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Enough of this tin-hat weirdo, Australia needs a new cultural hero

Enough of this tin-hat weirdo, Australia needs a new cultural hero

Who made it compulsory to make Ned Kelly cameo in every single Australian novel, poem, or painting ever?

  • by Eliza Reilly

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Forget girl bosses, I’m just here for the insane nanny

Magic or not, Mary Poppins is still lugging enormous lamps around in her handbag and claiming to be able to speak to dogs.

  • by Deirdre Fidge
Chill out, what ya yellin’ for? Avril was the best, and we took her for granted

Chill out, what ya yellin’ for? Avril was the best, and we took her for granted

It’s been exactly 20 years now, since June 2002, when Avril Lavigne released her breakout debut album Let Go.

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Why you should vote 1 against political satire

Why you should vote 1 against political satire

Modern satire is often just someone in a suit shouting ... and changing no one’s mind.

  • by Demi Lardner
It’s time to stop pretending Top Gun, and its sequel, are good movies

It’s time to stop pretending Top Gun, and its sequel, are good movies

I honestly don’t think I have ever seen a movie with less imagination than Top Gun: Maverick.

  • by Karl Quinn
Let’s have a moment for the finest piece of literature in cinema

Let’s have a moment for the finest piece of literature in cinema

Quite simply, it’s the best grand gesture ever in a rom-com.

  • by Deirdre Fidge
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25 years on, Julia Roberts not getting the guy is iconic

25 years on, Julia Roberts not getting the guy is iconic

My Best Friend’s Wedding, the subversive 1997 hit by Aussie P.J. Hogan, broke the rules of Hollywood romcom lore.

  • by Sinead Stubbins
Bob Dylan, a great poet? A great delusion more like it

Bob Dylan, a great poet? A great delusion more like it

Some of my favourite songs are Dylan songs. But Dylan overvaluation syndrome has afflicted the world for too long.

  • by David Free
Upstairs, Downstairs, who cares? Can we be done with Downton Abbey, please?

Upstairs, Downstairs, who cares? Can we be done with Downton Abbey, please?

After six seasons and two movies, Downton Abbey is still just rich English people sitting around a big house, waiting for other rich people to visit.

  • by Thomas Mitchell
Thanks Apple, but we don’t need new emojis. The perfect option already exists

Thanks Apple, but we don’t need new emojis. The perfect option already exists

The humble smiley does not pretend to convey a range of complex human emotions. And yet, he somehow does.

  • by Deirdre Fidge
Push pineapples and shake those trees, this is the greatest novelty song

Push pineapples and shake those trees, this is the greatest novelty song

And while we’re at it, clear a wall in the National Gallery for the 1984 hit performed by anthropomorphic fruit.

  • by Elizabeth Flux