Search Results: comedy

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The truth behind our heat plague

    • Brian Matthews
    • 26 March 2008
    2 Comments

    Camus' plague was a metaphor for the Second World War German occupation of France. Our plague is no metaphor. It's the truth of the planet's advancing impatience with its reckless colonisers.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Autism comedy strikes emotional equilibrium

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 06 March 2008

    The Black Balloon's early '90s suburban locale is a tangible and familiar environment, where intolerance and ignorance brood beneath the surface. Lead actor Rhys Wakefield embodies everything that it is to be a teenager on the brink of adulthood.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The Chaser's Just War on celebrity worship

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 October 2007
    11 Comments

    The Chaser's 'Eulogy' was less about the celebrities whose deaths it celebrated, than it was about public perceptions of those celebrities. The desire to puncture the 'cult of celebrity' is a major plank in the Chaser's War.

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    History rises amidst film's humane depth

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 11 July 2007

    Lucky Miles is an outrageous buddy comedy set in 1990 in the Western Australian wilderness, with echoes of September 11, border security, and the totalitarian Indigenous intervention. This topicality borders on prophetic, as the film was conceived seven years ago.

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  • RELIGION

    Playful irreverence in the Town Common

    • Richard Treloar
    • 18 May 2007
    2 Comments

    Was Triple J's Jesus impersonation contest in Melbourne's Federation Square on the day before Good Friday merely a revival of the 'carnivalesque' tradition of playful irreverence that is linked with a destruction and uncrowning related to birth and renewal.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Politically correct dancing

    • Richard Leonard
    • 02 April 2007
    1 Comment

    A new ocker comedy depicts young protégés at a suburban dance school immersing themselves in choreographies about starvation, people dying of AIDS and the nuclear holocaust.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Knowledge that eludes the search engine

    • Philip Harvey
    • 08 March 2007
    2 Comments

    The poetry of Peter Steele is well-tempered, even when the subject is not. His themes are often modesty, doubt and brokenness, but his uses his grand style to produce measured tones and educated observations.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Finding God in the Dark: Spirituality and the Cinema

    • Richard Leonard
    • 27 February 2007
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    This is the full text of a speech given by Richard Leonard SJ in Queensland on spirituality and cinema, on the occasion of the opening of a new spirituality centre.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Four butchers and a writer

    • Brian Matthews
    • 21 August 2006
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    "With collar up round my ears against the nip of the morning, I enter by the side door. It is a historic moment. I am the first writer-in-residence at a butchers shop."  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Strong characters outlast cheesy moments

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 August 2006

    Footy Legends has its share of cheesy moments, but as a tribute to working-class Australian suburbia, and a good-natured reflection on the iconic ‘little Aussie battler’, it’s a film that will move and amuse in equal parts.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Close encounters

    • Kerrie O’Brien
    • 10 July 2006

    Kerrie O’Brien contacts some entertaining ghosts in Blithe Spirit.

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    Film reviews

    • Morag Fraser, Brett Evans, Juliette Hughes, Gordon Lewis
    • 08 July 2006

    Reviews of the films The Quiet American; Tadpole; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Lovely & Amazing and The Fellowship of the Ring (extended version DVD).

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