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Wednesday 16 April 2014
Arts Film

film review: the grand budapest hotel

Giuliana Cincotta
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Inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel is truly a feat of grandeur. Set in the fictional Zubrowka, somewhere amongst candy-coloured Middle Europe, the story follows Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham and Tony Revolori in youth), a lobby boy at the renowned Grand Budapest Hotel, and his relationship with the…
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Thursday 10 April 2014
Film

film review: half of a yellow sun

Lauren Strickland
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The dresses are short, bright, bold. The jewellery is ostentatious: thick strings of golden pearls, diamond-and-emerald necklaces heavy and obscene. The hairstyles are impossibly neat, a series of sculpturesque bouffants. It’s the 1960s all right, but the world on screen is as far away from Mad Men as it is possible to get. As the…
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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Film Uncategorised

The top ten wes anderson characters

Jade Bate
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In honour of the imminent release of Wes Anderson’s newie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jade Bate has chucked together a list of the best characters out of all the auteur’s films. Prepare for an education! 10. Dignan (Owen Wilson) – Bottle Rocket In Wes Anderson’s 1996 feature debut, Bottle Rocket, three friends attempt to pull…
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Friday 4 April 2014
Film

film review: nymphomaniac

Kiah Meadows
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‘That was like Gone With the Wind!’ the woman behind me exclaimed, as the final credits began for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac rolled. Running at 241 minutes, or just over four hours, one could certainly make the comparison. Von Trier’s epic does span the protagonist’s lifetime, but as opposed to Scarlett O’Hara, Joe’s war only has…
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Wednesday 26 March 2014
Film

film review: hannah arendt

Rosie Hunt
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During the trial of Adolf Eichmann, German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt was unexpectedly struck by what she perceived as the normality of the man in front of her, who had been a senior member of the Nazi administration. Arendt described the ‘banality of evil’: the most evil of acts are not necessarily committed by inhuman monsters, but…
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Monday 24 March 2014
Film Opinion

what makes a feminist film?

Kate Voss
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What makes a film feminist? It’s a question that has been asked many times, and many times wrongly answered. Some might think that a feminist film needs a strong woman, the type that takes charge and heads into battle with the same ferociousness as a male hero. I believe we’ve come to realise that feminism…
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Friday 21 March 2014
Film

film review: the monuments men

Emma Robinson
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‘You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground, and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements, then it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler wants, and that’s exactly what we’re fighting for.’ – Lieutenant Frank Stokes…
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Wednesday 19 March 2014
Culture Film TV

screenshot: murder she wrote

Emma Nobel
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What do a wealthy Melbourne aristocrat, the adult child of a career criminal and a sheriff detective dealing in the supernatural have in common? They’re some of the newest protagonists leading the charge in television’s latest wave of hit crime dramas – a posse of plucky women signalling a renaissance in a genre that’s slowly…
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Tuesday 18 March 2014
Film

film review: wadjda

Caitlin Gordon-King
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Saudi Arabia has long been veiled in mystery. The cultural gulf between the Islamic Kingdom and the West has fuelled speculation and criticism; Australians are at ends to understand a monarchical nation which limits citizens’ equality and individual rights. Saudi Arabia’s unequal treatment of women has become a focus of this criticism; Saudi women are…
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Friday 14 March 2014
Film

i am a girl: gendered experience around the world

Lou Heinrich
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‘I was taken to hospital to prove my virginity, and then to a hotel.’ Cambodian teenager Kimsey sold her virginity at 12 because her family needed money to eat. She lives in slum-like conditions with an abusive boyfriend and a mother who takes care of her daughter while she works. Kimsey is acquainted only with…
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Friday 7 March 2014
Film

the burden of being female in hollywood: olivia wilde

Kiah Meadows
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On February 20th, actress and producer Olivia Wilde spoke about the struggles still faced by women in film on The State of Female Justice panel held in Los Angeles. While her segment only lasted around five minutes, Wilde sparked a conversation that we shouldn’t have to keep having by ultimately asking, ‘Why aren’t we telling…
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Thursday 6 March 2014
Film

My long neck: tourism, exploitation and agency

Lou Heinrich
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Far away from the chaos of Bangkok lies the North Western province of Mae Hong Son. A mountainous landscape, much of the region is sprawling with rainforest and is said to be curtained by mist the year round. You can travel by jeep or motorbike, bouncing over potholed roads, to your choice of one of…
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Wednesday 5 March 2014
Film

the changing face of the oscars

Kiah Meadows
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On Monday, the biggest night in Hollywood was telecast across more than 150 countries around the world, live. The night that movie lovers, fashion lovers, celebrity sycophants and dreamers tune in to, to celebrate the very best achievements in cinema, a medium that, in one way or another, shapes us all. Yesterday, while trying desperately…
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Wednesday 5 March 2014
Film

film review: the wind rises

Giuliana Cincotta
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Since childhood, famed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has been fascinated by flight. A minor glance over his anthology of work (most notably with Studio Ghibli) will reveal the consistencies of his attraction, whether through an enormous moving castle or a large Totoro that bounces across the treetops amid a still night sky.  The Wind Rises is…
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