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Ari Mattes

Ari Mattes

Lecturer in Media Studies, University of Notre Dame Australia

I received a PhD from the English department of the University of Sydney for my thesis, Action! America: The Impulse to Action in American Literature and Film.

I watched some 40 films at this year’s Sydney Film Festival. Here are my top five picks – and one hilarious flop

Jun 20, 2024 05:39 am UTC| Entertainment

This years Sydney Film Festivals rich offerings of films more than compensated for the minor technical issues that led to some screenings being interrupted. Out of the 40-odd films I saw, here are my top five, along...

Classic Aussie cinema and new twists on old classics: our picks of December streaming

Dec 04, 2023 12:33 pm UTC| Entertainment

At a time when it feels like it can be impossible to keep up with all the different streaming platforms both in time and in money the appearance of a new platform that breaks through the noise is something...

Monolith considers the cultural and social implications of new technology, without overdoing it

Oct 27, 2023 15:07 pm UTC| Technology

This review may contain spoilers. One of the socially redeeming features of mass media has always been its communal aspect, the fact people are drawn together into a shared experience based on network programming. Of...

All the cinema (and sequels) we have to look forward to in 2023

Dec 30, 2022 10:21 am UTC| Entertainment

Well, this might be because it is at least when it comes to the American cinematic media ecology, with the majority of the most-hyped Hollywood films for 2023 being sequels and reboots. One would be forgiven for giving...

From Dune to The Power of the Dog: our predictions for the Oscars 2022 best picture

Mar 27, 2022 14:11 pm UTC| Entertainment

There were some extraordinary films released in 2021: Ninja Thybergs Pleasure, an electric neon romp through the porn world, Ildikó Enyedis period epic, The Story of My Wife, Paul Verhoevens nun-film,...

Strippers on film: battlers, showgirls and hustlers

Nov 04, 2019 11:27 am UTC| Insights & Views Entertainment

In her landmark 1975 essay, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, Laura Mulvey argues classical Hollywood style is built upon the fetishisation of the female body. Female characters are frequently photographed in wide,...

Best Picture at the Oscars? Why it has to be The Favourite out of a weak bunch

Feb 19, 2019 16:56 pm UTC| Insights & Views Entertainment

2018 was a good year for cinema but this is not reflected in the Oscar nominations for Best Picture. This years nominees are notable mainly for their mediocrity. There are, of course, a couple of exceptions. The...

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Economy

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Japan Sets Visitor Record in June as Weak Yen Spurs Tourism Boom

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Politics

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Science

NASA and SpaceX Reveal $843M Plan to Deorbit ISS Safely in 2031

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SpaceX Reveals Cause of Falcon 9 Anomaly After Engine Failure and RUD Incident

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SpaceX Moves Starship Booster to Launch Pad for Historic Flight 5 Test Attempt

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We need to consider alternatives to dark matter that better explain cosmological observations

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Technology

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MicroStrategy Beats Nvidia with 1339% Stock Surge in Four Years, Highlights Michael Saylor

MicroStrategy (MSTR) has surged by 1,339% in the past four years, outperforming Nvidias growth, Michael Saylor highlights. Nvidia Falls Behind as MicroStrategy Achieves 1339% Growth The stock price of MicroStrategy...
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