Category: Reviews

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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 …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast (2017) Review

Disney’s 1991 ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was the studio’s first animated film to be nominated for an Academy Award. Twenty-five years later and we have a live-action adaption directed by Bill Condon, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. There wasn’t a guarantee this could be done successfully, with a lot to be wary of in this CGI and live action combo. One of the largest challenges this film faced was to retain enough of the original content that made it popular, while also reworking or adding new material that allows the remake to stand as its own piece. And largely, I believe, Condon succeeds. Read more …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Before I Fall

When hearing the genre teen drama one’s mind automatically thinks high school, cool kids and the awkward kid who is the underdog protagonist trying to fit into the superficial atmosphere they have to endure. Yes, these ideas are the basis for almost every teen drama film ever made, but Before I Fall is slightly different. While not being overwhelmed by cliches, they still remain somewhat present in the fabric of the narrative. Read more …

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FILM REVIEW – Kong: Skull Island

There is a certain intrigue to the unknown. For years storytellers have crafted their pieces around the anticipation that precedes it, the letdown that can come of it or the fear that can follow it. It is a classic formula that has inbuilt suspense and seldom fails to keep the audience’s interest when told on a grand scale. Kong: Skull Island explores what happens when the unknown is both everything you’d hoped for but nothing like you could have ever imagined. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Ceres ’91, Your House’ tour at the Howler [10/3/17]

‘This song’s about my dead dad.’ On Friday night, Melbourne band Ceres proved that the ’91 Your House’ Tour was a night that could not be forgotten. The four-piece put out their sophomore album, ‘Drag it Down on You’ in September last year and it’s one that was praised exceptionally well, and for good reason too. The last time I was at a show where there was such a strong emotional connection between both the band and their music was when I was 15 and at My Chemical Romance. What’s so special about seeing a band like Ceres is that strong bond to the music and their ability to make an audience go wild with passion. Supporting Ceres on the night at the Howler was a sweet lineup of local talent including The Football Club, Neighbourhood Youth and Jess Locke who all put on exceptional performances. Read more …

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I’m Not Satisfied! The Problem With Hamilton: An American Musical

Hamilton: An American Musical is an unquestionable modern phenomenon. It has supplanted Chicago, Wicked, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat as my favourite musical of all time. It’s a rap-based musical almost any naysayers of the genre in general should at least be able to stomach, its music is incredible, its lyrics succinctly poignant, its emotions conveyed brilliantly with the fervour that one can’t help but associate with Yanks in general (Yanks very much being the correct term for this crop of historical figures, given their status as New York natives).

But I’m calling bullshit on the romantic plot lines of this musical. Read more …

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GIG REVIEW: Methyl Ethel at the Howler (Thursday, February 23rd)

Perth natives Methyl Ethel recently exploded with popularity as their 2016 debut album “Oh Inhuman Spectacle” propelled them into fame, producing triple J favourites such as “Rogues”, and the ninety-seventh place in the Hottest-100-of-2015 tune, “Twilight Driving”. After being signed to 4AD records amongst the ranks of Future Islands, and Purity Ring and completing a US tour, the band returned to their home soil to promote and reveal previously unheard songs to be featured on their follow-up album “Everything Is Forgotten” for a show at Brunswick’s The Howler. Supported by similarly dream-pop bands, Quivers and Totally Mild, the night was sure to be a laid-back evening of unique art-pop. Read more …

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Fantastic Tips and Where To Find Them “O-Show” Review

O-Week, or Orientation Week, has finally arrived and feelings of anxiety, nervousness and apprehension are certainly brimming in most of students’ minds. These sentiments are shared between first year students, and returning students as some are experiencing the University for the first time or the last time. Thankfully, the MUST (Monash University Student Theatre) company have developed a unique and succinct method of easing everyone’s woe in their hilariously educational “O-Show”, Fantastic Tips and Where To Find Them. Read more …

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Gabriella Cohen at NGV’s Summer Sundays 5/2/2017

If you constantly find yourself on a budget and bored on a Sunday afternoon, say no more, the National Gallery of Victoria has your back and have curated an epic summer line up of wonderful Melbourne musicians to keep your musical tastebuds satisfied. These events invite people of all ages, to come and hang out in the NGV’s luscious backyard and see some of Melbourne’s upcoming bands and DJ’s perform under the mesmerising stained glass roof of the gallery, whilst also being able to check out some cool art, entirely for free. To kick off this summer series, the lovely Gabriella Cohen took to the stage to enchant her audience with her playful and energetic set. Read more …

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FILM REVIEW: Live By Night

In a landscape where every second film released continues, sets up or reboots a franchise – there is something oddly refreshing about a movie that requires no prior knowledge or investment outside of the two hours of viewing. Ben Affleck’s newest feature, Live by Night, is the epitome of a standalone crime thriller, with rich imagery and an incredibly capable cast. However, in remaining coy and uncertain about how to handle its ties to the historical conflicts of the prohibition era, Live by Night risks detaching itself from achieving anything of real substance. Read more …

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FILM REVIEW: Moonlight

Moonlight is the black man’s Brokeback Mountain; less contrived, more intimate and powerfully thought-provoking. For too long has the queer narrative focussed on white voices, whether it be the aforementioned box office success or Blue is the Warmest Colour. Moonlight does justice to the complexities of the battle and struggles faced by millions of men of colour around the world in the clash of perceptions between queerness and hyper-masculinity. It details the coming of age tale of Chiron, a young and relatively poor black boy raised in Miami, a turned hardened man, coming to terms with his sexual identity in a world that expects him to reject seemingly feminine desires. Read more …