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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Love with an open hand

    • Various
    • 12 March 2012

    When I'm with you, I take off my rings, unlatch my watch and untie my hair. And it's so quiet, so so quiet, like a film without a soundtrack.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Humanising Hoover and Thatcher

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 01 February 2012
    4 Comments

    The problems do not begin and end with badly applied fake jowls. J. Edgar introduces its subject in his later years, reflecting back on his life. This manipulative tactic errs on the side of sentimentality, when Hoover, like Margaret Thatcher, is not a figure to whom sentimentality can be easily attached.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Savaging sex and religion

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 December 2011
    4 Comments

    Three teenagers are lured into the midst of a demented cult waging a brutal crusade against society's sexual profligacy; the Westboro Baptists re-imagined as violent extremists. This is not the first time questioning Catholic filmmaker Kevin Smith has had a go at religion.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The mystical art of rudeness

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 September 2011
    2 Comments

    The interviewer snaps at one archaeologist, who is attempting, with little success, a demonstration of Palaeolithic spear-throwing. At other times he is astute and discerning, drawing experts out on both the academic and mystical significance of one of the world's most significant archaeological sites.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Exposing UN sex and violence

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 September 2011
    2 Comments

    UN peacekeeper Kathryn Bolkovac uncovers evidence that some of her colleagues have been involved with sex slavery and human trafficking. Her interactions with one victim reinforce her determination to achieve justice, while highlighting the limits of her ability to do so.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Workplace bullies face to face

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 September 2011
    3 Comments

    A sacked employee takes out his frustration on his former boss's luxury car. His actions turn out to be simply the end result of an unhealthy workplace culture. Mediation attempts to resolve the conflict through dialogue rather than punishment or retaliation.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Life and death on YouTube

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 August 2011
    2 Comments

    An elderly couple renew their marriage vows, with a few cheeky variations. A young gay man comes out to his grandmother over the telephone. Life in a Day implicitly credits the online world as a physical space cohabited by many and varied individuals the world over.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Exploiting the elderly

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 24 August 2011
    1 Comment

    Leo's ailing health means he is due to become a ward of the state, forced from his house into a nursing home. He needs personal care that is better provided by loved ones than an institution. But Mike's compassion is overrun by material needs. He decides to exploit Leo's plight.

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  • MEDIA

    Abbott's budgie-smuggler blues

    • Moira Byrne Garton
    • 18 August 2011
    12 Comments

    Politicians are always pitilessly represented in cartoons. Just ask Kevin 'Tintin' Rudd and Julia 'Nose' (or 'Bottom') Gillard. Portrayals of Tony Abbott in Speedos are not part of a plot to undermine him. The public is able to recognise cartoons as exaggerated political commentary.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Catholicism at high speed

    • TIm Kroenert
    • 17 August 2011
    5 Comments

    Accused of conflating his Catholic faith with indestructibility, Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna responds, ominously, that he is ever conscious of his own mortality. His story is a tragedy of the highest order. You don't need to be a racing fan to be deeply affected by it.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Heroes and villains are only human

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 10 August 2011

    For those who seek role models at the multiplex, through the polarised lenses of a pair of cheap 3-D glasses, Green Lantern contains two types worth considering. One is 'the villain I hope I'm not'. The other is 'the hero that I could be'. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    My life as a bully

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 03 August 2011
    8 Comments

    We passed Paul's house each day on the walk to primary school. One day on a whim we knocked and invited him to join us. Once out of sight around the corner we proceeded to berate him, and to rough him up. We thought it was such fun that we did it again the next day. Kids can be cruel. I'm ashamed to say I was.

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