Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
21 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JUNE 21, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 3558371AF Proud supporters of Porirua Rugby League THURSDAY A: 1 Serlby Place, Porirua P: 04 238 2495 F: 04 238 2496 E: firstname.lastname@example.org | 18 MACHINE GAMING ROOM | COURTESY VAN (when available) HUMP DAY FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR Texas Hold 'Em - $10 buy in for a guaranteed $500 prize pool, game time at 7.30pm plus the $4 Fridge for ALL Poker Players. Live DJ from 9.30pm THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY -- Thirsty Thursday -- Specials every week on our beer & RTD selection World famous Wednesdays in Porirua POOL Competition TUESDAY -- CASH PRIZE - 7.30pm start Function Space Available for private events also 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 BRIDESMAIDS (R16) Offensive Language, Sexual Material & Other Content That May Offend 2D GREEN LANTERN (M) Fantasy Violence SUPER 8 (M) Violence & Fantasy Horror X-MEN: FIRST CLASS (M) Violence & Offensive Language THE HANGOVER PART 2 (R16) Offensive Language, Drug Use & Sexual Content That May Offend THE HOME OF FIRST CLASS CINEMA PG Coarse Language M Fa tasy Voe ce OPENS THURSDAY R16 Contains Offe sive Langua e Dr Use & Sexua Co ten Tha May Offen 3642909AA Follow us on www.facebook.com/kapimananews Play lives up to Stiff competition for laughs Suspenders, death by misadventure and unortho- dox embalming techniques ensue in Porirua Little Theatre's latest comedy, Stiff. The morbidly fun play, written by Kiwi April Phillips and being staged this month at Porirua Little Theatre, centres on a funeral home that moonlights as a brothel. Angel Delight, the illegitimate daughter of a funeral parlour director, inherits the business when her father dies. Before she can sell the business and the land she has to continue to run the business as a funeral parlour for a further five years. Unfortunately, she knows nothing about the funeral business but a lot about prostitution. Angel and her team of girls'' -- including an obsessive compulsive transvestite named Delilah -- run an undercover massage parlour in the funeral home, keeping up appearances despite the prying of a disgruntled former employee who felt he should have inherited the business. Stiff runs from June 24 to July 9. Tickets from iticket.co.nz. A throwback to golden era of family movies Spellbound: Kids Joe, (Joel Courtney), Alice (Elle Fanning) and Cary (Ryan Lee) experience a close encounter in the well-conceived if not always well-executed sci-fi Super 8. SUPER 8 1/2 Starring Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Gabriel Basso. Written and directed by J J Abrams. 112 minutes, rated M (violence and fantasy horror), showing at Reading Cinemas Porirua. Even accepting the soft, sweet allowances of nostalgia, there was something very special about the family movies made in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Steven Spielberg and his ilk. E.T., The Goonies, Gremlins, amon- gothers, not only epitomised wonderful cinema for the arse-end of generation X, they came to symbolise childhood. Just as slasher prototype Halloween came to embody the wayward habits and hormones of teen culture, these imagina- tive sci-fi adventures, enhanced by era- defining special effects, removed the blinkers for eight-to-14 year-olds who had been reared on the small-screen sac- charine of Lassie and The Wonderful World of Disney. We realised Walt was wrong, it needn't be a small world after all'', it could be a boundless expanse, and these pictures connected with kids in ways Star Wars and Indiana Jones simply couldn't. Video games, BMX bikes, comic books and toys weren't just props, they were powerful motifs in the hands of Spielberg, Richard Donnor and Joe Dante. All of this is the mercurial magic J J Abrams has tried to conjure and calculate for his supernatural throwback, Super 8. It's 1979 in small town Ohio. Tween- age Joel (Joe Lamb) is busy helping his buds -- bossy Charles (Riley Griffiths), fireworks freak Cary (Ryan Lee), square- pegs Preston (Zach Mills) and Martin (Gabriel Basso) -- make a zombie movie, with dreams of winning a state-wide film contest. When he isn't applying fake blood and makeup to his friends or, even better, Alice (Elle Fanning), an older student who has agreed to join the project, Joel is struggling to kindle a relationship with his policeman father (Kyle Chandler), fol- lowing the death of his mum. Shooting at the train station one night, the kids witness a massive crash involv- ing a military train and a pick-up truck. When some top secret cargo escapes the wreck, the sleepy town turns Twilight Zone. People, animals and electronics go missing, and the army has been called in. The tone, narrative, young characters and score ensure Abrams' nostalgic intentions are explicit, to the extent you can work your way through a Spielberg checklist as you watch the movie: Wide- eyed kids -- check. Well-meaning but oblivious adults -- check. BMX riding at night -- check. Curious alien gadgetry -- check. Stone-eyed army men -- check. However, this assembly does not feel laboured or coldly calculated. The setting and characters are beautifully estab- lished, particularly the friendship of the boys, fuelled by peppy banter and enthusiasm, and the changing dynamic when Alice enters the frame (Fanning is the highlight among the likeable young cast). As for the monster stuff, this doesn't turn out as well. I expected a less pedes- trian approach from the man who re- invigorated the Star Trek franchise. Abrams may have shot himself into a corner by his decision not to show the creature until the last act of the film, as every scene where it's an out-of-the- corner-of-the-eye blur or a non-descript dark mass plays lame and irritating. He didn't need to build the picture around the creature's mystery. He had some damn interesting young characters and relationships to draw our attention with, most of which get jettisoned in the third act when the focus turns to blowing stuff up. Yawn. And when you do spend the better part of 90 minutes building up to a big reveal, you better be confident it's going to melt our eyeballs. It doesn't. Abrams' creature looks like it was designed by committee, a hodge-podge assembly of random ideas. Worse, in trying to make his monster one part Alien (adversarial terror) and one part E.T. (sympathetic outcast), Abrams fails at both, so the big finale may be high on visual spectacle but it's light on emotional connection -- a key, if not the key, ingredient in those wonderful movies he is trying to replicate.
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