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Friday 14 February 2014
Film

in honour of valentines day: the worst movie couples ever

Kiah Meadows
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Because of my stupid dependence on Hollywood love stories, Valentine’s Day serves to remind me that I am, indeed, alone. Again. But guess what? Being in a couple is not always peachy, even when shown through the Hollywood gaze. Maybe that is something to be grateful for this lonely Valentine’s Day…   5. Theodore and…
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Thursday 13 February 2014
Film

film review: labor day

Caitlin Gordon-King
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The title of Jason Reitman’s latest film, ‘Labor Day’ is apt; watching it is akin to enduring 24 hours of punishment. The film is a romantic drama which follows 13-year-old Henry (Gattlin Griffith) and his reclusive and depressed divorcee mother, Adele (Kate Winslett).  Henry suffers on his mother’s behalf and longs to fill the void…
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Thursday 13 February 2014
Books Opinion

thoughts on the hunger games: are love triangles killing young adult fiction?

Kezia Lubanszky
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There’s something about the prevalence of love triangles in young adult fiction that doesn’t sit well with me. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against romance. I love love, Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, Kathy and Heathcliff, Romeo and Juliet. But there’s a big difference between a romance and young adult fiction with romantic subplots….
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Tuesday 11 February 2014
Books

lip lit: spellbound

Alexandra Storey
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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received my copy of Spellbound: The Secret Grimoire of Lucy Cavendish. Sure, I loved Harry Potter and The Worst Witch while growing up, but I had a feeling that the type of magic Harry and Mildred used was a little different from the ‘magick’ used by real witches….
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Tuesday 11 February 2014
Film

film review: the past

Claire Gaynor
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  Relationship dramas of a true, candid quality are a rarity in this age of conventional narratives and ‘happy’, Hollywood-style resolutions. It comes as no surprise then, that this latest film from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, of the highly acclaimed A Separation (2011), is one made well outside of these often tiresome parameters. Set in…
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Thursday 6 February 2014
Arts Culture Film

filmme fatales: hottest zine on the block

Rosie Hunt
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There is no shortage of feminist criticism available on the world wide web these days (Lip included, of course), but Brodie Lancaster is one feminist writer doing things the old-fashioned way. Brodie is the Melbourne-based founder and editor of Filmme Fatales, a zine that brings a feminist perspective to cinema and the filmmaking industry. She…
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Thursday 6 February 2014
Music

ep review: weird season, major leagues

Bianca Martin
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  Weird Season is the debut EP from Brisbane four-piece Major Leagues, a shoegaze/dream-pop band relatively new on the music scene. This EP doesn’t sound like a debut release though, instead sounding like an offering from a seasoned band. Opening with the fuzzy guitar and sweet vocals of ‘Silver Tides’, you’re immediately drawn into the…
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Wednesday 5 February 2014
Books TV

lip lit: the HBO effect

Lou Heinrich
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There is nothing so delicious as losing yourself in an excellent TV series. You lie static on the couch for hours; when you go to work, your mind is full of the characters’ concerns; you even dream about them. When you pop the DVD in the player for one more episode before bedtime, tears erupt…
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Tuesday 4 February 2014
Film

film review: 12 years a slave

Giuliana Cincotta
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Brutish and unafraid to be bold, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is a harrowing test of one’s limits. The adaptation (based on the nineteenth century memoir of the same name) follows the tremendous struggle of talented violinist and carpenter Soloman Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in 1840s New York. Soloman is kidnapped and sold into the slave…
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Tuesday 4 February 2014
Music

ep review: broods ep, broods

Marissa Paine
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With the Broods EP, Georgia and Caleb Nott prove – like so many before them – that something special happens when you make music with your sibling. Maybe it’s that thicker than water bond or maybe it’s the fact that if anyone can tell you off, it’s your family, but there is a harmony to…
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Monday 3 February 2014
Books

lip lit: the wolf gift chronicles

Margot McGovern
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I feel I need to preface this review by pointing out that I capital-L Love Anne Rice’s early novels. Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Vampire Lestat (1985), Queen of the Damned (1988) and The Witching Hour (1990) are guilty pleasures that I return to, time and again, for their rich and frightening worlds where…
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Friday 31 January 2014
Sexuality Theatre

theatre review: carousel

Sophia Dacy-Cole
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  Carousel: the Little Battle is a devised piece of physical theatre currently showing at South Melbourne’s Gasworks as part of the Midsumma Festival. The sixty minute piece follows the antics of two female-bodies circus performers who move through scenes that touch on almost all the big feelings that humans experience: love, jealousy, anxiety and…
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Friday 31 January 2014
Film

film review: the wolf of wall st

Emma Robinson
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‘Cocaine, testosterone and body fluids’ – Jordan Belfort Oddly enough I was forcefully reminded of The Great Gatsby when I watched The Wolf of Wall Street. Not because the leading man of both of those films is Leonardo Dicaprio, but because they are both a study of hedonism and excess. There have been several films that…
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Thursday 30 January 2014
Film

the ladies of studio ghibli

Claire Gaynor
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Lately, everyone’s been talking about Studio Ghibli. The eminent director and founder of the Japanese animation studio, Hayao Miyazaki, has had such influence on the world of cartoons that The Simpsons created an unsettling tribute to his films. With the imminent release of Miyazaki’s final feature film, The Wind Rises, on Feb 27, it seems appropriate to…
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