Search Results: Brisbane Writers Festival

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sympathy for an immoral Arab prophet

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 11 February 2010

    From the moment of Malik's imprisonment he finds that if he is to survive, he needs to choose between conflicting evils. His Muslim roots appear from time to time, but while these moments lend transcendence to the film, they give no moral credence to Malik's actions.

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    Fatherhood after the apocalypse

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 February 2010
    5 Comments

    The blurring of right and wrong in a world where civil structures have disintegrated, is seen in the Man's escalating wildness; his desperation to preserve the life of his son, and his conviction that the end of survival justifies a growing list of dubious means. 

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    Selling short Nelson Mandela and rugby

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 28 January 2010

    Are we to accept that the inspiration of sporting victory is alone sufficient to solve conflict and soothe the way to redemption and rebirth for a divided nation? If so, it must be said that Eastwood's film is history rendered as a fairytale.

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    Celebrating Aboriginality on the road from Freo to Broome

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 January 2010
    6 Comments

    From a patronising priest to a pair of impressionable hippies, the white characters are all doofuses. Bran Nue Dae provides a means for introducing young people to the ongoing impacts of white settlement upon Indigenous Australians.

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    Samson and Delilah and other great Australian stories

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 December 2009
    1 Comment

    Back in March, I strolled the streets of Fitzroy in Melbourne's inner north with Warwick Thornton, trying to find a quiet spot for an interview. Two months prior to the release of his feature debut, Samson and Delilah, Thornton was quietly hopeful his film would be positively received.

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    Children and other wild things

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 10 December 2009
    4 Comments

    Max has an erratic imagination, and is prone to extremes of emotion. There are hints of mental illness, but, really, he is simply Every Child. Following a ferocious fight with his mother, he flees into fantasy and becomes king to a group of melancholic monsters.

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    An almost true story about corporate crime

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 03 December 2009

    In the early 1990s Mark Whitacre, an executive at American agricultural powerhouse Archer Daniels Midland, became an informant for an FBI investigation into price-fixing. But Whitacre is not the 'white hat' he claims to be.

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    The heroes and villains of Michael Moore's world

    • TIm Kroenert
    • 12 November 2009
    9 Comments

    Michael Moore makes documentaries only in the sense that Today Tonight does investigative journalism. That's not to say he doesn't land a few well-deserving kicks while he's at it.

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    Moral test of a strained marriage

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 November 2009
    6 Comments

    A married couple is presented with a choice. If they press the button, it will cause someone they do not and will never know to die. In exchange, they will receive $1 million. Initially, The Box seems to live up to the promise of this morally charged premise.

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    The pope, the mole and the architect

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 October 2009
    1 Comment

    Three of the most prolific guitarists of the past four decades gather in a warehouse. Three more diverse musicians you could not hope to find. Most important are the moments that simmer celebrity and artistic pretension down to basic humanity.

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    Nominal Catholics' middle-class angst

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 October 2009
    2 Comments

    The characters speak dutifully of Mass and Confession, but their Catholicism does not seem to pervade deeply, and contrasts with their unethical lifestyles. The adults, busy jealously guarding their own needs and desires, are oblivious to what their kids are up to.

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    Woody Allen's icky philosophy

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 15 October 2009
    3 Comments

    Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David plays a lovable misanthrope in Woody Allen's latest film. The character's fatalistic views on romance take on an uncomfortable air when you recall the seedy aspects of Allen's personal life.

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