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THE NAKED CITY – TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA!

If they were still alive today, you might well ask - how would some of the great American movie directors like Robert Altman and Stanley Kubrick react to the recent Trump political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma? If ever there were the ingredients for another cutting American satire, the Tulsa rally had it all – jingoism, […]

Covid-19 cures: the new snake oil quackery

By ALEC SMART To capitalise on the anxiety the worldwide coronavirus pandemic is engendering, several religious leaders have been spruiking ‘miraculous’ methods and potions with grandiose assertions of their effectiveness as a cure. Lockdown aside, even Australia is not immune from the quackery. Meanwhile, high-profile evangelists, conspiracy websites, easily-influenced people and influential politicians float theories […]

Easter cancelled; minister canned

By ALEC SMART Drones, helicopters and number plate recognition technology were employed across NSW to catch those attempting to go on holiday for the Easter long weekend, to prevent them breaching social distancing laws and spreading Covid-19. NSW’s coronavirus death toll has reached 23 with close to 3,000 confirmed cases of infection. Prime Minister Scott […]

THE NAKED CITY – WILD IN THE STREETS!

The conservative reaction to the recent national school strike for climate change was horribly predictable. We heard the usual shock jock slurs that the kids only wanted a day off or that they would be heading to the mall or Maccas to spend the day. There was however a new element of criticism and that […]

THE NAKED CITY – GILDING THE THUNDER BOX!

It was the sort of ostentatious item that would not be out of place in Donald Trump’s Trump tower apartment where just about everything is gilded in gold. It was in fact once offered to Trump to purchase, but maybe the $5 million price tag was even a tad too much for the self proclaimed […]

THE NAKED CITY – A TABLOID ODYSSEY

I’m not a reader of the Daily Telegraph but I admit to occasionally picking up a discarded copy in a coffee shop or on public transport. Call it a kind of strange perversion but I am always intrigued to read what Andrew Bolt, Piers Akerman and Miranda Devine have to say in their various opinion […]

THE NAKED CITY – DAGS IN SPACE

There’s a certain irony as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we also recall the 40th anniversary of Skylab plunging to earth in the wilds of Western Australia. The latter was clearly an affirmation of the old adage, ‘what goes up must come down’, much to the joy of the many treasure […]

THE NAKED CITY – NO LAUGHING MATTER!

In a world where a reborn nationalism is very much to the forefront throughout the political landscape, the recent election of a TV comic in Ukraine probably came as no surprise. That Volodymyr Zelensky won by a landslide, with 73% of the vote, says a lot for the average voter’s disillusionment with modern-day politics and […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE PARANOIA AUSTRALIAN PARTY (PAP!)

Scaremongering has always been a part of the political process but has reached an even more insidious level in recent years with the manipulation of social media like Facebook, US style attack adverts and politicians fanning the flames of paranoia. Donald Trump has made a fine art of it with his blatant appeal to a […]

Fahrenheit 11/9

Michael Moore rose to prominence as a documentarian because he’s not afraid to dig deep. He knows how to show every side of very complex issues with incredible precision and attention to detail, all while keeping his audience engaged and entertained. Fahrenheit 11/9 is a departure from Moore’s trademark precision. Instead of zeroing in on […]