Author: Connor Johnston

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FILM REVIEW: Going in Style

Comedies nowadays are usually partial to a restricted number of techniques if they have any hope of being successful via popular opinion. Consequentially the genre has largely suffered from a lack of originality, no longer being measured by the sharpness of a writer’s wit or the strength of an actor’s comic timing – but instead garnering its appeal from how ‘shocking ‘it can make its language, how ridiculous its establishing scenario can be and how trivially it can use nudity, violence and slapstick humour to stir its audience. Directed by Scrubs star Zach Braff, Going In Style returns to a refreshingly different type of comedy movie that very much takes a “back to basics” approach in terms of respecting its audience enough to aim to impress them with charmingly funny content rather than shock them with crudity.   Read more …

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RadMon Exclusive Interview: Rove McManus on “Whovians”

Doctor Who​ returns to our screens this Sunday on ABC TV​, followed by ABC2​’s brand new companion show ‘Whovians‘ hosted by the incredible Rove McManus​ at 8:30pm every Sunday. Rove joined Morning Glory​‘s Shelbui Inglis​ and Connor Johnston​ live on air this week to give us a taste of what fans can expect from “Whovians”, debate the ethical consequences for landing a spaceship on Uluru, hear our pleas for the return of #RoveLive and much more! Catch both the highlights reel and the entire 20 minute interview below.  Read more …

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PRESS RELEASE: 2017 COMMITTEE RESHUFFLE AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF SEMESTER ONE EGM

Today Radio Monash announces that Aleks Djukic has officially resigned from her position as 2017 Station President effective 19th of April 2017

The following statement was provided by Djukic, explaining the reasoning for her resignation and thanking both the 2017 Committee and member base for their support:

It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as President of Radio Monash. Due to health complications, I will no longer be able to fulfill the requirements needed to undertake this responsibility.

Since my term began in November of last year, I have been blown away by the continual hard work and dedication of my committee; from the AACTA awards, to the renovations of the space, to a reinvigorated broadcast grid and an incredible online presence. I am eternally grateful to all those who have contributed to the life of Radio Monash during my presidency.

While I am regretful of the fact that I will not be able to fulfill the full 12 month term, I am thankful for the understanding of my team and the community during this difficult time.

Luka Janicijevic, current Vice President and Production Manager, will be stepping up to the role of President in the interim and I trust that with his reinvigorated vision for Radio Monash, that our community will continue to grow, thrive and make an impression within Monash University and beyond.

My presidency will officially cease next Wednesday the 19th of April. Until then, business as usual. My inbox is always open for inquiries.

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SPECIAL PODCAST: Morning Glory and The Thinkergirls – Live from KIIS FM

RECORDED LIVE IN SYDNEY’S KIIS FM STUDIOS – MORNING GLORY MEETS THE THINKERGIRLS

Join Morning Glory’s Shelbui Inglis and Connor Johnston live from KIIS FM studios in Sydney with the Thinkergirls themselves: Stacy June and Kristy Mercer. Discussion points include everything from the Gender Politics of Presenting Radio, On-Air Dynamics, Hickeys, Oral Sex, Kissing Techniques and so much more.

We’re talking the thoughts you’re thinking – but not saying – in this Radio Monash Special Event

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FILM REVIEW: Live By Night

In a landscape where every second film released continues, sets up or reboots a franchise – there is something oddly refreshing about a movie that requires no prior knowledge or investment outside of the two hours of viewing. Ben Affleck’s newest feature, Live by Night, is the epitome of a standalone crime thriller, with rich imagery and an incredibly capable cast. However, in remaining coy and uncertain about how to handle its ties to the historical conflicts of the prohibition era, Live by Night risks detaching itself from achieving anything of real substance. Read more …

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FILM REVIEW: Collateral Beauty

Every once in a while a film comes along that urges you to totally re-evaluate everything you think you know about cinema. Will Smith’s newest blockbuster Collateral Beauty follows the grieving process of Smith’s character ‘Howard’, how he deals with the death of his daughter and how his reaction impacts the lives of people around him.  A simple enough synopsis and an incredibly impressive line-up of supporting A-List actors… what could possibly go wrong?

Everything. Everything goes wrong. Read more …

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ADVANCE REVIEW: The Edge of Seventeen

Please Note: Radio Monash’s pre-release reviews aim to be as detail-free as they reasonably can while still offering a critique, but as everyone’s spoiler sensibilities are different, we advise you read on at your own discretion.

Coming of age films can only really go one of two ways. They either crash and burn, suffocated to death under a bed of never ending clichés; or they actually succeed with audiences, by not patronising them, and are created by people (as opposed to robots) who actually remember what it was like to grow up; to fall in and out of love, to obsess about every aspect of one’s appearance and personality, and above all, to make mistakes. Without question, The Edge of Seventeen falls into the second group of films with Roadshow producing one of the most refreshingly realistic and relatable studies into the teenage psyche that we’ve seen on the big screen in years. Read more …

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COMPETITION CLOSED: Win Double Passes to “The Edge of Seventeen” and “Fantastic Beasts”

To celebrate Monash University reopening its doors officially for 2017, Radio Monash and Roadshow are giving you the chance to win double passes to two of the summer’s biggest hits. All you have to do is

1. Like Radio Monash on Facebook
2. Comment your answers to the questions underneath our latest Facebook post advertising the competition.

The most creative and impressive answers will win double passes to either The Edge of Seventeen or Fantastic Beasts valid at all participating cinemas. But hurry! You only have until 8pm WEDNESDAY NIGHT!

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FILM REVIEW: Passengers

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away; science fiction movies were only ever made for, valued by and in many cases understood by those who existed within a certain niche. The comic book collector who had more conversations with a limited edition’ Sexy Wookie Deluxe Doll than a living human person – you understand the stereotype. Roadshow’s newest blockbuster Passengers, released on Sunday, stands to prove how far the genre has subverted itself in recent years. With a script designed to be understood and appreciated at face value, visuals that advertise its own luxurious budget and two of the most iconic and successful actors of our time at its front: Passengers proves how mainstream and different movies rooted in the world of science fiction have become. Read more …

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LIVE EVENT: Radio Monash’s 2016 Holiday Wrap Up

From our families to yours, and all of us here at Radio Monash – Happy Holidays!

It’s Radio Monash’s biggest show of the decade! 16 Presenters, a Live Studio Audience, a Heap of Free Giveaways and enough Christmas Cheer to drown a Reindeer! Join Yusuf Aly, Shelbui Inglis, Donald Shackleton, Anthony Crabb, Lola Ayeni, Connor Johnston, Paul Waxman, Sayu Umeda, Aleks Djukic, Peggie Sakwa, Avanti Oberoi, Annie Zeleznikow, Oisin Collins, Paris Balla, Sahana Kashyap, and Helen Nguyen for the ultimate treat in festive viewing. With interviews, open discussions and messages from all around – This is one RadMon special you do not want to miss!

Radio Monash would like to extend a giant amount of thanks to Rob and Leonie for the use of their space which continues to enchant and delight hundreds of locals every night with their incredible lights display. Having the absolute privilege of sitting down with the couple on the night, it was so refreshing to discover that the only aspect of their character that outweighs their creative genius is their genuine humility and selflessness – continuing to raise funds for ‘Very Special Kids’ – the Children’s Charity. You can catch Radio Monash’s interview with Rob and Leonie right here on Radio Monash from Boxing Day, as well as listening to a few highlights in the special below.

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