keywords: Heath Ledger

  • 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

    Blaming Batman for gun violence

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 26 July 2012
    12 Comments

    As far as US politicians are concerned, blaming Batman for the massacre at Aurora is as good as hiding their heads in the sand. The larger issue is not violent entertainment, but gun control. Ironically, the Batman films take a decidedly thoughtful approach to violence in general, and gun violence in particular.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Life as a game show

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 18 December 2008
    1 Comment

    Having grown up an orphan in a Mumbai slum, Jamal is an unlikely candidate for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. A sense of the divine pervades the film, but while Jamal seems destined for good fortune, his brother Salim diverges towards corruption.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Amrozi: What would Batman do

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 18 August 2008
    13 Comments

    Imagine Kevin Rudd in a Batman suit, and soon-to-be executed Bali bomber Amrozi as the Joker. Would the caped crusader's 'rule' — that he not become a monster to stop one — compel him to intercede on the smiling assassin's execution?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Superhero's dark night

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 24 July 2008

    Batman has no superpowers, but his rage against injustice elevates him to the realm of 'superhero'. He is dark and brutal, arguably a fascist, but prone to soul-searching. The Dark Knight may prove to be the best film of 2008.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Dylan writ vain but vulnerable

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 12 December 2007

    The most recognisable Bob Dylan in this multi-Dylan film is infuriating. Hollow, vain and abusive. But also vulnerable and pitiable; an angry animal pacing his cage.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Juliette Hughes, Allan James Thomas, Alex McDermott, Tim Metherall, Morag Fraser
    • 04 July 2006

    Reviews of the films Talk to Her; The Pianist; Ned Kelly; Sur Mes Lèvres; and The Hours.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Strong performances with no cultural cringe

    • Donald Russell
    • 12 June 2006

    A genuine Australian story with no hint of the dreaded 'cultural cringe', there are some genuinely humorous moments amidst the tension in this film.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Film reviewers
    • 21 April 2006

    Reviews of the films Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; The Brothers Grimm; Good Night, and Good Luck; and The Constant Gardener.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Allan James Thomas, Gil Maclean
    • 20 April 2006

    Reviews of the films Brokeback  Mountain, Jarhead and Munich.

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