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Food Review: Home made chocolate mousse

An unfortunate trait of my taste is that I adore sweets. I love to take my time with a new dessert, smelling it, tasting it, allowing its textures to melt across my tongue. In this case, I have been presented with a new twist on an old favourite: my mother’s chocolate mousse. She prepares them across the day for my arrival for dinner in the evening in glass bowls that once contained a store bought souffle. Read more …

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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: Power Rangers

In a time when it’s cool to be a nerd, the Power Rangers movie was one that flew under the radar of the superhero boom that let it come to be.

The movie delivers exactly what the trailers promised. It is essentially an extended episode of the original TV series. But for those that go looking, there is also an incredible amount of heart and more sophistication than would generally be expected in a movie about diverse superhuman delinquents fighting a sorceress that used to be a part of the team, but is now trying to bring about the destruction of the world. Oh, and that sorceress also has an army of clay monsters that she brought to life. Read more …

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Music Review: The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack’s collaboration EP ‘Do It For Nothing’

Australian music has always been welcoming and positive when it comes to musical collaboration. Recently bands such as Northlane and In Hearts Wake put out a surprise collaboration EP ‘Equinox’ and one of our most famous bands, Empire of the Sun, is formed as a collaboration between a member of Pnau and a member of The Sleepy Jackson. With such an embracing and accepting industry, there are endless possibilities for potential collaborations, and thankfully enough for us, Melbourne’s very own nine-piece outfit The Cactus Channel had studio time with Ball Park Music’s leading man, and My Own Pet Radio’s mastermind, Sam Cromack to record a six-track EP that is a unique and satisfying musical experience. 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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GIG REVIEW: Mallrat at the Gasometer 6/04/17

‘She’s like the Australian Lorde,’ the guy beside me explains to his mate. And he wasn’t wrong. Mallrat, much like Lorde, expresses the universal angst and confusion teenagers often undergo. However, unlike Lorde, the Brisbane teen masks this uneasiness with complementing groovy and funky beats that almost celebrate the ever so uncomfortable ‘coming of age’ journey. Read more …

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Comedy Review: Larry Dean’s ‘Farcissist’ 10/04/17

Infectiously loveable, Glaswegian comedian, Larry Dean presented his latest stand up show Farcissist, in Swanson Street at the admirable Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The audience filled the intimate Cloak Room at the Town Hall and were serenaded with music by iconic rockabilly singer Elvis Presley, which kept the audience engaged and in a happy mood whilst awaiting Dean to grace the stage. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Ruby Gill @ The Retreat Hotel

Over The Retreat Hotel’s Tuesday night’s curry deal, I had the pleasure of a Ruby Gill gig. Despite the sparse audience and stripped back set this was an enjoyable night of indie music. Ruby Gill is a triumph as a solo artist with her strong vocals and poignant lyrics. The small venue was a surprising bonus as the atmosphere was intimate but casual. Letting Gill’s confidence and sweetness shine through in a way not often seen in live music. Read more …

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THEATRE REVIEW: Heroes of the Past & Present

The beauty of Greek theatre is that the themes that epitomise it have traversed both time and space and even today, have a strong relevance to our modern society. Performed by Fusion Theatre, Heroes of the Past & Present tackles this through it’s continued focus on how the morals of Greek tragedies can be paralleled to what’s happening in the context of today. . A hero can be defined as someone who goes beyond themselves or exceeds supposed limitations for the benefit of others, of which this can perfectly describe the stories of the six characters from the play. Located at the Hellenic Museum, the play goes through six stories – three ancient and three modern, each representing a story from each of the ‘heroes’. The minimisation of the set, restricting themselves to three chairs and dark walls allow a specific focus on the three actors which gave the audience the power to concentrate on the performance as opposed to the mise en scene. Read more …

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COMEDY REVIEW: Sarah Jones’ ‘Creepy Dummy’ at The Butterfly Club

Typically, ventriloquist dummies are considered sinister and slightly disturbing. Funny and somewhat cute doesn’t quite come to mind when first introduced. Talented ventriloquist, Sarah Jones’ stand up show Creepy Dummy – a part of The Melbourne International Comedy Festival cleverly balanced sweet and eerie meta-comedic jokes with her witty humour, numerous puppet friends and expert shadowgraphy. Read more …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Patriot’s Day

While other reviews might point out that Patriots Day didn’t stray too far into exploitative action thriller terrain, I very much beg to differ.

The 2016 film starring Mark Wahlberg as Boston Police Department’s Sergeant Tommy Saunders chronicles the manhunt of terrorist suspects accused of committing the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Patriots Day was a box office disappointment, raking in only $44 million of its $45 million budget. Perhaps this speaks widely of a new trend of movie goers – tired of the same old caricatures of white saviourism vs heartless brown folk. Read more …