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‘Girls’: Perfectly Imperfect

*Some spoilers for the show may be discussed!*

How do you say goodbye to perfection? Damned if I know.

I’ll start by saying HBO’s Girls was not perfect, not even close. Yet, the imperfections of Lena Dunham’s brain child only ever worked to highlight the perfect parts and the importance of the characters on a well-respected network. Since it’s inception, immediately the audience was introduced to characters with distinct personalities that you can envision yourself being, gone were the days of the Sex and the City girls, the new wave of Girls had hit the streets hard.

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Movie Review: CHiPs

From the earliest moments of the film, CHiPs sets to work delivering the snappy, light-hearted laughs it promises. A Maverick FBI agent undercover as a California Highway Patrol officer, partnered with the station’s oldest-ever rookie with a failing marriage and a sensitive side, is tasked with uncovering a ring of dirty cops connected to a string of deaths and heists. Read more …

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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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Teachers Changing Suit: The Issue with Netflix’s Riverdale

Please note that this post contains plot discussion and spoilers regarding the first episode of Netflix’s “Riverdale”

As a fan of the original Archie Comics I was surprised to find that the teacher, Ms Grundy was portrayed not as the older, proficient teacher of Riverdale High, instead she was used to market a new subplot of forbidden love between her and Archie.

The scene appears like this: Archie is chopping wood, of all things. Unbeknownst to him, the Slurpee-sipping, Julliard bound teacher is in her car watching him. With a glimpse of his abs the decision is made to invite him inside her car because “it’s far too hot” for him to be working so hard. Within seconds the frame cuts to teacher and student having sex in the back of her car. Read more …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review

Disney’s 1991 ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was the studio’s first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Twenty-five years later and we have a live-action adaption directed by Bill Condon, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. There wasn’t a guarantee this could be done successfully, with a lot to be wary of in this CGI and live action combo. One of the largest challenges this film faced was to retain enough of the original content that made it popular, while also reworking or adding new material that allows the remake to stand as its own piece. And largely, I believe, Condon succeeds. Read more …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Before I Fall

When hearing the genre teen drama one’s mind automatically thinks high school, cool kids and the awkward kid who is the underdog protagonist trying to fit into the superficial atmosphere they have to endure. Yes, these ideas are the basis for almost every teen drama film ever made, but Before I Fall is slightly different. While not being overwhelmed by cliches, they still remain somewhat present in the fabric of the narrative. Read more …

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FILM REVIEW – Kong: Skull Island

There is a certain intrigue to the unknown. For years storytellers have crafted their pieces around the anticipation that precedes it, the letdown that can come of it or the fear that can follow it. It is a classic formula that has inbuilt suspense and seldom fails to keep the audience’s interest when told on a grand scale. Kong: Skull Island explores what happens when the unknown is both everything you’d hoped for but nothing like you could have ever imagined. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Ceres ’91, Your House’ tour at the Howler [10/3/17]

‘This song’s about my dead dad.’ On Friday night, Melbourne band Ceres proved that the ’91 Your House’ Tour was a night that could not be forgotten. The four-piece put out their sophomore album, ‘Drag it Down on You’ in September last year and it’s one that was praised exceptionally well, and for good reason too. The last time I was at a show where there was such a strong emotional connection between both the band and their music was when I was 15 and at My Chemical Romance. What’s so special about seeing a band like Ceres is that strong bond to the music and their ability to make an audience go wild with passion. Supporting Ceres on the night at the Howler was a sweet lineup of local talent including The Football Club, Neighbourhood Youth and Jess Locke who all put on exceptional performances. Read more …

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RadMon Exclusive Interview: Flower Drums (Culture Vultures #2)

In an exclusive sneak peak from their second episode, Bella and Paul spoke to the wonderful Aden and Leigh from Flower Drums and discussed their upcoming album and their relocation to Melbourne.

From their bio on Triple J Unearthed:

Recently removed from Perth, Flower Drums have found ground in Melbourne this year for their re-emergence after taking some time to travel and reinvigorate their sound. Read more …