War Games Inc

Review by Emmet O’Cuana

Within days of the horrific murder of Luke Batty by his mentally ill father, a local conservative lobby group – in a shameful display of opportunism –  has seized upon the tragedy to advance their agenda that violent media was the cause.

Internationally, scare stories about video games as a psychological trigger have been widespread in ...

Something to crow about

Review by Penny Mulvey

Cock by English playwright Mike Bartlett, is the latest offering by the Melbourne Theatre Company. No, it’s not about chickens and yes, it is a provocative title, which could put some theatre goers off. However, if you are not concerned about the regular use of the ‘F’ word, Cock is a fast paced, entertaining ...

‘The Banality of Evil’ before its time

Hannah Arendt
Review by Megan Graham

The year is 1961. Successful philosopher and lecturer Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa) lives a life of writing in between soaking up attention from her husband, being adored by friends, hosting lively dinner parties and teaching devoted students. Capable and likeable, she seems destined for enviable professional and personal success.

Our introduction to the ...

Shock the middle class

Le Week-End (M)
Review by Emmet O’Cuana

Le Week-End opens with an anxiously bickering couple travelling to Paris via the Channel Tunnel. Their slights are cutting but affectionate, the various crises (who has the euros, who knows the way to the hotel) so recognisably conventional the film appears to be setting out to be a mild romantic comedy.

The ...

Ups and downs of life

Bouncing Back Later in Life: On How to Age Well and Overcome Difficulties

Review by Bessy Andriotis
UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania

“Well it’s the old story. People never tell you how to get old. They never give lectures of how to get old. Not in a big way. Lots of people tell you how to die properly. ...

Truth, not fiction

Solomon Northrup /
from Saratoga Springs, free papers in my pocket, violin /
under arm, my new friends Brown and Hamilton by my side

The Abduction, Rita Dove

In his review for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, the creator of The Wire David Simon paid the highest compliment he could to the film-maker:


Words of wisdom

Lanterns at Dusk? Preaching after Modernity
By Bruce Barber
Uniting Academic Press 2013

Review by Rev Dr Craig Thompson

In an age when large parts of the church are distracted by the question of what to do, Bruce Barber has prepared a valuable resource on the question of what to say, or how to preach, ...

Siri-ous love

Her (MA)

As a director, Spike Jonze has specialised in films that have a uniquely quirky character. His approach to film-making has drawn upon his previous work as a music video director, as well as a healthy respect for surreal imagery that he shared with collaborator screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation).

His latest film Her marks a departure, ...

Art and chaos

The Red Queen shook her head, “You may call it nonsense if you like,” she said, “but I’ve heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!” Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, by Lewis Carroll

The latest exhibit at MONA (Museum for Old and New Art), takes inspiration from the evolutionary theory of ...

Deadly love

“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, dir John Ford

In a smoky New York jazz bar in 1944, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Lucien Carr and David Kammerer heatedly discuss the possibility of a new form of poetry. They move through the different popular movements in history, citing the Renaissance as having been ...