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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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Tuesday 1 April 2014
TV

true detective and the absence of women

Claire Gaynor
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Two male detectives arrive at a crime scene. In a small clearing, in the midst of still-smouldering crops, is a dead woman. She is naked and blindfolded, with large antlers atop her unruly hair, and is poised in a sacrificial manner. This is Louisiana in 1995. Merely the beginning of what is to be a…
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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 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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Tuesday 4 March 2014
Film Uncategorised

women in comics: support a new doco!

Lauren Strickland
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Checking my email one night, I came across a Kickstarter project that sounded awesome. Showing it to my partner, I said, ‘Doesn’t it sound great? A documentary about the untold history of women in comics. Creators, writers, illustrators, fans, the whole lot.’ My partner’s reply: ‘There are women in comics?’ This exchange is an example of…
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Friday 28 February 2014
Film

Australian-made: interview with courtney dawson on aussie films

Lou Heinrich
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Courtney Dawson’s new film Advance Australia Film is about reinvigorating the Australian film industry. Lip Mag sits down with the independent filmmaker to talk about what’s happening in Aussie cinema today. What is the state of the Australian film industry today? It’s cyclical – we go through peaks of success and also experience somewhat dismal periods….
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Thursday 27 February 2014
Film Opinion

film review: blue is the warmest colour

Emma Robinson
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I am so conflicted about this film. Blue is the Warmest Colour tells the coming of age story of a young woman, Adele, and how she fell for her first big love, Emma. It explores themes of love, desire, heartbreak and many other intense emotions that go along with being young and falling head over…
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Wednesday 26 February 2014
Film

film review: nebraska

Rosie Hunt
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With the Academy Awards just a week away, a film with no less than six Oscar nominations is sure to generate a decent amount of interest. Nebraska is a contender for Best Picture alongside major films like Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle, and film lovers should count it among the Oscar nominees they…
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