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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: Moonlight

Moonlight is the black man’s Brokeback Mountain; less contrived, more intimate and powerfully thought-provoking. For too long has the queer narrative focussed on white voices, whether it be the aforementioned box office success or Blue is the Warmest Colour. Moonlight does justice to the complexities of the battle and struggles faced by millions of men of colour around the world in the clash of perceptions between queerness and hyper-masculinity. It details the coming of age tale of Chiron, a young and relatively poor black boy raised in Miami, a turned hardened man, coming to terms with his sexual identity in a world that expects him to reject seemingly feminine desires. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Camp Cope with Alex Lahey and RVG @ The Old Bar

Recently, the Melbourne music scene has seen an outrageously productive surge in brilliant, unique talent. Venues within the city’s varying suburbs have inspired and have encouraged many world-renowned acts such as Crowded House, Hunters & Collectors, The Avalanches and The Cat Empire. In more recent time and even within 2016, a handful of talented Melbournian bands emerged onto the scene bringing with them inventive new ways to hear and look at music. Alex Lahey and Camp Cope are no exception to this. Both bands have a refreshing and energetic sound on record, and their live sound is another thing altogether. The two female-fronted bands banded together last Sunday on the 16th of January at the Old Bar returning to where their stardom began.

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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: JACKIE

The genre of biography pictures has many differing sub-genres and styles. A film reviewed last week, The Founder, lies somewhere within the “based on a true story” genre, where the ‘story’ told spans several years. Films like this include The Blind Side, Precious or The Social Network, which tell stories lasting many years. Another sub-genre within this genre is the ‘based on a true event’ genre, which chronicles the key moments within a single event. These kinds of films are dedicated much more to informing the audience of a certain event, especially an event that requires explanation, or perhaps, was never properly exposed in the first place. Patriot’s Day and Captain Philips are two other films within this genre that concentrated on one specific event, the former, the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, and the latter, a pirate raid of a boat. Similar to this, Jackie is a film that intensely focuses on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the chaotic week that followed.

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FILM REVIEW: Arrival

One of the most loved and frequented film genres of our time is science fiction. This is the genre that allows us to knowingly venture into the unknown and contemplate circumstances beyond the capacity of our own beliefs. The idea of ‘extra terrestrials’, more commonly known as ‘aliens’ existing, let alone having the capacity to inhabit earth racks the minds of many sceptics. Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is a film that although slightly lacking in ingenuity, provides the audience with a pensive and thought provoking experience. 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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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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Faith – A New Year’s Message from Radio Monash

Our Live Music Director for next, Paris Balla pays tribute to the late and great George Michael with this stunning cover of a classic in our final video for 2016.

Radio Monash would like to wish all its members the happiest and safest of New Years – and can’t wait to continue bringing you the best in student generated content throughout 2017. 2016 has been a year full of trails and tribulations; both for the station and the world – but it has also been a year of prosperity, and with every challenge has entailed an opportunity to learn and grow.

We can have faith in the future, only by having faith in ourselves.

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2016: The Year That Was

2016. A year of unexpected victories, devestating losses and of course, memes.

With a few hours left until the world enters 2017, our upcoming News Director Avanti Oberoi has taken the opportunity to collate, commentate and analyse the most influential news stories of the last 12 months. From January to December, David Bowie to Carrie Fisher, the Australian Open to the US Election – what were the events that shaped our year, both domestically and internationally, into the one that we are about to bid farewell to? This is Radio Monash’s “2016: The Year The Was” Read more …

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FILM REVIEW: La La Land

Musicals, especially stage musicals, have become incredibly popular in the past few decades. Hamilton made learning history “cool” again by modernising it musically; Wicked revealed the story behind the Wizard of Oz through emotional, storytelling ballads and Spiderman the Musical…happened. The silver screen was also once honoured with the presence of wonderfully catchy and timeless musicals such as West Side Story, Singin’ in the Rain and The Sound of Music. Recent entries into this genre haven’t been necessarily awful but they haven’t been entirely original either, and although Into the Woods and Jersey Boys were fantastic, the former was once a novel and the latter was adapted from its stage counterpart. The refreshing and refined insanity of early comedy-musicals is absent from our modern movie musicals. It is clear that it is Director Damien Chazelle’s divine right to inoculate musical nonsense and magic back into film as La La Land, his third feature film, is the perfect, nostalgic template for what a musical movie should be. 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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