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Comb-overs, Chest Hair And Male Chauvinism: The World Of ‘Winning Time’

It’s 1979, nearing the turn of the decade. The ‘80s promise the Los Angeles Lakers a run for the National Basketball Association (NBA) championship and the growing rivalry of Magic Johnson between Larry Bird. Big collars, moustaches, comb-overs and chest hair permeate the screen. But so too does sexism. Winning Time is yet another hyper-masculine sports dramedy. 

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Weekly Top Ten—May 9 to 15 2022

Isabella Ross shares a 10 track peek into her favourite new releases from the last week (or so). Buckle in as we bounce around Australia discovering home grown talent before heading to Ireland and beyond for a few international tasters.

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The Search For Feminism in Male Film Favourites: Interstellar

Emma Xerri returns with her column this month where she dissects the representation of the female characters in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Interstellar’. The characters here fair a lot better than in her previous two analyses which looked at ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.

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The Multiverse and Motherhood: ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Review

I never expected to cry over a movie that included an alternate universe where people have sausages instead of fingers, Harry Shum Jr. is controlled by a raccoon (Ratatouille style), and the fate of the world rests on an “everything bagel”. But I did, and it happened to be one of the best movies I’ve seen in the past few years. 

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Exploring Twenties’ Restlessness With Catchy Pop-Punk Umph: A Review Of Bugs’ ‘Cooties’

In their new album ‘Cooties’, Brisbane trio Bugs dive into their sound evolution now combining  surfer-punk music with a powerful pop-umph. The combination creates incredibly catchy songs that use 2000’s pop-punk radio classics to frame the feelings of toxic masculinity and loneliness that inhabit our twenties.

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Jane Campion Has Won Best Director—Why Is She Only the Third Woman To Do So?

Jane Campion had already added another page into the bible of cinema; now bagging the Best Director prize for her meticulous work on The Power of the Dog (2021). This welcome addition in the Academy’s history has frankly been a long time coming, with Campion being only the third woman to do so. Wildes Lawler explores why this is so.

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‘Nora: A Doll’s House’—An interview with one of our Nora’s, Leah Bourne

Radio Fodder interviews Leah Bourne about her role in UHT’s upcoming production ‘Nora: A Doll’s House’. This will be the last production performed in Union Theatre at Union House after providing a sanctuary for theatre-loving UniMelb students for an unmatched legacy of 84 years.

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Fantastic Beasts 3: More Filler than Filling

Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) and their allies in stopping the schemes of Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) who plans to seize control of the wizarding world. The few fantastic beasts that barely earned this film its title were more and more awkwardly shuffled around the human-focused narrative.

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44 Ardent on ‘pieces’ and upcoming releases: “A lot of creative choices happen without me really planning them”

Nostalgia, happiness, melancholy. Australian music producer 44 Ardent weaves these together in ‘pieces’, making for a musically and emotionally complex single resisting easy characterisation. Radio Fodder speaks to the musician on his artistry, creative processes and what’s in store for the coming year.

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Bridgerton Season 2: My New Favourite Austen Fanfiction

The show tells us it’s a silly campy romance for us to enjoy as an act of escapism whilst simultaneously begging us to take it seriously. Bridgerton’s second season is a play on the period piece tropes adored by Austen fans and focuses on the second Bridgerton sibling, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), as he searches for a wife.

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‘The Batman’ Review

Starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ successfully crafts a unique experience that stands out in the long line-up of other Batman and superhero films; a true love letter to the classic superhero, Gotham City and its inhabitants.

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Sonic the Hedgehog 2: A Spirited Sequel to Satisfy Your Silly Side 

Infamous for the altogether uncanny early animation that sparked a wave of viral memes and outcries for redesigns, the translation of Sonic the Hedgehog to the silver screen was a journey of trial and error. Heralded by much more peaceful and pleasant press than its predecessor, the second film of the series marks the filmmakers finding their stride.

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‘Pam & Tommy’, just without the Pam

Pam & Tommy, the Hulu TV show released last month, centres around the sex tape release of the infamous ’90s tabloid couple, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. The trauma is wrapped in entertainment. It exists to be laughed at, to be cried at, to move. And then to be rated by critics on IMDB or Rotten Tomatoes. TV show about your sexual exploitation: 4 stars. 

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Infinite Affection | Άπειρη Στοργή Review: Transforming History For A New Generation

A week ago I was introduced to the world of Infinite Affection | Άπειρη Στοργή, a Greek dance performance, by way of an interview with lead artist Luke Macaronas. Hearing Luke speak about the work sparked my interest to experience the performance live, and from the first minute it exceeded my expectations. Despite the performance I attended being one of their final shows, the energy levels never wavered; every movement was without fault.

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Greek Dance Theatre ‘Infinite Affection’: Putting a Modern Spin on Years of Tradition

As generations pass, knowledge of folk styles and elements of Greek dance culture face the threat of erasure. Performing in a duo with Melbourne-based Greek dancer Christos Konstantinides, Luke Macaronas, theatre maker and recent UniMelb graduate, works to preserve the rich history of Greek dance in his performance Infinite Affection | Άπειρη Στοργή.

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‘Last Night In Soho’ Review: Neon lights, Petula Clark records and hysteric nostalgia

Painful realities and the supernatural meld together in Last Night in Soho, a psychological thriller with elements of horror which follows an aspiring fashion designer who has the ability to slip into neon-lit ‘60s London. Her idyllic impression of the era and its glamour quickly cracks and splinters into something sinister, as Edgar Wright proves that not all that’s gold always glitters.

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Interview: Julius Black on Experimental Alt-Pop Sophomore EP, ‘Together We Go Down In The Dark’

Soft, dark and haunting. Kiwi artist Julius Black is back on the alt-pop scene with his latest EP, ‘Together We Go Down In The Dark’, an episodic visage of one’s descent into a toxic love-induced madness. Julius Black tells Nishtha of his creative process, themes and thoughts on the new release.

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Review: ‘Studio 666’

In making ‘Studio 666’, the Foo Fighters (and their collaborators) truly succeeded in being true to their comedic and creative sensibilities. It’s a mean feat which pays off in an entertaining gore-fest that certainly won’t disappoint if you too share that same adoration for rock and horror-schlock.

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‘Documenting Space’ at the George Paton Gallery: A Review

We have an art history on campus in Parkville. Of course we do; one facet of it lies in the George Paton Gallery, where the “Documenting Space” exhibition currently sits. Curated by Gabrielle Bergman and with work by Anna Steele, Jack Murray and Ellyn Faye, read Beatrix Brenneman’s review, who explores its nuances.