Day: 18 February 2021

Sydney Film Festival moves to August for 2021 season only

After a successful Summer Season at the State Theatre and a sold-out Wong Kar Wai retrospective, Sydney Film Festival is excited to announce the 68th edition will take place 18-29 August 2021. The shift will allow the Festival to continue to include films from major international festivals (in addition to Australia’s best new feature films…

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Mario Golf Super Rush

Mario Golf Super Rush will kiss that egg in July

Mario Golf Super Rush will be the next title in the long-running Mario Golf series. Announced during today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, the game updates the series with all-new courses, powers, and characters. Like the best of Nintendo’s party-based games, Super Rush will be the perfect game to play with friends once the threat of Covid…

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The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword

The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword HD arrives in July

A remaster of The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword was not the Zelda news most hoped for from today’s Nintendo Direct. Indeed, it could be considered one of the great trolls in video game history. When series producer Eiji Aonuma appeared on screen, many thought it was finally time. After more than a year of…

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Eric Bana and The Dry director Robert Connolly to reunite for Tim Winton’s Blueblack

With The Dry fast approaching the $20 million mark at the Australian box office – now one of the most successful Australian films of all time – the appetite for local material is at an all-time high. Looking to emulate that success, The Dry director Robert Connolly is reuniting with leading man Eric Bana for…

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Smash Bros Pyra

Super Smash Bros Ultimate adds Xenoblade‘s Pyra and Mythra to roster

Today’s Nintendo Direct opened with a new Smash Bros fighter, Pyra, from the Xenoblade Chronicles series of JRPGs. Also Mythra from the same series, who will be her shadow fighter. Smash Bros fans have long lamented the game’s growing reliance on sword-based characters, and Pyra and Mythra won’t help that situation. That said, their move…

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Exploring the Family Unit in World Cinema: From Dogtooth and Volver to Minari

Cinema can be a powerful medium in transporting audiences to other worlds that are brimming with imagination and fantasy. But, it can also be a powerful way to bring audiences into the shoes of people who are dealing with issues and matters that are prescient in the real world. No matter what nationality or gender…

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A Net for Small Fishes

Book Review: An infamous Jacobean murder gets a fictional treatment in Lucy Jago’s A Net for Small Fishes

‘Today is the fourteenth day of November, 1615. I have known Frankie for nearly seven years. She is twenty-five years old and eight months pregnant. I am thirty-nine years old and about to die or be pardoned.’ You’d be forgiven for not knowing about the murder known as The Overbury Scandal. I had certainly never…

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Interview: Ahmet Zappa on new documentary Zappa and how it’s honouring the legacy of his father, Frank Zappa.

As Alex Winter’s acclaimed documentary Zappa arrives in cinemas (read our review here) to both introduce and re-establish Frank Zappa as one of the music industry’s late, great geniuses, the musician’s son – and Zappa producer – Ahmet Zappa is talking about the labour of love that is the film.  Peter Gray spoke with Ahmet…

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Bow Anderson New Wave

Interview: Bow Anderson on New Wave, songwriting and Elton John

Bow Anderson is the next biggest thing to come out of Scotland – you could say she’s the New Wave. At twenty three, she’s already familiar with hard work and setbacks, after her semi-professional trampolining career crumbled from a leg injury. It was through rehab that she found her passion (and talent) in music, singing…

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Terra Firma

Album of the Week: Tash Sultana – Terra Firma (2021 LP)

After a few years between drinks, Tash Sultana is back in 2021 with Terra Firma, the follow up to their much acclaimed and lauded album Flow State. Much like its 2018 predecessor, Terra Firma is an exploration into the soulful and trip driven escapades of Sultana’s mind and musical expertise. With all the groove driven sounds…

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Film Review: Minari is a beautiful family drama that is wholesome, relaxing and heartwarming

Minari tells the story of the Yi family, a Korean-American family that has moved from the city in California to a plot of land in rural Arkansas. The patriarch Jacob (Steven Yeun) is optimistic for the move and plans to grow fresh Korean produce and sell them to needy vendors in Dallas, Texas. His wife…

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Interview: The D.O.C. on vocal rehabilitation, Tupac and mental health

The D.O.C. is one of the most important figures in hip hop’s history. As a founding member of the G-Funk style that was popularised by Dr. Dre, NWA, Eazy-E, Outkast and Snoop Dogg, The D.O.C.’s music legacy is undeniable. From penning lyrics for the greats like Dre at 18-years-old, to writing on one of the…

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The Little Things

Film Review: The Little Things is an underwhelming disappointment; even with three Oscar winners in tow

The Little Things follows the story of Joe “Deke” Deacon (Denzel Washington), a world-weary deputy sheriff from Bakersfield, Kern County. He is called to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to collect evidence in relation to a recent murder. Most people are apprehensive of his presence due to the fact that he used to work…

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