A collection of short stories in which the characters are contrived and unrealistic, they conform around the predictable point of each story which is composed of a lukewarm combination stew of social justice sensibilities. The endings are inconclusive, not in the way that makes the reader think but just in the way that makes the … Continue reading Review: Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke
★★★★½ The animated sci-fi fable Fantastic Planet (1973) has been re-imagined with an original live score by Krakatau, a Melbourne based prog-rock/jazz fusion act. It was the first ever co-production between Hear My Eyes, a live score screening production team, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. My first viewing of Fantastic Planet was at Byron Bay, on … Continue reading Fantastic Planet + Krakatau // Review
The entire concert could be discussed as a metaphor for modern life's failure to provide a sense of oneness, a moshpit is a cheap substitute - a thrilling yet temporary orgiastic state. And I can't help feeling that a DG concert (especially as popular as they are now) is a concept that goes against the … Continue reading Death Grips Live 05/06/17, St Kilda
⋆⋆½ Director Edgar Wright (of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead fame) loves to wear his influences on his sleeve and his latest film Baby Driver is no exception - channelling the classic heist film Heat and avante garde car-chase thriller Drive, though not to its benefit. This rock and rolled fuelled thriller places … Continue reading Baby Driver
★★★★ CONOR ROSS Bringing a familiar story to a different medium while both building on and respecting story’s original meaning is a challenge for even the most talented creators among us. It is a challenge that Headlong Theatre faced in their production of 1984 – and it is a challenge that they triumphed over. 1984 … Continue reading 1984: Review of the play
Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 film Rashômon has been captivating Western and Japanese audiences alike with its unconventional storytelling of a non-linear narrative. The story structure of Rashômon was considered a breakthrough in cinema for its time, and its influence continues more than half a century on still inspiring modern films and television shows from Star Trek … Continue reading More than a Samurai flick: The cutting style of Kurosawa
Khaled Hosseini's excellent, pseudo-humanitarian American enticing novel has sold over 19 million copies all over the world. It must have hit on a basic human nerve right? Wrong.