Category Archives: Arts and Reviews

Evan Williams. Film review ‘Spotlight’

Evan Williams recently reviewed Spotlight. This film has now won the Best Film at the recent Oscars. This review is reposted below. Evan Williams will soon also write on the Oscar awards in general.  John Menadue. The other night I … Continue reading

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Laurie Patton. Pirates of Perchance: How “site-blocking” could force up Internet fees but do little else

Last week both Village Roadshow and Foxtel finally launched court actions under the eight months old Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act designed to deal with Internet “piracy”. The first thing that needs pointing out is that downloading video and audio content … Continue reading

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Evan Williams. Film review. ‘Trumbo’ (M)

Everyone remembers Psycho, in which Anthony Perkins played a knife-wielding weirdo obsessed with his dead mother, and most of us remember Rambo, in which Sylvester Stallone played a super-patriot action-hero fighting for truth, justice and the American way. We all … Continue reading

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Ravi. Poems from detention.

  My pen and paper I walk a deep sadness path with my loneliness. This emptiness makes me slow. I fall to my knees and cry out loudly. Tears knock silently at my eyes. I can’t find anyone to share … Continue reading

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Evan Williams. Film review: ‘The Big Short’

An opening title informs us that The Big Short is “based on a true story.” That usually means that the film we are about to see has only a tenuous connection with reality, that most of it is invented and … Continue reading

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Evan Williams. Film Review: Carol.

I’m not alone in rating her the best actress in the world. Or as some would prefer to say, the best female actor in the world. Or more precisely, the best female English-speaking screen actor working in mainstream cinema. And … Continue reading

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Evan Williams. Film Review: Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’

  Written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, Youth is a film for the young at heart – or at least for those aspiring to that happy condition. The main characters are a couple of blokes on the wrong side of … Continue reading

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John Menadue. ‘The Big Short’

Paul Krugman reviews ‘The Big Short’, a film that the enemies of financial regulation hope you won’t see or believe.  See link below. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/opinion/the-big-short-housing-bubbles-and-retold-lies.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

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Ranald Macdonald. The ABC and SBS are under attack.

Now is the time to support the ABC and SBS and the reasons are clear for all to see. Our new Prime Minister has the chance of reversing decisions made during the Abbott leadership – but with him as the … Continue reading

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Richard Letts. Mitch Fifield should dump it while he can.

In a Senate Estimates hearing this week, the new Arts Minister Mitch Fifield was gently questioned for ten minutes by Senator Scott Ludlam about his intentions with regard to the future of arts support: in particular, did he intend to … Continue reading

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