Category: Reviews

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FILM REVIEW: King Arthur – Legend of the Sword

The Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table remains one of the most recycled and reinterpreted narratives of all time. From television series such as Merlin, Camelot and Once Upon a Time; to feature films including Disney’s The Sword in the StoneMonty Python and the Holy GrailQuest for Camelot and even the upcoming Transformers sequel – there is clearly no shortage of Arthurian inspiration in the entertainment industry. It stands, that to truly make an impact among the ever growing sea of ‘round tables’ and ‘medieval heroes’ spawning from the same source material, a new feature film adaption would require something truly impressive indeed. For Roadshow’s newest blockbuster, it seems that they have found said winning ingredient with Director Guy Ritchie; producing a film that is both refreshingly unconventional and inherently entertaining. Read more …

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THEATRE REVIEW: Les Miserables @ CLOC

If you are just beginning your journey into the amateur theatre scene and, like many, remain sceptical over the value of said performances – an easy rule of thumb to take note of is that CLOC never fails to produce an extraordinary musical theatre performance. In fact, it is hard to believe this Melbourne based theatre company even exists on an amateur level, given how significantly the talented performers exceed expectations. This season’s rendition of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables certainly made the people sing, filling St Kilda’s National Theatre and excitedly awaiting the events of director Chris Bradtke’s recreation of the second French revolution. Read more …

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RADMON RECOMMENDS: Big Little Lies

Some major spoilers for the show may be discussed!

Take a New York Times best-selling novel and adapt it for the small screen. Add an award winning director plus a Hollywood A-list cast, and what do you get?…high expectations. Did Big Little Lies live up to the hype that surrounded it? Absolutely! Adapted from Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, Big Little Lies takes place amongst the nouveau rich of the Californian town of Monterey where beautiful houses juxtapose ugly lives. The premise of the show is a murder mystery, however, it deviates from the traditional “who killed ‘x’ and why?” chase that we see again and again. Instead, ‘who’ was murdered, ‘how’ they were murdered and ‘why’ is only revealed in the final episode, though the clues are there for those looking. Given the murder mystery genre is saturated, the deviation from the usual pattern is refreshing. Read more …

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Radio Monash at Groovin the Moo Festival, Bendigo

Co-written by Co-Director of Cultural Journalism, Paul Waxman and Radio Monash member Maria Dunne. Photography by Maria Dunne and Paul Waxman

The usually busy and crowded Caulfield Station was mostly empty, excluding other backpack toting, festival goers. Pulling up into Southern Cross Station, the vastly sized station was just as unusually desolate save the glitter covered and confused Groovin attendees who were looking for the correct train to Bendigo. As everyone was finally on the correct train, at the crack of dawn mind you, the train was filled with excitement for what seemed like an exciting lineup of music and an incredible day of partying and fun.

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ALBUM REVIEW: San Cisco’s “The Water”

Fremantle band San Cisco exploded into the Australian music scene when their addictively catchy single ‘Awkward’ shot to the seventh spot in the Hottest 100 of 2011. Since then, San Cisco have released two genre bending albums, a delightful self-titled effort in 2012 and the diverse, and funky album from 2015, ‘Gracetown’. With these two uniquely splendid albums under their belts, a new album taking the band’s diversifying sound to the next level has been anticipated for the past two years. Being teased by singles ‘B-Side’, ‘SloMo’ and ‘Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?’, San Cisco‘s third studio album ‘The Water’, has finally arrived and it’s the perfect sequel to ‘Gracetown’, if not an even more terrific successor. Read more …

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Music Review: ‘Coming Home’ by Falling in Reverse.

‘Coming Home’ is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Falling in Reverse. The 13 song album contains music that is soothing, therapeutic and confusing at the same time. Reminiscent of My Chemical Romance, the album is the perfect cure for boredom or dreariness leaving listeners engaged and enthused.

There’s a certain pattern to the music. Ronnie Radke, the bands main singer; writes from a deeply personal place, channelling himself and his experiences through the lyrics of the album. There is, however, a certain relatability in the music, which comes as a relief to the sombre motivations behind each song. “Loser”, “I’m Bad At Life” and “The Departure”, are all stand out tracks on the album. Read more …

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Music Review: Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’

With the power and gusto of so many timeless rap artists, but the existential lyricism of new wave hip hop, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. stomps its way into the charts, and does so for good reason.

The album opens with a skit, BLOOD. in which Lamar quite clearly signposts the ideas he intends to challenge throughout the album. The skit shows that taking the right path often doesn’t lead to the right outcome, ending with a gunshot. Then the haunting harmonics of producer Bēkon which opened the song re-enter questioning “is it wickedness?” setting up for the whole album the biblical struggle between weakness, and wickedness. Read more …

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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 …