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Saturday 30 January 2016
Film

film review: carol

Jade Bate
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It’s difficult to think of a recent film more exquisite and more perfect than Carol. It may seem too soon to call the film a masterpiece, but I can confidently say that it is truly up there with some of the greatest movies of recent times. More importantly, it takes its place alongside Brokeback Mountain…
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Friday 29 January 2016
Film

film review: the hateful eight

Giuliana Cincotta
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Set sometime after the Civil War, and apparently contained within the same universe as 2012’s Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight introduces us to Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), a bounty hunter on route to the town of Red Rock to cash in on his deadly efforts. But on this cold day in…
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Wednesday 30 December 2015
Film

film review: joy

Marie Davis
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After first watching the trailer for Joy, I had little idea of what the film was about, except that it starred Jennifer Lawrence as Joy—a strong, successful woman who, at some point, cuts her hair. And since its release, the debate as to what this film is really about has not settled, with reviewers each…
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Friday 25 December 2015
Film

film review: suffragette

Jade Bate
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  There are literally thousands of historical films that document the tragedies and triumphs of men. From war epics to biopics about world leaders, scientists and rock stars, according to the cinema the history of mankind is considered to be more important than the history of womankind. That’s not to say that there aren’t a…
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Tuesday 22 December 2015
Film

film review: the force awakens

Marie Davis
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The highly anticipated The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the Star Wars franchise, introduces its viewer two new lead characters. and a new era for the cult sci-fi hit. Set thirty years after the defeat of the Galatic Empire in Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens follows Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy…
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Wednesday 16 December 2015
Film

Satellite Selfies and Marketing Ploys Aside, Spectre Satisfies

Kate Voss
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Fans of the James Bond franchise have spent years eagerly awaiting Spectre, the latest installment in the perennially-beloved spy film series. Currently the second-highest-grossing film in the Bond franchise, Spectre revives the action-packed fun of the Roger Moore era. Though the film struggles to match the brilliance of Skyfall (2012), the film’s strong cast, visual…
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Monday 14 December 2015
Arts Film TV

jessica jones: thanks, marvel; it’s about time

Eliza Graves-Browne
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  Over the last week, I have obsessively binged on Jessica Jones, the superhero that insists she is just trying to ‘make a goddamn living in this goddamn world.’ Jones, played excellently by Krysten Ritter, is a sarcastic, hardboiled alcoholic who resists being labeled as a heroine. After a brief stint as a superhero, she…
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Friday 11 December 2015
Featured Film

hitting home: sarah ferguson’s domestic violence documentary

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Every day in Australia, police face 657 cases of violence against women. Every week, 2 women are murdered, often by somebody they know. While watching Hitting Home, Sarah Ferguson’s new documentary on Australian domestic violence, my friend wonders aloud, ‘Has it always been this bad?’ I answer: ‘Yes.’ It’s just that this year, we’re paying…
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Monday 30 November 2015
Feminism Film Opinion

a new hope? star wars and gender

Danielle Croci
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With the long-awaited new Star Wars film The Force Awakens being released next month, hopes are high that there could be improvements in Star Wars’ depiction of women. The Star Wars franchise has had issues with its lack of representation, however the portrayal of Leia Organa (most famously by Carrie Fisher) as rebellious and quick-witted…
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Tuesday 24 November 2015
Film

james bond and the politics of gender

Kate Voss
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With the latest instalment now in cinemas, Kate Voss takes a look at the history and evolution of the Bond girl, and what it means to be a woman in James Bond’s universe.  Very few film franchises over the past fifty years have been more packed with more pure masculinity than the James Bond films. While these…
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Tuesday 10 November 2015
Featured Film Opinion

looking into the future after a year of marvel disappointment

Mary Ntalianis
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It’s time for Marvel to stop erasing their strong, intelligent and brilliant female superheroes from the Cinematic Universe. In 2016, two Marvel movies are set to be released and yet again, neither of these movies will have a female protagonist. This is a repetition of why the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been continually criticised by…
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Saturday 31 October 2015
Film

halloween film review: crimson peak

Bridget Conway
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In honour of Halloween 2015, Lip’s Arts editor and film critic Bridget Conway takes a look at Guillermo Del Toro’s latest offering: the delightfully gothic, super creepy, and surprisingly deep Crimson Peak. Happy Halloween, Lipsters! Crimsom Peak is the brainchild of acclaimed writer and director Guillermo Del Toro.  In true Del Toro style, the film…
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Friday 30 October 2015
Film

film review: the lobster

Marie Davis
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What will most likely draw audiences to The Lobster is its gimmick. The protagonist, David (Colin Farrell), is sent to a dreary hotel where he has forty-five days to select a life partner, or he will be turned into the animal of his choosing (a Lobster). The world that writers Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou…
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Tuesday 27 October 2015
Featured Film News

representation and the pay gap: investigation launched to look into gender discrimination in hollywood

Arabella Close
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An official investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood could be the first step in a class action lawsuit against major Hollywood studios. Fifty female directors have been asked by The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to detail any mistreatment they may have experienced in relation to their work. The investigation is in response to a formal…
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