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Farewell Neil Simon, and farewell to his certain way of doing comedy

Farewell Neil Simon, and farewell to his certain way of doing comedy

The legendary US playwright and screenwriter behind The Odd Couple has died, aged 91. But what of his legacy?

Acute Misfortune is a tender yet strained story of how art feeds on its young

Acute Misfortune is a tender yet strained story of how art feeds on its young

The tale of the toxic and tender relationship between writer Erik Jensen and painter Adam Cullen is at its best when exploring the host-parasite relationship between subject and artist.

Between fact and fiction: why documentary doesn't need to be as simple as it sounds

Between fact and fiction: why documentary doesn't need to be as simple as it sounds

The boundaries of hybrid-documentary, docu-fiction and narrative drama are forever shifting, and producing some particularly exciting films.

Filthy Rich and Homeless is bloated with empathy and lacking in unsexy facts

Filthy Rich and Homeless is bloated with empathy and lacking in unsexy facts

Who really cares about my "empathy"? The producers of SBS' returning show seem to think we’re living in a democracy. One activated by eminent tears.

Predictions for tonight's (and every year's) MasterChef finale

Predictions for tonight's (and every year's) MasterChef finale

After analysing the past 49 seasons of MasterChef (fact check this), we have some highly scientific predictions of what to expect tonight.

On millennial feminism and blindly loving Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On millennial feminism and blindly loving Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A recent surge of love for the US Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can only be useful as a mask to our own inertia.

Australian consumers need shows like The Checkout

Australian consumers need shows like The Checkout

At the end of the day it's Australian citizens and consumers who pay for Liberal cuts to the ABC.

Ethics, economics and the errors of Hollywood

Ethics, economics and the errors of Hollywood

The latest Scarlett Johansson controversy is a perfect snapshot of modern Hollywood: it doesn’t operate like a public broadcaster, and will only ever do the "right" thing where it affects the bottom line.

Sacred Cows:

Sacred Cows: "dark and gritty" doesn't always equal "good"

Australia loves a realist crime drama, but there are certainly better ones out there than Animal Kingdom.

Rundle: Mulholland Drive no mere cinematic event

Rundle: Mulholland Drive no mere cinematic event

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.