Raviv’s Revelation Review 2017: Baxter and Me

 

Dogs are a man’s best friend. And a woman’s best friend. This film follows the journey of director Gillian Leahy, as she faces many adversities throughout her life. The film explores and reflects Leahy’s relationships Leahy shares with her present and past, four legged friends.

I like how the film explores the intimate relationship between Leahy and her current dog, Baxter. From the sentimental scenes of her and Baxter in the house to the hard-felt scenes toward the end, these were the highlights for me. These scenes presented the pure and unconditional love between the two. Another thing that I enjoyed about the film is that the story is very engaging. The film showed many photos of Leahy’s early life and you can see her journey in her life.

 

“Too many dogs died in Leahy’s life. I understand that most of them were accidents, but can she mention some of the dogs that didn’t die!?”

 

This life, however, is not without its faults. The biggest issue is how utterly boring it is. Seriously, it just drags on for so long. It doesn’t help that the story line travels back and forth, between past and present. I think that if the film explored a single interesting part in Leahy’s life, for example, a drama-recreation or a current representation, it would have made me enjoy the film more. Another problem I have with this film is that some of the scenes are not necessary and waste so much screenplay! They do nothing for the story or atmosphere and go on for too long. These drawn out scenes resulted in my lack of understanding of why the scenes were there, as well as whether I should continue watching. Too many dogs died in Leahy’s life. I understand that most of them were accidents, but can she mention some of the dogs that didn’t die!? It’s depressing and it seems like she was cursed. I felt no emotions from hearing Leahy recount the tragic fate of all the dogs because her narration lacked substance.

Overall, I did not like it. If you are a woman and have dogs, maybe you might like it. I certainly did not. 2 out of 10 for me!

RATING: 2/10

Raviv’s Revelation Reviews 2017: Becoming Bond

James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in the world of literature and pop culture. Originally being a series of books written by Ian Fleming, it has turned into a series of films where many actors play the role of Bond. One of those actors is an Australian model called George Lazenby. This film is a documentary-drama on the life of Lazenby before, during and after playing James Bond.

Let me tell you- this film is amazing! I love the way the documentary mixes Lazenby’s interview with the drama re-enactments. One of the best things about this film is how personal it is. In some moments, Lazenby replaces his vocal audio with the audio of the characters which creates a more authentic feel. The film also creates genuine moments where we feel the emotions from the characters. For example, when something happens to the Lazenby character, the “real-life” Lazenby reflects on it.

Everything is beautifully made and authentic. Throughout the whole film, I couldn’t think of anything I disliked. Everything seemed so legitimate, which made it seem so much more believable. In my opinion, many documentaries lack this quality. By showing the ups and downs of Lazenby’s life, it allows the viewer to learn from him and reflect on their life.

Overall, this film is perfect! A must-watch documentary that has elements of re-enactment from actors and news archives. 10 out of 10 for me!

RATING: 10/10

BEST MURDOCH EVENTS THIS MONTH

Murdoch Casino anyone? To help you find something positive about going back to uni for semester 2, we’ve picked the best events and things to do on campus this month.

Cafe Crawl! – JULY 15

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It’s well known that some of Perth’s best cafes and restaurants are located in Leederville. For just $10 you can join a crew off caffeine enthusiasts for a Cafe Crawl. All leaving from the Murdoch Uni admin office.

RSVP Here!

Trivia & Pizza Night at the Tav! – JULY 24

Monday, July 24 at 6 PM – 9 PM / Murdoch Guild Tav

Is being a trivia whiz your secret talent? Or maybe you just like pizza. Form a squad of 8 and head down to the Tav for food, beers and a whole lotta fun.

RSVP here!

Murdoch Open Day – JULY 30

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Murdoch Open day is an event held every semester on campus. This semester you can free your so called “Think”. Although this event is designed for new students, there’s plenty of fun activities for all, whether you’re around campus or just looking for something fun to do that day. Maybe you’ll even find an elective unit that you’ll enjoy – if that’s possible? Here are our top Open Day picks.

Play virtual reality games made by Murdoch Students:  when? All day. Where? Games Zone 450.2.042

Meet the players from the Wild Cats: When? All day. Where? Sports Recreation Centre 412

Petting zoo! When? All Day. Where? Agricultural Sciences Marquee Tea Tree Loop

Free Food:

Suppa Club (free soup). When? All Day. Where? Clinical Simulation Suite (outside) 128

Sausage sizzle: When? All Day. Where? Clinical Simulation Suite (outside) 128

Wetlands Safari Field Trip. When? 11:45 – 12:30, 1:15-2pm. Where? Starting from Tea Tree Loop

Have a go at 3D Printing

When? All day. Where? Physical Sciences 340.2.026 & 340.2.027.

Student films + Free popcorn When? 9-11am, 1:45-3pm. Where? Hill Lecture Theatre 450.2.035

Check out the full program here!

Murdoch Winter Festival Day – AUGUST 3

Thursday, August 3, 10 AM

When it comes to events at Murdoch, the Guild usually delivers, and this one is looking to be no different.

Hot Flush Casino: Hot Flush Casino is a Perth-based events company specialising in a mobile casino service. Although you can’t gamble or win real money, this will still be a whole lot of fun, with plenty of prizes to be won. They offer Blackjack, roulette, the spinning wheel and poker.

Photo Booth: One of Perth’s best, most creative and fun Photo-booths will be there. Photo-booths are pretty fun If you’re into that stuff. Add something cool to your instagram.

So many freakin prizes!

+ Double pass to Origin NYE 2017
+ 3 tickets to Kehlani
+ Sail & Anchor $50 Bar card

Marquee: Live Music + a comfy Marquee sounds pretty chill. Plus it will be heated. #comfygoals

Find the FB event here!

 SHAG WEEK 2017 – AUGUST 22

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SHAG (Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance) Week is run collaboratively with Murdoch University Health, Murdoch Guild and Counselling.

SHAG Pub Quiz:  Knowledge is sexy. Get a team together for an afternoon of sexual quizzery at the Murdoch Guild Tavern. Free Entry. Spot prizes and the winning team will get a bar tab!!! Starts at 5 pm

Bondage workshops: Kinda cool how the Guild is removing the stigma around a taboo topic. Peer Rope Perth will be running a Bondage Workshop again. It’s weird, it’s fun – check it out.

Find the golden condom!:  a treasure hunt for a golden condom. What can you win ?Sexy time items, a Masssage at Bodyriches in Fremantle and a special suprise item.

Find the FB event here!

[REVIEW] Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo

[REVIEW] TORO Y MOI – BOO BOO

Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) takes you on a drive through dreamy landscapes of sound, stories of lost love and a search for connection, in his latest 80’s inspired R&B pop-electronica project: Boo Boo. Boo Boo shows how much the Singer-songwriter-producer has grown sonically and lyrically. There’s no doubt that Chaz’s 2017 release Boo Boo is a solid and well thought out project. However, it seems Chaz is still holding back from his full potential. 

The album kicks off with layers of drawn out synth, which builds a vast, dreamy sonic landscape. The opening track “Mirage” set’s the tone for the rest of the project. Chaz busts downtown rhythms, adding more layers of vocals, claps and synth. Throughout the rest of the first quarter, it seems Chaz is in a state of confusion, reflecting on himself and his past relationship as he realises “Mona Lisa” (the girl he’s deeply in love with) got tired of his lack of commitment – “My baby got fed up with my ego”.”Pavement” takes a dark and twisted turn. Haunted, deep piano keys chime to reveal a feeling of emptiness as voices echo around the track before finding some sort of groundedness in Chaz’s whisper-like lyrics (the breakup?). Chaz attempts to find his feet in “Don’t Try”. He tries to make sense of the dark situation he’s in, “Woke up only cos I had to”, “Don’t try and understand what you are”. “Windows ” echoes new-wave R&B before the instrumental “Embarcardo” slowly opens up a new chapter in his life. Chaz is in love again, which is shown in one of his more upbeat tracks  “Girl Like You”.

He’s tired of playing games and is confident she’s the one for him – “I can meet you downtown, take you where you want to be tonight”. Chaz experiments with contemporary hip-hop and R&B tones as he uses vocal production reminiscent of up-and-coming rapper-producer Nav – “From the bottle, no cup”. Finally, he’s found the connection he was looking for. In “You and I” he realises she was there all along, and that he was just thinking too much.

The 12 track LP shows that Toro y Moi, creatively,  hasn’t slowed down. Boo Boo adds another dimension to Chaz’s variance in sound as he introduces elements of contemporary R&B and hip-hop covered in nostalgic 80’s soul. Boo Boo is personal and tells a story, but I think even Chad feels the emotion is a bit over the top (as the title mocks his own soft side). The album feels washed out at times, and occasionally goes overboard with the nostalgia, losing groundedness throughout its journey. But overall Boo Boo is a solid production, creative and accomplishes what it set out to do. Perfect for a scenic sunset drive (As shown below).

FAVOURITE TRACKS: Mirage, Girl Like You, Labyrinth

RATING: 7.8/10

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[REVIEW] Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls

Young Thug is truly one of the leading contemporary creative forces in Hip-Hop’s wave/ evolution of trap-pop sub-genres. ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’ isn’t much of a stylistic advancement in terms of his start-stop flow and roaming, stream-of-conscious lyrics – preaching about his extravagant lifestyle. But there’s a difference in tone that reinforces Young Thug’s originality.

Thugger rides the recent wave of organic sounds worked into trap, however there’s no flute instrumentals here. Similar to Post Malone’s 2016 single “Go Flex”, ‘Beautiful Thugger Girls’ seamlessly fuses R&B vocals, acoustic guitar instrumentals and trap kicks. The 14 track LP gives an insight into the numerous relationships around the 26 year old. Whether it’s with the women in his life, his 8 kids or his self perception. Although I wouldn’t look too deeply into this project’s inner meanings.

It’s stacked with bangers, but it’s not what you’d expect. Stand out tracks like “Daddy’s Birthday” present hooks that are mellow yet punchy -“New coupe, new shoes, ooh” “Red bottoms, I’m kicking shit, yeah I’m flossing on you fools”. “You Said” fully exposes Young Thugs talents as he serenades and flows over fast Spanish guitar work- “Say now, ooh, ooh, ooh”. Young Thug stays true to his original description of the album being a “Singing album”. However, toward the middle of the album, his tracks become more shallow and bland.  “On Fire” takes a minimalist turn compared to the rest of the album. The instrumental plops and bobs, expose Young Thug’s lacklustre repetition of simple, throw away flows. Even his feature with Snoop Dogg and Lil Durk was a slight disappointment. Although his creative lines gave the track some humour – “Roll up some gas, I’m not talkin’ a car”. The album ends on a positive note with “Take Care” followed by “For Ya’ll (feat. Jacquees)”. “For Y’all” is Spanish-trumpet-and-Flamenco-guitar-pop which keeps building on the good vibes. Thugger’s creativity paid off once again, as he produced a menu of tracks that have organic originality and are catchy as hell.

FAVOURITE TRACKS: For Y’all, Relationships, Daddy’s Birthday

RATING: 7.5/10

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[REVIEW] Okja

Science Fiction/ Drama (2017)

Director Bong Joon-ho brings a whole lot to the table with his latest Science fiction/ drama; Okja.  As a lover of independent films, this one caught my eye. However, to my surprise, it was filled with many familiar faces from Hollywood. These included Tilda Swinton (Hunger Games), Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad). However, this wasn’t necessarily beneficial for the film. The story follows a young South Korean girl who lives in the mountains with her Grandfather (a farmer) who was nominated to look after a genetically modified Super-Pig as part of a 10-year competition. The Super-Pigs were designed to put a stop to world hunger in an ethical and sustainable way – but is this the case? Okja is taken by the multi-national corporation and Mija begins her rescue mission to save her beloved animal.  The film served as consistent entertainment throughout, from the heartwarming bond between Mija and Okja to the comedy and the shenanigans of the Animal Protection Rescue characters. There were also many various on-edge moments regarding Mija’s mission to save her beloved pig from becoming extremely tasty bacon.  The story was creative and thought-provoking, the cinematography was outstanding. As a viewer the film definitely made me reflect on my own eating habits and the ethics of farming. Not for very long though as I was enjoying various mince filled party pies throughout the viewing (laughs). However, I feel like the most annoying characters in the film were the ones from Hollywood. Jake Gyllenhaal played an estranged animal doctor who only showed his love for animals on camera. Although his character was probably meant to be disliked – it was too much for me. Giancarlo Esposito always does an amazing job of being a villain with untouchable power and Mija’s actor (Seo-Hyun Ahn) honored her career’s debut.

Conclusion:

Okja is a great film for these cold Perth nights. So put on some extra layers and dive into the 2 hour Netflix Blockbuster. Heartwarming but it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Beautiful cinematography 4/5.

PERTH’S FIRST RICKSHAW

by Pavlina Kolouskova

Zac Duggan, 23 year old bachelor student of Psychology and Journalism at Murdoch University, has just launched his new business in Perth Peddle: “a consious transport that brings back the interaction.”

Zac, what is your new business and does it link to your major at Murdoch at all?

Since I major in Psychology which links to everything in life and underlines all the weird yet wonderful things that humans do, I would say it links. The business is a rickshaw taxi service called Peddle. It is a mixture of a tour guide service and taxi since we are showing all the good sides of Perth while stopping for a slice of pizza and a whiskey. It is just like UBER – except way more fun, with music and environmentally friendly.

“I tried to paddle back while she was pulling and ripping the skirt from the wheel”

How did you come up with the idea?

Every February, there is a festival in Australia called “The Fringe World” where all the weird comedy and circus act. They had some rickshaws as a way of transport, and I though to myself: wow, this is super cool. While seeing them on the streets in Europe, I liked how they always added a new layer to the city. And so I decided: If I won’t do it somebody else will and I will regret it for the rest of my life. (smiles)

How long did it take to implement it since your initial idea?

I started making plans and calling people in September 2016. I made a formal proposal to the City Council that month, but since they got back to me in March 2017, I moved away from it a little bit. When I got the approval later I realised that it’s actually going to happen. Therefore it took six months in total and I still have so much to learn.

What was the most unexpected obstacle?

On the second day I was peddling two lovely ladies and one of them had a white skirt that got tangled into the rickshaw’s wheel. The rickshaw stopped and I tried to paddle back while she was pulling and ripping the skirt from the wheel. Thank god it was double layer. At the end we managed, but this happened in the middle of Murray street on a busy Saturday night, so I was thinking that it is a giant failure. I gave her a hug, apologised and peddled them where they wanted. She still decided to pay me though. I don’t think I will forget that. (laughs)

What is so unique about your business?

It’s unique for Perth – it’s not new for the world since rickshaws are very old. People take taxis or an Uber very often and I would like Peddle to be more personal while being almost disruptively and overwhelmingly fun. This includes remembering everybody’s names and having nice conversations instead of unconscious ones.

If you had one piece of advice for young entrepreneurs, what would it be?

I have two advices. First, you have to make yourself and others believe that it will happen since you cannot do this on your own. The other one is that you have to do so much more work than you will ever imagine. But you will love it. (smiles)

How would someone book your Rickshaw?

0411448724 or http://www.peddleperth.com

[NEW MUSIC] No Scrubs – TLC is back

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Your favourite 90’s divas TLC are back and in great shape after 15 years.  It’s been a long road for the trio of Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes who created smash hits Waterfalls, No Scrubs, Creep, and Unpretty. The full-length self-titled LP features a total of 17 tracks. Some of the stand-outs include “It’s Sunny” a summer pop track with instrumentals from “Boney-M – Sunny”, “Perfect Girls” a mellow RNB acoustic groove hooks “Perfect girls ain’t real” which could have easily been on their classic debut “FanMail”. “Aye MuthaFucka” pumps a confident club jam that proves there’s still no messing with TLC.

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[PHOTOGRAPHY] Sofia-Seika Atrutkepic

Sofia-Seika Atrutkepic is a student studying photography here at Murdoch University. She loves travel, photography and has a Pug named Potato. I decided to find out more…

 

Hey Sofia, I love the Image you shot for the cover. How did you go about shooting it?

“I shot in the sound studio with my friend Imogen for a class. The assignment was on light gels and we shot Imogen’s sister Astrid.”

“I love people, I love expression, and I like capturing what I find is beautiful about someone, the special thing that makes them who they are.”

Can you tell us more about these photos from India? When did you go?

“I went last year (2016) in the uni holidays. I used this trip to work on my photography, and experience a different culture that was vastly different from Australia.”

Is there a particular reason why you chose India?

“Not particularly, as a student it was a destination that was suitable for my budget (laughs). But before my travels there I had seen some pictures that made it seem like such a magical place.”

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How did you travel around India?

“I backpacked mostly. I started at the bottom of India (In Goa) and travelled around by bus, taxi, Tuk-Tuks and Rickshaws.”

You seem to love to shoot portraits, why is this?

“I love people, I love expression, and I like capturing what I find is beautiful about someone and what makes them who they are.”

And lastly, how is your pug Potato?

“Potato is great and loving his little doggy life. His best friends Jaffa and Jedha go for a walk together every day down in the field. He hasn’t been in any photoshoots lately but he makes a great assistant!”

Do you have any websites you want to share?

“My Facebook (Seika Photography) and you can follow my intragram @sofiaseika for more of my photography :).”

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