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Thursday 19 December 2013
Books

books you should have read by now: the painted veil

Lou Heinrich
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For so many of us, our first interaction with a classic novel is through the movie adaptation: Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, and for me, The Painted Veil by W Somerset Maugham. This 2006 film starred Naomi Watts and Edward Norton, looked incredible, and featured a stunning soundtrack. Ultimately, the story was about the…
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Sunday 7 July 2013
Culture

memoir: from bloody mongrel to cockapoo, shitzoodle and nintendog

Rianh Silvertree
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What has happened to the family pet? Dear Father Christmas, All I want is a puppy. I will love it and care for it and name it for its most redeeming characteristic…. My 1973 dog had a damp start to life, being the only pup that survived a dunking by gunny sack in the local…
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Friday 21 June 2013
Culture Film

[rewind] some like it hot

Emma Di Bernardo
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Some Like It Hot (1959) is now seen as one of the greatest comedies in filmic history. It’s a wonder though why it isn’t seen as one of the most ahead of its time. Gender and sexuality are core themes explored in this screwball comedy with great quality and wit by the wonderful scriptwriter and…
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Thursday 31 May 2012
Film

celluloid relapse: ace ventura, pet detective – a how-to avoidance guide

Amy Miniter
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Being a detective is supposedly synonymous with danger, glamour, devilishly handsome individuals and immeasurable intrigue. It may be a dangerous line to walk, but there is more than sufficient compensation available to those who choose to walk it. Taking this into consideration, why it is that anyone would consider the profession of a pet detective…
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Thursday 26 April 2012
Film

film review: titanic in 3d

Dunja Kay
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I didn’t know if I was going to like Titanic. I loved it when it came out; I saw it twice in the cinemas, and my parents wisely pre-ordered it on VHS from Target. When I tell people how many times I’ve seen it, I keep to the lower end of my estimate range (around…
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Wednesday 18 January 2012
Film

celluloid relapse: the bitter tears of petra von kant

Amy Miniter
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John Waters, spokesman-in-chief for housewives, suburban boredom and Baltimore itself, is well known to us all as the cultural monarch of the weird and perfectly wonderful. Infinitely notorious, a large portion of his oeuvre remains inaccessible to our more ‘conscientious’ citizens but for those among us who apparently remain wanting as far as a conscience…
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Thursday 5 January 2012
Film

celluloid relapse: all about my mother

Amy Miniter
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Despite any protest asserting the contrary, human beings are remarkably similar. Culture, appearance and whatnot may be paraded around as a supreme marker of difference, but the volume at which we object seems due to a very odd misunderstanding. Primary school tried to tell us we were all different, but fundamentally we were and are…
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Tuesday 19 April 2011
Books

Lip Lit: Sweet Valley Confidential

Freya Dumas
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I started reading the infectious Sweet Valley series when I was little. I started out with Sweet Valley Kids, and graduated through to Sweet Valley University when I was about twelve. I remember reading a SVU book during a silent reading class, and my grade seven English teacher looking at me, sighing and saying, ‘Oh,…
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Wednesday 13 October 2010
Music

hanson, nostalgia and the great american music hall

Dunja Kay
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Dragging Calvin to see Hanson at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco resulted in his buying me an ‘I Heart Hanson’ shirt and demanding I wear it for the remainder of our stay in the U.S. as punishment. He was not the only disgruntled male at the gig, but he was probably the…
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