Tag Archives: society

September 13

Elysium – Neill Blomkamp with a strong point well made. (Film Review)

I wasn’t going to see Elysium until I’d seen District 9, which reportedly is the far superior film, and looks it from the trailer. But my viewing got all screwed up recently and I found myself at the movies with a ticket and Elysium the only film on the bill I hadn’t seen. And so […]

July 24

Top Girls – Alice Livingstone and Caryl Churchill and the real dilemma facing modern women. (Theatre review)

The question of women “having it all” was never terribly relevant to 1960’s feminism, which was asking the far more radical question of how do women use their new voice to DE-centralize power and DE-stabilize hero-objectivism?  Given how shocking this idea is, it is no surprise women were “tossed the bone” of equality in the […]

June 01

The Removalists – Leland Kean asks us to examine how much has changed. (Theatre Review)

The Removalists is currently showing at the Bondi Pavilion Theatre (surely one of the loveliest places to see a play in the world). Grab tickets here. In some ways I think the 1970’s is a forgotten decade – perhaps more pop culture parlance than in artistic studies. Sandwiched between the popular 1960’s and the 1980’s […]

April 23

The Piano Teacher – Jelinek and Haneke and Austria. (film review)

In 2001 when Michael Haneke decided to adapt Elfriede Jelinek’s amazing novel The Piano Teacher, Elfriede Jelinek had not yet won the Nobel Prize for her work, and Haneke had not yet made The White Ribbon.  The Piano Teacher is a direct (and one of many regular) criticism of Austrian society by Elfriede Jelinek.  She […]

March 04

La Belle et la bête – Jean Cocteau re-imagines fairytales. (film review)

I’ve always wondered at the Beauty and the Beast story – even as a girl – that the rewards for seeing through ugliness to the beauty within are… well, a beautiful husband. It’s a little like the ugly duckling story. If you’re picked on by the ducks that are prettier, stronger and better than you […]

February 26

Christian Wolf / Keith Rowe – together again, Erstlive 010 (music review)

PSF: You once said ‘it would be better to get rid of all of that–melody, rhythm, harmony, etc..’ What did you mean by that? Christian Wolf:  That was from that early period again. We imagined, though you never do it completely, that we were starting with a completely clean slate. We were trying to think […]

January 22

2 or 3 Things I know about her – Jean Luc Godard whispers meaningfully. (Film Review)

The above scene is easily one of the greatest in the history of cinema. It is Godard’s beautiful lament as his character stares into the cup of coffee that looks like the active universe that gives this scene its power.  Godard whispers: “But since social relations are always ambiguous, since thought divides as much as […]

December 12

Martha – Fassbinder takes us to the darkest place. (Film Review)

The 720 degree shot shown above becomes a favorite of Fassinders after Martha, and he will go on to use it many times, particularly in Berlin Alexanderplatz. It left me breathless when I first saw it, right at the start of this long film. These are two people who do not know each other, but will become terrifyingly important […]

Fox and his Friends – Fassbinder on sex

Well!  What an interesting film! I completed Fox and his Friends on the weekend – I’m on a bit of a Fassbinder ‘thing’ at the moment, having ADORED Beware of a Holy Whore a few weeks back. This film is a little more difficult to dissect, even though Beware of a Holy Whore is a […]

FFF: And if we all lived together – A very enjoyable senior moment.

According to the ‘Innovative housing solutions for older Australians” paper brought out by the Australian Government recently, the baby boomers can be expected to transform aging in exactly the same way they have changed every other aspect of life they lived through. Among other things, the paper had the following quote: People are living longer and with […]