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Harvey Weinstein: the allegations against him cast a spotlight on the stories we prize in literature and film. Paul Buck/EPA

Rape is a plot device in western literature, sold back to us by Hollywood

Woody Allen said it was “sad”. Quentin Tarantino said he needed to nurse his own “pain” and “emotions” about the revelations. Oliver Stone took it further – it was not just that he gave the nod to Woody…
While the original Blade Runner provides some insight into artificial life, and the book explores power and human relationships, Blade Runner 2049 has none of that. (Handout)

Blade Runner 2049: No hope in this dystopia

Blade Runner 2049 represents a failure of the imagination. The film is a series of events strung together and steeped in narcissism, excessive self-absorption, isolation and regressive politics.
Gil Birmingham (Cory) and Jeremy Renner (Martin) in Wind River: grieving fathers who come together in the realm of the dead. Production Co: Acacia Filmed Entertainment, Film 44, Ingenious Media

Friday essay: journeys to the underworld – Greek myth, film and American anxiety

American cinema mines Greek myth most strongly at times of profound social anxiety. In the age of Trump, we are already seeing key political battlegrounds framed as underworld quests in film.
Michael Shannon and Michael Stuhlbarg in the film “The Shape of Water.” (Kerry Hayes /Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved)

TIFF 2017: Movie magic from math and science

This year's Toronto International Film Festival is a further example of how science, technology, engineering and math illuminate movies – and, in the process, our minds.
Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde. 87Eleven, Closed on Mondays Entertainment, Denver and Delilah Productions.

Beyond Atomic Blonde: cinema’s long, proud history of violent women

From Kill Bill to The Hunger Games, women have been kicking butt in films (and in real life) forever. But we still act surprised when they do, because deep down we still see women as the passive sex.
RackaRacka, a sketch channel on YouTube, have been called Australia’s most successful content creators. Screenshot from YouTube

Australia’s screen future is online: time to support our new content creators

Online video is flourishing in Australia with very little government attention. Content creators like Youtube channel RackaRacka are getting millions of viewers, numbers the traditional screen industry can only dream of.
Customers shop during at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Out of the Closet thrift store in Columbus, Ohio. Jay LaPrete/AP

How subversive artists made thrift shopping cool

Over the past 100 years, discarded and secondhand goods have been used by artists to reject mainstream aesthetics.

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