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Monday 20 October 2014
Film

film review: pride

Emma Robinson
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Equality is everyone’s business. This is the overriding theme of Pride and it is communicated in the most compelling and uplifting way. If I hadn’t been immediately sold on that (which, of course, I was) I would’ve been sold on absolutely everything else about this film. It’s the summer of 1984. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher…
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Tuesday 14 October 2014
Film

species versus under the skin: a critical comparison

Eloise Grills
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Scarlett Johansson recently appeared as a sexy space thang in the Jonathan Glazer-helmed Under The Skin (2013), a film that my housemate denounced as a ‘goddamn rip-off of Species (1995).’ Feminist critics have been similarly quick to deride it as male fantasy fulfilment posing as art, where one can imagine being boinked to death by a…
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Sunday 12 October 2014
Film

film review: gone girl

Jade Bate
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WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS. Do not read any further unless you’ve read the book, seen the film, or are happy to be spoiled.  David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 bestselling crime novel Gone Girl has finally hit the screens, and to tell the honest truth, it’s amazing. Amy (Rosamund Pike) and Nick (Ben…
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Friday 10 October 2014
Film TV

mental health week: timothy

Rosie Hunt
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This week, the ABC has devoted lots of airtime to bringing mental illness into the spotlight. Titled ‘Mental As’, the suite of programming coincides with Mental Health Week and is all about removing the stigma from illnesses that are not always physically apparent, yet can be truly debilitating. On Wednesday night, viewers were treated to…
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Friday 10 October 2014
Film

film review: the little death

Emma Robinson
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“Whatever happened to good all fashioned, run-of-the-mill sex? People have to complicate it with all this kinky shit.” Josh Lawson makes his directorial debut with The Little Death, a sitcom-esque movie about a group of couples exploring their sexual desires and kinks. The fetishes are varied and often bizarre, but the characters are believable and…
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Wednesday 8 October 2014
Film TV

the top five reasons you need to watch buffy the vampire slayer

Katelyn Cameron
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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend Oz Comic-Con in Sydney and meet Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars Nicholas Brendon and Emma Caulfield. I managed to keep my cool during my very brief chat with them, but on the inside I was squealing at a decibel that would have rivalled that…
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Tuesday 7 October 2014
Film

film review: advanced style

Rosie Hunt
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In our media-saturated society, images of young women are everywhere. Advertisements, fashion spreads, television shows and movies all provide us with a million pictures of what youthful ‘beauty’ and ‘style’ should look like. But how often do we see images depicting women over the age of fifty? The idea that it is only younger women…
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Sunday 5 October 2014
Film TV

tv review: transparent

Michael Wu
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Transparent, Amazon’s newest comedy-drama, is, on its face, about a family. It follows the daily lives of the Pfeffermans at their most mundane; they go to the mall, they get their kids ready for school, they go on dates with rabbis. Throughout the course of its ten-episode first season, however, Transparent reveals itself to be about…
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Friday 3 October 2014
Film

film review: sin city: a dame to kill for

Emma Robinson
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Reuniting the old (such as Jessica Alba) whilst adding some new (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and messing around with non-linear plots is the order of the day for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the long-awaited sequel to 2005’s Sin City. Ultra violence? Check. Beautiful cinematography? Check. Creating female characters that are either headed for death…
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Saturday 27 September 2014
Comedy Film Opinion TV

what makes Broad City so radical?

Katerina Paltoglou
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Comedy Central’s new female-based comedy, Broad City, created by and starring newcomers Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, has been one of the most pleasantly surprising, bizarre, stoned-out-of-its-mind and profoundly funny shows TV has had to offer. Some of that can be attributed to its beginnings as a web series before making the leap to primetime,…
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Monday 22 September 2014
Film

film review: boyhood

Bridget Conway
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Richard Linklater’s newest gem, the flick Boyhood, has really caused quite a stir in the film and media industry. It’s being hailed as one of the best movies of the decade; Rotten Tomatoes has rated it at 99%, and Roger and Ebert writer Matt Zoller Seitz gives it 4 stars. Linklater has been working on…
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Thursday 18 September 2014
Film

film review: what we do in the shadows

Emma Robinson
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The wonderful team behind Flight of the Conchords are offering up their latest tribute to the Gods of comedy. I suspect no goats will need to be sacrificed and that the Gods will be sated for many years to come. In What We Do In The Shadows, Viago (Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) and Deacon…
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Saturday 13 September 2014
Column Film

kickass feminists on film: princess mononoke

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 monthly column, Jade Bate looks at her favourite film heroines who are strong, empowering and kick ass. Last month I learned…
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Friday 12 September 2014
Featured Film

what makes a feminist film?: the first-ever girls on film festival hits melbourne

Lauren Strickland
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What makes a feminist film? If you’re anything like me, this question is one that has plagued you for years. Strong female characters? Well, yeah, but what does that actually mean? Does it pass the Bechdel test? Yes, of course, but is that enough? Thankfully, I got the chance to talk to Karen Pickering, feminist…
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