Category: Movies

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REVIEW: Red Dog True Blue

When thinking of Australian movies, works such as The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Castle and Australia would all be appropriate examples. From my perspective as a non-Australian reviewer, these films have included a certain sincerity compared to their Hollywood counterparts being more artistic, culturally relevant and at times even educational. Read more …

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Founder

The use of “true events” in film has been a part of the medium ever since its creation in the 19th Century. Early movies retold authentic tales of “heroic” bushrangers, stories of mutinying Russian revolutionaries and dramatizations of a long forgotten military ambush. Of course, as technology advanced and audience’s interests altered, retellings slowly changed to adaptations with configurations. A “based upon true events”, with an emphasis on based, movie is a fantastic way to reflect upon a national tragedy or even reveal a once untold story through the magic of cinema. An important part of this type of film is its educational potential. One could learn about a certain event by reading a monotonously long history book, or they could pursue an iconic figure by studying newspaper articles or researching the depths of the internet, or they could digest this information in a fast, and simple to comprehend movie. Ironically enough, “biography pictures” or biopics are sort of the junk food of historical reflection and enlightenment. It’s quick, palatable; it’s even portable now, and lacks, perhaps, the finesse or the detail of a textbook. In our time, “based on true events” biopics have upsurged in popularity since 1899, and have dominated the past 2 decades’ “Best Film” OSCARS. With recent releases honouring Boston Globe journalists, a person discovering their transgender identity and Martin Luther King, pioneer biopic director, John Lee Hancock decided to investigate the peculiar origins of worldwide fast food franchise ‘McDonald’s’ in his latest film: The Founder. 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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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 …