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MUSIC REVIEW: The Best of New Releases (August 2017)

August is an inherently odd month. In London (the city where I am currently reliving Orwell’s Down and Out), August is the tinder date with clearly photo shopped images, masquerading as a “Summer Month” – but whose distorted hips and rainy afternoons are not fooling anyone. In Melbourne, August takes the role of a thirteen-year-old attempting to convince you he is emerging puberty early into the golden months of sun – though is similarly foiled by the immaturity and attitude of its own climate.

August is an identity crisis. August is you up at 3am planning a personality overhaul you’ll never commit to. August is hope for change – whether that hope be naïve, sincere or a mixture of the two. Something that unites the selected tracks in today’s playlist is that they each embody a different element of August’s indecisiveness, anxiety and courage.  Read more …

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ALBUM REVIEW: 明 (Akira) by Black Cab

Lost in a Blade Runner-esque soundscape that Vangelis would be proud of, I’m sitting here with my eyes closed, headphones on. Lost in a cyber-punk world of Tokyo noir and dystopian motifs. The album begins with a panic-stricken urgency of synths and traditional Japanese Taiko drumming by Toshi Sakamoto. Black Cab’s latest offering, Akira (明) is a tour de force of theme and style. It is a concept album in the tradition of the great experimental/electronica/progressive rock artists of the past like Rick Wakeman, Mike Oldfield and the aforementioned Vangelis. Read more …

The Big Sick

FILM REVIEW: The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick is a heartwarming and thoroughly entertaining film. While it may not leave you with a extraordinarily visible emotional reaction, there is no doubt it will melt away your internal cynicism until you are – pardon the cliche – all ‘gooey inside’. In fact when it comes to a genre that is ridden with stereotypes and predictability, curing and pardoning the cliche is where The Big Sick triumphs.

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Dunkirk

FILM REVIEW: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ (2017)

Review written by Guest Contributor Lucy Jacobson and Connor Johnston

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Hope is a weapon. Survival is a Victory. 

Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance as well as a series of other enormously talented actors, takes place during the evacuation of 400,00 men on the shores of Dunkirk during World War 2. An event so pivotal to the outcome of the war warranted a film that captured the scale, ferocity and brutality of Dunkirk; a film that Nolan no doubt delivers.  Read more …

Zookeepers Wife

FILM REVIEW: The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Since it first began operations in 1928, The Warsaw Zoo has continued to be one of the most diverse and visited zoos in all of Europe seeing in excess of over one million patrons annually. From 1939 and throughout the 1940’s however, the zoo was visited by a far smaller crowd of people – who despite their numbers flatten all records since in terms of their significance.

Directed by Niki Caro; The Zookeeper’s Wife chronicles the sacrifices, challenges and heroism of the Jan and Antonina Żabińska – the park’s owners, who used the zoo to save and house hundreds of Jewish people from the horrors of the Holocaust. In its depiction of World War II, The Zookeepers Wife offers a deeply considered and unique perspective on the conflict that sources its power from its characters and their strength. Read more …

AllEyez

FILM REVIEW: All Eyez On Me (2017)

An abundance of dramatic biographies, such as Jimi: All Is by My Side and Get Rich or Die Trying, tell the ever-enticing narrative of how an icon, despite all odds, rose to stardom changing their lives’ and the lives of those around them. No biographical film could truly capture the enigma that was Tupac Amaru Shakur, nor has it been attempted. We know the story of how Tupac died, yet we are still eager to learn how the actor, rapper, poet and activist lived. Finally, 20 years after his death, director, Benny Boom, and Morgan Creek Productions undertook this challenge of creating All Eyez On Me. Read more …

Northeast

GIG REVIEW: Northeast Party House @ The Croxton

The up-tempo and ever-energised music of Northeast Party House shook Melbourne to bring in the Winter. Indie-rock loving people of all ages filled The Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury on Saturday the 3rd of June, flocking to hear the Melbourne based boys play, and Northeast Party House did not disappoint.

The Croxton Bandroom is a beautiful venue, with a very reasonably priced bar and a great space, hence so perfect for a sold-out show full of predominantly broke university students like myself. The venue was so great that after selling out one, the band booked a second gig at The Croxton for this Sunday, which proved to sell out almost just as quickly. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Julia Jacklin @ The Corner 24/5/17

“This is like a dream,” said the girl’s trembling voice next to me. Another girl in front of me cried while her tinder date (I presume) kept an awkward distance, unaware of how to comfort her. A few rows ahead, a man bowed his head with his eyes shut, simply taking it all in. There were certainly varying groups of people at Julia Jacklin‘s show and it’s because Jacklin can touch upon anyone’s vulnerability. Read more …

Wonder Woman

ADVANCE FILM REVIEW: Wonder Woman (2017)

“I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within. I learnt this the hard way, a long, long time ago.”

Audiences will be forgiven for approaching DC’s Extended Universe’s (DCEU) latest film with caution. Bearing on its shoulders the stability and success of a franchise that has consistently disappointed critics and audiences alike, Wonder Woman is also the first time a female character has taken the lead in a new age live action superhero movie. Rewardingly, director Patty Jenkins has been seemingly unfazed by the pressure of these expectations; presenting a film that effortlessly defines a new realm of success and prospect for a genre that risks overexposure and staleness with each new release. Read more …

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Gig Review: The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack @ The Howler featuring Frida and New Venusians

The Cactus Channel‘s most recent release, a collaborative EP with Ball Park Music frontman, and My Own Pet Radio mastermind Sam Cromack dropped last month, and to celebrate, the band and Sam are travelling to three of our major cities to perform the EP’s six soulful tracks, sprinkled in with some other extra surprises. For the first stop on the tour, the band performed on their home turf at Brunswick’s Howler. Supported by two spectacularly soulful bands, Frida and New Venusians, it seemed that the night was going to be an expressive, and funky expedition for all in attendance. Read more …

Arthur

FILM REVIEW: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword

The Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table remains one of the most recycled and reinterpreted narratives of all time. From television series such as Merlin, Camelot and Once Upon a Time; to feature films including Disney’s The Sword in the StoneMonty Python and the Holy GrailQuest for Camelot and even the upcoming Transformers sequel – there is clearly no shortage of Arthurian inspiration in the entertainment industry. It stands, that to truly make an impact among the ever growing sea of ‘round tables’ and ‘medieval heroes’ spawning from the same source material, a new feature film adaption would require something truly impressive indeed. For Roadshow’s newest blockbuster, it seems that they have found said winning ingredient with Director Guy Ritchie; producing a film that is both refreshingly unconventional and inherently entertaining. Read more …