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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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INTERVIEWS: RadMon on the Red Carpet – 2016 AACTA Awards

On Wednesday Radio Monash were thrilled to to attend the 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards in Sydney. Covering the event live from the Red Carpet, our presenters were face to face with some of the most iconic and celebrated personalities of the Australian Film and TV Industry. Radio Monash is the first community owned and student-run media organisation to be invited to the event in the history of awards, which is an achievement we are both incredibly humbled and excited by. You can watch a specially made highlight video, as well as all 19 of our full length interviews, below. Read more …

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Radio Monash to attend the 2016 AACTA Awards in Sydney

Radio Monash are thrilled to announce that it will be sending four presenters to attend the 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards in Sydney next week. Covering the event live from the Red Carpet on Wednesday the 7th of December, our presenters will be face to face with some of the most iconic and celebrated personalities of the Australian Film and TV Industry. Radio Monash is the first community owned and student-run media organisation to be invited to the event in the history of awards, which is an achievement we are both incredibly humbled and excited by. Read more …

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Review (Translates to “This Youth is Crazy”, abbreviated as YJHD).

*****SPOILERS AHEAD*****

The story starts off with a flashback of Naina Talwar (Deepika Padukone) when she is reminiscing about her days in high school and remembering her friends.  An encounter with an old classmate, Aditi Mehra (Kalki Koechlin), makes her realise that she wants more from life than high marks. Thus, she makes an impulsive decision to go on a trip to Manali in Kashmir with her friend Aditi after leaving a letter for her mother.

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The Intern Review.

The classic movie starring Robert De Niro as Ben Whittaker, Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin Rene Russo as Fiona and Anders Holm as Matt is about the challenges for different people in a workplace. Jules Ostin is the owner of a company called “About the Fit”. The online clothing store went from a start-up founded in her kitchen to a 220-employee juggernaut in only eighteen months. Jules’ friend Cameron (Andrew Rannells) puts up a local ad that hires senior interns to work for the company. Ben, who is seventy and a widower, had a hole to fill in his life that couldn’t be filled by anything else other than a decent job. Ben later gets an interview and is assigned to work with Jules, who is somewhat skeptical at first. Initially frozen out by her, Ben slowly wins over co-workers with his likeability and gets into Jules’s good graces. Ben heads to work early one day to unclutter the messy desk in the office which Jules was frustrated by. After work, Ben notices Jules’ chauffeur drinking, convinces the driver to leave and drives Jules home himself, a role he retains in days to come.

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Train to Busan: No Ordinary Zombie Movie

An estranged father and daughter find themselves caught in the midst of a zombie outbreak on a high speed train in South Korean horror film Train to Busan.

Recently divorced Seok-woo (Gong Yoo) is taking his daughter Su-an (Kim Su-an) from Seoul to his ex-wife’s house in Busan. At the same time, a zombie virus spreads rapidly across the country and Seok-woo must keep his daughter safe from the zombified passengers on board until they reach Busan, supposedly the last city standing. Read more …

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HEAD TO HEAD REVIEW: Suicide Squad

Over the course of two feature length reviews, Connor Johnston and Mike Riviere will be going head to head and sharing their own views on one of the most anticipated and divisive films of 2016: Suicide Squad

You can read Connor’s Review here:

http://radiomonash.net/2016/08/04/head-to-head-review-suicide-squad-connors-verdict/

Extract: “Suicide Squad” reminded me of what it felt like to go to a film simply for the sake of enjoying it. Following a group of antiheroes assembled by US Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller, the movie is one of the first of its kind to feature a group of villains as the main protagonists – with an approach that feels remarkably unique among an ever growing mass of superhero films, while still acknowledging its ties to the cinematic universe it builds upon. “Suicide Squad” is not without its flaws, however it benefits greatly from a contagious energy that offers audiences the chance to divulge in pure, unadulterated joy. (Read More) Read more …

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HEAD TO HEAD REVIEW: Suicide Squad (P1 – Connor’s Verdict)

Over the course of two feature length reviews, Connor Johnston and Mike Riviere will be going head to head and sharing their own views on one of the most anticipated and divisive films of 2016: Suicide Squad

“The world changed when Superman flew across the sky. And it changed again when he didn’t.”

For the second time this year and the third time since 2013’s “Man of Steel”, Warner Brothers and DC Films have released an eagerly anticipated film – only to have it met with an outburst of mixed and negative reviews from critics labelling it as anything from ‘the best comic book movie ever made’ to (more popularly) ‘a chaotic, messy and bloated disappointment’. It is unclear if the DCEU will ever escape this perpetual cycle of poor press, but what is clear is that if its opening weekend is anything to go by, “Suicide Squad” has found victory where it counts, both financially and in the eyes of the vast majority of everyday movie-goers and comic book fans. I’m not going to engage in any debates today about the value of critics, nor speculate about a supposed conspiracy against the DCEU – but simply emphasise the importance of forming your own opinion free from pre-conceived biases, and stress how critics are only individuals trying to do the same. Read more …

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HEAD TO HEAD REVIEW: Suicide Squad (P2 – Mike’s Verdict)

Over the course of two feature length reviews, Connor Johnston and Mike Riviere will be going head to head and sharing their own views on one of the most anticipated and divisive films of 2016: Suicide Squad

Warning: Light to mild spoilers, some plot details

Let me preface everything I’m about to say with this; I went into my screening of Suicide Squad with no knowledge of other people’s criticisms, any Rotten Tomatoes score or even any knowledge of the plot beyond what the, in retrospect, exceedingly well orchestrated trailers showed off. Thus, during the screening, I was pleasantly surprised. Then mildly entertained. Then confused. And then moderately angry. Walking out of the screening, I entered a fugue state of what I can only describe as being shell-shocked. Let me say this; I actually enjoyed this movie. Correction, I enjoyed exactly 50% of it. What happened after that golden moment can only be described as feelings of resentment, betrayal and despair. Read more …

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Filosofi Kopi – The quest for “Perfecto” – Indonesian Film Festival

Coffee, without a doubt, is the life’s blood of many university students. Helping our jittering fingers type those last minute assignments and keeping our fragile mental states from collapsing. From hard-core coffee enthusiasts to the occasional coffee drinker we all have the capacity to enjoy a cup of hot coffee on a cold day. But have you ever wondered about where a passion for coffee can lead you? Or how an obsession with coffee can break you?

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MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2 REVIEW: HAS SEQUEL SYNDROME STRUCK AGAIN?

Stand-alone movies that suddenly sprout sequels years down the track tend not to meet the heights of the original. 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a rom-com on a $5 million budget, using Greek cultural in-jokes and stereotypes to amass a staggering US$368 million on the global box office.

Was a sequel really that necessary? There’s a compelling argument for no. The original was the perfect balance of entertainment and drama, and had a self-contained storyline. And yet why not? The types of jokes the original film was full of remain funny and there’s plenty of Greek family material to draw from. Read more …