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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ten movies that really got to us this year

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 December 2016
    3 Comments

    Amid the noise of Batman battling Superman, the Avengers turning against each other, and middle aged fanboys whingeing about the Ghostbusters franchise being revitalised with an all-female lead cast, 2016 has actually been a pretty solid year for movies, both in and outside of Hollywood. We haven't had time to see them all (we have a magazine to publish, after all) but nonetheless here is a list of our ten favourite films reviewed in Eureka Street this year.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Puppets' portrait of privilege and pathos

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 10 February 2016

    As screenwriter for comic such oddities as Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, Kaufman delineated a particular type of over-educated, middle-class, white male character. His protagonists are artists whose alienation and self-loathing is at odds with their social privilege, and whose creative drive entails a winnowing for authenticity or immortality that leads them inexorably down the rabbit hole of their own navels: the search for meaning as the ultimate act of self-absorption.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    How to trap a terrorist

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 30 July 2014
    2 Comments

    The German port city of Hamburg was the place where Mohammed Atta and his collaborators planned the September 11 attacks. A sense of hyper-vigilance stems from this fatal embarrassment and pervades the current events. Betrayal is weighed against betrayal, and ethics and morality are calculated using the sliding scale of a greater good that is dubbed, not without irony, as 'making the world a safer place'. But safer for whom?

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  • MEDIA

    Too soon for MH370 punchlines

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 March 2014
    5 Comments

    There is little doubt that it is too soon and the story too tragic to be the butt of jokes. But the fact that such responses exist speaks to the ways in which this story has permeated the public imagination in unhealthy ways. The engagement is frequently marked by genuine concern, but also contains a deeply voyeuristic fascination that is divorced from the humanity of these events. People love a mystery, and an unhappy ending even more.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Sex, addicts and religious cults

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 October 2012
    4 Comments

    I've never been a member of a cult, but I do have limited fringe experience of one fervent pentecostal church. The Master's portrayal of cult life chimes disturbingly with that experience. The cult members are attracted not just to the promise of meaning and belonging, but also to the eerie comfort of having someone else do their thinking.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New York's God of rot

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 May 2009
    2 Comments

    What is a synecdoche? Work that out and you're part of the way to understanding this brilliant if convoluted opus. Suffice it to say that Caden Cotard, the bloated, self-loathing man who presides over the corrupted world at the film's heart, may in fact be God.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Affectionate portraits of 'the outsider'

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 April 2009
    13 Comments

    Mary is a socially awkward adolescent, growing up in 1970s suburban Melbourne. Her penpal Max is a lonely New Yorker, a chronic overeater with Asperger's. Adam Elliot's films are not just about difference. They are about justice.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    No cheap shots in clergy abuse drama

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 January 2009
    6 Comments

    On the slimmest of pretexts, fuelled by her own dubious and malicious instincts, Sister Aloysius launches a vendetta against Father Flynn. Doubt deals with the subject of clergy child abuse, though not in the way you might expect.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Morag Fraser, Brett Evans, Juliette Hughes
    • 02 July 2006

    Reviews of the films All or Nothing; Punch Drunk Love; Johnny English; and The Man Without A Past

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Siobhan Jackson, Gil Maclean
    • 14 May 2006

    Reviews  of  the  films  Inside  Man,  V  for  Vendetta,  Capote,  and  The  March  of  the  Penguins.

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