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Wednesday 1 July 2015
Film TV

tv review: sense8

Katerina Paltoglou
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Directorial duo Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas) have teamed up with Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to create a radical new Netflix Original: Sense8. Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers: Will, Riley, Capheus, Sun, Lito, Kala, Wolfgang, and Nomi. In the aftermath of the violent and tragic death of a…
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Tuesday 30 June 2015
Film

seeing scientology clearly: on alex gibney’s new documentary

Caitlin Gordon-King
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For most of us, the closest we’ve been to Scientology is watching this video of Tom Cruise.  If Cruise’s flaring nostrils and hysteric laugh didn’t have you going cross eyed at the new age “religion,” Alex Gibney’s new documentary will. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief draws back the curtain that has hung…
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Thursday 25 June 2015
Film Opinion TV

tv news: is hannibal too gay for NBC?

Kiah Meadows
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Anybody keeping up on pop culture news has most likely heard that NBC has cancelled Bryan Fuller’s operatic adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal series. The series’ third season returned to the aforementioned network on June fourth, to 2.57 million viewers, and saw just 1.6 million the next week’s episode, which aired during an NBA final….
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Thursday 25 June 2015
Film

essential bergman: selected by david stratton at the acmi

Jade Bate
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David Stratton grew up in England where his love for cinema began in his teenage years. After devouring all he could of American and British cinema, he saw one of his first foreign language films when he was 16. That film was Ingmar Bergman’s Smiles of a Summer Night, a comedy inspired by Oscar Wilde….
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Wednesday 24 June 2015
Arts Film Theatre

sophie hyde: interview

Isabella Cornell
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Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde doesn’t shy from telling often difficult, yet socially and culturally relevant and important stories. Her impressive portfolio ranges from the critically acclaimed feature drama 52 Tuesdays, which tells the story of a parent and child as one undergoes a gender transition, to her latest project with collaborator Bryan Mason, To Look…
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Tuesday 23 June 2015
Film

film review: jurassic world

Emma Robinson
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Big on the spectacle, low on the character development. This statement accurately summarises Jurassic World, the latest installment in the Jurassic Park franchise; a series which should have stopped with the Stephen Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster. The first film effectively combined rollicking dinosaur action with characters and a plot that the audience cared about (who can…
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Tuesday 16 June 2015
Film Opinion

top five reasons mad max: fury road is an instant feminist classic

Emma Robinson
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It wasn’t until a self-righteous contributor for the site ‘Return of Kings’, Aaron Clarey, penned a tantrum about feminist Trojan horses taking over Hollywood film that I had any interest in seeing Mad Max: Fury Road. Good action films with well developed plots and at least one complicated and compelling female character are both joys…
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Sunday 14 June 2015
Featured Film Sexuality

screening bisexuality

Clara Borg
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Written, directed and starring Desiree Akhavan, Appropriate Behaviour (2014) is her debut feature film. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, it didn’t take long for her name to become one of wide acclaim, with the New York Times commending the screenplay as ‘packed with smart remarks [and] clever and unpredictable turns of phrase that…
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Thursday 4 June 2015
Celebrity Featured Film Opinion

the man behind mad max: is tom hardy for real?

Hollie Pich
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Mad Max: Fury Road is the gift that keeps on giving. The first gift was, of course, an action film that smashed sexist stereotypes. The latest offering in the franchise of post-apocalyptic action films, Mad Max features a diverse and fascinating cast of female characters who are central to the plot, including Charlize Theron’s kick-ass…
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Thursday 4 June 2015
Column Film

kickass feminists on film: jen yu in crouching tiger, hidden dragon

Jade Bate
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Everyone knows that complex and empowering female characters are difficult to find in mainstream films. But there are some who have stood out and become the changing faces of feminism in cinema. In this regular column, Jade Bate looks at her favourite film heroines who are strong, empowering and kickass. Chinese cinema has had a…
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Sunday 31 May 2015
Film

film review: ex machina

Bridget Conway
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Will a self-conscious AI ever exist? Will we one day be surpassed by machines that are much smarter than us, machines that we made ourselves, machines that look in a mirror and recognise who they are? These are the never-ending questions that sci-fi keeps trying to answer, with novel adaptations like Blade Runner and I,…
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Friday 29 May 2015
Film

film review: clouds of sils maria

Emma Robinson
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Clouds of Sils Maria displays the best of what French cinema can offer – the ability to tell a multi-layered story through the leanest of means.  This is not a fast paced film; it is a thoughtful, complex story that shows rather than tells its takeaway messages. This film tells the story of a love…
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Saturday 23 May 2015
Film

film review: unfriended

Emma Robinson
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An exciting new take on the found footage trope (which, incidentally did not have its origins with The Blair Witch Project – Cannibal Holocaust capitalised on this style in 1980) has hit the cinemas. Unfriended blends perfect pacing with some Lord of the Flies style kill-or-be-killed mentalities. Unfriended takes place entirely through Skype chat and…
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Friday 22 May 2015
Film

film review: pitch perfect 2

Emma Robinson
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A couple of days before Pitch Perfect 2 was released I walked past a promotional poster for it with a male friend of mine. I braced myself for the inevitable eye roll and derisive comment about chick flicks (and probably not a particularly original one – that’s the thing about sexism, it’s been around for…
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