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“Tim’s Vermeer”: Geeks, Technology and the Meaning of Art

Can a millionaire technogeek with a Vermeer-obsession learn to paint like the master and make art? An email exchange between a painter, a musician and a blogger…

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The Great Gatsby and All That Bazz

Nick Carraway found Jay Gatsby admirable, but he was starting from a low base. “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money … and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

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Eye Spy: visual art round up

The Colin Laverty collection auction; catch Jeffrey Smart; Fred Williams in bloom; Cloud Atlas enjoyed.

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Screwed-ball comedy: Silver Linings Playbook

Like it: Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper burn a fuse together.

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Revenge movies Tarantino should make (and why I won’t be seeing ‘Django Unchained’)

Of: Tarantino’s righteous violence … The use of the N-word: reggiN, reggiN, reggiN! So there! … And why, in a revenge fantasy, villains never suffer realistically.

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Matrix Sister: Post-Bro Wachowski’s revelatory speech

The video: Lana Wachowski’s funny, tender, moving speech on her transgender journey. November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance.

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“Hail”: not your usual visionary cinematic masterpiece

“Hail”: visionary cinema in an Australian accent; and about “Argo”

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A cat in Japan, a volcano in Iceland, the power of art

The first time I saw Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil, or Sunless, I nearly threw up. Marker passed away on his 91st birthday on 29 July 2012. “His death was announced by the French Culture Ministry.” (Imagine: “The death of artist Adam Cullen was announced by the Australian Ministry of Culture.”) Is it …? … yes, [...]

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The Cabin in the Woods: metafilm tropefest brilliance

Forget Tropfest, see tropefest. Cabin in the Woods, a compendium of horror cliches, is showing in just one cinema in each city — it’s a film for people interested in film, which is as elitist any discrete group of art aficionados. So, you know who you are — enagaged and too clever by 50%. Above: [...]

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Prometheus: not-so-great Scott (plus, the Voice)

There will be those who go into the highly buzzed Prometheus, prequel to Alien, and come out well satisfied with a pretty good scifi flick (sub-genre: spaceships and aliens) with excellent special effects, a sinister, witty turn by Michael Fassbender as a robot and some sensational horror sequences. Above: the ingenious and amusing promo clip [...]

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