Category: Reviews

Dunkirk

FILM REVIEW: Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ (2017)

Review written by Guest Contributor Lucy Jacobson and Connor Johnston

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Hope is a weapon. Survival is a Victory. 

Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance as well as a series of other enormously talented actors, takes place during the evacuation of 400,00 men on the shores of Dunkirk during World War 2. An event so pivotal to the outcome of the war warranted a film that captured the scale, ferocity and brutality of Dunkirk; a film that Nolan no doubt delivers.  Read more …

Zookeepers Wife

FILM REVIEW: The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)

Since it first began operations in 1928, The Warsaw Zoo has continued to be one of the most diverse and visited zoos in all of Europe seeing in excess of over one million patrons annually. From 1939 and throughout the 1940’s however, the zoo was visited by a far smaller crowd of people – who despite their numbers flatten all records since in terms of their significance.

Directed by Niki Caro; The Zookeeper’s Wife chronicles the sacrifices, challenges and heroism of the Jan and Antonina Żabińska – the park’s owners, who used the zoo to save and house hundreds of Jewish people from the horrors of the Holocaust. In its depiction of World War II, The Zookeepers Wife offers a deeply considered and unique perspective on the conflict that sources its power from its characters and their strength. Read more …

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CABARET REVIEW: From Bourbon St to Broadway @ The Butterfly Club

From Wicked to Mary Poppins, she’s been behind some of the most iconic and vocally demanding roles in Melbourne’s amateur theatre scene; but this week Britni Leslie is offering audiences a new character that is just as entertaining and spirited as those she’s played before: Herself.

Leslie’s latest outing, From Bourbon St to Broadway, tells the “very true tale” of Leslie’s personal journey from her front porch in Alabama to Australia, with a substantial pit-stop in New York City. Sourcing from her own experiences the cabaret is guided by the motifs of following your dreams, falling in love and rising above with every part-time job, internet dating profile and Disney movie encountered along the way. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Lewis Watson @ The Evelyn Hotel 17/6/17

Saturday 17th of June marked Lewis Watson’s first Melbourne gig held at the Evelyn Hotel as part of the Australian and New Zealand leg of his tour of his latest album Midnight. It was a superb night of live music from Watson which highlighted his skill as a performer and proved that simplicity and honesty can captivate an audience just as well as drama and glitz. The mix of stripped back versions and energetic numbers, which were drawn from new and old releases, and a few little surprises in their execution made it a very enjoyable evening of soft indie pop music. Credit must also go to the two support acts, Mike Waters and Winterbourne for sharing their songs and energising the crowd. Both are worthy of a recommendation, Mike Waters for his simple but sweet tunes and heartfelt banter, and Winterbourne for their cheeky attitude, upbeat clap-along tunes and electric cello. Read more …

AllEyez

FILM REVIEW: All Eyez On Me (2017)

An abundance of dramatic biographies, such as Jimi: All Is by My Side and Get Rich or Die Trying, tell the ever-enticing narrative of how an icon, despite all odds, rose to stardom changing their lives’ and the lives of those around them. No biographical film could truly capture the enigma that was Tupac Amaru Shakur, nor has it been attempted. We know the story of how Tupac died, yet we are still eager to learn how the actor, rapper, poet and activist lived. Finally, 20 years after his death, director, Benny Boom, and Morgan Creek Productions undertook this challenge of creating All Eyez On Me. Read more …

Northeast

GIG REVIEW: Northeast Party House @ The Croxton

The up-tempo and ever-energised music of Northeast Party House shook Melbourne to bring in the Winter. Indie-rock loving people of all ages filled The Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury on Saturday the 3rd of June, flocking to hear the Melbourne based boys play, and Northeast Party House did not disappoint.

The Croxton Bandroom is a beautiful venue, with a very reasonably priced bar and a great space, hence so perfect for a sold-out show full of predominantly broke university students like myself. The venue was so great that after selling out one, the band booked a second gig at The Croxton for this Sunday, which proved to sell out almost just as quickly. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Julia Jacklin @ The Corner 24/5/17

“This is like a dream,” said the girl’s trembling voice next to me. Another girl in front of me cried while her tinder date (I presume) kept an awkward distance, unaware of how to comfort her. A few rows ahead, a man bowed his head with his eyes shut, simply taking it all in. There were certainly varying groups of people at Julia Jacklin‘s show and it’s because Jacklin can touch upon anyone’s vulnerability. Read more …

Wonder Woman

ADVANCE FILM REVIEW: Wonder Woman (2017)

“I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within. I learnt this the hard way, a long, long time ago.”

Audiences will be forgiven for approaching DC’s Extended Universe’s (DCEU) latest film with caution. Bearing on its shoulders the stability and success of a franchise that has consistently disappointed critics and audiences alike, Wonder Woman is also the first time a female character has taken the lead in a new age live action superhero movie. Rewardingly, director Patty Jenkins has been seemingly unfazed by the pressure of these expectations; presenting a film that effortlessly defines a new realm of success and prospect for a genre that risks overexposure and staleness with each new release. Read more …

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Gig Review: The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack @ The Howler featuring Frida and New Venusians

The Cactus Channel‘s most recent release, a collaborative EP with Ball Park Music frontman, and My Own Pet Radio mastermind Sam Cromack dropped last month, and to celebrate, the band and Sam are travelling to three of our major cities to perform the EP’s six soulful tracks, sprinkled in with some other extra surprises. For the first stop on the tour, the band performed on their home turf at Brunswick’s Howler. Supported by two spectacularly soulful bands, Frida and New Venusians, it seemed that the night was going to be an expressive, and funky expedition for all in attendance. Read more …

Food

FOOD REVIEW: English Muffin, Hash Brown, and Juice @ Meeting Point

Alas I find myself in the mornings unable to provide a breakfast suitable for a large stomach such as my own, thus I wind up trying to find something appetising while half asleep with only a few dollars residing in my pocket. As of late, I have had a taste for something hot and comforting, the same kind of comfort one finds with a kiss on the cheek as one barely opens their eyes from a long nap.

However my options for such comfort, at my pay-grade, are far between. The options inside the campus centre are Meeting Point, Artichoke + Whitebait, Subway, and Grafali’s. I am only considering these outlets so far because if I were to wander too far in such a tired state I would surely become lost and distraught. Read more …

Arthur

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 …