’m trying to figure out why the Real Housewives franchise started existing. Am I right in thinking, like, early 2000s, maybe some smart executive had a nightmare about a cross between Desperate Housewives and MTV Cribs with a little bit of Laguna Beach thrown in…? All I know is, this show is spin-off CITY, and […]