Search Results: The Exorcist

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fractured family in the house of grief

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 05 June 2018
    1 Comment

    The pressure starts to get to Annie when she begins to suspect her mother is haunting her. This exacerbates pre-existing tensions; her husband is caring in a mildly condescending way, but is more concerned with the wellbeing of their children. Is the haunting real, then, or just a symptom of Annie's reluctance to let go?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Speak of the Devil no longer

    • Gillian Bouras
    • 19 May 2015
    19 Comments

    The Death of God debate raged on and off several decades ago. Now it's the Devil's turn. Medieval clerics believed he was everywhere. Earlier this year the General Synod of the Church of England decided it was time for him to retire, and have 'disappeared' him. 

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  • RELIGION

    21st century exorcism

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 14 December 2010
    5 Comments

    I respect the work of exorcists who offer appropriate pastoral care to those acutely troubled. I also believe it is not generally helpful to give prominence in the churches to demonic possession and exorcism.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Agnostic preachers fight the devil

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 25 November 2010

    The Exorcist upheld an essentially fundamentalist, even romantic vision of religious experience. Its central character was an agnostic Jesuit whose encounters with demonic forces restore his faith. The Last Exorcism substitutes for the jaded Jesuit a troubled Middle American preacher.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A child's suffering for sainthood

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 April 2009
    1 Comment

    Within the cloistered world of Opus Dei, a young girl, Camino, is dying. The Church hierarchy and its emphasis upon a Father-God have displaced the nurturing instincts of Camino's mother, who urges her daughter along the path of suffering.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ledger's dark night

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 13 January 2009

    From the time Heath Ledger first stepped onto the Dark Knight set there was talk regarding the brilliance of his performance. His voice is a villainous snarl. His walk is a Quasimodo slouch. His eyes are anarchic. Ledger's joker is a force of nature. (July 2008)

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    'Freaks' on film

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 September 2008
    1 Comment

    In 1932, Todd Browning's Freaks sought to unsettle with the 'otherness' of its circus sideshow performer characters. A modern-day festival of films by and about people with disability emhasises not otherness, but humanity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 28 August 2008
    2 Comments

    During the 1970s, Australian cinema experienced what many now regard as its golden age. Who were the maverick filmmakers gleefully scuffing up the flipside of that glittering coin, and why does Phillip Adams despise them so?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 August 2008

    One was shot on location in Pakistan by an amateur Sydney filmmaker. The other is a cartoon made by an Iranian expatriate about life in Tehran. What do such different films have to tell us about humanity in the Middle East?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 August 2008

    What happens when a renegade architect goes head to head with the US government in an effort to gain permission to build houses out of garbage?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 August 2008

    Undercover female soldiers are sent into enemy territory during World War II to protect one of the Allies' best-kept secrets. The women must subject themselves to being exploited in order that they might exploit their opponent.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Uploading the undead

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 July 2008
    1 Comment

    Cult filmmaker Romero fears that new media has, rather than democratising the news, led to increased tribalism that is divisive rather than unifying. He articulates these fears in his latest high-concept zombie film, Diary of the Dead.

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