Kapi-Mana News : May 17th 2011
19 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MAY 17, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CHECK OUT OUR DAILY BLACKBOARD SPECIALS FOR LUNCH & DINNER 3558274AE THIS WEEK THURSDAY • AFFORDABLE happy couple of hours 5-7pm House Beer & Wine $4 FRIDAY NIGHT • Free platter of nibbles per table of or more 5 - 7pm only • Weekend kickstart HAPPY HOUR 5 - 7pm COMING SOON . . . SUNDAY 29th MAY Jazz Evening with KEVIN CLARK 5 Lydney Place, Porirua • Ph: (04) 237-4058 3558274AF www.readingcinemas.co.nz 3D OPENS THURSDAY OR CALL OUR MOVIE HOTLINE: 04 237 1070 FOR SESSION TIMES PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE ALSO SHOWING PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR ALL (R) & (RP) RATED MOVIES FAST & FURIOUS 5 (M) Violence & Offensive Language 2D THOR (M) Violence HOODWINKED TOO: HOOD VS. EVIL (G) WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (M) Violence BURKE AND HARE (M) Violence,Offensive Language & Sex Scenes THE HOME OF FIRST CLASS CINEMA M M 04 233 8162 www.intelligenttradeservices.co.nz Heat Pumps We have over 17 years experience in heating and ventilation. Call today for a free quote We guarantee the best price. Warmer, drier home Most efficient form of electrical heating Use all year round for heating and cooling Ultimate control and comfort We sell & install top quality brands Daikin, Panasonic, Mitsubishi & Hitachi 3593544AA 'Strong on Prevention' New Clients Welcome Phone: 232 7146 or call into 223 Main Road, Tawa www.bingdental.co.nz 3646159AA KM072257 $5 WEEK 3633783AA Saturday 21 May 9am -- 4pm Otaki Racecourse Admission $5 for adults -- children free Great sites at reasonable rates still available Contact Peter Burke • email@example.com 021 224 2184 • w ww.lifestylefarmers.co.nz The art of being offensive YOUR HIGHNESS 1/2 Starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Rasmus Hardiker, Natalie Portman, Toby Jones, Justin Theroux, Zooey Deschanel, Charles Dance, Damian Lewis. Written by Danny McBride and and Ben Best. Directed by David Gordon Green. 102 minutes, rated R16 (violence, drug use, offensive language, sexual themes), showing at Reading Courtenay Central. Brothers in bad taste: James Franco and Danny McBride's ribald romp through the Middle Ages could have done with more smarts and less penis jokes, but it's a guilty pleasure for those partial to a filthy fantasy. If you ve watched Danny McBride s Comedy Central show Eastbound & Down -- about a failed baseball pitcher who is rude, selfish and shits on anyone who tries to help him -- you ll know how divisive his brand of humour can be. More so than Adam Sandler, Jim Car- rey or Will Ferrell, McBride will either have you in fits of guilty giggles or violently appalled. Your Highness is a cheeky retread through those cheesy sword-and-sorcery movies conjured up in the 1980s -- Krull, The Beastmaster, Conan The Barbarian, Willow, Ladyhawke, Legend, and so on. Don t be fooled by the presence of A-listers like Natalie Portman and James Franco, the tone and focus comes entirely from McBride s dirty playbook. Here s a good qualifier as to whether Your Highness will tickle your fancy. The obligatory evil warlock Leezar (played with glee by Justin Theroux) shows off his wickedness by cupping a fairy in his hands, and removing its wings and head. He then grinds down the fairy head with his thumb and snorts it up his nostril. Sound vulgar? Then you re not pre- pared for this quest. Black comic genius, you say? Then by all means, grab your codpiece and enter this land of profane enchantment. McBride is Thadeous, a lazy, good-for- nothing prince, ever in the shadow of his brother Fabious (James Franco), a coura- geous warrior who does his father King Tallious (Charles Dance) proud. McBride s obnoxious slob -- as debuted in the cult comedy The Foot Fist Way and perfected on Eastbound & Down -- has no redeeming qualities, unless you count his knack for profane put-downs and penis jokes. After proving a disappointment once too often, Thadeous is ordered to accompany Fabious on a quest to rescue his new bride Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) from the clutches of Leezar, who seeks to impregnate her with a demon seed that will spawn a dragon. Enter the medieval road trip, in which the princes cross paths with warped versions of genre cliches. An old sooth- sayer bestows magic gifts and inappropri- ate touching, a mysterious arse-whipping rogue is given the grrl riot! treatment by Portman, and you d be at long odds to find a more perverse scene involving a minotaur. Accents come and go as old English is mashed with four- letter expletives. The gags are crude, juvenile and phallocen- tric, whether it be masturbation, buggery or costume accessories. The special effects are lame on purpose, as is the dialogue on the rare occasions when the cast take their characters seriously. As the title suggests, stoner sensibilities and improvised irreverence are to the fore -- the same dudes made The Pineapple Express. However, a couple of the action set pieces are inven- tive and well-executed. I have to confess, I loved Your Highness for it s pure lunacy and don t-give-a-damn attitude, but I know more than a few film critics have been spitting bile. Arts website Salon.com considered it for worst movie of all time status and claimed: Gingival surgery would be more fun than watching this brain-draining, spirit-sucking attempt at a stoner spoof. Ouch. Certainly, the fantasy genre is rich in parody promise, and McBride and his cohorts haven t mined it as effectively as they could have, particularly in terms of soundtrack and set design. Some of the vulgarity loses its zeal due to repetition, but the hit-miss ratio for gags isn t bad compared to your average Ben Stiller retread.
May 24th 2011