June, 2018

Rundle: Mulholland Drive no mere cinematic event

, Jun 15, 2018

This was a hallowed act of obeisance, cinema vanishing into itself: the Astor, a vast dome of faded theatrical glory was showing a David Lynch classic.

An incomplete list of ways women already ‘take responsibility’ for their safety

, Jun 15, 2018

Eurydice Dixon's murder was followed with a familiar statement from the police. This is why women are angry about it.

Razer: enjoy this golden age of TV while it lasts (which won’t be for much longer)

, Jun 14, 2018

The Sopranos ushered in a renaissance for the small screen, latterly continued by Netflix et al. But the economic reality of running an entertainment business like Netflix will crunch hard — and soon. So enjoy this golden age of TV, while you still can.

The unclassifiable genius of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks

, Jun 08, 2018

Van would go on to produce some great music; he never again produced anything like Astral Weeks. But who did?

Sacred Cows: the undeserved cult love for The Big Lebowski

, Jun 06, 2018

Critics who have come to praise the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski are victims of cult followers' persistence, psycho-semiotic babble and zealotry.

So you’ve been falsely identified as an erectile dysfunction ambassador

, Jun 05, 2018

Eddie McGuire was used in a fake article endorsing an erectile dysfunction supplement last month. He said he'd sue, but is there any point? What's the smart play here?

Roundtable: is it time to kill off the audience Q&A?

, Jun 01, 2018

Crikey put the question to a programmer, a host, a panelist, and a serial angry audience member.

Some quick tips for Trump’s communication team, from Obama’s senior writer

, Jun 01, 2018

Pat Cunnane was deputy director of messaging in the Obama administration. We asked him how he'd go about handling the current lot.

How an Australian filmmaker took out the most prestigious award in film

, Jun 01, 2018

Charles Williams recently became the third Australian to ever win a Palme d'Or. He told us how his short film set in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong came to conquer Cannes.

Razer: Annabel Crabb’s new show packs history with chipper ABC morality

, May 31, 2018

Back In Time For Dinner gets 1000 neoliberal humanist points for simulating (and believing) the rosy history of 1950s Australia.

Want to confront the problems in hospitality? Let’s deconstruct cafe culture

, May 31, 2018

New union Hospo Voice and Victorian Labor are confronting wage theft in hospitality. But are consumers?

Rundle: with guardians of Western civilisation like these, who needs barbarians?

, May 30, 2018

The Tony Abbott-championed Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation will not only be witheringly cynical, but structurally racist as well.

‘No freedom until women are truly free’: Irish immigrants continue abortion fight in Australia

, May 30, 2018

Many Irish Australians returned #HomeToVote to repeal the eighth amendment. Now that protest spirit could catch on for legislative changes in their new home.

A new bar for ‘acceptable free speech’ in Trump’s America?

, May 30, 2018

ABC has canned the hugely successful Roseanne reboot after an "abhorrent and repugnant" racist tweet. But what's taken them so long?

#MeToo insurance? Protection offered for accused Australian musicians

, May 30, 2018

The ramifications of Me Too are being felt in an extremely un-rock ’n’ roll way — insurance. But what happens when Australia’s defamation laws stand in the way of community safety and ultimately, justice?

The future of Australian streaming? Look to the US.

, May 28, 2018

It's a fight for survival in the world of streaming, and these major takeover deals will determine who comes out on top.

Rundle: like smoke vanishing in the late autumn air

, May 25, 2018

Guy Rundle salvages what he can from the now-gone Checkerboard Tobacco and Book Exchange in Windsor, Melbourne.

Razer: David Graeber cuts through the bullshit

, May 24, 2018

Next to academic David Graeber, Jordan Peterson is a xerox of Malcolm Gladwell’s rejected TED talk notes on the topic of “Chicks: they’re just like that”

Rundle: Philip Roth wanders in St. Peter’s office …

, May 24, 2018

The "last American vitalist" pays a visit to the pearly gates to explain what all the obituaries are getting wrong about him.

Marngrook at the MCG: the hope and conflict of the AFL’s Indigenous round

, May 23, 2018

The Indigenous round is an important gesture but, even in the celebration, we can't escape the politics of the surrounds.