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Is “Pitch Perfect” better at being “Glee” than “Glee”? by Matilda Dixon-Smith

December 14, 2012

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The short answer is “yes”. The long answer is that, while Pitch Perfect beats Glee handsomely at everything from the musical performances to the examination of friendship and self-acceptance, the film owes a great debt to the gargantuan TV karaoke franchise. A fact they acknowledge gratefully (while poking a bit of fun) throughout the film. […]

“Bachelorette”, or “Spoiler Alert: Apparently Women Can’t Be Assholes” by Matilda Dixon-Smith

September 10, 2012

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Critical debate about whether Leslye Headland’s caustic film Bachelorette is any good saturates arts and entertainment media right now. Between me and fellow editor Will Kay we’ve watched the movie six times. Obviously, we’re in the camp of “Yeah, this film is fucking awesome. Get a life, haters.” And here’s why: Headland paints a gloomy […]

An Anthropological Perspective on “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” by Paul Burgess

October 10, 2011

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My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings; a guilty pleasure for many of us, an anthropological Eden for myself. If you are not familiar with these documentaries, they come to Australia and the Americas courtesy of Britain’s Channel 4. They follow various aspects of life of the travelling, or gypsy, community in Britain. The most extravagant of […]

“Bad Teacher”: Trying Too Hard Gets You Nowhere in Life by Matilda Dixon-Smith

July 26, 2011

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It kind of sucks for Bad Teacher that Bridesmaids preceded its release by only a couple of weekends. Not only did Bridesmaids totally steal Bad Teacher’s “Y’all, women ain’t just crying baby-machines!!” controvers-iosity, the former also commands a far greater understanding and execution of comedy. Had Bad Teacher been released before Bridesmaids, I probably would’ve found it a tonne more enjoyable. As it is, the film is […]

“But, I’m so confused. Women aren’t funny, right?” or “Bridesmaids” by Matilda Dixon-Smith

July 3, 2011

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Someone in the publicity department at Apatow Productions is going to get so fired. They had the nerve to think that marketing Bridesmaids as “totally The Hangover for chicks” was a good idea. This, coupled with the poster campaign (see below) achieved a polarising—but overly negative—effect amongst their audience. Half the world was all “Ugh, […]