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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    What to do when trapped underground

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 October 2010

    The other people in Paul's life exist only as disembodied voices from a mobile phone, set adrift in the box in which he is trapped. This may be taken as an allegory for modern communication, where handheld electronic devices are the primary conduit to networks of interaction and intimacy. 

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  • RELIGION

    Patron Saint of abuse victims

    • James Martin
    • 13 October 2010
    3 Comments

    MacKillop can be properly seen be as someone drawn into the sexual abuse scandal a century before the rest of the Catholic Church was. As a result, she might be someone that victims and their families feel drawn to in prayer.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When kids turn evil

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 07 October 2010
    2 Comments

    Lacking the wisdom of experience and anything resembling a positive adult role model, Owen is guided by a yearning for companionship and a budding adolescent libido. These are very human impulses, but no substitute for wise adult guidance or a fully formed moral compass.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Commission flats fable

    • Virginia Millen
    • 05 October 2010
    10 Comments

    He had the emaciated cheeks of an addict. She was smaller, toothless and aged beyond her years. As we closed our gate he struck her. She fell on the bitumen, lit by the headlight of a passing car. 'You touch her and I'll belt you too,' the man yelled to my partner.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Stockbrokers with souls

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 30 September 2010
    1 Comment

    The financial crisis threatens to engulf them. But Money Never Sleeps is less interested in financial wheeling and dealing than the ways in which the lunges and plunges of the market impact upon the characters' lives and relationships.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Confessions of a football feral

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 September 2010
    9 Comments

    I am a Magpies supporter, although I've always liked to think I'm not one of those Magpies supporters: the mythical 'ferals' that give every non-Magpies supporter slagging rights — no, I'm not one of them. Recently though, I had cause to wonder.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Damaged men, desperate deeds

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 16 September 2010
    4 Comments

    The kidnappers' scheme involves humiliating and sometimes physically bullying the young woman as she lays handcuffed to a bed. This makes for nasty, uncomfortable viewing. Surprisingly, love and betrayal emerge as key, poignant themes.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Not just war as teens fight back

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 09 September 2010
    3 Comments

    The characters voice implicit moral concerns about the right to kill in self-defense, and rationalise why it might be right to take up arms against the invaders. When Ellie is confronted by a mural depicting an encounterbetween Captain Cook and a group of Aboriginal Australians, she ismomentarily arrested.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Toppling the idyls of youth

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 September 2010
    1 Comment

    A barroom brawl is transformed in Boy's head into a version of Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' music video. It's 1984 and Jackson is at his artistic and popular peak: pre-surgery, pre-child abuse allegations. Boy's worship is pure, but as an audience watching in 2010 we know the purity is transient.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Ratings hog Seven kills Cousins doco

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 26 August 2010
    7 Comments

    Ben Cousins is no angel, but neither is he a demon; just a man with a problem that he's fought to contain. His story has mirrors in the lives of many people who have battled addiction. Seven's treatment of it borders on exploitative.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The morality of violent films

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 19 August 2010
    7 Comments

    'Anyone watching this saying it in some way supports or encourages violence is watching the film in a very perverse way.' UK filmmaker Michael Winterbottom has a point, but one must wonder what scenes of brutal violence against women contribute to the betterment of the public imagination.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The gay Jewish butcher and other tales of Israeli conflict

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 12 August 2010
    1 Comment

    Aaron initially rationalises his sexuality as a test from God, a test that priveleges him, as it gives him an opportunity to prove his resilience. Ultimately his affair with a younger man is rather more serious than simply a rebellion against an oppressive ultra-orthodox society.

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