Art Smitten: Reviews - 2016
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 95
  • Last: 11 Jan 2017
Art Smitten is SYN's weekly guide to arts, culture and entertainment in Australia and around the world. With a focus on youth and emerging arts, we're here to showcase culture ahead of the curve. Contributors interview, review, and cover the very best of what the world’s most liveable city has to offer, all packaged in two hours to close off your weekend. Whether it's film, fashion, photography or Fauvism you're into, Art Smitten is the place. Art Smitten broadcasts on SYN Nation on Sundays 2-4pm. This playlist features all of Art Smitten's reviews from 2016.

Episodes (95)

  • Review: Jackie
    Review: Jackie
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    Published: 11 Jan 2017 Duration: 05:36
    There always seems to be something unsatisfying about these personal depictions of major historical events. Human dramas with a historical "backdrop" work well enough, but if the huge scale history is in the foreground it can really upset t... Read more →
    There always seems to be something unsatisfying about these personal depictions of major historical events. Human dramas with a historical "backdrop" work well enough, but if the huge scale history is in the foreground it can really upset t... Read more →

  • Review: Paterson
    Review: Paterson
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    Published: 11 Jan 2017 Duration: 03:44
    After the melancholy vampire story that was Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch has delivered an equally meditative human drama with Paterson. It’s a film that shows a week in the life of a lovely artistic couple living in Paterson, New Je... Read more →
    After the melancholy vampire story that was Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch has delivered an equally meditative human drama with Paterson. It’s a film that shows a week in the life of a lovely artistic couple living in Paterson, New Je... Read more →

  • Review: The Founder
    Review: The Founder
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    Published: 10 Jan 2017 Duration: 05:12
    The Founder is screenwriter Robert D. Siegel’s scathing portrait of Roy Kroc, the eponymous creator of the McDonald’s Corporation, not to be confused with the McDonald brothers who created, well, McDonald’s. If that sounds as all suss it’s ... Read more →
    The Founder is screenwriter Robert D. Siegel’s scathing portrait of Roy Kroc, the eponymous creator of the McDonald’s Corporation, not to be confused with the McDonald brothers who created, well, McDonald’s. If that sounds as all suss it’s ... Read more →

  • Review: Threadbare
    Review: Threadbare
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    Published: 10 Jan 2017 Duration: 02:32
    Threadbare   Featuring: Fipe Preuss, Elnaz Sheshgelani and Phillipa Russell Choreographer: Kathleen Gonzales Producer: Natasha Jynel Threadbare is a three-part multidisciplinary show that celebrates the diversity of Australian identit... Read more →
    Threadbare   Featuring: Fipe Preuss, Elnaz Sheshgelani and Phillipa Russell Choreographer: Kathleen Gonzales Producer: Natasha Jynel Threadbare is a three-part multidisciplinary show that celebrates the diversity of Australian identit... Read more →

  • Review: Arrival
    Review: Arrival
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    Published: 10 Jan 2017 Duration: 03:49
    Arrival is the latest film by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, written by Eric Heisserer and adapted from a short story by Ted Chiang. It’s a science-fiction film in which aliens arrive on Earth and Dr Louise Banks, a linguist, played by... Read more →
    Arrival is the latest film by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, written by Eric Heisserer and adapted from a short story by Ted Chiang. It’s a science-fiction film in which aliens arrive on Earth and Dr Louise Banks, a linguist, played by... Read more →

  • Review: Hacksaw Ridge
    Review: Hacksaw Ridge
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    Published: 6 Dec 2016 Duration: 06:44
    Hacksaw Ridge is quickly turning into the must-see film of the year: the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a pacifist army medic who saved the lives of 75 World War II soldiers without ever holding a weapon. It's that powerful c... Read more →
    Hacksaw Ridge is quickly turning into the must-see film of the year: the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a pacifist army medic who saved the lives of 75 World War II soldiers without ever holding a weapon. It's that powerful c... Read more →

  • Review: Rust and Bone, La Mama
    Review: Rust and Bone, La Mama
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    Published: 6 Dec 2016 Duration: 03:13
    The audience at La Mama Courthouse demanded encore bows from the cast of Rust and Bone on the night of its Victorian premiere performance, which they very humbly gave and most definitely deserved. Caleb Lewis’ three-pronged play asks a lot ... Read more →
    The audience at La Mama Courthouse demanded encore bows from the cast of Rust and Bone on the night of its Victorian premiere performance, which they very humbly gave and most definitely deserved. Caleb Lewis’ three-pronged play asks a lot ... Read more →

  • Review: Blaque Showgirls, Malthouse Theatre
    Review: Blaque Showgirls, Malthouse Theatre
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    Published: 6 Dec 2016 Duration: 05:21
    Blaque Showgirls is a merciless interrogation of Australian racism in the form of a stage parody of dance movies, including, of course, Showgirls (1995). Written by Nakkiah Lui, the acclaimed Aboriginal activist and playwright who recently ... Read more →
    Blaque Showgirls is a merciless interrogation of Australian racism in the form of a stage parody of dance movies, including, of course, Showgirls (1995). Written by Nakkiah Lui, the acclaimed Aboriginal activist and playwright who recently ... Read more →

  • Review: Nocturnal Animals
    Review: Nocturnal Animals
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    Published: 6 Dec 2016 Duration: 06:08
    As fantastic as it is to see Arrival gaining so much traction, I do hope that Amy Adams’ other big release, Nocturnal Animals, still gets enough attention. Tom Ford’s second feature, after A Single Man (2009), sees Adams playing an equally ... Read more →
    As fantastic as it is to see Arrival gaining so much traction, I do hope that Amy Adams’ other big release, Nocturnal Animals, still gets enough attention. Tom Ford’s second feature, after A Single Man (2009), sees Adams playing an equally ... Read more →

  • Review: F., Riot Stage (Poppy Seed Festival)
    Review: F., Riot Stage (Poppy Seed Festival)
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    Published: 6 Dec 2016 Duration: 04:25
    F. is a theatre production by Riot Stage, a youth theatre company based in Melbourne. It is part of Poppy Seed Festival, Poppy Seed is in its second year, it aimed producing shows made by independent and emerging theatre companies. F. foll... Read more →
    F. is a theatre production by Riot Stage, a youth theatre company based in Melbourne. It is part of Poppy Seed Festival, Poppy Seed is in its second year, it aimed producing shows made by independent and emerging theatre companies. F. foll... Read more →

  • Review: Hard to Believe
    Review: Hard to Believe
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    Published: 30 Nov 2016 Duration: 04:00
    Ken Stone and Irene Silber’s Hard to Believe is a tight 56-minute exposé of an issue that few people like to think about: forced organ harvesting in China. It isn’t exactly a secret that the Chinese government performs surgery on its politi... Read more →
    Ken Stone and Irene Silber’s Hard to Believe is a tight 56-minute exposé of an issue that few people like to think about: forced organ harvesting in China. It isn’t exactly a secret that the Chinese government performs surgery on its politi... Read more →

  • Review: Life Animated
    Review: Life Animated
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    Published: 30 Nov 2016 Duration: 09:44
    Roger Ross Williams' latest feature documentary is about a 23-year-old autistic man who's obsessed with Disney movies - basically, me, if you just wind his age back two years, move him from America to Australia and rotate his sexuality 180 ... Read more →
    Roger Ross Williams' latest feature documentary is about a 23-year-old autistic man who's obsessed with Disney movies - basically, me, if you just wind his age back two years, move him from America to Australia and rotate his sexuality 180 ... Read more →

  • Review: Blessed, Attic Erratic (Poppy Seed Theatre Festival x Malthouse Theatre)
    Review: Blessed, Attic Erratic (Poppy Seed Theatre Festival x Malthouse Theatre)
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    Published: 13 Nov 2016 Duration: 03:57
    There’s something incredibly uncomfortable about seeing a show about poor people by non-poor people, essential for rich people in one of Melbourne’s most highly regarded theatre venues. Blessed explores the lives of Maggie and Grey, two po... Read more →
    There’s something incredibly uncomfortable about seeing a show about poor people by non-poor people, essential for rich people in one of Melbourne’s most highly regarded theatre venues. Blessed explores the lives of Maggie and Grey, two po... Read more →

  • Review: Anti-Hamlet, Theatre Works
    Review: Anti-Hamlet, Theatre Works
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    Published: 13 Nov 2016 Duration: 07:34
    This review contains mature content and language and pretty major spoilers about the show. Straight up, Anti-Hamlet was one of the best productions I have seen this year. It was absolutely trilling, and so engaging it left me exhausted and... Read more →
    This review contains mature content and language and pretty major spoilers about the show. Straight up, Anti-Hamlet was one of the best productions I have seen this year. It was absolutely trilling, and so engaging it left me exhausted and... Read more →

  • Review: The Light Between Oceans
    Review: The Light Between Oceans
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    Published: 13 Nov 2016 Duration: 06:02
    Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans is something of an epic, operating on quite a small scale but still putting its characters through some formidable challenges. It's based on TL Stedman's novel of the same name, one that suggests ... Read more →
    Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans is something of an epic, operating on quite a small scale but still putting its characters through some formidable challenges. It's based on TL Stedman's novel of the same name, one that suggests ... Read more →

  • Review: Julieta
    Review: Julieta
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    Published: 13 Nov 2016 Duration: 01:38
    Julieta is the latest film by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, based on three short stories by Canadian writer Alice Munro. The eponymous lead character is depicted in the present and in flashbacks through a diary she is writing in a sort ... Read more →
    Julieta is the latest film by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, based on three short stories by Canadian writer Alice Munro. The eponymous lead character is depicted in the present and in flashbacks through a diary she is writing in a sort ... Read more →

  • Review: Café Society
    Review: Café Society
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    Published: 22 Oct 2016 Duration: 03:25
    If you’re fan of that strange nostalgia that comes from witnessing old Hollywood glamour, Café Society might just be for you. Complete with a backdrop of wonderfully detailed fashions, an upbeat jazzy soundtrack and in the company of presum... Read more →
    If you’re fan of that strange nostalgia that comes from witnessing old Hollywood glamour, Café Society might just be for you. Complete with a backdrop of wonderfully detailed fashions, an upbeat jazzy soundtrack and in the company of presum... Read more →

  • Review: The Neon Demon
    Review: The Neon Demon
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    Published: 22 Oct 2016 Duration: 08:25
    Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon would have been, I imagine, quite an easy film to pitch, but a very hard one to describe. Since seeing it I've been explaining it to people as "the Black Swan of modelling,” which might sound very reduc... Read more →
    Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon would have been, I imagine, quite an easy film to pitch, but a very hard one to describe. Since seeing it I've been explaining it to people as "the Black Swan of modelling,” which might sound very reduc... Read more →

  • Review: The Masque of Beauty, La Mama Theatre
    Review: The Masque of Beauty, La Mama Theatre
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    Published: 22 Oct 2016 Duration: 05:04
    La Mama Theatre’s The Masque of Beauty seems to have taken its name from Ben Johnson’s courtly masque composed in 1608. However, in Peter Green’s ‘Renaissance Cabaret’ we certainly feel far away from the England court, even if he uses a few... Read more →
    La Mama Theatre’s The Masque of Beauty seems to have taken its name from Ben Johnson’s courtly masque composed in 1608. However, in Peter Green’s ‘Renaissance Cabaret’ we certainly feel far away from the England court, even if he uses a few... Read more →

  • Review: Hell or High Water
    Review: Hell or High Water
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    Published: 22 Oct 2016 Duration: 01:57
    Hell or High Water is a 2016 film written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by David McKenzie. Set in blistering rural Texas, it focusses on two brothers, played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster, who rob banks, and a cop on the verge of retiremen... Read more →
    Hell or High Water is a 2016 film written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by David McKenzie. Set in blistering rural Texas, it focusses on two brothers, played by Chris Pine and Ben Foster, who rob banks, and a cop on the verge of retiremen... Read more →