Category: Reviews

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …