keywords: Melbourne Film Festival

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Samson and Delilah and other great Australian stories

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 17 December 2009
    1 Comment

    Back in March, I strolled the streets of Fitzroy in Melbourne's inner north with Warwick Thornton, trying to find a quiet spot for an interview. Two months prior to the release of his feature debut, Samson and Delilah, Thornton was quietly hopeful his film would be positively received.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Children and other wild things

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 10 December 2009
    4 Comments

    Max has an erratic imagination, and is prone to extremes of emotion. There are hints of mental illness, but, really, he is simply Every Child. Following a ferocious fight with his mother, he flees into fantasy and becomes king to a group of melancholic monsters.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    An almost true story about corporate crime

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 03 December 2009

    In the early 1990s Mark Whitacre, an executive at American agricultural powerhouse Archer Daniels Midland, became an informant for an FBI investigation into price-fixing. But Whitacre is not the 'white hat' he claims to be.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The heroes and villains of Michael Moore's world

    • TIm Kroenert
    • 12 November 2009
    9 Comments

    Michael Moore makes documentaries only in the sense that Today Tonight does investigative journalism. That's not to say he doesn't land a few well-deserving kicks while he's at it.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Moral test of a strained marriage

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 04 November 2009
    6 Comments

    A married couple is presented with a choice. If they press the button, it will cause someone they do not and will never know to die. In exchange, they will receive $1 million. Initially, The Box seems to live up to the promise of this morally charged premise.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The pope, the mole and the architect

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 October 2009
    1 Comment

    Three of the most prolific guitarists of the past four decades gather in a warehouse. Three more diverse musicians you could not hope to find. Most important are the moments that simmer celebrity and artistic pretension down to basic humanity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Nominal Catholics' middle-class angst

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 22 October 2009
    2 Comments

    The characters speak dutifully of Mass and Confession, but their Catholicism does not seem to pervade deeply, and contrasts with their unethical lifestyles. The adults, busy jealously guarding their own needs and desires, are oblivious to what their kids are up to.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Woody Allen's icky philosophy

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 15 October 2009
    3 Comments

    Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David plays a lovable misanthrope in Woody Allen's latest film. The character's fatalistic views on romance take on an uncomfortable air when you recall the seedy aspects of Allen's personal life.

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  • MEDIA

    Catholic dogs and the new sectarianism

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 08 October 2009
    13 Comments

    Marrying Out recalls the vicious sectarian divide between Catholics and Protestants in Australia during much of the 20th century. Blame is allocated to neither Protestants nor Catholics, but to the human propensity for distrust and hatred.

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  • RELIGION

    Roman Polanski and clergy sexual abuse

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 October 2009
    22 Comments

    The case for Polanski's avoiding extradition has generally received a sympathetic hearing. The same sympathy is not generally shown to clergy who have been tried for less serious acts committed just as many years ago.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Che's revolution without the hype

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 01 October 2009
    9 Comments

    It is testament to the virility of Che Guevara as a revolutionary symbol that, with the 'Che Christ', his image is used to augment the understanding of Christ as a social radical. A new biopic takes Che as far from myth and symbol as possible.

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  • EUREKA STREET TV

    Not just any old superpower

    • Peter Kirkwood
    • 14 August 2009
    4 Comments

    Attempts by the Chinese Government to stop a documentary about Uighur activist and leader Rebiya Kadeer from screening in Melbourne remind us that China is a vast country governed by very different values to our own.

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