Volume 16 No.9

25 July 2006

Eureka Street Volume 16 No.9


REVIEWS

Times Square's slice of life in the Big City

24 July 2006 | Gary Pearce

Times Square's slice of life in the Big CityDespite overweening corporate visions, the exploding lights and multicultural crowds of New York's Times Square show that people will continue to claim their right to be part of the city spectacle.


Aboriginal life without the colonial backdrop

24 July 2006 | David Streader Aboriginal life without the colonial backdropAustralian cinema has historically depicted Aborigines in relation to modern-day white society.  But the pre-colonial setting of Ten Canoes enables us  better to identify with the characters.


Young Bobby Darin meets mature Bobby Darin

2 Comments
24 July 2006 | Sebastien De Robillard Young Bobby Darin meets mature Bobby DarinDirector Kevin Spacey has no need to use normal screen tricks to indicate time or emotion in Beyond the Sea. He achieves this by having young Darin and older Darin interacting thoroughout the film


Carmen Lawrence exposes the Politics of Fear

24 July 2006 | James Massola Carmen Lawrence exposes the Politics of FearFormer ALP heavyweight Carmen Lawrence asserts that the developed world is safer today than it's ever been. Her argument flies in the face of the reality that there has never been greater rewards for politicians willing to peddle fear.


Characters unpredictable, unsettling, but compelling

24 July 2006 | Donald Russell Characters unpredictable, unsettling, but compellingHard Candy begins inside an Internet chat room. The characters fake innocence but show they are increasingly capable of manipulation and violence. 


AUSTRALIA

Images that stick in my mind

24 July 2006 | Morag Fraser Images that stick in my mindOut of the chaos of the past weeks, three images fix themselves in my mind. Images from Israel, Lebanon, London. Three people, three individual experiences. If only the boy could be educated by the woman. If only the man could mentor both boys.


Military power no way to uphold human dignity

5 Comments
24 July 2006 | Andrew Hamilton Military power no way to uphold human dignitySuicide bombing, kidnapping and rocket attacks are morally indefensible. They commonly demean the humanity of those who indulge in them and those who suffer them. The response to acts of violence is morally more complex.


Graphic smoke packs a shock to the system

24 July 2006 | Alice Bergin Graphic smoke packs a shock to the systemThe Federal Government is seeking to scare the smoking public with the replacement of tamer text warnings with a range of photographs depicting cases of lung disease, tongue cancers and even a dissected brain.


Opportunity passes over Beazley and Costello

1 Comment
24 July 2006 | Jack Waterford Opportunity passes over Beazley and Costello The idea that neither Peter Costello nor Kim Beazley will ever be Prime Minister of Australia has been reinforced in recent months


Poor People's Summit on the Niger River

1 Comment
24 July 2006 | Anthony Ham Poor People's Summit on the Niger RiverAs the leaders of the world’s richest and most powerful countries gathered in St Petersburg this month, a few hundred activists were meeting in a dusty frontier town 350km beyond Timbuktu, for what they dubbed ‘the Poor People’s Summit’.


East Timor Catholic Church caught in the crossfire

24 July 2006 | Paul Cleary East Timor: Catholic Church caught in the crossfireThe Catholic Church has been actively involved in the crisis in East Timor from the very beginning. It has been both a safe haven for the people affected by it, and a political player.


Hezbollah, Israel, and the damage done

24 July 2006 | James Massola Lebanon is a state founded upon division. The fighting in the south of Lebanon is nothing new. Today, Hezbollah and Israel are joined in battle. The Middle East could be a very different place by the time this fight is finished.


Moment of moral truth

2 Comments
24 July 2006 | Michael Mullins & James Massola Moment of moral truthUnited Nations relief coordinator Jan Egeland has condemned the destruction caused by Israeli airstrikes in Beirut as a 'violation of humanitarian law'. Meanwhile the website of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert leads with his proclamation to the Members of Knesset: 'This is a National Moment of Truth'.


RELIGION

The World Game of ecumenical dialogue

24 July 2006 | Richard Treloar The <i>World Game</i> of ecumenical dialogueIn the years ahead Faith and Order will address potentially church-dividing issues relating to biblical interpretation, theological anthropology, religious pluralism, mutual recognition of baptism, and other aspects of ecclesiology. The FIFA World Cup is an intrusion of the carnivalesque into ‘realpolitik.’ Richard Treloar muses on the intersection of these


ENVIRONMENT

More 'special features' in store for DVD technology

2 Comments
24 July 2006 | Tim Kroenert More 'special features' in store for DVD technologySpecial features are the DVD equivalent of a free set of steak knives. The appeal isn’t solely economic, either-film buffs are attracted to the idea of expanding their bank of esoteric movie knowledge. But special features are not the extent of the big studios' bag of tricks.


CREATIVE

Mid-East crisis triggers 1974 memory

24 July 2006 | Brian Matthews

Lebanon crisis triggers 1974 memoryWhile musing on current events in Lebanon, Brian Matthews' globe of memory begins to spin back to a time and place perhaps not so different to today.


Scanning the Horizon

1 Comment
24 July 2006 | Mark Miller Scanning the HorizonThe fiery clusters of the coral trees / lining the road / to the left, towards Nowra


Paddington [Brisbane]

24 July 2006 | A.H. London Paddington [Brisbane]Renovator's paradise, these dwellings / rising off their tall stilts, / shouldering each other aside, / up and down the slopes