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  • MEDIA

    Engaging thoughtfully with racist Disney

    • Yen-Rong Wong
    • 28 November 2019
    7 Comments

    While there is value in pointing out incorrect or inappropriate behaviour, we are also at a point where we are perhaps a little too quick to declare someone or something 'cancelled'. Many problematic depictions have occurred over the years, and we do ourselves no favours by ignoring them or pretending they did not exist.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The trouble with JK Rowling

    • Eleanor Harrison-Dengate
    • 26 November 2018
    5 Comments

    This is the first time so many characters with major screen time have been from diverse backgrounds in a Harry Potter film. But it’s not enough to just plonk them into an already bursting script.

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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

    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

    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

    Love, lies and cholera

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 24 April 2008

    The Painted Veil explores the painful dynamics of an unhappily married couple and the broader social issues that impact on their union. Filmed entirely in China, it depicts a country boiling with internal conflict, and a growing resentment of the colonial presence.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Young men damaged by a war they don't understand

    • Rochelle Siemienowicz
    • 28 February 2008
    1 Comment

    Hank Deerfield's son goes missing soon after he returns from Iraq. When he decides to investigate, he finds an army bureaucracy that shuts him down at every point, and similarly unhelpful young soldiers.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Harry Potter star shines in December Boys

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 05 September 2007

    The character Misty's inner journey is at the heart of the film, but a subplot dealing with the sexual awakening of the boy Daniel Radcliffe plays, proves more engaging.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Quirky visuals elicit empathy with troubled soul

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 15 May 2007

    Stephane has an overactive imagination and is prone to bizarre dreams and daydreams. Director Michael Gondry manages to wring plenty of emotion out of his high-concept premise.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Superman Returns

    • Donald Russell
    • 27 February 2007

    The new Superman movie by Brian Singer packs a punch. It retains some of the best elements of the 1970's and 80's films, and also brings the Man of the Steel up to date, or so says Donald Russell...

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The highs and lows of substance addiction

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 December 2006

    In a cerebral sci-fi movie, America’s war on drugs emerges as a reflection of the real-world War on Terror, where government forces rage against a demonised and largely faceless enemy.

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