Morning Phase

Beck In the years following Modern Guilt (2008), Beck Hansen delighted in dodging the expected, stepping off the album/promotion/tour carousel with a host of art projects and experiments. He issued an ...

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25 March 2014 Category: Music

Blue Is the Warmest Colour

‘Coming-of-age drama’ sounds like a terrible cliché, but there are few other ways of describing Blue Is the Warmest Colour. In plot terms, the winner of the 2013 Palme D’Or ...

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4 March 2014 Category: Film

The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt Just mention the name Donna Tartt and book lovers go all mistyeyed. Tartt’s superlatively good 1992 debut novel, The Secret History, was an instant success: a masterful work at ...

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10 January 2014 Category: Books

The Counselor

American author Cormac McCarthy’s writing pulses with a savage brand of nihilism. His rich prose maps unforgiving landscapes – from the dank valleys of the Appalachian Mountains to the scorched ...

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26 November 2013 Category: Film

The Alan Partridge Collection

A massive success in the 1990s in the UK, Steve Coogan’s work as Alan Partridge has – until recently – been all but unknown in Australia. That’s thanks largely to ...

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11 November 2013 Category: DVD

The Electric Lady

Janelle Monáe With The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe is now five ‘Suites’ – an EP and two albums – into a musical exploration of Metropolis: the science-fictionalised, Afro-futurist world that all ...

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14 October 2013 Category: Music


Margaret Atwood Oryx and Crake arrived in 2003,The Year of the Flood arrived in 2009, and now, a decade after Canadian writer Margaret Atwood published the first volume in this darkly ...

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13 September 2013 Category: Books


South Korean director Chan-wook Park is famous for making truly deranged cinema, marrying stylised violence and sexual perversion within labyrinthine plots. Best known for his ‘revenge trilogy’ (Sympathy for Mr ...

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30 August 2013 Category: Film


Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, thirtysomething (yes, all in lower case) was the hottest thing on American television. Yet today the show is all but forgotten, its ...

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2 August 2013 Category: DVD

Australians All: A History of ...

Nadia Wheatley, illustrations by Ken Searle Learning history at school was often treated as a soporific exercise by the class, usually because it meant being asked to memorise endless dates and being ...

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19 July 2013 Category: Books