Now and again Hollywood is graced with a drama leaning so hard into the mantle of its own genius it falls into a slapstick alternate reality. Enter Cate Blanchett as fictional EGOT-winning conductor/composer Lydia Tár. Continue reading Mommie Tár-est
When I was ten years old, I read my first fictional depiction of gay people. Reading it again for the first time 27 years later has been a “mood”. Here’s why. Continue reading Two Weeks with the Queen: the children’s book that helped change my young life
Blonde has staggered viewers and it’s not hard to see why. Its central concept is a violation of the contract behind the American dream: anything is worth it for fifteen minutes of fame. Continue reading Blonde: the anti-Elvis
A new artistic director, Stuart Maunder, takes over Victorian Opera next year. Whether he can raise a pulse with their next season remains to be seen. But for now, this company’s road to hell is paved in artless yellow brick. Continue reading Il Mago di Oz: opera debut is old humbug
Every Australian newspaper and website has a Google spreadsheet brimming with the names of clickbait authors. They’re usually over 50, white and distinguishable for being ready and willing to burp out content at a moment’s notice. Continue reading Lazy, lazy, lazy… the clickbait evolution
At some point, it just becomes the responsible thing to do to take an artist’s microphone away. That moment has arrived for Baz Luhrmann with Elvis. Continue reading Elvis vs Predator
Anyone seeking evidence of the AFL’s dangerous need for a culture shift need only examine the Bailey Smith news cycle it rolled out this weekend. Continue reading Holding the man: anything to keep Bailey Smith playing the AFL’s game
The decision to divide Universal’s screen adaptation of Wicked makes it clear the production knows some form of special sauce will be needed to make the blockbuster musical work on the big screen. Continue reading Two Wicked?
Australia’s dwindling print news landscape faces the biggest threat to its existence “since World War II”. Soaring paper costs this year have placed the last newsprint mill and countless Aussie news titles at risk of closure. Continue reading The death rattle of Aussie print news?
Stripped of disguise, arguments against Pennsylvania University student Lia Thomas competing as a professional women’s athlete stem from the idea Ms Thomas is not, in fact, a woman. They are wrong. Continue reading Cold stupidity: the debate over trans athletes strikes again