One Saturday evening, my dad and I were sat on the couch, finally watching Top Gun. For the first time ever it was me falling asleep on the couch instead of him. While the film was not entertaining enough to keep me awake, I still enjoyed the bits I saw, and the way it feels like a love letter to bromances.
Radio Fodder Blog Managers Carmen Chin and Christina Savopoulos are back this week to share their favourite new releases from the last week. As many UniMelb students start to submit their final exams and assignments, here are some tracks to accompany this newfound freedom.
Alexia Shaw introduces you, our dear reader, to the whirlwind that was this past week for Australian music. From indie rock hero Julia Jacklin’s latest music to Sydney-based grentperez’s affecting acoustic number, this week’s curation may just be your gateway to discovering the best Australia has to offer this winter.
The former One Direction star’s latest 13-track record may not grab you on first listen the way his previous solo albums did, but the strength of ‘Harry’s House’ lies in its ability to slow peel back layers of intimacies with each repeated listen.
Rhea Chatterji has curated a playlist of ten songs released this week to calm any exam nerves you may have. And to distract you from studying, of course.
Devised from the saying “Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived”, SIX The Musical presents the stories of the six wives of King Henry VIII through a pop-rock concert rendition. Christina Savopoulos interviews Kiana Daniele (Anna of Cleves) and Chelsea Dawson (Katherine Howard) about their experience with the show.
Directed by Deborah Chow, the six-episode series covers Obi-Wan Kenobi’s harrowing years of solitude after the demise of former Padawan Anakin Skywalker. With so much at stake in doing the franchise’s main storyline justice, is Obi-Wan Kenobi a love letter to prequel fans?
Emma Xerri ushers in the first week of winter this year with a mellow, carefully curated playlist of her own handpicked songs to soundtrack this chilly weather.
Christina Savopoulos has curated a list of ten new releases from the last week. We return to a track from Harry’s House, get a taste of the Stranger Things soundtrack to get you all in the mood for their newly released fourth season, and also some new songs from several Australian artists.
Blog managers Carmen and Christina divulge the best-kept secrets of this week’s new music—from radio-friendly pop and animated movie soundtracks to gut-wrenching deep cuts, this playlist has something for any listener willing to expand their listening horizons.
An absurdist show that explores the roundabout warren of corporate structures and how the individual is rarely left with any answers, ‘Severance”s thoughtful yet sinister storytelling grips the audience from the get-go. Lochlainn Heley reviews.
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.
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.
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’.
As film consumers, we may have subconsciously lowered our standards in the past decade when it comes to comedies, but the enjoyment brought through ‘The Lost City’ was undeniable—perhaps a signal that this once-prevalent genre of cinema is ready to be reinstated in popular film culture.
‘Heartstopper’ has truly become a breakthrough in the sphere of queer media, a comfort show for many, the equivalent of a warm hug, and a brilliant outlook into the annals of queer culture—Donna Ferdinando reviews Netflix’s latest series.
For the first week of May, Beatrix Brenneman has curated her own playlist of the best releases this week.
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.
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.
For the final week of April, Lochlainn Heley curates his own playlist of the best releases this week has had to offer.
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.
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.
Radio Fodder’s Benley Nguyen shares his ten picks from the best releases this week has had to offer; from Korean singer-songwriter BIBI to Aussie rock outfit King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.
Melbourne-based neo-soul collective Velvet Bloom serve up familiar yet simultaneously fresh sounds on their debut EP ‘Glimmer’, a testament to their instinctive experimentation in mixing and melding different musical styles.
‘Olivia Rodrigo: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)’ tells of the artist’s unrequited love that manifested into the most popular music album in the world. Sharing intimate details never broached before, the singer-songwriter appears more vulnerable than ever in her latest cinematic endeavour.
Olivia Ryan shares a 10-song glimpse into her playlist to help you start the mid-semester break by discovering new music and artists.
Lochlainn Heley unpacks the ever controversial method of adaptation. He also shares a list of books which have adaptation potential.
Emma Xerri unpacks the problematic depictions of women and the misogynistic traits of male characters in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, her newest column piece for ‘The Search For Feminism in Male Film Favourites’.
A fold is a shape for secrets. A note passed silently under the table. Together, folds become hypnotic, the note once read, bedsheets once slept in, chocolate once eaten, memories once dreamed, where does it all go?
Aeva Milos shares a 10-song glimpse into her playlist to give you some new music and artists to listen to in April.
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.
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.
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.
Maddy Cronn shares her thoughts on Melbourne’s Fashion Festival, a city-wide fashion celebration which features a concentrated spotlight on the creation of Australian and Melbourne designers.
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.
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.
Carmen Chin shares a 10-song glimpse into their playlist of laid-back indie, chugging pop-punk and the obligatory Harry Styles return single to usher in the month of April.
Netflix’s latest offering is a rousing tale of Anna Delvey, a real-life fake heiress who conned her way through New York’s elite. But is ‘Inventing Anna’ a respectable piece of true crime media, or does it glamorise the actions of a criminal instead?
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.
Chelsea Rozario shares their personal picks from this past week’s hottest music releases, from classic feel-good pop to hard-hitting future bass.
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.
‘Crash’ is a masterclass in subverting female pop expectations and dives headfirst into territories of unknown soundscapes: mainstream chart-toppers are the industry’s unstoppable force, and Charli XCX is the immovable object in its way.
Padmo Widyaseno shares his personal picks from this past week’s hottest music releases, from classic feel-good pop to hard-hitting future bass.
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.
Go and listen to Gang of Youths’ most recent album angel in realtime., before you keep reading for soaring strings, cinematic atmospheres, and an evolution of euphoria.
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.
Brisbane-based musician Lemonade Baby talks his latest single ‘Electric Girl’, his artistic inspirations and the best cosmic locations to listen to his music.
Maia Everist-Migliore dishes on her picks for the best new music this week, for Radio Fodder’s weekly Top Ten column.
Your 2022 Radio Fodder Blog Managers compile their picks for the must-hear punk anthems across the decades.
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.