Film, Special Events

Two Years in One Room

2 Comments 23 February 2012

Claiming to be ‘Melbourne’s destination for the world’s best cinema,’ Cinema Nova has found unexpected success in the worst with the cult hit The Room, described as a “masterpiece of disaster” by General Manager Kristian Connelly. This “utterly inept” independent film written, directed, produced and starring the extraordinarily bizarre Tommy Wiseau celebrates two years in […]

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Travel

The Best of Rome

No Comments 19 February 2012

When considering a holiday in Rome, people usually envision themselves cruising on mopeds beneath the Roman sun, eating gelato on the Spanish Steps or spending the summer browsing through the best of Italian fashion. However, a Roman winter is just as enjoyable. Christmas lights decorate the streets, pizzerias are a cosy reprieve from the cold […]

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Music

Anamanaguchi

No Comments 18 February 2012

A Few Questions with Chiptunes Band Anamanaguchi Anamanaguchi are one of the most prominent acts in the somewhat underground chiptunes scene. A few years ago, they hit a more mainstream audience after doing the soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game. For those who don’t know, chiptunes is sort of like the music […]

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Film

Carnage

No Comments 14 February 2012

Based on the Tony award winning play The God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski’s latest film keeps its theatre origins evident. Following two couples meeting to discuss a fight between their sons, nearly the entire movie is set within a single Manhattan apartment with only the four main characters present. Fortunately, the script […]

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Comedy

An interview with Janet McLeod

No Comments 13 February 2012

Guess what the following comedic greats have in common: Celia Pacquola, Tom Ballard and the Bedroom Philosopher. Sure, they’re all funny, but the main similarity between these and hundreds of other comedians is that they were helped and guided at some point by the one and only Janet McLeod. After seeing a show at the […]

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Film

Young Adult

No Comments 13 February 2012

It’s an unusual film that’s both utterly compelling and overwhelmingly repulsive at the same time, but such is the nature of Young Adult, the latest film by Juno writer/director team Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman. In the film, Charlize Theron stars as Mavis Gary, a washed up, divorced ghostwriter of a now defunct young adult […]

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Special Events

2012 Chinese New Year Celebrations

No Comments 08 February 2012

Boom! Crack! Bang! I’m quite confident I’ll be hearing impaired very soon after days like this one. The endless thumping of drums, the high-pitch clattering of cymbals and the insanely brain-battering explosion of firecrackers could well do your head in, and that’s understandable. Add a few extremely excitable coloured animals, a sweltering hot day and […]

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Music

The Year’s Most Underrated

No Comments 08 February 2012

By The Signal Express, compiled by Alex Kua. Want a tip on a band that may have passed under your radar? Signal Express writers give their top recommendations on music for any (or every) occasion: Recommendation: Alex Kua Artist: Oh Laura (band) Album: A Song Inside My Head, A Demon In My Bed Try This […]

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Theatre

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

No Comments 08 February 2012

There is something looming when entering the Playhouse at Arts Centre Melbourne. A classic. The iconic play that changed the face of Australian theatre is back, and with only a handful of productions truly at home on our stages, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is no exception. This year, Neil Armfield presents his stunning new […]

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Books & Words

The Ink Bridge

4 Comments 08 February 2012

By Neil Grant. The case of asylum seekers, refugees, illegal immigrants and legal immigrants has always been a big issue in Australia. Strangely enough, only academics, journalists, activists and politicians have ever put in much affirmative say on the subject. This issue isn’t covered in books for people of my age group. The Ink Bridge […]

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